The amount of heat-trapping emissions humans have spewed into our atmosphere since last Earth Day was 10% less than a typical year, a cause for celebration if not for one salient fact: the reduction in carbon pollution will be short-lived as the global economy rebounds from the effects of th…

In March, 2021, Site Selection Magazine ranked Sanford, NC, #5 nationally in its top 100 ranking of Micropolitan Areas (population between 10,000 and 49,999) based on “corporate projects landed”, making it the highest ranked community in NC.

In every age, wherever people have built communities, the danger of fire has loomed on the periphery. Calm summer evenings and quiet wintery nights have been spliced by the sound of a fire station alarm. Men and women from all walks of life have scrambled to the call, the majority of which w…

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Lee County Commissioner Robert Reives proved earlier this week that common sense hasn’t disappeared entirely from our elected officials.

In recent years, there has been a major push to censor free speech, but I would argue that we need more voices to be heard, not fewer. The idea seems to be an attempt to filter out opinions and statements that are deemed offensive, but who gets to draw that line? Who gets to decide what opin…

RALEIGH — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our schools have gone in a variety of directions. Some public-school districts that shut down last spring have never reopened for in-person learning to any significant degree. Others have welcomed at least their younger students back to school,…

President-elect Joe Biden sent a risk-averse signal by choosing Tom Vilsack as his nominee for secretary of agriculture. Mr. Vilsack is a 70-year-old former Democratic governor of Iowa and has already done an eight-year stint as head of the Agriculture Department under President Barack Obama.

It’s that time of year again for predictions about the upcoming year. In my case, of course, these will be forecasts for the economy. Here are seven predictions I think have a reasonably good chance of happening in 2021.