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John Arthur McKay, 77

John Arthur McKay of Raleigh, died Tuesday, Oct. 1 at Hospice of Wake County at the age of 77. Over the course of his life, John valued family, the challenges of ever-changing technology, writing, music, traveling and cooking for others. John is survived by Susan, his loving wife...
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Esther Adams Whitaker, 92

Esther Adams Whitaker, age 92, of Springmoor Retirement Community, Raleigh, NC, died Oct. 4, 2013 at Rex Memorial Hospital. A celebration of life service was held 2 p. m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at Wake Forest Baptist Church, Wake Forest. Esther Whitaker was preceded in death by...

James Wallace Watkins, 76

James Wallace Watkins, 76, of Rolesville, died peacefully at his home, Oct. 5, 2013. He was born Feb. 16, 1937 in Wake County to the late Fred Watkins and Minnie Minor Watkins. Funeral services were held 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home with the...

It’s time to drop the rhetoric

The kerfuffle over the possibility of Wake Forest Fire Department (WFFD) locating a fire station on Jenkins Road is slipping out of hand. There is a principle in debate called Godwin’s Law that goes something like: The longer or more heated a discussion grows, the more likely it...

Cooper looks ready to launch

by Scott Mooneyham Roy Cooper has touched this button before. He’s never actually pushed it. By all accounts, he plans to do so this time around. Prominent political insiders in Raleigh had been saying for weeks that the four-term state attorney general was going to get into the...

Capitol hijinks a mess for everyone

by Jean McCamy It’s so embarrassing. We have international visitors and here is the United States with its pants down, oops, no, sorry, with its government down. Not exactly an easy little faux pas to ignore or explain away, is it? I frankly can’t think of any explanation for how...

ACA advocates can’t argue with facts

To the editor: Last week, a couple of letters to the editor attacked Rep. Chris Malone for his stance on the Affordable Care Act. N.C. Rep. Malone stated that some of the promises were already being broken and cited actual numbers. He pointed out that the law was no longer the...

Local USDA office closed, phones open

LOUISBURG — Due to the current Federal Government shutdown, the USDA-NRCS Louisburg Field Office is closed. The Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District is open and can be reached at 919-526-2550. Additionally, the Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District Board will...

Justice filed political lawsuit

by John Hood What’s the Obama administration trying to do? No, I’m not speculating about the president’s strategies for implementing his health care law or besting Congressional Republicans in budget battles. Today’s topic is closer to home: the decision by Attorney General Eric...