Entertainment

USGA Announces “Open For All” Fan Programming To Amplify Historic 2014 U.S. Open Championships

USGA Announces “Open For All” Fan Programming To Amplify Historic 2014 U.S. Open Championships

New Experiential and Online Fan Engagement to Run Through Championship Weeks VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, NC April 21, 2014 – As part of its commitment to make golf more accessible and enjoyable, the United States Golf Association (USGA) has announced “Open For All”, a series of beyond-the-gates experiential initiatives surrounding this year’s historic back-to-back U.S. Open Championships. The fun and interactive events have been designed to attract new audiences and celebrate golf fans’ connection to the game. The U.S. Open Championships will be held in consecutive weeks at Pinehurst No. 2 in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C. The 114th U.S. Open will take place June 12-15, followed by the 69th U.S. Women’s Open Championship, June 19-22. Three primary elements will define […]

NC Baptists Plan Statewide, One-Day Wheelchair Ramp Build

NC Baptists Plan Statewide, One-Day Wheelchair Ramp Build

By: North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry THOMASVILLE, NC April 21, 2014 – On Saturday, April 26, North Carolina Baptist wheelchair ramp building teams will once again rise before the sun, load pickups with lumber, hammers and saws, and head out to spend the day building wheelchair ramps for those in need in their communities. Rampin’ Up! is a biennial event jointly sponsored by North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry (NCBAM) and North Carolina Baptist Men. The outreach is held in conjunction with NC Operation Inasmuch – a one-day mission opportunity blitz across North Carolina. Ramp-building teams will be at work in every county. Call 1.877.506.2226 to learn where ramps are scheduled to be built in your area as well as information […]

Western Wake Music Fest this Sunday at Booth Amphitheatre!

Western Wake Music Fest this Sunday at Booth Amphitheatre!

WESTERN WAKE FEST TO FEATURE OUTSTANDING HIGH SCHOOL TALENT   CARY, NC April 21, 2014 – The Western Wake Music Fest brings together extraordinary talent from four local Western Wake County High School music programs. Support the arts in your community and bring a picnic to Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre on Sunday, April 27th, from 4 – 8 p.m. to enjoy this entertaining and FREE event!  Guests are sure to tap their feet to the stylings of the jazz ensembles from Cary, Green Hope, Panther Creek and Athens Drive high schools.  For that relaxing vibe, the sounds of the Athens Drive Strings Orchestra are just the thing for a lazy Sunday.  In a special highlight concert-goers will be treated experience the […]

Old Crow Medicine Show announce Raleigh & Charlotte dates

Old Crow Medicine Show announce Raleigh & Charlotte dates

OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW   WITH SPECIAL GUEST SHOVELS & ROPE   AUGUST 20 – RED HAT AMPHITHEATER RALEIGH   AUGUST 21 – UPTOWN AMPHITHEATRE CHARLOTTE OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW will play Red Hat Amphitheater Raleigh on August 20 & Uptown Amphitheatre Charlotte on August 21.   Tickets go on sale Friday April 25 at 10am at LiveNation.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, or charge by phone 800-745-3000.   Tickets for the August 20 Raleigh show will also be available at Duke Energy Center box office and Belk box office at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre.   Tickets for the August 21 Charlotte show will also be available at The Fillmore Charlotte box office.   For more information go to livenation.com.   # # […]

Kings of Leon announce fall tour coming to Charlotte and Raleigh

Kings of Leon announce fall tour coming to Charlotte and Raleigh

KINGS OF LEON 2014 MECHANICAL BULL TOUR   WITH SPECIAL GUESTS YOUNG THE GIANT & KONGOS   SEPTEMBER 16 – PNC MUSIC PAVILION CHARLOTTE (FORMERLY VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE)   SEPTEMBER 17 – WALNUT CREEK AMPHITHEATRE RALEIGH Kings Of Leon announced the third leg to their 2014 MECHANICAL BULL TOUR. Produced and promoted by Live Nation, the band will kick off the summer amphitheater tour on Thursday, July 31 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Mo. Joining Kings Of Leon on select dates this summer will be Young The Giant and Kongos. Tickets for the general public go on sale starting Friday, April 25 through the Live Nation mobile app and at www.livenation.com.   KINGS OF LEON will bring their […]

Maxwell’s Summer Soulstice Tour to play Durham & Charleston this summer

Maxwell’s Summer Soulstice Tour to play Durham & Charleston this summer

MAXWELL SUMMER SOULSTICE TOUR   SATURDAY JULY 26 – DPAC – DURHAM JULY 29 – NORTH CHARLESTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER   MAXWELL will bring his Summer Soulstice Tour to DPAC Durham on Saturday July 26 & the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on July 29.   Tickets go on sale Friday April 25 at 10am at Ticketmaster.com, venue box offices, all Ticketmaster outlets, or charge by phone 800-745-3000. Maxwell, the platinum soul star known for his show-stopping performances, has announced the 35+ date “Summer Soulstice” tour this June, July and August, his first major dates since 2010. In concert, the singer and songwriter is lauded for his impeccable vocals, his connection to his audience and the sheer physicality of his […]

Sports

Charleston Battery to host Panama City in the second round of the Open Cup

Charleston Battery to host Panama City in the second round of the Open Cup

Charleston, SC April 24, 2014 – The Charleston Battery (USL PRO) has been drawn to face the Panama City Beach Pirates (PDL) in the second round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, May 14th at Blackbaud Stadium, Daniel Island, SC with kick off set for 7:30 PM. Tickets for the Battery’s second round U.S. Open Cup match go on sale Monday, May 5th at 10am for $5 (West Bleacher) and $10 (West Club). Three Lions Club members and season ticket holders receive complimentary tickets to this game.  There will be no charge for parking; to purchase tickets please visit www.charlestonbattery.com or call the Battery box office at (843) 971-GOAL (4625). CHARLESTON BATTERY TICKETS In 2013 the […]

Local Stars Suit Up for Morehead City Marlins

Local Stars Suit Up for Morehead City Marlins

Morehead City, NC April 24, 2014 – The Morehead City Marlins are pleased to announce the signings of Whitman Barnes and Kris Lindner for the 2014 season. Barnes, a native of New Bern, North Carolina, is currently in his freshman season at UNC-Wilmington. The left-handed pitcher had a stellar career at New Bern High School, where he was a three year letter winner. As a senior, Barnes was named the Sun Journal Pitcher-of-the-Year after going 4-1 on the mound with 0.95 ERA. He struck out 59 batters while only walking 18. The 6’1 200-pound Barnes has yet to appear in a game this spring for the Seahawks. Linder will return home to Morehead City for the summer following his freshman […]

NBA Playoffs Preview: Keys to Game 3 Charlotte Bobcats vs. Miami Heat

NBA Playoffs Preview: Keys to Game 3 Charlotte Bobcats vs. Miami Heat

By Jace Darling, bobcats.com CHARLOTTE, NC April 24, 2014 Chat Live vs. Miami | Lauer Sounds Off: Cats in Position for Home Win | 2014 Bobcats Playoff Central Time Warner Cable Arena is the site of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs series between Miami and Charlotte. The series stands at 2-0 in favor of the two-time defending champion Miami Heat as the series shifts to uptown Charlotte. After a gritty Game 2 that fell just a few points short, the Cats return home to get rested and ready for a two-game homestand with a chance to send this series back to South Beach. KEY MATCHUPS vs. HEAT The NBA Playoffs are a time where legends are made. It […]

High-Flying TORC Series Racing Returns to The Dirt Track at Charlotte

High-Flying TORC Series Racing Returns to The Dirt Track at Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC April 21, 2014 – TORC: The Off-Road Championship presented by AMSOIL, the popular Baja-style off-road truck racing series, will return to The Dirt Track at Charlotte April 25-26 with the Husqvarna Showdown. The TORC series includes popular drivers Jessie and Jarit Johnson, brothers to NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson, Arie Luyendyk Jr., and father and son duo, Johnny and CJ Greaves. Drivers push the limits over jump filled natural terrain tracks in two- or four-wheel drive trucks built to race. With unrivalled action, TORC bridges the gap between extreme sports and traditional racing with an edge not found in other forms of motorsports. The radical obstacles at The Dirt Track will offer genuine racing excitement that will have fans […]

USGA Announces “Open For All” Fan Programming To Amplify Historic 2014 U.S. Open Championships

USGA Announces “Open For All” Fan Programming To Amplify Historic 2014 U.S. Open Championships

New Experiential and Online Fan Engagement to Run Through Championship Weeks VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, NC April 21, 2014 – As part of its commitment to make golf more accessible and enjoyable, the United States Golf Association (USGA) has announced “Open For All”, a series of beyond-the-gates experiential initiatives surrounding this year’s historic back-to-back U.S. Open Championships. The fun and interactive events have been designed to attract new audiences and celebrate golf fans’ connection to the game. The U.S. Open Championships will be held in consecutive weeks at Pinehurst No. 2 in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C. The 114th U.S. Open will take place June 12-15, followed by the 69th U.S. Women’s Open Championship, June 19-22. Three primary elements will define […]

NBA Playoffs: Charlotte Bobcats Can’t Grab Game 1

NBA Playoffs: Charlotte Bobcats Can’t Grab Game 1

By Shane Skeary bobcats.com MIAMI, FL April 20, 2014 88vs.99 American Airlines Arena, Miami, FLA 1 2 3 4 CHA 23 19 23 23 88 MIA 19 30 23 27 99 Preview | Boxscore | Chat Replay | Game Gallery THE RESULT Kemba Walker led the Cats with a team-high 20 points and Al Jefferson had a double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds), but Charlotte couldn’t hang on to open up the franchise’s second-ever playoff series, falling, 99-88, to the Miami Heat on April 20 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs. TURNING POINTS After being outscored by Miami, 30-16, in the second quarter and trailing, 49-42, at half, the Cats fought their way back in the third quarter on […]

Conservation

NC Aquarium Earth Day Party for the Planet

NC Aquarium Earth Day Party for the Planet

PINE KNOLL SHORES, NC April 14, 2014 – The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores offers a personal touch to make the conservation connection at the annual Crystal Coast Earth Day Festival this Saturday. The Aquarium’s traveling touch tanks put live animals such as sea stars and horseshoe crabs at your fingertips during the event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fort Macon State Park visitor center. Also enjoy live music by Gumbo Lily and fun, hands-on activities for children. More than 20 organizations annually join together for the observance, which is free. The Aquarium continues its celebration with a week-long Party for the Planet through April 26, emphasizing green places and spaces. Look for helpful displays among the […]

Japan’s Institute for Cetacean Research (ICR) Shames Themselves in Defiance of World Court Ruling

Japan’s Institute for Cetacean Research (ICR) Shames Themselves in Defiance of World Court Ruling

The ICR Today Filed Court Briefs Stating They Intend to Return to Antarctica to Hunt Whales in 2015-2016; Will Seek to Enjoin Other Sea Shepherd Entities from Obstructing Their Operations Friday Harbor, WA April 12, 2014 – In a blatant show of defiance of the recent landmark ruling in The Hague by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Japan’s Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR) has today filed court briefs stating they intend to return to hunt whales in the Southern Ocean for the 2015-2016 season with a newly designed “research” program and will seek a permanent injunction against Sea Shepherd USA — despite the fact the USA entity is no longer operating in the Southern Ocean — and will also […]

A New Chapter in Whale Conservation?

A New Chapter in Whale Conservation?

Commentary by Captain Alex Cornelissen, Sea Shepherd Global Executive Director Friday Harbor, WA April 4, 2014 – After Monday’s historic outcome at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, we are slowly starting to realize the consequences of the court’s decision. The court has ruled that the so-called scientific research whaling program of Japan is in reality nothing of the sort and that it has to be stopped immediately with no new permits to be given. Japan has stated that they will abide by the court’s decision. Of course, Sea Shepherd is very pleased with the ruling by the International Court. This could very well mean that Sea Shepherd Australia won’t have to sail to the Southern Ocean […]

Palace Offers Weekend of Free Gardens, Heritage Plant Sale, and Pottery Fest

Palace Offers Weekend of Free Gardens, Heritage Plant Sale, and Pottery Fest

Garden Lovers Weekend Spans April 11-13 NEW BERN, NC March 5, 2014 – Tryon Palace brings spring into full bloom with Garden Lovers Weekend, held April 11-13. Free garden admission will be offered all weekend, while the Heritage Plant Sale is limited to April 11-12, and the 6th annual East Carolina Pottery Festival will only be held on April 12. Enjoy more than 14 acres of Tryon Palace gardens for free during Garden Lovers Weekend. Visitors will see the splendor of tulips and spring blooms across the Palace gardens, which include the Kitchen Garden and the Latham Memorial Garden. All gardens will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 6 p.m. […]

Jim Hunt Takes the Stage, 1976

Jim Hunt Takes the Stage, 1976

RALEIGH, NC April 5, 2014 – On April 5, 1976, James Baxter Hunt Jr. announced his intention to run for governor of North Carolina. With 65 percent of the vote, Hunt handily won the election in 1976. He served as governor for a record-breaking sixteen years—with an eight-year break in between two sets of consecutive four-year terms. During Hunt’s administration, North Carolina became a model of educational reform and the growth of technology. He set higher standards for teachers and students and sought to raise teacher salaries. A signature part of Hunt’s agenda was helping young children grow and develop. To that end, he advocated for the establishment of the Division of Child Development and created the non-profit SmartStart to […]

Internship Opportunity at Museum of the Cape Fear Complex

Internship Opportunity at Museum of the Cape Fear Complex

FAYETTEVILLE, NC March 3, 2014 – The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex is seeking two interns to volunteer with 1897 Poe House tours and other duties at the complex this summer. The selected interns will provide guided tours of the 1897 Poe House for walk in visitors during the week. Tours are offered at 11:00, 1:00, and 3:00 Tuesday through Friday. Between tours, the intern would assist the Education Staff with various projects related to special events, publicity, and educational activities for all age groups. “This is a great opportunity for students contemplating careers in the museum or history fields to get some hands on practice and understanding of the museum environment.  Volunteer internships look fantastic on college […]

South Carolina

Charleston Battery to host Panama City in the second round of the Open Cup

Charleston Battery to host Panama City in the second round of the Open Cup

Charleston, SC April 24, 2014 – The Charleston Battery (USL PRO) has been drawn to face the Panama City Beach Pirates (PDL) in the second round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, May 14th at Blackbaud Stadium, Daniel Island, SC with kick off set for 7:30 PM. Tickets for the Battery’s second round U.S. Open Cup match go on sale Monday, May 5th at 10am for $5 (West Bleacher) and $10 (West Club). Three Lions Club members and season ticket holders receive complimentary tickets to this game.  There will be no charge for parking; to purchase tickets please visit www.charlestonbattery.com or call the Battery box office at (843) 971-GOAL (4625). CHARLESTON BATTERY TICKETS In 2013 the […]

Myrtle Beach Pelicans power past Blue Rocks – W, 7-1

Myrtle Beach Pelicans power past Blue Rocks – W, 7-1

HOMERS POWER PELICANS PAST BLUE ROCKS MYRTLE BEACH WINS FOURTH STRAIGHT HOME GAME   MYRTLE BEACH, SC APRIL 20, 2014 – The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, notched another win over the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Saturday evening at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. The Pelicans struck for seven runs in the first two innings and got home runs from Nick Williams and Christopher Bostick to push past Wilmington with a 7-1 win. Lefty Sean Manaea, making his third professional start was hit hard by the Myrtle Beach hitters right off the bat. Consecutive infield singles set the table for Williams, who sent a 1-1 pitch to the opposite field for his first Carolina League […]

Old Crow Medicine Show announce Raleigh & Charlotte dates

Old Crow Medicine Show announce Raleigh & Charlotte dates

OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW   WITH SPECIAL GUEST SHOVELS & ROPE   AUGUST 20 – RED HAT AMPHITHEATER RALEIGH   AUGUST 21 – UPTOWN AMPHITHEATRE CHARLOTTE OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW will play Red Hat Amphitheater Raleigh on August 20 & Uptown Amphitheatre Charlotte on August 21.   Tickets go on sale Friday April 25 at 10am at LiveNation.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, or charge by phone 800-745-3000.   Tickets for the August 20 Raleigh show will also be available at Duke Energy Center box office and Belk box office at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre.   Tickets for the August 21 Charlotte show will also be available at The Fillmore Charlotte box office.   For more information go to livenation.com.   # # […]

Maxwell’s Summer Soulstice Tour to play Durham & Charleston this summer

Maxwell’s Summer Soulstice Tour to play Durham & Charleston this summer

MAXWELL SUMMER SOULSTICE TOUR   SATURDAY JULY 26 – DPAC – DURHAM JULY 29 – NORTH CHARLESTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER   MAXWELL will bring his Summer Soulstice Tour to DPAC Durham on Saturday July 26 & the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on July 29.   Tickets go on sale Friday April 25 at 10am at Ticketmaster.com, venue box offices, all Ticketmaster outlets, or charge by phone 800-745-3000. Maxwell, the platinum soul star known for his show-stopping performances, has announced the 35+ date “Summer Soulstice” tour this June, July and August, his first major dates since 2010. In concert, the singer and songwriter is lauded for his impeccable vocals, his connection to his audience and the sheer physicality of his […]

Fluor Field to Host HBCU Classic Presented by Michelin, N.A. on Friday

Fluor Field to Host HBCU Classic Presented by Michelin, N.A. on Friday

First pitch at 7:00 PM between Benedict College and Paine College Greenville, SC April 16, 2014 – On Friday, April 18th, the Drive and Michelin will join forces to pay tribute to a man that has made the most significant impact on the game of baseball – Jackie Robinson – with the 6th Annual HBCU Classic at Fluor Field. This special game will begin at 7 PM, when the Benedict College Tigers will take on the Paine College Lions. Both schools are recognized Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).  Tickets are $8 for open seating in the box seats, with 25% of the proceeds going to support the colleges’ athletic programs. “Jackie Robinson did so much for the game of […]

Hilton Head Island Chamber Bike & Dine Week Returns

Hilton Head Island Chamber Bike & Dine Week Returns

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC April 14, 2014 – May is national biking month and Chamber Bike & Dine Week, presented by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, April 28 through May 4th, offers bicycling enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy fantastic cuisine island-wide. Now in its second year, Chamber Bike & Dine Week, sponsored by Coligny Plaza, celebrates the island’s ranking among the nation’s best destinations for biking and fine dining. Participating restaurants will offer Bike & Dine Week menus to patrons arriving by bike along with special dining offers. With a full line-up of events, Chamber Bike & Dine Week celebrates the island’s bicycle friendly setting with  lunch meet-ups at Bomboras Grill during the week and Saturday’s free bike ride.  […]

North Carolina

Local Stars Suit Up for Morehead City Marlins

Local Stars Suit Up for Morehead City Marlins

Morehead City, NC April 24, 2014 – The Morehead City Marlins are pleased to announce the signings of Whitman Barnes and Kris Lindner for the 2014 season. Barnes, a native of New Bern, North Carolina, is currently in his freshman season at UNC-Wilmington. The left-handed pitcher had a stellar career at New Bern High School, where he was a three year letter winner. As a senior, Barnes was named the Sun Journal Pitcher-of-the-Year after going 4-1 on the mound with 0.95 ERA. He struck out 59 batters while only walking 18. The 6’1 200-pound Barnes has yet to appear in a game this spring for the Seahawks. Linder will return home to Morehead City for the summer following his freshman […]

NBA Playoffs Preview: Keys to Game 3 Charlotte Bobcats vs. Miami Heat

NBA Playoffs Preview: Keys to Game 3 Charlotte Bobcats vs. Miami Heat

By Jace Darling, bobcats.com CHARLOTTE, NC April 24, 2014 Chat Live vs. Miami | Lauer Sounds Off: Cats in Position for Home Win | 2014 Bobcats Playoff Central Time Warner Cable Arena is the site of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs series between Miami and Charlotte. The series stands at 2-0 in favor of the two-time defending champion Miami Heat as the series shifts to uptown Charlotte. After a gritty Game 2 that fell just a few points short, the Cats return home to get rested and ready for a two-game homestand with a chance to send this series back to South Beach. KEY MATCHUPS vs. HEAT The NBA Playoffs are a time where legends are made. It […]

High-Flying TORC Series Racing Returns to The Dirt Track at Charlotte

High-Flying TORC Series Racing Returns to The Dirt Track at Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC April 21, 2014 – TORC: The Off-Road Championship presented by AMSOIL, the popular Baja-style off-road truck racing series, will return to The Dirt Track at Charlotte April 25-26 with the Husqvarna Showdown. The TORC series includes popular drivers Jessie and Jarit Johnson, brothers to NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson, Arie Luyendyk Jr., and father and son duo, Johnny and CJ Greaves. Drivers push the limits over jump filled natural terrain tracks in two- or four-wheel drive trucks built to race. With unrivalled action, TORC bridges the gap between extreme sports and traditional racing with an edge not found in other forms of motorsports. The radical obstacles at The Dirt Track will offer genuine racing excitement that will have fans […]

USGA Announces “Open For All” Fan Programming To Amplify Historic 2014 U.S. Open Championships

USGA Announces “Open For All” Fan Programming To Amplify Historic 2014 U.S. Open Championships

New Experiential and Online Fan Engagement to Run Through Championship Weeks VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, NC April 21, 2014 – As part of its commitment to make golf more accessible and enjoyable, the United States Golf Association (USGA) has announced “Open For All”, a series of beyond-the-gates experiential initiatives surrounding this year’s historic back-to-back U.S. Open Championships. The fun and interactive events have been designed to attract new audiences and celebrate golf fans’ connection to the game. The U.S. Open Championships will be held in consecutive weeks at Pinehurst No. 2 in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C. The 114th U.S. Open will take place June 12-15, followed by the 69th U.S. Women’s Open Championship, June 19-22. Three primary elements will define […]

NBA Playoffs: Charlotte Bobcats Can’t Grab Game 1

NBA Playoffs: Charlotte Bobcats Can’t Grab Game 1

By Shane Skeary bobcats.com MIAMI, FL April 20, 2014 88vs.99 American Airlines Arena, Miami, FLA 1 2 3 4 CHA 23 19 23 23 88 MIA 19 30 23 27 99 Preview | Boxscore | Chat Replay | Game Gallery THE RESULT Kemba Walker led the Cats with a team-high 20 points and Al Jefferson had a double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds), but Charlotte couldn’t hang on to open up the franchise’s second-ever playoff series, falling, 99-88, to the Miami Heat on April 20 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs. TURNING POINTS After being outscored by Miami, 30-16, in the second quarter and trailing, 49-42, at half, the Cats fought their way back in the third quarter on […]

Onslow County Board of Commissioners’ Meeting April 23, 2014 includes Dixon Middle School Project

Onslow County Board of Commissioners’ Meeting April 23, 2014 includes Dixon Middle School Project

ONSLOW COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS’ MEETING April 23, 2014 Jacksonville City Hall, Council Chambers 815 New Bridge Street, Jacksonville, NC 7:00 PM REGULAR MEETING CALL TO ORDER – Chairman Paul Buchanan PRAYER FOLLOWED BY A MOMENT OF SILENCE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – Mr. David B. Cotton, Deputy County Manager, will lead the audience and the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance. ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF ELECTED OFFICIALS PRESENT CHAIRMAN’S REMARKS We ask that all in attendance please set your cell phones to silent or vibrate mode. The Board offers the public two opportunities to speak during the meeting. Comments during the first public comment period should be limited to three minutes each and must be directly issue- oriented with the agenda items […]

Carolina Government

Onslow County Board of Commissioners’ Meeting April 23, 2014 includes Dixon Middle School Project

Onslow County Board of Commissioners’ Meeting April 23, 2014 includes Dixon Middle School Project

ONSLOW COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS’ MEETING April 23, 2014 Jacksonville City Hall, Council Chambers 815 New Bridge Street, Jacksonville, NC 7:00 PM REGULAR MEETING CALL TO ORDER – Chairman Paul Buchanan PRAYER FOLLOWED BY A MOMENT OF SILENCE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – Mr. David B. Cotton, Deputy County Manager, will lead the audience and the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance. ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF ELECTED OFFICIALS PRESENT CHAIRMAN’S REMARKS We ask that all in attendance please set your cell phones to silent or vibrate mode. The Board offers the public two opportunities to speak during the meeting. Comments during the first public comment period should be limited to three minutes each and must be directly issue- oriented with the agenda items […]

Jim Hunt Takes the Stage, 1976

Jim Hunt Takes the Stage, 1976

RALEIGH, NC April 5, 2014 – On April 5, 1976, James Baxter Hunt Jr. announced his intention to run for governor of North Carolina. With 65 percent of the vote, Hunt handily won the election in 1976. He served as governor for a record-breaking sixteen years—with an eight-year break in between two sets of consecutive four-year terms. During Hunt’s administration, North Carolina became a model of educational reform and the growth of technology. He set higher standards for teachers and students and sought to raise teacher salaries. A signature part of Hunt’s agenda was helping young children grow and develop. To that end, he advocated for the establishment of the Division of Child Development and created the non-profit SmartStart to […]

Vincent Colyer, Freedmen’s Friend

Vincent Colyer, Freedmen’s Friend

RALEIGH, NC March 31, 2014 – On March 31, 1862, Vincent Colyer was appointed Superintendent of the Poor for the Union’s Department of North Carolina. Stationed in the occupied town of New Bern, Colyer immediately set about employing African Americans as skilled laborers to work on fortifications for the town. He managed to have three sets of earthworks constructed during his brief tenure. Colyer set up schools to educate the African Americans, but ran afoul of Edward Stanly, who was serving as the military governor of North Carolina. Stanly was under orders to restore North Carolina to the Union as it was before the Secession movement, and in Stanly’s view that meant that educating blacks was illegal. Colyer successfully appealed […]

Joel Lane, Key to Raleigh’s Establishment

Joel Lane, Key to Raleigh’s Establishment

RALEIGH, NC March 29, 2014 – On March 29, 1795, Patriot, planter and prominent Raleigh resident Joel Lane died. Born in Halifax sometime in the early 1740s, Lane is believed to have been a descendant of early settlers of Jamestown. After serving as justice of the peace and sheriff in Halifax County, Lane acquired several thousand acres of land in what is now Wake County and moved there sometime in the late 1760s. After arriving in what is now Raleigh, Lane quickly established himself as one of the area’s leading citizens. He represented the area in the General Assembly in 1770 and 1771, introducing the bill that established Wake County as separate from Johnston County. He helped select the sites […]

Carolina Charter Issued, 1663

Carolina Charter Issued, 1663

RALEIGH, NC March 24, 2014 – On March 24, 1663, King Charles II granted a charter for land in America to the Lords Proprietors, who were eight of his closest supporters during the Restoration of 1660.  Since a permanent English settlement in the new world was important, the king gave broad powers to the proprietors. The powers guaranteed political and religious freedoms to the inhabitants of Carolina, which stretched from the Atlantic Ocean to the South Seas, encompassing an area roughly from the middle of Albemarle Sound to what is now the Georgia/Florida border. Inhabitants of the new colony claimed many of the same rights as English citizens, the right to import and export goods, the right to be tried in Carolina for […]

Governor O. Max Gardner and the Great Depression

Governor O. Max Gardner and the Great Depression

RALEIGH, NC March 22, 2014 – On March 22, 1882, Governor Oliver Max Gardner, whose political organization known as the “Shelby Dynasty” dominated state politics for a generation, was born in Cleveland County. Gardner took office as governor only months before the stock market crash of 1929, and the Great Depression that followed presented Gov. Gardner with many unforeseen challenges. One of his many initiatives was to promote his “Live-at-Home” program to encourage the planting of crops for subsistence. To help alleviate budget crises in counties across the state, Gardner authorized a study of state government which recommended a massive shift of power to Raleigh, with the state taking responsibility for roads and schools.  He counted the consolidation of universities […]

Other News

Shawn Morimando Strong in Win over Frederick

Shawn Morimando Strong in Win over Frederick

By Darren Headrick / Carolina Mudcats (919-269-2287/mudcatsradio@carolinamudcats.com) ZEBULON, NC April 20, 2014 —Shawn Morimando looked stout over six innings as the Carolina Mudcats beat the Frederick Keys 6-1 on Sunday afternoon at Five County Stadium. Alex Monsalve drove in a season-high three runs and the Mudcats (9-7) snapped the Keys’ winning streak at four games. Morimando (2-0) held Frederick (7-9) to one run on six hits. The left-hander was locked in from the opening pitch as he struck out five without a walk. His only blemish was a solo home run by Creede Simpson with two out in the fourth. Parker Bridwell (0-2) was spotty in the losing decision for Frederick. The right-hander allowed four runs on four hits with […]

NBA Playoffs: Keys to Game 1 Charlotte Bobcats vs Miami Heat

NBA Playoffs: Keys to Game 1 Charlotte Bobcats vs Miami Heat

By Jace Darling, bobcats.com April 18, 2014 Chat Live against Miami | Video: Cats vs Heat Playoff Preview After finishing the season with the franchise’s second-best record ever (43-39) the Bobcats were rewarded with their second trip to the NBA Playoffs. The 10th and final season of the Bobcats has been one of the most exciting and competitive teams this franchise has ever put on the floor. The excitement starts at the top. During the offseason, President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins and General Manager Rich Cho worked tirelessly to hire a new coach in Steve Clifford, as well as bring in arguably the greatest free agent signing in club history, Al Jefferson. Not to mention re-signing a core of […]

Big Al Jefferson Back-to-Back Player of the Month

Big Al Jefferson Back-to-Back Player of the Month

Jefferson Averaged 24.5 Points and 14.3 Rebounds To Lead Bobcats To NBA’s Best Record in April Al Jefferson Player Page | Game Recaps Charlotte, NC April 18, 2014 – The NBA announced today that Bobcats center Al Jefferson has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Month for games played in April. Jefferson, who led the Bobcats to an NBA-best 7-1 record, earns his second consecutive Player of the Month award and becomes the first center to receive the honor in back-to-back months since Dwight Howard did so in November and December of 2007. Jefferson saw action in all eight games in the month, averaging 24.5 points on .532 shooting (84-158), 14.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 37.9 minutes played. […]

Bobcats 2014 NBA Playoffs Schedule; Charlotte Opens at Miami on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

Bobcats 2014 NBA Playoffs Schedule; Charlotte Opens at Miami on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

BOBCATS TO OPEN 2014 NBA PLAYOFFS IN MIAMI ON SUNDAY AT 3:30 PM; CHARLOTTE HOSTS FIRST HOME PLAYOFF GAME  ON SATURDAY, APRIL 26 AT 7 PM Bobcats First-Round Playoff Tickets On Sale Now at Bobcats.com, Time Warner Cable Arena Box Office, All Ticketmaster Locations or by Calling 1-800-4NBA-TIX  CHARLOTTE, NC April 17, 2014 – The Charlotte Bobcats 2014 NBA Playoffs schedule was announced today by the NBA. The No. 7-seeded Bobcats will play the No. 2-seeded Miami Heat in a best-of-seven first-round series in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. The Bobcats 2014 Playoffs, presented by Novant Health, Papa John’s and Sprite, will be the franchise’s second postseason appearance and first since 2010. Game 1 of the Bobcats-Heat series will be Sunday, […]

Airlie Gardens Welcomes Spring with Concert Series Line-up Announcement

Airlie Gardens Welcomes Spring with Concert Series Line-up Announcement

WILMINGTON, NC April 16, 2014 – Airlie Gardens has unveiled its slate of musical performers for the 2014 Summer Concert Series. True to tradition, a concert will take place every first and third Friday of the month from May until September. Along with returning favorites, though, this year’s program will offer several new local acts, including the series’ first ever country and first ever reggae bands. “Every year around this time, the entire Airlie staff starts getting so excited for the coming months – the warm months – particularly for these great concerts to take place,” Airlie Gardens’ Development Manager Janine Powell said. “We are even more excited this year because we know the new offerings will not only draw […]

RailHawks and Capitol Broadcasting Company Expand Broadcast Partnership

RailHawks and Capitol Broadcasting Company Expand Broadcast Partnership

Voice of the RailHawks Dean Linke returns for 8th season with John Bouille CARY, NC April 15, 2014 – The Carolina RailHawks in partnership with Capitol Broadcasting Company  will broadcast six home games live on television channel WRAL2.  In addition, all RailHawks home games will be broadcast over the radio on 99.9HD-3 The Ticket.  The stream of The Ticket is also available on WRALSportsFan.com.  Special games including marquee U.S. Open Cup home games and additional exhibition games will also likely be broadcast on the aforementioned Capital Broadcasting Company outlets. WRAL2 is available to viewers over the air on channel 5.2 and on Time Warner Cable digital channel 106.  The first match available for the at home fan’s viewing pleasure will […]

Bikers for Bruce Hemmingway Fundraising Festival

Bikers for Bruce Hemmingway Fundraising Festival

WILMINGTON, NC April 15th, 2014 – Bruce Hemmingway was riding home on his motorcycle on April 12, 2013.  The driver of a van was Texting while driving and did not yield the right of way.  Despite the fact that Bruce was wearing his helmet, he suffered spinal cord injuries and is currently a quadriplegic with his life forever changed. Bikers for Bruce, A Fundraising Festival will be held on Sunday, June 22, 2014.  100% of the proceeds will go to Bruce and Vicki Hemmingway to help with physical therapy and rehabilitation so that Bruce may walk again. The day will begin with registration at Logan’s Roadhouse located in Jacksonville, NC from 11-12 and at Fat Tony’s Pub in Wilmington, NC […]

Darlington Raceway Announces Plans to Honor its History and Shape its Future

Darlington Raceway Announces Plans to Honor its History and Shape its Future

The Track “Too Tough To Tame” Embraces the Past, Present and Future of NASCAR DARLINGTON, SC April 12, 2014 – It all started in the fall of 1949, when a crisp breeze toyed with the loose soil of an old cotton field on the west side of rural Darlington, South Carolina.  Harold Brasington saw more than just dirt dancing around that patch of land. He saw the future.  He saw Darlington Raceway. Today, Darlington Raceway is a place of history, where fans reminisce about the past, while creating lasting memories of the present.  Where NASCAR legends were born and the youth of NASCAR dream about making their mark on the famed walls of The Lady in Black. Celebrating its roots […]

Florida Southern’s Brian Richey takes NeSmith Chevrolet Classic lead into Sunday

Florida Southern’s Brian Richey takes NeSmith Chevrolet Classic lead into Sunday

SHELLMAN BLUFF, GA April 12, 2014 – When the final pairing of the 2014 NeSmith Chevrolet Classic tees off at Sapelo Hammock Sunday in Shellman Bluff, Georgia ironically it will be two players from the state of Florida trying to capture their first ever NGA Tour Pro Series win. Florida Southern alum Brian Richey (Lakeland, Fla.) has held the lead after each of the first three rounds posting scores of 65, 67, and 69 for a three day 12 under par total. It’s only fitting the player he will be paired with Sunday would be his traveling mate Wesley Graham (Daytona Beach, Fla.), a former number one ranked junior player in the world who went on to star at Florida […]

Charleston Battery come up short in Orlando

Charleston Battery come up short in Orlando

ORLANDO, FL April 12, 2014 – The Charleston Battery (0-1-2) lost to Orlando City SC (2-0-2) by a score of one goal to none on Saturday night at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Stadium.  Substitute forward Brian Spann scored the lone goal slotting home from close range in the 74th minute. The loss was the Battery’s first of the USL PRO season. The Battery started well and came close in the 24th minute after earning a corner on the near side.  Midfielder Zach Prince whipped the ball to the back of the six-yard box but forward Mamadou Diouf’s sharp header was cleared off the line and away to safety.   Orlando fought back and had two excellent chances just […]

Augusta GreenJackets Swarm Charleston RiverDogs

Augusta GreenJackets Swarm Charleston RiverDogs

Augusta strikes early, never looks back en route to win CHARLESTON, SC April 12, 2014 – Despite three base hits and a run batted in from Mike Ford, the Charleston RiverDogs lost an 8-2 decision to the Augusta GreenJackets on Saturday night in front of 6,136 fans at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in South Atlantic League action. The RiverDogs have a 3-6 record after their fourth consecutive loss while the GreenJackets are now 6-4. Augusta has won the first three games of this four-game set at Riley Park. All eight of Augusta’s runs were scored before the RiverDogs scratched the scoreboard. After scoring two in the first inning, the GreenJackets drove in Brandon Bednar from first base on a […]

Langdon, Capps, McGaha and Ray Top the Leaderboard Going Into Sunday’s Eliminations at NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

Langdon, Capps, McGaha and Ray Top the Leaderboard Going Into Sunday’s Eliminations at NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

CONCORD, NC April 12, 2014 – For the second season in a row Shawn Langdon will enter eliminations at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals as the No. 1 qualifier in Top Fuel. Ron Capps (Funny Car), Chris McGaha (Pro Stock) and Michael Ray (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also will lead their categories into eliminations as No. 1 qualifiers at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event at the Bellagio of drag strips. Langdon piloted his Al-Anabi Racing dragster to a 3.753 second pass at 321.81 mph during the first day of qualifying and that run held up as hotter temperatures cooled down the runs in the two qualifying sessions on Saturday. CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY TICKETS “We’ve had a really good car […]

Kevin Harvick Wins NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway

Kevin Harvick Wins NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway

DARLINGTON, SC April 12, 2014 – Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing, recorded his first career win at Darlington Raceway after a thrilling finish in the Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Saturday night. Harvick, who led a race-high 238 laps, had the one of the strongest cars in the field all night. After losing the lead on a pit road after a late caution, Harvick charged to the front in the final 10 laps. With the help of two attempts at a green-white checkered finish, Harvick managed to pass Dale Earnhardt Jr. to secure his first win at Darlington in his 18th career start at the track. “If you’re going to win a race, this […]

Six Ford Drivers Qualify Top 10 for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway

Six Ford Drivers Qualify Top 10 for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway

FT. WORTH, TX April 5, 2014 Ford Racing Qualifying Results: 2nd – Brad Keselowski 4th – Greg Biffle 5th – Carl Edwards 7th – Trevor Bayne 9th – Marcos Ambrose 10th – Joey Logano 17th – Aric Almirola 28th – Michael McDowell 31st – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 39th—David Gilliland 43rd – David Ragan BRAD KESELOWSKI – No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion – PRESS CONFERENCE – “Of course we’re disappointed.  We wanted to sit on the pole, but it wasn’t meant to be.  Tony obviously put down a great lap there at the end.  I didn’t see that one coming.  I thought we had it, but that’s why they do it this way.  It’s really exciting and I think a […]

Rookie Davis Wins Season Opener for RiverDogs

Rookie Davis Wins Season Opener for RiverDogs

Rookie Davis keeps Augusta scoreless early as Charleston claims its first victory AUGUSTA, GA March 3, 2014 – Rookie Davis pitched five shutout innings and struck out five to key the Charleston RiverDogs to a 5-1 victory over the Augusta GreenJackets on Thursday evening at Lake Olmstead Stadium in South Atlantic League action. Davis’s shutout performance carried the RiverDogs to a 1-0 start for the 2014 season. This marks the first season opener that Charleston has won since 2011 when the RiverDogs claimed a 6-1 road victory against the Lexington Legends. Augusta starter Chase Johnson locked up with Davis to keep the contest scoreless through the first four innings. Mike Ford collected two singles against Johnson and Gosuke Katoh singled […]

GrindStop 2014 Update

GrindStop 2014 Update

Friday Harbor, WA April 3, 2014 – Sea Shepherd recently completed a scouting tour of the Faroe Islands. Four members of the Operation GrindStop 2014 team spent several days visiting the killing beaches and testing new tools and devices. We are getting ready for the presence of hundreds of onshore and at sea volunteers who will be standing guard at the beaches for over four months in order to sound the alarm, interfere, and document should a Grind be attempted there. Sea Shepherd crew met with the Chief of Police and several members of the Faroese police force. We had a cordial conversation during which the police provided us with information about the laws and regulations to observe while protecting […]

A Pirate’s Exile:  New England Rambling

A Pirate’s Exile: New England Rambling

Dillon, CO, April 3, 2014- Coming into Fairhaven, Massachusetts, I wasn’t really sure what to expect.  I was staying with a cousin of mine that I hadn’t seen in about a decade.  We had a weekend to catch up.  My Grandma in Tampa originally hails from this part of the world and I wanted to get the opportunity to lay eyes on it.  After spending so much time in NY, having only a week in Massachusetts was definitely a call to reality and to the pace that I had set for myself.  This was a guerrilla visit with several stops in several different locations and I would have to maneuver well in order to do everything I wanted to. Massachusetts […]

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Earth Fair OBX III

Earth Fair OBX III

ROANOKE ISLAND, NC April 2, 2014 – Celebrate this year’s Earth Day at the third annual OBX Earth Fair Saturday, April 26, at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute, 850 NC 345, in Wanchese. A number of local organizations team up to provide an afternoon of family fun, featuring lots of  hands-on activities throughout the facility and on surrounding grounds. The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island brings Enviroscape, an interactive model for demonstrating how water can become polluted when it travels over land, streets, yards and through storm drains. The model also points out how our personal actions can affect the health of our oceans, sounds and waterways. Earth Day features an ongoing speaker series by local professionals and a […]

Ford Returns to Formula DRIFT with Top Mustang Team, Trackside Fun and 2014 Fiesta ST Giveaway

Ford Returns to Formula DRIFT with Top Mustang Team, Trackside Fun and 2014 Fiesta ST Giveaway

Ford returns to Formula DRIFT with sweepstakes for custom EcoBoost®- powered Fiesta ST Former champ Vaughn Gittin Jr. and past winner Justin Pawlak to compete in Ford Mustangs Ford Mustang, Fiesta ST and other cars featuring Ford parts and accessories will be trackside LONG BEACH, CA March 31, 2014 – To celebrate its second year as an official sponsor of the Formula DRIFT series, Ford Motor Company is returning in force for 2014. Ford will support Mustang drivers Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Justin Pawlak, launch a sweepstakes for a custom Fiesta ST and bring trackside displays to three key events across the United States. Ford kicks off its Fiesta ST giveaway at the opening round of the series in Long […]

NC Aquarium cake competition sweetens Earth Day celebration

NC Aquarium cake competition sweetens Earth Day celebration

PINE KNOLL SHORES, NC March 31, 2014 – The Cakes for Conservation competition April 22 adds a sweet touch to the annual Earth Day Party for the Planet at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Bakers ages 5 and up are invited to express their philosophies in frosting and compete for cash prizes with confections that depict “Backyard Buddies” – amphibians, birds, snakes, turtles, insects and plants you might see from your deck or in your garden. There is no entry fee. Judges will be looking for creativity, taste, portrayal of the theme and use of local, organic and sustainable ingredients. Cash prizes to be awarded include $100 to the winner in the professional category; $50 for the […]