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RALEIGH — During 2018, North Carolina lost some 338,000 private-sector jobs, or 9.1% of the total. Did you happen to notice this economic catastrophe? I doubt it, because North Carolina … more
I am struggling mightily with Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home order. In my job as a reporter for the Johnstonian News, I have talked with many business owners about the impact the order is having … more
Acceptance. We all search for it in some form or fashion. We want to be loved completely for who we are, warts and all. I think sometimes that’s where we stumble most in our walk with the Lord. … more
Should public colleges be able to keep records from their secretive Title IX tribunals under lock and key, or do students have a right to know when their classmates are found responsible for sexual … more
Remember those ad jingles, show introductions and songs or tunes contained within certain 1950s and ‘60s TV shows that somehow found their way into our brains and got stuck there? Here are some … more
I am a reporter covering the COVID-19 pandemic, but it never occurred to me that I would be among those getting tested for the virus. I recently interviewed a COVID-19 patient who had recovered … more
When small-business owners said it, authorities ignored them. When coronavirus skeptics said it, their fellow citizens scoffed. Now that federal judges are saying it, however, even governors are … more
Darkness and light are cast as exact opposites in the battle between good and evil. Light as truth always eclipses darkness. However, evil, in all its darkness, can camouflage itself, can morph into … more
I have a fond memory of a conversation with my aunt. It was one of those times when you find yourself talking about some really meaningful things. I remember something she said very clearly, and it … more
Schoolwork may become homework if the coronavirus closes classrooms, but school rules are less likely to hitch a ride home with socially distanced teenagers this fall. A rural Pennsylvania high … more
If Ander Christensen doesn’t parlay his viral video stardom into a political campaign, there might be a federal government job waiting for him. The Nebraska man made an impassioned plea to … more
A song on the playlist sent me back 35 years at least. I was transported in my mind back to the living room of my best friend’s home. I was doing my best to impress the judges — my two best … more
Once again, a North Carolina leader is under fire for responding to a “Black Lives Matter” inquiry with the “All Lives Matter” retort. After being asked to allow a “Black Lives Matter” … more
In her book “Total Truth,” Nancy Pearcey writes: “When we obey the Cultural Mandate, we participate in the work of God himself, as agents of his common grace, entering upon a lifelong quest to … more
Leadership is the key to our success — both on the Johnston County Board of Education and in the superintendent’s chair. Choosing the right superintendent is the most crucial decision this … more
Our communities are suffering great losses — lost graduation celebrations, lost jobs and, most painful of all, lost loved ones. We are grieving together, and I am so proud of the way my community … more
I love the word of God. You can read the same passage for years, then, out of the blue, God speaks and reveals himself in a different way. For instance, I considered myself very familiar with the … more
Readers of the Bible often mistake the prophets of the Old Testament as individuals God chose to forecast and warn the children of Israel of future catastrophic events. Actually, the prophets of … more
As I watched, I felt a huge lump in my throat. The tears soon followed. I hadn’t expected to cry while watching an Operation Christmas Child video during a church service, but I couldn’t help … more
Our elected leaders, and their challengers for office, can be conventional in their thinking. On transportation, for example, Johnston candidates for N.C. House and Senate talk mostly about how to … more
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