Sunday sampler

Hickory: You can believe the president or you can believe your own lyin’ eyes. The Daily Record reports that at least some furniture companies are passing the tariff costs onto customers…and that business with China has all but dried up. “So if you were to ask me again if tariffs stay in place for another 12 months … I would say the damage is pretty significant,” Shuford said. “And if it stays in place for a couple of years, I would say we’ve lost access to our biggest growth opportunity and now we’re truly looking at a different type of company.”

Fayetteville: Repercussions from last year’s hurricane continue today. The Observer reports that Robeson County, smacked hard by Matthew and Florence, are closing five schools. Well, it’s the hurricanes displacing people, a terrible economy and the rise of charter schools.

Meanwhile, Charlotte and Raleigh shared reporters to explain new hurricane planning on the state level. “The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer reviewed official “after-action” reports from some of the hardest-hit areas of North Carolina and asked both state and local officials about changes they’ve made since Florence. In coastal and inland communities alike, leaders are rethinking their communications equipment and how they cope when cell towers and electricity go out. In many places, officials are rewriting plans for sheltering evacuees.”

Morganton: The News Herald reports that ICE arrested five men at a food processing plant, and, based on the headline, some residents were concerned about it. ICE says the five have criminal records. I can’t find the story on the paper’s website, though, so it’s unclear what the concern is. Here is the front page with the story.

Finally, a few days ago, R.L. Bynum pointed out that the Free Press in Kinston was publishing news releases on its front page. It did it again today, this one at the bottom of the page from the “Office of the District Attorney.”

























The Jacksonville Daily News — both of the papers are owned by Gatehouse — has the same “story.” See below. I don’t mind printing a version of a news release on a matter of public interest. I do mind publishing it on the front page, seemingly unedited, and at its apparent full length. And you might think that a guilty murder plea involving an infant might be a significant news development in a small town. But what do I know.

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