New data clarify jobless trends

by John Hood Last July, North Carolina became the first state to exit the federal government’s extended-benefits program for unemployment insurance. Six months later, at the start of 2014, extended benefits ceased in the rest of the country. President Obama and some politicians...

Potential third-grade retention crisis looms

By Matt Ellinwood More than half of North Carolina’s third-graders could be held back this year as districts work to implement the state’s new Read to Achieve law. The program’s goal of ensuring that all third-graders can read on grade level before being promoted to fourth grade...

Franklin County sheriff’s reports

Arrests •Lamont Andrea McKoy, 41, 588 Pinkney Church Road, Freemont, was arrested in Johnson County in connection with the recent chop shop bust in Franklin County and charged with 12 counts felony possession of a motor from a stolen motor vehicle, three felony counts of altering...