Carolina Government

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Boating and Driving Safety Campaign Underway this Labor Day Weekend

Boating and Driving Safety Campaign Underway this Labor Day Weekend

RALEIGH, NC August 21, 2014 — The “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign, a multi-agency initiative designed to combine law enforcement resources to ensure everyone can safely travel on highways and waterways during summer months, continues throughout Labor Day weekend. “There are dangerous consequences when an impaired driver gets behind the wheel of a car or boat,” said Capt. Todd Radabaugh with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “Think before you drink. Have a designated driver for the water and the road. Don’t let an arrest or accident spoil your end-of-summer fun.” On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive   The “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign concentrates […]

Sneads Ferry Community Plan Team to Host Community Workshop

Sneads Ferry Community Plan Team to Host Community Workshop

JACKSONVILLE, NC August 13, 2014 — The Sneads Ferry Community Plan team will host a Community Workshop on Tuesday, August 19, in the cafeteria at Dixon Elementary School, 130 Betty Dixon Road, Holly Ridge from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The workshop is open to the general public. This event will be an interactive open house and the public is encouraged to stop by at any time to participate. During the workshop, members of the community will be able to provide input on the potential growth alternatives and transportation exhibits drafted by the plan’s Blue Ribbon Panel and project team. The Blue Ribbon Panel is composed of residents, members of the business community, and other stakeholders. The Board of County […]

North Carolina U.S. Senate Race Locked in Dead Heat between Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis

North Carolina U.S. Senate Race Locked in Dead Heat between Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis

12 weeks before Election Day, American Insights releases exclusive analysis as signature AI Trend Chart shows candidates deadlocked at 42%. RALEIGH, NC August 11, 2014 — With 12 weeks to go until Election Day, American Insights (AI) – a North Carolina-based polling and microtargeting firm – is releasing exclusive new analysis on the North Carolina senate race based on recent polling and the latest model-based projections. The AI Trend Chart shows Senator Kay Hagan and Speaker Thom Tillis again tied at 42% with Hagan’s recent lead having evaporated. The new analysis looks at what distinguishes individual polls and how North Carolina fits into the national narrative of Republicans seeking to take control of the U.S. Senate. “With just 12 weeks […]

STATEMENT of UNC President Tom Ross on the 2014-15 state budget

STATEMENT of UNC President Tom Ross on the 2014-15 state budget

CHAPEL HILL, NC August 7, 2014:   UNC President Tom Ross has offered the following statement on the 2014-15 state budget signed today by Governor McCrory:   “We are grateful to the members of the General Assembly for their attention to our needs and the tools that we have been given to manage our resources. There is a lot to appreciate in this budget, including the first new investment by the General Assembly for parts of our strategic directions initiative and the support of the New Teacher Support program.   “We continue to focus on our responsibility to produce a well-equipped talent force for our businesses and our communities.  Highly talented faculty and staff are critical to these efforts.  As […]

NC Wildlife Commission Offers Special-Opportunity Hunts to Youths

NC Wildlife Commission Offers Special-Opportunity Hunts to Youths

RALEIGH, NC August 5, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer facilitated permit hunts for youth, 12 to 15 years old, during the upcoming hunting season. “All participants are provided guidance and assistance,” said BB Gillen, the Wildlife Commission’s outdoor skills coordinator. “Youth and accompanying adults always have fun and learn — and typically are successful — during these hunts.” Youth hunters will be selected by a random, computer-generated draw. A $5 nonrefundable administrative fee is charged for each permit hunt application. The 2014 facilitated hunts are: Sept. 1 Dove, at Mountain Island Educational State Forest, Gaston County Application Deadline:Aug. 10 Oct. 4 Deer, at Duke Energy’s Belews Creek Steam Station, Stokes County Application Deadline:Sept. 1 Oct. 18 […]

Sneads Ferry Community Plan to host community workshop

Sneads Ferry Community Plan to host community workshop

SNEADS FERRY, NC August 5, 2014 – The Sneads Ferry Community Plan team will host a Community Workshop on Tuesday, August 19, in the cafeteria at Dixon Elementary School, 130 Betty Dixon Road, Holly Ridge from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The workshop is open to the general public. This event will be an interactive open house and the public is encouraged to stop by at any time to participate. During the workshop, members of the community will be able to provide input on the potential growth alternatives and transportation exhibits drafted by the plan’s Blue Ribbon Panel and project team.   The Blue Ribbon Panel is composed of residents, members of the business community, and other stakeholders. The Board […]

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, […]