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Yesterday, Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) announced the House Committee chairmanships and assignments for Representative Michael Speciale (R- Beaufort, Craven, Pamlico).
The writer of Ecclesiastes was correct. For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.
Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla III and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. announced today that Ecolab Inc. will expand its Kay Chemical Company operations in Greensboro and create 45 new jobs over the next three years. The company plans to build a new...
During the 1970s and 1980s, America saw a growing federal deficit that caused states to react. North Carolina rewrote its constitution in 1971, and as part of that constitution the state is required to pass a 'balanced budget.' More specifically, the state's total expenditures cannot exceed its...
The Fortify 40/440 project is an NC DOT effort to re-build the southern part of the I-40 beltline. Naturally, a major highway construction project like this means lane closures and major traffic jams for commuters. In this case, however, it also means a waste of NC taxpayers' money.
European civilization collapsed in the centuries following the fall of Rome. Barbarian hordes overran much of the continent. The vibrant intellectual life of Greece and Rome was no more; learning and literacy plummeted between the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas.
Governor Pat McCrory, chairman of the OCS Governors Coalition, applauded President Barack Obama's Interior Department for advancing an oil and gas leasing program that could include development opportunities in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Carolina.
This week is National School Choice Week and various organizations are sponsoring events to celebrate the occasion. If you would like to learn more about private, home, district, and charter school options, attend one of the events listed below.
Niche.com, Inc. is a Pittsburgh, PA-based company that evaluates and ranks K-12 schools, colleges, cities, and neighborhoods. They recently released their 2015 ranking of public schools and school districts in each state, as well as a national ranking of private and public schools and districts.
As winter weather makes headlines nationally, N.C. DHHS wants to remind North Carolinians about the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP). Applications are still being accepted through March 2015 or until funding is exhausted.
Her son has yet to turn 3, but Kamala Massey of Raleigh already is exploring alternatives to traditional public schools as she determines what's in his best educational interest.
Today, the Department of Interior announced a draft of a five-year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2017-2022, which would allow only one potential lease sale for just a limited portion of the Mid- and South-Atlantic OCS regions.
The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation hasn't always been the largest funder of liberal activist organizations in North Carolina. But just as the Reynolds family moved away from the legacy of its founding patriarch, in time the foundation abandoned its roots in free-market innovation and success to...
When I ran for the U.S. Senate last year, I promised North Carolinians I would fight for common-sense policies that create opportunities for hardworking taxpayers.

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Government

Press Release:
Raleigh, N.C. — Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla III and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. announced today that Ecolab Inc. will expand its Kay Chemical Company operations in Greensboro and create 45 new jobs over the next three years. The company plans to build a new 37,000 square foot office building and invest $10 million in Guilford County.

"Kay Chemical Company has had a great corporate presence in Greensboro for years," said Governor McCrory. "By building this new facility and adding theses new jobs, the company is strengthening its continued commitment to North Carolina and to the city of Greensboro."

Located in Greensboro, Kay Chemical Company is a division of Ecolab Inc. The Kay business specializes in delivering customized programs to meet the unique food safety and sanitation requirements of the quick serve re... (read more)
Press Release:
Raleigh, NC — Governor Pat McCrory, chairman of the OCS Governors Coalition, applauded President Barack Obama's Interior Department for advancing an oil and gas leasing program that could include development opportunities in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Carolina.

"I'd like to thank Secretary Jewell for taking a step in the right direction to help North Carolina become a significant energy-producing state," said Governor McCrory. "Responsible exploration and development of oil and gas reserves off our coast would create thousands of good paying jobs, spur activity in a host of associated industries, generate billions of dollars in tax revenue and move America closer to energy independence."

While the willingness to move forward is encouraging, Governor McCrory expressed concern over the fact that the 50-mile coastal buffer in the Mid- and South Atlan... (read more)

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Op-Ed & Politics

For Immediate release:

Raleigh, NC Yesterday, Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) announced the House Committee chairmanships and assignments for Representative Michael Speciale (R- Beaufort, Craven, Pamlico).

"Representative Speciale is a valuable member of our caucus, and brings a wealth of knowledge to the General Assembly," Speaker Moore stated on Thursday. "I have great confidence that he will do an excellent job as Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and as a sitting member on these key committees."

Rep. Speciale was assigned as Chairman of the following committees:

• Homeland Security, Military, and Veterans Affairs

Rep. Speciale was assigned as Vice-Chairman of the following comm... (read more)
Tom Campbell The writer of Ecclesiastes was correct. For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven. The 2011 and 2013 legislative sessions made, arguably, some of the most dramatic changes in the past century. As this new session of The General Assembly begins its work let us declare that this is a season to govern.

For the first time since 2008, North Carolina's unemployment rate is below the national average, another indicator that we are recovering from The Great Recession. In response to that recession state spending was cut and our legislative leaders determined the way to economic recovery was to make cuts to personal and corporate income taxes. Financial... (read more)
Publisher's note: The author of this post is Sarah Curry, who is Director of Fiscal Policy Studies for the John Locke Foundation.

During the 1970s and 1980s, America saw a growing federal deficit that caused states to react. North Carolina rewrote its constitution in 1971, and as part of that constitution the state is required to pass a 'balanced budget.' More specifically, the state's total expenditures cannot exceed its total income and surplus from previous years during a fiscal period.

North Carolina's balanced budget legislation worked in the 1970s, but needs updating for the fiscal problems and concerns of today. One of those concerns is the ever-increasing shift of the state's... (read more)

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Community

On January 24, 2015, Deputies with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office responded to the Beaufort County Detention Center after a Detention Officer reported contraband was found on an inmate who had turned himself in to serve a probation violation sentence.
On 01-23-2015, Investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Drug Unit arrested Philip Zachary Tankard, 34 years of age, of 1092 Old Bath Highway in Washington.
On December 22, 2014, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office received a report of a Sex Offense that occurred in a wooded area off of Hwy 306 in Aurora. Investigators collected evidence and started an investigation.
On 01-13-2015, Investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Drug Unit arrested Larry Warren Jr., 22 years of age, of 5525 Fleta Street in Washington, Jeffery Moore Jr., 23 years of age, of 5508 Fleta Street in Washington and Rhonda Roundtree, 49 years of age, of 1111 Bridge Street in...
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.

Business

News Release:

Raleigh, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement after North Carolina's unemployment rate decreased to 5.5 percent in December, adding more than 15,000 jobs over the month and 191,800 since the governor took office:

"The latest report released today continues to show that North Carolina is headed in the right direction when it comes to creating jobs and rebuilding the economy," said Governor McCrory. "While we are seeing more and more positive news on our economy, we must continue making the tough decisions that will move our state forward in a positive direction."

The unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent for the first time since April of 2008. North Carolina added 15,100 jobs over the month and 114,500 over the year. Since Governor McCrory took office, the unemployment rate has dropped from 8.8 percent to 5.5 percent, and the number of jobs ... (read more)

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The Region

Publisher's note: This post was created by ECU News Services.

ECU alumnus plays at Todd Dining Hall
Patrons of Todd Dining Hall at East Carolina University were entertained by ECU alumnus Chris Grymes' "pop-up performance" on Jan. 21.

Grymes played a piece called New York Counterpoint by Steve Reich, with 10 recorded parts and the final part delivered live.

The mini-concert helped to promote Grymes, who plays clarinet, and pianist Xak Bjerken's performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23 in A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall. The performance, part of the North Carolina NewMusic Initiative, is free and open to the public.

The NewMusic Initiative will host more free performances this spring. To learn more, visit http://www.ecu.edu/music/newmusic/.... (read more)

The Arts


Sometimes, you have to 'Go Home Again'

Hey ... I got this joke: What is two lawyers, with the sir name of Palmer, chained to a engine block at the bottom of the river. Answer: A good start. Oh, you heard that one, or a variation of it, already.

On the other hand, "The Judge" is no joke. It does sport some smart lines, peppy dialogue, and some well placed spasms of intended humor; however, it is a tale trampled into the familial mud of reality, and when that fabric is lifted from the dried up puddle; the caked mud shook free. It is a tale as real as Abraham and Issac. If not for the comic relief, the story would be lost in the tall weeds of anguish by proxy.

We good humans laugh at ourselves, and can surely laugh at the travails of strident lawyers bent on pressing their pedantic aura on their immediate audience. The Palmer lawyers, father and son - the judge, and the other a... (read more)

If it Ain't Five Stars, I Ain't Writ'n' It

What an incredible feel-good movie this is!! When I walked into the theatre to sit next to my girlfriends, the first thing they said to me was: "Do you think this is a chick-flick or what??" I looked around and there was not a male in sight. I didn't know what to expect since I hadn't seen a coming attraction and hadn't even heard of the movie, and so I was hoping to be pleasantly surprised.

And I was ...... more than I could have ever hoped for. The heart just wants to feel happy, and this movie did that for me.

This movie is in the same cinematic vein as Chocolat, which happens to be one of my all-time favorite movies. It is about two things I am a big fan of – chocolate and love. 100 Foot Journey is a sweet, heartwarming journey of a couple of key characters to overcome ethnic stereotypes and pride and to find the good ... (read more)

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Living

Press Release:
Funds still available for eligible households
Raleigh, N.C. — As winter weather makes headlines nationally, N.C. DHHS wants to remind North Carolinians about the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP). Applications are still being accepted through March 2015 or until funding is exhausted.

LIEAP is a federally-funded program administered in North Carolina through the Department of Health and Human Services. It provides almost $51 million toward helping eligible households pay their heating bills.

Since Dec. 1, the Low Income Energy Assistance Program has provided approximately $24 million to help more than 80,000 households pay their heating bills and stay warm this winter.

"LIEAP is truly a life-saver for many vulnerable North Carolinians," said David Locklear, Acting Chief for Economic and Family Services for N.C. DHHS' Division of Social Services. "En... (read more)


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