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Harris passes torch to Elmore

CHANGING OF THE GUARD Outgoing Mayor Oscar Harris passed the proverbial torch to his successor Tuesday, expressing optimism for the days ahead on a “bittersweet” evening that marked the end of …

Whooping cough cases reported at local school

Western Harnett High School reported several cases of whooping cough Monday night. WHHS nurse Rebecca Campbell released an announcement alerting parents of an outbreak after confirming several …

Former housekeeping employees say Campbell did them dirty

A pair of former Campbell University employees say they and several others were given short notice that their jobs with the university would be terminated and shifted to a private company under a …

Fort Bragg names center after Gen. William C. Lee

FAYETTEVILLE - The “Father of the Airborne” has found a permanent home on the Fort Bragg campus. A memorialization dedication ceremony Tuesday morning honored the contributions of the late …

Deputies investigating discovery of human bones

A welfare check on someone, who had not been seen recently, led to the discovery of human bones near Erwin Tuesday night. Harnett County Sheriff Wayne Coats reported investigators were on the scene investigating Wednesday.
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Business
Holiday event planned Saturday at local business Have a picture taken with Santa or have a funnel cake or hot dog Saturday at Bleecker Automotive in Dunn. Christmas at Bleecker will be held starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, featuring a day …
Dunn chamber accepting award nominations The Dunn Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for awards to be presented at its annual membership and awards banquet on Jan. 28. Nominations are being accepted for: Man of the Year, …
Johnston County now a Retire NC community The Johnston County Visitors Bureau board members and staff were presented with a certificate designating the county as a N.C. Certified Retirement Community. The RetireNC program encourages …
Young entrepreneur celebrates one year in business She’s 31 years old, a mother of three and now a successful business owner. Meet Stacey Aman who is celebrating her one year in business at Stacey’s, a Dunn restaurant known for its country …
New doctors, care added to Benson Area Medical Center Benson Area Medical Center celebrated its 40th anniversary Tuesday night, announcing that it has added more doctors and mobile healthcare services to provide more care to a growing region. “We …
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Letters to the editor
Be thankful for this country To the editor: The beauty of the flag of the United States of America, and of the meaning of the pledge of the United States of America is something we the people of this great United States of …
Hunters can help change lives To the editor: North Carolina deer hunters have a unique opportunity this fall to make a real difference in the lives of their neighbors. North Carolina Hunters for the Hungry (NCHFTH) makes this …
Two additional pilots remembered To the Editor: Enjoyed reading the article “Airports in Dunn, 100 years ago” [“Into the Past” Dunn Area History Museum column, Sept. 24]. I was familiar with some of the locations and two …
Editorials
Student loans: What if Uncle Sam were a bank? We’ll give Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos something she doesn’t get very often — praise for an innovative idea. Even as Washington descends further into a hyperpartisan soup, this week she …
Your medical information should be yours to control Few things are more private than a person’s medical history. Yet without the consent of patients or their doctors, America’s second-largest health care system and Google are cooperating to share …
Zimmerman is suing — everyone. Why? George Zimmerman burst back into the news on Wednesday, just in time for the holiday season. You remember Zimmerman? He was acquitted in the 2013 fatal shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon …
The rural health gap A recent study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raises important concerns for residents of North Carolina’s rural communities. It found that these residents are seeing …
Columnists
Chilling case of sanctuary chickens Here is a chilling case of sanctuary chickens coming home to roost. Upon being convicted of armed robbery, kidnapping, home invasion and the brutal murders of two doctors on Tuesday, African …
The pivotal black vote Some polls in recent weeks have provided an encouraging picture for President Donald Trump of strengthening support among black voters. I like these kinds of reports. But I wonder how much of …
Open letter to Nancy I got to tell you, it has been quite refreshing watching Nancy Pelosi and the entire Democratic Party joining the American people in the draining of the swamp over the course of the last few weeks. …
‘Merry Christmas’ versus ‘Happy holidays’ With the countdown to Christmas well under way, have you been inundated with sales associates wishing you either a “Merry Christmas” or “Season’s greetings?” Have you noticed which …
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