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2 fatal shootings in 2 days. Suspect on the run

LILLINGTON — Harnett County Sheriff Wayne Coats warned the public to stay away from a murder suspect considered armed and dangerous. Coats announced during a Wednesday morning press …

Innocent grandmother dies from shooting; suspect surrenders

LILLINGTON — A suspect in the murder of a 72-year-old grandmother turned himself in minutes after Harnett County Sheriff Wayne Coats held a press conference to update the case. Accompanied …

This interstate exit is closed for a year

The Bud Hawkins Road Exit (Exit 70) closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday as crews prepared to replace a bridge in its Interstate 95 widening project. The Long Branch Road overpass (Exit 71) reopened to …
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Patterson thanks ancestors, elders in journey to Juneteenth

Angela Patterson speaks at the Juneteenth Celebration Saturday, June 19, 2021 in Lillington.

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Spruce up city with flowers To the editor: Everyone in Dunn needs to go to Angier and see their beautiful downtown. It’s full of pots overflowing with lovely flowers. They have a new section of single tables down …
Giving officers a bad name To the editor: In reference to the article on June 22, (“$6M payout settles excessive force lawsuit”) the officers are still on duty and no discipline was mentioned. It seems like …
Health care a local treasure To the editor: I am writing this letter to let our community know — through you — of what I consider to be a local treasure ... excellent medical professionals ... right here in our …
Editorials
How Dunn can win the $3M T-Mobile Techover Dunn is one of 10 towns in the running for a $3 million technology makeover in T-Mobile’s “Hometown Techover” initiative, expanding the mobile company’s 5G reach and …
Platforms for censorship Cancel culture and wokeism have turned social media into truly perverse tools: They now aggressively censor key points of view (at least from those on the right) while, in the case of Facebook, …
Biden’s plans are fantasy We can make transportation policy by finding out how people are going to travel and then making that travel as safe, efficient and environmentally friendly as possible. Or we can fantasize how we …
Burgin wins an attaboy Sen. Jim Burgin, R-Harnett, is getting kudos from one of the state’s major professional associations. At issue is the senator’s role as the primary sponsor of a bill which Gov. Roy …
Columnists
Sorting through assassination of Haiti's president As more information trickles out on the assassination of Haiti President Jovenel Moise, there are details that point to the issue of narcotics trafficking in South Florida and issues surrounding how …
Effect of state policy isn’t huge RALEIGH — For years, North Carolina conservatives and progressives argued incessantly about the effects of the state’s rightward turn. Conservatives said lower taxes and less regulation …
The wrong solution This must be Opposite Week because I found myself — at least partially — agreeing with something said by socialist grandstander Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She was criticizing Amazon …
Burning the midnight kilowatts “There’s nothing good going on after midnight that you need to be part of,” my momma repeatedly told me. She was right. Our legislators would do well to heed that advice. No …
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