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The Obama administration has been implementing new ways to measure economic activity in the United States.
Exhausted legislators finally saw the closing gavel and heard the fat lady sing the "sine die," followed quickly by the Hallelujah chorus striking up the perennial tune, "There has to be a better way to run a state."
If you listen to the drive-by media or the zombies and trolls following Bill Barber around, you'd think North Carolina state government was now a shoe-string operation.
Governor Pat McCrory is encouraging high school students to apply for the Governor's Page Program.
North Carolina state government is spending more money per person this budget year than ever before. A new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report documents that fact, which gets lost in ongoing debates about state budget "cuts."
Marcus Luttrell wrote this titular story of his one life experience that would forever define who he was, who he is, and who he will remain.
Governor Pat McCrory has appointed Special Superior Court Judge Lisa Bell to the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
Found in Yancey County, Mount Mitchell is the largest mountain in North Carolina.
College of The Albemarle in Elizabeth City will present the The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the first production of the 2014/15 Performing Arts Center season.
It seems like a lifetime ago, but remember the euphoria when Baghdad fell in early 2003?
Members of the Governor's Teacher Advisory Committee presented nine major recommendations on testing standards and assessments to Governor Pat McCrory today at a meeting at the Executive Mansion.

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Government

Press Release:
Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory has appointed Special Superior Court Judge Lisa Bell to the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Judge Bell will fill outgoing Chief Judge John Martin's seat, who retired from the Court of Appeals August 1. She will serve on the Court until December 31, 2014.

"Judge Bell has been a tremendous asset to our state's judiciary, first as a District Court Judge and now as a Special Superior Court Judge," Governor McCrory said. "Her dedication, wisdom and experience will serve our state well and I look forward to her continued service on the Court of Appeals."

Prior to her appointment as a Special Superior Court Judge in May 2013, Judge Bell served as Chief District Court Judge for Mecklenburg County from 2009 to 2013. She was first elected a District Court Judge in 1998 and re-elected in 2002, 2006 and 2010. During her tenure, she presided... (read more)
Press Release:
Raleigh, NC Members of the Governor's Teacher Advisory Committee presented nine major recommendations on testing standards and assessments to Governor Pat McCrory today at a meeting at the Executive Mansion.

"Since I took office, superintendents, principals and teachers have told me that the testing burden in our classrooms threatens to turn our teachers into proctors," Governor McCrory said. "Burdensome testing deprives our students of the talent and creativity our teachers have spent their careers to develop. Just as they did on teacher pay, members of the Governor's Teacher Advisory Committee looked at the issue of testing and have produced some innovative recommendations and I look forward to studying them in depth. Long lasting and meaningful education reform will not come from politicians in Raleigh, but from the teachers in our classrooms."

The recommendations... (read more)

Op-Ed & Politics

Publisher's note: This article appeared on John Hood's daily column in the Carolina Journal, which, because of Author / Publisher Hood, is linked to the John Locke Foundation.

John Hood RALEIGH The Obama administration has been implementing new ways to measure economic activity in the United States. Although not exactly front-page news, this initiative deserves praise from anyone, regardless of political party or economic views, who believes policymakers are more likely to make wise decisions if they are provided timely, valid, and informative data on economic performance in their states and regions.

In April, for example, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis published a new set of purchasing-price parities for states and regions. While everyone recognizes the need to adjust time-series data for inflation and international comparisons for differences in monetary value and relative p... (read more)
Tom Campbell Exhausted legislators finally saw the closing gavel and heard the fat lady sing the "sine die," followed quickly by the Hallelujah chorus striking up the perennial tune, "There has to be a better way to run a state."

Republicans sang that song when Democrats ran things. Now the GOP is in control and more than a few of them are scratching their heads, wondering why things aren't noticeably different. This short session that began with promise turned into another disappointment that lasted too long, was too contentious and satisfied too few. Fresh off a 2013 session that saw the most dramatic change in state government any can remember legislative leaders came to Raleigh in mid-May boasting they could tweak the budget, give teachers a pay hike, fix the coal ash crisis, reform Medicaid and be adjourned in time for the start of the new fiscal budget year July 1st.

There ha... (read more)

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Community

Press Release

Rodney Darnell Putney On Saturday, May 24, 2014 the Washington Police Department arrested Rodney Darnell Putney, age 25, of Washington Street Washington. Putney was charged with burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of firearm by a felon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and kidnapping.

Additional charges are pending and the investigation is ongoing. Putney was placed in Beaufort County Detention Center with no bond pending appearances.

Officer William Chrismon
Washington City Police... (read more)

Business

Press Release:
Raleigh, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Cascades Tissue Group will open a new manufacturing facility in Scotland County. The company plans to create 68 new jobs and invest $62 million during the next three years in Wagram. The investment includes $55 million of new capital expenditure (such as building infrastructure, new equipment and other capitalized expenses) and converting equipment to be transferred from other facilities outside of North Carolina valued at $7 million.

"This investment in the Sandhills region of North Carolina not only provides much needed jobs, but also confirms a global company's commitment to Scotland County in the years ahead," said Governor McCrory. "Today's jobs announcement shows that by working together and effectively leveraging our state's talent and resources, North Carolina wil... (read more)

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The Region

Publisher's note: The author of this post, Crystal Baity, is a contributor to ECU News Services.

Honors College students demonstrate ECU motto
Honors College students put East Carolina University's motto 'servire' - to serve - into action Aug. 22, spending their first day on campus helping the community.

More than 100 students volunteered at nine local nonprofits across Pitt County: the American Cancer Society's McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge, Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, Golden Living Center, GO-Science, Greenville Harvest, Habitat for Humanity, NCPacks4Patriots, Pamlico-Tar River Foundation and the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge.

Now in its third year, Service Day helps introduce freshmen to the importance of community service.

In Ayden, students organized shelves and assembled care packages to send to troops overseas at the NCPacks4Patriots office. Director B... (read more)

The Arts


If the Taliban is Evil, Navy SEALs are an Avenging Angel

Marcus Luttrell, with help from Author Patrick Robinson, wrote his titular story of his one life experience that would forever define who he was, who he is, and who he will remain. Unfortunately, the other three members of his fellow Navy SEALs, participating in their mission to engage the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2005, were not so fortunate. Rather than "Lone Survivor" being solely Marcus Luttrell's first-person story of survival against terrible odds, it is, moreover, the story of his fellow "brothers" in that fight, which went so terribly wrong, regardless of the extra-human heroism of these four Navy SEALs to survive.

These four members of SEAL Team 10: Lt. Michael Murphy, played by Taylor Kitsch; Gunner's Mate Second Class Danny Dietz, played by Emile Hirsch; Sonar Technician Second Class Matt 'Axe' Axelson, playe... (read more)

A Fairy Tale for the Five Burroughs of New York ...

And for the rest of us a tall tale, with a rewarding story of complete unconditional love for the ages ... literally.

Peter Lake, played by Colin Ferrell, is a daring thief of consummate skill, who has yet to discover his purpose in this life. Until he does, he is cursed to continue on this temporal plane, enduring a long and meaningless life, but retaining his youthful countenance. It is both a curse and a blessing because Peter is a man of purposeful strong will, and his fated love for Beverly Penn, played by Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil /Downton Abbey), endures through the ages.

Standing in the way of Peter's immeasurable passion for 'his one true love' are two things: Beverly is terminally ill with a condition of a fluctuating fever that reaches temperatures of such extremes that only extreme cold can reduce it; and a... (read more)

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Living

Publisher's note: We believe the subject of history makes people (i.e., American people) smarter, so in our quest to educate others, we will provide excerpts from the North Carolina History Project, an online publication of the John Locke Foundation. This one hundred and seventeenth installment, by Jonathan Martin, is provided courtesy of the North Carolina History Project, and re-posted here with permission from NC Historic Sites.

Found in Yancey County, Mount Mitchell is the largest mountain in North Carolina. The tall peak is part of the 15-mile long Black Mountain Range; the range itself contains six of the ten tallest mountains in the eastern United States. At 6,684 feet, Mt. Mitchell remains the highest point in the state as well as in the eastern part of the country.
At well over 6,000 feet above sea level, the ranger's station is on the southern shoulder of the peak of Mount... (read more)

Announcements

Press Release:

This Saturday, June 23, 2012, there will be a PraiseFest event on Washington's Waterfront from from 1:00 to 6:00 pm.

See the image below for all of the details:... (read more)

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