NCDOT to Begin Diagnostic Work on High Rock Lake Next Month

ncdotWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The N.C. Department of Transportation is working with Alcoa Power Generating Inc., to determine the best option for repairing the St. Matthews Church Road causeway over High Rock Lake in Salisbury.

In order to begin preliminary diagnostics to determine what repairs are needed, NCDOT has requested that Alcoa crews lower the water level of High Rock Lake this fall while geotechnical engineers visually survey the slopes that are usually under water.

Wildlife Commission Schedules Hunting Mentor Seminars

NC WildlifeRALEIGH, N.C. — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host 11 hunting mentor seminars statewide in September to network with experienced hunters and share information about mentoring new hunters.

The Wildlife Commission created the new “Hunting Mentor Seminars” to build on the popularity of free, skills-based hunting seminars that the Commission has been offering to the public since 2011. The Commission created the skill-based hunting seminars to address potential barriers to hunter recruitment and retention in North Carolina, according to Walter “Deet” James, the Commission’s hunting heritage biologist.

Participants attending the hunting mentor seminars will:

Battleship September 2014 Programming

BattleshipNCWILMINGTON, N.C. – The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA announces events and operating hours schedule for September, 2014.
Battleship Alive
Saturday, September 27, 2014
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Included with Paid Admission
Since 1997, the Living History Crew weekends have been a tradition at the battleship in the program called “Battleship Alive.”  The Living History Crew  provides insight into the daily life and routine of the crew aboard the USS NORTH CAROLINA by explaining the duties specific to the sailor’s ratings (jobs) and demonstrates activities that occurred aboard the ship. A great event for all ages. Bring your questions and cameras! Included with Battleship admission.
Winter Hours
Starting the Tuesday following Labor Day (September 2, 2014) through Thursday before Memorial Day (May 21, 2015), hours will change to 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, with the last ticket sold one hour before closing, EXCEPT Christmas Day when the Ship opens at noon.
About 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 (


N.C. Officials Optimistic About ‘Reverse Transfer’

by Harry Painter

RALEIGH — Ever since 2006, when Margaret Spellings, then the U.S. secretary of education, issued a report stressing the need for higher graduation rates at colleges and universities, there has been pressure on universities to award more diplomas.

The reason is not surprising: Nationally, only about 56 percent of students receive bachelor’s degrees in six years; the three-year rate for a community college degree is 29 percent. These numbers reflect both a genuine problem for students and an embarrassment for universities.

Opinion: Bigwigs bring billion-dollar budget boost

TerryStoopsby Dr. Terry Stoops

You may have missed the media hoopla (ha!), but between FY 2010-11 and FY 2014-15, state appropriations for the K-12 education budget grew by more than $1 billion in nominal dollars.

Let’s take a look back.  The 2009-10 and 2010-11 fiscal years were tough ones for the Democratic majority in the N.C. General Assembly.  Sharply declining revenues from the Great Recession prompted Democrats to cut over $345 million in state K-12 education funds from the 2009-10 fiscal year budget and slash another $370 million in state funds from the 2010-11 fiscal year budget (See Facts and Stats below).  In just two years, state education funding had dropped by over $700 million, a staggering 9.4 percent decrease.

Governor McCrory appoints Mark Martin to Chief Justice seat

MarkMartinRALEIGH, N.C. — On Monday Governor Pat McCrory appointed Mark Martin, the Senior Associate Justice on the N.C. Supreme Court, to the role of Chief Justice.  The Chief Justice’s seat is being vacated due to the mandatory retirement of current Chief Justice Sarah Parker.  Martin, 51, will fill the seat beginning Sept. 1.

Governor Pat McCrory made the announcement today at a ceremony at the Old House Chamber in the State Capitol.

Hagan Pushes FAA to Develop Plan for Long-Term Plan for Contract Towers

Hagan, Kay 010809-18418-rb 0014WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kay Hagan sent a bipartisan letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta, asking the FAA to develop a long-term strategy and plan for the Federal Contract Tower Program. The Federal Contract Tower Program has existed for over 30 years as a partnership between the private sector and Federal government aimed at improving air traffic safety. Federal contract towers supplement FAA-staffed facilities around the country, and the surrounding communities depend on the contract towers for commercial and general aviation services, jobs and support for the military and a variety of air ambulance services. There are five of these towers located in North Carolina – Concord, Hickory, Kinston, New Bern and Winston-Salem.

Canadian Tissue Manufacturer Opening New Facility in Scotland County

NCCommerceRALEIGH, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Cascades Tissue Group will open a new manufacturing facility in Scotland County.  The company plans to create 68 new jobs and invest $62 million during the next three years in Wagram. The investment includes $55 million of new capital expenditure (such as building infrastructure, new equipment and other capitalized expenses) and converting equipment to be transferred from other facilities outside of North Carolina valued at $7 million.

Opinion: Newspaper Market Still Diverse

John Hood

John Hood

by John Hood

Is the market for news and information in North Carolina overly concentrated in a few hands?

In recent years, I’ve heard complaints from both the Left and the Right about the effects of media mergers and acquisitions on the diversity of North Carolina news outlets and editorial viewpoints. My own view is that while most daily newspapers and broadcast outlets in the state are produced by left-leaning journalists, that’s nothing new. North Carolina has traditionally had a more liberal media culture than other states in our region. Love it or hate it, it’s not a new trend.