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Pat Hensley bristles at being called a politician, and until her June retirement she held a supposedly nonpartisan position as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for Catawba County Schools.
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announced that Margaret "Mardy" Peal submitted her resignation yesterday to pursue an opportunity in the private sector that will allow her to spend more time with her family.
Legislators have raised teacher pay, set aside money for potential Medicaid cost overruns, and made a major positive change in the state budget process.
Here is a story of the big Mars Hill Church out in California. Like Vidant, it is a 501(c)3 Tax-exempt / Non-profit institution.
The US Export-Import Bank is seeking Congress's help to extend its life a little longer.
It has become more obvious that the majority of the Beaufort County leadership offices are occupied by bullies.
As of this morning, the North Carolina Public Schools Application System (NCPSAS) listed nearly 1,300 traditional public school job openings.
"I didn't go looking for this opportunity," said John Rhodes, the best-known of the three qualified write-in candidates for US Senate in North Carolina. "It found me.
Granted, the "War Weary" case may be the reality for some; however, please understand this one truth: ISIS or ISIL (Obama speak) does not do polls to tap into the pathos of those that they subjugate, and "War Weary" is not a consideration for them.
One of North Carolina's largest school districts is calling on the College Board to delay for one year its new Advanced Placement U.S. History course, labeling it an inaccurate, deeply biased, revisionist view of America.
Left-liberals may dominate universities in the United States, but another kind of liberal--the classical liberal--is finding its way into the fray.
Governor Pat McCrory announced today that he will appoint Winston-Salem lawyer Richard Dietz to the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
The Obama administration has been implementing new ways to measure economic activity in the United States.

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Government

Press Release:
Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory has appointed Special Superior Court Judge Lisa Bell to the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Judge Bell will fill outgoing Chief Judge John Martin's seat, who retired from the Court of Appeals August 1. She will serve on the Court until December 31, 2014.

"Judge Bell has been a tremendous asset to our state's judiciary, first as a District Court Judge and now as a Special Superior Court Judge," Governor McCrory said. "Her dedication, wisdom and experience will serve our state well and I look forward to her continued service on the Court of Appeals."

Prior to her appointment as a Special Superior Court Judge in May 2013, Judge Bell served as Chief District Court Judge for Mecklenburg County from 2009 to 2013. She was first elected a District Court Judge in 1998 and re-elected in 2002, 2006 and 2010. During her tenure, she presided... (read more)
Press Release:
Raleigh, NC Members of the Governor's Teacher Advisory Committee presented nine major recommendations on testing standards and assessments to Governor Pat McCrory today at a meeting at the Executive Mansion.

"Since I took office, superintendents, principals and teachers have told me that the testing burden in our classrooms threatens to turn our teachers into proctors," Governor McCrory said. "Burdensome testing deprives our students of the talent and creativity our teachers have spent their careers to develop. Just as they did on teacher pay, members of the Governor's Teacher Advisory Committee looked at the issue of testing and have produced some innovative recommendations and I look forward to studying them in depth. Long lasting and meaningful education reform will not come from politicians in Raleigh, but from the teachers in our classrooms."

The recommendations... (read more)

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Op-Ed & Politics

Publisher's note: This post, by Francis De Luca, was originally published in the Education section of Civitas's online edition.

Pat Hensley bristles at being called a politician, and until her June retirement she held a supposedly nonpartisan position as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for Catawba County Schools. But Hensley acted like a veteran politician when she and her supporters used the county school system and their school connections to organize and help launch her successful campaign to get on the fall ballot for the General Assembly.

Civitas public records requests made to the three school systems in Catawba County revealed an active campaign by school personnel t... (read more)
Publisher's note: The author of this post is CJ Staff, who Print Columnists for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

Analysts detail impact of teacher pay, Medicaid on 2014-15 budget
RALEIGH Legislators have raised teacher pay, set aside money for potential Medicaid cost overruns, and made a major positive change in the state budget process. A new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report points to all three accomplishments in the 2014-15 state spending plan signed into law this month.

"The large teacher pay raise and the increased Medicaid funding attracted the most attention, but changing the budget process itself might lead to the most positive long-term benefits for North Caroli... (read more)
Addition to the Vidant vs. Belhaven article

Here is a story of the big Mars Hill Church out in California. Like Vidant, it is a 501(c)3 Tax-exempt / Non-profit institution. The Pastor, Mark Driscoll is a super star much like the CEO's in the Hospital world. They both take delight in success proven by money and large numbers of people "served."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/religion/mark-driscoll-to-step-down-while-mars-hill-reviews-charges/2014/08/24/c35e048a-2bd4-11e4-be9e-60cc44c01e7f_story.html

The problem comes when the leader is so highly paid, it goes to his head. Instead of a "servant" he becomes a "king of the castle." Both types of leaders, whether in a big churc... (read more)

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Community

On Saturday, May 24, 2014 the Washington Police Department arrested Rodney Darnell Putney, age 25, of Washington Street Washington.
On March 17, 2014 the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office received a report of a sex offense against a minor that occurred at residences in Washington and Bath, NC.
Governor Pat McCrory signed an executive order today that creates a multi-agency task force aimed at reducing substance abuse and underage drinking. The Governor's Substance Abuse and Underage Drinking Prevention and Treatment Task Force will build on statewide prevention, treatment and...
The Carteret County Commissioners meeting today regarding the Mill Pond project, was an eclectic affair. This is the best of my recollection as to a summary of what transpired.
I am not a veteran. I only have the greatest respect for those who have served, unsurpassed by all professions that keep America safe and strong.
A Moore County man who was on probation for domestic violence charges is accused of killing his live-in girlfriend, whose body was found Wednesday near the entrance to the county landfill, authorities said.

Business

Press Release:
Raleigh, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Cascades Tissue Group will open a new manufacturing facility in Scotland County. The company plans to create 68 new jobs and invest $62 million during the next three years in Wagram. The investment includes $55 million of new capital expenditure (such as building infrastructure, new equipment and other capitalized expenses) and converting equipment to be transferred from other facilities outside of North Carolina valued at $7 million.

"This investment in the Sandhills region of North Carolina not only provides much needed jobs, but also confirms a global company's commitment to Scotland County in the years ahead," said Governor McCrory. "Today's jobs announcement shows that by working together and effectively leveraging our state's talent and resources, North Carolina wil... (read more)

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The Region

Press Release:
Do you want to know where candidates for political office stand on teacher tenure, school vouchers, public school and college funding? If so, a forum for candidates would be a good time to ask them and find out their top priorities for education.

To that end, the Beaufort County Schools and Beaufort County Community College have joined together to present an Education Forum for state and local candidates for political office at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, in the Performing Arts Center Washington High School.

"This forum will be an excellent chance for members of the public as well as those with an interest in education to hear from our candidates for political office on their views of education issues that will affect Beaufort County and the state in the years to come," said Penny Sermons, one of the event coordinators and BCCC Learning Resources and Distance Learning d... (read more)

The Arts


If the Taliban is Evil, Navy SEALs are an Avenging Angel

Marcus Luttrell, with help from Author Patrick Robinson, wrote his titular story of his one life experience that would forever define who he was, who he is, and who he will remain. Unfortunately, the other three members of his fellow Navy SEALs, participating in their mission to engage the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2005, were not so fortunate. Rather than "Lone Survivor" being solely Marcus Luttrell's first-person story of survival against terrible odds, it is, moreover, the story of his fellow "brothers" in that fight, which went so terribly wrong, regardless of the extra-human heroism of these four Navy SEALs to survive.

These four members of SEAL Team 10: Lt. Michael Murphy, played by Taylor Kitsch; Gunner's Mate Second Class Danny Dietz, played by Emile Hirsch; Sonar Technician Second Class Matt 'Axe' Axelson, playe... (read more)

A Fairy Tale for the Five Burroughs of New York ...

And for the rest of us a tall tale, with a rewarding story of complete unconditional love for the ages ... literally.

Peter Lake, played by Colin Ferrell, is a daring thief of consummate skill, who has yet to discover his purpose in this life. Until he does, he is cursed to continue on this temporal plane, enduring a long and meaningless life, but retaining his youthful countenance. It is both a curse and a blessing because Peter is a man of purposeful strong will, and his fated love for Beverly Penn, played by Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil /Downton Abbey), endures through the ages.

Standing in the way of Peter's immeasurable passion for 'his one true love' are two things: Beverly is terminally ill with a condition of a fluctuating fever that reaches temperatures of such extremes that only extreme cold can reduce it; and a... (read more)

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Living

Press Release:
Raleigh, N.C. - The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announced that Margaret "Mardy" Peal submitted her resignation yesterday to pursue an opportunity in the private sector that will allow her to spend more time with her family. Mardy was part of a team that crafted the Department's Medicaid Reform plan that is based on an ACO model. This plan was submitted to the General Assembly in March and unanimously passed the House of Representatives in July.

"I want to thank Mardy for her service to the State and for being a valuable member of our team," said Dr. Robin Cummings, North Carolina's Medicaid Director. "Working with doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers and stakeholders across the state, DHHS will continue to pursue our Medicaid Reform plan. Our plan is based on an ACO model that is right for North Carolina, puts patients first and ensures... (read more)


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