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Lockdown exercise gets ‘all clear’

The Taylor County Courthouse went on lockdown Wednesday morning as part of a building-wide exercise simulating a homicide and hostage situation in one of the courtrooms. “The exercise went very…

Tri-County pays $219,000 tax bill

Tri-County pays $219,000 tax bill

Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TCEC) recently presented Taylor County Tax Collector Mark Wiggins with a check to pay its $219,000 tax bill. As the holiday season arrives at Tri-County Electric, so…

Wall’s motion for new trial denied

Wall’s motion for new trial denied

Jason Wall hoped that claims of an alleged middle school romance between a juror and a victim’s younger sister would derail his DUI (driving under the influence) manslaughter conviction. However…

Clerks held at gunpoint

Clerks held at gunpoint

An armed gunman robbed the Family Dollar store located at the corner of Church Street and Jefferson late Sunday night, escaping with an undisclosed amount of money. Investigators have released…

Bankrupt BioNitrogen appoints new CEO

In the month since BioNitrogen Holdings Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the company has appointed board member Graham Copley as its new CEO and is now seeking permission from…

Christmas Magic

Christmas Magic

While Mr. Claus was busy hearing wish lists from good little girls and boys, Mrs. Claus was presented a Key the City by Mayor Mike Deming, right, during opening ceremonies…

BBQ teams vie for $10,000 in prizes

Thirty-three cook teams are expected in Perry this week for the eighth annual Southern Pines BBQ Festival, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Forest Capital State Park. The…

Lockdown drill will test courthouse response to active shooter scenario

Although planned long before Wednesday’s mass shooting in California, local officials are mindful of the timing of a Courthouse Coercion Exercise set for next week to test the capabilities and…

PPD adds Arnold, Lang to its ranks

PPD adds Arnold, Lang to its ranks

By ANGELA M. CASTELUCCI / Staff writer John Arnold Jr. and Jacques Lang were both born and raised in Perry/Taylor County. But starting this week, the young men will see…

City Council to vote on proposed $5,210 annual pay hike

The Perry City Council will hold a final public hearing Tuesday, Dec. 8, on a proposed ordinance that would give members an 82 percent salary hike. If approved, council members’…