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FHS raises money for Miracle League

FRANKLINTON — During the past five weeks, it’s been war at Franklinton High School. Penny war, that is. More than $1,200 in pennies was collected by students in the annual event, and the cash will be donated to the Miracle League of Franklin County. A pizza party Tuesday,...

McMahel completes training

WAKE FOREST — Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Jonathan S. McMahel graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air...

Optimist essay contest under way

WAKE FOREST — The Optimist Club in Wake Forest is holding an essay contest. The contest is open to students under age 19 who have not graduated from high school as of Dec. 31. Cash awards will be given to first-, second- and third-place winners. Due Feb. 20, the essay topic ...

Jobs lost at a minimum

by John Hood Correct ideas are not always popular ones. I freely admit that most North Carolinians favor increasing the legal minimum wage, through either congressional or legislative action. Supporters believe that it will help workers rise out of poverty, and that the cost will...

Red tape is a “flaring”-ly huge problem

Guest Opinion Chris Faulkner American energy companies are burning off millions of dollars’ worth of natural gas every day — on purpose. In North Dakota alone, rigs destroy almost $50 million worth of gas per month. This waste is unfortunate. And it’s the consequence of bad...

There’s no match for the fragrance of a fresh fir

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy I grew up on cedar Christmas trees, personally cut on some generous friends’ farm. I remember how excited I always was when the tree was nailed onto its wooden stand and brought into the living room. It smelled wonderful. There was usually a lot...

Wake school estimates must be double-checked

by Robert Luebke Before Wake County asks taxpayers for pay for more buildings, the school system needs to ensure its population estimates are accurate. In October 2013, Wake County voters approved an $810 million bond referendum to finance new schools and repairs. Now, a little...

A brief history of Tar Heel presidential politics

Capitol Press Association by Patrick Gannon An early poll suggests that North Carolina will again be a battleground state in the 2016 presidential race, especially if former First Lady Hillary Clinton ends up as the Democratic nominee. Raleigh-based Public Policy Polling released...