December 2020: Finally, a vaccine

Vaccines start flowing into local counties as people are urged to avoid big gatherings for Christmas...

November 2020: A surprising election

A record number of voters turned out to cast their ballots in 2020, but not everyone agreed with the election's outcome...

October 2020: A pandemic Halloween

The pandemic brings changes to voting routines, community planning events and Halloween...

September 2020: Enter Phase 2.5

Parents and guardians continue to struggle with virtual learning in September as the state tiptoes into Phase 2.5. Schools start to reopen after state health officials say data shows young children pose a low risk when it comes to catching and spreading COVID-19...

August 2020: The long phase continues

Phase 2 continues in North Carolina as the first day of school draws near. The number of cases continues to rise along with the stress of remote learning...

July 2020: The scramble for answers

The state of North Carolina remains under Phase 2 of the governor's reopening plan. Many businesses are still closed in June as school districts scramble for answers on how to bring students back into the classrooms. And some people become deathly ill after drinking hand sanitizer...

June 2020: Protests in a pandemic

Several people protested the harsh realities around them in June: the economic shutdown, racial injustice, quarantines, discrimination, forced business closures... as the number of COVID-19 cases continued to rise...

May 2020: State ramps up COVID-19 testing efforts as cases climb

Case counts continue to climb in May as the state ramps up efforts to test and track the virus. Some businesses come out of hibernation...

April 2020: People are encouraged to stay at home

Personal protective supplies like masks and hospital gowns are running low in April as more workers head to the unemployment lines. Gov. Roy Cooper encourages everyone to stay at home...

March 2020: That's when it started here

In February, federal, state and local health officials were stressing that risk to the general public from the novel coronavirus outbreak remains low. Then came March...

February 2020: Health officials are cautiously optimistic

COVID-19 is quickly becoming a global pandemic. Health officials are keeping a close eye on the virus...

JANUARY 2020: The new year has arrived

The World Health Organization is coming to grips with a highly contagious respiratory illness linked to China. In Harnett County, things are a bit different...