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Cameron man charged with abusing child

The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Cameron man Thursday and charged him with taking indecent liberties with a child. Roy Randolph Wright, 79, faces charges of taking indecent …

Time again for Angier Senior Health Fair

If it’s the third week of October, then it must be time for the 21st annual Angier Senior Health Fair. The event brings together area seniors with many healthcare-related vendors to provide …

Funeral services held for former Erwin woman

A former Erwin woman who was shot to death in Robeson County was laid to rest Monday in Dunn. Ingrid Dawn House Odom, 43, of Raeford died Monday, Oct. 8, at Southeastern Regional Hospital. The …

Dunn Man of the Year, Santa Claus dies at 79

Dunn Council member and twice Mayor Pro Tem William “Billy” Pope Barfield, 79, died Saturday evening at Cornerstone Nursing and Rehab after a brief battle with brain cancer. Mr. Barfield had a …

Farmers Day: 106 years of celebrating farming life

A tradition that has continued for more than a century was celebrated once again Friday and Saturday as a large crowd came out for the annual Farmers Day celebration in Coats. The entire downtown …
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Municipalities accept county’s offer for SROs
Funding for school resource officers in Harnett County Schools has become clear as all but one municipality chose to accept an offer …
Controversial principal remains employed with school system
The principal who reportedly asked a student to change a shirt with President Trump’s name on it at a recent football game remains …
Harnett Central principal out
Harnett County Schools announced Friday a principal accused of asking a student to take off a jersey with President Donald Trump’s …
Aerial mosquito spraying to start tonight in Harnett County
Harnett County officials anticipate aerial mosquito spraying across Harnett County will take place tonight between 9 and 4 the next …
State gives schools calendar flexibility
One local school system has taken advantage of legislation passed by the General Assembly which gives school systems flexibility in …
Sports
Central’s McCormick is finding her stride ahead of conference and state meets
When Maggie McCormick first joined the cross country team at Harnett Central, she thought of it as just a social activity — …
Midway Middle beats Roseboro-Salemburg
In the football season opener, Midway Middle School defeated Roseboro-Salemburg 12-8 in a defensive slugfest on Wednesday at Lakewood …
High school football roundup
For the second week in a row, Triton’s game has given The Record’s Gridiron Jury trouble. All six jurors picked Triton to beat …
Keyshawn Sanders fights for the ball against two West Johnston defenders. Sanders came down with the catch but the ball was brought back on a penalty.
South wallops West Johnston
South Johnston was dominant in every phase of the game Friday at West Johnston, and it showed up on the scoreboard. The Trojans hung …
Triton tennis finishes regular season strong
The Triton High School girls’ tennis team participated in the Tri-County Conference tennis tournament, which took place in Sanford …
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Business
McDonald’s opens with a fresh look Visitors to Dunn’s westside McDonald’s have noticed major changes inside the store following a complete renovation of the interior. The lobby of the McDonald’s on West Cumberland Street …
Johnston Health honors education department secretary as Ambassador of the Month Phoebe Allen, the secretary for the education department at Johnston Health, has been named Ambassador of the Month. During a recent presentation, CEO Chuck Elliott said Mrs. Allen sets a bright …
Veterinary Hospital additions includes something for the kitties Lillington Veterinary Hospital has doubled in size and the staff wants to show off its new additions. An open house will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to welcome humans in the area to …
CCCC SBC offers October seminars The Central Carolina Community College Small Business Center in Harnett County is offering the following October seminars. To pre-register or for more information about these seminars, call …
CCCC will host National Manufacturing Day SANFORD — Central Carolina Community College’s Industry Training Center will participate in National Manufacturing Day on Friday, Oct. 5. An open house will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at …
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Letters to the editor
To the editor: Appreciates Kindness During Evacuation I write you while sitting in the wonderful, new Hampton Inn in Benson. My wife and I arrived here on Wednesday, Sept. 12, after evacuating our home in …
To the editor, You Need To Have A Will The death of a loved one is hard for any and everyone affected by it but what’s even harder is dying and not knowing who or where your possessions will go to. It is …
To the editor: The Case Of The Missing Senator(s) We are in a slow, steady decline of American democracy. Sen. Thom Tillis makes no time to hear constituents’ concerns in North Carolina — unless you’re …
Editorials
Billy Barfield will be remembered for his service Dunn suffered a loss with the death Saturday of Billy Barfield. Mr. Barfield was 79, but you couldn’t tell it with the amount of service he performed, service he performed for others. First and …
Trump shirt flap calls for state law on student speech It’s sorely tempting to criticize Harnett Central High School Principal Cindy Gordon after she reportedly kicked a student out of a football game for wearing a Donald Trump shirt. But examining …
Life after the storm The rains from Hurricane Florence have ended, and much of the flooding has receded. But the effects of this disaster, especially in the poverty-stricken eastern part of our state, will persist for …
We are not one another’s enemies Our country has lost its collective mind, and it is time honest, hard-working, moral men and women did something to reverse the trend that is quickly spiralling out of control. Notice we said men …
Congratulations to Justice Kavanaugh Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Court of Appeals, was sworn in as the newest justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in a quiet private ceremony on …
Columnists
Democrat voters I am trying to put myself in the shoes of Democrat voters, not those in hysterics, screaming obscenities and pounding on the doors of the U.S. Supreme Court, or those mindlessly chanting like …
Fair foods keep getting worse There is no one who likes fair food more than I do. I have literally made trips to west Raleigh in mid October just for fried dough and roasted turkey legs. Recently, however, it seems we have become …
History RALEIGH — North Carolina’s 2018 election cycle may be considered a “blue moon” — but Democrats aren’t just standing around without a dream in their hearts. They dream of a sweeping …
Is retailing going out of business? About this time each year we looked forward to receiving the Sears Wish Book. This wonderful catalogue was about 3 inches thick, packed with thousands of items. It was the official kickoff to …
The most important movie you’ve never heard of It’s here. “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” debuted in theaters nationwide Friday. I do believe this groundbreaking film by indie producers Phelim McAleer and Ann …
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