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If you are a newspaper subscriber or you pick up a copy at a local retailer, you pay for the news and information you receive in your paper’s print edition or digital outlets. But it may … more
Public schools are supposed to begin the new year about 75 days from now, so I asked two teachers what to expect.  “I have no idea,” one said. “I’m exhausted just … more
RALEIGH — Over the first two months of the coronavirus crisis, our labor market cratered.  The number of employed North Carolinians dropped by 820,000, or 17%. Only 56.3% of … more
I took a trip down memory lane for just a little while the other day as I drove past “the grill” in Spring Hope. Of course, it’s now known as the Country Inn, but from 1949 until the early … more
Some of the most exciting meals I enjoyed as a kid were when my parents drove our car into a parking slot at a drive-thru restaurant. The waitress would come over, and we would order yummy items such … more
Memorial Day in the middle of a pandemic was not the annual part-patriotic, part-summer opening holiday Americans have become accustomed to celebrating. There was no way it could be. The uncertain … more
When small-business owners said it, authorities ignored them. When coronavirus skeptics said it, their fellow citizens scoffed. Now that federal judges are saying it, however, even governors are … more
RALEIGH — During the month of April alone, North Carolina lost 572,000 jobs, or 12.5% of the state’s total employment. That’s a higher rate of job loss than any of our neighbors … more
I think I’ve watched everything that the streaming video services have to offer.  I have exhausted Netflix and Hulu. I have run the gamut of every genre on Amazon Prime. Mickey Mouse … more
RALEIGH — Our elementary and secondary schools will reopen this fall. During these past months of disruption, dismay and despair, I have never once doubted it. There really is no practical … more
The petulant and irresponsible breakdown of discipline protecting ourselves from the coronavirus has riled me up, but a health care professional named Joshua Ross recently posted the following on the … more
A message from Pastor Gene Whitehouse of Peachtree Baptist Church: “There are some saying the new habit of watching church services at home will continue after the current stay-in-place orders … more
A decade ago, in the aftermath of the Great Recession, business analysts and policymakers thought they saw a turn toward a new urbanism. Downtown lofts and dense developments were the vogue. There … more
More than 500 years ago, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenburg, igniting what we know as the Protestant Reformation.  Two thousand years ago, an … more
It’s equally true in politics and firefighting: The smoke can kill you quicker than the flames. Whether or not Sen. Richard Burr faces insider trading charges, and whether or not he’s … more
RALEIGH — So far, the federal government has agreed to borrow some $4 billion and then transfer the money to North Carolina state and local governments to address the health, education and … more
A message from Pastor Gene Whitehouse of Peachtree Baptist Church: “Mother’s Day 2020 sure looked a lot different this year due to COVID-19. Some family gatherings were not held, travel to … more
The other day I heard husband John ask me, “Did you know that the Bible talks about owls being evil in both the Old and New Testaments?” “Really?” I responded. “I know owls can be … more
I have a new appreciation for the men in my life and all the “boy” jobs they do. This week I learned how to power-wash my house. Yes, I know many women already know how to do that, but it’s one … more
The post office has always played an essential role in every American community, whether it has been a niche in a country store where mail was delivered or a formal government building on its own, … more
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