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Board will take care to avoid pitfalls

The Person County Board of Adjustment has been thrust back into the spotlight as the Carolina Sunrock request for a special use permit comes back to them following a judge’s decision.  That judge, Tom Lambeth, ordered the board of adjustme More...

Measuring educational systems

If I told you that North Carolina had one of America’s top-ranked systems of public education, there are at least three ways you could respond.  More...

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THE QUESTION: What do you most value in a friendship?  NEXT WEEK’S QUESTION:  Would you rather always be slightly late or super early?  1. Slightly late 2. More...

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Big business has legislature’s ear

Legislative protectionism is hurting Person County.  Commissioners are investing millions of dollars into a broadband infrastructure that could serve as the backhone of a larger system in partnership with private enterprise.  More...

A smelly way to start the day

Ever have one of those days you wish you could just wipe off the calendar?  Oh yes, you have.  Mine came Monday, which, I suppose, is the day it ought to happen.  Those who know me well know I’m a night owl, so I went to bed Mond More...

Both parties should beware that karma will bite them

In politics, the karma may not be instant – but it will get you, sooner or later. Want examples? Just check out the political headlines of the past few weeks.  More...

Extension agents ready to help

To the editor:  We all realize that agriculture has changed. More...

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Tread lightly with the Constitution

In a few short months, registered voters – some of them, at least – will trek back to the polls to vote on a number of offices and candidates.  Also on the ballot will be six amendments to the North Carolina Constitution. More...

Unity shouldn’t depend on disaster

CHIEF’S COLUMN

A few days ago on July 4, we celebrated the 242nd year of independence of our nation; a nation born on the idea of unity. Nearly two and half centuries later, we continue to build on the foundation of that idea.  More...

Cemetery thieves should be ashamed

To the editor:  To whomever took the hummingbird stake with solar lantern, solar light and heart, I hope you can live with yourself. More...

PULSE POLL

THE QUESTION: Which word or phrase best describes you?  NEXT WEEK’S QUESTION:  What do you most value in a friendship?  1. Time together 2. Shared experiences 3. More...

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Plan for meeting long-term needs

An audit of the Person County School’s facilities needs is an eye-opening exercise.  That document estimates the cost of meeting all the school system’s needs somewhere between $20 and $60 million.  That’s a staggering nu More...

More to July 4th than independence

JOHNNY’s JOURNAL

Only the youngest among us probably don’t realize the significance of this day.  Independence Day is an opportunity to celebrate the bravery of our founding fathers who were courageous enough to put their names to a document and call out t More...

Book connects Nigerian independence to Winston-Salem

Was there a connection between the 1950s Nigerian movement for independence and the civil rights movement in Winston-Salem? More...

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The unfortunate loss of civil discourse

Civil discourse has become altogether too absent in our culture.  The protection of the computer screen has given rise to bullies who would never likely say some of the things they write if they were standing before you in person.  More...

Immigration policy is un-American

Voices of the community

A heartbreaking and shameful episode continues to unfold before our very eyes as young children were ripped away from parents and guardians who presented themselves at our southern border crossings to seek asylum and avoid persecution from un-told ho More...

GOP has a case for keeping control of state government

Though Gov. Roy Cooper is a Democrat and the state Supreme Court has a majority of justices with Democratic backgrounds, state Democrats will be trying to make 2018 a “change election.”  More...

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THE QUESTION: When you want a snack, which do you go for .rst?  NEXT WEEK’S QUESTION:  Which word or phrase best describes you?  1. Adaptable 2. Environmentally conscious 3. More...

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Grant funds will help make site marketable

The good economic development news continues to roll into Person County unabated.  Last week, county leaders announced that the state has awarded a $1.6 million grant to help pay for instrafrastructure to the area’s new megasite.  The More...

Develop a healthy respect for water

The pool down the street from my house opened last weekend. More...

Congress is fixing the problems with Obamacare

Should all Americans be required to purchase health insurance?  This was a major bone of contention among conservative reformers during the health care debates of the 1990s. More...

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A budget that works for Person County

Person County commissioners have adopted a sound budget.  The spending plan reflects the priorities they set out at the beginning of the budget process. More...

How best to give teacher’s raises

Whether North Carolina pays its public schoolteachers at a level close or equal to the national average is one of the mostdebated issues in state politics. Alas, it doesn’t deserve to be.  More...

Volunteers extend museum’s service

To the editor:  Due to the increase in activity and visitation at the Person County Museum of History, we need to expand our volunteer program. Our most immediate need is for volunteers as Museum Docents – tour guides.  More...

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THE QUESTION: How many hours of sleep do you usually get?  NEXT WEEK’S QUESTION:  When you want a snack, which do you go for first?  1. Something sweet 2. Something savory 3. More...

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How best to encourage growth

Roxboro City Council members are making all the right moves as it relates to a proposed new residential development, which could bring nearly 400 new homes to the community.  More...

Glad to get that job done each week

Do you have jobs that you dread doing, but once they are done you’re glad you did it?  That’s how I feel about cutting the grass... and doing the dishes... and, well, doing the laundry. More...

Reading other points of view is good for public debate

Why are you reading this column?  Make no mistake – I’m glad you are. I hope you are an avid reader of editorials, op-eds, and columns in newspapers, magazines and online forums. But motivation matters.  More...

French food can’t compete with memory of war

When I was in France last week, Anthony Bourdain, also in France working on his popular and influential food and culture program for CNN, took his life.  Bourdain was in one of his favorite regions, Alsace, which was controlled by Germany for 50 More...

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THE QUESTION: Which would be your superpower of choice?  NEXT WEEK’S QUESTION:  How many hours of sleep do you usually get?  1. 3-5 hours 2. 5-8 hours 3. More...

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Beware those summertime temps

In case you hadn’t noticed, summer has arrived in full force.  The mercury is rising as quickly as the snow piled up last January during our record-setting snowstorm.  More...

A few different perspectives of N.C.

Here is a present for you from a column several years ago – a few quotes about North Carolina.  More...

Sorting out power struggle in Dept. of Public Instruction

In the long-running dispute between State School Superintendent Mark Johnson, a Republican elected in 2016, and the State Board of Education, which currently has a majority of Republican appointees, the North Carolina Supreme Court has sided 6-0 with More...

Walker missing a chance to speak up

To the editor:  The Trump administration is now incarcerating young migrant children in concentration camps, forcibly removing children as young as six months from their parents; while they send their parents cross country to be incarcerated as More...

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Another indicator things are looking up

It’s a favorite refrain from economic development types. More...

Making an unabashed plea for help

Sometimes we put our foot so far down our mouths we can’t get it out.  I’m guilty.  Several years ago, after a mission trip to Budapest where I met the Rotary Youth Exchange leader for Hungary, I advocated for the program in our More...

Statistics are a fake news practitioner’s tools of choice

While the term “fake news” may be of recent vintage, the phenomenon isn’t.  For decades, policymakers in North Carolina and elsewhere have trafficked in poorly understood, misleading, or demonstrably false information – o More...

Grateful for firefighters

To the editor:  Many, many thanks to the Allensville, Roxboro, Moriah and Berea fire departments for their quick response to a fire at our residence on May 30.  We lost a lawn mower and shed, but thanks to them, they saved our house with so More...