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That key portions of North Carolina do not have the kind of internet access that they need in order for people to thrive and local economies to flourish is not news, particularly in those places themselves. Residents of those areas understand that that to succeed in the modern economy, or simply to enjoy their retirement, they need fast, reliable...
A leader isn’t a suit and tie. Sure, dress for the occasion. Honor decorum. But be a human first, learn with good faith, build capacity to help, and be real about the consequences, says William Pitt, the Washington City Council Member now rounding out a year as president of the N.C. League of Municipalities. “Respect is earned,” he says. Sitting in a...
Sen. Gladys Robinson of Greensboro won election to the legislature just in time for the wave of change that removed her party from its leadership spot. That was 10 years ago and the power dynamics have mostly held, with Republican majorities in both the House and Senate. While that’s posed plenty of challenges for Democrats like Senator Robinson in...
In our nation’s history, only two U.S. presidents came into office having previously served as mayor of a city or town – Grover Cleveland, who served as mayor of Buffalo before becoming governor of New York and then being elected to the presidency, and Calvin Coolidge, who briefly served as the mayor of Northampton, Massachusetts. When you think about it,...
Western North Carolinians Honored with Attorney General Josh Stein's Dogwood Award Attorney General Josh Stein today announced that Casey Cooper, CEO, Cherokee Indian Hospital, Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman, Franklin Mayor Bob Scott, and Highlands Mayor Patrick Taylor have received the Attorney General’s Dogwood Award. These awards are given annually to honor North Carolinians who are dedicated to keeping people...
The League’s Health Benefits Trust pool, and the health insurance industry in general, is a complex field to navigate. At all three levels of government, the parts—from provider to patient—are constantly moving, and the path to providing exceptional service can be a labyrinth of hitches and hurdles. These challenges, however, are not a deterrent to providing exceptional coverage. If anything,...
North Carolina cities and towns value their employees. That is not some simple platitude. It’s the truth. And that truth is borne out in how cities and towns treat their employees, with solid pay and great benefits for work that often involves a fulfilling mission of service to a larger community. Every job in every town and city contributes...
Not so long ago in North Carolina, holding local elected offices — or at least being actively involved in local politics in some capacity — was seen as almost a necessity in order to seek higher offices such as state legislator. In the 1950s and 60s, the North Carolina General Assembly was heavily populated with former city council members,...
New year, new you, new desk calendar loaded with trivial “holidays” you didn’t know existed, like Penguin Awareness Day (Jan. 20), Stuffed Mushroom Day (Feb. 4) and Bunsen Burner Day (March 31). Even with the help of a calendar, it’s difficult to keep up with, particularly on days doublebooked with observances. June 26, for instance. It’s simultaneously Take Your...
A decade ago, Wilkesboro touted the same rich heritage it does today—one of old brick and a mountainous horizon. From every historical and geographical standpoint, nestled in the semi-High Country of western North Carolina, downtown should have been bustling with visitors and residents alike. But it was not. That character sat idle. Nothing was happening. “Downtown was neglected,” said Wilkesboro Planning...
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