OUR VIEW: N.C. legislators try to weaken press freedoms

One little-known part of the newspaper publishing business is that the folks who deliver our product every morning aren’t employees. They’...

September 25th, 2015 |  


No shortage of ideas for a walk on the lighter side

No shortage of ideas for a walk on the lighter side

People always ask me where I get ideas for weekly columns. I get asked if everything I write about is true. It is, mostly. I do change names to protec...

September 25th, 2015 |  


Dismantling traditional public schools

Dismantling traditional public schools

The formal budget fight may be over in the General Assembly, but the battle over education funding and the crusade to dismantle traditional public sch...

September 23rd, 2015 |  


State initiates building boom

State initiates building boom

RALEIGH — As a longtime observer of the North Carolina legislature, I have a pet peeve: lawmakers, lobbyists and reporters alike focus too much ...

September 23rd, 2015 |  


Flawed budget formula won’t improve N.C.’s economy

Flawed budget formula won’t improve N.C.’s economy

The final budget approved by the General Assembly last week and signed by the governor is based on a rather narrow vision of what is possible for Nort...

September 23rd, 2015 |  


Livestock shows teach leadership, life skills

Livestock shows teach leadership, life skills

Richmond County 4-H youth are at the top of their game as they take top placings at each livestock circuit show they travel to. They are winning lots ...

September 22nd, 2015 |  


Musical family makes joyful noise

Musical family makes joyful noise

I have always loved music. I guess that it must be an inherited gene because my dad loved to sing and play guitar. He could really play almost any kin...

September 22nd, 2015 |  


LETTER: The link between immigration and job loss

To the editor:“We don’t want much.” That’s what the immigrants say when they first get here, be they legal or illegal. But tha...

September 21st, 2015 |  


McInnis and trickle-down economics

McInnis and trickle-down economics

Finally, the North Carolina General Assembly finished their homework and submitted a budget. It was due on June 30, but I suppose there are no penalti...

September 21st, 2015 |  


Meth scourge in Rash novel is no fiction

Meth scourge in Rash novel is no fiction

Ron Rash, Western Carolina professor and author of five previous novels including “Serena,” captures his beloved North Carolina mountains ...

September 21st, 2015 |