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It's football season. One of the favorite stats of sports drive-bys is time of possession (a/k/a "time on offense.") The longer your team has the ball, the longer the other team is without the ball AND a chance to score points against you.
We here at the Observer have been scolded by some of our Republican friends for not supporting "all" Republicans. The argument goes: We need Republicans in control of both house of Congress and then we could really...
A new Civitas Flash Poll shows that likely NC voters view former President George W. Bush more favorably than President Obama.
Late yesterday afternoon, alongside the families of four young children with leukemia, Governor Pat McCrory lit the Executive Mansion orange in celebration of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
In DC, Barry Obama is preparing to go to war against the Islamic State. In Raleigh, Pat McCrory is barricaded inside his Blount Street residence preparing for battle against his fellow Republicans in the General Assembly.
Today many of us think of Edenton as a beautiful, quaint vacation town along the Albemarle Sound. But Edenton was a political and intellectual hub in North Carolina in the early days of the United States.
Are college students more likely to listen to a lecture about education policy if an adult film actress is behind the podium? They certainly filled the room for Belle Knox, whose real name is Miriam Weeks, a 19-year-old Duke student. She came to UNC-Chapel Hill on Tuesday to talk about the high cost
Vidant SurgiCenter in Greenville and Vidant Home Health and Hospice in Washington were recently recognized with an Excellence through Insight award by HealthStream, Inc.
Civitas' annual poll of unaffiliated North Carolina voters provides insights into the views of this key voting bloc as the state heads into the election season.
Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement after speaking with Jack Truong, president and CEO of Electrolux Major Appliances North America and executive vice president of AB Electrolux.
Labor unions and "moral" activists have once again somehow convinced a few of the poorest and least educated workers in the Triangle to walk off their jobs and demand publicly that they all be priced out of work and their jobs be taken by machines.
I believe South Carolina congressman Joe Wilson would like to have a word with the Hagan campaign, state and national Democrats, and their lackeys in the drive-by media.

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Government

Press Release:

Raleigh, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory announced today he will let the Coal Ash Management Act, passed by North Carolina's General Assembly Aug. 20, become law without his signature. The governor said that while the bill continues the aggressive approach his administration has taken to attack the coal ash issue, constitutional, operational and funding concerns with the bill prevent him from giving the bill a full endorsement.

"In just a year and a half, my administration has taken more action to address groundwater and coal ash issues than any previous administration in North Carolina history – much of the action being many months before the Dan River Spill in February," said Governor McCrory. "To ensure that we address the statewide issue of coal ash ponds, my administration drafted aggressive legislation that would result in the closure of all the state's coal ash... (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.

Hand-made, premium cigars would be treated like cigarettes
CJ photo by Dan Way
Jeff Young of Liberty, at left, and Doug Cockman of Greensboro, regulars at the smoking lounge at JR Cigar in Burlington, browse the selection of premium cigars in the walk-in humidor. RALEIGH If Food and Drug Administration regulators adopt new regulations that would place premium, hand-made cigars under the jurisdiction of a law originally passed to regulate cigarettes, sellers of the premium cigars say the changes could put them out of business.

The federal agency is considering adding premium cigars, as well as electronic cigarettes, pipe tobacco, certain dissolvable tobacco products that are not "smokeless tobacco," nicotine gels, and water pipe tobacco to the Family Tobacco... (read more)

Op-Ed & Politics

Publisher's note: Brant Clifton looks for the kernels of deceit in North Carolina's top political race in his "bare knuckles" Conservative online publication known as The Daily Haymaker.

It's football season. One of the favorite stats of sports drive-bys is time of possession (a/k/a "time on offense.") The longer your team has the ball, the longer the other team is without the ball AND a chance to score points against you. So, it is generally viewed as a good thing to have your opponent's defense on the field A LOT.

The same rule applies in political campaigns. You are generally viewed as in trouble if you spend more time defending yourself than you do raising questions about your opponent and SELLING YOURSELF.

The N&O has an item today about the main topics in this year's US Senate race: contraception, spending on government schools, and the minimum wage. In other words, ... (read more)
Publisher's Note: This article originally appeared in the Beaufort Observer.

Yea, really what? Something like this:

House Republicans are preparing a continuing resolution to keep the government open. In doing so, they've decided to be total sluts for K Street and Wall Street. The Crony Capitalists, emboldened by the Chamber of Commerce's help during primary season, are doing some very unusual things.

Here's what I hear is happening.

First, they will reauthorize the Ex-Im bank, which is something K Street is desperate to see happen.

Second, current reports are that they will spend more than the original Paul Ryan — Patti Murray deal that had included a tax hike. However, that is subject to change.

Third, and probably most significantly, they will make sure the continuing resolution expires after the election, but before January. That will free them up to go back for a ... (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 issued the following statement after speaking with Jack Truong, president and CEO of Electrolux Major Appliances North America and executive vice president of AB Electrolux.

"This is great news for Electrolux and our state," said Governor McCrory. "I had a very positive conversation with Jack Truong today, and I am excited to watch Electrolux's continued growth and success, especially given the fact that the company's headquarters will be located in Charlotte. I look forward to building on this important relationship that first began when, as mayor of Charlotte, I recruited Electrolux. I also look forward to being a part of Electrolux's 25th anniversary later this fall in Kinston."

It was announced earlier today that AB Electrolux of Sweden, which has a major presence in North Carolina, purchased GE Appliances for $3.3 billion. Ele... (read more)

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The Region

Are you thinking about starting college for the first time or going back to school to upgrade your job skills? Or are you wondering whether the time is right or your study skills are good enough?

Then why not spend a day at Beaufort County Community College to see if it's right for you?

On Thursday, Oct. 9, BCCC is opening its doors to give prospective students 16 years old or older the chance to attend actual classes and meet potential instructors in their classrooms for free.

Attendees of Free Day at BCCC will also have the chance to talk to BCCC staff about admissions, career planning, financial aid, college transfers and academic counseling.

"Free Day at BCCC will give prospective students in our service area a unique chance to learn more about college, to see for themselves what college life is like at Beaufort County Community College and to learn first-hand about the arra... (read more)

The Arts

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Metacritic:

Images provided by Universal Pictures The highly anticipated sequel to last year's disappointment to movie-goers from Blumhouse Productions', The Purge, hit the box office last Friday (July 18th 2014) titled The Purge: Anarchy. The original movie was not what most people were interested in, including myself; I was only interested in the idea of The Purge, not people hiding in a house with no lights on whilst anarchist (pun?) raid the home, then everyone takes each other hostage for ninety minutes. The Purge: Anarchy is almost the exact opposite of its prequel.

The original movie was primarily composed of the cheapest jump scares I've ever seen (refrigerator closes revealing person behind the door cliché) even when not necessary. The Purge: Anarchy, however, does not do this; in fact I found it more of an action movie than of the horror genre. In The Pu... (read more)

Families Die, Allegiances are Born

Divergent, in the similar formula of "Hunger Games", proposes a future world forever changed by a cataclysmic event, against the simmering backdrop of teen angst and the maturing relationship of the opposite sex.

The film begins in narrative explanation, by the film's heroine, Beatrice Prior (Tris), played by Shailene Woodley, as to her understanding that her world of metropolitan Chicago was severely, and irrevocably damaged, and then reborn as a totally different societal civilization. This new civilization of northern Illinois consisted of five "factions" of people: Abnegation, for the selfless behavior of leaders in service to all people; Amity, for the peaceful prospectus on life, who farm as their one avocation; Candor, for the honesty with good people, who hate duplicity; Dauntless, for the brave, and dutiful, who are trained to protec... (read more)

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Living

Vidant SurgiCenter, Vidant Home Health and Hospice recognized for excellence in patient care

GREENVILLE Vidant SurgiCenter in Greenville and Vidant Home Health and Hospice in Washington were recently recognized with an Excellence through Insight award by HealthStream, Inc. Vidant SurgiCenter was given the award for "Overall Outpatient Experience," while Vidant Home Health and Hospice was given a Unit Specific Award for Home Health.

The facilities were awarded this honor for their commitment to excellence in patient care. These awards recognize hospitals and other health care services that excel in their ability to give quality patient care. Ultimately, this information is used to build excellence within their organization and the community.

HealthStream CEO Robert A. Frist, Jr. said, "We applaud Vidant SurgiCenter and Vidant Home Health and Hospice's high-level commitment to exc... (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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