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‘Peaceful protest’ held in Benson

Benson leaders held a peaceful protest Monday to express “abhorrence of the horrific murder” of a Minnesota man that has sparked outcries nationwide.

Republican National Convention in NC remains in limbo

Plans for a Republican National Convention in Charlotte remain in limbo. In a letter to convention organizers, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said it "is very unlikely" the RNC will be able to hold …

Native son, Grand Ole Opry guitarist dead at 81

Jimmy Capps, a Benson native who went on to entertain countless music fans with his skillful fingers on guitars, has died. The Grand Ole Opry confirmed his death on Tuesday. Capps was 81. He is …
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Running for justice, racial equality

Duffy Johnson ran 2.23 miles in Erwin Friday night to raise awareness of racial equality and justice after Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was shot and killed while out on a jog in southern Georgia on Feb. 23.

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Little touch-up would make things bearable Little touch-up would make things bearable To the editor: I didn’t really know what color my hair was until the coronavirus. I was one of the first to go out and buy masks, gloves, hand …
Be safe and stay home To the editor: I write this sitting in the living room of my mother’s house in Statesville some 170 miles away. I came here March 13 as mom lay dying in the hospital. By the time my family had …
Expansion needed for mental health care services To the editor: As a registered nurse, I am writing to voice my concerns about the mental health care shortage in North Carolina as related to the coronavirus crises. With the coronavirus …
Editorials
Our print days are changing, our mission isn’t Where can you find the weather, a crossword puzzle, what’s coming up on TV, what your local elected leaders are doing and an historical fact that can spark conversation? If you’re lucky …
The young are not immune Some gentle words of advice for the spring break revelers, blissful beachgoers and corona carousers who have poohed-poohed social distancing out of a reckless sense of both entitlement and …
Adjustments can stem the tide of economic downturn As the coronavirus public health crisis continues to spread, it’s also creating an economic crisis that will impact the world. Last week, Congress approved a stimulus package that will provide some …
To wear a mask or not to wear a mask I wore a face mask outside for the first time Tuesday morning. It wasn’t a new one; I purchased it last summer to clean out a critter infestation. In the last few weeks, as the coronavirus …
Columnists
Job losses merit energetic response RALEIGH — North Carolina employers shed 616,000 jobs in March and April, according to the latest establishment survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s a decline of 13% in just two …
One nation under God ... In the wake of George Floyd’s senseless murder in Minnesota, our nation has been inundated with telecasts, social media posts and breaking news surrounding his brutal miscarriage of justice. …
Right versus wrong I don’t often address political issues in this space, I prefer it to be a light space and my goal is to bring a smile with my words. The current state of affairs has pushed me to break that rule …
Go-slow reopening may be costly 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 working-aged residents …
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