Governor McCrory Announces Appointments

PatMcCrory1RALEIGH, N.C. — Governor Pat McCrory announced the following appointments on Tuesday:


State Property Tax Commission

  • Linda Shaw (Guilford County) - Shaw is retiring from the Guilford County Board of Commissioners after having served her fourth term.  She has been active in numerous civic and volunteer organizations.  She served on the Presidential Scholars Commission having been appointed by President George W. Bush.

The commission is the trial court of record for questions of appraisal, listing and exemption arising under the property tax laws and appeal from the commission is direct to the Court of Appeals. The term length is four years.

Help Make the Holidays Brighter for Veterans with the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA

BattleshipNCWILMINGTON, N.C. – The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is asking for help in making the holidays brighter for veterans.  In the past 9 years, the community has come together to send over 21,000 cards to veterans staying in over twenty-eight VA hospitals in 9 states. To continue the tradition, the Ship is reaching out in efforts to build on the foundation and reach more veterans than in years past.
To participate, an individual, school, or organization can create holiday cards wishing our veterans a Happy Holiday and a Thank You for serving our country. Decorate the front of the card and on the inside or back side, please include your first name only and what school, church, or group you are affiliated with. Participants are encouraged to use traditional holiday images (trees, wreaths, angels, etc.) to decorate their cards.  Cards can also be created during the Verry Merry Showboat December 6th event at the Battleship.
Cards can also be created at the Battleship on Saturday, December 6, during A Verry Merry Showboat family holiday event. The Battleship has partnered with the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross. Their volunteers will be staffing the card making activity in the Ship’s Coca-Cola Canteen from 10am to noon and from 1pm to 3pm.
Completed cards should be brought or mailed to the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA by December 15, 2014.  Cards will not be accepted after this date, as to allow for shipping time to the hospitals.  Veterans Affairs Hospitals located in North Carolina and several neighboring states will receive based on the quantity created.
The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA would also like to remind everyone to continue to thank veterans throughout the year. Because of the amazing response to the holiday cards, the Battleship created a new activity for visitors in the exhibit hall to help extend the gratitude year round.  Since June, more than 5,000 “thank a veteran” cards have been sent to the four Veteran Affairs facilities in the state of North Carolina. Be sure to write your note of thanks during your next visit to the Battleship.
To participate or learn more about the holiday and thank you veterans cards, please contact the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA at 910-251-5797.
About the Battleship North Carolina
The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is self-supporting, not tax supported and relies primarily upon admissions to tour the Ship, sales in the Ship’s Store, donations and investments. No funds for its administration and operation come from appropriations from governmental entities at the local, state or federal levels. Located at the junction of Highways 17/74/76/421 on the Cape Fear River.   Visit or follow us on and for more information. Relive with the crew on the Battleship Blog The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is an historic site within the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (


NC Department of Agriculture offers tips on caring for fresh Christmas trees

NC AgricultureRALEIGH – Over the next few weeks, North Carolina families will visit choose-and-cut farms, tree lots, farmers markets and shopping centers in search of the perfect fresh Christmas tree for their holiday decorations. It’s important to know how to care for the tree once you get it home.

“For many families, choosing the perfect Christmas tree is the start of their holidays, and giving your tree proper care will ensure it stays fresh throughout the season,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Keeping your tree hydrated will help prevent accidents that could ruin the holidays.”

Opinion: Economic Nonsense and the Keystone XL Pipeline

RoyCordatoby Dr. Roy Cordato

With the recent vote and debate about whether to proceed with building the Keystone XL pipeline, most arguments have focused on economic claims, in particular the pipeline’s impact on oil prices and jobs. Personally, my support for the pipeline has nothing to do with either of these things.

Instead it stems from the fact that, in a free society, based on private property and free exchange, land owners have a right to do whatever they want with their property, including run a pipeline across it.

New tool gives state officials easier access to emergency plans in case dam fails

DENRRALEIGH, N.C. – Two state agencies have created a web-based tool that enables people to submit and update emergency plans for high and intermediate hazard dams.

The web-based planning application and template enables dam owners to more easily meet a key requirement of the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014. The law requires that people submit by March 1, 2015 emergency action plans for high and intermediate hazard dams to the state departments of Environment and Natural Resources and Public Safety. The law was passed in September.

“This tool will enhance public safety across the state,” said Frank L. Perry, secretary of the N.C. Department of Public Safety.

Voters split on Obama’s immigration move; President’s approval near all-time low

American voters are divided on whether President Barack Obama should take action to address the immigration issue if Congress fails to act, as 45 percent say the president should issue an executive order while 48 percent say he should not, according to a Quinnipiac University National poll.

At the same time, support for immigrants is at its lowest level ever measured by the independent Quinnipiac University Poll. Offered three choices on what to do about illegal immigrants:

  • 48 percent of American voters say they should be allowed to stay, with a path to citizenship, down from 57 percent November 13, 2013, and the lowest this number ever has been;

Governor McCrory Announces Appointments

PatMcCrory1RALEIGH, N.C. — Governor Pat McCrory announced the following appointments:

North Carolina State Board of Opticians

  • William Brock (Gaston County) – Brock is a licensed optician with the National Vision Center (Walmart). He is a reappointment.
  • Debra Newell (Wake County)  – Newell is the president of Focal Point Marketing Inc.
  • Linda Miller (Beaufort County)  - Miller is the owner of Miller Optical Management Inc.
  • Jennifer Hawkins (Wake County) - Hawkins is the owner and CEO of The Optical Dispensary. She is a reappointment.
  • William Fischer (Dare County) - Fischer is a building and electrical contractor. He is a reappointment.

Draft Game Land Management Plans Available for Public Review

NC WildlifeRALEIGH, N.C. — After conducting a series of public meetings to gather input on developing management plans for game lands across the state, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has posted draft plans for seven game lands on its website for additional public comment.

The Commission is accepting comments through Jan. 16 for the following game lands:

  •  Green River, comprising 14,331 acres in Henderson and Polk counties
  •  Holly Shelter, comprising 64,743 acres in Pender County
  •  Lower Roanoke River Wetland, comprising 10,077 of state-owned acres in Martin and Bertie counties
  •  R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell, comprising 17,788 acres in Caswell County

FBI Releases 2013 Statistics on Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted

FBIWASHINGTON, D.C. — According to statistics collected by the FBI, 76 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents in 2013. Of these, 27 law enforcement officers died as a result of felonious acts, and 49 officers died in accidents. In addition, 49,851 officers were victims of line-of-duty assaults. Comprehensive data tables about these incidents and brief narratives describing the fatal attacks and selected assaults resulting in injury are included in the 2013 edition of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, released today.

Felonious Deaths

Insects in Dan River downstream of Feb. 2 coal ash spill appear to be thriving, state tests show

nc water resourcesRALEIGH, N.C. – Aquatic insect communities in an area downstream from the Feb. 2 coal ash spill appear to be thriving, according to the results of testing conducted by state environmental officials.

Staff from the N.C. Division of Water Resources on Oct. 28 sampled the Dan River for benthic macroinvertebrates, or small insects and other invertebrate animals that live on or near the bottom of the Dan River. Benthic macroinvertebrate species diversity and population estimates provide an excellent indicator of the overall health of a body of water.