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  • EDITORIALS

    Schools need to raise their expectations

    Last week, we ran a story on Johnston student scores on the latest end-year tests given by the state. Truth be told, we didn’t find the scores useful, and we doubt parents did either.

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Your Letters: Craig Olive goes beyond the call of duty

    We are writing this letter as a humble note of appreciation for the quality of service provided from the Johnston County Register of Deeds Office.

  • COLUMNS

    UNC system makes progress

    When Republicans won their legislative majorities in 2010 and expanded them in 2012, they ran on a platform of fiscal conservatism and reform. They’ve largely delivered on it. Tax and regulatory burdens are lower. State spending growth has been restrained. Lawmakers have implemented major...

  • COLUMNS

    Special session coming?

    State lawmakers have returned home to their districts for good to campaign for re-election in November. Or have they?

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Your Letters: East Smithfield group thankful for support

    The East Smithfield Improvement Organization celebrated its second annual “Fun in the Park” July 26 at Smith-Collins Park in Smithfield. The event was designed to bring the residents together in fun, information and unity during a day at the park.

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Your Letters: Smithfield Middle served her children well

    I would like to begin by saying that my son had a great experience at Smithfield Middle School. His teachers, principals and coaches always encouraged him to excel in his academics and sports.

  • COLUMNS

    Know your laws?

    Every legislative session, North Carolina lawmakers propose laws that raise eyebrows, generate chuckles around the Legislative Building or are simply a little weird. It’s fun to imagine what the staffers who draft the bills are thinking as they write them. Here are descriptions of 15 such...

  • COLUMNS

    Book bans undercut teachers

    Perhaps it’s because I’m a free-speech advocate. Perhaps it’s because I think we ought to talk about our problems, not sweep them under the rug. But I cringe when I hear that a public school has banned or restricted access to a book.

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Your Letters: Parent grateful for Smithfield Middle

    My experiences with Smithfield Middle School have been great. The administration and staff are pleasant and always seem to have the students’ best interests in mind.

  • COLUMNS

    A prayer after the shooting

    Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of the organizations with which the author and endorsers are affiliated.

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