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  • Stay home if you can; be safe otherwise

    January 20, 2016 - 8:42pm

    Well, so much for the short sleeves we all wore on Christmas. Winter has arrived.

  • Want to save a life? Give a pint of blood

    January 19, 2016 - 9:30pm

    This January, in honor of National Blood Donor Month, there’s no time like the present to make a lifesaving donation.

  • Only state is a guaranteed lottery winner

    January 18, 2016 - 11:40pm

    For some of us, buying tickets for the Powerball drawing last week was the equivalent of a non-sports fan watching the Super Bowl.

  • Election year could benefit from civility

    January 16, 2016 - 5:34pm

    Most Americans probably missed a rare display of bipartisan consensus espoused last week by high-profile members of the country’s two major political parties.

  • State tax reform often means ‘transfer’

    January 14, 2016 - 7:46pm

    The conservative Tax Foundation has lauded North Carolina’s reform effort in recent years to reduce personal and corporate income taxes.

  • Now that you’ve won the lottery, be careful

    January 13, 2016 - 9:17pm

    There’s probably at least a slight chance that you didn’t win the Powerball lottery jackpot Wednesday night.It’s OK. Get a Kleenex.

  • United Way can reach goal – with help

    January 11, 2016 - 6:23pm

    Even with the economy slowly stirring back to life, the needs that United Way sees everyday rarely take a break.

  • Bond vote extends beyond party lines

    January 9, 2016 - 5:40pm

    The push for voters to approve a $2 billion state bond package kicked off in earnest last week with a bipartisan rally in Raleigh.Gov.

  • A common thread with Common Core

    January 7, 2016 - 9:45pm

    The political bashing that public education gets year in, year out, has always been a bit of a head-scratcher.

  • Twin Counties shows some love for Draka

    January 6, 2016 - 6:23pm

    For a local company that builds elevators and their parts for buildings around the globe, business is going up.

  • Schedule change should help recycling

    January 5, 2016 - 9:52pm

    The city of Rocky Mount has begun the new year with a schedule change in the way city residents recycle that makes all the sense in the world.

  • First Brewmill tenant open for business

    January 4, 2016 - 9:54pm

    One more component to the plan for Rocky Mount’s economic rebound opened with the new year: Koi Pond Brewing Co., the first craft brewery in the Rocky Mount Brewmill consortium.

  • Leadership change offers a fresh start

    January 2, 2016 - 6:22pm

    As 2016 comes to life with possibilities, Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools faces a crossroads.

  • New year offers plenty of political intrigue

    December 31, 2015 - 9:21pm

    North Carolina is in for an intriguing political year now that the calendar has flipped to 2016.

  • Future looks bright with local colleges

    December 29, 2015 - 9:26pm

    As a general rule, if the local economy is tanking, community college enrollment is spiking. The reverse also tends to be true.

  • Highway funding projections are sobering

    December 28, 2015 - 8:22pm

    North Carolina has been on the offensive in recent years to make up for decades of mismanaging highway funds.

  • Holiday cheer doesn’t have to end yet

    December 25, 2015 - 4:51pm

    If you groggily woke up this morning feeling a little discombobulated, disoriented, dis-joyous? – then you are most likely suffering from holiday withdrawals.

  • Connect NC needs support in 2016

    December 22, 2015 - 9:47pm

    Even though the 2016 presidential campaign feels as if it has been in full swing forever, we’re still a few days away from the new year, and not a single vote has been cast.

  • Tolson a great fit for Carolinas Gateway

    December 21, 2015 - 5:45pm

    There are occasions when a candidate for a job opening seems such an obvious pick that we wonder why we didn’t see it earlier.

  • Teachers deserve competitive salaries

    December 15, 2015 - 8:35pm

    Many of us are fortunate enough to remember a special teacher or two who made a difference at a critical point in our education.

  • Flying a drone? Follow these guidelines

    December 14, 2015 - 10:49pm

    We’re used to craning our necks toward the sky around this time of year in hopes of catching a glimpse of Santa and his sleigh.

  • Big win seals Gryphons’ stellar season

    December 12, 2015 - 5:52pm

    A heartfelt congratulations goes out to the Gryphons for their overtime victory Friday night in the NCHSAA 3-A state title game.

  • Early childhood education worth its cost

    December 10, 2015 - 8:39pm

    Stable home environments where parents are educated and engaged with their pre-school children tend to produce kids who enter kindergarten ready to learn.

  • Body cam video should be accessible

    December 9, 2015 - 8:55pm

    Edgecombe County commissioners showed forward thinking this week in a dicussion to buy body cameras for every deputy in the sheriff’s office.

  • Jefferies enters a school system in flux

    December 8, 2015 - 9:43pm

    Dr. Shelton Jefferies will assume the office of superintendent for a school system with a wide open future.