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A surprising number of college and university presidents depart unexpectedly or face turmoil that nearly ends their tenure as president. Within the past six months, leaders of Illinois State, St. Augustine's, the University of Wyoming, Tuskegee University, Howard University, and SUNY-Upstate...
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.
Remarks made by an associate justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court at a Democratic Party fund-raising dinner, as well as her membership in a private organization, raise serious questions about her possible bias against the state's new voter ID law.
Accountable care organizations that are the cornerstone of the state's Medicaid reform plan are "HMOs on steroids," one national expert says, and they face certain opposition in the state Senate.
Just try to implement some kind of frugality in public education budgets. You'll get all kinds of teeth-gnashing, wailing and crying about starving tha lil' chil'ren.
Buys his way out of liable lawsuit for $75K and a measley apology--but that is just our opinion of the implications of this case
The House Oversight Committee, who are also charged with discovering the truth on countless other scandals, which have swamped the incredible Barack Hussein Obama presidency, are tasked with the responsibility to accomplish this unenviable feat to know who is ultimately responsible.
he U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has confirmed that North Carolina successfully met requirements to reduce the number of pending food stamp applications and recertifications.
Gov. Pat McCrory used the deadline for filing income tax returns to tout the historic tax reform package that he signed into law last year.
From the standards grows an entire industry that seeks to make money "training" educators how to get students to do at least well enough on those tests.
Following an event celebrating the historic tax reform that was enacted in July of 2013, Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement on Tax Day



News Release:

Raleigh, NC The Office of Governor Pat McCrory announced the following appointments today:

North Carolina Institute Of Medicine

• Laura J. Easton (Caldwell County) – Easton is the president and CEO of Caldwell Memorial Hospital Inc.

• Phillip Tarte (Union County) – Tarte is the public health director for Union County.

• Mark Payne (Orange County)– Payne is the chief of staff and chief compliance officer for the Department of Health and Human Services.

• Patricia Skinner (Gaston County) – Dr. Skinner is the president of Gaston Community College.

• Kim Schwartz (Halifax County) – Schwartz is the chief executive officer of Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center.

• Sy Saeed (Pitt County) – Dr. Saeed is the chairman of the department of psychiatric medicine at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carol... (read more)
News Release

Raleigh, N.C. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has confirmed that North Carolina successfully met requirements to reduce the number of pending food stamp applications and recertifications. In the letter received late yesterday, the USDA acknowledged that DHHS is in compliance with federal timeliness guidelines.

"We are pleased that the USDA has acknowledged our commitment to North Carolina's most vulnerable citizens," said Secretary Aldona Wos. "I offer a sincere thank you to the state and county staff for their outstanding work and dedication, and I look forward to continuing our joint efforts to sustain timely processing of food stamp cases."
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NC Department of Health and Human Services

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Raleigh, NC 27699-2001 • (919) 855-4840... (read more)

Op-Ed & Politics

Publisher's note: The John William Pope Center for Education Policy provides a treasure trove of information suggesting the better path forward in regards to North Carolina's number one issue - public education. Public education, at all levels, requires a significant amount of funding from our state government, and all one hundred North Carolina counties, so it is essential that leaders effecting education policy get it right, and know that concerned entities, like the John William Pope Center, will be minding their progress to do so. We welcome the John William Pope Center for Education Policy to our growing readership, and expect our readers to learn all they can to do their part in this wise endeavor to better educate our People.

The author of this post is Jane S. Shaw.

The fault may lie with naive trustees and a flawed search process.
A surprising number of college and universit... (read more)
Publisher's note: We want our read understand that there is wise policy afoot here in North Carolina, and to that end, we offer these excellent videos from our associates, in prudent policy research, at the John Locke Foundation.

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.

JLF's Terry Stoops discusses Charlotte-Mecklenburg's Project L.I.F.T.

Dr. Terry Stoops, John Locke Foundation director of research and education studies, assesses the Project L.I.F.T. program's impact for Charlotte-Mecklenburg public schools. Stoops offered these comments during an interview Carolina Journal Radio (Program No. 568).

Carolina Journal's Rick Henderson discusses N.C. election reforms' impact on turnout

Rick Henderson,... (read more)



The craggy, ragged shoreline of Goose Creek State Park is just one of the many unique components of this park that stands alone as the single most environmentally diverse tract of land, open to the public, in this nook of the Inner Banks. On November, 2, 2011, after the Dan Windley Environmental Field Days Event Lunch at Goose Creek State Park, which I attended, I made my way down to the Pamlico River, and that craggy, ragged shoreline.

Each year, if I can find the time to attend the Dan Windley event, sponsored by the Beaufort County Soil and Water Conservation District, in cooperation with Goose Creek State Park, I always find time to take a stroll down along the water's edge - unspoiled by Man, spoiled only by nature. Today, I took my stroll, and I made a few images of how the wild force of nature can tear a shoreline asunder and then put it back together - just different the n... (read more)


News Release:

"NCWorks to focus on one goal – connecting North Carolina jobs with North Carolina people." – Gov. McCrory

Sanford, NC Governor Pat McCrory and Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker joined state officials today in announcing "NCWorks," a major initiative that will promote one consistent, cohesive strategy for workforce development across North Carolina.

"While I am continually pleased to see more and more people finding jobs in North Carolina, it is important to remain focused on getting people back to work," said Governor McCrory. "As we continue to rebuild, I am committed to making our state stronger and more resilient. Today we are officially launching NCWorks to focus on one goal – connecting North Carolina jobs with North Carolina people."

Governor McCrory made the announcement at Caterpillar Inc. in Sanford. The governor and secretary were joined... (read more)


The Region

Publisher's note: The authors of this post, Crystal Baity and Steve Tuttle, are contributors to ECU News Services.

ECU now has College of Engineering and Technology
One of East Carolina University's fastest-growing colleges has added engineering to its name, reflecting an increasing emphasis on that program.

ECU's College of Technology and Computer Sciences will become the College of Engineering and Technology. The UNC Board of Governors approved the change Friday, April 11. The request had the unanimous support of other engineering programs in North Carolina's public university system.

A new master's degree in biomedical engineering within the college also was approved. Biomedical engineering focuses on improving medical systems to enhance human health, including prosthetics and medical devices and instruments. The program includes collaboration with ECU Brody School of Medicine ... (read more)

The Arts

Performances of You're A Good Man Charlie Brown will be held:
April 10, 10:00 am (sold out)
April 11, 10:00 am & 7:00 pm
April 12, 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm
April 13, 2:00 pm

Tickets prices are as follows:
Advanced Tickets - $12.00 Adults, $10.00 Seniors, & $7.50 Students
All tickets are $2 more at the door
COAST Players casts are made up of College of The Albemarle students and members of the community.

It's "an average day in the life of Charlie Brown." But, for Peanuts fans there is nothing ordinary about the innocent yet profound characters in this delightful, nostalgic musical. You'll relive some of the best moments of your favorite character's lives in this delightful show. The story unfolds as Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, Snoopy, Sally Brown and a large chorus of many other wonderful Peanuts characters who work their comical way through a day that begins with a br... (read more)

Llewyn Davis's Vision of Unrelenting Irony

The Folk scene in Greenwich Village, New York City, circa 1961, was a trans-formative time in American music. It does not particularly mean that all of the music was good, or especially unique, it just was a new wave of sound, which should be understood from a historical context. For whatever purpose, Folkie Llewyn Davis just never fit into that time, in that place, in a manner comparable to his relative talent.

Llewyn Davis, played well enough by musician /actor Oscar Isaac, put up a wall around himself built upon the foundation of perpetual irony, which was destroying whatever career that he could have made for himself. Or possibly, the supreme irony would be that Llewyn would succeed because, or inspite of his impediment of an artist's unremarkable sense of misplaced priorities. We, the audience, however, will never know since all o... (read more)



News Release

Raleigh, N.C. As the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services assists Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties in their response to a case of Hepatitis A in a food handler, it is important to remind people to always take precautions when preparing food, whether at home or at a restaurant.

The simple act of thoroughly washing your hands before and during the preparation of meals can prevent the spread of Hepatitis A and other food-borne diseases. Hands should be washed thoroughly with soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds. All surfaces should be washed, including the back of the hands, wrists, between fingers and under fingernails. This is especially important after using the restroom and before handling food. Food service workers should always have gloves on when coming in contact with ready to eat foods (foods that do not need to be cooked or foods that have... (read more)


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)