Sunday sampler

Several notable Hurricane Florence follow-ups today. The News & Observer devotes a 12-page section to the storm. On it’s front page is a separate story about people living near the flooded Cape Fear River will ever return to their homes. The Charlotte Observer features a general update, primarily based on people left homeless. The Fayetteville Observer reminds us that many in the Cumberland County city are still waiting for government reimbursement for repairs to their homes caused by damage from Hurricane Matthew two years ago. The Wilmington Star News has a similar story as it involves Pender County. And I can’t find the story n the website of the Daily Courier of Forest City, here it is on the front page.

High Point: The Enterprise lets school officials explain that the “education lottery” really is: A way for state legislators to take tax money from schools and replace it with lottery money. As the chief of staff of Guilford County schools said, “The net to schools is not a gain.” Your government, faking you out. (And to read this story, you’ll bang into a paywall. Some of it is here.)

Mooresville: The Tribune checked the city credit card expenditures of top city officials and found some expensive expenses or, as the paper describes it, disparities. The town is working on revisions to its spending policies.

Hickory: The Sheriff’s son, who was running to succeed his father, was indicted. The Sheriff’s Office was searched. A closed meeting in a judge’s chambers was held with a representative of the Attorney General’s office, the Catawba County attorney and the Sheriff’s personal attorney. The Daily Record has the transcript and curates it. Compelling reading.

Morganton: The News Herald’s entire front page is devoted to issues involving the Friends for Animals Humane Society of Burke County. Fines, failed inspections, criminal charges, terrible care. It’s not pretty.