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As a first time grandpa, I have no experience on how to perform the role, so naturally I went back into the picture archive and searched for some help.
An amendment to replace the States' influence in the federal government since the 17th Amendment was adopted.
In 2001, the voters in Mississippi decided the keep the stars and bars on their flag.
There are poems about The Children's Hour and thousands of sundown photos.
This is the fourteenth of a less new series of images from across North Carolina from my travels, and from the long intervals that I have spent with my camera making a record of where I have been.
This is the thirteenth of a less new series of images from across North Carolina from my travels, and from the long intervals that I have spent with my camera making a record of where I have been.
With the economic collapse of the last decade brought on largely due to the bursting of the housing bubble, does anybody still think it a good idea for government to encourage investments in "underserved" populations
The N&O issued a tearful goodbye this morning to the "education judge." SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEECH! (The what?):
I've been missing Jesse Helms. I got to watch the man up close for nearly two years in DC.
The newly-elected chair and vice chair hosted a Town Hall event last night in Beaufort County to address voters' questions, concerns, and criticisms.
Freedom plays a critical role in boosting economic growth and personal income, including the incomes of the poorest members of society
In recent weeks, conservative legal scholar Kurt Lash and libertarian legal scholar Damon Root have treated readers to a lively online debate about how best to interpret Section 1 of the 14th Amendment, which reads

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Government

Press Release:
Raleigh, N.C. — Governor Pat McCrory has been re-appointed to the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association.

"I'm honored to have the confidence of my fellow governors to serve on this important committee," Governor McCrory said. "The states are more than the laboratories of democracy. The states are now the level of government where things are getting done for the people, and there's no better example of that than the economic comeback that's occurring in North Carolina."

The nine-member Executive Committee supervises the association's operations and has general authority over all policy issues. It also has primary jurisdiction over issues involving federalism, homeland security, the federal budget, and federal tax policy.

Governor McCrory was also selected to serve on the Economic Development and Commerce Committee. The appointments came ... (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.

School choice advocates laud 4-3 majority ruling
RALEIGH The N.C. Supreme Court gave a boost to school choice efforts on Thursday by declaring that the state's fledgling Opportunity Scholarships Program met constitutional muster.

The court reversed a lower court opinion that found the Opportunity Scholarships Program, also known as private school vouchers, unconstitutional.

The state's highest court was split, with its four Republicans voting to reverse an August 2014 ruling by Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood. The high court's three Democrats wanted to uphold Hobgood's decision.

Supporters of the scholarship program hailed the ruling as a victory for school choice and for students who are failing in public schools. Opponents said the ruling is... (read more)

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Op-Ed & Politics

An amendment to replace the States' influence in the federal government since the 17th Amendment was adopted.
"...If no remedy of the abuse be practicable under the forms of the Constitution, I should prefer a resort to the Nation for an amendment of the Tribunal itself." --- James Madison, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson, 1832

AMENDMENT PROPOSAL:

Diane Rufino Whereas, "The Creator has made the earth for the living, not for the dead. Rights and powers can only belong to persons, not to things." (Thomas Jefferson). Rights and powers do not originate or belong to a government, unless that power is exercised for the People - on behalf of them - and NOT against them;

Whereas, the s... (read more)
Publisher's note: This post, by Brian Balfour, was originally published in the Bad Bill of the Week, Budget & Taxes sections of Civitas's online edition.

With the economic collapse of the last decade brought on largely due to the bursting of the housing bubble, does anybody still think it a good idea for government to encourage investments in "underserved" populations - investments that wouldn't otherwise be made without political pressure or incentives?

Apparently, several North Carolina legislators think so.

For this final installment of the Bad Bill of the Week series in 2015, we spotlight House Bill 305, New Market Jobs Act and Jumpstart our Startup Businesses Act.

Sponsored by ... (read more)
Publisher's note: Brant Clifton uses the words of others, in part, to remind us of that the U.S. Supreme Court does not have a lock on poorly appointed justices by republican executives in his "bare knuckles" Conservative online publication known as The Daily Haymaker.

The N&O issued a tearful goodbye this morning to the "education judge." SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEECH! (The what?):

Superior Court Judge Howard E. Manning Jr., best known for his oversight of state compliance with a landmark education ruling, has reached the state's mandatory retirement age for judges and will step down from the bench July 31.

First appointed to a judgeship by Republican Gov. Jim Martin in 1988, Manning has hea... (read more)

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Community

Sheriff Ernie Coleman and the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is proud to partner with Kingdom Builders.
On March 18, 2015 at approximately 2:18 a.m, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office received a report of a fire at an abandoned residence on Durham Creek Road near the intersection of Core Point Road. Firefighters with Blounts Creek and Aurora Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene...
On 3-16-2015, Investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Drug Unit arrested a second person involved in the Meth Lab discovered on 03-08-2015 at 167 Bradley Lane in Washington.
On 3-20-2015, Investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Drug Unit and Alcohol Law Enforcement Division executed a search warrant on Rodney Lamont Albritton's residence located at 105 Anderson Place in Washington.
On 3-12-2015, Investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Drug Unit arrested Delray Quincy Jennette, 41 years of age, of 670 Pine Street in Belhaven.
On February 23, 2015, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office received a report of a Breaking & Entering and Larceny that occurred at a residence on Bear Creek Road in Grimesland.
I have attached a copy of the death investigation report conducted by DHHS.
On 3-8-2015, at approximately 1700 hours, Patrol Deputies and Investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Drug Unit responded to 167 Bradley Lane in Washington in reference to Bradley Keith Thompson's girlfriend finding suspicious items. Thompson's girlfriend believed the suspicious...

Business

Some blame it on the sever Winter in the Northeast, but much of the United states had a very temperate winter.

The United States economy expanded at .2% for the first quarter, 2015, which is better than zero expansion in GDP (Gross Domestic Product), which is better than negative expansion, but not an economy that anyone should be proud of; certainly not the Obama Administration. With the Obama foreign policy in tatters since his 2009 Apology Tour, the Obama administration has long pointed to its major successes of government managed health care, ObamaCare, and income redistribution, and an improving economy propped by the Federal Reserve and massive government spending. Now it appears, at first blush, that the American economy could have a tough year in 2015.

The United States economy grew at a rate of 2.4 percent for all of 2014, which is virtually the base rate to stay at even, a... (read more)

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The Region

News Release:
Washington, N.C. — Each year, dozens of students at Beaufort County Community College benefit from scholarships offered by the BCCC Foundation, but it does much more.

Founded in 1984, the Foundation has raised money and provided support for the college in achieving its educational and workforce development goals for more than 30 years. It is a non-profit charitable organization that is separate from the college and has its own Board of Directors comprised of civic and business leaders from throughout BCCC's service area.

"A lot of people think we're only here to provide scholarships, and that's not the case," says Bill Wall, a member of the BCCC Foundation Board.

The Foundation also supports the college by helping fund institutional programs, faculty and staff development, and facility improvements. Thanks to a recent fundraising campaign, BCCC's campus wil... (read more)

The Arts

My grandson was one week and one day old yesterday so we planned a trip to visit him. My son and his wife live about sixty miles from us.As a first time grandpa, I have no experience on how to perform the role, so naturally I went back into the picture archive and searched for some help. My Dad did not wear shorts because he said that if he was going to spend good money for clothes he damn sure wanted did not want them to leave off half the material.

1980 Grandpa and Bobby Tony

2015 Bobby Tony takes the cue from his dad

I was advised by the boss that if I insisted on wearing this we would be making one trip but in two cars.

I changed clothes with a simple "YES DEAR"!... (read more)
In 2001, the voters in Mississippi decided the keep the stars and bars on their flag. The proposed new design kept the red, white, and blue strips and replaced the rest with a new logo.

States change their flags every now and then. You can order full size old style State flags on Amazon for $20.

Is it better to have one flag fly over the Capitol or 10,000 from the back of pickup trucks? We will soon see.... (read more)

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Living

This is the fourteenth of a less new series of images from across North Carolina from my travels, and from the long intervals that I have spent with my camera making a record of where I have been. The idea of these photos emerged from a process that I recently began on my Facebook personal page, where I uploaded random photos, all from North Carolina only, and I have stored for a future possible rotation. Upon looking at the random images, I thought, this could work for BCN in multiple, one page formats, where I cut the images to 1280 pixels wide, arrayed in a wide viewed 'fancybox' series, where there is a title of explanation, and maybe a bit more, but mainly, the photo should speak rather than my words. In fact, I plan to put my words on hold for a bit here, which will be to the fine relief of a great many.

Each series will be random and varied; however, most will center from he... (read more)


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