Despite several big infrastructure projects and trickle-down costs from Duke Energy’s coal ash cleanup, local electricity cooperative Blue Ridge Energy said they won’t be raising rates for a sixth straight year, but there’s still chances for rate increases in the next few years.

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.” 2 Timothy 4:3

A trip back to my hometown has me feeling nostalgic, but I’m confronted with the yawning gap between my memories and today’s reality. During my many-decade absence things have gotten … better.

A great place to glean some profound insights into life is from children’s stories. In a Winnie the Pooh story, for instance, there is a scene that is a delightful illustration of our desire to hear words that are friendly and warm, rather than harsh or hard.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG is closing its crop science division headquarters in North Carolina and moving 500 jobs to the St. Louis area, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and a company executive announced Tuesday.