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    JCC celebrates accomplishments

    As 2014 draws to a close, I am proud to reflect on the many accomplishments Johnston Community College has experienced over the past year.

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    A day at the museum

    Did you know that hundreds of silent films were shot against the backdrop of the North Carolina mountains in the early 20th century? Or that most cities and towns once had African-American movie theaters that showed second-run films and typically were smaller and less ornate than whites-only theaters...

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    Another misadventure ends well

    Call this “Misadventures in Motoring, Part 2.”

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    Will state continue to urbanize?

    North Carolina used to be a small-town and rural state. In fact, we were traditionally one of the most rural states in the country. There were a couple of reasons for this. It wasn’t that long ago that a significant share of people worked on farms. Of course most farms, because of their need...

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    What’s on GOP minds?

    As the race for state House speaker heated up, Republican candidates for the post sent letters to their colleagues about how they would lead the 120-member chamber for the next two years. The documents, obtained by reporters, provided a glimpse into the minds of Republicans who control the House...

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    I’m thankful for a stranger

    My wife called it a perfect storm of dumb luck and a textbook example of Murphy’s Law.

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    GOP picks a speaker

    If you put 73 people in a room and they come out fully united, that’s a brainwashed cult.

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    Remembering three ladies who made lasting impressions

    During and after my Kenly days, I knew three ladies who were born there and who, after finishing high school, married and lived most of their lives elsewhere.

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    In death, a lesson in friendship

    Over the years, I have tried to explain to my daughter that most of the people she calls friends are actually acquaintances, because friends are much more than people you eat lunch with in the cafeteria.

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    A different tale of Thanksgiving

    Perhaps it is not surprising that a woman started America’s great celebration of family, abundance and unity. The Pilgrims? Forget about ’em. This woman brought them to the table.

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