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MOUNT OLIVE — Two gentlemen brought their concerns to the Board during the November Mount Olive Town Hall meeting public forum. First was Joe Hatch of West James Street, who addressed concerns about street signs.

Monday, Nov. 14

ROSE HILL — Members of the Rose Hill Board of Commissioners held a brief meeting for the month of November, during which the Board moved to approve the appointment of Ralph Clark as the interim town administrator, finance officer, and planning administrator.

KENANSVILLE — The Duplin County Hall of Fame held its annual banquet to honor the lifelong contributions of six Duplin County citizens on Nov. 15, at the Ed Armory Auditorium after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

KENANSVILLE — As general elections came to a close, unofficial count results with all 19 Duplin County precincts reporting, show Duplin citizens overwhelmingly voted Republican sweeping local races by thousands of votes.

FAISON — Mayor Carolyn Kenyon opened the November Town Hall meeting with prayers of thanksgiving and blessing for all to have a safe holiday season. Faison Fire and Rescue invited the commissioners and mayor to their Christmas party at Tara Creek on Dec. 3.

CALYPSO — The Town of Calypso welcomes a new business this month. Dollar General has built a store off the Highway 117 exit in Calypso. The store is now open.

WALLACE — Taking a break from the day-to-day business of maintaining and repairing the things that make a town run, Wallace Public Services workers joined with town leaders on Thursday to celebrate the grand opening of the new Public Services Operations Center.

Sports Stories

ROCKY MOUNT – Knocking off higher-seeded teams has become commonplace for the Wallace-Rose Hill football team.

WHITEVILLE – JP Price was the offensive coordinator at Wallace-Rose Hill when the Bulldogs won five state titles under his father Joey as the head coach.

BEULAVILLE – There are many different ways to look at East Duplin’s 28-27 win over Clinton last Friday in the third round of the 2A East Region playoffs.

WARSAW – The difference between a trip to the East Region finals or the end of a season came down to one kick last Thursday, a shame considering the game was played during a constant downpour due to the pre-storm effects of Hurricane Nicole.

BEULAVILLE – For many East Duplin players a third-round playoff confrontation against Clinton might be the final chapter in their prep career. Or possibly a stepping stone to three more possible games.

BEULAVILLE – It’s the Chinese Year of the Tiger, which seemed appropriate for James Kenan’s resurgent football Tigers to post their signal victory since a pair of third-round wins over Tarboro in 2014 and ’15.

ELIZABETH CITY – While Wallace-Rose Hill pulled off its own version of “The Great Escape” last Friday with a come-from-behind 35-31 win over Northeastern in the second round of the 2A playoffs, fans should not solely focus on how “falling behind early” in games is a problem.

Opinion Stories

The post-election postmortems are still trying to sort it out. The midterm elections were supposed to be a Republican rout. The Republicans were the ones routed and the finger pointing as to who to blame has ramped up. The former president accepts no responsibility, even though many in his o…

Nearly a decade ago, former Canadian politician Michael Ignatieff argued in the New York Times that democracy can only thrive when its practitioners respect the difference between adversaries and enemies. “An adversary is someone you want to defeat,” he wrote. “An enemy is someone you have t…

Recently, high school sports fans have experienced a change that we all anticipated but hoped would never come. After a frightening incident at a football game, the Duplin County Board of Education decided it was best to put forth an effort to make sporting events safer. These efforts includ…

Die-hard politicos, pundits and partisans waited into early morning hours before getting real clarity on election winners and losers. We should have expected this, given that we experienced the Blood Moon lunar eclipse in the pre-dawn hours before Election Day. In summary, our state remains …

Just months ago, the housing market was blazing hot. Now median prices are dropping, even in states like North Carolina that continue to attract new residents. The Federal Reserve isn’t done pushing up interest rates to combat inflation. Consumers are responding to higher prices by cutting b…

Recently, the Duplin Times published an article written by Alexander Jones in the Viewpoint Section of the paper. I found his description of the recent Trump Rally in Wilmington to be inaccurate and false. He described the rally using these words : hideous, jeering, lustily, mob, fascism, bi…

Confabulation is a new word for me. I was in a physical therapist office recently waiting to see the physical therapist and flipping through a neurological magazine. When I came across an article written by Susan Fitzgerald titled “Tall Tales.” Susan Fitzgerald wrote “Damage to the brain can…

People are weary of the angry, hateful rhetoric and violence and many have just tuned out any political or current event discussions. It’s just better not to hear it, they say, than to have to deal with it.

Was Jan. 6 an act of desperation? No. The insurrectionary assault on the United States Capitol was the most targeted act of violence against the American state since the Confederate army killed hundreds of thousands of American troops. Without granting any degree of sympathy to the MAGA terr…

Features Stories

KENANSVILLE — Casey Brown has worked within the welding field for over 35 years. Throughout his career he was required to test for over 15 certifications before working with different types of metal. These certifications came from large companies such as Berg, Foster Wheeler, Combustion Engi…

KENANSVILLE — The Kenansville-Duplin County Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Kenansville, and Kenansville Fire Department invite you to join them on Saturday, Nov. 26 as they bring back the Kenansville Christmas Parade.

GREENEVERS — The Greenevers Parks and Recreation Department will host “Strength in Numbers,” a Fun Day event to support victims of domestic violence and rape, on Saturday, Nov. 19. The fun day event will feature a 1-mile walk/run, and 5-mile walk/run

BEULAVILLE — The Town of Beulaville is working on a Parks and Recreation Plan and is inviting residents to share their needs and opinions about the Beulaville Parks and Recreation services by completing Recreational Needs Survey.

MOUNT OLIVE — The University of Mount Olive (UMO) recently hosted students enrolled in UMO Agricultural Academies located at South Johnston High School, Johnston County; Providence Grove High School, Randolph County; and the Northeast Regional School of Biotechnology and Agriscience-NERSBA, …

KENANSVILLE- Meagan Turner, James Sprunt Community College’s Director of Marketing, Recruiting, and Public Information Officer, was awarded the 2022 District 2 Rising Star of the Year Award by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. District 2.

KENANSVILLE — James Sprunt Community College is innovative in its approach to reaching students. Faculty and staff at JSCC work together to remove the obstacles that would typically hinder potential students from achieving their educational goals.