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August 20, 2017

An important and much-needed local nonprofit organization kicked off its annual fundraising effort last week, and we urge everybody in the community to answer the call and lend their support.

The United Way of the Tar River Region on Thursday launched its 2017 fundraising campaign Thursday…

August 20, 2017

My family and I just spent a week at the beach – and found our big stack of reusable grocery and retail bags to be rather handy.

If you’ve ever taken a crowd to and from the beach, particularly if some are kids, you know exactly what I mean. There will be dirty clothes and linens…

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August 20, 2017

Road repairs in residential areas in both Nash and Edgecombe counties are sadly lacking.

While areas of interest such as the downtown area get all the attention, which now our increased taxes pay for, homeowners pay taxes with threats of names in the newspapers or loss of property or interest fines…

August 20, 2017

I would like to have more clarification from Chief Moore about shooting into a house.

It doesn't matter what room a person is in, it seems to me if someone shoots at your house, they are attempting to shoot the people inside.

Let’s take an example.

You are outside and someone shoots at you,…

August 20, 2017

It’s so sad - efforts by some people here to keep black and white folks in our local community from getting along peacefully any more. the recent clamor to tear down the 100-year-old Confederate monument on Falls Road is an example of what I’m talking about.

Those statues have nothing…

August 20, 2017

It's time we had a national referendum on defense spending.

You could do it in one day, a one-item vote.

It could be stated real simple, just say the Pentagon budget is $600 billion per year, do you favor slashing defense spending in half?”

Put the vote out there for the people and let the…

August 19, 2017

The jury’s still out on whether court-ordered redistricting will reduce Republicans’ power in the legislature after the 2018 election, but it’s becoming clear that the new districts could force out some incumbents from both parties – including a few African-American…

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August 19, 2017

This is a warning to people about a scam that is supposedly from the federal government offering free grant money with no repayment.

I have had two calls about this recently.

One was stupid enough to give me an address.

The government does not call you and offer you grant money, you apply for it.…

August 18, 2017

Situated on a busy thoroughfare and oh so romantically named, the 1st Interstate Motel in Casper, Wyoming, could stand improvement. Eight of its nine reviewers on Trip Advisor gave it the lowest rating possible, and they weren’t shy about their reasons. “Absolutely filthy.”…

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August 18, 2017

There always seems to be someone who has a mistaken understanding of Social Security, Social Security disability, and Medicare. All three of these items are paid for by the individual and his employer.

The current taxes for Social Security, Social Security disability and Medicare tax for 2017 are:…

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