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Possible case of coronavirus reported in NC

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is investigating a possible case of infection with the newly discovered 2019 coronavirus. The individual recently traveled to China and passed through Wuhan City, where the outbreak originated, but had not visited the seafood and animal market that was linked to many early cases. This person arrived at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Jan. 23.

Erwin drainage project near completion

A long-awaited and much-needed drainage project in Erwin is nearing its completion. Hurricane Matthew in 2016 exposed a lingering vulnerability in Erwin when it came to heavy rains and flooding. …

Police nab more suspects in car wash shooting

Erwin police have arrested three men and a juvenile in connection with a shooting at the Sunshine Car Wash on Jan. 3 that left two people hospitalized. Police suspect the shooting occurred when a …

Four in custody after armed robbery in Cameron

Four men are in custody following an armed robbery at a home in Cameron on Monday night. The men are accused of robbing a man at gunpoint while attending a party at the home on Farley Road, …

County considering Second Amendment sanctuary status

Harnett County could soon be joining a growing trend across North Carolina, showing full support for the Second Amendment and gun ownership. At the last two Harnett County Board of Commissioners …
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Four Oaks Chamber hosts annual member appreciation dinner The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Member Appreciation Dinner on Thursday, Jan. 16. Participants were treated to a catered dinner, as well as an opportunity to network with their …
Business brief 01.23.20 Dollar General opens area store Dollar General’s newest store at 8909 U.S. Highway 401 North, Fuquay-Varina, is now open. The location will celebrate its official grand opening Saturday, …
SECU members invest more than $1 billion RALEIGH — Credit Union Investment Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of State Employees’ Credit Union and a North Carolina registered investment adviser, reached a historic milestone in …
Ann Milton Realty earns Beautification Award Ann Milton Realty, recently relocated to 107 W. Front St., Lillington, was presented the Four Seasons Garden Club of Lillington Beautification Award. Each quarter, the club’s Civic Improvement …
Cancer center at Central Harnett welcomes new physician The Harnett Health Cancer Center at Central Harnett hospital recently announced that Dr. Madhuri Vithala is joining the Cancer Center team as lead medical oncologist. She will begin seeing patients …
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Letters to the editor
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 …
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 …
Editorials
High school interns help NASA find new planets NASA’s recent discovery of two new planets — one scientifically resembling Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine and another that’s Earth-sized and possibly habitable — are inspiring for …
Virginia backlash shows gun control deeply unpopular Eight North Carolina counties have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries in a preemptive strike against gun control measures like those making their way to the lawbooks in neighboring …
Grants should push to increase pre-K funding It’s welcome news that two new federal grants will give North Carolina $56 million over the next seven years to help early childhood programs, but the extra money comes within a disappointing …
Cancer death rates show a record drop Cancer remains a dreaded diagnosis, but there’s heartening news. America is showing great progress against some of the most deadly forms of the disease, particularly lung cancer and the aggressive …
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Katiedid vs. ... saber-toothed contact This morning, I dropped my contact lens in the sink, and it took me no less than 10 minutes to find it. Yes, the lens is transparent, making it difficult to find, but the thing about losing your …
Give wisely to those in need – not scammers Earlier this month, the Durham Housing Authority relocated about 270 families from McDougald Terrace, a Durham public housing complex, after inspections indicated elevated carbon monoxide levels in …
Education choice could shift the black vote Sometimes the timing of events is so auspicious that it is hard to attribute it to coincidence. The week of Jan. 26 is National School Choice week. First observed in 2011, for the 10th time, …
The truth comes out I understand that many of you are tired of hearing about the presidential impeachment. Like most of you, I lost interest in this very early on, trying to figure out how people like Nancy Pelosi, Adam …
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