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AYDEN — Organizers of Ayden’s Collard Festival have scheduled a meeting for tonight  following a post that prematurely announced the festival had been canceled.

The Pitt County’s Board of County Commissioners has tabled a vote on a land-use plan meant to guide development along N.C. 43 South and Mills Road.

The Pitt County Board of Commissioners have funded three more clerk positions so the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office can process an ever-increasing number of permits to purchase and carry concealed handguns.

WALSTONBURG — Town officials are urging visitors of the Walstonburg cemetery to keep all vehicles off the grass and have approved a new sign to deter off-road damages.

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I’m not sure there’s a better childhood memory than the one associated with watching your teacher roll in a television during class. The excitement surrounding this was only multiplied when it was done during the ACC basketball tournament.

There are many reasons I’m not the Miami Dolphins General Manager. Aside from being grossly under qualified and far too emotionally involved as lifelong fan, there’s also the fact that I’d likely be pretty bad at it.

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Lately, I have been again pondering the idea, the concept and the need of friendship. What is real friendship? Who are my friends?

Despite listening to Jesus teach and watching his miracles and interactions, his disciples often were slow to understand certain truths he was trying to impress upon them.

I was a lucky boy growing up in southern Pitt County in the 1950s and 1960s. Some would disagree. For you see, tending a farm with mules was a far cry harder than using gas-driven equipment. I had the opportunity to see both forms of farm production during my youth.

In the mind of my husband, it is good to be immersed in all things Carolina basketball. For those of you not from North Carolina, that’s UNC basketball. It is true confessions time. I don’t always engage fully while listening to his analysis or to that of the commentators or to the interview…

At the April Town of Farmville board meeting, Commissioners Brenda Elks and Alma Hobbs said they each had a maximum and minimum daily fee they would consider for food trucks. Both shared a $75 per day maximum, and Mayor John Moore proceeded to lead the discussion in that direction.

North Carolina is poised to make great gains as we recover from the pandemic. We are becoming a major hub for life sciences companies. Real estate sales and construction (especially in urban areas) are booming, unemployment rates are declining, and most economic sectors are recovering. Unles…

North Carolina state government is headed into the 2021-22 fiscal year with nearly $5 billion in unanticipated revenue and unencumbered savings. Even after making critical deposits into the state’s rainy-day fund, reserve for repairing and renovating state buildings, and other accounts, ther…

Joe Biden’s surprisingly progressive presidency looks more like Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson than his more recent Democratic predecessors — Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

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Today, God has ordained me to write a message of warning to those who are currently holding leadership positions. This message is for those in government, those in church leadership, those in the education system, those in big business, etc.

This is the last generation before Jesus comes back, and we are so unprepared. People of the world don’t want Jesus, because the church doesn’t really have Jesus. The church, if you can call some of these places a church, is in a mess. To the churches that are doing everything you know how, …

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SNOW HILL — Todd Whaley was officially named interim town manager on Monday following an unanimous vote by Snow Hill Board of Commissioners.

HOOKERTON — With COVID-19 still a threat, Hookerton commissioners have canceled the annual Hometown Celebration and put discussions of a food truck event on hold.