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Historic Preservation Tax Credits Are Getting a Second Look by the N.C. Legislature

Historic Preservation Tax Credits Are Getting a Second Look by the N.C. Legislature

RALIEGH, NC July 30, 2014 – A groundswell of support for historic preservation tax credits is getting the attention of House and Senate leaders who did not include these economic tools in their initial budget. “I want to thank the House and Senate, especially Rep. David Lewis, for introducing a Historic Tax Credit amendment to Senate Bill 763,” said Susan Kluttz, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. “Historic preservation has been a proven economic stimulant that has saved old mills, historic homes and decaying buildings while bringing jobs to communities that most needed them. I am working closely with House and Senate members to support this amendment, one that is very similar to Governor Pat McCrory’s earlier […]

Federal Duck Stamp Will Be Available Electronically Aug. 1, 2014

Federal Duck Stamp Will Be Available Electronically Aug. 1, 2014

RALEIGH, NC July 29, 2014 — Waterfowl hunters in North Carolina will have the option of purchasing a federal duck stamp electronically, starting Aug. 1. The new “Duck E-Stamp” allows the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to sell stamps electronically through its wildlife service agents, online, and by phone, for $16 plus a $2 transaction fee. Hunters who purchase a duck e-stamp will receive electronic authorization immediately and the actual stamp by mail within 45 days of purchase. Physical stamps may be obtained directly from select post office locations. For more information, visit https://www.duckstamp.com/. To hunt migratory waterfowl in North Carolina, hunters must have a valid North Carolina hunting license, HIP (Harvest Information Program) certification and a state waterfowl hunting license, […]

Landowners Invited to Invasive Species Workshop

Landowners Invited to Invasive Species Workshop

TROY, NC July 28, 2014 — The Greater Uwharrie Conservation Partnership is hosting a free, day-long invasive species workshop for private forestland owners on Aug. 22 at Montgomery County Community College in Troy. The “Invasive Species: Identification and Management” workshop will begin a 9 a.m. with an overview from N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission staff on invasive plant species commonly found in the piedmont of North Carolina. Other presentations include early detection and rapid response procedures, as well as an update on new and emerging species, such as mile-a-minute vine and Cogongrass. Staff also will conduct breakout sessions on invasive plant identification, including some native “look-alike” species, management tools used to eradicate weeds, including different herbicide applications, hand tools and fire, […]

North Carolina Wildlife License Fee Changes Go into Effect Aug. 1

North Carolina Wildlife License Fee Changes Go into Effect Aug. 1

RALEIGH, NC July 28, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announced today several changes to its hunting, inland fishing and trapping licenses, which will go into effect Aug. 1. Changes include: Increased fees for certain short-term, annual and lifetime licenses. The duration of a short-term hunting license also will increase from six to 10 days, making it consistent with short-term fishing licenses. Eligibility requirements for senior licenses, which raise the age to 70 for residents who were born after Aug. 1, 1953. The age requirement remains 65 for residents born on or before Aug. 1, 1953. Elimination of county licenses, which include Resident County Hunting, Resident County Trapping, and Resident County Inland Fishing. Increased reciprocal license fees for Georgia, […]

Congressmen and Parliamentarians to Join Farmworker Union in Examination of Labor Rights Abuses & Intimidation in U.S Tobacco

Congressmen and Parliamentarians to Join Farmworker Union in Examination of Labor Rights Abuses & Intimidation in U.S Tobacco

Dudley, North Carolina- On July 26th U.S Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and British Members of Parliament Ian Lavery and James Sheridan will participate in a fact-finding delegation to North Carolina tobacco fields to examine human rights conditions in the supply chain of British and American tobacco manufacturers. This binational delegation will be joined by AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gabre and FLOC President Baldemar Velasquez. The Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO (FLOC), a union representing farmworkers in the American South and Midwest and organizer of the delegation, will highlight the efforts of farmworkers to engage the companies in guaranteeing their right to negotiate collectively, without fear of retaliation. On July 26, the delegation of statesmen will visit farms in the […]

Introducing the New Albert J. Ellis Police Chief: Renado Prince

Introducing the New Albert J. Ellis Police Chief: Renado Prince

JACKSONVILLE, NC July 18, 2014 – Renado Prince, the new Albert J. Ellis police chief, packs more than thirty years of experience into a career that brought him to Onslow County.  Prince was sworn in yesterday by Onslow County Clerk of Court Bettie Gurganus at the Onslow County Courthouse with nearly 30 family, co-workers and friends in attendance. The Bolivia, NC native seems perfect for his new position leading a full-service police force here. Prince’s military career, which began on active duty in 1981 and concluded in 2004 as a reservist, will endear him to many Onslow County residents and allows him to relate to the challenges of a military-based community.  His subsequent law enforcement achievements similarly separated him from […]

Governor McCrory Appoints Valerie Macon Poet Laureate

Governor McCrory Appoints Valerie Macon Poet Laureate

RALEIGH, NC July 14, 2014 –  Governor Pat McCrory has appointed Valerie Macon as the poet laureate of North Carolina. Macon will serve a two-year term and follows Joseph Bathanti in this role. The North Carolina Arts Council is pleased that the Poet Laureate program is continuing with Governor Pat McCrory’s appointment of Valerie Macon. While past appointments included a selection committee, it is not required as part of the selection process. It is the Governor’s appointment and the prerogative of his office to select the state’s Poet Laureate. The North Carolina Arts Council is looking forward to working with Ms. Macon in her term. The role of North Carolina’s poet laureate was first established in 1935. The poet laureate […]

North Carolina Wildlife Commission Sets Migratory Game Bird Seasons

North Carolina Wildlife Commission Sets Migratory Game Bird Seasons

RALEIGH, NC July 11, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has approved the season dates for dove and other webless migratory game birds, as well as September seasons for Canada geese and teal. Seasons and bag limits for most species are similar to last year with the notable exception of the dove hunting season. This year, 20 additional days were allowed and the Commission added a portion of those extra days to the early October segment of the season and added the remaining extra days to late November and early December. Now, once the dove season reopens in late November, it will run until it closes in mid-January, effectively combining the second and third seasons into one extended second […]

North Carolina State Budget Causes Concerns for Tryon Palace

North Carolina State Budget Causes Concerns for Tryon Palace

RALEIGH, NC July 9, 2014 – Uncertainty clouds North Carolina’s first state capitol. Negotiations are underway between the House and the Senate for funding of Tryon Palace and the North Carolina History Center. Senate budget leaders did not include adequate funding for Tryon Palace relative to the House and Governor’s versions. Specifically, the House budget included an allocation of $400,000 to the $100,000 previously budgeted for Tryon Palace, the minimum needed to keep the Palace and the complex open to the public at current service levels. The Governor’s proposed budget gave Tryon Palace $520,000. “Tryon Palace is truly one of North Carolina’s gems that helps preserve and present a significant part of our state’s history to a wide range of […]

JUMPO LRTP Team Invites Public to Take Survey

JUMPO LRTP Team Invites Public to Take Survey

JUMPO LONG RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN TEAM INVITES PUBLIC TO COMPLETE SURVEY JACKSONVILLE, NC June 24, 2014 – The Jacksonville Urban Area Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) team invites the public to participate in a short survey and interactive map by visiting http://jumpo2040.metroquest.com/. This fun and interactive survey will help the team understand community preference, opinions and issues. The public will be able to express general themes and concerns along with providing location-specific concerns via an interactive online map.  There is also an opportunity for residents to provide ideas on how they would spend transportation dollars. The Jacksonville Urban Area Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is a community-driven process that establishes a vision for mobility in the City of Jacksonville and […]