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When America began to industrialize, the hunting dog occupation morphed into Drug Dog.
NC Speaker of the House, Paul "Skip" Stam, released an official statement offering to assist PayPal in finding a new state to do business in, since it has chosen to boycott NC
Governor Pat McCrory has selected Dale G. Deese to fill a vacant district court seat in Robeson County. The vacancy was created by the resignation of Judge John Carter, Jr.
Diane Rufino makes the point that boycotts can work both ways, so let's put our good sense and our support of HB2 into practice and boycott Bruce Springsteen!
Diane Rufino writes an open letter to Governor Pat McCrory to thank him for his support and defense of HB2 ("Public Facilities Privacy & Safety Act")
Don't let the Gun banners see this post, they may try to ban rubber and plastic from concealed carry.
The John Birch Society looks at what political party loyalty has cost us. It looks at the hypocrisy of the GOP and its schemes to deprive the People of their candidate.
In light of the horrific attacks in Paris and most recently in Brussels, Karen asks the question "Why are Young Muslims Being Radicalized?"
Paul Craig Roberts takes a look at the document that holds the states in a Union and questions whether the legal bonds still exist.
Karen Kozel, founder and coordinator of the ENC Tea Party, offers a message to start the new year.
Today, Judge Melissa Owens Lassiter of the Office of Administrative Hearings issued an amended scheduling order setting oral argument for April 13, 2016 in the case of Owens v. North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ)
North Carolina's economic outlook ranked second in the United States in a new analysis of all the states' economic competitiveness from the American Legislative Exchange Council
The Civitas Institute Center for Law and Freedom (CLF) has moved for summary judgment in Gaston County Superior Court on behalf of clients seeking access to public records within the custody of the City of Belmont, North Carolina



News Release:
 Raleigh, N.C. — The North Carolina Republican Party (NCGOP) will hold its annual state convention May 6-8 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Below you will find event details and RSVP instructions.

2016 NCGOP State Convention

NCGOP State Convention

May 6-8

Joseph S. Koury Convention Center3121 W Gate City Blvd.Greensboro, NC 27407
RSVP Instructions

Please click here to fill out the RSVP form. You will receive an email once your registration is confirmed.
 Credential Pick Up

Friday, May 6 from 9:00AM — 1:00PMSaturday, May 7 from 7:00AM — 9:00AMSaturday, May 7 from 12:00PM — 1:30PM
 Please note that all members of the media must pre-register and present valid photo ID or credentials on site.

 Please email communications@ncgop.org with any additional questions.... (read more)
News Release:

C.A. Dillon YDC in Butner to close; newer, safer Edgecombe YDC renovated to serve additional juveniles

Rocky Mount, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory and officials with the Department of Public Safety today during an open house offered community leaders and elected officials their first view of the renovated Edgecombe Youth Development Center in Rocky Mount. Officials with the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice will open the new center on April 25 to provide safer, more secure and efficient care for committed youth in North Carolina.

"I firmly believe that everyone deserves a chance to fulfill their potential, something that my parents instilled in me growing up," said Governor McCrory. "The reopening of this innovative youth development center will provide proven and cutting-edge education, treatment and mental health services to young people in our juvenile... (read more)


Op-Ed & Politics

To show that there are no hard feelings between the state of North Carolina and PayPal, Speaker of the House, Paul "Skip" Stam has generously offered to help PayPal find another state to do business in. Check it out.

Rep. Stam's Memo:

I WANT TO HELP PAYPALFind a Suitable Place of Service
On March 16, PayPal announced that it would gladly receive $3.6 million from the state of North Carolina to locate a new facility near Charlotte. Then on April 5, PayPal President & CEO, Dan Schulman, announced that it would not move to North Carolina because of the passage of SL 2016-3. Certainly, this was not because of the bathroom/locker-room situation s... (read more)
Press Release:
 Raleigh, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory has selected Dale G. Deese to fill a vacant district court seat in Robeson County. The vacancy was created by the resignation of Judge John Carter, Jr.

 Deese currently serves as the senior managing attorney of the Pembroke Office of Legal Aid of North Carolina. He has served in the top management position for over 23 years, supervising staff attorneys and keeping an active caseload.

 Deese has also taught business law and ethics as an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Pembroke and at Robeson Community College. He is the 1994 recipient of the Julian Pierce Award for Public Interest Law from the ... (read more)
Nullification and Anti-Commandeering: Mississippi Senate Passes Bill for Constitutional Carry and Setting Foundation to Reject Some Federal Gun Controlby Michael Maharrey, Tenth Amendment Center, March 29, 2016.

JACKSON, Miss. (Mar. 29, 2016) - Today, on March 29, the Mississippi Senate passed a bill that not only allows unlicensed, "constitutional carry," but also sets the foundation to reject and end new federal gun control regulations and executive orders.

Originally introduced as a church security bill to allow those with a concealed carry permit to have a firearm in church, House Bill 786 (HB786) was passed in the House by a vote of 85-33. However, when it was sent to the Senat... (read more)



I am not a veteran. I only have the greatest respect for those who have served, unsurpassed by all professions that keep America safe and strong.
A Moore County man who was on probation for domestic violence charges is accused of killing his live-in girlfriend, whose body was found Wednesday near the entrance to the county landfill, authorities said.


Publisher's note: The purpose for me putting this promotional post on the front page of BCN is multi-fold. First, this is a substantial representation of where i have spent a good bit of time for the first 1 1/2 months of this year. Plus, I have spent substantial time on the digital marketing of this property, including the genesis of the new and improved Deatherage & Associates.

Secondly, and this is a big second here, I have been toying with this concept of total marketing, employing BCN as a traffic generator, now that we have built BCN into the top online publication originating from northeastern North Carolina, and using other dynamic online publications, yet to be unveiled. In the initiation of this concept, we will begin by using Beaufort County Now's "The Marketing of Things" section, which we will provide to our best customers and clients. More about all that later, as I... (read more)


The Region

News Release:

Saturday, April 2, 2016 National Frog Month Celebration2:00 pm

Join a ranger for a Frog-tastic afternoon! We will study the life cycle of a frog and cover some frog identification tips with hands on activities. Please meet at the park's outdoor classroom located behind the visitor center at 2:00 pm. Remember to dress for the weather.

Sunday, April 10, 2016 Mallard Creek Hike2:00 pm

Join a ranger on an easy half-mile hike through pine-hardwood forests ending at a small overlook on Mallard Creek. Wear sturdy footwear, bring water and binoculars. Meet in the last parking lot.
Down to the waters' edge of Goose Creek: Above. photo by Stan Deatherage Click image to epand.
Sunday, April 16, 2016 Totally Turtles2:00 pm

Can you guess North Carolina's state reptile? I'll give you a hint, it's a turtle! Meet at the visitor center to discover some of the unique t... (read more)

The Arts

Cancer detection dogs link:

When America began to industrialize, the hunting dog occupation morphed into Drug Dog. Sure, thousands of suburbia pets are pooping in yards and scaring children but an equal number are really useful. Beagles make great termite detectors.

Now 71, I hope to see medical dogs in the office that will bark or point at me to alert the doc that I need more than 10 minutes for a complete yearly physical.

Not only can dogs sniff but, they can sense when a nervous condition is in progress. Everyone knows about guard dogs, care giver dogs-the list is endless.

Conclusion: You can produce a breed of dog for most any special purpose in size miniature to Great Dane.... (read more)
Link to YouTube Monster Rat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gV33Pa1mBb4

Link to Cat Rental

Finally, cats are returning to a useful occupation for which they were designed 1000 years ago. NYC and others have a breed of extremely large and smart rats (not mice) that evade the best laid traps. Now they must meet their worst enemy, the Killer Cat for Rent.

Cats normally stay in the neighborhood killing song birds and chipmunks and their litters given away free. Unless the mother teaches the little fur balls to kill something in first month of life they will be useless forever.

Conclusion: There is no shortage of jobs for Rent-a-Cats.... (read more)



Publisher's note: Please join me in welcoming our newest contributor to BCN, Kathy Manos Penn, a native of the "Big Apple", by way of the "Peach City" - Atlanta. Kathy is a former English teacher, author of The Ink Penn blog, and a communications professional in corporate America. Now with Kathy on board, I advise all other contributors to mind your punctuation and syntax.

Kathy Manos Penn With a nod to Bob Dylan, the words they are a-changin', and I find plenty of the changes disconcerting. But then, I'm a self-proclaimed grammar geek and word nerd. Those of you who aren't may not find any of the latest pronouncements problematic. And, I use the word "problematic" because that's one of the words on Lake Superior State University's (LSSU's) annual list of "Banished Words."

What's the rationale for banning this word? LSSU gives two reasons: it's "a corporate-academic weasel wor... (read more)