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Prisons under ‘stay-at-home order’ no longer accepting new inmates

The North Carolina Division of Prisons placed a freeze on accepting new offenders from county jails in hopes of stopping the spread of COVID-19. Positive coronavirus cases within state prisons …

Dunn approves new norm for governmental meetings

Dunn City Council members voted to green light the purchase of two properties at the end of an electronic meeting, where council members practiced social distancing on Friday. Some city staff members …

Coronavirus alters Daily Record’s print schedule

In response to financial strain from the coronavirus pandemic, The Daily Record will shift its daily news coverage online and print two editions a week.

School district suspends meal and delivery services

Struggling families in Johnston County lost a key resource just as the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be peaking...

Experts recommend social distancing orders extend into May

A group of epidemiologists have determined the social distancing order instituted by Gov. Roy Cooper, will have a major impact on the spread of the cornoavirus (COVID-19). They recommend the …

New cases confirmed in Sampson County

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Third COVID-19 case reported in Sampson County

A third person has tested positive for the cornoavirus (COVID-19) in Sampson County, officials said Sunday...
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Staff furloughs reported at Cape Fear Valley Health system FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health began temporarily furloughing approximately 350 employees Friday in staff reductions that are expected to continue next week. On March 27, the health …
Walmart, Target limit number of shoppers in store Customers not adhering to social distancing rule
Unemployment surpasses records COVID-19 continued its assault on the unemployment record books as jobless numbers soared to unprecedented levels. More than six million Americans filed for unemployment in the week ending on …
It’s now our time to support small businesses During this trying time facing the coronavirus pandemic, our small businesses are faced with more than just social distancing. The backbone of our communities are the small businesses we see in our …
SECU ready to assist members facing income loss due to COVID-19 RALEIGH — State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) stands ready to help members financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of unexpected, large scale business closures, loss of jobs and …
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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 …
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 …
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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 …
Stay-at-home order a danger for some kids As children across the country adjust to their new normal of school at home, we’re reminded that for many of them, schools provided their only refuge from their struggles at home. Districts have …
Couch time and weight gain If you’re reading this at 11 a.m. and you already maxed out your recommended calories for the day, we feel you. Stay-home orders from state and local governments should come with refrigerator …
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Victory over the virus The late television comedian, Jack Benny, was known for his deadpan facial expressions and for being tight with money. On one show he was approached by a robber, who pointed a gun at him and said, …
Technology has reduced suffering RALEIGH — As painful as it is to live under North Carolina’s partial lockdown, just imagine how much worse it would be if the COVID-19 outbreak were happening before the advent of the …
Katiedid vs. ... confessions from the bathroom Confession No. 1,039 Topic: Coronavirus Dearest Porcelain Goddess, I bow before you, or rather, sit upon you with earnest gratitude for the physical separation you afford me from my children. …
Free people take responsibility and solve problems Several months ago, before anyone imagined the current crisis, I read a book called “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl. Frankl was a Jewish Viennese psychiatrist who was captured by …
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