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I recently watched the video of the County Commissioners' pre-agenda meeting posted online by Burke County Commissioner Phil Smith, and was very dismayed. It appears we now have a County Commissioner who is using his position to redefine words at the risk of avoiding social progress. Smith s…

I couldn’t believe what I was reading in Sunday’s News Herald (Commissioner Questions equity training, 01/08/2023) was serious; so I checked to see if the author was Scott Hollifield, presenting one of his hilarious, tongue-in-cheek screeds. Nope! A new Burke County Commissioner, Phil Smith,…

I understand that there are legitimate and deeply felt views on the issue of abortion. I believe that it would be good for us as a community/country to realize that people feel deeply about the issue and both sides have important concerns. That would mean respecting and listening to each oth…

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As recently retired Chief of Police at 鶹ý Department of Public Safety, I have had the privilege of working alongside Banks Hinceman for over 27 years. I fully support and endorse Banks Hinceman for Sheriff of Burke County. Banks is a man of integrity, commitment and professionalism an…

First of all, your vote is critical in a primary election. In the last non-presidential election year, only 14.4% of eligible voters across NC actually voted in the primary. This means a small number of voters are making decisions for everyone especially where local offices are involved. In …

Every day at UNC Health Blue Ridge, I listen in on the Daily Safety Report where departments call in with any concerns affecting patient safety. These concerns could be as insignificant as chipped paint in a patient room to a toilet out of order. Or they can be as significant as “staffing is…

Tyson recruitingOn November 20, Western Piedmont Community College allowed Tyson Foods to come into their parking lot and give out food. Some packages were out of date, but that is not my complaint.

The beautiful County of Burke has become (is becoming) littered with unsightly and illegal political signs. NC State Board of Elections (NCSBOE) Campaign Finance Manual gives clear and precise information on the do’s, don’ts, and in and outs of a campaign. Individuals can easily (and should)…

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