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Gov. Pat McCrory's Public Schedule For Thursday, January 21, 2016 PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 21 January 2016 06:56

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following is Gov. Pat McCrory's public schedule for Thursday, January 21, 2016, as released by his office.
10:30 a.m.
Winter Weather Press Conference
North Carolina Emergency Operations Center
4105 Reedy Creek Road

PRESS:        OPEN to credentialed media.

1 p.m.
Educational Bond Discussion
Moore Nursing Building, Room 201
UNC Greensboro
318 McIver Street
PRESS:      OPEN to credentialed media.

4:30 p.m.
31st Annual Triangle Commercial Real Estate Conference
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Road

PRESS:      OPEN to credentialed media.

General Fund Cash Watch For Week Ended January 15, 2016 PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 21 January 2016 06:27

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina's unreserved cash balance stands at $1,031,484,447.74 as of January 15, 2016.

The state began the week -- January 11 -- with $2,751,439,103 in the account.

Receipts of $337,977,338.13 were added to the coffers from tax and non-tax items. Other receipts totalled $391,326,266.49.

Disbursements were:

-- $7,183,901.92 for payroll

-- $55,757,401.51 for state aid

-- $209,045,828.43 for Medicaid/other provider payments

-- $172,503,513.88 for general operating.

Details can be found at osc.nc.gov.

SBI Director B. W. Collier To Retire in April PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 06:08

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - After 30 years in service to North Carolina, B. W. Collier will retire from his current position as Director of the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI).

Collier will leave in April.

“He is the personification of dedicated and selfless public service," Gov. Pat McCrory said of Collier.
Collier spent the bulk of his three-decade career as a Special Agent for the SBI. In 2013 he was named Director of Alcohol Law Enforcement and then was appointed acting director of the SBI in 2014. He became the agency's permanent leader last year.
No word yet on who might replace Collier. The governor is expected to name an acting director soon.

Black History Month Commemorations Throughout the State PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 06:02

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - African American heroism, culture and art will be celebrated across North Carolina to commemorate Black History Month in February, Gov. Pat McCrory announced Tuesday.

“North Carolina can boast of many African-American accomplishments that include great musicians such as Thelonious Monk and Billy Strayhorn, artists such as Romare Bearden and John Biggers, the economic powerhouse of Black Wall Street in Durham and the civil rights activists of the Greensboro sit-ins and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee,” said McCrory in a statement. “These inspirational individuals have helped make our state and nation great.”

Among the exhibits:
* The North Carolina Museum of History jump-starts Black History Month with the January 30 African-American Cultural Celebration. The annual event will feature storytellers, dancers, filmmakers, entrepreneurs, historians, authors and craftsmen. The free, family-friendly program will be from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Other February programs there will feature former pilot Bill Wilkerson, Maceo Parker on funk music and the Wilmington 10.
** “Black Gold: North Carolina Slavery and Reed Gold Mine” will be a tour given Saturdays in February at 1:00 p.m. at Reed Gold Mine in Midland. The tour will examine the presence and participation of the enslaved community in addition to the Germans, Scotch-Irish and Cornish settlers of Cabarrus County. There is a $2 fee and children under seven are admitted free.
** “Palmer Personalities” will capture life at the esteemed Palmer Memorial Institute that now is Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum in Sedalia. It will celebrate prominent figures from the Harlem Renaissance and Palmer alumni who made a difference in their community. Reservations are suggested for the free February 13, 10:00 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. program.
** African tales about the night sky will be featured at “Stagville Under the Stars” February 19 at Historic Stagville in Durham. The staff of Stagville and Morehead Planetarium will share folk tales and telescopes for a tour of the stars. The free program is at 6:00 p.m.
** The meanings and uses of African songs and dances are presented in “Dancing Stories with April C. Turner” at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville February 6 at 2:00 p.m. Traditional West African cultural community building concepts such as working together, integrity and perseverance are affirmed. The West African Wolof language also will be introduced in the free program.
** Historic Edenton will offer the “Harriet Jacobs Walking Tour – Enhanced” in February. The tour focuses on Harriet Jacobs, who escaped slavery by boat after hiding in her grandmother’s attic for seven years. She authored “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” and advocated equality for women and blacks. The enhanced tour will highlight Jonathan Overton, who fought in the Continental Army, free blacks and other civil rights pioneers in the area. The tour will be Fridays at 2:00 p.m., Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. and has a $5 fee. School groups can schedule weekdays and the student fee is $2.50.
** “African-Americans in the Civil War Navies” will be presented at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in Kinston, featuring a sailor each week. The Union Navy enlisted about 18,000 men and some blacks volunteered or were forced to serve the Confederate Navy. River pilot Robert Smalls, who stole a ship and joined the Union Navy; and Benjamin Gray, who enlisted with the Confederate Navy at age 12, will be among those featured. The information also will be posted on social media. The museum fee includes the exhibit, and is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors/military, $3 for ages three to 12 years.
** The N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport will expand the “Cruising the Line: African-American Sailors” exhibit, part of a larger “Blockade Running” exhibit. A new interactive touch screen funded by the Brunswick Civil War Roundtable will examine the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron and the freedom seekers who used the Cape Fear River as part of the maritime Underground Railroad. The touch screen exhibit will examine men from the region and the vessels they served on. Museum admission is free.
** Photographs, facsimiles of landmark documents and quotations by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and others are presented in “The Road to the Promised Land,” an exhibit on view at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City. The exhibit surveys from the emergence of King as a leader of the Civil Rights Movement during the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 through the 1990s.


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