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Beddingfield High School students survived a brush with danger when a charter bus ferrying them home to Wilson from a Florida trip veered off the highway and into a ditch last Sunday. The … more
It was only a few years ago that most Republicans in the N.C. General Assembly were pushing hard for reforms that would take redistricting power away from lawmakers and give it to a nonpartisan … more
Like a good point guard on any winning team, the Commission on College Basketball set the offense in motion Wednesday and dished out several assists to help the NCAA, the NBA and the AAU make moves … more
Just about every American knows the importance of 1776, when 13 colonies declared their independence and created a democratic experiment unlike any other in world history. We will celebrate the 242nd … more
A powerful person or organization attacks your personal credibility. A report is filed with authorities, and a hearing is conducted. These charges against you are discussed in a public forum. Media … more
Who’s more intolerant of free speech — liberals or conservatives? Both sides made a compelling case this week with angry partisan throngs trying to force the firing of a California professor … more
With primary elections less than two weeks away, voters who wish to voice support for their chosen candidates are running out … more
Here’s what North Carolina public school educators face in providing a quality education to the state’s children: • School buildings where sewage seeps up through floors and … more
It takes a lot of gall for cities that rely on involuntary taxation to penalize private charity. Fayetteville is making headlines this week for its bizarre ban on driver-to-pedestrian exchanges, … more
“We know a thing or two about health care because we’ve done a thing or two in health care.” Those are the words of Dr. Robin Cummings, the chancellor at the University of North Carolina at … more
Despite a recent bloom of political activism and passion, history suggests that come Election Day, most people will opt out of their most important duty as citizen — voting. The StarNews … more
A parent and a retired teacher who wanted to express support for embattled Fike High School girls soccer coach Toni Varacchi were silenced at this week’s school board meeting, but it’s the rules … more
Our state’s flagship public university can no longer hide behind federal student privacy laws when it comes to shielding the people it’s disciplined for sexual misconduct from scrutiny. A … more
It’s fashionable to argue that newspapers are dead, or at least rapidly dying. But this week’s unveiling of the 2018 Pulitzer Prizes is a heartening reminder of journalism’s strength in America … more
College students may not understand free speech, but at the University of North Carolina, professors seem plenty willing to teach them. The UNC-Chapel Hill Faculty Council voted 28-4 last Friday … more
It’s becoming increasingly evident that the spread of GenX into the water supply from the Chemours plant is an air-pollution problem too. There are, in fact, several ways that the chemical used … more
Shouting at a teacher, shoving a classmate in the hallway or swiping a snack from the cafeteria used to land kids in the principal’s office. Now these youthful indiscretions send them to … more
Should local authorities have a role in federal immigration enforcement? A comparative case study will play out in Wilson and Nash counties, next-door neighbors who are employing opposite … more
Add another sign to the green metal markers alerting drivers that they’ve entered Wilson County. It should read “Now Hiring.” When the N.C. Department of Commerce released unemployment … more
Teresa O’Dell, the clerk of superior court in Surry County, had an idea, a really awful, reprehensible idea that needs to be quashed as even a possibility, much less a strategy. O’Dell, a … more
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