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Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that DPx Holdings B.V. and its business unit Patheon, a leading provider of contract development and commercial manufacturing services to the global pharmaceutical industry, will expand its operations in Pitt Co
When legislators and officials at the University of North Carolina consider costs, they prefer to focus on minor operational functions -- such as heating bills. But that merely nibbles around the edges.
The Kidwell for Commissioner committee is pleased to announce that Aurora Mayor Clif Williams has endorsed Keith Kidwell for Beaufort County Commissioner.
The Vidant Health Board of Directors today accepted Dr. David Herman's resignation from his position as Chief Executive Officer of Vidant Health. To be closer to his family, Dr. Herman will return to Minnesota to accept the CEO position at Essentia Health in Duluth.
Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Argos Therapeutics will be expanding in Durham County. The company plans to create an additional 236 jobs by the end of 2018 and invest $56.6 million to build a commercial FDA compliant...
When I hear advocates claiming to represent women tell us we need to focus on "women's issues," I roll my eyes and try not to be insulted. I thought we'd gotten past the days of patronizing the "little ladies"
Rebecca Martinez, of the left-wing wunc.org reports on the dispute over whether the North Carolina State Fair can legally ban concealed firearms.
The U.S. Supreme Court could face another round of critical cases as it returns to work this month
We heard this term bantered about when former state Rep. Richard Morgan and a handful of friends cut a deal with Jim Black and the Democrats to snatch a state House majority from the GOP.
The Gang of Four, consisting of Commissioners Lnagley, Booth, Belcher, and Klemm, are proceeding to build a new jail as if the November elections are over and they won.
Governor Pat McCrory is visiting factories across the state to highlight North Carolina-made products as part of Manufacturing Day.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month – the month dedicated to educating women about breast cancer by stressing the importance of early detection through regular self-breast exams and mammography.

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Government

Press Release:
Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory is visiting factories across the state to highlight North Carolina-made products as part of Manufacturing Day.

The Governor kicked off the tour this morning in Dunn with a visit to Godwin Manufacturing Company which makes truck components, including those used by the state Department of Transportation.

The governor, N.C. Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker, N.C. Community College System President Scott Ralls and NCDOT Deputy Secretary Nick Tennyson held a meeting with Godwin Group officials at the facility. After the meeting, Governor McCrory presented Godwin Group President Pat Godwin Jr. with a "Manufacturing Day" proclamation. The group then took a facility tour of the truck equipment manufacturer.

"Manufacturing employs 442,500 North Carolinians," said Governor McCrory. "Today, we are letting the world know that North C... (read more)
Publisher's note: The author of this post is Dan Way, who is an associate editor for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

Eckerlin tells Energy Policy Council public misled about solar energy benefits
RALEIGH John Morrison, chief operating officer of Strata Solar in Chapel Hill, on Wednesday was lauding the brisk growth of sun-powered electricity in North Carolina in comments to the North Carolina Energy Policy Council. His company has built solar farm and solar array projects across North Carolina with a total value, including labor and material, of $1 billion.

"The market is just going gangbusters," Morrison said. Strata Solar's investors "are asking us for more projects than we can build."

But N.C. State University professor Herbert Eckerlin says the sunny stories of solar energy's economic benefits are wildly exaggerated, while the higher costs and technological challen... (read more)

Op-Ed & Politics

Publisher's note: The author of this post is Jenna Ashley Robinson, who is director of outreach at the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy and a contributor of the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

Pope Center finds campuses inflating faculty work load
RALEIGH When legislators and officials at the University of North Carolina consider costs, they prefer to focus on minor operational functions — such as heating bills. But that merely nibbles around the edges.

One area is more promising for cutting costs than all the rest: faculty teaching loads. Faculty salaries are roughly half of the UNC system's budget. Even slight adjustments could mean savings well into the tens of millions of dollars.

The Pope Center's director of policy analysis, Jay Schalin, took a close look at faculty workloads and found some very interesting things. (The entire study, titled "Facu... (read more)
News Release:

The Kidwell for Commissioner committee is pleased to announce that Aurora Mayor Clif Williams has endorsed Keith Kidwell for Beaufort County Commissioner. Kidwell and Williams have had several meeting over the past several months to discuss issues affecting Aurora, such as the need to improve the relationship of Beaufort County government with the city of Aurora, the importance of the commissioners supporting small business expansions in the Aurora area, and the need to provide support to the far reached of the county. Kidwell said "At our very first meeting I knew that Mayor Williams and I could work together to resolve the neglect of the south eastern area of Beaufort County."

Discussion included the need of having a four lane highway to the largest business in the county, as well as working with the new sheriff to have a deputy assigned to the area that could share ... (read more)

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Community

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)

Business

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Expansion Will Add 488 New Jobs
Raleigh, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that DPx Holdings B.V. and its business unit Patheon, a leading provider of contract development and commercial manufacturing services to the global pharmaceutical industry, will expand its operations in Pitt County. The company plans to create 488 jobs in Greenville by the end of 2019 and invest $159 million to increase the site's capabilities as well as modernize the site and develop energy efficiency programs at the facility. The investment will also make the Greenville site home of Patheon's North American Sterile facility as well as boost growth for its Pharmaceutical Development Services (PDS) offering, which will be built out at the site.

"To know that a growing company like DPx Holdings has chosen to expand its Patheon facili... (read more)

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The Region

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

Attorney General visits ECU on multi-campus tour
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper visited East Carolina University on Thursday as part of an initiative to educate college consumers on making wise financial choices.

ECU junior Ashley Griffith, center, said she appreciated the opportunity to learn about resources available for financial wellbeing. Cooper hosted approximately 35 ECU students and guests in Mendenhall Student Center for the College Cash & Credit Tour. The event featured presentations from experts in his Consumer Protection Division on student loans, credit and debit cards and the risks of identity theft.

"We want to offer tips today to make your lives easier and to help you avoid financial problems in the future," Cooper told students in attendance. "It's also reall... (read more)

The Arts

Publisher's note: This contribution from Eric Brownlee offers a cogent opinion, from on a visible issue, with his opinion just below Mark Bauerlein's post.

I don't have one. Those of my Baby Boomer Generation were taught that they were ugly and a form of self-abuse. Only sailors or roughnecks had them. The women who did were supposed to be circus performers or other "low" forms of society in the female side.

How that has changed in the last 40 years! Now, everybody seems to have a tat.

We passed a truck going through Washington last night. The lady driving it had an intricate sleeve hanging by the driver's window. It was eye-catching. It had to be more than painful and expensive to get. Why would she do it?

My son is a Senior Chief in the USCG. He got his big bulldog on the shoulder blade during a cruise aboard the USCGC Diligence out of Wilmington. My older daughter ... (read more)
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Images provided by Universal Pictures The highly anticipated sequel to last year's disappointment to movie-goers from Blumhouse Productions', The Purge, hit the box office last Friday (July 18th 2014) titled The Purge: Anarchy. The original movie was not what most people were interested in, including myself; I was only interested in the idea of The Purge, not people hiding in a house with no lights on whilst anarchist (pun?) raid the home, then everyone takes each other hostage for ninety minutes. The Purge: Anarchy is almost the exact opposite of its prequel.

The original movie was primarily composed of the cheapest jump scares I've ever seen (refrigerator closes revealing person behind the door cliché) even when not necessary. The Purge: Anarchy, however, does not do this; in fact I found it more of an action movie than of the horror genre. In The Pu... (read more)

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Living

For Immediate Release:

Janet Mullaney named interim CEO

GREENVILLE, NC The Vidant Health Board of Directors today accepted Dr. David Herman's resignation from his position as Chief Executive Officer of Vidant Health. To be closer to his family, Dr. Herman will return to Minnesota to accept the CEO position at Essentia Health in Duluth.

"We are appreciative of all that Dr. Herman has done to build on our strong foundation and move Vidant Health forward since his arrival in 2011," said Art Keeney, chair of the Vidant Health Board of Directors. "Here in eastern North Carolina, we understand how important family is as a part of the decisions we make, and we will immediately begin the search to find the best person to take the helm at Vidant Health."

Dr. Herman will remain with Vidant Health through the end of the year. In the interim, Janet Mullaney, the Chief Administrative Office... (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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