Sunday sampler

Two things worth noting:

First, one reason that President Trump’s advice not to be afraid of coronavirus is failing to convince people may be because every Sunday papers in rural North Carolina put COVID-19 updates on their front pages.

Meanwhile, the Kinston Free Press and  the New Bern Sun Journal feature stories on National Coming Out Day, which is today. “Being gay is still a challenge as far as acceptance and rights. Same-sex marriage has only been legal in all 50 states for five years. Hate groups aren’t rushing to change their beliefs and neither are gender bigots or those who follow some strict religious doctrines.”

Now, to the regular report:

McDowell: The McDowell News has a story about 1,100 volunteers picking up 31 tons of trash on the Catawb-Wateree River Basin. 31 tons. Trash. Thanks, America. (Story not online. You can see it in the front page images above, courtesy of the Newseum.)

Greensboro: Now that it’s OK to return more parishoners into houses of worship, will they come? As you might expect, the answers are mixed, as the News & Record reports. “At White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, church members are “excited and anxious” to be back, executive director Andrew Amodei says. Each person is required to wear a mask and given instructions on where to enter and exit. And, of course, no singing.’