Month: July 2020

Ocracoke Express passenger ferry resumes service

Ocracoke, NC – The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division resumed passenger ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke on July 3 after the final approval of Senate Bill 750. The bill includes $1.14 million to lease and operate the Ocracoke…

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Don’t keep NC workers sidelined

by John Hood Raleigh, NC – North Carolina’s “headline” unemployment rate in May was 12.9%. That’s the highest monthly rate since the Great Depression. But on a number of occasions during the month, I talked with North Carolina restauranteurs and…

Choice should guide NC schools reopening

by John Hood Raleigh, NC – If you are among the minority of North Carolinians who haven’t supported the expansion of parental choice in education over the past two decades — in the form of charter schools, open enrollment among…

One on One: Hail to the Redskins, or what?

by D.G. Martin Chapel Hill, NC – What would Joe Oxendine say to the Washington NFL football team about its nickname? Oxendine, a proud Lumbee Indian and a personal hero of mine, died in April at 90. He was chancellor…

UNC fined $1.5M for misreporting campus crime stats

by Maria Copeland Chapel Hill, NC – The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill announced Tuesday that it has entered into a settlement with the Department of Education over its failures to fully report campus crimes. The school has agreed to…

Pittsboro Community Lunch reopens as carryout

Pittsboro, NC – In its twelth year bringing people together, St. Bart’s free Community Lunch will resume Thursday, July 9, but only on a takeout basis. “It’s the best we can do for now, given the pandemic and need to…