Sheriff: US soldier killed grandfather; great-grandmother

 A U.S. Army soldier has been brought back to South Carolina from Germany to face charges he killed his grandfather and great-grandmother 16 months ago. Gene Alexzander “Alex” Scott, 24, was indicted last week on two counts of murder in Chester County, Sheriff Max Dorsey said in a statement. Military police in Germany took Scott into custody and he was flown back to the United States this past weekend, Dorsey

Race-blind redistricting? Democrats incredulous at GOP maps

By BRYAN ANDERSON and NICHOLAS RICCARDI A decade ago, North Carolina Republicans redrew their legislative districts to help their party in a way that a federal court ruled illegally deprived Black voters of their right to political representation. A state court later struck down Republican-drawn maps as based on pure partisanship. So, as the GOP-controlled legislature embarks this year on its latest round of redistricting, it has pledged not to

A Patriot, An Inspiration, A Hero

By Chad Williams Colin Powell knew where he fit in American history. The former secretary of state – who died on Oct. 18, 2021, at 84 as a result of COVID-19 complications – was a pioneer: the first Black national security advisor in U.S. history, the first Black chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and also the first Black man to become secretary of state. But, his “American journey”

Tim O’Neal Expects More African Americans In Golf

By Stacy M Brown If anyone understands the notion that good things — even the right things — take time, it’s Tim O’Neal.More than twenty years ago, the 49-year-old appeared poised to take the reign as the PGA Tour’s next great Black champion. While those expectations – particularly considering that Tiger Woods isn’t just a great Black player, but an all-time icon – proved a bit high, O’Neal has carved

Biden Administration To Cut HBCU Funding From $45 Billion Down To $2 Billion

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Optimism for transformational funding for the nation’s historically Black colleges was running high after the Biden administration included $45 billion for the schools in its massive multitrillion dollar spending plan. That outlook quickly soured as the funding became ensnared in Democratic infighting over the size of the economic package and what it should cover. The latest iteration of the bill includes just $2 billion that can

Fourtee Acres Farm Shows Power Of Legacy

By Tyria McCray, Staff Writer One word, Legacy. That alone encompasses Fourtee Acres family farm. Legacy is walking on soil that a grandfather and grandmother bought and worked on. Legacy is witnessing the hard work and diligence of Black farmers. It is simply carrying the strength of our forefathers to new generations.  Black agriculture is a vital component of American life. As of today, Black-owned farms make up less than

In R. Kelly verdict, Black women see long-overdue justice

By DEEPTI HAJELA FILE - #MuteRKelly supporters protest outside R. Kelly's studio, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Chicago. Accusers and others demanding accountability for the R&B superstar over allegations that he was abusing young women and girls for decades say it took so long to get to a guilty verdict in part because his targets were Black. Kelly was convicted Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, in his sex trafficking trial. Those

Petito case renews call to spotlight missing people of color

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST, TERRY TANG and ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON Seraphine Warren poses for a photo in her home in Tooele, Utah, on Sept. 23, 2021, with a rug made by her aunt, Navajo rug weaver Ella Mae Begay. Begay, 62, disappeared in June, one of thousands of missing Indigenous women across the U.S. The extensive coverage of the Gabby Petito case is renewing calls to also shine a spotlight on

1 in 3 NC workers in Cooper order still not fully vaccinated

By BRYAN ANDERSON More than one-third of the 56,000 North Carolina government employees included in Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order compelling them to get a COVID-19 shot or face weekly testing have not been fully vaccinated, according to new state data. Law enforcement officials are getting vaccinated at the lowest rates, though the state said it is still processing a large set of data from the Department of Public

N. Carolina officials: Prep sports governing deal reached

By GARY D. ROBERTSON Legislation that would lead to new controls upon the nonprofit body governing North Carolina high school sports has been agreed to in principle, state officials said Thursday. But there’s still uncertainty, as all the details haven’t been worked out. House and Senate GOP members who have scrutinized the North Carolina High School Athletic Association have said changes are needed to address what they deem is the