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Most United States governors have completed their annual State of the State and inauguration speeches, which included the outlines of their education priorities. They covered many trending topics such as the Common Core, early childhood education, and Career Technical Education (CTE), the latter of
You've heard the spin the media, the progressives and the professors have put on the closing of the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, but let's step back and look at what this is and isn't about.
Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla III and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. announced today that Scott Technologies, Inc. will be investing in growth of its Scott Safety headquarters in Union County, NC. The company plans to invest $28.7 million in Monroe...
A new advanced placement course in U.S. history has generated serious debate over exactly what information students should be taught in North Carolina public schools about our country's founding. Dr. Terry Stoops, John Locke Foundation director of research and education studies, discussed the...
When the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released school performance grades earlier this month, public school advocacy groups noted that the grades reflected the socio-economic makeup of the schools. They observed that schools with few students receiving free and reduced-price lunches...
It seems the folks on Jones Street have kicked off one heck of an orgy - apparently in honor of the box office success of '50 Shades of Grey.'
Remember the kerfluffle late last year over the CRomnibus? Boehner, McConnell & co. all told us that they would only fund Homeland Security through February.
On February 23 around 9 am Washington Police responded to an armed robbery of Washington Coins and Pawn located at 828 Washington Plaza.
It has taken some 2 months to get there, but I finally got a first-hand look at our basement jail which has been the source of much discussion in recent months.
If you want money from the Department of Homeland Security, you will need to start keeping track of the immigration status of suspects you arrest.
Governor Pat McCrory has declared March 1-7 Severe Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina, cautioning North Carolinians to practice how to be safe when thunderstorms and tornadoes threaten. While damaging storms and tornadoes can occur any time of the year, March through May is peak tornado sea

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Government

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Most United States governors have completed their annual State of the State and inauguration speeches, which included the outlines of their education priorities. They covered many trending topics such as the Common Core, early childhood education, and Career Technical Education (CTE), the latter of which was cited in 40% of the January speeches alone. As in years past, however, the topic of global education remained relatively unaddressed.

Job creation and meeting the skills gap were outlined as priorities in many speeches. "Skilled job openings are abundantly available and going unfilled," said Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (R). Many governors' speeches also referenced state competitiveness in the global economy and attracting global commerce. "This very annual address was rescheduled this year because next month I've been invited to Europe to speak at an internation... (read more)
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Approximately 22,500 Students to Participate in Job Shadowing and Job Mentoring Programs Across North Carolina

Raleigh, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory has declared March 2 - 6, 2015 as Students@Work Week across North Carolina. Students@Work is a job-shadowing initiative involving schools and businesses across the state. The week is focused on raising North Carolina's graduation rate by offering approximately 22,500 middle school students a chance to connect what they are learning in class with future career opportunities.

"The Students@Work initiative focuses its efforts on middle school students because middle school is a crucial time for dropout prevention. We need our middle school students to be exposed to as many career possibilities as they can be at this point in their lives," said Governor McCrory. "The future of our state's economy rests on their shoulders. We ne... (read more)

Op-Ed & Politics

Tom Campbell You've heard the spin the media, the progressives and the professors have put on the closing of the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, but let's step back and look at what this is and isn't about.

It's not another attempt to impose a 1960s Speaker Ban Law passed to prohibit known Communists from speaking on campus. Director Gene Nichol still has his university job (even though UNC whistleblower Mary Willingham doesn't). Even when Nichol likened Governor McCrory to racist governors Wallace, Faubus and Maddox and specifically criticized our Republican-led legislature he wasn't fired. There is, however, an unexplained denial of the First Amendment rights to free speech. In direct violation of University policies on open meetings, the Poverty Center held at least two invitation-only events in which neither the media nor anyone not on the invite list were allowed to a... (read more)
Publisher's note: This article was created by the CJ Staff of the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

Parents, school boards raise concerns over redesigned class
Terry Stoops RALEIGH A new advanced placement course in U.S. history has generated serious debate over exactly what information students should be taught in North Carolina public schools about our country's founding. Dr. Terry Stoops, John Locke Foundation director of research and education studies, discussed the issue with Donna Martinez for Carolina Journal Radio. (Click here to find a station near you or to learn about the weekly CJ Radio podcast.)

Martinez: Tell us what this course actually is.

Stoops: AP U.S. History is a course that is administered by The College Board and taught by teachers in North Carolina. That is a college-level United States History course. And there are several AP courses that fit this... (read more)

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Community

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On February 23 around 9 am Washington Police responded to an armed robbery of Washington Coins and Pawn located at 828 Washington Plaza. It was determined that the store was robbed by at least two men wearing dark clothing possibly armed with handguns.

The suspects fled the store on foot and investigators are following up on information at this time. No one was hurt during the robbery.

Washington Police have made contact with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to aid in the investigation. A reward is being offered for information leading to the apprehension of suspects and or recovery of property involved in this crime.

If anyone has any information about this crime they are asked to contact Washington Police Department (252) 946-1444 or Beaufort County Crime Stoppers (252) 974-6400.

Here below is a request for information and notice of reward fro... (read more)

Business

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Raleigh, N.C. — Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla III and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. announced today that Scott Technologies, Inc. will be investing in growth of its Scott Safety headquarters in Union County, NC. The company plans to invest $28.7 million in Monroe over the next five years, supporting 67 new jobs at the location.

"Scott Safety makes products that keep our firefighters and law enforcement personnel safe," said Governor McCrory. "This headquarters expansion will allow the manufacturer to continue its good work while enhancing the long-term competitiveness of the North Carolina facility."

Scott Safety, a Tyco business, is headquartered in Monroe and is a premier manufacturer of innovative respiratory and personal protective equipment and safety devices for firefighters, industrial workers, police sq... (read more)

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The Region

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Impacts not as severe as predicted, black ice still a threat
Raleigh, NC — Governor Pat McCrory briefed citizens from the State Emergency Operations Center Thursday morning on the response to last night's snowfall across the state.

"It's not often that the entire state of North Carolina sees significant snowfall like we've seen this week," Governor McCrory said. "While it is beautiful, it also can be dangerous causing downed trees, power outages and treacherous driving conditions. Throughout the morning, we've seen driving conditions improve and we expect that to continue through the afternoon. We still have a lot of work to do in the next 24 hours."

The governor warned motorists to be cautious when driving, and urged everyone to be at their final destination by evening before temperatures start falling and the slush turns to black ice.

The overnight winte... (read more)

The Arts

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The 2015 Oscars awards were most interesting this year on a variety of levels. A new, openly gay, irreverent host; most of the awards going to one of the better films; grown men weeping, "American Sniper" shutout, J.K. Simmons finally wins, and Oprah is sovereign. Overall, it was remarkably normal ... this is Hollywood showering gifts and awards upon itself, and who, and what you are, and who, and what you are not is extremely important.

First, the openly gay, irreverent host - Neil Patrick Harris. Remember Doogie Howser, the 15 year old genius doctor? That is Neil. First and foremost, I don't think Neil is bothered by how the Hollywood elite may perceive him, and to be fair, some... (read more)
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.

Innovative Storytelling in Celluloid Bangs the Point Home

"Boyhood" is Richard Linklater's baby: his nuanced theme, his created tale, his directed story of family, acquaintances and friends that grow into a life from one child's boyhood, growing up in Texas. It was a novel idea by Writer /Director Linklater, it was an artistically significant idea, and it worked ... worked well enough to be considered in the upper tier for best picture in the 2015 Oscar presentations.

Is this process of making a film over a twelve year period using the same actors as they age a gimmick or is it true communicative art?

It actually is both gimmick and art, but, hey, that's art - using different... (read more)

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Living

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Early closures/late openings due to inclement weather.

Ahoskie Vidant Wellness

2/24 Regular hours • 2/25 Regular hours
Please call ahead should you have questions. (252) 209-3090

Greenville Vidant Wellness Center
2/24 Closing tonight at 9:30p* (subject to change) • * If you are planning to come after 6p, please call ahead.
2/25 Opening at 8:00a
- After School starts at 8:00a
- KidZone reg hours
Please call ahead should you have questions. (252) 847-6501

Washington Vidant Wellness Center
2/24 Early closing at 4:00p
2/25 Opening at 8:00a
Please call ahead should you have questions. (252) 975-4236

Contact:
Vidant Wellness Center wellnessinfo@vidanthealth.com... (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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