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Roy Cooper eases N.C. restrictions in three phases

Camila Pierce, Staff Writer

June 1, 2020

The epidemic, the virus sweeping the world, the novel coronavirus, all names for the monster hiding at every corner: COVID-19. Everywhere, people around the globe have been isolated in their homes for weeks on end. The original N.C. stay-at-home-order was put in effect March...

Quarantine brings out unique, creative ideas for reducing boredom, staying busy

Abby Pikett, News Assistant Editor

May 19, 2020

Wake County schools have been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic for over a month, leaving thousands of students bored at home and constantly looking for something else to do during quarantine. There are various other activit...

The 2019 snow drought

Makana Knightstep, Editorial Cartoonist

March 13, 2020

In 2019 North Carolina suffered a major snow drought lasting all year. On average, the Raleigh area gets around 7.9 inches of snow each year. In 2019, the Raleigh area didn’t get any major snowstorms, which was odd, given that 6.5 inches of snow was recorded in this city on Dec ...

Britain Leaves the European Union

Dagmawi Tilahun, House keeper

March 6, 2020

The United Kingdom formally left the European Union Jan 31, 2020 at 1l p.m. This “'Brexit '' has been in the works for over four years with the referendum, a public vote ‘known as a referendum’ was held in June 2016, when 17....

Silent Sam settlement overturned in hearing

Natalie Winston, News Copy Editor

March 6, 2020

In February of 2020, a judge overturned the settlement that required UNC Chapel Hill to pay two and a half million dollars and give the Silent Sam monument to the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The hearing had been held to decide...

Athens Drive band students win positions in East Central District Honor Band

Nicholas Rotella, Staff Writer

March 5, 2020

Honor Band is comprised of the best band students from each school in Wake County. These students try out to see if they can make the Honor Band for the East Central District Honor Band. Honor Band in NC is divided into seven dis...

Plans in place for Cary Towne Center to become $193 million indoor sports complex

Abby Pikett, News Assistant Editor, Design Editor

March 4, 2020

Cary town leaders plan to turn Cary Towne Center into an indoor sports stadium in an attempt to renew the area and attract business. The redesign is part of the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitor Bureau’s tourism master...

State Superintendent Mark Johnson sends controversial message about Common Core

Alexander Mayhew, Photography Editor

March 4, 2020

State Superintendent Mark Johnson sent out a link to a poll Feb. 11 asking, “Do you want us to eliminate Common Core and present new standards to the NC Board of Education for their approval?” The email/text was sent out to hundreds of thousands of North Carolina parents...

Thousands of cases of deadly Coronavirus identified worldwide, public advised on prevention

Abby Pikett, News Assistant Editor

March 4, 2020

An outbreak of coronavirus has spread from the Chinese city of Wuhan to numerous countries around the world. Thousands of cases were identified and the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak...