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Efforts to resolve the critical channel maintenance issues at the Port of Morehead City reached a major milestone when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a contract for maintenance dredging.
After a series of demonstratively tough weeks, the hits just keep on coming, faster and faster as if a spinning top, reeling from the negative inertia.
Governor McCrory's Office of Small and Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB), within the Department of Administration, will host a special networking and matchmaking event tomorrow, March 26, 5 8 p.m. at NC State University's McKimmon Conference Center in Raleigh.
You don't have to watch House of Cards on Netflix to witness political drama, intrigue and raw power plays.
For as long as I've been working in the higher education policy world, people have been talking about the prospects for a breakout for distance learning (i.e., online courses) and how that would transform higher education.
Any conversation about campus rape policy will more than likely feature the following positions. One argument, often made by feminists and victim advocates, is that we need more guidance and support for victims. The other, expressed by due process advocates, contends that universities are unfair...
When folks talk about poverty in schools, they typically reference the number of students who receive a free or reduced price lunch (FRL), which means that I often need to consult FRL statistics published annually by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI). But reviewing last year's data...
Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown (R-Onslow) introduced legislation on Monday to reform the state sales tax system. The state levies a 4.75 percent sales tax, while counties levy an additional two percent. The two percent is the focus of the bill, and is currently composed of three different...
It's been a little over one week since the House filed HB 200, which would loosen up the state's Certificate of Need (CON) law - a regulatory burden requiring medical providers to ask permission from the state and their competitors before expanding their businesses.
A new study this week estimated that North Carolina's Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards (RPS) has increased electricity costs by $276 million, and that the bulk of those costs are concentrated on commercial electricity consumers and residential consumers...
Six months ago, three of North Carolina's leading health systems announced plans to create a new company, owned by all three organizations, with the goal of working together to improve quality and affordability for patients across the state. Today, Vidant Health, Wake Forest Baptist Medical...
A three-judge panel of the state Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments for April 6 in a high-profile case pitting the public's access to official records against government attempts to suppress information from public view.

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Government

Press Release:
Raleigh, N.C. — Efforts to resolve the critical channel maintenance issues at the Port of Morehead City reached a major milestone when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a contract for maintenance dredging.

The contract, awarded last week, is worth approximately $7.9 million and was awarded to Marinex Construction Company of North Charleston, SC. The contract calls for the removal of approximately 725,000 cubic yards of material from the channel.

"This work will maintain access to the Port of Morehead City, which is vital to supporting jobs and the economy of Eastern North Carolina," said Governor McCrory. "I again thank U.S. Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis and Rep. Walter Jones, as well as Transportation Secretary Tony Tata, for their quick action in securing funding to address this critical issue."

The Corps of Engineers will be working with ... (read more)
Publisher's note: The author of this post is Dan E. Way, who is an associate editor for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

Report about fired superintendent kept secret by school board
RALEIGH A three-judge panel of the state Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments for April 6 in a high-profile case pitting the public's access to official records against government attempts to suppress information from public view.

The outcome could have major implications for the public's right to know in North Carolina.

The Times-News newspaper of Burlington sued the Alamance-Burlington Board of Education for copies of closed meeting minutes at which a report was released about questionable activities by then-Superintendent Lillie Cox in preparation for a vote to fire her. Cox subsequently resigned when the board went into open session.

A measure of the importance of this c... (read more)

Op-Ed & Politics

After a series of demonstratively tough weeks, the hits just keep on coming, faster and faster as if a spinning top, reeling from the negative inertia. And yet the liberal core of the Democrat party, Democrats plunge their heads in the proverbial sand, doubling down on stupidity.

And as bad as it has gotten recently for America's worst modern president, Barack Hussein Obama, his former secretary of state, and heir apparent to be anointed with the Democrat nomination for president in 2016, Hillary B. Clinton, has big systemic problems. Ms. Clinton is virtually not electable if America smartens up just a smidgen; but that would mean an Ostrich extraction from its Facebook mentality, and caring about real things. It could happen, and usually does when it all gets bad enough.

You see, core Democrats have a naive streak a mile wide, where the vast majority of them just don't know stuff... (read more)
Tom Campbell You don't have to watch House of Cards on Netflix to witness political drama, intrigue and raw power plays. There's all you want taking place in Raleigh in the separation of powers battle between the executive and legislative branches of state government. It's ugly and could affect the way our state does business.

Article 1, Section 6 of North Carolina's Constitution says, "The legislative, executive and judicial powers of the State government shall be forever separate and distinct from each other." One branch makes laws, another executes and the third judges them. You don't have to be a judge to understand that clear, clean and concise language.

Since the 1980s, the lines separating the executive and legislative branches have become blurred. Legislators have appointed, with increasing frequency, members to boards intended to administer or execute laws, boards that have ... (read more)

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Community

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Sheriff Ernie Coleman and the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is proud to partner with Kingdom Builders. Kingdom Builders is a local street ministry that has been handing out sleeping bags to people in need for the past year. A total of 20 sleeping bags have been given out since the program started.

Most of the effort has been in and around Washington but Kingdom Builders would like to reach more of Beaufort County. Dr. Frank Sheldon, representing Kingdom Builders met with Sheriff Ernie Coleman and Chief Deputy Charlie Rose. During the meeting it was decided that Kingdom Builders would provide sleeping bags to the Sheriff's Office. Patrol Deputies will keep a sleeping bag in their patrol vehicle and will give the sleeping bags to those that are in need, whether they are homeless or because of other circumstances. The sleeping bags will be replaced once given ou... (read more)

Business

News Release:

Raleigh, N.C. Governor McCrory's Office of Small and Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB), within the Department of Administration, will host a special networking and matchmaking event tomorrow, March 26, 5 - 8 p.m. at NC State University's McKimmon Conference Center in Raleigh.

"This event showcases the talent, ingenuity and resources of many of our underutilized businesses to larger traditional firms who need partners to grow and expand their markets," Governor McCrory said.

A HUB business is defined by state law as a firm majority owned and operated by an African American, Hispanic, Asian American, American Indian, female, disabled or disadvantaged person.

The event is designed to empower small and HUB firms to compete for new contracting opportunities and obtain information from HUB resource partners. The event is being held in conjunction with the Annu... (read more)

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The Region

Publisher's note: The author of this post, Kelly Setzer, is a contributor to ECU News Services.

Event marks 50 years of Faculty Senate at ECU
While the world looks quite different than it did in March 1965 during their first official meeting, East Carolina University's Faculty Senate still convenes to guide university policy exactly as it did back then.

ECU faculty and administrators recently celebrated 50 years of the Faculty Senate and a shared governance structure during a reception hosted by the chancellor.

"We're doing great work towards the success of our students across every college," Chancellor Steve Ballard told attendees at the event. "I just really appreciate your devotion to why we're here and what we mean to the state. It really makes a difference."

ECU Honors College Dean Marianna Walker comes forward to receive an award during the reception. The Faculty Senat... (read more)

The Arts

Publisher's note: When you finish this Wyatt review, please spend a few moments using our Movie Database, and feel welcome to return. Nearly everything important to movies, plus great images are there.

General William Tecumseh Sherman was Right: "War is Hell!"

Ironically, life in the M4A3E8 Sherman Tank (named by the British for the Union General) was no different during World War II. The unsanctified blood and gore, and the unmitigated violence to inflict such, in copious proportions with extreme prejudice, upon one's enemy was the unrelenting theme of this most effective film. Not only was the film effective in relaying its antiwar statement, while projecting the heroism of sacrifice through honor and duty, the film, moreover, offered a prolonged glimpse into the hearts of those who fought for America, when America desperately needed heroes, some of mythological proportions. ... (read more)
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Performances of At the Foot of the Cross will be held March 21 through April 18, 2015 at the Rocky Hock Playhouse now located at the Leon Nixon Catering & Banquet Facilities on Hwy. 32 in Edenton, NC. Ticket prices in Edenton include both the performance and an all-you-can-eat buffet. For more information contact the Rocky Hock Playhouse Box Office: (252) 482-4621.

Dinner theatre ticket prices (Edenton only) are as follows:

Adults$29.95Seniors (62 and older)$28.95Children (6-12 years old)$22.95Group A (10-24 people)$27.95Group B (25+ peopl... (read more)

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Living

Press Release:
Socius Health Solutions innovates health care delivery to improve quality, deliver best value
North Carolina (March 24, 2015) — Six months ago, three of North Carolina's leading health systems announced plans to create a new company, owned by all three organizations, with the goal of working together to improve quality and affordability for patients across the state. Today, Vidant Health, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and WakeMed Health & Hospitals continue to forge ahead with the innovative, value-based business model, naming the shared services company as well as its president, Mark W. Tribbett.

True to its core Latin meaning — sharing, associated, allied — the word socius reflects the individual health care systems' similar missions, visions, values and strategic focus. A fitting name for the company, Socius Health Solutions brings together t... (read more)

Announcements

Mrs. Gloria S. Sawyer, age 63, a resident of 6863 Free Union Church Road, Pinetown, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at her home.

Arrangements will be announced by Paul Funeral Home of Belhaven.... (read more)

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