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From NC Pork Council: 

At hog farm trial, crucial witness is… missing

By Andy Curliss, CEO NC Pork Council

Expert testimony from a vitally important witness is missing from the nuisance trial in Raleigh underway against a Duplin County hog farm.

The witness’ name is Dr. Pamela Dalton. READ MORE

Wilmington Man Sentenced to More Than 10 Years for Drug Distribution Charge

ELIZABETH CITY – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that, United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced Lewis Alexander Hines, 26, of Wilmington to 120 months of imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release. READ MORE

Free medicine event planned for June 29

By Roxana Ross

There will be a free giveaway of over-the-counter medicines and other medicine cabinet items on Friday, June 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chestnut Street United Methodist Church, which is located at 200 E. Eighth St., Lumberton.  READ MORE

Students Help Promote Summer Meals Programs

Students from Franklin, Harnett and Union County Schools received top honors Wednesday in the North Carolina Summer Nutrition Programs promotional materials contest, in which students design promotional materials to help increase the awareness of N.C. Summer Nutrition Programs. READ MORE

North Carolina National Guard Renames Fayetteville Readiness Center for Fallen Soldier

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Senior leaders from the North Carolina National Guard will join dignitaries and community members to dedicate the N.C. National Guard’s Fayetteville Readiness Center as the Maj. Jason George Center on Saturday, June 23, 2018. READ MORE

Brunswick County Sheriff to Hold Active Shooter Training at Courthouse 


Brunswick County, N.C. – In keeping with best practices and in an effort to ensure the safety of judges, staff, and the public, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office along with Brunswick County Court Officials will be holding an active shooter training exercise inside the Brunswick County Courthouse the afternoon of Thursday, June 21st. An administrative order has been issued to close the courthouse to the public during this time. READ MORE

Duke Energy Progress files annual adjustments with North Carolina Utilities Commission for customers in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. – Duke Energy Progress today made its annual filings with the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) for costs associated with fuel, compliance with the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard (REPS), cost recovery under the Joint Agency Asset Rider (JAAR), and implementation of energy efficiency (EE) and demand-side management (DSM) programs. READ MORE

Information Regarding This Morning’s Staff Assault at Central Prison

RALEIGH – This morning at approximately 8 a.m., two correctional officers were assaulted in a dining area incident at Central Prison.

Early indications determined several inmates refused orders from staff. Two of the correctional officers who responded were both assaulted by one inmate who hit them with his fists. READ MORE

Update 4: Information Regarding June 19 Staff Assault at Central Prison


RALEIGH –Central Prison Unit Manager Brent Soucier remains in stable condition this morning after he was assaulted by two inmates on June 19.  READ MORE

Public Input Sought on Fayetteville Outer Loop Segment

NC DOTFAYETTEVILLE – The N.C. Department of Transportation is inviting people to review updated design plans for constructing the section of the Fayetteville Outer Loop between Interstate 95 in Robeson County and just south of Camden Road in Cumberland County. READ MORE

Duke Energy Site Readiness Program a win for economic development, jobs in the Carolinas

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy has selected four properties in North Carolina and South Carolina for participation in the first half of its 2018 Site Readiness Program to enhance the readiness of the sites for business and industrial development.

The Site Readiness Program has helped prepare properties that have won 29 major projects in the Carolinas since the program started in 2005, resulting in more than 6,200 new jobs and nearly $7 billion in capital investment. READ MORE

Grants awarded to Combat Opioid Crisis 

By Erin Smith

NC Governor Roy Cooper announced that 12 community partners were recently awarded grants totaling $1.5 million to help them provide access to harm reduction, treatment and recovery support. 

The grants are one-time grant of up to $150,000 each and are available through the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. READ MORE

Fayetteville Detectives Request Assistance Identifying Robbery Suspect

On Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at approximately 11:45 p.m., officers with the Fayetteville Police Department responded to the BP Gas Station located at 1899 Skibo Road in reference to a personal robbery. READ MORE

You have to stand for something


Courtlyn Smith, a Bladen County resident, wanted to show support for her Papa and Grandma this weekend. A ‘Stand for Hog Farmers’ sign had the toddler very excited. READ MORE

This Week at NCDOT: Additional Train Trip and Western N.C. Cleanup

RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured inNCDOT Now, the department’s weekly newscast.

NC By Train, the state’s passenger rail line that runs between Raleigh and Charlotte, operates daily and has seven additional stops in between. Now it is even more convenient to take the train with a new daily trip between the two cities.  READ MORE


World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

RALEIGH – Today, as the Department of Justice recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, reaffirms the Eastern District of North Carolina’s commitment to combating elder abuse and financial exploitation.  READ MORE

Madonna Thunder Hawk to Attend Inaugural Lumbee Film Festival with North Carolina Premiere of ​Warrior Women

Wilmington, NC — Madonna Thunder Hawk (Oohenumpa Lakota) is confirmed to attend the first ever Lumbee Film Festival with the film Warrior Women, Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the UNC Pembroke Entrepreneurship Incubator. This inaugural festival showcases bold, original new films made by American Indians, especially members of the Lumbee Tribe living in North Carolina and across the United States. READ MORE

North Carolina’s May Employment Figures Released 

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted May unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from April’s revised rate.  The national rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 3.8 percent. READ MORE

Wesley Pines Retirement Community Receives Award

Wesley Pines was recently recognized as the Top Performer in the 2016-17 Life Care Services (LCS) Life Plan Resident Satisfaction Survey in the areas of Overall Satisfaction, Accounting, Assisted Living, Communications, Executive Director, Extraordinary Impressions, Food and Beverage, Health Center, Marketing and Sales, Plant Operations, Security and Transportation. READ MORE

64 More Homeowners to Get Housing Help to Recover from Matthew

RALEIGH – NC Emergency Management today announced  that 64 homeowners across central and eastern North Carolina soon will receive $8.5 million in federal and state funds to acquire, elevate or reconstruct homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew. READ MORE

Community Dementia Workshop planned for Monday

There will be a Community Dementia Workshop, Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Wesley Pines, 1000 Wesley Pines Road, Lumberton. READ MORE

Two NC Students Compete in National Braille Challenge

Two elementary school students from North Carolina will compete Friday and Saturday in Los Angeles in the final round of the Braille Challenge, a series of events culminating in a national competition for students who are blind or visually impaired. READ MORE


Whiteville man arrested for Insurance Fraud

Whiteville, NC – Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Unit and Columbus County Fire Marshal’s Office have completed a joint investigation of a structure fire that occurred at 166 Johnny George Roadin Whiteville. As a result of the investigation, one individual has been charged for intentionally setting the fire. READ MORE

Three aliens indicted on illegal re-entry charges

GREENVILLE – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that a federal grand jury in Greenville has returned indictments charging Aquileo Perez-Pineda, age 48, of Mexico, Abel Ramirez-Uribe, age 33, of Mexico, and Pedro Vicente Sanchez-Jovel, age 34, of Guatemala, with Illegal Reentry of a Deported Alien. READ MORE

Cape Fear Valley wins supply  chain award

FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health has been awarded a Supply Chain Excellence Award from Premier, Inc., an alliance of approximately 3,900 U.S. hospitals and more than 150,000 other provider organizations. READ MORE

Lumberton Man Sentenced for Possession of an Unregistered Firearm

GREENVILLE – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today in federal court, Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced Roderick McNeill, 23, of Lumberton, North Carolina to 40 months of imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release. READ MORE

Build NC Headed to Governor Cooper for Signature

NC DOTRALEIGH – Build NC, a new financing tool for highway projects, was voted out of the General Assembly today and is headed to Governor Roy Cooper for his signature.

“Build NC is a critical tool North Carolina needs to ensure we can continue strong project delivery,” said Department of Transportation Secretary, Jim Trogdon. “Our transportation system is the backbone of our economic competitiveness and our quality of life.” READ MORE

NCDOT Seeking Input on Projects to Pursue in Fayetteville Area

FAYETTEVILLE – People are invited to a meeting Monday to share their opinions on which proposed projects the N.C. Department of Transportation should build in its five-county Highway Division 6.

Staff in the department’s Division 6 (Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Harnett and Robeson counties) will hold the informal public meeting from 5-7 p.m. in the division conference room at 558 Gillespie St., Fayetteville. READ MORE

Diabetes Community Center helps patients take control

By Roxana Ross

Constance Kirkland

When Proctorville resident Constance Kirkland was first diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, she was very upset. She was also determined. Thanks to help and education from Southeastern Health’s Diabetes Community Center, Kirkland learned how to manage her condition and stay off insulin. READ MORE

Cape Fear Valley Receives STEMI Award

FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center Gold Plus Award for implementing specific quality measures to help treat heart attack patients. READ MORE

New flood gauges increase public safety, expand flood prediction capability

RALEIGH – When river levels began rising last year after a late-April storm dumped five to eight inches of rain across North Carolina’s Piedmont, North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) warned community leaders along the Neuse River what day and time the river would crest and just how high water levels would rise in their community.  A series of flood gauges provided critical data to make those predictions. Soon 13 more gauges will join that state network and help alert other communities to dangerous flooding. READ MORE

Final Weekend of “Into the Woods” at Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater’s production of the musical “Into the Woods” will have its final performances at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16.  Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for 65+ seniors and military, and $10 for students. READ MORE

Teen NC Firefighter Dies On Way to Water Rescue

A teenage firefighter from a small central North Carolina city was killed in a vehicle wreck this past weekend while en route to a water rescue.

The East Side Volunteer Fire Department in Albemarle has announced on Facebook that firefighter Dakota Snavely, who was only 17 years told, had been dispatched Sunday night to a water rescue at Morrow Mountain State Park when the crash occurred. READ MORE


Missing Brunswick County teen located

By Erin Smith

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has located a missing Winnabow teen and she is safe. Jessica Marie Millis, 17, was reported missing Sunday evening.  READ MORE

21 More Homeowners to Get Housing Help to Recover from Matthew

Raleigh – NC Emergency Management today notified local officials in the city of Tarboro and in Halifax and Robeson counties that they will soon receive $2.6 million in federal and state funds to acquire or elevate 21 homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew. READ MORE

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office seeking missing teen

By Erin Smith

Jessica Marie Millis

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing teen. She was last seen leaving her residence on foot in Winnabow. READ MORE

Opinion: Duke Energy: Growing renewables with facts to back it up

By Cari Boyce
Duke Energy, Senior Vice President, Stakeholder Strategy and Sustainability

Cari Boyce

What we do at Duke Energy matters far beyond providing reliable service to our customers. Our commitment to sustainability pushes us to do more – to leave a positive, long-term impact on the environment and communities we serve. READ MORE

NASCAR King is Ready to Travel with REAL ID

ASHEBORO – Just in time for the summer travel season, NASCAR legend Richard Petty applied for hisN.C. REAL ID at the Asheboro driver license office Thursday. READ MORE

SHP Participates in National Campaign to Combat Fatal Collisions

RALEIGH – As the amount of traffic increases across the state due to motorists traveling to their intended vacation destinations, reducing collisions is a top priority of the State Highway Patrol. Combating needless collisions that result in serious injury or death is a nationwide effort of which the Patrol will partner with nine other states in hopes of ensuring safe travel. READ MORE


Boyette Helps Open State’s Newest 911 Center

Rockingham, N.C. – Eric Boyette, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Information Technology and chair of the state’s NC 911 Board, helped Richmond County open its new 911 center Wednesday. READ MORE

Detectives Request Assistance Identifying Robbery Suspects

Fayetteville, NC— On Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at approximately 2:00 am, officers with the Fayetteville Police Department responded to the Econo Lodge located at 1952 Cedar Creek Road in reference to a reported robbery of a person. READ MORE

Federal Grant Continues Support for Troops to Teachers Program  

North Carolina’s long-established Troops to Teachers program has secured a grant of more than $800,000 to continue its outreach efforts to assist service members in becoming teachers in the public schools. READ MORE

Statement from Commissioner Steve Troxler on the  contributions of the N.C. pork industry to the state North Carolina’s pork industry feeds us and provides jobs in North Carolina

North Carolina’s pork industry has been in the news a lot lately, but not in a way that tells the true story of its contributions to our economy. While the industry has drawn attention as the subject of nuisance lawsuits, what has been consistently overlooked is the significant economic contributions the pork industry makes in terms of jobs and its role in producing safe and affordable food for consumers. READ MORE

Sampson County man sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for robbery

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, III sentenced James Daniel Mckoy, 54 from Garland, North Carolina, to 210 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release. James Mckoy was part of a violent drug trafficking organization operating in Sampson County. READ MORE


Laurel Wilt Confirmed in Sassafras in NC by NC Forest Service

The first confirmed case of Laurel Wilt in Sassafras has been found in the Greenevers area of Duplin County.  This occurrence was found while examining areas affected by laurel wilt with personnel from both the US Forest Service and NC State University.  READ MORE

NCDOT Workers Recognized as Heroes

RALEIGH – The N.C. Board of Transportation took time out this week to honor employees for their heroics while on the job.

On March 15, NCDOT maintenance worker Bradley Hussey was working in Moore County near U.S. 1 when he saw smoke billow from a passenger car that had smashed into a pine tree. He grabbed a fire extinguisher from his N.C. Department of Transportation utility truck and ran toward the smoldering car. READ MORE

Federal Jury Convicts Three Sampson County Members of a Violent Drug Trafficking Organization


RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that, Antonio Kevin McKoy, 31, of Garland, NC, Tony Chevallier, 31, of Turkey, NC, and Jabarr Ryeheine Rudolph, 38, of Clinton, NC were convicted in Federal Court following a seven day jury trial before Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III. READ MORE


Former Columbus County Animal Control Director arrested


Whiteville, NC –Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Unit arrested Joseph David Prince, 51, of Wright Road in Tabor City. Mr. Prince turned himself in to investigators on Wednesday, May 30th. The arrest is the result of an investigation initiated after Mr. Prince left the position of Columbus County Animal Control Director on August 28, 2017. READ MORE


SRMC NICU offers rare neonatal therapy

By Roxana Ross



The field of neonatal therapy is relatively new, and Southeastern Health’s Southeastern Regional Medical Center is very proud to have two therapists who can work in the highly specialized environment of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Since 2016, Occupational Therapist and Inpatient Rehab Services Coordinator Jyutika Zope and Physical Therapist William Hunt have been working with full-term and premature babies at SRMC. Their work is aided by upgrades made in 2017 to the unit, which can care for babies born up to 10 weeks early. READ MORE


Staged Train Crash Emphasizes Rail Crossing Safety


NC DOTThe N.C. Department of Transportation has a safety message for motorists: Never try to outrun a train at a railroad crossing. To illustrate its point, the agency today staged and videotaped a simulation showing a remote-controlled car trying to beat a train at a railroad crossing in Montgomery County. READ MORE


Man drowns near Orrum

By Erin Smith

The Memorial Day weekend was marred for one family after a Columbus County man was found floating in a pound near Orrum on Monday, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office. READ MORE


NCUC approves Piedmont Natural Gas request to decrease rates for the fourth time in 2018

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Today, the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) approved two rate change requests from Piedmont Natural Gas, which together decrease the average residential customer’s monthly bill by $1. In May 2018, Piedmont Natural Gas filed requests with the NCUC to change two separate components of its billing rate – the Integrity Management Rider (IMR) and the benchmark commodity cost of natural gas. READ MORE


State Highway Patrol Graduates 20 New Troopers

RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol proudly welcomed 20 new troopers at a graduation ceremony for the 144th Basic Highway Patrol School.  The ceremony ended 15 weeks of rigorous training preparing them for a fulfilling career of service to the state of North Carolina.

The ceremony was held at the Colonial Baptist Church in Cary at 10 a.m.  The oath of office was administered by Justice Paul M. Newby, Supreme Court of North Carolina.  Colonel G. M. McNeill Jr., the 27th Commander of the State Highway Patrol provided remarks to those in attendance. READ MORE


Fayetteville Man Sentenced After Conviction for Operation Illegal Gambling Business

NEW BERN – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that, Kiet Vo, 50, of Fayetteville, was sentenced by United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan to 18 months imprisonment for one count of Conspiracy to Conduct an Illegal Gambling Business. READ MORE

Lumberton Man Sentenced for Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Felon in Possession Charges

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, III sentenced Marvin Earl Blanks, Jr., 33, of Lumberton, North Carolina, to 84 months imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release. READ MORE

Roseboro Man Charged With Carjacking on Interstate 95

WILMINGTON– The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announces that a Federal grand jury in Wilmington has returned an indictment against Raymond Lee Bryant, Jr., of Roseboro, North Carolina.  READ MORE

Funeral Procession Route for Fallen Trooper Samuel Bullard Announced

Trooper Bullard

Raleigh- Updated Information regarding the funeral of fallen Trooper Samuel Bullard. READ MORE

Shallotte Police asking public’s help identifying suspect

By Erin Smith

The Shallotte Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the man in the photos. READ MORE

New Baseball and Softball Training Center

There is a new center coming to town for local athletes. Some Bladen and Columbus County baseball and softball players are excited to hear about the opening of a new training facility. READ MORE

SHP Expecting Increased Travel During Memorial Weekend

RALEIGH – In anticipation of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, increased traffic congestion is expected across the state, as motorists travel to their intended destinations.  North Carolina provides several vacation opportunities from the mountains to the coast which also invites an increased number of visitors from surrounding states. READ MORE


SeHealth and RHCC partner to provide health care services at storm damaged medical clinic

Officials with Southeastern Health (SeHealth) and Robeson Health Care Corporation (RHCC) met on Tuesday, May 22 on the grounds of the Dr. A.J. Robinson Medical Clinic to announce a partnership to provide health care services at the facility, which was closed following Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 because of extensive flooding and storm damage. READ MORE

Man Arrested for Death of Trooper S. N. Bullard

Elkin- The suspect sought in the murder investigation of Trooper S. N. Bullard is in custody after an extensive search by state and local authorities.  On Wednesday, May 23 at approximately 3:30 a.m., investigators arrested Dakota Kape Whitt, 22, of Elkin without incident. READ MORE


North Carolina sends assistance to Hawaii

Bradley Kinlaw, Director with Bladen County Emergency Services, reports on North Carolina team assisting with volcano in Hawaii. VIEW VIDEO


Hoke Hospital Earns Stroke-Ready Certification

RAEFORD – Cape Fear Valley Hoke Hospital has earned Disease-Specific Care Certification as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. READ MORE

State Highway Patrol Mourns the Loss of Trooper Samuel Bullard

Trooper Bullard

RALEIGH – The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is mourning the loss of a member today from an on-duty patrol vehicle collision. On Monday night, Trooper Samuel Newton Bullard, 24, a three-year veteran assigned to Troop E, District 5 (Surry County), died following a chase and crash on Interstate 77 in Yadkin County. READ MORE



Traffic in Fayetteville to start using new bridge

FAYETTEVILLE – The new Rowan Street bridge in downtown Fayetteville is scheduled to open to traffic for the first time on Tuesday, May 29 – six months ahead of schedule.

The permanent traffic shift is needed so workers can begin demolishing the current Rowan Street bridge that the new one alongside it will replace. READ MORE

Siren malfunctions at Brunswick Nuclear Plant

By Erin Smith

An emergency siren for the Brunswick Nuclear Plant malfunctioned on Monday. According to Brunswick County officials, Duke Energy reported that an emergency siren sounded Monday morning due to a malfunction of the siren. READ MORE

WECT: Campaign donation crops up from Chemours’ head lobbyist READ MORE

Virtual Public School enrollment in NC now 2nd-largest in country

By Elisabeth Almekinder

After a regular school morning at Middle Creek High School in Cary, senior Connor Yungbluth, 16, takes his online Mandarin Chinese course at home through the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS).When Yungbluth moved from New York, he wanted to continue the language studies he had begun there, but the local school in Wake County didn’t have a Chinese teacher. His curriculum is part of the blended, individualized instruction that virtual school in North Carolina can provide. READ MORE

Asheville company recalls kratom powder after tests by NCDA&CS show presence of Salmonella

Raleigh – Pious Lion of Asheville is voluntarily recalling kratom powder distributed in North Carolina. The company launched the recall after samples collected from a retail location by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Rapid Response Team tested positive for Salmonella, which may cause life-threatening illness. READ MORE

SRMC overhauls trauma code

A new process for responding to trauma patients in the emergency room, called Code Trauma, will start May 21 at Southeastern Health’s Southeastern Regional Medical Center. This new approach for organizing how different departments activate and serve patients arriving with severe injuries is designed to create a more effective response system and improve patient outcomes. READ MORE

Narcostics Arrest

Whiteville, NC – During the early morning hours of May 18, 2018, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to a residence on Gore Trailer Road in Whiteville. The call was in reference to a domestic dispute between the adults residing at the residence, the defendant, his girlfriend, and her mother. READ MORE

New License and Theft Inspectors Ready to Serve

RALEIGH – The NCDMV License and Theft Bureau held graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 18, for its 23rd Basic Inspector Class at the N.C. Justice Academy in Salemburg. Eight new inspectors will be assigned to various regions of the state and will join 190 other inspectors who primarily investigate vehicle theft, title fraud, driver license ID card fraud, and vehicle odometer fraud. READ MORE

Grants Approved to Support 19 N.C. Airports

NC DOTRALEIGH – The N.C. Board of Transportation has approved state and federal funds for much-needed improvements to 19 North Carolina airports. The $10.2 million in funding will be used to provide improvements such as better lighting, longer runways and repairs to hangars and terminal buildings. READ MORE

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office makes Narcotics Bust

Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit have arrested two South Carolina men on multiple drug charges following a traffic stop yesterday evening. READ MORE

Public information session about GenX scheduled for May 29

State officials announced an information session has been scheduled about the state’s ongoing activities related to the GenX investigation that originated at Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility. READ MORE

Project to Improve U.S. 74 Intersection in Columbus County

NC DOTThe N.C. Department of Transportation wants citizen input on the preliminary design for building an interstate-style interchange on U.S. 74 in Columbus County. The interchange would carry Old Boardman Road/Macedonia Church Road over U.S. 74 and have loops to allow traffic to enter the highway without stopping. READ MORE

People who live in small towns and rural areas are happier than everyone else, researchers say

By Christopher Ingraham / The Washington Post

Heaven is wide open spaces — at least, it is for most people, according to a massive new data set of happiness in Canada. A team of happiness researchers at the Vancouver School of Economics and McGill University recently published a working paper on the geography of well-being in Canada. READ MORE

NCDOT and GEICO Unveil “Safe Phone Zones” at Rest Areas as Summer Driving Season Begins

NC DOTAs the summer travel season begins, the N.C. Department of Transportation, in partnership with GEICO, today announced a new, statewide effort that encourages North Carolina drivers to stop driving distracted. Highway rest areas are now rebranded as “Safe Phone Zones”, and have signage asking drivers to wait to check their phones until they arrive at one of these locations. READ MORE

Duke Energy to sell five small hydroelectric plants to Northbrook Energy

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC) announced today that through a competitive bidding process, it will sell five small hydroelectric plants in the Western Carolinas region to Northbrook Energy. The transaction will save customers money over time, while ensuring a continued source of clean energy. READ MORE

Cape Fear Valley Launches Clinical Trials Program

FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health has announced a partnership with Raleigh-based Wake Research (M3-Wake Research Associates, Inc.) to form Carolina Institute for Clinical Research. The addition expands on Wake Research’s coast-to- coast coverage of clinical research populations in the United States and incorporates communities of nearly 14 million people. READ MORE

Fayetteville PD makes Narcotics Arrests

Officers with the Fayetteville Police Department’s Cross Creek District Community Empowerment Response Team (CERT) have charged and arrested four suspects for felony narcotic violations as the result of a search warrant executed along the 4500 block of Sterling Street on May 14, 2018. READ MORE

Raleigh News & Observer: NC egg farm had rodents and butt-scratching workers — and a salmonella outbreak, feds say

NC Junior Chef Culinary Team Wins 3rd Place in the Southeast

A student culinary team from Clyde A. Erwin High School in Buncombe County won third place in the Southeast Jr. Chef Competition May 9-10 with their Hot Asheville Chicken with Farmers Market Salad paired with a Cool Carolina Strawberry Smoothie. The team of three students, who call themselves the Caliente Cowboys and Cowgirl, represented North Carolina in the first-ever regional competition held at Sullivan University in Kentucky. READ MORE

Columbus County Sheriff’s Office to honor fallen officers

By Erin Smith

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is planning a Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Recognition for Thursday evening, May 24th, at 6 p.m. Fallen law enforcement officers will be recognized during the service. 



Public safety veteran Harris hired to lead NC 911 Board

Raleigh, N.C. – L.V. Pokey Harris, a longtime public safety professional, has been hired as the new executive director of the NC 911 Board.

In her new role, Harris will guide the operations of a 17-member board chaired by Eric Boyette, the state’s Chief Information Officer and Secretary of the Department of Information Technology. READ MORE


Four County EMC Earns Safety Accreditation

Four County Electric Membership Corporation (Four County EMC), received national recognition for its compliance with a comprehensive safety program called the Rural Electric Safety Accreditation Program (RESAP). READ MORE


Recovery Coach Academy offered in Sampson County


Eastpointe MCO  is hosting a Recovery Coach Academy in Sampson County (Clinton) next week May 21st through May 25th. The class is from 9 a.m.until 4 p.m. All participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement. READ MORE

Fayetteville Police search for missing teen

By Erin Smith

Detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing teen. Enrico Adderley, 16, was reported missing on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. READ MORE


Volunteers package meals for the hungry

Kyle’s Farm in Harrells was a hub of activity on Saturday as more than 50 volunteers gathered to pack meals for Rise Against Hunger. The volunteers, who were from various churches and the community, packed 20,088 meals which will be shipped to areas around the world impacted by natural or environmental disasters or extreme poverty. READ MORE


Craven County School Leader Named 2018 Principal of the Year

Tabari Wallace, a Craven County school administrator who helped boost student performance at two middle schools in his district, was named Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year at an awards luncheon today in Cary. Now principal of West Craven High School, Wallace was chosen from a field of eight regional finalists named earlier this year. READ MORE

Peterson Awarded SeHealth’s Highest Nursing Honor

SRMC Third Bed Tower Shift Supervisor and Registered Nurse Deborah Peterson was named Southeastern Health’s 2018 Baker Nurse of Excellence during a ceremony hosted by the organization’s Professional Growth Council on May 10 as part of National Nurses Week. READ MORE

Suspects Arrested for Felony Narcotic Violations

Fayetteville, NC – Officers with the Fayetteville Police Department’s Central District Community Empowerment Response Team (CERT), with assistance from the Narcotics Unit, have identified and charged two suspects for felony narcotic violations as the result of a search warrant, along the 1100 block of Bernadine Street, on May 10, 2018. READ MORE


Superintendent Mark Johnson Commons on Budget Proposal

N.C. Superintendent Mark Johnson issued the following statement regarding K-12 education portions of Gov. Roy Cooper’s budget proposal, which the governor released today. READ MORE


Church: Fundraiser planned to assist church

By Erin Smith

The Colly ECA is planning a fundraiser is planned to assist Evening Light Holiness Church with rebuilding their church. The fundraiser is planned for Friday, June 1, from 11 a.m. until 6 the Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office located at 450 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. READ MORE



Two arrested for Whiteville Dollar General robbery

Whiteville, NC – On April 29, 2018, the Dollar General located at 25 Dock Road in Whiteville was robbed at gun point by two masked subjects. The manager and a store employee locked the store and were getting into their vehicles when a masked male came from the side of the store with a shotgun in his hand. READ MORE

Driver Education Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting

The Driver Education Advisory Committee will hold its quarterly meeting Tuesday, May 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the State Board of Education meeting room, 7th floor, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington St., Raleigh. READ MORE


Duke Energy reports first-quarter 2018 financial results

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) has posted its first-quarter 2018 financial results in a news release available on the company’s website at the following link: READ MORE


N.C. Selected for FAA Drone Integration Pilot Program

NC DOTWASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced that the N.C. Department of Transportation has been selected as one of only 10 participants in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, or ‘drones’) Integration Pilot Program, an initiative that will shape the future of drones in America. READ MORE

2018 Principal of the Year to be Announced at Friday Event

The 2018 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year will be announced Friday, May 11, during a luncheon at The Umstead Hotel, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, CaryThe actual announcement is expected to take place around 1:30 p.m. READ MORE


Crisis Intervention Training set for June


A Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Course will be offered through Eastpointe MCO at the Southeastern Regional Mental Health Center in Lumberton from June 18 through June 22. READ MORE

New meeting date, comment period extension announced on proposed Malec Brothers fumigation permit

RALEIGH-State officials have announced an extension to the second public comment period and a new public hearing date to seek additional feedback on a permit application from Malec Brothers Transport, LLC. The Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will hold a public hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. on May 15 at Acme Delco Middle School, 26133 Andrew Jackson Highway, in Delco on the Malec Brothers’ draft permit.  READ MORE

Pembroke Man Sentenced To Prison For Robbery

Greenville– United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced Aaron Cody Maynor, 28 from Pembroke,  to 108 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release for robbery and brandishing a firearm in connection with a crime of violence.  READ MORE


Schools and Communities across the State to Celebrate Bike to School Day

RALEIGH – Thousands of students, families, elected officials and community members across North Carolina will celebrate the joy of pedaling to school during National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 9. READ MORE

Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission Meets 

The Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC) will meet Thursday, May 10, at 9 a.m. in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh. READ MORE


Golf Tournament Raises Money For HCA Athletics

Harrells Christian Academy held its annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 28.  Teams competed in “superball” competition on the beautiful River Course at River Landing Country Club in Wallace.  The event, consisting of golf, a raffle, and a delicious lunch, raised over $27,000 dollars to further athletic programs at the school. READ MORE

Watch for Me NC Encourages Drivers and Bicyclists to Be Safe and Considerate Road Users During Bicycle Safety Month

NC DOTRALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation, through its Watch for Me NC program, is reminding drivers to “Make Room for Bikes” and bicyclists to take steps to be safe on the state’s roadways during Bicycle Safety Month. READ MORE

HCA’s “Spring Fling” A Rainy Day Success 

The rain falling in Sampson County the morning of the 24th could accurately be called a deluge, so the parent organizers of Harrells ChristIan Academy’s annual Spring Fling event were understandably concerned that their event might have trouble beating last year’s $30,000 in funds raised for the school. READ MORE

Local talent showcases Into The Woods

Get your tickets now to watch local talent perform on the Carolina Civic Center stage in “Into the Woods”. READ MORE


PEFNC Kicks off Teacher Appreciation Week by Celebrating All Teachers in NC

Raleigh – Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC), the state’s leading voice for parental school choice, kicks off Teacher Appreciation Week 2018 by celebrating the more than 150,000 educators in traditional public, private, public charter, and home schools across the Tar Heel State. READ MORE

Food Lion Partners with NALC and USPS to Support Stamp Out Hunger

SALISBURY, N.C.-Food Lion Feeds has partnered with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), the United States Postal Service (USPS) and food banks in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, North Carolina and South Carolina to support the 26th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 12, 2018. READ MORE

Columbus County Vice-Narcotics Detectives make arrests

Delco, NC – Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Detectives concluded an eight month long investigation into narcotics activity in the Delco area of Columbus County. The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office received numerous citizen complaints concerning the Evergreen Church Road and Chevrolet Drive areas in Delco.  READ MORE

Roseboro Man Charged With Carjacking on I-95

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that in federal court, before United States Magistrate Judge Robert T. Numbers, II, Raymond Lee Bryant, Jr., of Roseboro, North Carolina, was charged in a federal Criminal Complaint with carjacking and carrying and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to the carjacking. READ MORE

Study: Police Use of Force is Rare, as are Significant Injuries to Suspects

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Feb. 23, 2018 – Police officers rarely use force in apprehending suspects, and when they do they seldom cause significant injuries to those arrested, according to a multi-site study published in the March issue of the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. READ MORE

Wyatt Fisher Benefit Golf Tourney announced

By Erin Smith

The first annual Wyatt Fisher Benefit Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, July 14th, at the Gates Four Golf Course and Country Club in Fayetteville. Registration for the tournament will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a 1 p.m. shotgun start.   READ MORE

Federal Jury Convicts Lumberton Man for Drug Trafficking and Firearm Offenses

Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that today in Federal court, Tranquere Sanchez Irons, a 30-year-old resident of Lumberton, was convicted following a two-day trial before Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard. READ MORE

Duke Energy declares quarterly dividend payment to shareholders

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy today declared a quarterly cash dividend on its common stock of $0.890 per share payable on June 18, 2018, to shareholders of record at the close of business May 18, 2018. READ MORE


 State reaches agreement on swine facilities with plans to strengthen protection for nearby communities

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality has reached a settlement agreement with a coalition of community-based environmental groups that will improve regulatory oversight of industrial swine operations and better protect nearby communities from health and environmental impacts. The agreement marks the resolution of civil rights complaints filed against the state environmental agency in 2014 and 2016. READ MORE


State Board of Education approves report to General Assembly on operational review of the Department of Public Instruction

The State Board of Education today approved a report to the General Assembly on the results of an independent operational review of the Department of Public Instruction that includes 18 specific recommendations to help the department better support educators and students at North Carolina’s school districts and charter schools.



N.C. 87 in Harnett County to Honor Race Driver Herb Thomas

NC DOTRALEIGH – For 13 years, racing legend Herb Thomas lapped his competitors and racked up stock-car wins on his way to joining several racing halls of fame.

Soon, a stretch of N.C. 87 will be christened the Herb Thomas Highway in his native Harnett County. READ MORE

Missing Fayetteville Teen located

By Erin Smith

A missing Fayetteville teen has been located. Nahje Peterson, 16, has been located and no further details are being released, according to the Fayetteville Police Department. READ MORE


President of NC Mental Health Service Provider Indicted for Not Paying Employment Taxes

A federal grand jury sitting in Raleigh, North Carolina returned an indictment today charging a Raleigh man with seven counts of willful failure to pay over employment taxes, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division. READ MORE

Six Aliens Indicted on Illegal Reentry Charges

RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that a federal grand jury in Raleigh has returned indictments charging Ivan Diaz- Ramirez, age 33, of Mexico, Pedro Landeros-Tetatzia, age 33, of Mexico, and Fredi Perez-Navarro, age 44, of Mexico, Raul Mireles- Prado, age 43, of Mexico, Angel Pisano, age 44, of Mexico, and Aurelio Ramirez-Barrientos, age 41, of Mexico, with illegal reentry of a deported alien. READ MORE

Four County EMC Earns Safety Accreditation

Burgaw, N.C.- Four County Electric Membership Corporation (Four County EMC), received national recognition for its compliance with a comprehensive safety program called the Rural Electric Safety Accreditation Program (RESAP). RESAP is one of the few programs in the country that provides electric cooperatives a management tool for continuous safety and loss control assessment. READ MORE

North Carolina Reaches One Year Mark for REAL ID

RALEIGH – In just one year, more than 445,000 North Carolinians have obtained REAL IDs from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles since the new identification debuted on May 1, 2017.

REAL ID is the single form of identification that meets new federal security requirements for boarding a commercial airplane and visiting federal facilities, including military installations. The requirements are already being enforced at Camp Lejeune. READ MORE

Top Local Schools Compete in Academic “Race of Champions”

The Roger Bacon Academy family of charter schools – Charter Day School in Leland, Columbus Charter School in Whiteville, Douglass Academy in Wilmington, and South Brunswick Charter School in Southport – will compete in a high intensity, NASCAR inspired “Race of Champions” on Friday – May 4, 2018. The competition – named “FASTAR” – sees students “race” to complete workbooks of 50 math problems and a reading passage at top speeds of two minutes. Separate competitions have already been held at the individual schools – the top students from each school are now competing in the “Race of Champions”. READ MORE

Fayetteville Police seeking missing teen

By Erin Smith

The Fayetteville Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a mission teen. Nahje Peterson, 16, has not been seen since April 9th when she was leaving her home in the 1000 block of Brookhollow Drive, Fayetteville.

Peterson was reported missing on April 25th. She was last seen wearing prescription glasses, black/brown/tan top, khaki shorts and black tennis shoes. Peterson is described as a black female and 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing about 120 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. READ MORE

Man Sentenced to More Than 16 Years for Drug Distribution Charge


RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today in federal court, Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt sentenced FRANZ DIDYER RAMOS-FERNANDEZ, 29, of Pasadena, Texas, to 195 months of imprisonment followed by 6 years of supervised release.  RAMOS-FERNANDEZ and co-defendant Fernando Enrique Cardona-Zavala were named in a five-count Indictment filed on June 27, 2017.  On September 14, 2017 RAMOS-FERNANDEZ pled guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess With Intent to Distribute a Quantity of Methamphetamine, a Quantity of Cocaine, and a Quantity of Marijuana. READ MORE

UPDATE: Missing Pender County Boy found safe, mother arrested

A Pender County boy who was abducted from his Hampstead home on Monday night has been found safe and his mother, who does not have legal custody, has turned herself in to authorities. READ MORE

Search under way for missing Pender County boy


The Pender County Sheriffs’ Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a child who may have been abducted from his home in Hampstead on Monday night. READ MORE


Duke Energy named one of America’s Best Employers by Forbes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy has been named to Forbes magazine’s 2018 list of America’s Best Employers. Out of 500 companies ranked, Duke Energy moved up 38 spots to #106 and is the highest-ranking Charlotte-based employer. READ MORE


Cape Fear Valley To Hold Nurse Candlelight Walk

FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health will once again hold its Nurses Candlelight Walk in observance of National Nurses Week. The annual walk will be held Thursday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. on the front lawn of Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, off Owen Drive. The event will be held inside the hospital front lobby in case of rain. The public is invited to join the walk to honor or memorialize a nurse special to them. The walking course is roughly half a mile, circling the front grounds of Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. READ MORE

State Library and NC DIT Receive Grant to Address K-12 Homework Gap Through Broadband Adoption

Raleigh, N.C. – Some North Carolina K-12 students without home internet access to complete assigned homework will soon receive assistance through a $250,000, two-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The grant was recently awarded to the State Library of North Carolina and the Broadband Infrastructure Office of the North Carolina Department of Information Technology (DIT).

Students who are assigned homework requiring access to the internet, but who do not have home internet access, fall into what is called the “homework gap,” which can limit students’ educational opportunities outside the classroom. READ MORE

New statewide map and database available to locate out-of-school time programs for youth


With the generous support of the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the NC Center for Afterschool Programs [NC CAP] has developed a statewide, searchable database for out-of-school time programs. This new tool, made available for the first time at the 14th annual SYNERGY conference in Greenville, allows families, schools, communities and elected officials to locate programs across North Carolina that children can access before school, after school, summers, weekends and during school breaks. READ MORE

Columbus County Breaking and Entering arrest

Whiteville, NC – The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division has completed an investigation into a residential break in that occurred on April 19, 2018, on Smyrna Road. At a few minutes after 10:00 am, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to a residence on Smyrna Road in reference to an alarm call. The homeowners could see an unknown black male inside of their home via their security cameras.  The suspect fled the home on foot, traveling towards Brown Maultsby Road. Fortunately, no property was stolen during the incident. READ MORE

National Addiction Treatment Week recognized in North Carolina

The week, an initiative of American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and its partners, generates awareness that addiction is a disease, evidence-based treatments are available, and more clinicians need to enter the field of addiction medicine in order to treat the nationwide epidemic.  READ MORE

New report highlights where young people face the greatest obstacles to success in NC


A new report released today by the Public School Forum of North Carolina and its NC Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP) highlights large areas of North Carolina where young people are at risk of not succeeding. The report, Roadmap of Need 2018, was released today at the Center for Afterschool Programs 14th annual SYNERGY Conference in Greenville. First published by the Public School Forum of North Carolina and NC CAP in 2010, the Roadmap of Need uses data on health, youth behavior and safety, education, and economic development to take a whole child needs assessment of what young people living in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties must have in order to thrive in school and in life. READ MORE

Data on the Fly at the NC Science Festival


NC DOTRecently, as part of the North Carolina Science Festival, NCDOT partnered with SAS, an analytics software company, to host the data on the fly event at the Division of Aviation’s hangar. This hands-on opportunity provided 20 high school students experience in building airplane monitoring systems using modern technology, including single-board computers, iPads and special antennas. READ MORE

Bladen County Opioid Task Force has busy week

By Charlotte Smith

Governor Roy Cooper, along with other Governors and Mayors across the nation, have claimed this week as National Addiction Treatment Week. The Bladen County Opioid Task Force is rising to the call. The group continues to work together helping educate others about the issues opioids and similar drugs cause our communities. READ MORE


State Awards Mitigation Grants to Get Matthew Survivors Into More Resilient Homes

Raleigh – NC Emergency Management this week notified four communities that they soon would receive $2.2 million in federal and state funds to acquire, elevate or reconstruct homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew. The initial award funds the first five projects using Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) grants.

“We know homeowners and communities have been waiting patiently for this money and are eager to move into more flood-resilient homes,” said state Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry. READ MORE

Jury awards plaintiffs more than 50 million in historic hog nuisance lawsuit

A jury deliberated for less than two days before awarding 10 plaintiffs $50 million in a hog nuisance lawsuit against Murphy-Brown/Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer.

According to the verdict sheet, the jury unanimously agreed that Murphy-Brown, which owns the hogs at Kinlaw Farms in  Bladen County, “substantially and unreasonably interfered with the plaintiff’s use and enjoyment of their property.” The jury awarded each of the plaintiffs $75,000 on those grounds. But the jury also had the latitude to award punitive damages. They did so: $5 million for each plaintiff. In sum, the plaintiffs, ranging in age from their teens to 85, were awarded a total of $50.7 million. READ MORE

Harrells 5th Graders Study Past and Present in Overnight Trip

By Judith Kunst

Winston-Salem – To cap off their time as Lower Schoolers at Harrells Christian Academy, the 5th grade travelled as a class to Winston-Salem for a two-day exploration of Wake Forest University and Old Salem Museums & Gardens on April 10-11.

Mrs. Jessica Sawvel, 4th and 5th grade Language Arts teacher, says, “This trip not only afforded our students a glimpse into the world of college athletics, a world many of them dream of one day becoming a part of, it also brought to life the customs and lifestyles of one of North Carolina’s earliest settlement communities, the Moravians.” READ MORE

Events for Southeastern Residents

By: Dora Brogdon

Upcoming EventsApril 28: The White Oak Volunteer Fire Department will be starting the day off at 7 a.m. with a Pancake Breakfast that will last until 10 a.m. Everyone is invited to join and plates will be dine-in or carry out and will cost a donation.


N.C. Summer Nutrition Program Sponsors Win National Honors

Thirteen North Carolina Summer Nutrition Program sponsors are among 111 nationwide this year to receive Turnip the Beet awards, given by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to recognize outstanding providers who work hard to offer high quality meals that are appetizing, appealing and nutritious. READ MORE

Watch for Me NC Announces 2018 Partners

NC DOTRALEIGH – Seven communities will soon benefit from participation in Watch for Me NC, a comprehensive pedestrian and bicycle safety program aimed at reducing bicycle and pedestrian crashes and fatalities in North Carolina. READ MORE

Cape Fear Valley Earns Top Patient Safety Grades


FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Medical Center has been awarded an “A” for hospital safety by The Leapfrog Group. The grade was announced in a biannual survey of more than 2,300 hospitals nationwide by the Washington D.C.-based patient safety organization. The group’s rating system is considered the gold standard for patient safety. It is the first and only hospital rating system to be peer-reviewed by the Journal of Patient Safety. The Leapfrog survey analyzes 28 measures of publicly available safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D or F score for each facility. READ MORE

Brunswick Opioid Task Force hears about NC’s response to Opioid Epidemic

By Erin Smith

Allen Dellapenna addresses the Brunswick County Opioid Task Force.

The Brunswick County Opioid Task Force met on Tuesday afternoon at the St. James Community Center in St. James and learned more about North Carolina’s response to the Opioid Epidemic.

Allen Dellapenna with the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch of the NC Division of Public Health addressed the group and told them that through the year 2016, Brunswick County had the third highest opioid death rate in the state. READ MORE

State Highway Patrol Concludes Operation Drive to Live

RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol concluded Operation Drive to Live on Friday, Apr. 20, after a week-long effort to reduce teen related collisions statewide.  Troopers conducted more than 153 traffic safety presentations and patrolled nearly 560 school zones, monitoring driving behaviors of teens as they traveled to and from school.


Cape Fear Valley Receives Grant Money For Water System Upgrades

FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Medical Center has been awarded a $375,350 grant to help upgrade its emergency water pump system. READ MORE

Cape Fear Valley Health Chooses Epic For Comprehensive Health Record System 


FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health has selected Epic, the most widely-used comprehensive health record software in the U.S., to unite all of its hospitals and clinics under a single information-sharing platform. Moving to Epic ultimately benefits patients by providing a complete digital record spanning their entire continuum of care. It also improves patient access and engagement through Epic’s MyChart patient portal. Cape Fear Valley currently uses two Cerner software systems for record keeping. READ MORE

Tips to protect against sex trafficking after woman was approached in Fayetteville

By Charlotte Smith

A video about an encounter at the Cross Creek Mall in Fayetteville is going viral as you read this article. The video is of a Facebook user, Adrienne Nichole Holland, detailing an experience she had this past Sunday, April 22nd, which left her and others puzzled and concerned. READ MORE

Rebates May Help Some, But Are No Silver Bullet for High Drug Costs

By Mark Tosczak

If you get your health insurance from Aetna or UnitedHealthcare, you might — with an emphasis on “might” — find some of your prescriptions are cheaper at the drug store next year Both companies have announced in the last few weeks that in 2019 they will pass on any rebates they receive from drug manufacturers directly to consumers. But the new policy won’t benefit all patients. READ MORE

DIT Leaders Honored

Raleigh, N.C. Three leaders in the North Carolina Department of Information Technology have been honored by a national publication for being among the best in their fields.Deputy State Chief Information Officer Tracy Doaks, Chief Customer Officer Jon Minshew and Chief Risk Officer Maria Thompson were among 50 state IT professionals recognized for excellence during the StateScoop 50 Awards in Baltimore on Sunday evening during the National Association of State Chief Information Officers’ (NASCIO) midyear conference. READ MORE

Duplin Winery Announces the Release of Sweet Rosé This May

 Duplin Winery is jumping on the “Rosé All Day” train with its newest product addition, Sweet Rosé. Duplin Winery specializes in Muscadine wines, so naturally this sparkling wine is made with a secret blend of delicious Muscadine grapes. Duplin Winery’s last product debut was the release of Pelican Red in 2017. READ MORE

Blackbeard’s Flag on NC Ferries

Those taking a ferry this summer at the Outer Banks will do so under the black flag of North Carolina’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.

In partnership with the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the flag will fly on ferries serving the Hatteras-Ocracoke, Cedar Island-Ocracoke, and Swan Quarter-Ocracoke ferry routes. The Pamlico River route between Bayview and Aurora will also hoist the flag, as both areas have historic ties to the 18th century pirates. READ MORE 

Stolen Property Recovered in Columbus County


Whiteville, NC – Columbus County Sheriff’s Office recovered a large quantity of stolen items from the residence of two individuals on April 14, 2018. These individuals are responsible for at least two Columbus County residential break-ins, prior to their arrest.

On April 11th, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office was notified that the residence located at 130 Ken Ray Drive in Tabor City was broken into. Numerous items were stolen including a firearm, an Apple iPad, foreign coins, lawn and garden power tools, and a purse. READ MORE

NCDOT, UNC-Pembroke Break Ground on Road Makeover

PEMBROKE – State and local officials celebrated on Friday, April 20, the start of a much-anticipated project that will improve the safety and traffic flow of a University of North Carolina Pembroke gateway in Robeson County.

James Trogdon, secretary of the N.C. Department of Transportation, joined UNC Pembroke Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings and Pembroke Mayor Charles Gregory Cummings in a groundbreaking ceremony to reconstruct a mile of North Odom Street/Prospect Road along the campus. READ MORE

Alamance-Burlington High School Teacher Wins NC’s Top Honors

Freebird McKinney, a social studies teacher at Walter M. Williams High School in Burlington, was named the 2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year during an awards luncheon today in Cary. McKinney was selected from a field of nine finalists representing the state’s eight education districts and charter schools. McKinney has been teaching for 13 years, the last three at Williams High School, in the Alamance-Burlington School System, where he teaches World and European history and also is co-coordinator of the school’s International Baccalaureate Pathway Program. READ MORE

NC 911 Board Honors Crisis Support Member, Awards Grant at Monthly Meeting

The North Carolina 911 Board today honored a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department telecommunicator who helped counsel a colleague in training after a 911 call during which a psychiatric patient threatened to harm himself and his mother. The incident resulted in the patient being shot and killed by police. READ MORE

Teen wanted in Brunswick County for attempted murder

By Erin Smith

A teenager is wanted in Brunswick County for attempted murder, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. The teen is being sought on two charges of attempted murder following a shooting that occurred in Bolivia on Thursday. READ MORE

Governor Cooper’s proposed budget carries funds for improved school  safety

By Erin Smith

Governor Roy Cooper released his proposed budget on Thursday which calls for $130 million in funds to protect students and improve safety at schools. 

“North Carolina’s classrooms must be safe and supportive places for educators to work and children to learn,” said Governor Cooper. “We should address both classroom security and youth mental health needs and my budget takes meaningful steps to prevent school violence and protect teachers and students.” READ MORE

Cape Fear Valley Lifts Flu Restrictions

FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health has lifted its visitor policy restricting children under age 12 from visiting its hospitals effective immediately. The policy was implemented in early January to minimize the spread of flu. READ MORE

Governor’s Crime Commission Forms Special Committee to Improve School Safety

RALEIGH: At Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks’ request, the Governor’s Crime Commission has established a special committee consisting of representatives from law enforcement, juvenile justice, courts, schools and others to identify resources and develop recommendations to strengthen school safety. READ MORE

Two Whiteville Men Pled Guilty to Bank Robbery and Firing Weapons at Law Enforcement Officers

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that in federal court today, Rashad Davonte Young, 27, and Jeramie Ross Vaughn, 30, of Whiteville, North Carolina pled guilty in Raleigh before United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle to one count of Bank Robbery and one count of Discharging a Firearm in Furtherance of a Bank Robbery. READ MORE

Joseph Habedank to appear a Fayetteville Community Church Sunday


Joseph Habedank will perform at Fayetteville Community Church on Sunday, April 22, during the morning worship service beginning at 10:30 a.m. Daywind recording artist Joseph Habedank is a Dove Award winning, GRAMMY® nominated singer/songwriter and Singing News Magazine’s 2017 Soloist of the Year. He has a unique and equally powerful testimony that has been featured on’s Spirited Debate, TBN’s Praise the Lord, and in such publications as Billboard Magazine, CCM Magazine, and Glenn Beck’s The Blaze. READ MORE

Duke Energy to hold annual shareholders’ meeting May 3

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy will hold its annual shareholders’ meeting Thursday, May 3, at 12:30 p.m. ET, online using a live video webcast. Duke Energy Chairman, President and CEO Lynn Good will provide an overview of the company’s 2017 performance and strategy for the future. Shareholders will be able to watch her presentation, vote on company and shareholder proposals and, through a website, submit questions before and during the meeting. READ MORE

High Demand for Special-Needs Education Savings Accounts Shows Parents Want Choice

Raleigh – Demand for North Carolina’s new Special Needs Education Savings Account (ESA) has surged during the program’s first application year, reports Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC), the state’s leading voice for educational choice. By the close of applications on April 2, 1,430 students had applied for 330 slots to participate in the ESA program, according to the latest numbers from the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA). The 330 available slots are based on the appropriated $3 million at $9,000 per scholarship. NCSEAA expects to begin the award process by the week of April 30th. READ MORE

Two Month Cross County Undercover Investigation Leads to Arrest

Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker announced today the arrest of Curtis Devon Ballard, 33, of Clint Drive, Whiteville.

“This arrest is the result of an undercover investigation involving controlled buys by members of the Bladen County Narcotics Unit,” said McVicker. READ MORE

2018 Teacher of the Year to be Announced Friday

The 2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year will be announced Friday, April 20, during a luncheon at The Umstead Hotel, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary. The actual announcement is expected to take place around 1:45 p.m.The winner succeeds the 2017 Teacher of the Year, Lisa Godwin, a kindergarten teacher at Dixon Elementary School in Onslow County. READ MORE

NCSHP Participates in Drive to Save Lives Campaign

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is proud to announce it will join a collaborative 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 increase visibility of law enforcement over a period of two days. 

In 2014, the IACP initiated an effort to significantly reduce more than 30,000 highway deaths, which occurs annually across the nation.  The state police and highway patrol leaders from the IACP Division of State and Provincial Police have led a sustained data-driven effort since 2014.  It focused on and targeted distracted and impaired driving, speeding, the use of seatbelts and other unsafe driving behaviors. READ MORE

Federal Jury Convicts Pembroke Medical Doctor for Unlawfully Distributing Oxycodone

Raleigh – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, jr., announced today that, Donovan Dave Dixon, 51 of Fayetteville, North Carolina, was convicted after a four-day jury trial before Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III.  READ MORE

Wilmington Crash Derby Set For Saturday

By Dora Brogdon

On April 21, beginning at 3 p.m. the Full Contact Racing Association will be having a Wilmington Crash Derby at Haw Hill Raceway. READ MORE


Bladen- Columbus Narcotics Team Arrest one After Search

On Monday, April 16, 2018 Narcotics Agents with the Bladen/Columbus County Narcotics Taskforce executed a search at 9329 Mercer Mill Road, Clarkton NC after citizen complaints of an indoor marijuana grow operation. READ MORE

From chasing storms to scaling poles, Duke Energy lineworkers keep the grid running

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Lineworkers have jobs unlike any other – they chase storms, climb poles and know the ins and outs of the energy grid – and, with the demands of the job, are always on standby when severe weather strikes. READ MORE


Duke Energy’s $62 million solar rebate program approved for North Carolina residential, business and nonprofit customers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy’s $62 million solar rebate program – which will help North Carolina customers with the upfront cost of installing solar panels on their property – was approved this month by the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC). READ MORE

NC Schools Celebrate National School Library Month

Schools across North Carolina this month are celebrating National School Library Month to highlight the critical importance of school library media centers and their specialists to enrich student learning.The State Board of Education at its April meeting endorsed a proclamation recognizing the key role of school media centers play in supporting all students with a wealth of print and digital resources and instruction to develop literacy and help students access, evaluate and use information. READ MORE

Rise Against Hunger Event May 12th

A Rise Against Hunger event is planned for Saturday, May 12, beginning at 9 a.m. at Kyle’s Farm in Harrells, NC.  For information on volunteering, READ MORE

Arrest Made in Eastern North Carolina Synthetic Drug Case

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announces the arrest of Akram Abdel-Aziz, 50, on drug related charges.

Abdel-Aziz is charged in a criminal complaint with the possession with intent to distribute a quantity of 5F-ADB, a synthetic cannabinoid listed as a Schedule I controlled substance.  READ MORE

State Highway Patrol Joins Governor Cooper to Address Teen Driving Fatalities

RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol opened its annual “Operation Drive to Live” initiative with a press event today in Nash County.  The week long initiative is designed to bring attention to the loss of life suffered from teen driving fatalities across our state. READ MORE

Leland woman arrested on embezzlement charges

By Erin Smith

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Leland woman on Tuesday for embezzling medication from her employer. READ MORE

Secretary Trogdon Addresses Robeson County Vision Zero Task Force  

LUMBERTON – The number of people killed last year in vehicle crashes in Robeson County totaled 53, compared with just 37 deaths in 2016, according to newly figures from the N.C. Department of Transportation statistics show. READ MORE

Statement from Director of Prisons Kenneth Lassiter on Attack at Lanesboro Correctional Institution this Morning

RALEIGH: This morning at approximately 8:30, an inmate assaulted another inmate at Lanesboro Correctional Institution. Correctional officers responded to the situation and one of the inmates turned and assaulted one of the officers. READ MORE

Israeli Manufacturer to Add 302 New Jobs in Rockingham County Expansion

Albaad USA, Inc., a multinational manufacturer of wet wipes and other hygiene products will expand its U.S. operations in Reidsville, creating 302 jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced today.  The company will invest $45 million to produce additional lines of personal care products in Rockingham County. READ MORE


NC Virtual Public School Advisory Council Meets

The North Carolina Virtual Public School Advisory Council will hold its quarterly meeting virtually on Tuesday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to noon. READ MORE

NC Textbook Commission Meets

The NC Textbook Commission will meet on Tuesday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the 7th-floor board room in the Education Building, 301 North Wilmington Street, Raleigh, N.C. READ MORE


Brunswick County couple make first appearance on murder charges

By Erin Smith

A Brunswick County couple who were convicted of severely abusing their child in 1997 are now facing first degree murder charges stemming from that incident. David Tripp Jr. and Robyn Noffsinger are both charged with first degree murder in the death of their son, David Reinhardt which was subsequently changed to David Stuart. READ MORE

NC DOTSecretary Trogdon to Address Robeson County Vision Zero group

Robeson County Vision Zero Taskforce will hold a meeting on Thursday, April 12, at 10 a.m. at the Robeson County Emergency Operations Center, located at 38 Legend Drive, Lumberton, NC READ MORE

NC DOTNCDOT Touts Work Zone Safety in Cumberland County

FAYETTEVILLE – Last year, two people died and 147 crashes occurred in work zones in Cumberland County. Going too fast and not paying attention behind the wheel are among the top causes of work zone crashes. Statewide last year, there were more than 7,200 crashes and 38 deaths in work areas. READ MORE

National Engagement for National Incident Management System Resource Management Supplemental Guidance and Tools

FEMA’s National Integration Center is seeking public feedback on a number of National Incident Management System (NIMS) Resource Management component documents that enhance interoperability and the effectiveness of mutual aid. This National Engagement Period will conclude at 5:00 p.m. READ MORE


U.S. 74 Project Will Close Intersection in Robeson County

NC DOTLUMBERTON – The U.S. 74 intersection with Broadridge Road in Robeson County is scheduled to close Thursday, April 12, to begin the construction of an interchange. READ MORE


Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission Meets

The Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC) will meet Thursday, April 12, at 9 a.m. in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh. READ MORE

Duke Energy to announce first quarter 2018 financial results on May 10

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy will announce the release of its first quarter 2018 financial results at 7 a.m. ET on Thursday, May 10, in a news release to be posted on the company’s website at READ MORE

N.C. Holds Steady on Most Measures of National Assessment

North Carolina’s performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress in 2017 largely mirrored nationwide results, with fourth and eighth graders generally performing at similar levels as 2015, when the last nationwide assessment was administered. READ MORE


Safety and Security Improvements Prompt Changes for Several Prison Facilities

RALEIGH: The NC Division of Prisons today announced mission changes at several facilities to address safety, security and operational needs. The changes, which could take up to a year to complete, include converting Lanesboro Correctional Institution in Polkton (Anson County) into a facility for female inmates and renaming it Anson Correctional Institution.  READ MORE

Missing Winnabow man has been located

By Erin Smith

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a missing Brunswick County man has been located and is safe. READ MORE

NC DOTSpring Into Action During the Statewide Litter Sweep

RALEIGH– As you clear out closets in your house for spring cleaning, why not also put on an orange safety vest and gloves to participate in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway Spring Litter Sweep? This year’s campaign runs April 14-28. Volunteers from local businesses, schools, non-profits and community groups work alongside NCDOT to help keep North Carolina’s roadways clean throughout the year. READ MORE


Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office seeking missing man

By Erin Smith

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate a missing Winnabow man. READ MORE

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office seeking suspect

By Erin Smith

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate a Hispanic male from the Leland area who is wanted on a charge of incest. READ MORE

NC DOT offers work zone safety tips

NC DOTRALEIGH – As the weather warms up and more people hit the roads, there’s a greater chance drivers will encounter a work zone. The safety of motorists and construction crews is the top priority of the department, and wants to ensure everyone makes it home tonight. READ MORE

Arrest for Trafficking Opium or Heroin in Columbus County

Cerro Gordo, NC – The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit completed an investigation into the distribution of opiates in the communities of Cerro Gordo and Chadbourn in Columbus County. The defendant resides in Cerro Gordo but has ties with narcotics dealers in Chadbourn.  This investigation originated from numerous citizen complaints. READ MORE

N.C. Air National Guard C-17 Acceptance Ceremony

CHARLOTTE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, CHAROTTE, N.C. –  The North Carolina Air National Guard invites media representatives to the acceptance ceremony of the first two C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at 1:00 P.M on Saturday, April 7, at the Charlotte Air National Guard Base. This marks a major point in the unit’s transition into a C-17 Wing. READ MORE


Columbus County Sheriff’s Office seeking Deputy Cadets

Sheriff Lewis Hatcher and the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office are recruiting young men and women, ages 14 to 20, to join the Deputy Cadet Program. READ MORE


State Board of Education Approves Operator for Southside Ashpole Elementary

The State Board of Education (SBE) approved Achievement for All Children (AAC)–a non-profit organization based in Forest City, North Carolina–to be the Innovative School Operator for Southside Ashpole Elementary in Rowland, NC beginning in the 2018-19 academic year. READ MORE

State Board Releases New Voter Registration Form as Deadline Approaches

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement has released a newly designed voter registration application form, which includes the option of registering with the North Carolina Green Party. READ MORE

Four County EMC Accepting 2018-19 Bright Ideas Education Grant Applications


BURGAW, N.C. – Four County EMC is once again partnering with local educators to bring learning to life through the Bright Ideas education grant program. Educators can submit an application for Bright Ideas grants of up to $2,000 for innovative, hands-on classroom projects that would not otherwise be funded.  READ MORE

NCDA&CS to host Voluntary Agricultural District training for local government and nonprofit staff

RALEIGH – The N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund will hold five workshops across the state for local government and nonprofit staff involved in protecting their communities’ agricultural lands and administering their local Voluntary Agricultural District programs. READ MORE


Harnett County Project Would Enhance N.C. 87 Intersection

NC DOTSPRING LAKE – The N.C. Department of Transportation is soliciting feedback on a design plan that would reduce traffic delays and ease commuter congestion at one N.C. 87 intersection in Harnett County. Open house is April 10. READ MORE

Immigrants indicted in Sampson and Cumberland Counties

By Erin Smith

Two men were recently arrested and indicted on charges of illegal re-entry of a deported alien in Federal Court in Raleigh on Wednesday.  READ MORE

Tabor Correctional inmates could be facing charges after assault

By Erin Smith

Five inmates at the Tabor Correctional Institute in Columbus County could be facing charges after another inmate was attacked on Wednesday morning. According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, prison officials are meeting with the District Attorney’s Office about filing charges. READ MORE

Missing Sampson County woman found deceased

By Erin Smith

A woman who was reported missing in Sampson County was found deceased on Saturday. READ MORE

Piedmont Natural Gas reminds homeowners, commercial excavators: Forgetting to ‘Call Before You Dig’ is unsafe – and can cost you, too

CHARLOTTE, N.C.– With construction activity and outdoor home improvement projects picking up, Piedmont Natural Gas reminds commercial excavators and homeowners alike to call 811 to have pipes and other buried utilities located before they start digging. READ MORE


Update: Brunswick County woman located

By Erin Smith

A missing Brunswick County woman has been located. READ MORE



Missing woman sought in Brunswick County

By Erin Smith

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a missing 28 year old woman. READ MORE

UNCSA Ranked Fourth Among the Nation’s Most Affordable Public College

WINSTON-SALEM – The University of North Carolina School of the Arts has been ranked fourth in the nation on a list of 50 most affordable in-state public universities. ranked the schools based on financial, student success and program metrics, and noted that in-state tuition at UNCSA “is incredibly cheap for an institution of this caliber — $6,497 per academic year.” READ MORE

Greenways Providing Positive Economic Benefits to North Carolina

Greenways provide several positive economic bNC DOTenefits such as increased sales for local businesses, according to a new study sponsored by the N.C. Department of Transportations Providing Positive Economic Benefits to North Carolina. READ MORE

State Highway Patrol Holds Public Information Session

The State Highway Patrol is proud to announce the arrival of a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) on Monday, Apr. 2 to examine aspects of the organization’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services. READ MORE

Columbus County Sheriff announces arrests

Chadbourn, NC – On March 27, 2018, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to WR Cribb Drive in Chadbourn in reference to a suspicious vehicle parked in someone’s yard. When deputies arrived, they located a male inside of the reported vehicle. The male provided deputies with a fictitious name. Columbus Central ran the male’s name.  READ MORE

Congressman Pittenger joins Charlotte Rabbi in Celebration of Passover

CHARLOTTE – Every year just prior to the Passover celebration, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sells the Israeli Government’s “chometz” (products derived from certain grains) to comply with Torah law during Passover.  READ MORE

National weather service briefing

By Terrence Lebo – NOAA Federal 

A weak cold front will be moving into the region this afternoon and will move offshore tonight. High pressure will build in behind the front Saturday morning then shift off the coast in the afternoon.  READ MORE


This Week at NCDOT: Advanced Driver-Assistance Technology and Public Transportation Summit

NC DOTRALEIGH – 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. READ MORE


State Board of Education Meets Next Week

The State Board of Education will meet next week, April 4-5, in the 7th floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh. The agendas for this meeting and executive summaries are available online. READ MORE


Duke Energy using North Carolina-based renewable natural gas in first-of-its-kind project

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Duke Energy power plant is using renewable natural gas from North Carolina-based hog farms to produce electricity – the first application of the technology from in-state farms. READ MORE


State Highway Patrol Holds Public Information Session 

RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol is proud to announce the arrival of a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) on Monday, Apr. 2 to examine aspects of the organization’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services. READ MORE

State Broadband Office Releases Community Playbook

Raleigh, N.C. – Eric Boyette, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Information Technology (DIT) and State Chief Information Officer, on Wednesday announced the launch of the Community Broadband Playbook. READ MORE


Burgaw Driver License Office Moving to Different Location

BURGAW, N.C. – The Burgaw Driver License office, located at 805 South Walker Street, will close Thursday, March 29, at 12 p.m. and move to a new location.  The office will re-open on Tuesday, April 3, at 781 U.S. 117 South in the old Pender Plumbing Co. building.  The location will also serve as a district office for the N.C. Highway Patrol.    READ MORE                             

Be careful when burning debris in spring

RALEIGH – The N.C. Forest Service is urging residents across the state to think safety and exercise caution during the spring fire season, which typically lasts from March to May.

“Burning debris is the No. 1 cause of wildfires,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “If you’re thinking about burning debris, contact your county forest ranger first. The ranger can offer technical advice and explain the best options to help maximize safety for people, property and the forest.” READ MORE

State Board Recognizes N.C. Green Party, Appoints County Board of Elections Members

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement on Tuesday appointed four members to each of the 100 county boards of elections and unanimously recognized the North Carolina Green Party as an official political party in the state.

Recognition of the Green Party means voters now have another choice of party affiliation when registering to vote. READ MORE

Congratulations on “50 Years” of Service

BURGAW, N.C. — Congratulations to R. W. Blanchard, Jr. on reaching a milestone of 50 years of service on Four County EMC’s Board of Directors! Over the years, he has witnessed much progress and development as well as many changes in the electric industry, from how setting a pole has advanced to the ever changing technology that we know today. READ MORE

Moores Creek National Battlefield to Conduct Prescribed Controlled Burn Thursday, March 29

Currie, NC- Moores Creek National Battlefield is implementing a controlled burn of the savannah burn unit of the park. This area contains floristic species that thrive in fire conditions which can only be replicated through controlled burns.



Pender County Schools Receives Transportation and Educational Grant to Ensure all PCS 4th Graders Visit Moores Creek National Battlefield This School Year

Currie, NC- Pender County Schools, Moores Creek National Battlefield, and the Moores Creek Battleground Association partnered together and received a transportation and educational grant that will ensure all PCS 4th graders will have an opportunity to visit Southeastern North Carolina’s only National Park- Moores Creek National Battlefield, site of one of the first Patriot victories of the American Revolution. READ MORE

Cybersecurity Pilot Program for Veterans a Success in First Run

Raleigh, N.C. – Disabled veterans are getting access to skills and experience in the growing field of cybersecurity thanks to a unique partnership between state government, the tech sector and community colleges. READ MORE


Bladen church donates lifesaving kits to SeHealth

New Light Church of Bladenboro, NC, donated funds to the Southeastern Health Foundation to purchase two Kangaroo Boards which are used as Neonatal Intensive Care emergency response kits. READ MORE


Bladen County Schools educator addresses East Columbus JROTC Military Ball


Dr. Renee Steele, Bladen County Schools educator, was an inspirational speaker at the East Columbus High School JROTC Military Ball last month. Dr. Steele’s message incorporated their ball theme, “Fairy Tale.” READ MORE

From the Salisbury Post: Help Wanted–North Carolina’s Real Problem

Juvenile Back in Secure Custody Following Failure to Return from Home Visit 

State law enforcement officials have apprehended a juvenile who on March 17 failed to return to secure custody at the Lenoir Youth Development Center, following a home visit. READ MORE


HCA Third Graders Stage Historical Wax Museum

Harrells, NC –  Third grade teacher at Harrells Christian Academy Mrs. Lisa Turlington looks forward every year to seeing which significant figures from American history her students will choose to study for the annual Wax Museum project. “It could be anyone from John Adams to Johnny Unitas to John Deere,” she says. “The choice depends on what interests them.” READ MORE


Update on Skeletal Remains Found in Columbus County

Whiteville, NC – On February 15th, just before 1:00 p.m., Columbus County Sheriff’s Office responded to a wooded area off of Hallsboro Road North in Whiteville.  A logging crew working in the area located skeletal remains approximately a mile from the highway.  Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit responded to the area and secured the scene.  Detectives searched the scene, locating skeletal remains along with personal items, including clothing.  The remains were transported to the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office in Raleigh. READ MORE

Got to Be NC Festival seeks antique tractors, food vendors, musicians

The 2018 Got to Be NC Festival is right around the corner and organizers are looking for the best of North Carolina to participate. Farm-equipment hobbyists, musicians and food vendors can apply at The Got to Be NC Festival will be held at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, May 18-20. READ MORE


Davidson 911 Communicators Honored for Work to Help Catch Suspected Robbers

Lexington, N.C. – The North Carolina 911 Board today honored a team of 911 dispatchers who helped law enforcement officers in Davidson County arrest three men accused of robbing a jewelry store in Thomasville and then shooting a driver who was following them. READ MORE

Letter to the Editor: 355th Birthday – The Always Ready, Ready Team of the North Carolina National Guard

The North Carolina National Guard celebrates its 355th birthday on the 24th of March, 2018.  Our founding documents, the 1663 Carolina Charter, authorized the levying and mustering of men to defend the people and property of the Carolinas.  Since that day, an unbroken chain of North Carolina Guardsmen has continued to rally to the unit guidons that comprise the modern-day, North Carolina National Guard.  READ MORE

Narcotics Arrest in Columbus County

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit completed an investigation into the distribution of prescription pills in the Whiteville community of Columbus County.  This investigation originated from citizen complaints. Read More


Eight Teams Advance to First N.C. Jr. Chef Competition Cook-Off

High school students from across North Carolina are throwing their chef’s hats into the ring to spice up school lunch. Eight finalist teams from Career and Technical Education food, nutrition, and culinary arts programs will compete in a cook-off April 9 at Guilford Technical Community College as part of the first-ever North Carolina Jr. Chef Competition.



Columbus County approved to disengage from Eastpointe MCO

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen has approved the disengagement of Columbus County from the Eastpointe MCO network. According to a letter from Eastpointe MCO Chief Executive Officer Sarah Stroud, the decision was announced late Wednesday. READ MORE


State Superintendent Mark Johnson issues “sweet” challenge

In a video message to teachers this morning, North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson issued a challenge intended to raise completion levels for the Teacher Working Conditions Survey. READ MORE


Duke Energy New Climate Report

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy today outlined steps it is taking to provide safe, reliable, affordable and increasingly clean energy to its customers while embracing the transformation underway in the utility industry. READ MORE


New Highway Projects for Sandhills, Rural Piedmont Regions

NC DOTABERDEEN – Road sections in Hoke, Montgomery, Richmond, Scotland and Lee counties, which are part of Highway Division 8, will be widened and some intersections improved, thanks to a new way to pay for smaller highway projects.


WECT NEWS: Mother arrested after video shows baby smoking

A mother is now facing charges after a video of her baby smoking surfaces.




NCDOT Awards 2018 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grants

NC DOTRALEIGH – Nine municipalities and one county from across the state will receive assistance with bicycle and pedestrian planning, thanks to grants awarded this month by the N.C. Department of Transportation. READ MORE

Lumberton Man Sentenced for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today in federal court, Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, III sentenced WILLIAM MARTIN LAWSON, 42, of Lumberton to 120 months of imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised releaseREAD MORE


State Board Selects Nominees for Final Board Seat

Eight members of the Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement on Wednesday unanimously selected two nominees for the final seat on the State Board. Both nominees are registered as unaffiliated voters. READ MORE

Trey Michael Named Director of Career & Technical Education

Atkins “Trey” Michael, a 17-year veteran of the Department of Public Instruction, has been named director of Career and Technical Education for the agency. READ MORE 


GI Specialist joins SeHealth

Gastroenterologist Dr. Melissa M. Garrett has joined Southeastern Digestive Health Center, an affiliate of Southeastern Health. READ MORE



UNCW Among Select U.S. Universities Approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education for Dual Degree Partnership

The University of North Carolina Wilmington has been approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education to establish a dual degree program between UNCW and Chongqing University of Arts and Sciences (CUAS) in Chongqing, China, the university announced today. READ MORE


Medication Disposal

On April 28, residents will be able to drop off their medications. All medications are to be kept in their original containers and will be accepted, including syringes or other sharp items are accepted.  READ MORE



The Innovative School District Recommends Operator for Southside Ashpole Elementary

Today, at a special called meeting of the State Board of Education (SBE), held via conference call, Innovative School District (ISD) Superintendent, Dr. Eric Hall, recommended Achievement for All Children (AAC) as the operator for Southside Ashpole Elementary in Rowland, NC beginning in the 2018-19 academic year. READ MORE


Piedmont Natural Gas seeks approval to reduce customer billing rates in North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C.– On Friday, March 16, 2018, Piedmont Natural Gas filed a request with the North Carolina Utilities Commission for a decrease in customer billing rates that would reduce the average North Carolina residential customer’s monthly bill by about 4 percent, or $2.51. READ MORE


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the Ceiling Fan Energy Conservation Harmonization Act, bipartisan and bicameral legislation introduced by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) in the Senate and Representatives Richard Hudson (R-NC-08) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC- 01) in the House. The legislation which modifies the implementation of two upcoming regulations that would have passed on new costs to millions of American consumers if left unchanged unanimously passed the Senate in December 2017. READ MORE


Ribbon Walk & Run Registration Has Begun

FAYETTEVILLE – Ready. Set. Go! Registration for this year’s Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation Ribbon Walk & Run is off and running. Gill Security Systems is presenting sponsor for the third consecutive year.  READ MORE

State Starts New Unit to Combat Cyberattacks

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Public Safety is partnering with the N.C. Department of Information Technology to combat the growing threat of cyberattacks. A new entity – housed in the State Bureau of Investigation’s N.C Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAAC) – will focus on promoting cyber awareness and information sharing and to provide actionable cyberintelligence to private and public sector partners and citizens. READ MORE