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Record Visitor Spending Reflected in all NC Counties in 2018

Record Visitor Spending Reflected in all NC Counties in 2018

State Spending by Domestic Visitors Jumps to $25.3 Billion Raleigh — Record visitor spending in 2018 was reflected with visitor spending increases in all 100 counties, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The data comes from an annual study commissioned by Visit North Carolina, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. Domestic visitors […]

House Committee Approves Broadband Infrastructure Legislation

House Committee Approves Broadband Infrastructure Legislation

House Committee Approves Broadband Infrastructure Legislation ———————————————————— This week, by a vote of 13-9, the House State and Local Government committee approved legislation allowing certain counties and municipalities to install and maintain broadband infrastructure to be leased to a private provider. NCACC Executive Director Kevin Leonard attended the committee meeting and spoke in favor of […]

How NC’s elected officials are responding to mass shootings in Dayton, El Paso

How NC’s elected officials are responding to mass shootings in Dayton, El Paso

By Clayton Henkel, Progressive Pulse What can you say after two mass shootings in less than 24 hours? The weekend’s first mass shooting was in El Paso, Texas at a Walmart shopping center that left 20 dead and dozens more wounded. Hours later, another gunman in Dayton, Ohio fatally shot his sister and eight others. […]

Lake James State Park grows by 36 acres with Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina land sale

Lake James State Park grows by 36 acres with Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina land sale

MORGANTON, N.C. — On July 29, Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina sold 36 acres of land to North Carolina State Parks for addition to Lake James State Park. The conservancy purchased the property from Southmountain Children and Family Services on May 6 and held it until funding became available for State Parks to purchase it. […]

Ellen Frost indicted, accused of using taxpayer funds for personal equestrian activities at TIEC

Ellen Frost indicted, accused of using taxpayer funds for personal equestrian activities at TIEC

ASHEVILLE – An 11-count federal indictment against former Buncombe County Commissioner Ellen Frost was lodged today that she conspired with corrupt manager Wanda Greene to use more than $575,000 of public funds on personal equestrian activities. The 64-year-old  woman was implicated in Greene’s  use of taxpayer funds for sponsorships and advertisements at Tryon International Equestrian […]

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 […]

Op-Ed: What People Magazine “Investigates: Cults” Failed To Say About Word of Faith Fellowship

Op-Ed: What People Magazine “Investigates: Cults” Failed To Say About Word of Faith Fellowship

By Butch Maltby, Member, Word of Faith Fellowship, Spindale, NC We live in a nation where lying is sadly accepted, exaggeration assumed and readers and television viewers often love to be shocked—even if the content is clearly distorted or even fabricated.  A magazine article this week featured a dramatic story retelling of a set of allegations from […]

Looking to the Future, Public Sees an America in Decline on Many Fronts

Looking to the Future, Public Sees an America in Decline on Many Fronts

Majorities predict a weaker economy, a growing income divide, a degraded environment and a broken political system BY KIM PARKER, RICH MORIN AND JULIANA MENASCE HOROWITZ, Pew Charitable Trust When Americans peer 30 years into the future, they see a country in decline economically, politically and on the world stage. While a narrow majority of the public (56%) say […]

Cliffside Fire & Rescue achieves higher rating

Cliffside Fire & Rescue achieves higher rating

Approximately 3 months ago the North Carolina Department of Insurance – Office of State Fire Marshal ratings and inspections division sent an inspector to Cliffside Fire & Rescue fire station at their request to begin an ISO rating inspection. The official results from the state of North Carolina were a new rating of 5/9E that […]

LOCATED. SAFE. Missing Teen:Gracie Lillian Mull, age 13.

LOCATED. SAFE. Missing Teen:Gracie Lillian Mull, age 13.

GRACIE MULL HAS BEEN LOCATED, SAFE. Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office seeks your help in locating a missing teenager: Gracie Lillian Mull. Gracie, a 13 year old white female, was last seen at her home in Rutherfordton around 4:45 am on June 17, 2019. Gracie is 5’3″ tall and weighs approximately 112 pounds. She has straight […]

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