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  • COLUMNS

    Forecast calls for growth

    Twice a year, I pull out my cloudy crystal ball and attempt to make some predictions about the direction and pace of the North Carolina economy. I just finished my latest effort, and, as usual, the results are a combination of pluses and minuses.

  • COLUMNS

    Snobs derail poet laureate

    I do not know the woman who was briefly North Carolina’s poet laureate, and I’m in no position to judge the quality of her work; I have not read it, and if I did, I’m sure it would appear foreign to my prose-preferring brain.

  • EDITORIALS

    Should county give money to nonprofits?

    Johnston County Commissioners said recently they will study whether to give tax dollars to nonprofits. We’re comfortable with whatever decision they make.

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Your Letters: Neuse Charter School is growing for a reason

    Parents, families, businesses, government leaders and organizations in Johnston surrounding counties have been showing a great deal of interest in Neuse Charter School, the only public school of choice in Johnston County. This is because Neuse Charter has a longstanding track record of high student...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Your Letters: Daughter’s school earns his thanks

    With the school year having closed, I wanted to reflect a few moments on my daughter’s seventh-grade year at Smithfield Middle School.

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Your letters: Smithfield Middle is a great school

    I have two daughters, one of whom attended Smithfield Middle School and one who will be in eighth grade there next school year.

  • COLUMNS

    Arts Council should be indispensable

    Years ago, I met with Johnston County Arts Council leaders, who wanted to know how better to get their message – and their mission – across to Johnston residents.

  • EDITORIALS

    Taxpayers deserve answers

    Not everyone on the Smithfield Town Council wants to get the bottom of the town’s pay scandal. It would be cheaper, they argue, to pay former town manager Eric Williams than to fight him in court, where soaring legal fees might pale in comparison to a costly judgment against the town.

  • COLUMNS

    ‘Fake’ news or trouble?

    I can recall three instances in which agencies receiving large sums of taxpayer dollars wouldn’t divulge employee salaries; two of them ended badly. The third, involving a group of charter schools, is playing out now.

  • COLUMNS

    Help college mark 45 years

    Birthdays are a big deal at our house. Some in my family have been known to stretch a birthday celebration for as long as a week or two.

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