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Our pioneer forefathers followed Indian foot paths through the forest and founded small settlements and later built dirt roads to the Trading Posts.
Here's a statement that North Carolinians of all political stripes can agree is a fact: Gov. Pat McCrory and the state legislature have enacted the largest tax cut in the history of North Carolina
Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) secured an additional $3,225,000 from the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge Oregon Inlet, and an additional $1,000,000 for Hatteras Inlet. Last month Congressman Jones sent a letter to Army Corps leadership reminding them of the chronically poor...
Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) welcomed Vice President Joe Biden's visit to the Duke Cancer Institute in Durham, North Carolina, with the following statement...
More than 80 state, federal and veteran service providers focusing on homeless veterans opened a two-day event at the McKimmon Center today to coordinate innovative actions to address homelessness among former service members. The Rapid Results Veteran Boot Camp is part of Governor Pat McCrory's...
If a three-judge federal court panel does not freeze its order to redraw a new congressional election map by Feb. 19 the result would be voter confusion, inability to protect the integrity of the electoral process, suppressed voter and candidate turnout, and more than $12 million of increased taxpay
Thanks to each and everyone who showed up at the City of Washington 2/8/16 Council meeting! Your presence made a difference, and I think we made a good case for not only continued funding, but also increased funding.
Help fight the PC War on the South by learning the true history of the Confederacy at the Abbeville Institute Convention Feb. 27-28 in Charleston, SC
The downing of Extortion 17 (carrying Seal Team 6 whose members are responsible for killing Osama bin Laden) is the tragic story of a massive government cover-up and/or gross negligence.
Governor Pat McCrory announced today that attendance at North Carolina's state parks set a new record in 2015. More than 17.3 million people visited the state's 39 parks, up from 15.6 million the previous year, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.

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Government

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

Board of Elections, attorneys ask court to allow March 15 primary to move forward as scheduled
RALEIGH If a three-judge federal court panel does not freeze its order to redraw a new congressional election map by Feb. 19 the result would be voter confusion, inability to protect the integrity of the electoral process, suppressed voter and candidate turnout, and more than $12 million of increased taxpayer expenses, according to an affidavit filed Monday by the State Board of Elections.

The panel ruled Friday that race was the primary factor in the composition of North Carolina's 1st and 12th Congressional Districts, violating the federal Voting Rights Act and the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. A longtime election observer and former member of the Federal... (read more)
News Release:

Raleigh, N.C. (February 8, 2016) A new tool was just rolled out to support Governor Pat McCrory's goal of expanding high-speed internet access to underserved communities and extending Wi-Fi access to every classroom in the state. The North Carolina Department of Information Technology's Broadband Infrastructure Office recently announced the launch of their new website, ncbroadband.gov.

"The Broadband Office and the good work they do, including the new website, advances Governor McCrory's vision of citizens doing business with state government more easily," said State CIO Keith Werner. "For example, the broadband technical assistance team plays an instrumental role in providing resources to rural areas, all with the end goal of making broadband accessible throughout the entire state."

The new website includes a map that shows high-speed internet access availability th... (read more)

Op-Ed & Politics

Publisher's note: This article appeared on John Hood's daily column in the Carolina Journal, which, because of Author / Publisher Hood, is linked to the John Locke Foundation.

RALEIGH Here's a statement that North Carolinians of all political stripes can agree is a fact: Gov. Pat McCrory and the state legislature have enacted the largest tax cut in the history of North Carolina. Conservatives celebrate this fact. Liberals decry it.

Since the GOP won control of the state legislature in the 2010 elections, state tax rates on retail sales, personal income, and corporate income have all gone down - in the first instance because the newly empowered Republicans rejected a Democratic attempt to extend a previous sales-tax increase, and in the other instances because the legislature slashed income tax rates as part of a tax-reform strategy that also broadened the income tax base (by elimin... (read more)
Press Release:
$3,225,00 for Oregon Inlet; $1,000,000 for Hatteras Inlet
 WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) secured an additional $3,225,000 from the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge Oregon Inlet, and an additional $1,000,000 for Hatteras Inlet. Last month Congressman Jones sent a letter to Army Corps leadership reminding them of the chronically poor navigation conditions at both inlets. He also pointed out that the amounts provided in the President's fiscal year 2016 budget request — $2,000,000 for Oregon Inlet and $300,000 for Hatteras Inlet — are insufficient to keep the channels maintained at anything close to their authorized depths. In fact, without supplemental funds, both channels may be in danger of closing to vessel traffic during the year.

 While Congress no longer has the ability to legislatively increase funding for specific ... (read more)

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Community

News Release:

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

This is technically a motorcycle and it won't make you a Hell's Angel, but it could make you the "eccentric old guy" who lives down the street and has never really grown up. It could also save you a ton of money.

I initially was looking at this concept car as a possible commuter car for my son who has a 50-mile one-way commute from his home to work. The company will require significant funding to reach actual production. The unique feature of crowd funding that is used recently for smaller projects that do not attract the Investment Bankers or Golden Angel investors also intrigued me. Instead, Elio is using the same technique of broadening the investment base with a unique concept. The blended concept of crowd funding and investment bankers is unique on such a large project. There is no doubt that this would be a speculative investment and any casual reading of the SEC forms would ... (read more)

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The Region

Part One of Taking Your Home Business to the World Market
Thursday, February 11, 2016
BCCC, Building 8, Room 828
2:00 PM — 5:00 PM With Pamela Zimmerman

 Pamela Zimmerman opened her first Etsy shop in 2008, and has had over 6.800 sales there. Although she was a Fiber Artist of international standing, with hundreds of awards to her credit and work appearing in numerous books, magazines and articles, Pamela found her work was not very marketable in Eastern North Carolina. Long distance gallery relationships took a lot of effort and meant her artwork was out of her immediate control. Finding Etsy was the solution to selling! Pamela maintains 4 shops on Etsy.com, selling pottery, metal, fiber and vintage items. Read more about her at PamelaZimmerman.net.

Have you ever wished you could sell the things you make online?Looking for a way to market to a specific group of people ... (read more)

The Arts

Our pioneer forefathers followed Indian foot paths through the forest and founded small settlements and later built dirt roads to the Trading Posts. Soon stage coaches were passing through until rail roads were constructed near the roads. Airports soon took passengers longer distances and expressways by-passed the small towns.

China is showing us how to pack 20 million people into high rise condos and divert large rivers to the city water system.

Like the Rats in the book Who Moved My Cheese, we need to reminisce then move on. The towns are obsolete and it is easier to build new ones nearby if there is ever a reason to come back.

Summary: Young people need to embrace large cities and leave history to the Seniors.... (read more)
Sit down one day and write all the dates that come to mind and their meaning to you.

If you follow my suggestion as above, you may have some indication as to your life's true meaning. Keep the dates as written in the order you wrote them. That indicates a psychological importance assigned by your subconscious mind. You may be surprised how many dates pop up that you do not normally think about.

After my school years, I was never much interested in dates like Holidays, Birthdays or Anniversaries. Christmas and Thanksgiving were the two most important dates for me. That was because it was a time for the whole family to be together.

Several others represent important milestones in world history but I came to the decision that many were just an excuse for a day off from work. It was not a result of deep thought but just the idea that every day you wake up should be a "Red Letter D... (read more)

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Living

Once upon a time there was a small businessman who had a small business in his small garage. He was a tinkerer. He tinkered in lots of different areas. He loved his small business, made small money and his wife Hazel brought him a big sandwich every day at lunch time.

During the course of his tinkering, he invented that Orange and White Plastic Roadside Construction Warning Barrel. I am, of course, referring to the Orange and White Barrels that we see along our roadsides wherever there is road construction going on.

Our little businessman enjoyed his work and he enjoyed the pace at which he worked. He made about seven and a half barrels each day. Any day he got his output up to eight barrels he felt extremely satisfied.

One day he was tinkering away on his third barrel when the mailman came with a delivery that was much larger than the usual amount of mail. Once he started opening... (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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