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Addressing the root cause of poverty

Though the numbers are anecdotal, the rise in client numbers served by the Christian Help Center is revealing.  More people need help getting by today than they did just 10 years ago. More...

Respect all forms of service

There’s precious little in this world more valuable to us than the people in our family.  Last weekend I saw a lot of familial pride among people whose parents, grandparents, children, husbands and wives served in the military.  Of co More...

GOP should study significance of Democratic gains

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Democrats achieved significant victories this year in the “inner suburbs” of Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, and North Carolina’s other major cities – tossing out GOP incumbents in the General Assembly, county commissions and More...

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A place where veterans are valued

There’s a lot going on in association with the upcoming Veteran’s Day holiday.  Officially, the holiday falls this year on Sunday. It is held each year on Nov. 11 – 11/11. More...

Getting past the R and the D

The campaigns are over. More...

Looking at the good in Trump

Can’t you say anything good about President Donald Trump?  Some of my friends claim that I do not give our president a chance. They say I always overlook his good qualities. More...

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Early voting popular with the electorate

Participation in early voting this year in Person County – and across the state – has been up significantly.  That’s unusual considering this is a mid-term election and North Carolinians are not voting for a president, a gover More...

Missed tidbit is reason to revisit

Sometimes you get going so fast, you let details fall through the cracks. That’s never a good thing.  But it happened to me last week.  For several weeks I had the Farm-City Week breakfast on my calendar. More...

Benefit from election result no matter how your side fared

As I write, the results of the 2018 midterm elections are not yet known. More...

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Commit your civic obligation

If you have not already availed yourself of the opportunity to cast your ballot early, we hope that you will do so on Tuesday.  People get the government they choose. More...

Don’t let negativity consume you

For the past two years in the November edition of the Chief’s Column, I’ve discussed the original Greek meaning of the word thankful.  In the Greek, the word thankful is eucharistos. More...

Thankful for support

To the editor:  To all the people who supported Safe Haven of Person County for its inaugural Gala of Hope, we, as the staff, would like to say thank you to our special sponsors who supported the Gala of Hope.  More...

A mother who lived life as it was dealt to her

Why would I ask you to read from a column I wrote almost 30 years ago?  When I read that column, tearfully, at a recent family reunion, I knew I wanted to share it with you, just in case you missed it back in 1987.  That year was one of tri More...

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THE QUESTION: If you volunteered for military service, which branch would you choose?  NEXT WEEK’S QUESTION:  Should Halloween be observed on a Friday or Saturday close to Oct. 31 or on Oct. 31 itself?  1. On the holiday 2. More...

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Preaching safety on the roadways

Last week was National Teen Driver Safety Week.  Like many special days or weeks, it went largely unnoticed, except perhaps for the few students who endured a lecture at school or participated in a safe driving demonstration.  More...

Ready for some Halloween fun

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As a child, I knew nothing of the religious significance of Halloween.  Like most of my friends, it was a day to get dressed up in a costume and go out collecting candy, while hoping the guy who lived in the bend of Green Willow Circle wasn&rsqu More...

Political polarization takes a form that might surprise you

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Has politics become polarized? Even if you and I agree on little else, I’ll bet we agree that the answer is clearly yes. More...

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Protecting our own property and lives

Some Person County residents learned the hard way recently that, even in a place as friendly as this area, we need to lock our doors and vehicles at night.  A home invasion and several car break-ins left some injured badly and a good many others More...

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Person County patients lack basic access

To the editor:   The Nov. 6 elections give Person County citizens an important choice about North Carolina’s approach to health care. I am a primary care physician in Durham who cares for many patients from Person County. More...

Capping the state’s income tax ensures fiscal conservatism

If your taxable income is greater than $60,000, then you are at least a bit better off than the average North Carolinian. But does that make you wealthy?  More...

What iconic eatery should be memorialized in a book?

I am looking for iconic North Carolina eateries for a new book.  The dictionary defines iconic as “widely recognized and well-established” or “widely known and acknowledged especially for distinctive excellence.”  More...

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THE QUESTION: If you volunteered for military service, which branch would you choose?  NEXT WEEK’S QUESTION:  What’s your favorite Halloween candy?  1. Bubble Gum 2. KitKat 3. M&Ms 4. More...

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No excuses for domestic violence

There are few crimes less excusable than domestic violence.  Not to lessen the severity of any other crime against a person, but domestic violence most often occurs between two people who voluntarily enter a relationship.  Those relationsh More...

Settling in for the Fall Classic

If you’re a sports fan of any kind, I don’t think there could be a much better time of the year than right now.  College and professional football seasons are hitting their stride. More...

Horse changing has started

To the editor:  Regarding the Oct. 6 letter titled Is it time to change horses, yes, and we started by electing Donald Trump. Now we need to increase the majority in the Senate so meaningful legislation benefitting all U.S. More...

Be aware of domestic violence

To the editor:  Domestic Violence Awareness Month was launched nationwide in October 1987 as a way to connect and unite individuals and organizations working on domestic violence issues and raise awareness of these issues.  More...

Trump defines Republicans

To the editor:  The pundits for the Republican Party are in a panic over the mid-term election. More...

It’s time to stop blue wave

To the editor:  The Democrats are energized, hopeful and expecting a “blue wave” in the mid-term elections across the nation. More...

N.C. schools among the best academic values in the country

North Carolina’s elementary and secondary schools are among the best in the country at delivering academic value for the tax dollars spent on them. If you haven’t heard that before, it’s not your fault. More...

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Striking a solid middle ground

On Monday, Person County commissioners will consider a host of recommendations from their planning board, including one that drew a lot of interest from residents during a public hearing.  That case involved a request to locate an RV park on lan More...

Hatred spews forth from Dems

Good folks have had enough… enough of the half-truths, the misleading lies and violent and unsavory activities of the Democratic party.  More...

Democrats know not what they do

To the editor:  The Democratic Party of North Carolina mailed advertisements that lie by omission. Either they are uninformed, or their statements represent an attempt to deceive the voters.  More...

GOP ran roughshod over the Kavanaugh nomination

Amid chants of the familiar “lock her up” refrain from Trump’s 2016 campaign rally now targeting Sen. More...

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THE QUESTION: What Halloween costumes would you like to see this year?  NEXT WEEK’S QUESTION:  If you volunteered for military service, which branch would you choose?  1. Air Force 2. Army 3. Navy 4. More...

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Announcement is a boon for Person Co.

These are exciting times for economic development efforts in Person County.  We have commented in this space on the wisdom of Person County commissioners and the Economic Development Commission to fully commit to the megasite which will, at some More...

PMH leaders recap a year of service

Person Memorial Hospital’s mission is Making Communities Healthier. We are proud to partner with and support Roxboro (and broader Person County) to achieve this mission. More...

Moss got it wrong

To the editor:  My opponent accuses me of lying about his record. If he bothered to read the details he would see that I did not authorize the mailer. I didn’t know about it until it arrived in the mailbox. More...

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