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Fire destroys home, displaces family of 6

A family with three adults and three children lost their home to a fire in the Benson area Wednesday night. Fire and rescue crews with Meadow, Blackmon’s Crossroads and Newton Grove fire departments responded to the home at 1121 Lee-Johnson Road.

Silent Sam settlement could be only the beginning

The Silent Sam deal might encourage copycats. The Nov. 27 agreement between the UNC Board of Governors and the N.C. chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, transferring the Confederate monument from the university to the SCV, seems “squirrely,” said former N.C. Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr.

Designing and building a better place to live

When school started for the new year in August, a group of students at Coats Elementary hit the ground running, preparing for an upcoming competition. Under the guidance of co-coaches Wendy Robertson …

Study identifies locations for new middle, high schools

LILLINGTON - A third-party study initiated by the Harnett County Schools Board of Education identifed two possible locations for a new middle and high school. OREd, the Operations Research and …

No new housing unit for jail, at least for now

Harnett County Budget Director Renee Paschal told the Harnett County Board of Commissioners, there’s no way the county can afford to build an additional housing unit for the Harnett County …
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Business
Young entrepreneur celebrates one year in business She’s 31 years old, a mother of three and now a successful business owner. Meet Stacey Aman who is celebrating her one year in business at Stacey’s, a Dunn restaurant known for its country …
New doctors, care added to Benson Area Medical Center Benson Area Medical Center celebrated its 40th anniversary Tuesday night, announcing that it has added more doctors and mobile healthcare services to provide more care to a growing region. “We …
SECU Foundation provides grant for new women’s treatment center Samaritan Colony, a nonprofit residential treatment facility for men with chemical dependency, received a boost of support from the SECU Foundation to help facility administrators further their …
Coats native named named Cape Fear Valley medical services director FAYETTEVILLE – Allison Taylor has been named service line director for medical services at Cape Fear Valley Health. The Coats native has more than 15 years of nursing leadership experience and …
Tractor Supply raises money for 4-H As part of ongoing efforts to support 4-H youth nationwide, Tractor Supply Company customers and team members raised $967,681 for the National 4-H Council during this year’s Fall Paper Clover …
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Letters to the editor
Hunters can help change lives To the editor: North Carolina deer hunters have a unique opportunity this fall to make a real difference in the lives of their neighbors. North Carolina Hunters for the Hungry (NCHFTH) makes this …
Two additional pilots remembered To the Editor: Enjoyed reading the article “Airports in Dunn, 100 years ago” [“Into the Past” Dunn Area History Museum column, Sept. 24]. I was familiar with some of the locations and two …
Councilman serves with integrity, honesty To the editor: The city of Dunn municipal election is on Oct. 8 and early voting has already started! You have the opportunity to cast your vote for your city council representative. I want to …
Editorials
The rural health gap A recent study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raises important concerns for residents of North Carolina’s rural communities. It found that these residents are seeing …
Lawmakers want to hide where they live It was bound to happen. After years of eroding the public’s right to know with more than a thousand loopholes, Florida lawmakers now want to amend the public records law to make information …
Catcalls: What every woman knows about Chicago killing Women know this experience: A sidewalk encounter with a man who makes some kind of coarse advance or comment. It insults, it intimidates. It puts women on the defensive. Do I tell this moron to get …
Stalling on NC budget could cost taxpayers plenty Our lawmakers are developing some of the bad habits of their cohorts in Washington. This would make amusing theater — at least, for folks who find the impeachment hearings enthralling. Now, …
Columnists
Surrendering America Well it’s officially December now, and my hometown of Erwin will have held its annual Christmas parade on Monday night, officially kicking off the Christmas season for the residents of Erwin. Each …
Marriage and pregnancy reduce crime There’s a general assumption in public policy discourse that economic policy and social policy are separate universes. When economic policy is the topic, we think about taxes, government …
Fraud in higher education This year’s education scandal saw parents shelling out megabucks to gain college admittance for their children. Federal prosecutors have charged more than 50 people with participating in a scheme …
When taxes (almost) killed tap RALEIGH — I write a syndicated column on politics and public policy that often centers on the issue of taxation. I am also a sometime practitioner and teacher of tap dancing. Combining my two …
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