Maybe the third time will be a charm.
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While Duke Energy’s multi-million offer for coal ash storage has been hotly debated, it’s hard to argue that the Lee County Commissioners have been the proverbial rock in a hard place through this ordeal.
Last night Lee County commissioners voted 5-1 to accept up to $12 million from Duke Energy in exchange for dumping as much as 8 million tons of its coal ash within the county.
I normally stay out of political fights like this, but after Monday night, my position has to change.
If residents want to see who voted to place coal ash in Lee County, go to the North Carolina Legislature’s webpage and pull Senate Bill 729 from the 2014 session. Make sure you see who sponsored the bill. They are the ones who developed the plans to place coal ash in clay mine pits in North Carolina. Because Lee County is the clay/brick capital of North Carolina, the bill gave Duke the right to place coal ash in the county without approval of the local government.
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Ask people about their families, and you'll likely get a listing that includes a spouse, children, parents, siblings — and often pets.
Did you see what Duke Energy just did?
As if we needed reminding?
With academic and social pressures looming large, school can be an imposing place for any student.
The economy, both locally and nationally, has had its share of twists and turns in recent years, but signals of a rebound are as common as the signs that spring is on its way.
"Luck is when opportunity meets with preparation.”
It’s difficult to single out just one local organization whose good works have contributed to the betterment of our community, and say it’s “the best.”
Recent weeks have proven to be a challenging time for Central Carolinians – and North Carolinians in general. Winter weather has had a major impact on our lives, with missed work for some and missed time in the classroom for students.
An inspiration to us all
Charlotte is North Carolina’s banking and financial center and, as the state’s largest city, it has been a trend-setter in many areas. But the city’s council is moving down a dangerous path as it prepares to vote on a controversial non-discrimination ordinance.
When the governor, the weatherman, the emergency services folks and the sheriff tell folks to stay off the roads, most people will comply.
iTunes, Amazon, Kindle, Nook, even eBay — the list is seemingly endless where readers can get their next fix of fiction online. And unfortunately, bricks-and-mortar libraries have, for some readers, become an afterthought.
The tributes that began to pour in — online and through social media, in newspapers and on broadcasts on television, and in personal stories shared face to face — after the announcement of Dean Smith’s death on Sunday morning provided an unforgettably moving testament to how much he meant to people who knew and admired him.
It's not the schools, it's the system
A perfunctory look at the N.C. Department of Public Instruction's school performance grades, released Thursday, is disturbing, especially with almost 30 percent of the state's public schools receiving a grade of either “D” or “F.” In Lee County, there were no “F” grades, but five of 13 graded schools received a mark of “D.”
It’s too early to determine the true impact of the new Central Carolina Hospital Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center that officially opened Tuesday.
You’ll have to forgive local environmentalists for any high-fiving taking place.
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Born in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Charity Tracker is now used in 814 cities throughout the United States. Since 2007, the online database has been used to track nearly 8 million assistance records totaling $230 million for 3 million cases.