04/24/2019
  • 4:49 pm NICA racers return to Brown’s Creek Bike Trail in Bladen County
  • 4:34 pm Phase II ahead of schedule in downtown Elizabethtown
  • 2:40 pm UNCW presents a two-night celebration featuring selections from operas and operettas
  • 2:38 pm Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Association Plays At Deercroft
  • 2:35 pm State Superintendent Mark Johnson Announces $2 million in Federal Grant Aid to Districts and Schools Affected by 2018 Hurricanes
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Contributed The owner of a physical security school has been indicted by a federal grand jury for defrauding a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) program dedicated to rehabilitating military veterans with service-connecting disabilities and for making false statements to the VA. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. […]

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Contributed The NC Charter Schools Advisory Board (CSAB) will meet Friday, April 26, at 10 a.m., in a special called session. The meeting will convene via conference call in the 7th floor State Board Room in the Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington St., Raleigh. The agenda for the meeting is available here. The meeting will be audio streamed via […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: During remarks at the Pitt County Reentry Job and Resource Fair, Governor Roy Cooper announced April 22-26, 2018 is Reentry Week in North Carolina. Reentry Week highlights ongoing efforts to help formerly incarcerated North Carolinians successfully return to their communities and careers. “North Carolinians who have paid their debt to society deserve the […]

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Contributed by Roxana Ross Three advanced practice providers have joined Southeastern Health’s Southeastern Cardiology and Cardiovascular Clinic and Southeastern Health Heart and Vascular, which is managed by Duke Health and located on the campus of Southeastern Regional Medical Center. In addition to their work in the clinic, Nurse Practitioners Jolene Beaumont and Jennifer Singleton treat […]

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Contributed Tabor City, NC –According to the City of Pickens Police Department, on April 16, 2019, Rebecca Marie Purry went to the Police Department to report that her ex-boyfriend, Marco Murice Vaught, 36, had threatened to come to her house and get her. On April 17th, at approximately 1:00 am, the City of Pickens Police […]

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The U.S. Government announced that four adjacent tracts totaling 41.69 acres, more or less, in Amherst County will sell by sealed bids, which are due by 4:30 pm on Monday, May 20, 2019 to the Pittsylvania County FSA Office. The United States government owns this 41.69-acre property. The appraised value of the property is $70,500. The […]

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On Tuesday, April 23rd the Bladen County Board of Elections will hold their first absentee meeting according to the Bladen County website. Absentee voting allows you to vote by mail. Every state has absentee voting and rules on who can take part in absentee voting. The Bladen County meeting about the absentee voting will be […]

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WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a settlement with Honeywell International Inc., and International Paper Co., for cleanup of contaminated soils and sediments at the LCP-Holtrachem plant in Riegelwood, Columbus County, North Carolina. The United States brought its action under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper formally requested that the US Small Business Administration provide assistance following last week’s explosion in downtown Durham. “Our thoughts are with the victims of this tragic incident and state and local officials are continuing to investigate the cause of last week’s explosion,” Gov. Cooper said. “We must also help […]

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Contributed CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As temperatures begin to climb, many customers who have Piedmont Natural Gas service solely for heating sometimes choose to disconnect their service for the summer months. Piedmont encourages those customers to keep their service on year-round, a decision that could save them time and money. When customers disconnect their service during […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Superior Plastics Extrusion Company, Inc., known as Impact Plastics, will expand its manufacturing operations in Richmond County and create 13 jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest $5.3 million in Hamlet. “This announcement is just the latest example of a manufacturer finding success in North Carolina and deciding to expand […]

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Contributed Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Communications Director Jeff Hauser released the following statement: “The day before Good Friday, Governor Cooper has chosen to stand with infanticide and extremist groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL over life,” stated Hauser. “It is grotesque to think that Cooper believes providing care to infants born alive during an abortion […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper vetoed the following bill: Senate Bill 359: “AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE BORN-ALIVE ABORTION SURVIVORS PROTECTION ACT.” Gov. Cooper shared the following statement on his veto of Senate Bill 359: “Laws already protect newborn babies and this bill is an unnecessary interference between doctors and their patients. This needless legislation […]

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RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that Chief United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced TYRA MAKAVA WATSON, 19, of Lumberton to 144 months’ imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised released, and BOBBY PRESTON MCNAIR, 26, of Lumberton to 184 months’ […]

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  Online Pet Supply Retailer Chewy to Invest $55 Million in Salisbury RALEIGH: Chewy, an online pet supply retailer, has selected Rowan County for its new fulfillment center, creating 1,200 new jobs and investing $55 million, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will locate in Salisbury, N.C. “Chewy selected North Carolina because from our […]

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Golden LEAF Board Appoints SVP Ted Lord as Acting President ROCKY MOUNT – Dan Gerlach, the president of the Golden LEAF Foundation for the past 10 years, today announced to the Golden LEAF Board of Directors that he would resign his position effective May 3, 2019. Gerlach leaves to serve as interim chancellor of East […]

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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that United States District Judge James C. Dever III, sentenced Rufus Lamar Parker, 28, of Wilmington to 78 months’ imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release. On July 9, 2018, Parker pled guilty to six counts […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Bringing more cost-effective solar energy to the Carolinas, 14 utility-scale projects have been selected during an independently judged bidding process – part of a 2017 comprehensive renewable energy law. Based on an independent evaluation process, Duke Energy will produce or purchase a total of 602 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy from projects […]

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North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority Grant to Help Protect Jobs from Flooding LUMBERTON: Governor Roy Cooper today visited Rempac Foam Corporation’s manufacturing facility in Lumberton, where he announced a grant to help protect the business and its jobs from future floods and discussed ongoing efforts to rebuild from Hurricane Florence. During his tour, the governor […]

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Eight students were announced as winners of the 24th annual Illustrate Your Favorite Caldecott Book contest at Harrells Christian Academy. Each year, the HCA Media Center collaborates with the Art Department to sponsor a contest for grades K-5 in honor of nineteenth century children’s book illustrator Randolph Caldecott. Students read and illustrate a cover for a […]

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Wilmington, NC – Lower Cape Fear Hospice received the 2019 Hospice Honors Elite recognition from HEALTHCAREfirst yesterday at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Leadership and Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C. Each year, HEALTHCAREfirst conducts a review of the Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey results, which ask hospice patients’ caregivers […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Gov. Roy Cooper appointed the Hon. Reuben Young and Christopher Brook to the North Carolina Court of Appeals. “The work of the North Carolina Court of Appeals must instill confidence in the people of our state, reminding them they live within a fair and just society,” Gov. Cooper said. “These appointees will bring […]

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NCDOT open house in Fayetteville will be May 2 FAYETTEVILLE – To lessen congestion and plan for more traffic growth, the N.C. Department of Transportation proposes widening about 5 miles of the All American Freeway inside Fayetteville. The department invites the public to look at the preliminary design maps and offer comments during an open house from 4 […]

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ATLANTA – National Park Service Southeast Regional Director Robert Vogel announced the selection of Matthew Woods as superintendent of North Carolina’s Moores Creek National Battlefield, effective April 14. “Matthew has a deep understanding of Moores Creek National Battlefield and will help to ensure the park’s history and resources are well preserved,” Vogel said. “He is […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr expressed disappointment today over Congress’ failure to deliver critical disaster aid to assist North Carolina’s Hurricane Florence recovery efforts. After Senators Tillis and Burr secured an initial down payment last October to help North Carolina’s long-term recovery efforts, the senators have worked to negotiate in good faith […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced new appointments to fourteen North Carolina boards and commissions. “By serving on state boards and commissions, these appointees are helping give back to their communities and move our state forward,” said Gov. Cooper. “I appreciate their service and look forward to their work for the people of North Carolina.” Gov. […]

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Contributed North Carolina will receive a $12 million grant to continue its fight against the opioid epidemic, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The funds will be used for prevention, access to treatment and improved linkages to care. “The opioid crisis harms families, communities and our economy and we’re tackling it head-on to save lives,” said […]

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By Ryan Hill April 5, 2019 – Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order to increase opportunities for fair wages, employment and careers for people with disabilities. The order, called “Employment First for North Carolinians with Disabilities,” was signed at the Piedmont Regional Council in Kernersville on March 28. It also directs state government to […]

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Contributed MURPHY: Today, the CEO of Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital presented Governor Roy Cooper with a resolution “urging the North Carolina General Assembly to expand Medicaid in North Carolina as soon as possible.” “The single best thing we can do for our rural communities is to close the health insurance coverage gap, which will pump […]

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Contributed what: ***MEDIA AVAILABILITY *** Speed A Little. Lose A Lot. when: 11 a.m. Friday, April 12 where: Fort Bragg North Post Exchange Butner Road Building #8-5050 details: In 2017 there were 17,495 crashes statewide; 734 of which were serious injuries. The following year, those numbers increased to 21,339 crashes and 831 serious injuries. (Editors note: […]

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Contributed Senate Republicans believe in patient-centered health care that delivers the choices Americans want, the affordability and protections they need, and the quality they deserve. That is why Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and his colleagues yesterday introduced the Protect Act, legislation that protects Americans with pre-existing conditions, ensuring that Americans have the peace of mind knowing that they and their loved ones will […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Today, the company issued the following statement in response to an April 1, 2019, order by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) requiring excavation of coal ash basins at the company’s Allen, Belews Creek, Cliffside/Rogers, Marshall, Mayo and Roxboro facilities. The state decision came after the company submitted to NCDEQ detailed […]

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RALEIGH -This year, farmers can add CropCheck, a pilot program offered by Field Watch, that allows growers to map small grain/commodity crops by herbicide-resident traits. Crops include cotton, corn and soybeans. It’s been three years since the online mapping programs Driftwatch and BeeCheck were launched in North Carolina. Since then, it has become a valuable […]

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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today, United States District Judge James C. Dever, III sentenced Darrick Lamorris McKenzie, 39, of Lumberton, to 379 months imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release and ordered to pay $9,500.00 in restitution. McKenzie was […]

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Contributed Currie, NC-  Moores Creek National Battlefield is implementing a prescribed burn of the savannah and northeast burn unit of the park. This area contains floristic species that thrive in fire conditions which can only be replicated through controlled burns. The planned burn is to provide these species with specific habitat needs as well as to decrease fuel loads and rid the area of invasive species. […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: To raise awareness of the risks underage drinking poses to young people in North Carolina and across the country, Governor Roy Cooper proclaimed April 2019 as Alcohol Awareness Month. “Underage drinking jeopardizes young people’s health and safety and puts lives at risk,” Gov. Cooper said. “It’s important that people know the dangers of […]

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Contributed WILMINGTON, N.C. – To encourage the proper disposal of unwanted medications, New Hanover Regional Medical Center is partnering with regional healthcare, law enforcement, education and safety organizations to hold a medication disposal event in six counties. Nineteen locations in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Onslow, Bladen and Duplin counties are scheduled to accept all medications […]

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Christian Caroline Smith, attended the North Carolina Azalea Festival this year as a granddaughter of Cape Fear Garden member, Candus Clarke. Her proud grandfather, Billy R. Everette, resides in Elizabethtown.  Her parents are Missy and Pat Smith and her grandparents  are Susie and Aubrey Smith of  Pawleys Island, S.C. Caroline will be graduating from Emsley […]

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RALEIGH: North Carolina will receive a $12 million grant to continue its fight against the opioid epidemic, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The funds will be used for prevention, access to treatment and improved linkages to care. “The opioid crisis harms families, communities and our economy and we’re tackling it head-on to save lives,” said Governor […]

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On April 9, 2019, more than one hundred and twenty (120) leaders from across North Carolina are anticipated at the Lumber River Council of Governments in Pembroke for the North Carolina Disaster Recovery Roundtable. The event is an opportunity for community leaders to learn about the recovery process and rebuilding after a disaster. It will […]

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RALEIGH – In anticipation of spring break and prom season, the State Highway Patrol is once again conducting Operation Drive to Live, an annual campaign to reduce collisions involving teen drivers.  Beginning Monday, April 8, through Friday, April 12, troopers will step up their enforcement in and around school zones between 6 a.m. to 5 […]

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Leland, NC – All families who have experienced the death of someone special are invited to Lower Cape Fear Hospice’s no-cost Spring Family Day on Saturday, May 11, in Shallotte. Led by LCFH counselors and trained volunteers, this day combines fun activities with grief education and emotional support. Spring Family Day allows families to meet friends […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Volunteers are continuing to help North Carolinians recover from Hurricane Florence, more than six months after the storm struck the state, damaging homes, schools, businesses, farms and entire communities. To date, more than 75,555 volunteers have performed over 1.7 million hours of community service in North Carolina to help with recovery efforts. To […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Volunteers are continuing to help North Carolinians recover from Hurricane Florence, more than six months after the storm struck the state, damaging homes, schools, businesses, farms and entire communities. To date, more than 75,555 volunteers have performed over 1.7 million hours of community service in North Carolina to help with recovery efforts. To […]

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Contributed RALEIGH – State Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon, today, announced that he has formed a commission to develop recommendations for modernizing North Carolina’s transportation investment strategy. The commission will research the impact that emerging technologies, shifting behavior patterns and changing demographics will have on North Carolina’s transportation investment system and then develop new ways to […]

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Contributed Vinette Gordon, Director of Student Health Services at Fayetteville State University (FSU), has been named the recipient of the John L. Sanders Student Advocate Award. The Sanders Award is bestowed annually on one or more public figures for service to the students of the University of North Carolina, to recognize those who advocate for the best […]

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Contributed RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department’s weekly newscast. Wildflower Awards If you’ve driven on North Carolina’s highways you’ve probably seen beautiful, colorful wildflowers along the way. These flower beds are part of the Wildflower […]

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Wilmington, NC – A lifelong painter, Marcia Zachary had never shown or sold her artwork – until Thursday, when more than 100 people and one surprise guest turned out for a special gallery opening featuring the Lower Cape Fear Hospice patient’s work. Over the years, Zachary has painted dozens of coastal scenes and still life paintings, […]

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Governor Cooper Announces 299 Jobs and $37.6M Investment by Pacon Manufacturing NAVASSA: Pacon Manufacturing Corporation, a contract manufacturer, has selected Brunswick County for its new plant, creating 299 new jobs and investing $37.6 million, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will bring manufacturing to Navassa, N.C. “Hurricane Florence dealt a powerful blow to this area […]

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Second Round of Checks from $11.6 Million Fund Sent to Commercial Fishermen  MOREHEAD CITY: More financial relief is on the way to North Carolina commercial fishermen hit hard by Hurricane Florence, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The checks are part of $11.6 million being distributed by the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Marine Fisheries […]

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On Thursday, April 04 at approximately 1:00 p.m., the State Highway Patrol stopped a Nissan passenger vehicle for traveling 96 mph in a 55 mph zone on US 70 near Edwards Rd in Johnston County. During the course of the traffic stop, an altercation ensued with the driver of the Nissan, who was armed with […]

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Contributed Columbus County, NC – ATMC, the Brunswick County based communications cooperative, is seeking support from Columbus County businesses and residents in applying for the federal grant funds necessary to bring their FOCUS fiber optic network, with internet speeds of up to 1 Gigabit, to unserved and underserved areas of Columbus County. The funding is […]

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Contributed RALEIGH – State Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon, today, announced that he has formed a commission to develop recommendations for modernizing North Carolina’s transportation investment strategy. The commission will research the impact that emerging technologies, shifting behavior patterns and changing demographics will have on North Carolina’s transportation investment system and then develop new ways to […]

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Contributed RALEIGH – The wildflowers blooming along North Carolina’s highways are a beautiful sight for travelers; they’re also award-winning. Each year, the N.C. Department of Transportation honors the state’s best-looking wildflower beds. The Wildflower Awards were presented by N.C. Board of Transportation Chairman Mike Fox and The Garden Club of North Carolina at the monthly […]

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Contributed RALEIGH – On Thursday, April 04 at approximately 1:00 p.m., the State Highway Patrol stopped a Nissan passenger vehicle for traveling 96 mph in a 55 mph zone on US 70 near Edwards Rd in Johnston County. During the course of the traffic stop, an altercation ensued with the driver of the Nissan, who […]

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WILMINGTON – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced the conclusion of OCDETF Operation “Tooth Fairy”. An Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) is a joint federal, state, and local cooperative approach to combatting drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and […]

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This week marks the six-month anniversary of the creation of FAST NC, the bipartisan initiative led by current and former education leaders to combine efforts and raise funds in response to Hurricane Florence. Dubbed “Florence: Aid to Students and Teachers of North Carolina (FAST NC),” the unprecedented effort has helped schools return to normal following […]

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Florence survivors can return home from temporary housing thanks to repairs RALEIGH: The Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) program is concluding this week after completing partial repairs to the homes of 2,183 Hurricane Florence survivors in 12 counties. Contractors and volunteer groups made emergency repairs to those homes, making them safe, sanitary and habitable, so […]

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WILMINGTON – People heading to the North Carolina Azalea Festival on Saturday will be able to receive express driver license services from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles. NCDMV will park their 40-foot mobile driver license office in front of the U.S. Post Office on Front Street in Wilmington to provide REAL ID license and identification […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced bipartisan legislation to allow countries, states, and municipalities to obtain federal trademark protection for their flags, symbols, insignia, and seals. The FLAG Act (Fair Licensing Access for Government) would amend the Lanham Act, the federal trademark law, to allow governmental entities to obtain […]

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Contributed State Superintendent Mark Johnson will join education leaders of the General Assembly on Wednesday, April 3, to make a major announcement regarding education in North Carolina. Johnson will be joined by Sens. Deanna Ballard and Jerry Tillman; Reps. Jeffrey Elmore and Craig Horne; Professional Educators of N.C. Director Bill Medlin and N.C. Teacher of the […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Today, Governor Cooper announced three judicial appointments to Judicial Districts 29A, 29B, and 3B, which cover McDowell, Rutherford, Henderson, Polk, and Transylvania Counties in the western part of the state and Craven, Carteret, and Pamlico Counties in the east. “These experienced attorneys bring valuable knowledge of the law and their communities to the […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: To help address the gender pay gap for women workers in North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper today signed Executive Order No. 93. The order directs state government agencies to ban the use of salary history in the hiring process. “Women have strengthened our state and our country for generations, but an unfair wage […]

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Dear Parents, To keep academics a top priority and to avoid diversions while the uniform policy litigation continues, our school will add belted shorts and pants as additional options to the current girls’ uniform options of skorts, jumpers, and skirts as decided by the parent community in 1999. The additional options of shorts and pants […]

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Contributed RALEIGH – The North Carolina State Highway Patrol will once again join 14 other states in an effort to reduce collisions along the I-95 corridor.  Through support from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and states along the eastern portion of the U.S., the Drive to Save Lives Campaign is intended to […]

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Contributed CHARLESTON, S.C., Apr. 2, 2019 – CresCom Bank, the second largest community bank in North and South Carolina, welcomes new Team Members throughout its North Carolina branches. New Team Members include: Lumberton, N.C. ·      Ashley Britt has joined the bank as a Head Teller at the Lumberton branch. Prior to joining CresCom Bank, Britt served as a […]

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Contributed Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Counsel Josh Howard has released the following statement: “Early this morning, the North Carolina Republican Party was made aware of several indictments surrounding the conduct of a major donor to both major political parties and two of his associates. The Party has been cooperating with the investigation for […]

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RALEIGH: April 1, 2019 kicks off the one-year countdown to Census 2020 and North Carolina is working to ensure a complete and accurate count of all its residents. Governor Roy Cooper and the North Carolina Complete Count Commission, in coordination with the US Census Bureau, the NC Counts Coalition, and other groups and Complete Count Committees […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – For the first time in six years, and following significant investments for the ongoing growth, safety and reliability of its system, Piedmont Natural Gas today filed a request with the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) to raise its base rates. Piedmont seeks to recover costs related to system growth, pipeline integrity management, […]

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Virtuoso trumpeter Dean Simms will visit the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in downtown Lumberton with a night of classic jazz as he leads “Satchmo: Tribute to Louis Armstrong” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. Dean has performed or recorded lead trumpet with many famous acts, such as the Ohio Players, Rick James Stone […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As part of its commitment to build a cleaner and smarter North Carolina, Duke Energy is proposing the largest investment in electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure ever in the Southeast – a $76 million initiative to spur EV adoption across the state. In a filing with the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC), Duke […]

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Columbus County Disaster Response (CCDR), a local tax-exempt organization that focuses on disaster preparation and recovery will host the second annual Columbus County Hurricane Expo on Saturday, June 1, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Columbus County Fairgrounds, 886 Prison Camp Road, in Whiteville. “Last year’s Hurricane Expo was a tremendous success and we […]

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By Erin Smith A Robeson County Sheriff’s Deputy who was struck by a pick up truck early Friday morning was reported to have suffered a concussion and no broken bones on Friday afternoon. An update issued by the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office indicated that Detective Matt Lassiter remains hospitalized in Florence, SC on Friday afternoon. Detective Lassiter was redirecting […]

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By Erin Smith A proposed bill aimed at curbing gun violence in North Carolina is now being reviewed by the Judiciary Committee in the NC House.  NC House Bill 86 was proposed by Democratic Representatives Christy Clark, Marcia Morey, Pricey Harrison, and Shelly Willingham. The purpose of the NC House Bill 86 is to restrict […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced nominations to five boards and commissions. “I appreciate these appointees serving on North Carolina boards and commissions to help strengthen our state and improve the lives of its people,” said Governor Cooper. Gov. Cooper has nominated the following individuals to the North Carolina State Board of Education: *Dr. Donna A. […]

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By Erin Smith A Robeson County Sheriff’s Deputy was struck by a vehicle and seriously injured on Highway 301 early Friday morning while directing traffic, according to the  Robeson County Sheriff’s Office. The deputy was airlifted from the scene to the hospital. Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins issued a release on his Facebook page: “On […]

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LUMBERTON – Students in Robeson County are working to promote better driver habits – practices they hope will save lives. The students are members of Robeson County Dream Teams, partnered with the N.C. High School Athletic Association. They attend Fairmont, Lumberton, Purnell Swett, Red Springs, South Robeson and St. Pauls high schools. Jerome Hunt, the athletic director […]

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Contributed Bladen Community College has placed 8th in the nation out of 423 schools and second in the state of North Carolina for its online programs. In the national ranking, Bladen Community College was one of five North Carolina schools included on the top 25 list. Only one of the state schools outranked Bladen, Wake […]

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Contributed KERNERSVILLE: Governor Roy Cooper today signed Executive Order No. 92, Employment First for North Carolinians with Disabilities, to increase opportunities for fair wages, employment, and careers for individuals with disabilities.  Through the order, signed today at the Piedmont Triad Regional Council in Kernersville, the governor directs state government to become a leader in recruiting and […]

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Raleigh, NC  – The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) delivered 19,515 pounds of unused prescription medications to a state-approved incinerator on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, where the pills were destroyed.  That translates into approximately 14,636,250 dosage units.  The medications were collected during the spring phase of Operation Medicine Drop (OMD) which is held […]

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Contributed by Go FundMe Page Men and Women United for Youth and Families, CDC (MWUYF) is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Delco, NC that serves underprivileged and at-risk youth in Lower Bladen, Northwestern Brunswick, and Columbus Counties.  We have an outstanding Youth Ambassadors Program which aims to instill leadership, entrepreneurship, and social skills […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored the bipartisan Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act. Amidst ever increasing numbers of robocall scams, the TRACED Act gives regulators more time to find scammers, increases civil forfeiture penalties for those caught, promotes call authentication and blocking adoption, and brings relevant federal agencies and […]

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Contributed But over half oppose the Popular Vote Interstate Compact RALEIGH, NC – The latest statewide Civitas Poll found that 43 percent of likely voters would like to retain the Electoral College for electing president, whereas 47 percent prefer to move to a popular vote. As the 2020 elections near, much attention has been given to […]

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ROSE HILL, N.C., March 27, 2019 – Duplin Winery, the largest winery in the South, has been named the official wine of Monday After the Masters for the fourth year in a row. As the official sponsor, the winery will be giving away four spectator tickets and a Duplin Prize Pack to the Celebrity Golf Tournament […]

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The Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Association played at Scotch Meadows Golf Club on March 26th with 49 members participating. The winning team with a score of 56 was Rudy Pait, David Medlin, Joe Canady and Jerry Willoughby. Three other teams tied for second with a score of 57. Next week’s tournament will be at Cheraw […]

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Harrells Christian Academy recognized eight outstanding students for the Terrific Kid program on April 14, 2019.  For this nine week grading period, teachers selected one student from each class that stood out as being responsible, respectful, and caring. Clinton Kiwanis Club representative Mrs. Becky Spell presented certificates to the following students pictured from top to […]

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Contributed RALEIGH, N.C. – Half of North Carolinians consider themselves to be pro-life, according to an early release of Civitas Institute’s latest statewide poll. Forty percent stated they were pro-choice, and 10 percent were unsure or refused to answer. Support for protecting unborn children has seen an uptick at the national level, as well. A […]

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WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that dairy producers who elected to participate in the Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle Program (LGM-Dairy) now have the opportunity to participate in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) for 2018 coverage. Sign-up will take place March 25 through May 10, 2019. […]

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RALEIGH – Six North Carolina hog farmers – and one allied company – were honored at an awards luncheon on Thursday, Mar. 21 at the annual N.C. Pork Conference. Jim Stocker of Kenansville was inducted into the N.C. Pork Council Hall of Fame for a career that helped shape North Carolina’s thriving pork industry. Stocker became […]

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RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department’s weekly newscast. NCDMV REAL ID Days Starting next year, federal agencies will enforce tougher security standards at airport check-ins, federal buildings, military installations and nuclear sites. REAL IDs will […]

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State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced Friday the appointment of David Stegall as the new deputy superintendent of innovation at the Department of Public Instruction. Stegall, who will begin his duties in June, brings with him more than 20 years’ experience in education, most of it in North Carolina K-12 public schools.   “Dr. Stegall’s wealth […]

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Here is a review of some of Governor Cooper’s work last week: On Tuesday last week, Governor Cooper announced that communities across the state will get $127 million for 96 drinking water and wastewater projects. The grants will help update aging infrastructure, prepare water facilities for future storms, and create new drinking and wastewater systems. […]

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Contributed by Star Telephone and Kristy D. Carter, Sampson Independent The Roseboro EMS will now have Wifi capabilities throughout the building as part of a Smart Rural CommunitySM Collaboration Challenge grant awarded to Star Communications. Star Communications is one of four companies across the United States awarded the grant as part of the Rural Broadband […]

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Contributed The North Carolina State Board of Education, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and colleges/universities associated with the North Carolina Governor’s School are pleased to announce an exciting new venture for this hallmark program annually serving hundreds of the state’s brightest and most talented high school students. Meredith College (Raleigh) will continue its excellent […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Eleven towns, cities and counties working to recover from Hurricane Florence have been awarded more than $16.5 million in grants and no-interest loans, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. This brings to $24.5 million the total provided through state-funded grant and loan programs launched to assist local governments that are struggling financially due to […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) reintroduced the Newborn Care Improvement Act, bipartisan legislation that would double the number of days veterans receive care for their newborns from 7 to 14. Currently, a veteran must find outside healthcare for their child within seven days of birth or the baby will […]

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RALEIGH: On Monday, March 25, 2019, North Carolina middle school teachers will learn how to connect classroom teaching to STEM careers at the second-annual emPowering STEM Classroom to Career Conference, held at the GSK headquarters in Research Triangle Park. The emPowering STEM Conference will help teachers learn how to help students get the skills they need […]

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RALEIGH: Early childhood experts and leaders from across the state this week wrote to members of the North Carolina General Assembly to urge them to support Medicaid expansion to help young children and families. Expanding Medicaid would provide half a million uninsured North Carolinians with access to affordable health insurance, bring $4 billion into North Carolina’s economy, and […]

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Charter Day School Kindergarten students proudly show off their “I Can Read” certificates. Kindergarten students received the certificates and their own book as part of an “I Can Read” ceremony celebrating their landmark achievement of learning to read. The ceremony also included students reading their new books before a packed audience of family members. Headmaster […]

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