January 22, 2017

The growing pains of North Carolina’s divided state government so far have not been very much fun to watch.

Republican lawmakers fired the first salvos by stripping incoming Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper of several powers during a special session hastily called a few weeks before he was to take…

January 20, 2017

The effectiveness of a presidency is measured in different ways – through political biases, personal gains or losses and, occasionally, by slightly more objective measures.

As Donald Trump takes the oath of office today to become the nation’s 45th president, we say goodbye to Barack…

January 15, 2017

Nash County certainly lost a dedicated advocate with the passing last week of former longtime Commissioner Billy Morgan.

Morgan died Wednesday at his home in Middlesex at the age of 84, just hours after Nash County commissioners voted unanimously to appoint him to the Human Services Board as an at-…

January 11, 2017

The N.C. General Assembly returns to Raleigh today for the start of the legislative long session.

As we noted in this space last week, the initial jousting between Republican leaders and new Gov. Roy Cooper does not bode well for a cooperative year. Your take on which side is right on any given…

January 08, 2017

Edgecombe County will be losing a well-respected and dedicated public servant when Sheriff James L. Knight leaves office next month.

In a surprise announcement last week, Knight said he will retire effective Feb. 28, capping a long, distinguished and successful law enforcement career.


January 06, 2017

A looming winter storm froze plans for the public inauguration ceremony Saturday of Nash County native Gov. Roy Cooper.

Administration officials on Thursday decided to postpone the ceremonial swearing-in, inauguration parade in downtown Raleigh and other inaugural activities in anticipation of a…

January 04, 2017

We are just a few pages into the 2017 calendar, but already the air seems fresher, particularly in the Twin Counties economy.

As Telegram business writer Corey Davis reported this week in a year-end review of 2016, there are plenty of promising inititatives afoot that Eastern North Carolina has not…

January 01, 2017

Today marks the beginning of a new year – and once again we look forward with optimism to the days ahead.

Every new year presents an opportunity for a new start, a break with the past, a time to set our sights on a better future.

That is especially true today, for in so many ways, 2016 was…

December 27, 2016

Good news has been a long time coming for the city of Rocky Mount. But that is just what we got in 2016.

When word that a major transportation hub was coming to the region, bringing jobs and the promise of new businesses with it, we all took a great big sigh of relief. The news was indeed exciting.…

December 26, 2016

For those who haven’t been keeping score, North Carolina is a battleground state. What this means for practical purposes is we can expect to be inundated with campaign ads and media frenzies every election cycle. What that label means after election season is that people are paying attention.…

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