News Stories

BEULAVILLE — Benjamin “Benny” Fountain was a visionary with a dream. His mission was to preserve the agricultural heritage of Duplin County.

BURGAW — In keeping with the Governor’s Executive Order on Mass Gatherings, the NC Blueberry Festival Association announced that the 2021 NC Blueberry Festival will be canceled. “This decision is very difficult to make, but we do it to keep our vendors, volunteers, and visitors safe,” said P…

Each April as we honor Child Abuse Prevention Month the Children’s Home Society of NC reminds us the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect. This is a time to celebrate all the good things our communities do to promote healthy child develop…

KENANSVILLE – The small town of Rose Hill, N.C. received its name for its abundance of wild roses, today its name is gaining popularity for its abundance of good hearts and dedicated volunteers.

WARSAW — Bill Faust sat back in an office chair last Wednesday and recalled one of the greatest deals he made with his late wife, Tina, in his 87 years.

WALLACE — David E. Jordan was a thoughtful and dedicated community advocate. He was a driving force who touched the lives of many.

KENANSVILLE — Post 9/11 military spouses and caregivers seeking to further their education, may apply for the 2021 Fall semester scholarships awarded by the Hope For The Warriors® Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarship program through April 30.

WALLACE — Most decisions by the Wallace Town Council are made unanimously, however an issue comes along from time to time that has members splitting ranks. That happened Thursday night with a proposal to turn over the town’s tax collections operations to the Duplin County Tax Department. Cou…

Sports Stories

RICHLANDS—Pat Byrd was more concerned about what his seniors missed than anything else when his Richlands football team had its Friday night season finale with Southwest Onslow canceled on Thursday.

NEWTON GROVE—A third straight blowout loss sent North Duplin home from Hobbton on Friday night after a 53-12 loss with distant thoughts of making the state playoffs. If any.

CLINTON — The old axiom about defense winning championships came to mind last Friday when Clinton beat Wallace-Rose Hill 36-27 for the East Central 2A Conference title.

BEULAVILLE — Most prep players end their careers on a down note, sometimes with a performance that comes up short against a superior team.

WARSAW — A player stopped just before leaving the locker room following James Kenan’s season-ending 42-30 loss to Midway with a statement of gratitude.

RICHLANDS — First-year coach Pat Byrd is putting together the building blocks of a program from scratch during an unpredictable season that falls under the COVID-19 pandemic’s shadow.

Opinion Stories

North Carolina is poised to make great gains as we recover from the pandemic. We are becoming a major hub for life sciences companies. Real estate sales and construction (especially in urban areas) are booming, unemployment rates are declining, and most economic sectors are recovering. Unles…

Thanks to the fiscally responsible policies of the North Carolina General Assembly, state government has some $5 billion in unspent funds and unanticipated revenues in its General Fund. And thanks to the fiscally irresponsible policies of Congress and the Biden administration, North Carolina…

The cover of North Carolina Congressman David Price’s new book sums up American politics today: dark storm clouds looming over the gleaming Capitol dome.

If you think about regional differences in North Carolina politics, economics, or culture in terms of urban blue and rural red, you are missing a thick slice of the story: the suburbs. And, no, you can’t just paint the suburbs purple. That’s an oversimplification.

Congressmen rank at the very bottom of people considered trustworthy and ethical, tied with car salesmen at 8 percent. The 2019 Gallup poll revealed similar results with previous surveys. We recognize too many Congressional officials tell us one thing here at home, then go to Washington only…

This year we will celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 4, just a few days from the publication of this article. I hope to express some thoughts of my own, not unique nor exclusive, that may stir within us a revived sense of the true meaning of Easter.

Features Stories

For the past three years, I have had the incredible honor to write for the Duplin Times as the student correspondent from Harrells Christian Academy. Today, I am here to announce that my time writing here is coming to an end. In less than two months, I will graduate from HCA and move on to c…

Last week our niece and two great-nephews from Georgia visited us on their spring break. One afternoon, I took Owen, 7, and Blake, who is almost 5, on a walking tour of downtown Wallace.

It would be easy to fill this space by writing about the negatives that have come from this COVID-19 pandemic.

Daylight Savings Time may have caused us to turn our clocks ahead an hour, but we never stop pressing forward at James Sprunt Community College. Construction on the new Nursing addition in the Hoffler Building is almost complete.