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In 2010, when tiny Peace College in downtown Raleigh hired a new president, a cascade of changes began, all designed to protect the future of the institution.
The film, "Gravity", makes two broad statements: Outer Space affords one magnificent visual beauty, and there is no place more dangerous in sustaining one's life force.
Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement after North Carolina's unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent in March, adding over 10,000 jobs in the past month and 56,000 over the last year.
Duke Energy has selected five North Carolina properties for participation in its 2014 Site Readiness Program to prepare the properties for potential industrial development.
So good 'ol Hillary gets a shoe thrown at her. It missed. She was giving the keynote address at the Las Vegas meeting of the Institute of Scrap and Recycling Industries.
As he drove 50 mph across his pasture, it became more and more clear to Mike Corn that the coyote he was chasing was going to make it back to the safety of the trees.
The latest federal employment data for North Carolina support the case that a fiscally conservative approach to state fiscal policy is helping improve the economy's long-term outlook. That's the assessment from John Locke Foundation President John Hood.
Governor Pat McCrory announced today that the budget he will present to the General Assembly will call for in-state tuition for veterans attending North Carolina's 58 community colleges.
GOP Senate candidate Dr. Greg Brannon handily won the straw poll among delegates and alternates attending the First Congressional District Republican convention held Saturday.
Four years ago the State Statute required re-evaluation across NC. Our local tax office here in Beaufort County honestly told them the real estate bubble had burst and prices were going down rather than up.
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.

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Government

News Release:

Raleigh, NC Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement after North Carolina's unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent in March, adding over 10,000 jobs in the past month and 56,000 over the last year:

"The March jobs report is more welcome news, but there is still a lot of work to do," said Governor McCrory. "The continued progress that we have made over the last 15 months is evidence that the policy changes we made are working. While we continue to see encouraging results, the hard work is far from over, and we will use the upcoming short session to pursue even more policies that put North Carolinians back to work," continued Governor McCrory.

The number of people employed increased by 10,277 over the month and increased by 56,211 over the past year. North Carolina saw the second largest year-over-year drop in the unemployment rate – a 2.2 percenta... (read more)
News Release:

Raleigh, NC Governor Pat McCrory announced today that the budget he will present to the General Assembly will call for in-state tuition for veterans attending North Carolina's 58 community colleges.

"More than 60,000 service men and women are expected to separate from the armed services in North Carolina during next five years as the war in Afghanistan winds down," Governor McCrory said. "Make no mistake, we want more veterans to make North Carolina their home. We want their skills to help build our economy and their leadership to strengthen our communities and state. In-state community college tuition is designed to help them start their civilian careers in North Carolina."

The governor made the announcement at the inaugural Women Veterans Summit and Expo held at the North Carolina National Guard Joint Force Headquarters. More than 500 female veterans from across th... (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 Harry Painter.

A former women's college in Raleigh, North Carolina, reinvents itself, but the process is far from smooth.
In ... (read more)
Publisher's Note: Jim Bispo's column appears in the Beaufort Observer.

So good 'ol Hillary gets a shoe thrown at her. It missed. She was giving the keynote address at the Las Vegas meeting of the Institute of Scrap and Recycling Industries. Surely the erstwhile Secretary of State was not speaking to the Institute of Scrap and Recycling Industries in an effort to recycle her scrapped (2012) presidential desires back into a 2016 run for Prez. (Although, where better to do that than among a group of recyclers??). She was more likely there because they agreed to meet her speaking fee (rumored to be $200,000 minimum). Hmmm...

Apparently the Justice Department is allowing the Clark County (Nevada) police and Courts to take care of any prosecution of the "shoe thrower".. I would have thought that a former First Lady and Secretary of State would have gotten more attention from the Justice ... (read more)

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Community

Born: February 3, 1992, Died: March 31, 2014

Alexander Edward Thalmann Alexander Edward Thalmann, 22, of Washington, died March 31, 2014 at Vidant Medical Center.

He was born February 3, 1992, in San Bernardino, California where he was adopted at birth by his mother, Stacey Thalmann.

Alex and his mother moved to Washington Park, NC in 1994, where he graduated from Washington High School. He was an avid and talented soccer player.

Alex was an active volunteer with the Pamlico Tar River Foundation.

Alex enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, completing his training at MCRD Parris Island on 5 May, 2011. He served with Combat Logistics Battalion 451 of the 4th Marine Logistics Group.

Alex completed Basic Law Enforcement Training at Beaufort County Community College in June of 2013. He joined the New Bern Police Department in August of 2013. He was honored and proud to serve ... (read more)

Business

News Release:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Duke Energy has selected five North Carolina properties for participation in its 2014 Site Readiness Program to prepare the properties for potential industrial development.

They are:

• The 72 Rail site, 257 acres of former farmland located in Robeson County, near Lumberton, one hour from the Port of Wilmington

• The Chocowinity Industrial Park site, 246 acres of undeveloped property south of Little Washington in Beaufort County

• The Havelock Business Park site, located in Craven County near the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and the Fleet Readiness Center East. The land is being prepared for potential suppliers who repair military aircraft.

• The Marks Creek site, 99 acres of undeveloped land in Hamlet. The proposed Richmond County industrial park is located on N.C. Hwy. 177 near the Richmond County Airport.

• The ... (read more)

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The Region

Publisher's note: The authors of this post, Spaine Stephens and Jeannine Manning Hutson, are contributors to ECU News Services.

Jenkins honored by UNC Board of Governors
Leo W. Jenkins would not look upon his latest triumph as a personal gain – instead, it would be a victory for East Carolina University and its region.

Jenkins was posthumously honored Thursday, April 10, with the University Award, the highest accolade given by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors for distinguished service to higher education. Jenkins' son, N.C. Special Superior Court Judge Jack W. Jenkins, accepted the medallion on behalf of his siblings who took the stage with him to a standing ovation.

Jenkins expressed pride in his father's achievements and the impact he had on statewide higher education and quality of life.

"As his son, as a proud graduate of East Carolina University, as... (read more)

The Arts


Where the Profound Beauty of Space Meets the Danger of an Uninhabitable Place

The film, "Gravity", makes two broad statements: Outer Space affords one magnificent visual beauty, and there is no place more dangerous in the ongoing quest of sustaining one's life force. Staying alive here on Earth, enveloped by our most hospitable atmosphere, is just one's plight to not do anything stupid. Orbiting our 'Little Blue Jewel' with temperatures as low as 146 degrees below zero, with no breathable oxygen, one must have a workable plan to stay alive.

With NASA in charge of astronauts' structured existence, their very transitory ecosystem, they have an excellent opportunity to continue functioning as a life form. When all the good efforts of NASA go spontaneously awry, sustaining life in outer space becomes an effort of incredible proportions. One that can never have a happy ending for all... (read more)
Coyotes, like the Western coyote shown above, are resourceful predators and will take advantage of small unprotected livestock. All photos by Stephanie Butzer. Click on all photos to expand.
As he drove 50 mph across his pasture, it became more and more clear to Mike Corn that the coyote he was chasing was going to make it back to the safety of the trees.

But Corn wasn't going to give up easily. The business he runs out of his ranch in New Mexico, Roswell Wool, is one of the largest wool warehouses in the country and the loss of 100 lambs in a month had hurt the company. Each dead lamb cost him $200, bringing the total loss that month to $20,000.

The felon was a lone coyote beyond its prime. It had probably slowed to the point at which it was no longer able to hunt its typical prey, like rabbits and other small mammals. Corn, the owner and manager of the ranch, was frustrated with ... (read more)

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Living

I just read this most interesting account of the growth of women as pastors in Baptist churches.

I happen to be ordained by the FBC Decatur, which called their first female minister a few years ago.

I was a "questioning clergyman" for years regarding women ordained. The first question of them becoming deacons had to do with whether they were "tough enough" to take on hard things sometimes deacons/pastors have to consider. When Hickory Baptist Church simply ran out of men enough to fill the diaconate, I witnessed first hand the value of a female insight to serving the congregation.

My first encounter with a woman pastor was with Judy Powell, who pastored the little rural church above my church at Hickory. She was retired military with a working husband so the church could afford her services. The other ministers, for the most part, in the N. Roanoke Association shunned her with... (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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