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Earl Jones wants to win back the North Carolina House District 60 seat he lost four years ago, but will have to defeat Cecil Brockman, a campaign strategist who helped to oust him from the General Assembly, and David Small, a youthful small business owner.
Actually they were taken during a repo / collection action carried out by federal agents against American citizens in Nevada.
Recently, I was was 'honored' to be included on the mailing list of a Candidate Don Cox 'hit piece' mailer, where the subject of his misguided attack was myself and Keith Kidwell, but mostly me.
The Town of Chocowinity Planning Board, meeting in regular monthly session Tuesday (4-21-14), voted unanimously to deny a request by Beaufort County to amend the zoning ordinance to allow for a jail in the L1 zoning classification which would have the effect of blocking a jail
To make a long story short, the great debate in North Carolina politics concerns how state and local governments can best promote economic growth and opportunity. Opinions differ widely, as one might expect. But generally speaking, they can be grouped into three schools of thought that bear...
Our club is sponsoring a candidates forum for both Democrats and Republicans to be held on Tuesday April 22 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM in the Building 8 auditorium at the Beaufort County Community College.
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.

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Government

News Release:

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

North Carolina Ports Authority Board of Directors

• Holly Grange (New Hanover County) – Grange serves as the director of relations at Osprey Global Solutions. Prior to returning to North Carolina in 2009, she served as an attorney at Huck Bouma, PC in Wheaton, Illinois. Grange is a 15-year US Army Veteran, serving on Active Duty and in the reserves as an officer in the US Army Corp of Engineers. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Coastal Horizons Center, Inc., Access of Wilmington, and the USO of North Carolina. Grange earned her bachelor of science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a master of science in systems management from the University of Southern California and a juris doctor from Northern Illinois University College... (read more)
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)

Op-Ed & Politics

Publisher's note: The author of this post is Karen McMahan, who is a contributor to the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

Guilford County Democrat, ousted in 2010, faces two primary opponents
RALEIGH — Earl Jones wants to win back the North Carolina House District 60 seat he lost four years ago, but will have to defeat Cecil Brockman, a campaign strategist who helped to oust him from the General Assembly, and David Small, a youthful small business owner.

Barring a write-in candidate in the Nov. 4 general election, the winner of this Democratic primary would win the seat outright since no Republicans filed to run. Two-term Democrat incumbent Marcus Brandon decided not to seek re-election because he is running for the 12th U.S. Congressional District nomination.

According to the North Carolina FreeEnterprise Foundation, District 60 is considered a strong Democratic corrid... (read more)
Publisher's note: Brant Clifton delves into the Cliven Bundy outrage in his "bare knuckles" Conservative online publication known as The Daily Haymaker.

Looking at these photos, you might think they come from the battlefront in Afghanistan. Nope. Sorry. Actually they were taken during a repo / collection action carried out by federal agents against American citizens in Nevada. While Washington politicians fret over how insensitive and rash it might be to kick illegal immigrants back over the Mexican border, there doesn't appear to be a whole lot of concern about sending heavily-armed guys in body armor to collect a debt from an American citizen.

That case in Nevada brings up an interesting point. The feds own 80 PERCENT of the land in Nevada. That's about the same area as the United Kingdom. They own something like one-sixth of the land in the United States. Did our Founding... (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 author of this post, Steve Tuttle, is a contributor to ECU News Services.

ECU hosts first track meet at Olympic Sports Complex
East Carolina University will host the first track event held at the new Olympic Sports Complex this weekend when athletes from ECU and three visiting schools gather to compete in the Bill Carson Invitational.

Track and field teams from the University of South Carolina, UNC Charlotte and UNC Wilmington with more than 300 athletes will compete in 35 events April 11 and 12.

Also on Saturday, the ECU football team will hold its annual Purple-Gold Game, starting at 2:30 p.m. in nearby Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Both events are free.

ScheduleNote: multiple events will occur simultaneously
Friday

Noon
women's hammer throwmen's hammer throwwomen's discus throwmen's discus throw
Saturday

Field events
11 a.m.
women's pole vaultwomen's long jump... (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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