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Summer is a busy time at the Burke United Christian Ministries since there is an increased need for food and clothing due to children being home and not attending school. BUCM has already seen an increase in the number eating in our soup kitchen, picking up food in the pantry, and receiving …

History will record that two Republican senators spoke up for American values in opposition to a president of their own party. It will ask where were all the others.


Several moves by the city of Morganton and Burke County have led many to believe that the relationship between the two entities has soured.

Here is one of the most famous and reprinted editorials of all time. It is a Record tradition that it be published at Christmas. This is how the editorial and the letter that prompted it were printed in The Sun newspaper, New York City, in September 1897. 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions' defense for apparently misleading Congress about his knowledge of campaign contacts with Russians is that he has a bad memory. No, honestly. The man who now oversees the entire Justice Department might have heard about contacts with Russia, but no alarms went …

For nearly two years, a seat on the Morganton City Council has remained empty. Current council members and the mayor were unable to come to an agreement on who they thought was best suited to fill the position. Yet, on Nov. 7, Morganton residents will have the opportunity to do what current …

Tuesday was a great day for David Duke and racists everywhere. The president of the United States all but declared that he has their backs.

It’s time to send the gerrymander into extinction. The Supreme Court can administer a mercy killing with the right decision in a Wisconsin redistricting case. North Carolina voters will be watching.

Local governments are required to post legal notices where the public is most likely to see them. Traditionally, that has been in general-circulation newspapers. It still is.


Gallaudet University and Western Piedmont Community College recently signed an articulation agreement, allowing graduates of WPCC’s Interpreter Education degree to transfer credits into Gallaudet’s Bachelor of Arts in Interpretation program.

We share Gov. Roy Cooper’s “shock and disappointment” at the tiny amount of federal disaster assistance offered to help recover from the Hurricane Matthew flooding that devastated Eastern North Carolina last year. We urge our members of Congress to twist a few arms, if that’s what it takes, …

Sen. Richard Burr’s reaction probably was like that of most Americans:

Many North Carolina residents are unhealthy.

The Senate Watergate investigation of 1973-1974 made a national hero of a “country lawyer” from Burke County, North Carolina, Sam Ervin.

Republican President Trump has nominated an intellectual jurist and a good man to succeed the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Senate Democrats would do well to drop their opposition. They’re within their rights. But they, and the country, could do a lot worse than Judge Neil Gorsuc…

And the beat goes on. Another day, more stupid Facebook posts and tweets from politicians. Sure, many people do that these days. But we still expect better from our elected officials. And we still have the power of the vote to demand better.

RALEIGH — One of the best gifts I received this Christmas was a history book entitled (SET ITAL) The Country Church in North Carolina (END ITAL). (Yes, I’m just that nerdy.) The author, a Duke University specialist in rural sociology, began with a brief overview of the state. Observing that …

Here is one of the most famous and reprinted editorials of all time. It is a Record tradition that it be published at Christmas. This is how the editorial and the letter that prompted it were printed in The Sun newspaper, New York City, in September 1897. 

Roy Cooper’s narrow lead over Pat McCrory in the North Carolina governor’s race has doubled in the three weeks since Election Day. Protests, recounts and possible legal challenges aren’t likely to change the final outcome.

In his first term as North Carolina’s governor, Pat McCrory wore the office like a hand-me-down suit.

“I’m an agent of chaos” — The Joker in “The Dark Knight.”

School buses started to roll again on Monday as the 2016-17 school year officially began, but it didn't quite end without a hitch. News of a car crashing into a school bus Monday afternoon is a glaring reminder of how important school bus safety is, for students, parents, bus drivers and all…

Friday’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder adds another reason why Gov. Pat McCrory should stop defending House Bill 2. Its legal foundation is weak.

Our quadrennial presidential sweepstakes regularly provides textbook studies in contrast. And 2016 raises the bar in disparity. Red and blue. Left and right. Hot and cold. Up and down. Good and bad. Boy and girl. Pro and con. Loud and soft. Rain or shine. Fish and fowl. Dumb and dumb-er.

Donald Trump’s typical stump speech isn’t easy to follow. He delivers a rambling series of disjointed statements, platitudes and promises that lack detail and often make no sense. When he loses his train of thought, which happens often, he just jumps to another topic, then another and anothe…

Citing vague and flimsy concerns about “privacy,” state lawmakers overwhelmingly have passed a bill that makes public access to police body and dash camera video all but impossible without the blessing of a sheriff or police chief.

A panel discussion last week on being LGBT in the Triad, and co-hosted by a white Muslim heterosexual woman, was eerily prescient.

Memorial Day weekend is the official start to summer and many of us will kick off our summertime fun by heading to the beach, lake or favorite vacation spot or gathering for cookouts with family and friends.

This month we want to discuss one aspect of economic development strategy that has become increasingly relevant in recent years – finding enough qualified workers to fill the jobs that are available in today’s economy. Specifically, we want to discuss the skills gap. You might have heard thi…

Morganton and Burke County had the unprecedented pleasure of being a part of history in the making last week as the North Carolina Supreme Court heard five cases over two days at the Old Burke County Courthouse.

Jon Hardister and other Republican legislators are wise to be talking about how they can fix the mess they created with House Bill 2.

Like many sectors, partnerships are critical to our daily work. This month we want to talk about our key partners at the state, regional and local level. We would like to explain how we work with these organizations to grow the economy and create wealth in Burke County. On our most basic lev…

First, PayPal says no to North Carolina in the wake of its repressive and ill-conceived new statewide bathroom law. Now Bruce Springsteen is taking a pass.

Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders must admit their mistake and correct it now. This time, it really is an emergency.

State lawmakers made it clear to North Carolina cities Wednesday: They sit as a Supreme City Council. Senators and representatives from Kings Mountain, Eden, Wilson, Mount Airy, Waxhaw, Archdale and Southport are absolute rulers over Greensboro, Charlotte, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Durham and …

Senate Republicans can’t even get their stories straight about blocking President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.