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Governor Pat McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that CS Carolina, Inc. is expanding operations in Alamance County.
"The Ice Bucket Challenge" formed a major trend last week in social media, raising donations in viral amounts for the ALS Association
Governor Pat McCrory announced today that he will appoint Judge R.N. "Bob" Hunter, Jr. as a Justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court.
For all the drama in the days leading up to the adjournment of the 2014 "short session" of the General Assembly, the final day proved anticlimactic.
Gov. Pat McCrory and some Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly say they need more "tools" for economic development in North Carolina -- by which they mean targeted tax breaks and corporate subsidies.
Governor Pat McCrory has selected George Wainwright Jr. of Carteret County as the chairman of the State Ethics Commission.
The Speaker of The House tried to ram through a bill containing a smorgasbord of odds-and-ends spending desired by the governor and various special interests.
Twenty-eight House Republicans bolted party ranks Tuesday, joining 26 Democrats to defeat an economic incentives program that some labeled "corporate welfare."
If the powers-that-be in the North Carolina House have their way, that will be absolutely true.
Governor Pat McCrory appointed District Attorney-Elect Roger Echols as the new Durham District Attorney following the retirement of Acting District Attorney Leon Stanback.
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.

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Government

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

Measure pushed by Tillis, Berger, McCrory fails in bipartisan vote
RALEIGH Twenty-eight House Republicans bolted party ranks Tuesday, joining 26 Democrats to defeat an economic incentives program that some labeled "corporate welfare." It was a rebuke to House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, and Gov. Pat McCrory, all of whom championed the legislation.

The 47-54 vote against House Bill 1224 signaled that the end of the meandering 2014 "short session" of the General Assembly could be nigh, arriving perhaps as early as today.

The GOP leadership split on this bill, with Tillis, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, supporting the measure along with House Rules Committee Chairman Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, and H... (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.

County, state can't decide whether to save or destroy registration info
DURHAM The Durham gun owner registry may have been repealed during the short session of the General Assembly, but gun advocates remain uneasy about the fate of the personal (and public) records of those who registered firearms.

Cindy Buchanan, Durham County assistant clerk of court/head cashier, thumbs through gun registration paperwork housed in her office.
CJ Photo by Dan Way One possible resting ground for the documents: the state Office of Archives and History at the Department of Cultural Resources. "We've been in discussion with the North Carolina Department of Archives about taking possession," said Archie Smith, clerk of court for Durham County Superior Court.

"I think what th... (read more)

Op-Ed & Politics

Press Release:
Raleigh, NC Governor Pat McCrory announced today that he will appoint Judge R.N. "Bob" Hunter, Jr. as a Justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court. Hunter will fill the seat of Justice Mark Martin, who will become the Chief Justice on September 1. Judge Hunter will take his seat on the Supreme Court on September 6.

"As a lawyer who practiced for 35 years and as a current judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, Judge Hunter has the experience and integrity needed to serve on North Carolina's Supreme Court," said Governor McCrory. "I am confident that Judge Hunter will continue to serve our state to the best of his legal abilities and with the highest of ethical standards."

Judge Hunter has served on the North Carolina Court of Appeals since 2008. Prior to joining the Court of Appeals, Judge Hunter practiced law for 35 years in Greensboro. He has served as Chai... (read more)
Publisher's note: The author of this post is Barry Smith, who is an associate editor for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

Drama of recent days absent as chambers wrap up session
RALEIGH For all the drama in the days leading up to the adjournment of the 2014 "short session" of the General Assembly, the final day proved anticlimactic. While Tuesday saw the House defeating an economic incentives plan pushed by House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, Wednesday saw a more subdued House approving a bipartisan coal ash cleanup bill, adopting a scaled down economic incentives bill to help a mountain paper mill plant convert its energy source to natural gas, and agreeing to leave for good — or at least until January 2015.

The Senate Wednesday night figuratively turned the lights off in the Legislative Building after adopting the same coal ash cleanup bill and approving a f... (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, NC – Governor Pat McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that CS Carolina, Inc. is expanding operations in Alamance County. The company plans to create 22 new jobs and invest $7.3 million over the next three years in Burlington.

"It's crucial that we continue to create an environment where our existing businesses can expand," said Governor McCrory. "North Carolina's manufacturing workforce help companies like CS Carolina grow. We welcome these new jobs to Alamance County and look forward to CS Carolina's contribution to continuing our state's long history in textile manufacturing."

CS Carolina, Inc. manufacturers, sells and distributes yarn. CS Carolina employs 27 workers in Alamance County. As part of its expansion, the company will relocate its plant from Swepsonville to Burlington, retaining those jobs and adding to the wo... (read more)

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The Region

Press Release:
The annual high school equivalency Assessment Day at Beaufort County Community College drew a record number of attendees on Wednesday, Aug. 20, with over 78 people from BCCC's service area attending the event. Fifty-five people attended last year. "I am so proud of each individual who made the effort to open the door to a better future," said Penelope Radcliffe, assessment retention specialist and event coordinator. "I am very appreciative to those businesses and community partners who provided support for this."

The Assessment Day is designed to give those who attend the opportunity to gauge their readiness to test to earn their high school equivalency degree. Assessment day also provides information about Basic Skills classes at BCCC that will help students with remedial work to prepare for the exam.

For more information about Basic Skills classes at BCCC or the hig... (read more)

The Arts


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)

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)

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Living

If you have been on any form of Social Media recently, you have most likely seen the "Ice Bucket Challenge". Usually if a "challenge" trend spreads over the internet, it results in many teenagers doing something stupid and getting injured; but it's okay because they gain more followers, because priorities are important and social media followers measures life success.

This challenge is different, in fact one of the few times I think big social networks caused something significant. The Ice Bucket Challenge is a social media campaign raising awareness and funding for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Research. The ALS Association defines the syndrome as "a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord." Every year approximately 5,600 more patients are diagnosed with ALS, with no boundaries it can happen to anyone at any age.

Here is... (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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