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North Carolina Students Win Big at National History Day Competition

North Carolina Students Win Big at National History Day Competition

RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina middle and high school students, as well as their teachers, shined with award recognition in the National History Day (NHD) Contest, June 14-18, at the University of Maryland, College Park. A first place, second place, several special awards and other awards were among honors bestowed on students from the Tar Heel state. "We are so happy for the students," says Laura Ketcham, outreach coordinator, N.C. Office of Archives and History, which administers the program. "They have worked hard all year, and it's wonderful to see them rewarded in an academic competition

Metal Works Mfg. Co. Expands in Cleveland County

Metal Works Mfg. Co. Expands in Cleveland County

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina recently announced that Metal Works Mfg. Co. will be expanding in Cleveland County. The company plans to create 86 new jobs in Shelby within the next three years. Metal Works Mfg. Co’s annual investment in new jobs for the Cleveland County work force will be $3.9 million by the end of 2019. “Nothing compares to North Carolina’s manufacturing workforce,” said Governor McCrory. "This new company will find well qualified employees to not only make

The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are

“It’s Revolutionary!” Kicks Off July 4 at Colonial Historic Sites

“It’s Revolutionary!” Kicks Off July 4 at Colonial Historic Sites

RALEIGH, N.C. -- July 4 is the kick off for "It's Revolutionary!" a two year observance of the importance of North Carolina's Revolutionary and colonial era state historic sites in America's freedom story. From ousting a colonial governor in New Bern to calling for freedom from England in Halifax, North Carolina has played a pivotal role in the move to independence for the Unites States. From July 4, 2015, to July 4, 2017, nine state historic sites and the State Archives will share programming to celebrate this history. The observance will include more than 20 events

Tillis Calls For Continued Efforts To Fix Broken VA

Tillis Calls For Continued Efforts To Fix Broken VA

ASHEVILLE, NC – On Thursday, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) toured the Asheville Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) where he met with both executive leadership and patients. The tour comes as the next phase in his fact-finding mission to develop a better understanding of best practices and ultimate failures within the VA facilities across the state of North Carolina. The Senator has previously visited the Fayetteville, Durham and Salisbury VAMCs. In Asheville, Tillis toured the specialty clinic, inpatient unit, vascular and cardiothoracic unit, and participated in several discussions focused on mental health and plans for expanding the medical center.

Opinion Columns & Editorials

  • Opinion:  Pay Teachers A Market Wage

    Opinion: Pay Teachers A Market Wage

    by Dr. Terry Stoops In an interview published on the Capital and Main website, former U.S. Labor Secretary and University of California at Berkley public policy professor Robert Reich opined that, despite the importance of their jobs, teachers are underpaid compared to supposedly less important professionals. He pointed out that investment bankers and Wall Street traders make thousands, millions, and even billions more than teachers. "The law of supply and demand in terms of wages is not repealed at the doors of our school houses," Reich declared. Some have tried mightily to ignore the law of supply and

  • Opinion:  Low SAT scores = bad teachers?

    Opinion: Low SAT scores = bad teachers?

    by Dr. Terry Stoops There are concerns that students who pursue careers in education represent the least capable of those students who pursue college degrees.  As Thomas Sowell observed in Inside American Education, "Consistently, for decades, those college students who have majored in education have been among the least qualified of all college students, and the professors who taught them have been among the least respected by their colleagues elsewhere in the college or university." (p. 23).  Sowell notes that, beginning in the early 20th century, those who have enrolled in teacher colleges have had lower average scores than

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