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Pay for school lunch or do without

Unpaid lunch bills are rising in Person County again. The issue raised its head last school year when Person High School administrators issued a poorly thought-out letter insisting students pay their bills or face the consequences. More...

North Carolina needs a different New Year’s tradition

“Possum out: Famous New Year’s event in Brasstown shockingly ends after one final descent” was the lead headline in last week’s Cherokee Scout, North Carolina’s westernmost newspaper.  More...

Soldiers merit our best care

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A bad idea

To the editor:  Our county commissioners are absolutely clueless, the fire chiefs have repeatedly asked for a fire district service tax. More...

Tar Heel state created a model for federal tax reform

When Congress enacted tax reform a few weeks ago, the final product bore a striking resemblance to the state tax changes North Carolina’s legislature has enacted since 2013. That’s no accident. More...

Insider’s view of N. Korea

If Charles Robert Jenkins were still around, we could ask him about how to best deal with North Korea. More...

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THE QUESTION: What’s your most frustrating winter chore?  NEXT WEEK’S QUESTION:  What’s the best way to increase funding for volunteer fire departments?  1. Increase the sales tax rate 2. More...

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Turning the tables on fire plan

Plans approved by Person County commissioners on Monday night call for the public to vote on a sales tax referendum to help improve funding for local fire departments.  More...

1,500 miles down

Walking for exercise has been a fashionable thing to do since the 1970s.  Though it has never appealed to me, I walk most every night to give our dog a chance to get out of the house and burn off some of his pent-up energy.  But last week, More...

Quarry site a good fit

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More lights

To the editor:  The Christmas decorations that the City of Roxboro puts up each year delight me. Unlike what I see in other towns, the ornaments here are different on each light pole. More...

Nice people still out there

To the editor:  On Sunday, Jan. 7 about 3:45 p.m. I left my purse in my cart in the cart return area in the Food Lion parking lot.  More...

We need more care for the mentally ill

People with mental illness in Person County are largely on their own when it comes to getting help managing their illness.  More...

Focused on reaching our goals

Wow! A new year has begun. It is hard to believe we are in 2018. More...

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THE QUESTION: The college football playoff begins Monday. Who are you cheering for?  NEXT WEEK’S QUESTION:  What’s your most frustrating winter chore?  1. Making sure pipes don’t freeze 2. More...

Play played well in Roxboro

To the editor:  Well, what can I say? A Christmas Carol was a great play at the Kirby.  The cast members who were in the play deserve a big thank you, including Dr. Eddy Daniel and his wife Kathy.  In enjoy being part of the play. More...

Satterfield was important to many

To the editor:  Thank you so much for your article on Mildred Satterfield. It brought her life and era to life so vividly. For Roxboro, she was Mrs Nichols and Miss Mildred. But for me, she was Aunt Milly.  More...

Stigma simple to eliminate

To the editor:  Regarding your Jan. More...

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Reaffirming our commitment

The start of a new year is the perfect time for this newspaper to consider its mission to the community and reaffirm its commitment to the betterment of Person County.  More...

Getting past a bad case of tonsillitis

I hope you enjoyed every bit of your holidays over the past couple weeks. More...

North Carolina growth patterns give cause for concern

Between July 2016 and July of 2017 North Carolina added enough people to its population to build a new city the size of Wilmington – an increase of 116,730 people that makes us one of the fastest-growing states in the country, according to the More...

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Cooper can make GOP put up

For the second time in as many years, Senate Democrats walked out on their Republican colleagues and left them to conduct legislative business by themselves.  It happened again last week during a committee meeting on judicial redistricting.  More...

Make Person County better in 2018

As the new year approaches, it’s a good time to consider the upcoming 12 months and how we can contribute to making this place we live a better place.  We’re not talking about the typical New Year’s resolution. More...

A quick summary

To the editor:  If due to a limited amount of space, I had to edit Mr. Lester’s column published Saturday, I would not want to omit any more than is absolutely necessary.  More...

Looking for the right time for a state tax increase

Does Gov. Roy Cooper believe that North Carolina’s tax burden should be $3 billion higher?  More...

It’s still unclear how character plays a role in politics

Can Democrats tar President Donald Trump and other Republicans for their support of U.S. More...

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THE QUESTION: What’s your favorite Christmas activity?  NEXT WEEK’S QUESTION:  The college football playoff begins Monday. Who are you cheering for?  1. Alabama 2. Clemson 3. Georgia 4. More...

Publisher, not a platform

Neo-Nazis are no longer welcome on Twitter – or, at least, some are not.  That is the murky message the social media platform has so far sent in enforcing its new rules to reduce hateful and abusive content. More...

THANK YOU from Santa’s Helpers

Once again the citizens, businesses, churches and non-profit organizations of Person County made holiday magic at Christmas. More...

We hope you have a great Christmas

As Christmas becomes ever more commercialized, we believe it is important to give pause and consider the reason we actually celebrate the holiday.  The best explanation is found in The Holy Bible.  So, here, from the King James version of t More...

Looking back at the year that was

In a few days, we will celebrate Christmas 2017! In many cases, this holiday has become a day for sharing gifts and good food with family and friends. In the month of November, as things now stand, the Christmas season starts.  More...

Fire victims support sales tax

To the editor:  Our barn next to our residence on John D. Winstead Road caught fire this week from a grass fire and erupted into a major blaze. We called 911 and at least 30 firefighters and half a dozen fire trucks arrived within minutes.  More...

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THE QUESTION: What vice could you never give up?  NEXT WEEK’S QUESTION:  What’s your favorite Christmas activity?  1. Opening presents 2. Attending a church service 3. Visiting with family 4. More...

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Starting the battle against homelessness

We were heartened by news last week that the Christian Help Center has been awarded a $10,000 grant to help reduce homelessness in the area.  The fledgling program has the opportunity to gain even more funds in the future if they are successful More...

Stories among the headstones

You might imagine, given the work I do, that I enjoy a good story.  One of the most inviting places to find good stories is a cemetery.  Yep, that’s right. A graveyard.  More...

Carrying public safety to an extreme can prove costly

Public safety is the first and foremost responsibility of government. More...

Child support system broken

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Why you should do your shopping locally

Your time to purchase gifts for Christmas is coming swiftly to a close.  In less than 10 days, the wrapping paper will be ripped from the boxes and the gifts you give will be enjoyed by those who receive them.  For most of us, there is stil More...

Transparency would lessen graft

State lawmakers had a rare moment of bipartisan unity recently. Everyone, it seemed, was outraged about a statefunded healthcare agency that was paying its CEO a $635,000 salary.  More...

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THE QUESTION: The best Christmas gifts are:  NEXT WEEK’S QUESTION:  What vice could you never give up?  1. Wine 2. Golf 3. Smoking 4. More...

A great Jingle on Main

To the editor:  Thank you to the community, performers, merchants, sponsors and Santa for making the 2017 Jingle on Main a joyful gathering in Uptown Roxboro! More...

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Roxboro’s council undergoes a rebirth

December is a month of rebirth in many ways.  Aside from the obvious birth of the baby Jesus, which marks the beginning of God’s promise to Christians of a savior, December is also the month that most local governments reorganize, appoint More...