I always stand for the national anthem

Every time that old barroom tune – which didn’t become this nation’s official patriotic song until 117 years after it was written &#...

November 2nd, 2017 |  


Teacher pay deserves reasoned debate

Teacher pay deserves reasoned debate

Should public schoolteachers be compensated as professionals? All four panelists at a recent “Hometown Debate” staged at the Old Post Offi...

November 1st, 2017 |  


Keep Halloween fun and safe

Today will make the official celebration of All Hallow’s Eve, or as most refer to it, Halloween. Clinton and the county, itself, are observing t...

October 31st, 2017 |  


Join the contest for the fun, chance at cash

If you enjoy Halloween, dressing up or both, then we’ve got just the contest for you. And if you’ve got a costume, flaunt it; if your chil...

October 29th, 2017 |  


We’re talking about practice

We’re talking about practice

“Practice? We’re talking about practice, man.” If you are a sports fan, you probably know that the quote was from former star NBA ba...

October 29th, 2017 |  


Prison reform is hopeful sign

Prison reform is hopeful sign

I’ve been spending a lot of my time recently on projects that facilitate constructive conversation across political differences. It’s clea...

October 27th, 2017 |  


Addictive Drugs: What is the solution?

Addictive Drugs: What is the solution?

In 1920 the United States adopted an amendment to the United States Constitution that prohibited the sale of alcoholic beverages. That act generated a...

October 26th, 2017 |  


Cooper picks unwise political fights

Cooper picks unwise political fights

RALEIGH — During the 2016 gubernatorial campaign, Democratic politicians, progressive activists, and left-leaning media outlets excoriated Pat M...

October 25th, 2017 |  


Choosing to give to United Way

Sampson County citizens are known for their giving spirit. It’s a fact we often repeat, but we don’t believe it can be said enough. Whethe...

October 24th, 2017 |  


Watch out for school buses

A distracted motorist is a dangerous motorist, and in today’s busy, high-tech world there are dozens of ways for those behind the wheel of a veh...

October 22nd, 2017 |