Being ready … just in case

It looks as if Sampson County and eastern North Carolina will dodge the powerful bullet that is Hurricane Irma, but even as this is being published ch...

September 10th, 2017 |  


More alike than they seem

More alike than they seem

“You can tell a lot about a person by the words they use.” That was a line from a radio commercial from several years ago promoting a prog...

September 10th, 2017 |  


John Merrick’s place in society

John Merrick’s place in society

Come early September each year, my thoughts turn to John Merrick who was born on Sept. 7, 1859, a few miles south of Clinton, in the Taylors Bridge co...

September 9th, 2017 |  


Supporting fundraisings benefits many

As fall is rapidly being ushered in, so too are many of Sampson County’s annual fundraising events.And we hope residents will continue to be as ...

September 8th, 2017 |  


You know there’s a seasonal change coming around here when several things begin to happen. One is when football stadium lights come up, cheering...

September 6th, 2017 |  


Should have started a year ago

Should have started a year ago

Recently, I was at the gym working out. Music was playing over the gym’s sound system. I enjoy the beat of the music, but honestly, I hardly und...

September 3rd, 2017 |  


Honoring those who labor

Monday marks yet another holiday on our yearly calendar, a day in which some of us will enjoy time away from work; others will wrap up final beach wee...

September 3rd, 2017 |  


Unaffiliated voters hold the key

Unaffiliated voters hold the key

About 30 percent of North Carolina’s 6.8 million registered voters are Republicans. So how in the world do Republicans ever win election in the ...

September 1st, 2017 |  


Henderson has made a difference

The number of grandparents taking responsibility for their grandchildren is growing. In fact, according to some, it is reaching epidemic proportions b...

September 1st, 2017 |  


America’s wall

America’s wall

The U.S. border with Mexico has been controversial for a long time. As the territory that is now Texas began to fill with pioneer settlers, they sough...

August 31st, 2017 |