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US Attorney General Eric Holder has been subjected to a good deal of criticism during his time in office, but even many of his fiercest critics have joined the chorus of praise for an order he signed last week entitled "Prohibition on Certain Federal Adoptions of Seizures by State and Local Law...
Some members of the Wake County Board of Education have joined the list of education policymakers hoping to find the same flexibility for traditional public schools that charter schools enjoy, though some school choice supporters are suspicious of the board members' motives.
I have been writing here for quite a few months in the hopes of broadening the scope of a most conservative e-magazine.
On January 24, 2015, Deputies with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office responded to the Beaufort County Detention Center after a Detention Officer reported contraband was found on an inmate who had turned himself in to serve a probation violation sentence.
On 01-23-2015, Investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Drug Unit arrested Philip Zachary Tankard, 34 years of age, of 1092 Old Bath Highway in Washington.
Freedom of speech is one of the core values of a free society. It ought to be appreciated and protected by Americans across the political spectrum. Unfortunately, it is not.
The Benedictine monks who founded Belmont Abbey College 138 years ago are better known for peacefulness than for trend-setting.
Now I am seeing ~~~ for real ~~~ how the Republican Elephant can fly an altered State of the Union speech.
In North Carolina, left-wing nonprofit advocacy groups for decades have wielded an alarming amount of power in the media, state politics, and government. They work together, both in loose coalitions and organized networks, to influence and control public policy.
The 2015 legislative session has commenced, which means that the House and Senate will be hashing out their differences about how best to reform our state's Medicaid program. The Senate favors a privatization approach, where multiple managed care companies (MCOs) compete for state contracts to...
We will offer this allotment of three with more to come; some old, most new, but all quite informative, and, moreover, necessary to understanding that in North Carolina, there is a wiser path to govern ourselves and our People.
Religious liberty - which is the first right secured in the Bill of Rights - has won again in the nation's highest court. In a unanimous decision this week (Holt v. Hobbs), the U.S. Supreme Court has held that an Arkansas state prison policy that prohibited inmates from growing beards...

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Government

Press Release:
Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory announced today that Rebecca Eggers-Gryder has been appointed District Court Judge in the 24th Judicial District. Eggers-Gryder will fill the vacancy created by the governor's appointment of former Chief District Court Judge Gregory Horne to the Superior Court bench in December 2014.

"Eggers-Gryder will be an excellent addition to the court," Governor McCrory said. "Her experience as a trial lawyer in a vast array of areas of litigation, as well as her time spent as president of the Watauga County Bar Association and the 24th Judicial District Bar Association, is sure to serve the district well. We look forward to her public service."

The district covers Watauga, Avery, Mitchell, Yancey and Madison counties.

Eggers-Gryder has been a trial lawyer in Watauga County for nearly 30 years, practicing in the areas of family law, juvenil... (read more)
Press Release:
Raleigh, N.C. — As part of continued customer focus and enhancement of North Carolina's infrastructure, Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata will meet with local leaders and transportation officials to consider all options for a recently widened section of I-485 in Charlotte.

"I am committed to having our team sit down with local leaders as soon as possible to discuss solutions for inadequate design, infrastructure and funding issues that were created years ago, which have been causing serious traffic congestion on I-485," said Governor McCrory. "We are open to reviewing and considering all viable options."

During a recent widening project of I-485, NCDOT engineers had the foresight to expand an additional section of the roadway that could be used for a future express lanes project submitted by local leaders an... (read more)

Op-Ed & Politics

Publisher's note: The author of this post is Jon Guze, who is the Director of Legal Studies for the John Locke Foundation.

US Attorney General Eric Holder has been subjected to a good deal of criticism during his time in office, but even many of his fiercest critics have joined the chorus of praise for an order he signed last week entitled Prohibition on Certain Federal Adoptions of Seizures by State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies — and for good reason. For years the Department of Justice (DOJ) has been using the "adoptions" referred to in Holder's order to promote an obnoxious practice called "civil asset forfeiture" and make it an integral part of the American criminal justice system. The result, as one constitutional law scholar described it in The Washington Post, has been "a civil-liberties debacle and a stain on American criminal justice." No wonder so many commentator... (read more)
I have been writing here for quite a few months in the hopes of broadening the scope of a most conservative e-magazine. I like the quality of the articles and appreciate the Editor (not editor, publisher only) and Owner, Stan Deathridge (Stan Deatherage), allowing my view to be seen and heard. He had a little niche of super conservatism before I came on. He has described me as "from the middle" as well as "liberal." Many of the articles and comments are somewhat hostile to any candidate or political leaders they describe as "liberal / inept / wasteful / socialists / big government / you name it." Epithets seldom result in good debate and compromise.

We had a recent election in November which the conservatives claim is a mandate from the people for them to have their way. The President gave his State of the Union Tuesday and I was watching the audience as I did my congregation on... (read more)

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Community

News Release:

Quinton Bernard Corbett On January 24, 2015, Deputies with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office responded to the Beaufort County Detention Center after a Detention Officer reported contraband was found on an inmate who had turned himself in to serve a probation violation sentence. Marijuana andtobacco was seized by Deputies.

As a result, Mr. Quinton Bernard Corbett, age 31 of Gaskins Road in Grimesland, NC was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Local Confinement Facility and Misdemeanor Possession of Tobacco by an Inmate. Mr. Quinton was held in the Beaufort County Detention Center on $15,000 secured bond set by Magistrate Donald Sadler.

Contact: Lt. Wesley Waters

Beaufort County Sheriff's Office • Criminal Investigations Division

210 North Market Street •Washington, N.C. 27889... (read more)

Business

As many of you may have noticed, there are subtle changes to Beaufort County NOW. And while they may seem insignificant to some naked eyes, they represent a major turning point for what we intend to provide, and the direction that these innovations shall be provided to the community.

What we have long been able to provide, but now in a more concise format, is the Social component of private messaging, sharing posts (moderated for quality), and comments (still moderated but to a lesser extent). Beaufort County NOW (BCN) is the prototype for what has become a variation of the senior version of Symbiotic Publisher, our Symbiotic Networks's (SNI's) proprietary Content Management System (CMS).

Now, after this last iteration of BCN, we can better provide that Social component, and we can provide it faster, and in a Responsive format, which, in the region of Northeastern North Carolina, w... (read more)

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The Region

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

Critics say Wake wants to undermine public school choice
RALEIGH - Some members of the Wake County Board of Education have joined the list of education policymakers hoping to find the same flexibility for traditional public schools that charter schools enjoy, though some school choice supporters are suspicious of the board members' motives.

Charter schools are public schools, usually governed by an independent board of directors, that are given a bit more flexibility in operating and personnel policies than traditional public schools. The state's first charter school law was enacted in 1996. It capped the number of charter schools that could operate in the state at 100.

Over the next decade and a half, legislative Republicans and charter school advoca... (read more)

The Arts


Every Great War Film is a Great Anti War Film

When Chris Kyle was a young boy growing up central Texas, he learned to hunt, to fight to win, loved Jesus, bronco busting and enjoyed pretty girls. How was it that he grew up to become the ultra patriot, an American hero, and now with the critically acclaimed film about his life as a soldier breaking box office records, someone immortalized, lionized?

Simply, Chris Kyle was reared by a God fearing church deacon, Wayne Kyle, played by Ben Read, who taught him to hunt, know Jesus, and to understand the ways of this world, personified in these comments he made to Chris as a pre-adolescent:

"There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs," Wayne Kyle implores his receptive son to know. "Some people prefer to believe that evil doesn't exist in the world, and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they would... (read more)

Life as a True Struggle

What began as a feel-good suicide 'Indie' film, with strident overtones of highly dysfunctional sexuality all around, quickly devolved into a poorly written Saturday Night Live sketch that struggled on far too long. Which, obviously, is quite sad since the two leads of the film were the two of the ten most solid sketch players, who ever performed of Saturday Night Live in the 40 years of its entirety - the versatile Bill Hader as the cross dressing homosexual Milo Dean, and his sister, the manic depressive Maggie Dean was played by the wonderful Kristen Wiig.

However, well intended, in the final analysis, the collective estimable talents of SNI alums Hader and Wigg would not help this little film. There was no life message, and the film was exceedingly boring as if any attempt at dark comedy was such a terrific struggle that all spontaneity was completely ... (read more)

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Living

Press Release:
Raleigh, N.C. — The State Employees Credit Union is hosting 47 rotating displays of the 2015 North Carolina Heart Gallery exhibition, featuring professional portraits of children available for adoption in the North Carolina foster care system.

Sponsored by the NC Kids Program, an initiative of N.C. DHHS' Division of Social Services (DSS), the Heart Gallery has introduced a wide variety of people to adoption through foster care throughout the country, helping locate permanent adoptive homes for children.

"The Heart Gallery exhibition provides a wonderful opportunity to increase a foster child's chance at finding a forever home," said Wayne Black, DSS director. "Each gallery seeks to recruit foster and adoptive parents for not only children included in the exhibition, but those across the state."

The Credit Union is hosting the rotating displays in branches acro... (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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