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JOINT STATEMENT FROM ATRIUM HEALTH AND NOVANT HEALTH RE: REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION IN CHARLOTTE

Charlotte is proud to have a prominent role in our nation’s selection of its presidential candidates. Despite the inherent risk of having large gatherings during the pandemic, nominating conventions are an integral part of our democracy. As the leading health providers in the area, we at Atrium Health and Novant Health are dedicated to lending […]

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NC’s Small Businesses Say USPS Needed Now More Than Ever

Many retailers who have made the switch from brick-and-mortar to online-only sales during the pandemic are relying heavily on their local postal service. (Adobe Stock) ASHEVILLE, N.C. — North Carolina’s small businesses say they are relying on the U.S. Postal Service to help get them get through the coronavirus pandemic by ensuring their products and […]

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Equestrian fraud scheme leads to federal guilty plea for former Buncombe commissioner

Ellen Frost admits to role in fraud conspiracy in federal court plea, could get up to 5 years in prison. by Staff Reports  August 10, 2020 The federal courthouse in Asheville. Carolina Public Press file photo Ellen Frost, the 65-year-old former Buncombe County commissioner facing accusations of using federal funds to sponsor equestrian activities, pleaded guilty […]

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NC may turn to low-performing virtual charters in response to demand for online education

By Greg Childress, NC Policy Watch   Last year, after four consecutive years of poor academic performance, state lawmakers rewarded North Carolina’s virtual charter school pilot program with an extension that allows its two schools to operate through the 2022-23 school year. The pilot program created in 2015 was supposed to end after the 2018-19 […]

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Lake Lure Community Forums Update

The Lake Lure Town Council held a series of Community Forums on 7/28/20. The purpose of the meeting was to share information on the Town’s extensive plans for the Lake Lure Dam renovations, Sewer System rehabilitation, and Lake maintenance.  Protecting and maintaining our community requires an aggressive plan to foster federal and state support, promote […]

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Majority of state’s 1.5 million students will start school with remote instruction

 By Greg Childress, NC POLICY WATCH Mark Johnson, State SuperintendentRoughly one million of the state’s K-12 students will attend school remotely to start the new school year, State Superintendent Mark Johnson said Tuesday. Johnson made the comment during a remote Council of State Meeting. “Right now, we’re on track for two out of every three students in our […]

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CONSUMER ALERT: Watch Out for Unsolicited Shipments

The Attorney General’s office has learned that some North Carolina residents have received seed packets from China or other foreign sources that they did not order in the mail. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said the shipping of these seeds is likely the product of an international internet scam known as […]

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Controversy follows receipt of Paycheck Protection Program funds by public charter schools

By Greg Childress, NC Policy Watch At least 50 North Carolina charter schools received money from the federal Paycheck Protection Program, created to help small businesses and nonprofits stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because some charter schools also received COVID-19 relief money through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, critics have accused them […]

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NORTH CAROLINA’S MAY EMPLOYMENT FIGURES RELEASED

From the NC Dept. of Commerce… Raleigh, N.C. The state’s seasonally adjusted May unemployment rate was 12.9 percent, remaining unchanged from April’s revised rate. The national rate decreased 1.4 percentage points to 13.3 percent. North Carolina’s May 2020 unemployment rate increased 8.9 percentage points from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 118,154 […]