Opinion: When the Media Ignores the News

By Jon Ham

screen_4410ba000afabRALEIGH — Many have made the observation that the greatest power the media has is its power to decide not to report something.

News stories, in my view, fall on a scale from blockbuster to fluff. If you have to cut, for space or time purposes, you cut from the fluff end of the scale and move up sequentially before you start cutting from the blockbuster end.

At least that’s what I always was taught by my editor mentors.


NC ChamberRALEIGH – The state’s most influential business leaders will come together for 2015 economic forecasting on Monday, Jan. 5 from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Sheraton Imperial in Research Triangle Park. The 13th annual Economic Forecast Forum, hosted by the North Carolina Bankers Association and the North Carolina Chamber, will provide essential information regarding the economic fronts for our state, our region and our nation in the coming year.

Military consumers to get $2.5 million in relief, AG Cooper announces

RoyCooperRALEIGH – A company that set up shops near military bases and targeted North Carolina military consumers with unfair practices now has to forgive debts and pay refunds, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced Thursday.

“Military servicemembers work hard to protect our country, but unfortunately their steady paychecks can make them targets for shady practices,” Cooper said. “We won’t tolerate unscrupulous businesses that take advantage of military consumers in North Carolina.”

NCDOT to Suspend Work on I-40 over the Yadkin River Until After the New Year

ncdotRALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation is suspending work over the holidays on a maintenance project on a pair of Interstate 40 bridges over the Yadkin River between mile markers 180 and 182.

The project involves working on the deck joints for the east and westbound bridges. The work is weather dependent due to the nature of the materials being used, and can only take place when air temperatures are above 45 degrees and there is no precipitation.

DCR TV for Interesting and Fun Educational


RALEIGH – Supplemental educational programming for children is just a mouse click away through webcasts created by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. Originally broadcast live online, the programs are now available whenever a class or family is ready to tune in. Three of the videos are appropriate for fourth and eighth grade students, while two others are for older students studying textiles.

A Colonial Christmas is set at Tryon Palace and explores the history of the holidays with an 18th-century cooking demonstration, a hands-on historic craft to make at you location and interactive discussion exploring colonial holiday traditions. View the Colonial Christmas webcast and teacher guide 

The Last Stand on the Western Bank: 150th Anniversary

WINNABOW, N.C. — Winter of 1865. The Gibraltar of the South, Fort Fisher, had just fallen to Union forces. The end of the Civil War was in sight. Before the break of dawn on Feb. 19, 1865, Confederate troops were forced to evacuate the last major defensive fortification on the lower Cape Fear, Fort Anderson. Over the course of the next 72 hours, the port of Wilmington would fall into Union hands.

Public hearing scheduled to gather comments on Monroe connector/bypass project

ncdotRALEIGH – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the N.C. Division of Water Resources are holding a public hearing on Jan. 6 to gather feedback on the environmental impacts of a proposed controlled access toll road in Mecklenburg and Union counties.

The planned roadway extends from U.S. 74 near Interstate 485 in Mecklenburg County to U.S. 74 between Wingate and Marshville in Union County, a distance of about 20 miles. The project is designed to improve mobility and capacity, and allow for high-speed regional travel while maintaining access to properties along the existing U.S. 74.

Former Charlotte Resident Indicted on Securities and Wire Fraud Charges

CHARLOTTE, NC—On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, a grand jury sitting in Charlotte returned a federal indictment against Michael Francis Egan, III, 32, formerly of Charlotte, charging him with securities fraud and wire fraud in connection with a fraudulent investment scheme, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

U.S. Attorney Tompkins is joined in making today’s announcement by John A. Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division.

NCDOT Aims to Help Travelers Save Time, Money over Holiday Season

ncdotRALEIGH, N.C. — As families begin traveling this holiday season, the N.C. Department of Transportation will suspend most road construction activities on major routes across the state to help make their trips a little smoother. By avoiding traffic delays, motorists can reach their destinations safely and efficiently, while cutting down on fuel consumption and costs.

NCDOT will suspend most construction projects along interstate, N.C. and U.S. routes, from 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19, until 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 5, with these exceptions:

  • U.S. 158 (Elizabeth Street) in Elizabeth City is reduced to one lane in each direction from Road Street to the Pasquotank River Bridge for resurfacing and construction of a new bridge;

NCDMV Announces Holiday Business Hours

RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles’ driver license offices and license plate agencies will be closed from Wednesday, December 24 through Saturday, December 27 in observance of the Christmas holiday. All driver license office and agency locations will resume normal business hours on Monday, December 29.

In addition, all office locations will be closed on Thursday, January 1, 2015 in observance of New Year’s Day. Offices will reopen during normal business hours on Friday, January 2, 2015.