News Stories

Thursday, February 25, 2021

RICHLANDS — As we embark upon Black History Month, I frequently think about my great-grandfather, who was born a slave in North Carolina in 1834. I think of how he made education such a vital part of his life, as he was allowed to read when reading was against the law for most Blacks.

BEULAVILLE — Anyone preoccupied with the pandemic might not have noticed, but 2020 was the third wettest year on record, pushing past 1944 when 55 inches of rain fell in both Raleigh and Fayetteville.

RALEIGH – Omar Jaquan Carr, 26, from Teachey, North Carolina, was sentenced today to 84 months in prison for conspiracy to possess and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, from January 2019 through February 19, 2020, one count of aiding and abetting in the dist…

WILMINGTON – Robert Baxter, 51, of Duplin County, was sentenced last week to 97 months imprisonment for: conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine and possession with inten…

The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office received information on Feb. 15 from the Department of Social Services that a seven-week old male infant had been transported by his parents to Vidant Duplin Hospital.

WALLACE — It’s small, easy to remove in just a couple of minutes, and it has precious metals in it more valuable per ounce than gold. Oh yeah, it’s also sitting under your car right now, and thieves are on the lookout for it.

KENANSVILLE — A winter storm that saw the greater-Duplin County area suffer through rain and near-freezing temperatures caused more damage in other parts of the state. That slowed the delivery of Covid-19 vaccinations.

With the 2020 election cycle barely in the rear view mirror, Rep. Jimmy Dixon said on Friday that he plans to run for his NC House District 4 seat again in 2022. He has occupied the office since 2011.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

CALYPSO — The Scholarship and Awards Committee of North Duplin Jr/Sr High School is pleased to announce William Gage Outlaw as our February Student of the Month for the Mount Olive Exchange Club, Duplin Rotary Club, and Board of Education.

WALLACE — Duplin County’s top law enforcement officer for the last two decades announced in a press release on Feb. 5 that he will not seek to be re-elected to the office of sheriff in the 2022 election.

Sports Stories

Thursday, February 25, 2021

CALYPSO—The football has always taken weird bounces, but none like the pandemic-inspired uprooting that moved last fall’s 2020 high school football season to this midwinter/spring 2021.

Monday, February 22, 2021

TEACHEY – If running back Kanye Roberts is Wallace-Rose Hill’s lucky penny, then it would reason that line workers Austin Hanchey, Oscar Iraheta and Zack Faison and kicking artist Lon Teachey must be the four pedals of the clover.

The waiting will end for high school football teams Friday night as NCHSAA schools begin a maximum seven-game regular season after the Covid-19 pandemic moved the prep season from fall to spring.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

RICHLANDS — New Wildcat coach Pat Byrd is reforming the Richlands football program from the bottom up, from an emphasis on weight training, to how assistants are teaching and holding players accountable, to changing the offense to a split-back veer from the shotgun formation.

Opinion Stories

Thursday, February 25, 2021

    In baseball, three strikes and you’re out. In today’s politics, it’s one strike and you’re out. Just ask Richard Burr. Our senior Senator listened to all the evidence in the Trump impeachment trial and voted the courage of his convictions, declaring the former president guilty. The North Car…

    Thursday, February 18, 2021

      The COVID-19 crisis has brought death, economic destruction, and wrenching social change. As a combination of post-illness immunity and rising vaccinations begins to suppress the pandemic, we’re going to feel a powerful impulse to put as much of this horrendous experience as possible behind us.

        Am I alone or did it strike you as ironic that our State Board of Education met during Black History Month to determine how to characterize slavery and racism in social studies classes? Some charged the board was trying to rewrite history, but the truth is we’ve been rewriting history almost…

        Monday, February 15, 2021
        Thursday, February 11, 2021

          Among the many reasons the political discourse in Washington has gotten so toxic, and at the same time so unproductive, is that the legislative branch of our federal government has allowed itself to become increasingly irrelevant.

          Thursday, February 04, 2021

            Nobody runs for governor hoping he or she will be confronted with a major disaster while in office. At least we hope not. But it’s part of the job. As the coronavirus pandemic rages into a second year, legitimate questions are being raised about who should make decisions in times of emergenc…

            Features Stories

            Thursday, February 25, 2021

              Dillon Teachey, Trey Lennon, Josh Barber, Jack Barber, Matthew Thornton, Ayden Fussel and Jordan Bond and Ben Gonzales (both not pictured) earned the rank of Eagle Scout for Wallace Boy Scout Troop 35 under Scout master Phillip Barber. Less than 3 percent of all scout earn the Eagle rank.

                Larry and Glenda Hooks recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a drive-by parade celebration at The Word Church and le Deliverance Center in Rose Hill. Larry is pastor of the church. The couple, who started Hooks Plumbing Supply in Magnolia, have a daughter, four grandchildre…

                Thursday, February 18, 2021

                KENANSVILLE — The Kenansville Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire shortly after 4 p.m. on Feb. 9 in the 1200 block of Lanefield road, Warsaw.

                HARRELLS — Victoria Davis was crowned Harrells Christian Academy’s Miss Crusader on Jan. 29.