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Congressman Walter Jones takes action and relates it to his constituents through these press releases.
Billionaire Jim Simons, a major contributor to a Democratic political candidates, funds, and causes, has come under fire from federal investigators, a move that has not gone unnoticed by the North Carolina Republican Party.
The media hysteria over the budget debate on Jones Street is reaching a crescendo.
erformances of Simon Peter, Fisher of Men will be held July 15 through August 9, 2014 at the Rocky Hock Playhouse located at the Leon Nixon Catering & Banquet Facilities on Hwy. 32 in Edenton, NC.
It's an election year and counties once again can't resist the urge to put a quarter-cent sales tax hike on the November ballot, hoping to reap the rewards of millions in extra revenue, all with the consent of taxpayers.
I was peacefully shopping at our local Wal-Mart. It is a joy to be in that particular store, although I normally hate the crowds at them elsewhere. In another town where I used to live there were 2 stores.
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.
Several years ago the county was refused USDA financing for a justice center at the Minute Man site because the project's sponsors could not demonstrate sufficient community support for the proposal.
The left has been howling about how the new voter reform law will discriminate against minority and young voters. Being a politically active college student myself, I decided to find out how hard it is to register to vote.
This presidency, his pathetic staff, his inept cabinet and their respective departments, and, finally, his accompanying mainstream media are rotten to the core: But how can a nation save itself from itself when it is not smart enough to consider the question?



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

Simons-backed groups funds ads opposing Tillis, tax cuts for 'wealthy'
RALEIGH Billionaire Jim Simons, a major contributor to a Democratic political candidates, funds, and causes, has come under fire from federal investigators, a move that has not gone unnoticed by the North Carolina Republican Party.

The Washington Free Beacon reported that at a Senate committee hearing this week on the "Abuse of Structured Financial Products," senators from both parties blasted Renaissance Technologies, a hedge fund run by Simons, that has used creative accounting methods to shield itself from more than $6 billion in federal taxes. reported that the Internal Revenue Service is challenging a "particularly aggressive" technique used by Simons, which led... (read more)
Press Release:

Senate passes revised county sales tax bill
The Senate on Thursday passed a revised version of H1224 (Local Sales Tax Options/Econ Devpt Changes) that changes county sales tax authority. The current iteration still contains the 2.5 cent cap on sales tax for all counties except Orange and Durham, which are allowed to maintain their 2.75 cent combined tax. It changes the existing Article 46 quarter-cent tax to one-half cent, increases the Article 43 transit tax to a half cent for all counties, and adds a new half-cent authority designated for education needs. Education uses are limited to school construction and debt service for construction, teacher salaries, and community college funding.

All of these new and expanded sales taxes may be enacted in quarter-cent increments, and all require approval in a voter referendum. Counties may choose to enact a single half cent or... (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 Casey Reep.

Librarians don't actually push book-laden carts or memorize the Dewey Decimal System. Several specialized librari... (read more)
News Releases:

Jones Introduces Bill to Name Wilmington Post Office After Meadowlark Lemon
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) introduced a bill to name a Wilmington post office after international basketball star and Eastern North Carolina native Meadowlark Lemon. Known as the "Crown Prince of Basketball," Meadowlark Lemon delighted fans across the world as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters for over 26 seasons, playing in more than 16,000 games. His dream of becoming a Harlem Globetrotter began after seeing a newsreel about the team at the Ritz Theatre in Wilmington, where he grew up. Meadowlark Lemon was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003 and is now an ordained minister and inspirational speaker.

"Eastern North Carolina is proud to have been the childhood home of one of the most famous basketball players of our... (read more)



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)


Press Release:

Move Will Add 1,262 New Jobs
Charlotte, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Sealed Air Corporation will establish its new global headquarters in Mecklenburg County. The company plans to create 1,262 jobs in Charlotte by the end of 2017.

"North Carolina's business-friendly climate continues to attract corporate headquarters to the Charlotte region," said Governor McCrory. "We welcome Sealed Air's senior executive team, division and line managers and staff to the Queen City where they will find big city opportunity with a great quality of life."

Sealed Air is a Fortune 500 company that generated revenue of approximately $7.7 billion in 2013. The company creates packaging and hygiene solutions for name brands such as Cryovac® food packaging solutions, Bubble Wrap® brand cushioning and Di... (read more)


The Region

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

Summer camp helps children improve communication, social skills
Children with communication delays related to autism and other disorders are learning about making friends while improving their verbal skills at East Carolina University's Pirate Speech Camp.

During an ECU summer camp for children with communication delays, camp visitor Anna Pridgen uses puppets to help children enhance their social and language skills. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)
Allyson Turnage, a clinical instructor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Allied Health Sciences, directs the summer camp. She brings in special guests such as Anna Pridgen, who goes by the name "The Puppet Lady" and teaches life skills to children using puppets, stories and songs.

The enrichment camp expands... (read more)

The Arts

For Immediate Release:

Performances of Simon Peter, Fisher of Men will be held July 15 through August 9, 2014 at the Rocky Hock Playhouse 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 are as follows:

The Rocky Hock Playhouse is a full time professional theatre operated by the Emmerich Theatre Production Company, Inc., of Minnesota.


The Rocky Hock Playhouse is presenting their 2014 summer musical Simon Peter, Fisher of Men by Gloria Emmerich. The Playhouse has a long history in the area and has operated continuously since the doors opened in August of 2000. Their summer musical focuses on the life of the Apostle Peter and his relationshi... (read more)

Satirical Farce Emblematic of the Wes Anderson Franchise

Wes Anderson's films are an eclectic hodgepodge of reserved goodness; some sweeter than others, but all resilient as tested by time, and a perfect evening in the present. I know. We rented The Grand Budapest Hotel as soon as we could get a copy of the DVD, and we were pleasantly entertained, which is almost always the case with his films on the first viewing, and always on the second. Upon this first sitting, we were struck by this fine film's rich representation of Wes Anderson's unique storytelling, yet look forward to it, once again, the 'second time around'.

Is "The Grand Budapest Hotel" truly emblematic of all Wes Anderson films?

Yes and no.

Yes, because the film is deliberately, and now ironically staged in the center of each frame of film. One can argue that this perfect placement, as if modeling a fine garment... (read more)



Press Release:

Raleigh, N.C. NC DHHS' Division of Public Health is updating the health advisories issued in February 2014 related to the coal ash spill in the Dan River near Eden. The advisories address concerns associated with human exposure and consumption of fish and shellfish.

Recreational Water Advisory

DHHS is recommending lifting the recreational water advisory after evaluating the most recent available surface water and sediment data from the Dan River downstream from the coal ash spill. The large coal ash deposit that remained in North Carolina was removed June 30, 2014. DHHS has evaluated sediment and surface water data collected after the work was completed that confirms that no incidental ingestion or skin contact risk exists for the sediment or the river water. Contaminants associated with the coal ash spill are at levels that should not pose a health risk during r... (read more)


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)