The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


  • Hospitals facing challenging times

    There are significant issues currently being debated at state and national levels that present challenges to your health system's ability to continue to fulfill the promise of care to the residents of eastern North Carolina.
    On the federal level, implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will cost North Carolina hospitals more than $7 billion over the next decade through the reductions in Medicare payments and support for the care of the poor. For Vidant Health, the cumulative impact of these cuts over the next 10 years exceeds $500 million. Over the next five years, we will see a 50 percent reduction in our net income, all of which is used to maintain the care of the people of this region.

    July 3, 2013

  • You, too, can be a slacker spy

    Think you're a loser just because you dropped out of high school and never finished the military training you began?
    Think you're a dud just because you work as a security guard even though you dreamed of becoming a global savior?
    Well, don't beat yourself up. You, too, can become an international superspy like Edward Snowden.

    June 17, 2013

  • Let’s welcome AIB judges to community

    Judges James Abraham and Ed Hooker of America in Bloom will be in our community on Monday and Tuesday and we’d ask all of you to give them your best Eastern North Carolina welcome.

    June 14, 2013


    To the Editor:
    It breaks my heart to look at the puppies and kittens at the Tarboro Animal Shelter pictured in Monday’s edition of the Daily Southerner.  June is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Month, and I pray these fur babies will find a good forever home.  Bucking a statewide and national trend, the kittens have a better chance of getting adopted than the puppies.  Why?

    June 13, 2013

  • Do not surround yourself with mediocrity

    If you’re running a company, your own business or a government the worst thing you can do is to surround yourself with mediocrity.  When I was a young (age 26) General Manager I told someone that I was about to hire a man for an important position in the company.  This person advised me not to do this because the man was older than I was, had a lot of talent, and ambition and would probably be after my job.  My answer to this advice was, ‘If I’m not up to doing my job properly then I should lose it, and that I wanted to surround myself with the most talented people I could so our company could be very successful.’

    June 10, 2013

  • Small town hospitals often get bum rap

    By and large, I think small town hospitals get a bum rap.
    I know everyone has a horror story to tell about their hospital experience, and I’ve heard my share since arriving in Tarboro, but it’s not just the hospital up the street that sometimes experience problems.

    June 3, 2013

  • Covering things up doesn’t work

    I used to kid that I never told a lie except to get out of trouble.  Actually, that was true, for a while, during my misspent youth.  There were times when I was a kid that I did tell some lies in order to get out of trouble.
    It didn’t work, but I kept trying for a while.  Actually it made things worse and I had to pay a bigger penalty.

    May 30, 2013

  • Give thanks to our fallen today

    Today is Memorial Day. It is the day officially set aside to honor those men and women who have died in service to our nation.

    May 27, 2013

  • My 13 years have been lucky

    It was 13 years Sunday that a drought was broken in Big Spring, Texas, After that, we ate Mexican for dinner with a gathering of family and friends.
    The next day, a Saturday, Stephanie and I joined one another in marriage under a beautiful little gazebo by Comanche Trail Lake, fed by the historic spring from which the community draws its name.

    May 20, 2013

  • We Salute...

    Each Friday, The Daily Southerner will recognize individuals, groups and businesses in Edgecombe County who have gone “above and beyond” in their effort to make this a better place to work, play and raise a family.

    May 17, 2013

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