Latest Articles

Wes Anderson's films are an eclectic hodgepodge of reserved goodness; some sweeter than others, but all resilient as tested by time, and a perfect evening in the present.
Governor Pat McCrory signed legislation this morning that protects health care personnel who work with or near hazardous materials and antineoplastic agents (chemotherapy drugs) from disease and injury caused by exposure. House Bill 644 requires the North Carolina Department of Labor, by...
In a significant ruling involving the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, North Carolina's second highest court has limited the instances in which a police dog can be called in to perform a drug sniff in traffic stop cases.
Fight From Sunrise to Sunrise is the story of a small army with the task to take back control of the United States one hundred years after a successful invasion to unify all nations under a centralized order.
Charlotte, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Spectra Group Inc. will be moving its financial services delivery center to Mecklenburg County. The company plans to create 250 jobs in Charlotte by the end of 2018.
Well, the testosterone-challenged crowd in the McClatchy newsrooms have claimed the scalp of a poor, defenseless woman who made the horrific "mistake" of allowing Gov, Pat to appoint her poet laureate.
According to the most recent report available, North Carolina's main pension fund for retired state employees is strapped with a $3.7 billion unfunded liability. This growing liability means taxpayers must pony up an increasing amount of funds to cover the costs of promised benefits to retirees...
2033, Welcome to America,a nation reborn by the glorious New Founding Fathers. Tonight we will cleanse the hatred from our hearts with the sixth annual purge.
Diane Rufino writes something important, "Resettling of Illegal Immigrants", and we publish it.
Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Ideal Fastener Corporation will be expanding its facility in Granville County.
Recent events in Ukraine have boosted national interest in nearby Moldova, one of the N.C. National Guard's two partner states. The coordinator of the Guard's State Partnership Program discussed Moldova's challenges during today's John Locke Foundation Shaftesbury Society meeting.

HbAD0

Government

Press Release:

Raleigh, NC Governor Pat McCrory signed legislation this morning that protects health care personnel who work with or near hazardous materials and antineoplastic agents (chemotherapy drugs) from disease and injury caused by exposure. House Bill 644 requires the North Carolina Department of Labor, by January 1, 2016, to develop and enforce regulations that conform to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommendations. Primary sponsors for the bill were Representatives Tom Murry, Becky Carney and the late Dr. Jim Fulghum.

"This legislation will provide needed protections to our health care professionals," said Governor McCrory. "It is fitting that this was sponsored by the late Rep. Fulghum. As a medical doctor, this bill furthers his legacy of caring about the personal safety of others."

The governor's office plans to deliver a pen used to sign... (read more)
Publisher's note: The author of this post is Dan Way, who is an associate editor for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

House remains committed to keeping fee-for-service delivery
RALEIGH Today's Senate calendar includes a measure revamping Medicaid from the current fee-for-service model to one paying providers a set per-member-per month fee, moving Medicaid from the Department of Health and Human Services to a new department, and allowing hospital- and physician-led accountable care organizations to bid against insurance-based managed care organizations for regional contracts. The health plans would pick up expenses exceeding budgets.

The Senate Rules Committee Thursday rewrote House Bill 1181, including the managed care model, and passed it.

The earlier version of H.B. 1181 that passed the House mirrors Gov. Pat McCrory's proposal for ACO provider-led plans. That bill c... (read more)

Op-Ed & Politics

Publisher's note: The author of this post is Michael Lowrey, who is an associate editor for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

After initial investigation, 'reasonable suspicion' needed to detain drivers
RALEIGH In a significant ruling involving the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, North Carolina's second highest court has limited the instances in which a police dog can be called in to perform a drug sniff in traffic stop cases.

The N.C. Court of Appeals ruled that police officers making a traffic stop who have completed their initial investigation and found nothing wrong cannot extend the stop without the driver's consent unless the officers have a "reasonable and articulable suspicion of criminal activity."

Shortly before midnight on May 28, 2012, officer Jordan Payne of the Winston-Salem Police Department spotted Anthony Cottrell driving a Dodge Intrepid with... (read more)
Publisher's note: Brant Clifton reveals the dark comedy of the MSM in his "bare knuckles" Conservative online publication known as The Daily Haymaker.

Ms. Macon, the once, and soon to be forgotten poet laureate of North Carolina. Well, the testosterone-challenged crowd in the McClatchy newsrooms have claimed the scalp of a poor, defenseless woman who made the horrific "mistake" of allowing Gov. Pat to appoint her poet laureate. They're against any and all military actions when our national security is threatened, but — by God — let the governor appoint a non-Prius driver, who has NEVER sat in a drum circle, to the holiest, most sacred position on the state government payroll AND YOU HAVE WAR.

McCrory started off telling these squealing castrati to pound sand. But then he folds like a cheap suit, promising a "review" of the selection process. Meanwhile, his nominee is ... (read more)

HbAD1

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:

Move Will Add 250 New Jobs
Charlotte, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Spectra Group Inc. will be moving its financial services delivery center to Mecklenburg County. The company plans to create 250 jobs in Charlotte by the end of 2018.

"Companies such as Spectra Group continue to be attracted to North Carolina because of our great business climate and the financial services we have located here," said Governor McCrory who was on hand for the announcement at the Charlotte Chamber. "This move to Charlotte will put it in the center of one of the largest banking and financial communities in the country."

Headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey, Spectra Group, Inc. specializes in staff augmentation with a niche for candidates in financial engineering, electronic trading and a primary background in ... (read more)

HbAD2

The Region

Lone Leaf Gallery Celebrates 5 Years with a Showing by Alexandra Bloch's Everyday Beauty Series

Don't forget to come down and ArtWalk this Friday, from 5:00 pm till 8:00 pm!

Enjoy strolling Main Street, as artisans happily show off their talents! The Inner Banks Artisans' Center, Beaufort County Arts Council, River Walk Gallery & Art Center and Lone Leaf Gallery and Custom Framing can all be found on Main Street.

Art Tyndall's studio is just a short walk further, on Water Street. And while you are feasting your eyes, don't forget to feed your tummy at one of our fine dining establishments. - Jaki Kennedy, Washington Harbor Alliance
... (read more)

The Arts


Satirical Farce Emblematic of the Wes Anderson Franchise

Wes Anderson's films are an eclectic hodgepodge of reserved goodness; some sweeter than others, but all resilient as tested by time, and a perfect evening in the present. I know. We rented The Grand Budapest Hotel as soon as we could get a copy of the DVD, and we were pleasantly entertained, which is almost always the case with his films on the first viewing, and always on the second. Upon this first sitting, we were struck by this fine film's rich representation of Wes Anderson's unique storytelling, yet look forward to it, once again, the 'second time around'.

Is "The Grand Budapest Hotel" truly emblematic of all Wes Anderson films?

Yes and no.

Yes, because the film is deliberately, and now ironically staged in the center of each frame of film. One can argue that this perfect placement, as if modeling a fine garment... (read more)
Because It's Independence Day I concluded that now would be the perfect time to publicly release an excerpt of my book in development Fight From Sunrise to Sunrise, about a small group of soldiers with the task to take back America over one hundred years after an empire takes over the entire planet to form a single Unified Order.

The following is an excerpt from the book I have been working on for the past month, titled Fight From Sunrise to Sunrise; the first story in The Old World Legion Saga. This excerpt is not the final draft, and may differ from the full release. The story takes place in an alternative fictional universe where the year is 2108, one hundred years after the army with the goal to maintain democracy in the United States was forced to take shelter due to the Unified Order's power. The Unified Order's goal is the take full control of Earth and what may lay beyond. By... (read more)

HbAD3

Living

Press Release:

Raleigh, N.C. NC DHHS' Division of Public Health is updating the health advisories issued in February 2014 related to the coal ash spill in the Dan River near Eden. The advisories address concerns associated with human exposure and consumption of fish and shellfish.

Recreational Water Advisory

DHHS is recommending lifting the recreational water advisory after evaluating the most recent available surface water and sediment data from the Dan River downstream from the coal ash spill. The large coal ash deposit that remained in North Carolina was removed June 30, 2014. DHHS has evaluated sediment and surface water data collected after the work was completed that confirms that no incidental ingestion or skin contact risk exists for the sediment or the river water. Contaminants associated with the coal ash spill are at levels that should not pose a health risk during r... (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)

HbAD4
Top