Entertainment

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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. […]

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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Sports

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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.  […]

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 […]

North Carolina

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 […]

Carolina Government

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 […]

New Sneads Ferry Branch Library Officially Opens its Doors

New Sneads Ferry Branch Library Officially Opens its Doors

JACKSONVILLE, NC March 18, 2014 – More than 500 people witnessed the opening of the Sneads Ferry Branch Library yesterday. The new branch at 1330 Highway 210 in Sneads Ferry will share the location with the Environmental Education Center scheduled to open Apr 5 at 10 a.m. The library is more than three times larger than the old one and houses multiple meeting spaces, a 20-station computer lab, improved library collections, reading and study areas, wetland walkways and boardwalk, a dedicated youth and programming room, an outdoor classroom, demonstration area, and free internet access and Wi Fi. The newest library in the Onslow County Public Library System will continue the tradition to deliver excellent library services and expanded educational opportunities […]

Other News

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 […]

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 […]

The Whales Have Won! — ICJ Rules Japan’s Southern Ocean Whaling ‘Not For Scientific Research’

The Whales Have Won! — ICJ Rules Japan’s Southern Ocean Whaling ‘Not For Scientific Research’

Sea Shepherd Applauds the World Court for Protecting the Whales of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary Williamstown, Victoria March 31, 2014 – In a stunning victory for the whales, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced their binding decision today in the landmark case of Australia v. Japan, ruling that Japan’s JARPA II whaling program in the Antarctic is not for scientific purposes and ordering that all permits given under JARPA II be revoked. The news was applauded and celebrated by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society USA and Sea Shepherd Australia, both of which have directly intervened against Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean. Representing Sea Shepherd in the courtroom to hear the historic verdict were Captain Alex […]

Lady Cat Social Media Sweetheart of the Week – Katrina

Lady Cat Social Media Sweetheart of the Week – Katrina

Each week this season a Lady Cat will be highlighted as our Social Media Sweetheart. During the week, fans will get an inside look into the lives of these hard working ladies through social media. This week’s sweetheart is Katrina. Lady Cat Katrina Gallery | Lady Cat Katrina Facebook Page CHARLOTTE, NC March 31, 2014 Throughout the 13-14 season, the Bobcats are highlighting one Lady Cat each week as a Social Media Sweetheart. During the week, fans will get an inside look into the lives of these hard working ladies as they go about their daily lives at their offices, classrooms, Lady Cats practices, family outings and Bobcats games. Hometown:Denver, CO Occupation:Cocktail waitress, nanny Education:UNCC Hobbies:Playing basketball, working out Dream […]

Charlotte Bobcats Sign Forward DJ White to 2nd 10-Day Contract

Charlotte Bobcats Sign Forward DJ White to 2nd 10-Day Contract

CHARLOTTE, NC March 31, 2014 – Charlotte Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins announced today that the team has signed forward DJ White to a second 10-day contract. The 6-9 White has seen action in one game for the Bobcats this season, tallying one rebound and one steal in four minutes. He is in his sixth NBA season and has career averages of 5.9 points and 3.2 rebounds in 133 games played with the Thunder, Bobcats and Celtics. For his career, White has shot .507 from the field (348-686) and .720 from the free-throw line (113-157). Prior to joining the Bobcats, White played 27 games this season for the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association. He averaged […]

Joey Logano and Marcos Ambrose Post Top-5 Finishes in STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway

Joey Logano and Marcos Ambrose Post Top-5 Finishes in STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway

Joey Logano (4th) and Marcos Ambrose (5th) posted Top-5 finishes in Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway while Aric Almirola came home eighth. Ford Finishing Results: 4th – Joey Logano 5th – Marcos Ambrose 8th – Aric Almirola 13th – Carl Edwards 18th – Greg Biffle 26th – David Gilliland 28th – David Ragan 38th – Brad Keselowski 40th – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. MARTINSVILLE, VA March 30, 2014 BRAD KESELOWSKI – No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion – GARAGE INTERVIEW AFTER INCIDENT ON PIT ROAD. “I started to check up and I just barely got in the back of him and Kurt (Busch) just accelerated and drove through us, absolutely drove through us.  I tell you what, I’m about tired […]

No. 47 UNCW Defeats Old CAA Foe ODU

No. 47 UNCW Defeats Old CAA Foe ODU

The men’s tennis team wrapped up a two-game road swing to Virginia by beating former CAA rival ODU, 6-1, on Saturday. NORFOLK, VA March 29, 2014 – No. 47 UNCW concluded a two-match weekend road swing to Virginia by beating former Colonial Athletic Association rival Old Dominion, 6-1, in men’s tennis action Saturday at the Folkes Stevens Tennis Center. The Seahawks, who edged No. 37 VCU, 4-3, on Friday in Richmond, won their fifth match in a row to increase their record to 11-6 this season. The Monarchs are now 11-7. Coach Mait DuBois and his squad made quick work of the Monarchs, taking the first two doubles matches off the court and sweeping five of the six singles pairings. […]

17th-ranked Tigers Match Best ACC Start in School History

17th-ranked Tigers Match Best ACC Start in School History

CHESTNUT HILL, MA March 30, 2014 – With a sweep of the singles matches, No. 17 Clemson upped its winning streak to nine matches and improved to 16-3 (8-0 ACC) on the season with a 6-1 win over No. 43 Boston College on Sunday afternoon. The 8-0 start to ACC play matches the school record for most wins to begin conference play. The Eagles dropped to 10-7 (2-5 ACC) with the loss. For the first time in 14 matches and just the second time all season, the Tigers lost the doubles point. Clemson fell in the top two flights but did manage to pick up a victory on court three. Yuilynn Miao and Jessy Rompies won that match and improved […]

Clemson Baseball: Series Finale in College Park Rained Out

Clemson Baseball: Series Finale in College Park Rained Out

COLLEGE PARK, MD March 30, 2014 – Due to rain and a soaked playing surface at Bob Smith Stadium, the series finale between No. 20 Clemson and No. 25 Maryland was rained out and will not be made up. Therefore, Clemson won the series 2-0 in the last regular-season meetings between the two as ACC members. The series finale got underway Saturday, as there was no score in the top of the second inning. Clemson had runners on first and second with no outs and Shane Kennedy at the plate with a 1-0 count. However, since five innings were not completed, the game and its stats did not count. It marked the first time since 1999 that Clemson did not […]

Clemson Tigers and SMU Mustangs set for NIT Showdown in Big Apple

Clemson Tigers and SMU Mustangs set for NIT Showdown in Big Apple

NIT Bracket Buy Tickets Game Notes CLEMSON, SC March 30, 2014 – For the first time since 2007, Clemson is headed to the Big Apple for the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament. The Tigers take on SMU on Tuesday, April 1 at 7 p.m. in Madison Square Garden. GAME SETUP CLEMSON (23-12) vs. SMU (26-9) Tipoff: Tuesday, April 1 (7 p.m.) Arena: Madison Square Garden (19,763) Radio: CTSN (Pete Yanity-pbp; Tim Bourret-color) TV: ESPN2 (John Saunders-pbp; Fran Fraschilla, Bob Knight-color) • Clemson takes on SMU in the first NIT semifinal Tuesday; it is the first meeting between the two schools since the 1970-71 season, a 67-51 Tiger win at the Music City Classic in Nashville. • The Tigers are making […]

Charleston Battery earn 2-2 draw against Richmond Kickers

Charleston Battery earn 2-2 draw against Richmond Kickers

CHARLESTON, SC March 29, 2014 – The Charleston Battery secured a 2-2 draw with the Richmond Kickers on Saturday night at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. in front of 3,254. Midfielder Jarad van Schaik led the way, scoring with his head in the 22nd minute and assisting Amadou Sanyang’s goal in the 58th minute. “Obviously we were disappointed to give up the early goal but we got a great goal from Jarad van Schaik,” said head coach Mike Anhaeuser about his team’s performance on Saturday night, “In the second half, we came out a little better and went up 2-1, but they were able to whip in a good cross. After that, it was an even game. Richmond is a […]

Loray Mill Walkout, 1929

Loray Mill Walkout, 1929

RALEIGH, NC March 30, 2014 – On March 30, 1929, workers at the Loray Mill in Gastonia began a walkout. Two days later, they called a general strike. At the time the five-story building covering more than a half-million square feet and was the world’s largest factory under one roof. Labor unions targeted it for organization because of its size, and the Rhode Island owners caused resentment by erecting a tall fence around the property and pressing for greater productivity. The National Textile Workers Union, widely acknowledged to be under Communist influence, exploited the situation by sending activists to Gastonia. They argued that winning North Carolina was the key to the labor movement’s advancement in the South, and winning the […]

RiverDogs’ Opening Night to Feature Charleston’s Charm; Pregame Parade

RiverDogs’ Opening Night to Feature Charleston’s Charm; Pregame Parade

Charlie T. RiverDog Plans to Have Spectacular Entrance for the First Game of the Season presented by South Carolina’s Future Scholar 529 Program CHARLESTON, SC March 28, 2014 – New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra reportedly said that he loves home openers, whether they are at home or away. There’s no doubting that he’d love the home opener for the Charleston RiverDogs, the Class A affiliate of the 27-time World Series Champions Yankees. The RiverDogs opens the 2014 season on Monday, April 7, at 7:05 pm at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park against the rival Greenville Drive. “Opening Night is always a big night for us as it also signals the unofficial beginning of Spring and another […]

Orlando Magic Comeback Too Much for Cats

Orlando Magic Comeback Too Much for Cats

By Matt Rochinski bobcats.com ORLANDO, FL March 28, 2014 105vs.110 Amway Center, Orlando, FL 1 2 3 4 OT CHA 30 20 31 16 8 105 ORL 16 25 33 23 13 110 Preview | Boxscore | Game Recaps|Game Gallery THE RESULT Josh McRoberts had a career night for the Cats, scoring a career-best 24 points, including six three-pointers to go with seven rebounds and six assists but Charlotte could not hold off a Magic comeback on the way to a 110-105 overtime defeat on March 28 in Orlando. Kemba Walker added 24 points and eight assists in the loss. TURNING POINTS Charlotte led this one most of the way before Orlando opened the fourth quarter on a 15-8 run […]

Bobcats Care Community Report: Military Care Event

Bobcats Care Community Report: Military Care Event

By Kate Hussman bobcats.com CHARLOTTE, NC March 28, 2014 This past Tuesday the Bobcats teamed up with Family Dollar and Wells Fargo to pack 10,000 care kits for our troops serving around the world. Volunteers started showing up at Time Warner Cable® Arena at 5:00 am to unpack the Family Dollar truck filled with more than 140,000 different items to be assembled in our care kits. More than 400 volunteers from all three organizations spent the entire day prepping the items for our care kits and were joined by the Bobcats team and coaching staff to pack all of the care kits for distribution. Executives and staff worked side by side with the players and coaches to fill each care […]

No. 47 UNCW Defeats No. 37 VCU, 4-3

No. 47 UNCW Defeats No. 37 VCU, 4-3

The tandem of Christiaan Van der Burgh and Zach Hublitz provided the decisive point in a key win over the former CAA rivals. UNCW-VCU Match Results RICHMOND, VA March 28, 2014 – The 47th-ranked UNCW men’s tennis team opened a two-match road swing to Virginia by defeating No. 37 VCU, 4-3, on Friday at the Thalhimer Tennis Center. The Seahawks, who knocked off the Rams on the home courts for the first time, raised their record to 10-6 this spring. VCU stands 12-9 overall. UNCW was playing its ninth nationally-ranked opponent of the season and moved to 5-4 against ranked foes. The two former Colonial Athletic Association rivals played singles first and battled to a 3-all draw before settling the […]