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Listening to the dueling ads on the airwaves, voters may wonder why some ads cite a rating claiming Walter Jones is a liberal Republican and others cite ratings that he is one of the most conservative. The difference comes from who is doing the rating.
The meeting will allow Sen. Cook to hear from his constituents on the recent implementation of Common Core Standards in the N.C. Public School System.
After years of scrambling and squabbling about the fate of the Dorothea Dix campus near downtown Raleigh, the two sides are finally doing the right thing: negotiating the size and price of the land parcel that city taxpayers will be purchasing from state taxpayers.
Governor Pat McCrory has proposed reinvesting $16.8 million in savings generated by community colleges into additional funding for the state's 58 community colleges to train workers in high-demand fields such as health sciences, engineering, construction, manufacturing, transportation.
It is another spring day in Beaufort County and once again we have unstable winds aloft moving into the County.
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.
There have been some extremely interesting recent developments regarding writing local wind energy laws — so I decided to write up a brief layperson's summary document about what's going on.
From its title, the casual reader might expect The Value of the Humanities to be a love letter to art, music, and literature. However, this book is not for the casual reader. It is written by a specialist, Oxford professor of English Helen Small, for other specialists who are trying to stay...
Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that GKN Driveline will expand its Catawba County manufacturing facility.
The latest Civitas Poll suggests strong public support for a new state law that requires local school systems to end tenure.
A criticism of Sheriff Alan Jordan's failure to meet his responsibilities concerning the Beaufort County Jail.

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Government

News Release:

Hickory, NC Governor Pat McCrory has proposed reinvesting $16.8 million in savings generated by community colleges into additional funding for the state's 58 community colleges to train workers in high-demand fields such as health sciences, engineering, construction, manufacturing, transportation, chemical and biotechnology fields.

"This is all about putting North Carolinians in good-paying jobs as soon as possible," Governor McCrory said. "More importantly, the decisions on how to invest the funds will be made at the local level to directly connect the training to the area economy."

The governor made the announcement at Catawba Valley Community College near Hickory. He was joined by Dr. Scott Ralls, North Carolina Community College System president and Catawba Valley president Dr. Garrett Hinshaw.

"Reinvesting these funds provides increased support to colleges in ... (read more)
Publisher's note: The author of this post is Barry Smith, who is an associate editor for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

'One of 4,500' project seeks to build support for Opportunity Scholarships
RALEIGH A group advocating for low-income families to benefit from a tuition voucher program that's tied up in court is using the Internet and social media to tell the stories of parents who want to take advantage of the options offered by the Opportunity Scholarships.

"The clock is ticking here," said Darrell Allison, president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, a group backing educational alternatives and reform efforts. He said that the YouTube videos posted by the group will afford parents who have "gone the extra mile" to get an alternative education for their children to share their stories.

Twenty-five parents located across all of the state's geograp... (read more)

Op-Ed & Politics

Listening to the dueling ads on the airwaves, voters may wonder why some ads cite a rating claiming Walter Jones is a liberal Republican and others cite ratings that he is one of the most conservative. The difference comes from who is doing the rating. Some ratings are done by conservative organizations and others by elements of the liberal media. Conservative groups use issues that matter to actual conservatives, while liberal journalists tend to use issue that seem to them to be important.

Take, for example, the ad that Walter Jones is running where Dot Helms, widow of revered conservative Senator Jesse Helms, states that Walter Jones was named the most conservative member of North Carolina's Congressional delegation. That ranking comes from FreedomWorks, a leading conservative organization, aligned with the Tea Party, which is working to elect conservative candidates around the... (read more)
News Release:

NC Senator Bill Cook Raleigh, N.C. Senator Bill Cook (R-District 1) is scheduled to hold a town hall meeting in Dare County, N.C., on Wednesday, April 23, at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at First Flight High School: (100 Veterans Drive, Kill Devil Hills, N.C. 27948).

The meeting will allow Sen. Cook to hear from his constituents on the recent implementation of Common Core Standards in the N.C. Public School System. Lindalyn Kakadelis, from the John Locke Foundation will take part in the event by giving a brief review of Common Core Standards. Senator Norman Sanderson (R-District 2) will be present to speak as well. Following Sen. Sanderson and Kakadelis, Sen. Cook will take questions and comments from the audience.

The event is free and open to the general public. For more information contact: Jordan Hennessy at (919) 715-8293 or jordan.hennessy@ncleg.net.... (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

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Automotive parts manufacturer to invest $113 million for expansion

Raleigh, NC Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that GKN Driveline will expand its Catawba County manufacturing facility. The company plans to create at least 228 new jobs in North Carolina by the end of 2018 and invest more than $113.8 million in this location.

"Automotive manufacturing companies like GKN know that North Carolina is a strong fit for their company," said Governor McCrory. "The additional skilled manufacturing jobs that they'll create will strengthen the economy of Catawba County and add to our state's already strong base of automotive parts manufacturers."

GKN Driveline is the world's leading supplier of automotive driveline components and systems, serving global vehicle manufacturers, including BMW, Chrysler, GM and Ford. GKN Dri... (read more)

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The Region

A first-hand look at advanced manufacturing

Beaufort County Community College students, faculty and staff got a first-hand look at advanced manufacturing processes earlier this week during a tour of the Washington plant operated by PAS USA Inc. The company performs injection molding and in-house finishing, using state-of-the art decoration technology and assembles a range of component parts for the home appliance industry.

Pictured above, Paul Mattocks, PAS USA Inc. production manager Assembly/Decoration departments, shows an example of a part that was recently assembled and decorated at the plant. The tour was part of a week-long series of events at BCCC celebrating advanced manufacturing.... (read more)

The Arts

Performances of You're A Good Man Charlie Brown will be held:
April 10, 10:00 am (sold out)
April 11, 10:00 am & 7:00 pm
April 12, 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm
April 13, 2:00 pm

Tickets prices are as follows:
Advanced Tickets - $12.00 Adults, $10.00 Seniors, & $7.50 Students
All tickets are $2 more at the door
COAST Players casts are made up of College of The Albemarle students and members of the community.
STORY:

It's "an average day in the life of Charlie Brown." But, for Peanuts fans there is nothing ordinary about the innocent yet profound characters in this delightful, nostalgic musical. You'll relive some of the best moments of your favorite character's lives in this delightful show. The story unfolds as Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, Snoopy, Sally Brown and a large chorus of many other wonderful Peanuts characters who work their comical way through a day that begins with a br... (read more)

Llewyn Davis's Vision of Unrelenting Irony

The Folk scene in Greenwich Village, New York City, circa 1961, was a trans-formative time in American music. It does not particularly mean that all of the music was good, or especially unique, it just was a new wave of sound, which should be understood from a historical context. For whatever purpose, Folkie Llewyn Davis just never fit into that time, in that place, in a manner comparable to his relative talent.

Llewyn Davis, played well enough by musician /actor Oscar Isaac, put up a wall around himself built upon the foundation of perpetual irony, which was destroying whatever career that he could have made for himself. Or possibly, the supreme irony would be that Llewyn would succeed because, or inspite of his impediment of an artist's unremarkable sense of misplaced priorities. We, the audience, however, will never know since all o... (read more)

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Living

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In celebration of National Volunteer Week (April 6th – 12th), Vidant Beaufort Hospital wishes to thank our over 150 volunteers who give so graciously of their time to benefit our hospital and patients. "Our volunteers give generously of their time and energy to support our hospital, our employees and our patients every day; their contributions are countless," says hospital president Harvey Case.

According to Jan Hamblin, manager of volunteer services, "our volunteers are fantastic! You will find them throughout our hospital assisting patients, visitors, and staff in so many ways. In 2013, they contributed 14,030 hours, the equivalent of 7.5 FTE's. Using the 2009 Independent Sector estimate of the value of a volunteer hour in North Carolina, the monetary value of these hours equals $267,833.00!"

Vidant Beaufort Hospital is also supported by a group of ... (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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