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NC Speaker of the House, Paul "Skip" Stam, released an official statement offering to assist PayPal in finding a new state to do business in, since it has chosen to boycott NC
Governor Pat McCrory has selected Dale G. Deese to fill a vacant district court seat in Robeson County. The vacancy was created by the resignation of Judge John Carter, Jr.
Governor Pat McCrory's proving ground for technology solutions, the North Carolina Innovation Center (iCenter)
Diane Rufino makes the point that boycotts can work both ways, so let's put our good sense and our support of HB2 into practice and boycott Bruce Springsteen!
Diane Rufino writes an open letter to Governor Pat McCrory to thank him for his support and defense of HB2 ("Public Facilities Privacy & Safety Act")
Governor Pat McCrory and officials with the Department of Public Safety today during an open house offered community leaders and elected officials their first view of the renovated Edgecombe Youth Development Center in Rocky Mount.
The North Carolina Republican Party (NCGOP) will hold its annual state convention May 6-8 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Below you will find event details and RSVP instructions.
Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday issued an executive order expanding equal employment and nondiscrimination rights of state employees to include sexual orientation and gender identification in an attempt to alleviate some of the fallout related to House Bill 2.
Opponents of House Bill 2, popularly known as the "bathroom bill," claim that the legislation has cost jobs in North Carolina, but it may have created at least one
Governor Pat McCrory announced he has nominated Robert Schurmeier, Jr. as director of the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) during a ceremony today at the Executive Mansion
Bringing up end-of-life issues with your family can be challenging. Making your wishes known in legal documents can be even tougher

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Government

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C.A. Dillon YDC in Butner to close; newer, safer Edgecombe YDC renovated to serve additional juveniles

Rocky Mount, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory and officials with the Department of Public Safety today during an open house offered community leaders and elected officials their first view of the renovated Edgecombe Youth Development Center in Rocky Mount. Officials with the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice will open the new center on April 25 to provide safer, more secure and efficient care for committed youth in North Carolina.

"I firmly believe that everyone deserves a chance to fulfill their potential, something that my parents instilled in me growing up," said Governor McCrory. "The reopening of this innovative youth development center will provide proven and cutting-edge education, treatment and mental health services to young people in our juvenile... (read more)
News Release:
 Raleigh, N.C. — The North Carolina Republican Party (NCGOP) will hold its annual state convention May 6-8 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Below you will find event details and RSVP instructions.

2016 NCGOP State Convention
 What

NCGOP State Convention
 When

May 6-8
 Where

Joseph S. Koury Convention Center3121 W Gate City Blvd.Greensboro, NC 27407
RSVP Instructions
 RSVP

Please click here to fill out the RSVP form. You will receive an email once your registration is confirmed.
 Credential Pick Up

Friday, May 6 from 9:00AM — 1:00PMSaturday, May 7 from 7:00AM — 9:00AMSaturday, May 7 from 12:00PM — 1:30PM
 Please note that all members of the media must pre-register and present valid photo ID or credentials on site.

 Please email communications@ncgop.org with any additional questions.... (read more)

Op-Ed & Politics

To show that there are no hard feelings between the state of North Carolina and PayPal, Speaker of the House, Paul "Skip" Stam has generously offered to help PayPal find another state to do business in. Check it out.

Rep. Stam's Memo:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 12, 2016
I WANT TO HELP PAYPALFind a Suitable Place of Service
On March 16, PayPal announced that it would gladly receive $3.6 million from the state of North Carolina to locate a new facility near Charlotte. Then on April 5, PayPal President & CEO, Dan Schulman, announced that it would not move to North Carolina because of the passage of SL 2016-3. Certainly, this was not because of the bathroom/locker-room situation since the bill did not even apply to private business facilities. PayPal was incensed at the so-called failure of the legislation to include extra special protections for sexual orientation, gender exp... (read more)
Press Release:
 Raleigh, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory has selected Dale G. Deese to fill a vacant district court seat in Robeson County. The vacancy was created by the resignation of Judge John Carter, Jr.

 Deese currently serves as the senior managing attorney of the Pembroke Office of Legal Aid of North Carolina. He has served in the top management position for over 23 years, supervising staff attorneys and keeping an active caseload.

 Deese has also taught business law and ethics as an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Pembroke and at Robeson Community College. He is the 1994 recipient of the Julian Pierce Award for Public Interest Law from the North Carolina Central University School of Law. In 2012, he was selected as the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by the North Carolina Bar Association.

 Deese is co-founder of the Julian T. Pierce... (read more)

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Community

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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)

Business

Press Release:
Raleigh, N.C.- Governor Pat McCrory's proving ground for technology solutions, the North Carolina Innovation Center (iCenter), will host a NC Tech Talk called 'Internet of Things: IoT in the Public Sector' on Friday, April 15. Simply put, Internet of Things refers to connecting technologies- smart phones, tablets, sensors and other devices-to items like a vehicle or a building, enabling us to make smarter decisions. The event will gather city, county and state officials together to discuss how the Internet of Things can be implemented in the public sector. This technology could provide additional endless opportunities to modernize state government throughout North Carolina.

"I'm thrilled we are collaborating with different levels of government officials on technology," said State Chief Information Officer Keith Werner. "This month's event on the Internet of Things is fo... (read more)

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The Region

News Release:

Saturday, April 2, 2016 National Frog Month Celebration2:00 pm

Join a ranger for a Frog-tastic afternoon! We will study the life cycle of a frog and cover some frog identification tips with hands on activities. Please meet at the park's outdoor classroom located behind the visitor center at 2:00 pm. Remember to dress for the weather.

Sunday, April 10, 2016 Mallard Creek Hike2:00 pm

Join a ranger on an easy half-mile hike through pine-hardwood forests ending at a small overlook on Mallard Creek. Wear sturdy footwear, bring water and binoculars. Meet in the last parking lot.
Down to the waters' edge of Goose Creek: Above. photo by Stan Deatherage Click image to epand.
Sunday, April 16, 2016 Totally Turtles2:00 pm

Can you guess North Carolina's state reptile? I'll give you a hint, it's a turtle! Meet at the visitor center to discover some of the unique t... (read more)

The Arts

Link to YouTube Monster Rat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gV33Pa1mBb4

Link to Cat Rental

Finally, cats are returning to a useful occupation for which they were designed 1000 years ago. NYC and others have a breed of extremely large and smart rats (not mice) that evade the best laid traps. Now they must meet their worst enemy, the Killer Cat for Rent.

Cats normally stay in the neighborhood killing song birds and chipmunks and their litters given away free. Unless the mother teaches the little fur balls to kill something in first month of life they will be useless forever.

Conclusion: There is no shortage of jobs for Rent-a-Cats.... (read more)
Link to permit article

You will not believe the number of occupations that require permits. Fortune Telling is one of them. The county is getting rich selling permits. While submitting an application for a gun carry permit ($80), I noticed a list of other occupation permit prices. Also, when I paid for my permit there were fees like "convenience" for using my credit card. Just for fun, Google your county permit office and laugh at all the occupational permits for sale. (Adult Entertainment--$300)

In addition, many permits require yearly renewal and continuing education at approved training centers. These courses are expensive. Thankfully, fortune telling ($100) does not require education. Other permits available: Alcohol pouring ($50) and Escort Service ($300). I doubt fortune telling is more accurate by a permitted practitioner.

Conclusion: Are there any limits to perm... (read more)

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Living

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GREENVILLE Bringing up end-of-life issues with your family can be challenging. Making your wishes known in legal documents can be even tougher. That's why Vidant Health is offering these special events near you to help you begin now, while you're well and not in a crisis, so you can make sure your wishes are honored.

You'll learn how crucial it is to take action now to specify how you want to be cared for during your final days. It's also valuable if you're a victim of a serious injury or illness - even temporarily. A panel of experts will bring legal, health care, and faith perspectives to help you with your planning and will offer advice on preparing your living will, health care power of attorney and other important legal documents.

Vidant Chowan Hospital
Wednesday, April 13 | 2 - 4 p.m. Light refreshmentsCommunity Education Room at Vidant Chowan Hospital211 Virgi... (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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