Object moved to here.

Currituck County Now

Latest Articles

Legislative election law writers continue working toward having a combined primary on March 15, 2016, allowing voters to cast ballots for president and nominate their party favorites for other statewide and local offices.
Today is Constitution and Citizenship Day. It is important to remind ourselves of the Constitution, and other founding documents, for as No. 21 in Declaration of Rights in the 1776 N.C. Constitution reminds us: "a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles is absolutely necessary, to preserve...
Congratulations are once again due Raleigh, as the city now ranks No. 5 among the top 10 culinary cultures in America, according to a recent poll from USA Today.
The North Carolina General Assembly seems poised to pass a budget for the 2015-17 biennium that spends some $22 billion a year on General Fund programs, appropriates more than $50 billion a year when all other funds are included, and makes hundreds of millions of dollars in changes to state taxes
With the House passing a $21.735 billion General Fund budget by an 81-33 vote early Friday morning, and Gov. Pat McCrory saying he would approve the spending plan, lawmakers will shift their focus to outstanding items such as a $2 billion bond package and Medicaid reform before adjourning.
The 2015 long legislative session has proven to be just that: long. Many productive ideas have been discussed, among them whether we should take advantage of low interest rates and construction costs to borrow and address long-neglected needs; whether insurance companies or providers should...
Citing reporting from Carolina Journal, the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys has asked U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to launch a formal investigation into the handling by the U.S. Attorney's office in Raleigh of the prosecution of gang leader and contract killer Reynaldo Calder
I have never been a fan of the Fair Tax, a proposal to abolish the income tax and substitute a national sales tax. My opposition has nothing to do with the merits of a national sales tax as opposed to an income tax per se. Clearly, as an economist, I agree that the proper and most efficient tax...
At this moment, political leaders and strategists in both the North Carolina Democratic and Republican parties are concocting the same kind of fantasy -- that they'll be able to wall off their state and local candidates from a potential disaster at the top of the ticket.
As North Carolina's legislative session (presumably) winds down over the next couple of weeks, it seems increasingly unlikely that the cap on state spending growth and other provisions of the proposed Taxpayer Protection Act will pass this year. The Senate approved the measure a few weeks ago...
A recent Carolina Journal article highlighted an important ruling against an occupational license in Texas. North Carolina state leaders should take note.
Political discussion often involves debate over competing ideas. But some partisans want no debate. They would rather declare certain views off-limits. It's a tactic that disturbs Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham, co-authors of the book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts...



Press Release:
Asheville, N.C. — Governor Pat McCrory hosted active duty, reserve and guard members' and their families at the Governor's Western Residence on Saturday to celebrate Military Family Appreciation Day. The event included lunch, live music performances, professional family photos and various activities for kids.

"Not only was Saturday's event a time to recognize and honor our military and their families, but also to remind all families about the importance of spending quality time with one another," said Governor McCrory.

"Military families make so many sacrifices each and every day and know how important it is to spend time with family. I will continue to do anything I can to help make that a reality and support our military families and veterans."

While in Asheville, the Governor also took the opportunity to tour the Asheville Buncombe Community Christian M... (read more)
Press Release:
Raleigh, N.C. North Carolina consumers in less populated areas will receive quicker broadband service thanks, in part, to the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Connect America Fund (CAF) and participation from four broadband service provider partners.

"This is welcome news to families and companies in North Carolina seeking fast and reliable connections to the global economy, educational resources and healthcare services via broadband Internet," said Governor Pat McCrory. "We look forward to every North Carolinian enjoying the option of high-speed access to the digital world."

More than $19 million in annual funding during the next six years will help with the buildout of broadband service. AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier Communications and Windstream Communications will each receive funding to provide service across North Carolina to more than 68,000 business... (read more)

Op-Ed & Politics

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

Holding presidential and local races on same date could save $7 million to $10 million
RALEIGH — Legislative election law writers continue working toward having a combined primary on March 15, 2016, allowing voters to cast ballots for president and nominate their party favorites for other statewide and local offices.

Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, noted that having a unified primary in March could save local election boards $7 million to $10 million — the cost of holding a May primary for state and local races.

"I anticipate us moving to a March consolidated primary," Rucho said.

Since 1992, North Carolina's primaries have been held in May. However, in 2013, lawmakers approved having an earlier presidential preference primary in an ... (read more)
Publisher's note: The author of this post is Dr. Troy Kickler, who is Founding Director of the North Carolina History Project and a contributor to the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

RALEIGH Today is Constitution and Citizenship Day. It is important to remind ourselves of the Constitution, and other founding documents, for as No. 21 in Declaration of Rights in the 1776 N.C. Constitution reminds us: "a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles is absolutely necessary, to preserve the blessings of liberty."

It was on this day in 1787 that the Constitutional Convention delegates signed a completed and final document for ratification. The necessary first nine states ratified the U.S. Constitution, in short order, to form the new Union, and eventually all states — North Carolina was the penultimate one — ratified the U.S. Constitution.

Initially at Hillsboro... (read more)



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)


Press Release:
Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals Will Invest More Than $1 Billion in North Carolina
Raleigh, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) announced today that Novo Nordisk Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc., will create approximately 700 jobs at a new bio-manufacturing facility in Johnston County. The company will invest from $1.2 to $1.7 billion at its local site over the next five years.

"This billion-dollar decision by Novo Nordisk more than doubles the size of its North Carolina workforce and underscores the Research Triangle's global leadership in bio-manufacturing," said Governor McCrory. "When it comes to life sciences and manufacturing, North Carolina can compete — and win — against any location in the world."

Denmark-based Novo Nordisk is a leadin... (read more)


The Region

Press Release:

College closes on adjacent property
The purchase of a 13.6-acre plot of land adjacent to Beaufort County Community College was finalized on Thursday, Aug. 27. The land, located to the east of BCCC's existing property, was purchased using funds provided by the BCCC Foundation and Beaufort County.

The addition will allow for two critical pieces of infrastructure needed for educational programs. A driving pad will be used for vehicle training by several BCCC programs, including law enforcement training, fire and rescue, and truck driving. Currently, there is nowhere in the county to complete the hands-on driving portion of those programs.

A burn tower for fire training will also be constructed, not quite on, but adjacent to the new land acquisition. That facility is expected to be completed by the end of the year, so that it can be used for BCCC's new Fire Academy, whi... (read more)

The Arts

This is just a southern joke; don't get you snickers in a wad.

President Barack Obama was in the Oval Office when his telephone rang.

"Hello, President Obama" a heavily accented southern voice said. "This is Bobby Tony, down here at Joe's Catfish Shack, in Mobile , and I am callin' to tell ya'll that we are officially declaring war on y'all!"

"Well Bobby Tony," Barack replied, "This is indeed important news! How big is your army?"

"Right now," said Bobby Tony, after a moments calculation "there is myself, my cousin Gene, my next-door-neighbor Ted McD, and the whole ROMEO CLUB from Hooters. That makes eight!"

Barack paused. "I must tell you Bobby Tony that I have one million men in my army waiting to move on my command."

"Wow," said Bobby Tony. "I'll have to call ya back!"

Sure enough, the next day, Bobby Tony called again. "Mr. Obama, the war is still on! We have managed ... (read more)
I have my fingerprints on file with the federal, state and local authorities mainly due to a disagreement with the draft board in 1967. I still maintain to this day that I did not put that envelope with my name on it at the bottom of the pile of trash in the dump but Officer Obie just did not believe me.

I made it point to show my son the Movie "Smokey and The Bandit" when he became a teenager. I told him they filmed the movie in Georgia and he would enjoy it. He did but grew weary of me quoting one of my favorite lines from the film when he got in trouble. He is over 30 now and the quote had been a joke in our family for years. He even used it once on me in reverse a couple of times. Here is the quote which contains some slightly rough language.

When both my children were born, I had a Dekalb County Police friend and he gave me several of the fingerprint cards from the jailhouse... (read more)



Press Release:
State budget causes concern, uncertainty
GREENVILLE As Vidant Health continues to assess the potential impacts of an incomplete state budget, including the uncertainty of Medicaid reform, its Board of Directors approved the fiscal year 2016 operational plan today.

Dr. Marcus Albernaz, board chairman, thanked the board committees for their direction and contributions over the past several months in bringing together an operational plan and budget that "focuses providing high quality, affordable health care across the communities Vidant Health serves."

Leaders will continue to focus on the most effective and efficient way to provide health care in eastern North Carolina, which will include streamlining processes and finding ways to decrease the cost of care.

Dr. Albernaz also emphasized that "Vidant Health continues to be a healthy organization, despite the fisca... (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)