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Government, politics and elections throughout the North Carolina and South Carolina coastal beach regions.

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 […]

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 […]

Authorities Seize North Carolina’s Copy of the Bill of Rights, 2003

Authorities Seize North Carolina’s Copy of the Bill of Rights, 2003

RALEIGH, NC March 18, 2014 – On March 18, 2003, a sting operation resulted in the recovery of North Carolina’s copy of the Bill of Rights from a group of antiques dealers. The return of the document ended an odyssey that began in 1865 when it was taken from the State Capitol in Raleigh by Union soldiers occupying the building. During the 140 years that it was missing, it came up for sale several times, but the state refused to pay for its own property. In 2003, an offer to sell a copy of the Bill of Rights came to the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. When their experts recognized it as North Carolina’s copy, they notified the state. A […]

POLL: NC Republicans and Democrats Tied

POLL: NC Republicans and Democrats Tied

NEW POLL: NC Republicans Approach New Legislative Session on Even Footing, Tied with Democrats on Legislative Ballot American Insights Signature Survey finds that North Carolina’s registered voters are evenly split in their support for state legislative candidates; Republicans and Democrats are tied at 41%, with 18% of voters remaining on the fence Raleigh, NC Mar. 11, 2014 — American Insights (AI), an innovative, North Carolina-based polling and microtargeting firm, is releasing new data measuring the state legislative ballot as well as registered voters’ views on the direction of North Carolina and their own economic future. Using its signature AI Triple Helix polling methodology – which includes landline, cell phone, and online panel responses – American Insights achieves highly representative and […]

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New Regulation for River Herring in Effect for Coastal Rivers

New Regulation for River Herring in Effect for Coastal Rivers

RALEIGH, NC Mar. 4, 2014 —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding anglers that they cannot harvest or possess blueback herring and alewife, collectively known as “river herring,” greater than 6 inches in length while boating on or fishing in inland fishing waters of coastal rivers and their tributaries. The regulation, which went into effect Aug. 1, 2013, applies to all river herring, regardless of origin, in inland fishing waters of the Roanoke, Tar, Neuse, Cape Fear, Waccamaw and Pee Dee rivers and their tributaries up to the first impoundment of the main course of the river, the Lumber River, including Drowning Creek, and all other inland fishing waters east of I-95. Download the Commission’s “Coastal, Joint and Inland Fishing […]