When you visit the James Sprunt Community College website and the first words you see are “Join Our Family. Build Your Future.” This is what JSCC believes in as an educational institution serving the Duplin County community. That’s why Emily Smith, Marketing and Public Information Officer at…
With our continued focus on the imperatives of quality, experience and finance, ECU Health’s transplant program at ECU Health Medical Center has consolidated their treatment and office spaces into the newly renovated 3 South. The area is now known as the 3 South Transplant Clinic.
KENANSVILLE — After approving the consent agenda at the June 20 Board of County Commissioners meeting, the floor opened for public comments. Warsaw Mayor A.J. Connors addressed the board with concerns about animal control.
“Rural Development” and “Reginald Speight” have become the buzz words of progress and hope across Duplin County–for a good reason. In May, Mayor Pro-Tem Wannetta Carlton invited North Carolina’s USDA Rural Development Director, Reginald Speight, to visit the town of Wallace. Speight said he …
KENANSVILLE — Join the Independence Day festivities at the Duplin County Events Center this July 4, from 4-10 p.m. Gates open at 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the general public.
The senseless attack at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde, Texas killed 19 students and two staff members, making it the third deadliest American school shooting. School administrators, public officials and law enforcement need to act immediately to prevent this from happening again in our schools.
Thursday, June 30
KENANSVILLE – A big blow for Kenansville as the town looses a second leadership official with the resignation of Chris Roberson, Kenansville Town Manager. Roberson announced his decision at a special town board meeting on Wednesday, June 22, after nearly eight years serving the town. Roberso…
KENANSVILLE — The scene was buzzing with excitement at the Duplin Events Center as the gates opened for a concert featuring country stars Travis Tritt, Kameron Marlowe and Larry Fleet on Saturday, June 25, with approximately 3,000 people in attendance.
ROSE HILL — The Town of Rose Hill held a brief meeting on June 14 at the Town Hall Building. The meeting began at 6 p.m. and there were three attendees in the audience. Several items were up for discussion in the approved agenda.
FAISON – Matthew Scott is a single father of two boys who had his ah-ha moment a few years ago with the revelation that he found the perfect place to call home.
MOUNT OLIVE -- University of Mount Olive (UMO) senior Maxwell Quinn is having the time of his life interning with the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Massachusetts. For Quinn, the chance to work at Fenway Park every day is a “dream come true.”
MOUNT OLIVE- — Dory Hines returned home when he was named the new Head Coach of the University of Mount Olive men’s basketball team two months ago.
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BEULAVILLE – The pulse of the East Duplin baseball team during a program-best 23-1 season came from three sources: head coach Brandon Thigpen, No. 1 pitcher Nick Cavanaugh and catcher Chase Pierce.
Selecting the best softball player often means finding the best pitcher, who also hits for high average.
BEULAVILLE – There’s a new American Legion baseball team in Duplin County that has some very familiar looks.
WALLACE – Fighting through adversity is a part of Cameren Dalrymple’s story.
GOLDSBORO – The North Duplin baseball team won 18 games this spring in one of its best seasons this century.
WALLACE – Tyler Brinkley is on course to become a “Top Gun” and also wants to pursue his other childhood passion: baseball.
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James Sprunt Community College recently awarded Presidential Scholarships to deserving seniors across Duplin County. Ashley Graham, JSCC Director of College Advancement, and Taylor Sandlin, JSCC Foundation Services Coordinator, visited all the high schools during their senior awards ceremoni…
Ashley Graham and Taylor Sandlin with James Sprunt Foundation accepted a $3,000 donation from Beulaville Area Chamber of Commerce presented by Chairman John Weston. The donation will assist six students with tuition expenses for the 2022-2023 academic year.
Members of the Faison Fire and Rescue team attended the North Duplin Jr/Sr High School graduation on June 1 to celebrate three graduating seniors who have chosen to further their fire service career by attending the Wilson Fire Academy this summer. From left to right are Davis Powell, Faison…
James Sprunt Community College recently honored Manicuring and Cosmetology students for successful completion of the Weekend Workforce Development Programs. The ceremony, held at the Ed Emory Auditorium, was filled with the family and friends of JSCC’s newest alumni.
Duplin County Emergency Medical Services celebrated EMS week with a pancake breakfast cooked by DC EMS Director Brandon McMahon and DC EMS Training Officer Mark Casey. The theme for this year’s EMS Week is Raising to the Challenge. “It was simply awesome for our teams to fellowship and gathe…
Lon Teachey (left) is the recipient of the $1,000 Downtown Wallace Merchants Association 2022 Scholarship for his poem expressing the spirit of community. The scholarship was presented by Hope Smith (right) with Downtown Wallace Merchants Association.
The Kenansville-Duplin County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Pizza Corner in Kenansville, NC. Pictured above from left to right are: Doris Hatcher, Connie Brinson, Noah Charles, Timothy Charles, Paulina Charles, Dion Charles, Verda Whaley, …
This young black bear was spotted last week in the Wallace area. The first time the bear was spotted was around Glendale Village near Carter Street at night time; the second time the bear was spotted at Farrior Park — Boney Mill Pond area. “Don’t let this post give you paws. It’s bearly anyt…
Duplin County Schools second graders participated in the annual Duplin Grows event on Tuesday, March 29 and Wednesday, March 30 at the Duplin County Events Center. This year, 725 students enjoyed an up-close agricultural experience as they visited 12 learning stations and learned about the i…
Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson visited Duplin County on Tuesday, April 12. His first stop was James Sprunt Community College were he toured JSCC’s new nursing facility in the Hoffler Building and learned about the facilities state-of-the-art simulation equipment used by JSCC nursing instructors.
Students participated in the Duplin County College and Career Fair held at the Duplin County Events Center, on Wednesday, March 9. Students visited with several local professionals in a variety of fields, from law enforcement to medical services, and agriculture among several others.
House Majority Leader Rep. John R. Bell IV was the keynote speaker at the Duplin County Republican Convention on March 4 at the Corinth Baptist Church in Rose Hill. Pictured above are Bell, N.C. Rep. Jimmy Dixon and Andrew M. Odom.
The Studio Dance Center of Beulaville, took 20 competitive dancers from Duplin to the Star Talent Dance Competition in Supply, on Feb. 19 & 20. Dancers took the stage in routines ranging from lyrical, musical theatre, jazz, and tap. Each receiving high accolades, with three receiving sch…
Kenansville Mayor John Garner presented a resolution of commendation and appreciation to Philip Anderson on Monday, Feb. 14 for his unwavering leadership serving as the recreation chair/director. Anderson led the town’s Parks and Recreation Program for nearly a decade.
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Pictured above are members of Wallace-Rose Hill High School CHARMS (Creating Harmony, Academics, Recreation, Motivation, Service, and Success). Front Row: Naije Faison, Shamara Humphrey, Ashley Rodriguez, Kelsie Meza, Ryan Fisher Back Row: Nicole Swinson, Gennalee Jones, Emily Lagos, Hannah …
The Beulaville United Methodist Church donated a 2000 Dodge van to the Masonic Orphanage in Oxford, NC. Pictured above are Joey Biggs and Henry Raggin with the Masonic Orphanage in Oxford, N.C. The church learned about the orphanage’s need through the Beulaville Masonic Lodge #658 and made t…
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Visiting the Finger Lakes region of New York recently — which included a day trip to Niagara Falls — I realized two things: Water is not the only falling matter for which they give you a free poncho, and I should have done this family vacation decades ago. (Sorry, Dad.)
Over the last month, I was able to get 43 Duplin County educators to comment on their stance on gun reform. About 67% of respondents believe that the U.S Congress should pass some sort of gun reform. Among them, universal background checks outperformed with 60% support.
MOUNT OLIVE — University of Mount Olive MBA student Libby Hennen knows a thing or two about change. She is proof positive that if you open yourself up to change, it can be utilized to become better, more versatile, and open the door to new opportunities.
A grant award of $14,545 to South Lenoir High School’s FFA will bolster the school’s animal science curriculum and give students a real-world connection to a variety of livestock.
Banks Elementary Fourth Nine Week Principal’s List and A/B Honor Roll
KENANSVILLE — On June 19, 1865 the very last state in the country, Texas, received General Order No. 3 by the Union Army under General Gordon Granger, letting them know that all enslaved people in Texas were now free. This took place almost two years as the Emancipation Proclamation was orig…
WALLACE — Children from K to 8th grade participated in an art camp at the Wallace United Methodist Church from June 13-24 and enjoyed a special visit by watercolor artist Charles E. Williams.
CHINQUAPIN — The Chinquapin High School class of 1957 recently celebrated their 65th reunion at the Rose Hill restaurant.
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WALLACE — Morgan Moore was named to The University of Alabama President’s List for the 2022 spring semester.