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If being cooped up for days has made you irritable, so irritable that you’ve taken out your frustrations online, a recent ruling from the N.C. Court of Appeals might offer a small degree of comfort.

Toilet paper has always been a household staple, but under the current statewide stay-at-home order due to COVID-19, it has been quite the popular commodity.

Anyone who tries to tell you that the COVID-19 pandemic, and its associated social, political, and economic panics, are good things is  an idiot, or trying to sell you some kind of snake oil, or both. Society-wide disasters are always net negatives, or we wouldn't think of them as disasters in the first place. Silver linings are never as shiny as the clouds they run through are large.

Located in Ellerbe, this family-owned business might be small in relation to some of our other Richmond County industries, but their impact is huge, especially in the wake of COVID-19. Owners Rodney and Polly Mabe from Derby have mastered every aspect of knitting and sewing in their start to finish hosiery mill, Affordable Hosiery.

Monday, 06 April 2020 09:03

COLUMN: Look before you leap on prisons

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 Does North Carolina lock up too many people? I’ve long thought so.

 An old American proverb says “education is a gift that no one can take away.” Richmond County Schools has demonstrated the truth in those words in the past few weeks of transitioning students to homeschool and proving that even a stay-at-home order cannot stop their students from learning. 

Trinity Manufacturing, Inc. has been making products that purify the earth’s soil and water since 1989. With their production of cleaning agents that ensure safe, clean drinking water and to support the agriculture industry with soil purification, their products are more essential than ever. Their agriculture products are distributed globally and other products, such as bleach, are distributed regionally. 

Virginia, also — like North Carolina — an alcohol control state, is allowing distillers to deliver to people’s homes.

It’s a big step, and it would be great if North Carolina found a way to implement a similar service, for myriad reasons, which I’ll get to.

Superior Cranes, Inc., has always been an essential industry in Richmond County that provides services nationally and globally. As one of the largest employers in the county, Superior Cranes continues to lead the way and make a substantial positive impact in supporting both our local community and our nation during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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