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During a recent forum, some Johnston school board candidates called on County Commissioners to up their education spending. One candidate even suggested that commissioners had been shortchanging the … more
We share the Smithfield Town Council’s distaste for vacant, dilapidated buildings. They’re eyesores that cast doubts on a town’s vitality. Still, we’re not sure the Town Council’s … more
A Republican state Senate candidate is making headlines throughout North Carolina for all the wrong reasons. Dennis Nielsen was served with a domestic violence protective order after wife Karen … more
Eight decades after the anti-pot propaganda film “Reefer Madness” stirred a moral panic over marijuana, cops and prosecutors in North Carolina are bending the truth to bind hemp to its infamous … more
County commissioners have been talking about it for a year now, and were scheduled to talk about it again earlier this week. Meanwhile, candidates for county commissioner have mentioned it too in … more
Johnston County’s interim superintendent of schools, Jim Causby, has said the school system’s budget deficit is not the result of criminal mischief. In other words, no one in the public schools … more
The year that’s ending wasn’t an especially good one. As the curtain prepares to close on 2019, our country’s leaders remain deeply divided over President Trump and whether to remove him … more
In 1984, Congress used its power of the purse to limit alcohol sales to buyers 21 and up. The National Minimum Drinking Age Act threatened state legislatures with a loss of federal highway funds if … more
Two decades. More than 2,300 U.S. troop deaths. Roughly a trillion dollars. Time, blood and treasure haven’t stamped out the scourge of terrorism or transformed Afghanistan into a stable … more
Censorship is no longer on the agenda for Johnston County school board meetings. In a victory for free speech and open government, the county Board of Education approved a new public comment … more
Former President Barack Obama is urging the crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates to temper their progressivism with a dose of pragmatism. Far-left policies like eliminating all … more
President Donald Trump is in the thick of yet another high school free speech controversy. A North Surry High School student made a joke about Trump during an improv club meeting on Wednesday, … more
Bennett Jones is back at Clayton High School’s helm — thanks in no small part to months of sustained advocacy from parents, students and prominent community members. But the Johnston County Board … more
Religion, speech, press, assembly, petition. If you can recite that list from memory, you’re ahead of 96% of American adults, according to the Freedom Forum Institute’s 2019 State of the … more
For the second time in six months, the bigwigs in Chapel Hill appear to be gunning for an East Carolina University chancellor’s job. Former Chancellor Cecil Staton announced his departure from … more
Two weeks ago, Interim Superintendent Jim Causby blew the whistle on the school board that hired him for meddling in his predecessor’s investigation into a Clayton High School football player’s … more
You trusted Mike Wooten, Peggy Smith, Teresa Grant and Ronald Johnson when you voted for them in 2016. Two years later, you gave Terri Sessoms, Todd Sutton and Tracie Zukowski your vote of … more
Legal scholars are blowing the whistle on a North Carolina school district and the state’s high school sports sanctioning body following a free speech controversy. The North Carolina High … more
Judges have sent North Carolina lawmakers back to the drawing board to redraft the state’s lopsided legislative district maps. Again. A panel of three Superior Court judges handed down the … more
When school begins on Monday, bus drivers will have their routes, students will have their class schedules and coaches will have their fall sports rosters — but teachers still won’t know how much … more
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