Getting a good start to rest of life

The first week of August signals a shift in a community’s energy. The laziness of summer starts to draw to a close, stores put out all their back-to-school items and folks rush to squeeze in just a little more vacation. For area high schools, August is not only a time for fall...

Fight to keep legal notices in newspapers over — for now

Off and on this past legislative session, we’ve written about the battle to keep public notices in newspapers. It has seemed that every year, for a while, there’s been an effort by certain municipalities to be relieved of the requirement to publish notices anywhere else other...

Bamfoozled: When the Right is wrong

As we went to print Wednesday morning, the state House Rules Committee was debating a little ballyhooed bill, S287. This bill, which shamefully already passed the senate, would stop requiring towns and other municipal entities to run legal notices in newspapers. It allows them...

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...

Common Core State Standards fail to impress

In 2010, the North Carolina State Board of Education unanimously adopted the federal Common Core State Standards in math and English. Common Core is designed, at least in theory, to better prepare students to compete on an international level as well as be ready for college and...

We, the people

In 1973, two newcomers to Wake Forest, Mrs. Jafar Ali and Mrs. Leon Stenzel, decided it was time for locals to celebrate the nation’s Independence Day with community activities, a parade and fireworks. The two women, both from up North, were channeling celebrations from their own...