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We will offer this allotment of three with more to come; some old, most new, but all quite informative, and, moreover, necessary to understanding that in North Carolina, there is a wiser path to govern ourselves and our People.
Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) is calling on border state governors to deploy their National Guard forces to gain control of the border and turn back any individuals attempting to cross without legal immigration status.
Former highway patrolman, Ernie Coleman, defeated former Chief Deputy Harry Meredith in the Republican primary runoff to nominate the Republican candidate to challenge the non incumbent Democrat candidate.
Now we live in an age, where the running joke of what is so 'uncool' are the 'Old White Men' that once ran this country.
I'm told that while there is no firmly established gift tradition for a 28th anniversary, the modern practice is to signify the event with an orchid.
Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement after learning of news that R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company is set to acquire Lorillard Inc.
I see it in the same light as President Ford tripping on the steps of AF- 1 = brings him down to the "foot-in-mouth" disease of most of us. Those who speak publicly and the audience begins to snicker, immediately start to regret they ever said a word for idiots to criticize.
This week, the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank located in D.C., released a new report on educational productivity. This study attempts to gauge the effectiveness of school district spending, that is, "bang for the buck."
The Senate on Wednesday rolled out an ambitious Medicaid reform planwith an aggressive timetable that health care provider organizations panned and other Medicaid experts applauded.
An anonymous complaint and student petition to oust the president of Martin Community College roused a mini-eruption at the close of last month. The complaint, a 10-page email titled "The Crisis State of Martin Community College," made the news in Greenville - the nearest major city to the...

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Government

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

Bill faces uncertain fate with House, McCrory administration
RALEIGH The Senate on Wednesday rolled out an ambitious Medicaid reform plan with an aggressive timetable that health care provider organizations panned and other Medicaid experts applauded.

"The No. 1 roadblock causing teacher pay to remain so low for so long is Medicaid," Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, said in a written release. Medicaid has overspent its budget by nearly $2 billion the past four years.

"This plan should allow the General Assembly to finally focus state resources on other areas of critical importance to the people of this state," Berger said.

The proposed legislation would sever Medicaid and North Carolina Health Choice from the state Department of Health and Huma... (read more)
For Immediate Release:

Expected to Enter Cross State Lines Today, Emerges as National Voice for Medicaid Expansion

(Murfreesboro, NC) Adam O'Neal, the Republican Mayor of Belhaven, NC, arrived in Murfreesboro, NC last night, capping off the first week of a 14-day, 273-mile walk to the nation's capital. Mayor O'Neal is using his journey through rural areas of Eastern North Carolina, Virginia, and into Washington, DC, to draw attention to the needs of quickly-vanishing rural critical care hospitals in the age of massive healthcare reform.

"I say 'we' a lot because after nearly ninety miles of walking and meeting hundreds of people, it's clear to me that others share my concerns about the abandonment of rural hospitals that can end up costing lives," said Mayor O'Neal. "We're doing this walk because we want to bring attention to our situation. We had a health-care con... (read more)

Op-Ed & Politics

Publisher's note: The John William Pope Center for Education Policy provides a treasure trove of information suggesting the better path forward in regards to North Carolina's number one issue - public education. Public education, at all levels, requires a significant amount of funding from our state government, and all one hundred North Carolina counties, so it is essential that leaders effecting education policy get it right, and know that concerned entities, like the John William Pope Center, will be minding their progress to do so. We welcome the John William Pope Center for Education Policy to our growing readership, and expect our readers to learn all they can to do their part in this wise endeavor to better educate our People.

The author of this post is Jennifer Gratz.

Another awful affirmative action ruling could send the issue back to the Supreme Court
Earlier this week a th... (read more)
Publisher's note: We want our read understand that there is wise policy afoot here in North Carolina, and to that end, we offer these excellent videos from our associates, in prudent policy research, at the John Locke Foundation.

We will offer this allotment of three with more to come; some old, most new, but all quite informative, and, moreover, necessary to understanding that in North Carolina, there is a wiser path to govern ourselves and our People.

N.C. History Project's Troy Kickler discusses the 13th Amendment
Dr. Troy Kickler, founding director of the N.C. History Project, discusses a recent statewide tour of North Carolina's copy of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Kickler offered these comments during an interview with Donna Martinez for Carolina Journal Radio (Program No. 580).

Carolina Journal's Rick Henderson discusses latest Parton development flop
Rick Hen... (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

Press Release:

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement after learning of news that R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company is set to acquire Lorillard Inc.:

"I am pleased to see continued investment in our state from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company," said Governor McCrory. "This is another positive sign showing that our business climate continues to improve. I am also told that more jobs will be needed once the acquisition is complete, meaning more jobs in the Triad region at a time when they need them the most. I look forward to continuing relations with R. J. Reynolds and building a new relationship with Imperial Tobacco, which is purchasing the Lorillard factory, headquarters and sales force."

All 2,900 Lorillard employees will become employees of Imperial Tobacco after the acquisition is completed.

Contact: Crystal Feldman govpress@nc.gov... (read more)

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The Region

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

Turnout in all races higher than any runoff in past decade
RALEIGH Greensboro minister Mark Walker stunned Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr. in Tuesday's runoff for the 6th Congressional District Republican nomination. Walker defeated Berger, who led in the first primary, in a heated contest by a margin of 60 percent to 40 percent. Walker will face Democrat Laura Fjeld, a former UNC system official, in the November general election. The winner will take the seat being vacated by longtime GOP Rep. Howard Coble, who did not run for re-election.

In the state's other congressional primary runoff, Josh Brannon defeated Gardenia Henley 66 percent to 34 percent to capture the 5th Congressional District Democratic runoff. Brannon will face ve... (read more)

The Arts

Publishers note: This is an additional segment to a multi-part series. A listing of all parts to this series can be found here.

How to Make Mistakes: Conclusion

Lets conclude our discussion with three more mistakes that when applied in combination with the first two can result in a life time disaster.

Mistake 03: Use Unskilled Labor

The Bible mentions skilled labor by Hiram of Tyre. And king Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre.He was a widow's son of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in brass: and he was filled with wisdom, and understanding, and cunning to work all works in brass. And he came to king Solomon, and wrought all his work. (1Kings 7.13,14).

Important construction projects employ many teams of skilled craftsmen.

These craftsmen must pass tests and have time in trade to get certifications and licenses.

A list of unskille... (read more)
No Inspectors

A preacher, name long forgotten, said that you had to overcome at least five obstacles to make a serious lifetime mistake.  Your guardian angel tries to intervene.

The construction industry relies on Inspectors to enforce safety codes.  A great mistake is to have workers with no accountability.

I am told the best inspectors are grumpy old men who know there is a mistake somewhere and are going to find it.  But who wants a grumpy old man's advice? Just trust people who are fair and honest. 

Use your own judgment.

The Bible, in Isaiah 5:20, warns against being wise in your own eyes.  Self-help books like "Your Erroneous Zones" --- by Wayne W. Dyer (Aug 21, 2001), offer enlightenment about your judgment. 

Teenagers assume senior citizens are senile. 

Who needs references for the Tree Surgeon about to remove the giant oak tilted by a storm over your house?  Who n... (read more)

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Living

Press Release:

Raleigh, N.C. State health officials are urging North Carolinians to remain diligent in personal efforts to protect themselves from mosquito bites. The reminder comes on the heels of Thursday's announcement by Florida health officials that they have confirmed the state's first two locally acquired cases of the mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya (chik-en-gun-ye). Sometimes referred to as CHIKV, the virus has been spreading throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America, and has now reached the continental United States.

"Until now, people in this country who have become sick with the virus were travelers who acquired the infection abroad," Acting State Health Director Robin Gary Cummings said. "The cases confirmed in Florida shows that the virus could eventually be transmitted in North Carolina as well."

So far this year, the nine cases that have bee... (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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