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All 100 counties in North Carolina have signed on to a $26 billion settlement with large pharmaceutical distributors over their role in creating and fueling the opioid epidemic, the state attorney general said Wednesday.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain announced it has received a $100,000 donation from First Citizens Bank to support the organization’s greatest needs and strategic initiatives.

The American Red Cross is seeking blood donations to combat a national shortage. The organization announced this week it has had to limit distribution to hospitals in need of blood products due to the shortage.

Sports Stories

A non-conference rematch between the Hobgood Charter School Raiders girls and the Bear Grass Bears ended with the same results. Bear Grass won convincingly with a score of 43-18.

HOBGOOD - Bear Grass Charter School claimed a pair of wins over Hobgood Tuesday night.

Fourth & Long with David Friedman

The world is saying it’s goodbyes to Betty White, John Madden and Dan Reeves, but I’d like to use this space to tell you about another accomplished individual we just lost. His name is Sam Jones, he’s from right here in North Carolina and his story is an incredible one.

RALEIGH - Congratulations are in order, as the Bear Grass Charter School Bears claimed the first place trophy and state title at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Cheerleading Invitational Championship.

WILLIAMSTON - After a slow start to their season, the varsity girls basketball team at Riverside High School has now won two straight games under new head coach C.P. Pointe.

Fourth & Long with David Friedman

Happy Holidays everyone. I genuinely appreciate you supporting your local newspaper and taking the time to read our publication.

The Riverside Knights Cross Country team had a successful season and expects the same in winter indoor track.

Opinion Stories

Picture That with Andre' Alfred

I was corresponding with a fellow photographer on Facebook Messenger. She decided that she was ridding herself of unwanted vintage lenses. So I purchased two from her that I had been wanting for awhile now.

I watched the ceremony last month presenting the Heisman Trophy to a kid from Alabama. Congratulations to Bryce Young; but, for the sake of conversation I was disappointed by the dress of the current and prior winners on stage.

Powerful preaching of the whole word of God by fearless and dedicated clergy was the fuel that helped inspire the American Revolutionary War. The clergy’s boldness was a foundation for the American colonists stepping up and defeating the mighty British army and winning our independence.

In the outlook for this New Year, the possibilities can be scary. So I’m resolving this year to hope. 2022 is going to be another dreary political year. The pandemic is bad enough, but the arguments about it are even more off-putting. The climate is convulsive, and worrying.

Out Here in Left Field with Thadd White Jr.

Recently, one of our APG staff folks wrote about his issues with social media. He wrote about both the good and the bad of sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

As eastern North Carolina continues to see rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations driven by the omicron variant, the COVID-19 vaccine is the most simple and effective tool we have to help stop the spread, slow further mutations and save lives.

I can’t say enough about turning the leaf to a new year. 2021 could rank as one of the ten worst in human history and still be an improvement over 2020. One of my first columns a couple of years ago was full of optimism. So what do I know?

On Christmas Eve, you’re supposed to be in church. Or huddled up with your family watching “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Or any number of Christmas Eve-y things.

One-on-One with D.G. Martin

North Carolina not only grows great writers, like Jill McCorkle and Clyde Edgerton, for instance. It also imports them from all over the place.

Feature Stories

Grace & Truth with Pastor Emanuel Webb Hoggard

My family recently enjoyed dinner with my father’s side of the family. We ate and hugged and laughed. They asked me to bring a guitar, so we sang a few songs.

Edenton Epicurean with Chef Cheryl Orr

As bone-chilling temperatures envelope Edenton our little slice of paradise can’t seem to escape winter, despite a recent warm spell.

In 1 Corinthians 12:27-31, Paul the apostle makes a statement. Paul states that we are members individually in the body of Christ

The latest edition of Eastern North Carolina Living is available throughout the 14-county coverage region, and features stories from Martin, Bertie, Northampton and Tyrrell counties among others.

MURFREESBORO - The Beta Upsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) met on the campus of Chowan University in Murfreesboro for its Nov. 13 meeting. The chapter represents educators from Martin, Tyrrell, Washington, Bertie, Gates and Hertford counties.

Meditating on His Word with Sylvia Hughes

“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles …

Out and About lists current events sponsored by nonprofit groups and churches in Martin County. Please send listings to The Enterprise, 106 West Main St., Williamston, NC 27892 or email All events must be submitted by 4 p.m. each Tuesday.