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Johnston County Board of Commissioners to meet June 1

The Johnston County Board of Commissioners will hold its June 1, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. meetings in the Second Floor Meeting Room of the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield located at 305 E. Market St., Smithfield.

Red Cross: Urgent need for blood donations

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations to prevent another blood shortage as hospitals resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused earlier this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘STEP INTO FITNESS’

Virtual Walking Challenge begins June 1

The Harnett County Health Department is offering the Step into Fitness Virtual Walking Challenge from June 1-28. The registration deadline is Monday, June 1.
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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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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 …
RECORD FORUM Give the ‘gift of life’ on Jan. 8 To the editor: Let me introduce you to my husband, Jonny. He was a husband, father, brother, Christian, friend, farmer, mechanic and Harley rider who …
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
Reawakening Rip and restarting the dynamo At various times in our state’s history we’ve been compared to Rip Van Winkle, the lethargic sleepy-head, or the “Dixie Dynamo,” a fast-moving, progressive economic engine. Right now we are …
Cooper isn’t addressing urgent needs RALEIGH — During the month of April alone, North Carolina lost 572,000 jobs, or 12.5% of the state’s total employment. That’s a higher rate of job loss than any of our neighbors experienced. …
Memorial Day is personal In the midst of one of the most active news cycles in many of our lifetimes, there is a danger we will forget one of the most important holidays on the calendar. In all the talk about pandemics, …
Rotten education isn’t preordained Black politicians, civil rights leaders and their white liberal advocates have little or no interest in doing anything effective to deal with what’s no less than an education crisis among black …
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