News Stories

One day driving through Mount Olive, I thought I was seeing things when I saw a coffee shop. Mount Olive is such a small town you usually don’t see many changes. Downtown only has about half the business that it used to, or it appears that way to me anyway. A lot of vacant, old, and run-down…

KENANSVILLE — The County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution to approve the redistricting of Duplin County during the Board of Commissioners meeting and public hearing on Nov. 15.

BEULAVILLE — In the two years since Beulaville residents voted in favor of establishing an ABC (Alcoholic Beverage Service) liquor store in the small town, the Board of Commissioners and other town officials have been working diligently to make the idea a reality, said Mayor Hutch Jones.

WARSAW — Barbara Middleton-Foushee, a Warsaw native, was recently re-elected to the Carrboro Town Council, leading the ticket for the town council race with 3,748 votes capturing 32.38% of the total votes.

Sports Stories

As much as his home fan base wants to criticize Kevin Motsinger, he’s the last man standing in Duplin County following Friday night’s 21-17 win over arch-rival East Duplin and Battle Holley in the third round of the 2A playoffs.

Battle Holley has many happy memories to savor from his East Duplin football team’s highly successful, just-concluded season.

BEULAVILLE—Wallace-Rose Hill’s recent football teams have been known for bludgeoning foes with their fast and furious offense.

Opinion Stories

Although some pundits and grifters may claim otherwise, there’s nothing new about populism. It comes in waves, often but not always in response to sharp economic downturns, and is driven by outrage against the mistakes or misdeeds of political elites.

As my fellow graduating class members collectively begin to submit applications to colleges, join the work-force, or leave to discover new places to call home, our world, previously one which had been coming to a harrowing end, is now expanding into a vast array of choices, paths, and decisi…

Republicans in much of the country enjoyed significant success during the 2021 election cycle. They elected a GOP governor in Virginia, almost elected one in New Jersey, won several important judicial races in Pennsylvania, and even elected their first Republican candidate to local office in…

I’ve been following the analysis by pundits, partisans and pollsters about the recent November elections, especially the gubernatorial races in neighboring Virginia and New Jersey. Opinions and suggestions are all over the board, but one column started me thinking.

As they witness rapidly escalating costs for building, buying, and maintaining homes, the vast majority of North Carolinians clearly want their leaders to do something about affordable housing.

There are several hugely important items that were left out of the compromise domestic policy plan that President Biden urged Congress to pass before he left for the global climate change summit in Scotland. The list, which if common sense and broadly shared common good thinking had been asc…

You’ve had your eye on a new car and have made logical arguments for why you need it and how it would benefit your life. Problem is, you can’t afford it. A relative, let’s say your uncle, recognizes how this car would really benefit you so he offers to pay 90 percent of the cost if you buy i…

You’ve had your eye on a new car and have made logical arguments for why you need it and how it would benefit your life. Problem is, you can’t afford it. A relative, let’s say your uncle, recognizes how this car would really benefit you so he offers to pay 90 percent of the cost if you buy i…

Features Stories

WARSAW — Elizabeth Hicks of Warsaw celebrated her 101st birthday last week and received a special recognition from the Duplin County Board of Commissioners, and Duplin County Services for the Aged.

KENANSVILLE — James Sprunt Community College has a lot to be thankful for this year. We are grateful to have students in our classrooms. We are thankful for our new state-of-the-art nursing facility. We are grateful to have received special recognition this year for being one of only two com…

In addition to our private reasons for expressing gratitude this Thanksgiving, we have public reasons to celebrate and give thanks as citizens of Duplin County and the State of North Carolina.

A $1,000 grant from the North Carolina Science Education Program, a statewide student-led organization, will allow three traditional Lenoir high schools to set up professional clothing closets so students can look the part when they step into a business setting.

ROSE HILL — Jovan Stone, a personal care aide at The Gardens at Rose Hill will welcome this holiday season with a new car thanks to a random act of kindness on Friday, Nov. 19.

BEULAVILLE — Parents can take their children to take photos with Santa on Sunday, Nov. 21, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Beulaville Community Room at 508 E. Main Street Beulaville for a $10 donation. All the proceeds from the Photos with Santa will go to the Bloom Christmas Blessings benefit.

At the end of the year and during the holidays, people are at their most generous. We spend time with loved ones, buy gifts for each other, and give back to our communities through charitable donations. Unfortunately, scammers know this and they come out of the woodwork to try to take advant…