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Dunn re-booting efforts to revitalize Main Street

An effort by Dunn Downtown Development Corporation to revitalize the downtown area has been restarted in hopes of making Downtown Dunn one of the go-to spots in the area. Representatives of the …

Bringing awareness to domestic violence

The goal of organizers of a concert event this weekend is more than providing an evening of musical entertainment — they want to bring awareness to domestic violence and sexual assault. Singing …

Military musicians stop at Coats-Erwin

A group of local middle school music students got the rare experience last week of joining their instruments with a group of soldiers who make their living entertaining. Coats-Erwin Middle School …

It’s all ‘Burlap & Lace’ at the Coats Senior Center

Delayed a month because of weather, the Coats Senior Center’s dinner variety show is on go for the end of this week. “Burlap & Lace,” originally set for Sept. 14, was postponed due to …

Cameron man charged with abusing child

The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Cameron man Thursday and charged him with taking indecent liberties with a child. Roy Randolph Wright, 79, faces charges of taking indecent …
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Parent reacts to principal’s move
The parent of a Harnett Central High School student who was asked to take off a shirt with President Donald Trump’s name on it says …
Details sealed in off-duty officer shooting
Details are emerging about a Monday night incident that left an off-duty Fayetteville Police officer and the man accused of shooting …
Rape kit tracking just got a lot easier
It might not seem like much to the person on the street, but Harnett County was the first to utilize a new statewide system to track …
Principal working at same pay at central office
The Harnett Central High School principal who reportedly made a controversial decision to ask a student remove a shirt with President …
Off-duty Fayetteville officer shot
Details are still limited in the shooting of an off-duty Fayetteville Police officer in Sampson County Monday evening. According to …
Sports
Basketball registration period opens
Dunn Parks and Recreation is now accepting registrations for basketball for ages 5-13. The registration period will close Nov. 14 at 5 …
Central volleyball celebrates seniors with 3-0 sweep over Triton
Harnett Central sent out its seniors with a bang Monday as the Trojans trounced Triton 3-0 on senior night, winning 25-16, 25-20 and …
Trojans spoil Hawks’ senior night with 4-2 win
Revenge is a dish best served cold, and the Harnett Central soccer team got a taste of it Monday night. The Trojans picked up a …
Maggie McCormick is this week's Student-Athlete of the Week. McCormick is Harnett Central's top girls' runner and won both the Jungle Run and the Hagan Stone XC Classic this season. She carries a 4.16 GPA.
Central’s McCormick is finding her stride ahead of conference and state meets
When Maggie McCormick first joined the cross country team at Harnett Central, she thought of it as just a social activity — …
Midway Middle beats Roseboro-Salemburg
In the football season opener, Midway Middle School defeated Roseboro-Salemburg 12-8 in a defensive slugfest on Wednesday at Lakewood …
Community News
Business
Coats Medical Services now accepting walk-ins Harnett County residents no longer have to wait to schedule a local doctor’s appointment. Coats Medical Services is now accepting new patients and walk-ins, no appointment needed. Coats Medical …
Roses receives Community Empowerment Partner Award JCI staff presented Roses in Dunn with a Community Empowerment Partner Award to show appreciation to the business for its collaboration and support in helping JCI reach its mission and to observe …
CCCC SBC in Harnett County offers seminars The Central Carolina Community College Small Business Center in Harnett County is offering the following October seminars. To pre-register or for more information about these seminars, call …
McDonald’s opens with a fresh look Visitors to Dunn’s westside McDonald’s have noticed major changes inside the store following a complete renovation of the interior. The lobby of the McDonald’s on West Cumberland Street …
Johnston Health honors education department secretary as Ambassador of the Month Phoebe Allen, the secretary for the education department at Johnston Health, has been named Ambassador of the Month. During a recent presentation, CEO Chuck Elliott said Mrs. Allen sets a bright …
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From the Opinion page
Letters to the editor
To the editor: Appreciates Kindness During Evacuation I write you while sitting in the wonderful, new Hampton Inn in Benson. My wife and I arrived here on Wednesday, Sept. 12, after evacuating our home in …
To the editor, You Need To Have A Will The death of a loved one is hard for any and everyone affected by it but what’s even harder is dying and not knowing who or where your possessions will go to. It is …
To the editor: The Case Of The Missing Senator(s) We are in a slow, steady decline of American democracy. Sen. Thom Tillis makes no time to hear constituents’ concerns in North Carolina — unless you’re …
Editorials
Prayers for N.C. pastor’s release answered Andrew Craig Brunson, an evangelical Christian pastor from Black Mountain who had been jailed in Turkey, came home over the weekend. Following pressure from the U.S. government, including …
Watch out for school buses A distracted motorist is a dangerous motorist, and in today’s busy, high-tech world there are dozens of ways those behind the wheel of a vehicle can have their attention steered away from the road. …
Representative democracy fails when citizens don’t participate The people, not the politicians, are the intended governors. The people govern by electing representatives to manage our civic affairs. When the people do not vote or when the impact of voting is …
Billy Barfield will be remembered for his service Dunn suffered a loss with the death Saturday of Billy Barfield. Mr. Barfield was 79, but you couldn’t tell it with the amount of service he performed, service he performed for others. First and …
Trump shirt flap calls for state law on student speech It’s sorely tempting to criticize Harnett Central High School Principal Cindy Gordon after she reportedly kicked a student out of a football game for wearing a Donald Trump shirt. But examining …
Columnists
Selective free speech Never in my wildest dreams did I ever suspect to see my home county of Harnett County making national news for a case involving the First Amendment rights of a high school student who attended a …
Midterms According to the Pew Research Center, 66 percent of those supporting Democratic candidates and 18 percent of those supporting Republican candidates say, “If a person is rich, it is because he or …
And the deluge continues ... really You would think in this day and age of technology and such, we could all be less bothered with junk email. Before you say anything, I know you can unsubscribe to the various lists, but that’s …
Cold, but happy fall, y’all ... When it comes to Southerners, most love transitioning from scorching, summer temperatures to autumn. I’m not one of those people. When I see signs inscribed, “Happy Fall, Y’all,” I want …
Electoral College Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, seeking to represent New York’s 14th Congressional District, has called for the abolition of the Electoral College. Her argument came on the heels of …
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