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Hawke learned his lessons

by John Hood At the precise moment I heard that longtime Republican strategist Jack Hawke had finally lost his battle with cancer, I was editing a book chapter about the 1984 race for North Carolina’s governor. It was a pivotal campaign in the state’s political history, as the...

Yes, Christmas — but Thanksgiving, first

by Russell Capps You’ve already seen the Christmas sales ads and stores with full Christmas item displays while Thanksgiving is yet weeks away.  That’s okay.   Our economy needs to flourish. But let’s not ever forget Thanksgiving,  including its wonderful, historic, spiritual...

Outrage grows over health plan

by  Jim Tynen North Carolinians are growing more outraged as they find out what the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is really doing to their finances and their ability to control their health care. At the Civitas Institute, we have been compiling stories people have sent in about...

No winners, no losers in latest school funding ruling

by Scott Mooneyham For everyone involved, maybe their public proclamation should have been, “We didn’t lose! We didn’t lose! We didn’t lose!” Lawyers and politicians aren’t in the business of providing that kind of lukewarm response, though....

Climbing a new mountain peak

by D.G. Martin “Life is like a mountain range,” Ping Fu told a group of UNC-Chapel Hill students last week. Fu is the founder of Geomagic, Inc., which developed the computer code that made 3-D printing possible. Earlier this year she sold Geomagic to Spartanburg, S. C., based 3D...

Daffodil Days at Heritage marked

WAKE FOREST — It’s going to be a beautiful spring at Heritage, the master-planned golf community in Wake Forest. On Oct. 26-27, more than 100 families from the community joined together to plant 2,000 daffodil bulbs. Families registered for bags of five bulbs, which they planted...
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Waterfowl hunters need to practice boating, hunting safety

RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt campaign is reminding waterfowl hunters who use boats to practice both boating safety and hunting safety. “Statistics show more waterfowl hunters die from hypothermia and drowning than gunshot wounds,” said...
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Wakefield claims Cap 8 crown

Wolverines knock off Leesville to take sole possession of No. 1 spot by Becky Kimbrell-Norris RALEIGH — A back-and-forth battle ended in the favor of the Wakefield football team Friday as the Wolverines took down Leesville Road 34-31 to claim the Cap 8 Conference Championship....
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Patriots wrap up soccer season in playoffs

by Becky Kimbrell-Norris WAKE FOREST — After finishing the regular season off strong, the Franklin Academy boys soccer season came to an end in a 5-1 loss to visiting Raleigh Charter in the third round of the state 1A playoffs November 6. Coming into the game, the Patriots were a...