North Carolina defeats Virginia Tech to advance to ACC Baseball Championship pool play

After struggling through the final two weeks of the regular season, eighth-seeded North Carolina hoped to turn things back around during the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship. The Tar Heels took a step in that direction on Tuesday, and now have at least three more tournament games to try to make it happen. UNC used a solid starting outing by Zac Gallen and strong relief work by Trevor Kelley to turn back ninth-seeded Virginia Tech, 5-3, in Tuesday’s second play-in game at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Wakefield, Marvin Ridge, Carrboro, Raleigh Charter win championships in NCHSAA men’s dual team tennis

Carrboro, in the 2-A championship match for the fourth consecutive year, won its second straight state title over Brevard, winning this time by a 5-2 count. The closest championship of the day—and by far the longest– was a grueling 3-A final with Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons and Waxhaw Marvin Ridge splitting the singles matches 3-3 to force the final into decisive doubles play. Three of the six singles matches split sets.

Ten tax hikes that slammed middle-class families: courtesy of NC Democrats

The news that North Carolina’s state General Fund budget revenue is now predicted to come in $400 million above original estimates caused the Left to go into full spin mode. For months, liberal progressives were fretting about the end of Western Civilization as we know it due to earlier projections that revenue this year would come in below the amount used to set the budget. Somehow blind to the irony, first they were upset that revenue may be too low this year, now they are upset that revenue may be too high. We are used to the narrative coming from the Left that government never has enough money, but now that revenues are higher than expectations liberals suddenly find compassion for taxpayers.

Chatham County’s proposed budget holds line on tax rate

On May 4, 2015, the Chatham County Manager’s Office presented the Board of Commissioners with a proposed budget for fiscal year 2015-16 (FY16) that keeps the same property tax rate (62.19 cents ), while providing enhanced funding for several key county priorities. The proposal recommends a general fund budget of $99.45 million, up 5 percent over FY15. This is the sixth straight budget year with no property tax increase proposed by the County Manager’s Office, but four fire districts are requesting increased tax rates: North Chatham/Bells Annex, 1.5 cents; Moncure, 1.46 cents; Parkwood, 1.5 cents; and Pittsboro/Circle City, 0.67 cents.