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Document dispute has DA demanding child abuse files from DSS

Document dispute has DA demanding child abuse files from DSS

AUGUST 14, 2019, BY KATE MARTIN, CAROLINA PUBLIC PRESS Cherokee County, NC — A fracas over confidential records related to a felony child abuse case in Western North Carolina, in which a family is accused of raping and prostituting at least one of their three children, has a district attorney asking a judge to force the […]

With town of Eureka drowning in sewage bills, state takes control

With town of Eureka drowning in sewage bills, state takes control

BY KIRK ROSS, Carolina Public Press During a July 29 meeting to discuss the state’s takeover of Eureka, Wayne County Commissioner Ray Mayo encourages residents to be patient. Kirk Ross / Carolina Public Press In early June, the small northern Wayne County town of Eureka, got its official warning letter from the N.C. Department of […]

NC local governments try to navigate changing golf course economics

NC local governments try to navigate changing golf course economics

BY JOANNE CLEAVER, Carolina Public Press With the economics of golf courses changing, the fate of courses like Charlotte’s Golf Club at Ballantyne, now owned by developer Northwood, remain clouded, also creating uncertainty for the local governments that tax them. Photo courtesy of Northwood. The arches and terraces of the Ballantyne Hotel in south Charlotte […]

UPDATED: Rep. Henson reverses course day after guilty plea, resigns from NC legislature

UPDATED:  Rep. Henson reverses course day after guilty plea, resigns from NC legislature

JULY 24, 2019, BY KATE MARTIN, CAROLINA PUBLIC PRESS NC Rep. Cody Henson pleaded guilty to cyberstalking on Tuesday at the Transylvania County Courthouse in Brevard. On Wednesday he issued his resignation from the General Assembly. Frank Taylor / Carolina Public Press NC Rep. Cody Henson, R-Transylvania, who pleaded guilty Tuesday to cyberstalking his estranged wife, announced […]

UPDATED: Rep. Henson pleads guilty to cyberstalking, won’t resign

UPDATED: Rep. Henson pleads guilty to cyberstalking, won’t resign

JULY 23, 2019, BY FRANK TAYLOR, Carolina Public Press NC Rep. Cody Henson, R-Transylvania, hurries away from reporters attempting to interview him Tuesday morning following his cyberstalking guilty plea in Brevard. Frank Taylor / Carolina Public Press BREVARD – NC Rep. Cody Henson, R-Transylvania, pleaded guilty to one count of cyberstalking in Transylvania County court Tuesday morning, […]

Lawmaker ‘needed in Raleigh,’ gets 3rd continuance in cyberstalking case

Lawmaker ‘needed in Raleigh,’ gets 3rd continuance in cyberstalking case

JULY 10, 2019, BY FRANK TAYLOR N.C. Rep. Cody Henson was set to have his criminal case on a cyberstalking charge heard Tuesday at the Transylvania County Courthouse in Brevard, but his attorney instead requested and was granted a continuance in the case. Frank Taylor / Carolina Public Press July 23 is the latest hearing date […]

What’s supposed to happen when schools receive threats?

What’s supposed to happen when schools receive threats?

BY NEILL CALDWELL, Carolina Public Press Cedar Ridge High School in northern Orange County was the scene of threats written on a bathroom wall in May. Photo courtesy of Orange County Schools Someone wrote threats on a bathroom wall in May at Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough.  Teachers learned of the warning about bringing a […]

Justices take federal courts out of political gerrymandering question

Justices take federal courts out of political gerrymandering question

BY KIRK ROSS, Carolina Public Press The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the US Constitution gives state legislators the power to draw congressional districts and the federal courts should not interfere with whether gerrymandering has been too partisan. The North Carolina General Assembly meets in the State Legislative Building in Raleigh, seen here in […]

Sexual assault cases in NC plagued by long lags after arrests made

Sexual assault cases in NC plagued by long lags after arrests made

JUNE 17, 2019, BY KATE MARTIN Valerie Pearce, an assistant district attorney in Pitt County, sits in front of the courthouse in Greenville. She describes facing a substantial backlog of sex crime cases that have been delayed. Calvin Adkins / Carolina Public Press Once law enforcement arrests a rape suspect in North Carolina, the wait only […]

Women-owned businesses increasing in NC despite adversity

Women-owned businesses increasing in NC despite adversity

JUNE 14, 2019, BY KARRIGAN MONK Wendy Coulter, found of Cary-based company Hummingbird Creative Group and president of the Greater Raleigh Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, credits empowerment efforts for the rapid increase in woman-owned businesses. Photo courtesy of Wendy Coulter Women-owned businesses are increasing nationally and statewide, according to a recent […]

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