Carolina Government

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

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 […]

Special Edition Charlotte Hornets-Branded NC License Plates Available Tomorrow

Special Edition Charlotte Hornets-Branded NC License Plates Available Tomorrow

SPECIAL EDITION CHARLOTTE HORNETS-BRANDED NORTH CAROLINA LICENSE PLATES AVAILABLE STARTING TOMORROW First 300 Fans Have Opportunity To Purchase Through Hornets Organization;        Order Form Available Online At Hornets.com Download a Hornets License Plate Application (PDF) | Hornets License Plate FAQs June 23, 2014 – Charlotte Hornets fans throughout North Carolina now have the opportunity to show their loyalty to Buzz City and the return of the Hornets name by purchasing a special Hornets-branded license plate. These license plates, produced by the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, will incorporate the new Hornets logo and will allow fans the opportunity to order a regular or personalized plate. The first 300 license plates are available exclusively for order directly through the Hornets from […]

North Carolina State Archives Webinar on Protecting Family Photos and Records Now Available

North Carolina State Archives Webinar on Protecting Family Photos and Records Now Available

RALEIGH, NC June 19, 2014 – A class four hurricane with winds of 140 miles per hour is headed in your direction. What family papers and photographs will you grab as you rush out the door? What’s the best way to store old letters and family diaries to protect them from weather disasters and normal deterioration? The State Archives of North Carolina can help you discover how to protect your photos and records. The State Archives’ YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/ncarchives offers a series of online tutorials that provide information on the care and preservation of family treasures. “The Care and Handling of Family Papers” tutorials were developed in conjunction with the State Historical Records Advisory Board, funded by a grant from […]

Thom Tillis Throwback Thursday: Kay Hagan Raided Medicare To Pay For ObamaCare

Thom Tillis Throwback Thursday: Kay Hagan Raided Medicare To Pay For ObamaCare

RALEIGH, NC June 12, 2014 – It’s “throwback Thursday” and a new ad reminds North Carolinians that Kay Hagan cut Medicare for seniors to pay for ObamaCare, in addition to her repeated false promises that North Carolinians would be able to “keep” their health-care plans if they liked them. Hagan cast the deciding vote for ObamaCare, which cut Medicare funding by $716 billion, including over $200 billion in cuts to the popular Medicare Advantage program. The cuts will lead to devastating benefit reductions of about $1,500 per beneficiary, and many seniors have already lost their health-care plans and doctors as a result. Hagan broke her repeated promises to North Carolina seniors that they would not see a drop in their […]

Crossroads GPS Launches TV Issue Ad in North Carolina Focused on Obamacare’s Impact on Seniors

Crossroads GPS Launches TV Issue Ad in North Carolina Focused on Obamacare’s Impact on Seniors

New ad also spotlights Hagan’s vote to pass Obamacare, resulting in massive cuts to Medicare WASHINGTON, DC June 12, 2014 – Today, Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies (Crossroads GPS) announced a new issue ad that will run for one week on TV highlighting the devastating effect Obamacare is having on North Carolina seniors and urges its repeal. The new ad will air in North Carolina as part of a total buy of $3,550,000 that started on Tuesday, May 20. “Kay Hagan and Barack Obama made an explicit promise to North Carolinians in order to pass Obamacare, and seniors were hit hardest by their deception,” said Paul Lindsay, communications director for Crossroads GPS. “Hagan’s full-throated defense of Obamacare comes at the expense […]

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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 […]