Scotland County Schools took a little longer than it expected to replace Meredith Bounds as the system’s public information officer. It took a second call for applications, which added an extra few weeks, but Superintendent Takeda LeGrand and the Board of Education finally got their man.
When God threw Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden, He told them they would have to earn a living by the sweet of their brow from then on. Mankind has had to grow or raise its own food ever since.
Republican state senators voted last week not to confirm Dionne Delli-Gatti as secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality because they think she is insufficiently knowledgeable about something they called Gov. Roy Cooper’s “natural gas strategy” and she was “unfamiliar” with a stalled natural gas pipeline project.
The recent Notice of Violation sent by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality to Active Energy Renewable Power is simply the agency doing its job to uphold our laws, protecting the air we breathe and questioning Active Energy’s poor planning for not being prepared to do business in North Carolina. As a polluter, the company violated the law by making process and equipment changes to their Lumberton pellet mill without a permit or authorization. Some politicians cast blame at everything and everyone but the company responsible.
The School of Journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill fostered North Carolina’s tradition of great newspapers, reporters and editors. Now it fosters a debate engulfing the school, the entire university and journalism itself.
With negotiators for the North Carolina House and Senate confirming that they’ve agreed on the broad outlines of a state budget for next year, the prospect of ending the state’s 2.5% corporate income tax is one step closer to becoming reality. A phase-out is already in the Senate’s budget plan, and key House members have endorsed the idea.
Scotland County Sheriff Ralph Kersey insists that his deputies, investigators and detention center employees deserve a raise, especially when their salaries are compared with those in similar positions in other counties.