State needs better business brand

By  John Hood Liberal politicians, activists and commentators have spent months prodding, baiting and criticizing Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and the Republican-led state legislature. While occasionally goading their targets into making unwise comments, the obstructionists have...

The promise-breaking ideological giveaway to the wealthy

by Chris Fitzsimon If you go to the General Assembly website to read the details of the much-ballyhooed compromise tax bill — House Bill 998 — you will see that the short title is Tax Reduction Act. At least in that one small way, legislative leaders are finally being honest. The...

Tough to draw line

There may not be a more difficult subject to report on than sexual assault, especially in a community newspaper. There is a compelling need to share enough information with readers so that they can be informed and possibly protect themselves — particularly in cases where a...

Legislature has time for bad bills

by Brian Balfour, Civitas Though the General Assembly has loitered past its scheduled conclusion, lawmakers still seem to have time to think of bad bills. Consider House Bill 803, Healthy and High Performance Schools Act. It is filled with mind-numbing amounts of detail in an...
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New assistant superintendent for human resources hired

Dr. Cheryl Benson chosen for Franklin County Schools position By Jay Lamm LOUISBURG — As the Franklin County Board of Education continues to search for an interim and a new superintendent, it has selected a new assistant superintendent for human resources. Dr. Cheryl Benson was...