THUMBS UP: Volunteer scholarships
Michigan family needing help with funeral expenses and a college fund. A team from a Philadelphia high school wanting to attend the Robotics World Championship. A wildlife conservancy trying to protect its rangers as they safeguard dwindling numbers of rhino.
It’s good, but not good enough.
That was the sentiment of city officials, in particular Mayor Chet Mann
Monday’s tragic murder at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro will be classified by some as a school shooting, and technically, it was because it occurred on a school campus.
THUMBS UP: Duke’s championship
Education can be a fertile ground for disagreement, but when it comes to school performance grades, administrators and educators across the state are singing the same tune.
We’re better together than apart.
We've touted the benefits of Central Carolina Works, the public-private initiative created right here in Lee County, in this space before.
THUMBS UP: Lower gas prices
We’re not happy about this.
Sen. Ronald Rabin, R-Harnett, and three other sponsors filed Senate Bill 650 Monday to implement partisan elections statewide.
Maybe the third time will be a charm.
THUMBS UP: Arts and Vine’s free admission
While Duke Energy’s multi-million offer for coal ash storage has been hotly debated, it’s hard to argue that the Lee County Commissioners have been the proverbial rock in a hard place through this ordeal.
Last night Lee County commissioners voted 5-1 to accept up to $12 million from Duke Energy in exchange for dumping as much as 8 million tons of its coal ash within the county.
I normally stay out of political fights like this, but after Monday night, my position has to change.
If residents want to see who voted to place coal ash in Lee County, go to the North Carolina Legislature’s webpage and pull Senate Bill 729 from the 2014 session. Make sure you see who sponsored the bill. They are the ones who developed the plans to place coal ash in clay mine pits in North Carolina. Because Lee County is the clay/brick capital of North Carolina, the bill gave Duke the right to place coal ash in the county without approval of the local government.
THUMBS UP: BYPASS BUSINESSES
Ask people about their families, and you'll likely get a listing that includes a spouse, children, parents, siblings — and often pets.
Did you see what Duke Energy just did?
As if we needed reminding?
With academic and social pressures looming large, school can be an imposing place for any student.
The economy, both locally and nationally, has had its share of twists and turns in recent years, but signals of a rebound are as common as the signs that spring is on its way.
"Luck is when opportunity meets with preparation.”
It’s difficult to single out just one local organization whose good works have contributed to the betterment of our community, and say it’s “the best.”
Recent weeks have proven to be a challenging time for Central Carolinians – and North Carolinians in general. Winter weather has had a major impact on our lives, with missed work for some and missed time in the classroom for students.
An inspiration to us all