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the Sunday NEWS BRIEFING North Carolina tops list in growth Washington, D.C. North Carolina ranked first in the southeast for growth and No. 11 in the nation according to the third quarter Gross Domestic Product statistics released this week by the U.S. Commerce Department.

Duke Cited for coal ash pond leaks Raleigh The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality issued violations against Duke Energy Friday for allowing wastewater to leak from coal ash basins at 12 facilities. The action requires Duke Energy to take corrective action and submit more information to the state environmental department. The utility has 30 days to respond to the violations and provide the data.

Trump’s low ad spending weighs on broadcasters New York, N.Y. Republican front runner Donald Trump has upended the presidential primaries this year by relying heavily on free air time and Twitter. This comes at the expense of local-ad buying, throwing into question estimates that the presidential election could translate into $6 billion spent on TV advertising. So far $10 million has been spent on advertising for Donald Trump, compared with $32 million for Hillary Clinton, $49 million for Marco Rubio, and almost $85 million for Jeb Bush, according to data from Ad Age.

Google bears ‘some responsibility’ after self-driving car hit bus Mountain View, Calif. Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Monday it bears “some responsibility” after one of its self-driving cars struck a municipal bus in a minor crash earlier this month. The crash may be the first case of one of its autonomous cars hitting another vehicle and the fault of the self-driving car. The California-based Internet search leader said it made changes to its software after the crash to avoid future incidents.


It’s almost spring, and officials at the N.C. Zoo in Asheboro hope the zoo’s two polar bears’ fancies soon will turn to thoughts of love. Nikita, the male bear, was introduced to Anana recently and was officially welcomed to the zoo Thursday by Gov. Pat McCrory and Susan Kluttz, secretary of the state Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. “Our hope is to welcome a new polar bear cub one day soon.”





Ted Prather, a curbside assistant, helps facilitate early voting at the Wake County Board of Elections, Friday, March 4, in Raleigh.

Lawmakers ready to intervene on Charlotte ordinance


By Donna King North State Journal

Cat Barber carried NC State but can he take them further? Sports


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Early voting begins, lasts until March 12 By Liz Moomey North State Journal

State Sen. Buck Newton (R-Wilson) speaks to reporters at the North Carolina General Assembly criticizing the Charlotte City Council’s ordinance.



RALEIGH — The N.C. General Assembly says it has the support among legislators needed to call a special session to overturn the Charlotte City Council’s decision to allow transgender people to use the restrooms and locker rooms of their identified gender rather than their biological one. The Charlotte ordinance takes effect April 1 and lawmakers are not due to reconvene until April 24. The move to rally legislators early was prompted by Attorney General Roy Cooper’s statement earlier in the week that he did not see a reason for lawmakers to intervene. “It doesn’t change anything in North Carolina criminal law. Investigators, prosecutors still have the ability to arrest criminals,” said Cooper to reporters after this week’s Council of State meeting in Raleigh. When pressed for the specific state statute that Cooper was referring to that addressed the issue of sex-specific facilities, his office produced a statute that only says a “city ordinance shall be consistent with the Constitution and laws of North Carolina.” “Roy Cooper has repeatedly claimed that he would enforce state laws even if he disagreed Turn to ORDINANCE, Page A8

“The Charlotte City Council has lost its mind.” Sen. Buck Newton

RALEIGH — Voters anxious to cast their ballots early began heading to the polls this week as primary voting began Thursday and runs until March 12, three days before Election Day. According to the North Carolina Board of Elections, there are about 25,000 hours of early voting available at 360 sites around the state. “Counties have worked hard to expand voting opportunities across our state,” State Board of Elections Executive Director Kim Strach said. “We want voters to use the voting method that best fits their schedule.” Early voting has gained popularity in recent years. In 2012, for example, more than 23 percent of votes cast in the primary race were from early voting. The primary ballot includes all presidential, gubernatorial and legislative primary races, along with the $2 billion Connect NC bond referendum.


days of early voting

360 early voting sites


percent of votes in the 2012 primary were cast early

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Will Texas bankruptcy take a toll in N.C.? By Kimberly Johnson North State Journal CHARLOTTE — The Texas-based sister company of I-77 Mobility Partners — the private contractor building Charlotte’s interstate toll road — has filed for bankruptcy, prompting North Carolina transportation officials to “reassess” the controversial project. NCDOT Secretary Nick Tennyson will travel to Texas Monday to meet with agency counterparts to discuss what has gone wrong with the project many pointed to as the model for the Charlotte corridor expansion. “The governor has directed us to immediately Turn to I-77, Page A8

The State’s Project Phoenix aims to revitalize urban properties; McCrory rallies Nash Co. GOP, blasts Cooper for not fighting federal energy regulations. Stories on Murphy to Manteo, page 5

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7 pm, Mar. 8 Fayetteville Donald Trump Campaign Rally Crown Center Coliseum 1 pm, Mar. 8 Wilmington Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources 10 am, Mar. 9 Raleigh Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety — Subcommittee on Indigent Defense Services and the Innocence Inquiry Commission 9:30 am, Mar. 10 Raleigh Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on the North Carolina State Lottery 1 pm, Mar. 9 Raleigh Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety — Subcommittee on Body-Worn Cameras 10 am, Mar. 10 Kannapolis Agriculture and Forestry Awareness Study Commission at Kannapolis City Hall

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THE BACKSTORY Good news 175 manufacturing jobs for Richmond County Richmond County will have a new RSI Home Products manufacturing plant. The cabinetry supplier will expand its North Carolina operations, investing $5.8 million during the next five years. The company received a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant from the Rural Economic Development team at the Department of Commerce. Companies approved for a grant must create the jobs before they can get the money. The jobs will have an average salary of over $83,000 a year.

Brian France, NASCAR drivers endorse Trump Charlotte NASCAR CEO and chairman Brian France, along with Hall of Fame driver Bill Elliott and active drivers Chase Elliott, Ryan Newman and David Ragan all endorsed Donald Trump in Valdosta, Georgia. “I am proud to receive the endorsement of such an iconic brand and a quality person such as Brian,” Trump said in a release. “... I have great respect for Brian and I am grateful for his support and that of Bill Elliott, one of the best drivers in history, and active stock car racers, including his son Chase Elliott, Ryan Newman and David Lee [Regan].” France gave a glowing endorsement of Trump “Trump is changing American


Trump is a polarizing figure in the Republican party, but has been winning across several states recently in Republican primaries.

politics forever,” France said. This is a huge endorsement in the state given the history of Bill Elliott and the growing fame of Chase Elliott.


What do Super Tuesday’s results mean? By Jill Osborn North State Journal


EPUBLICAN Donald Trump and Democratic front-runner R Hillary Clinton look to continue

their momentum on March 15, where primary voters in crucial states like North Carolina, Florida and Ohio could propel them to their respective party’s nomination. Despite possible legal problems related to the use of a private server for confidential emails, Clinton is well positioned for the nomination. She has 1,052 of the needed 2,383 delegates. GOP front-runner Donald Trump tops the Republican delegate count with 319. Ted Cruz has 226. Marco Rubio has 110. The nominee needs at least 1,237 delegates to secure the nomination before the July GOP convention in Cleveland, Ohio. North Carolina Polls In North Carolina, according to Real Clear Politics, voters favor Clinton at 51 percent and Sanders with only 21 percent. On the Republican side, North Carolinians tend to favor Trump. Polls show Trump at 29 percent, Cruz at 19 percent, and Rubio at 17 percent. Trump will hold a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina on March 9. North Carolina has 72 delegates up for grabs, which is the sixth highest delegate count per state for Republicans. North Carolina’s Role Katy Harriger, Ph.D, is professor and Program Chair in the Department of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University. Harriger teaches American Politics, constitutional law, the judicial process, and civic engagement. “The fact that North Carolina follows so closely after Super Tuesday means it’s more important in the primary than it has been in the

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump had a dominant Super Tuesday. Here’s a look at the delegates each candidate won on the biggest day of the presidential primary calendar.








VT 0 AL 44


AR CO GA 22 28 72

CO 38 AR 10


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past,” suggests Harriger. “The speculation now, you would expect, is Hillary Clinton will do well here, since she did well in other southern states,” Harriger said. As for the Republican side, Harriger notes the race is not quite as predictable. “What will be interesting to see, is whether all the challengers to Trump stay in the race,” she said. The majority in the Republican states did not vote for Trump. Trump won many states, but the vote was divided among five can-

didates. Harriger argues if other Republicans want Trump to have a true contender, there can only be one other challenger. “If they can’t agree who the challenger is, they won’t beat Trump,” declares Harriger. Will Republican candidates bow out before North Carolina’s primary? Ben Carson has been the only candidate to step down since Super Tuesday. The other candidates have given no indication of calling it quits. “God bless the Lone Star State,” Cruz beamed after winning Tex-

as Tuesday night. “Tonight, this campaign enters a new phase.” “The pundits say we’re underdogs,” said Marco Rubio. “I’ll accept that. We’ve all been underdogs. But we will win.” “We have absolutely exceeded expectations,” John Kasich said about Super Tuesday. Harriger says about North Carolina’s primary, “Whether we see the same pattern as in Super Tuesday or whether the anti-Trump supporters can actually unify around a single candidate is the question. Otherwise, we will see the same types of outcomes.”

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U.S. construction spending surges in January — U.S. Commerce Dept.



of U.S. economy is manufacturing, with the industry in fifth straight month of contraction - Institute for Supply Management


220,000 .2% students are enrolled at the University of North Carolina system’s 17 campuses — UNC

increase in North Carolina’s labor market participation between Dec. 2014 and Dec. 2015 - N.C. Dept. of Commerce

Doctors drive health, jobs and sales HEN you visit your doctor, the impact on W the economy is probably the

farthest thing from your mind. Your health or the health of your loved one is uppermost in your thoughts. Maybe your own personal finances will be at the back of your mind — whether insurance will cover the visit, if you have insurance. But your well-being comes first. In truth, your visit to the doctor is a major driver for local, state and national economies. Health care is an extremely labor intensive industry, providing jobs and opportunities to many people beyond the individual physician. The ripple effect from one visit to the doctor is significant. In addition to the doctor, you probably encounter a receptionist, medical records and claims personnel, nurses, lab techs, x-ray techs, pharmacists. The prescriptions you may receive or the special medical equipment you may need opens onto a whole other related area of the economy. According to studies by the American Medical Association (AMA) physicians critically support the health of their local and state economies through the creation of jobs with their related wages and benefits, the purchase of goods and services and large-scale support of state and local tax revenues. Numbers from the AMA’s latest study in 2014 show the number of jobs in North Carolina supported by physicians total well over 200,000. Nationally, that number is almost 10 million. Total sales revenue generated by physicians in North Carolina is nearly $30 billion, according to the AMA. Local and state tax revenue is $1.2 billion. The study also showed that each individual physician supported an average of 13.84 jobs and $90,449 in local and state tax revenue. Physicians help their fellow man using their knowledge and compassion to keep people healthy. That service is priceless to any community and is the central reason physicians do what they do. Robert W. Seligson is the CEO of the North Carolina Medical Society.

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Respiratory therapy student Latonia Faust calls the doctor to give updates on her simulation patient during an intensive care unit hospital simulation at Edgecombe Community College in Rocky Mount.

High tech learning saves lives By Laura Ashley Lamm North State Journal


OCKY MOUNT, N.C. — As healthcare continues to evolve, educational institutions are recognizing the need to ensure its health science graduates are prepared to meet the needs of patients and to assist with medical technologies. Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory and Edgecombe Community College with campuses in Tarboro and Rocky Mount, are the only community colleges in North Carolina that tout simulation hospital environments on their campuses. “Simulation is definitely becoming more engrained in allied health education and will only continue to grow. Simulation training and experiences are becoming standard practice in many areas of medical education,” said Dr. Garrett Hinshaw, president of Catawba Valley Community College. Education through simulations are a bridge between learning in the classroom and real-life experiences in hospitals. “Realistic patient scenarios allow students from various health science programs to work as a team in the same way that health-

Half of North Carolina’s nursing graduates are from the community college system. Catawba Valley Community College and Edgecombe Community College are the only two community colleges in the state that taut simulated hospital environments on their campuses.

care professionals work together in a real life situation. Training students to work as a team in these environments develop communication and collaboration skills,” said Dr. Deborah Lamm, president of Edgecombe Community College. Edgecombe Community College opened the doors of its Biotechnology and Medical Simulation Center in January with the cornerstone of the facility being a simulated hospital where students work in teams to assess and treat simulated patients. Students experience many of the sights and sounds associated with patients in need of medical care while receiving teacher and peer feedback and calculated reports of their actions. Of the 45,000 square foot facility, 20,000 square feet is devoted to the simulation hospital, which provides simulations and training in nursing, practical nursing, CT, MRI, surgery, radiography, respiratory care and certified nursing assistants. Rooms are designed to function like emergency rooms, operating rooms, ICUs, nurses’ stations and the back of an ambulance. “Simulations prepare you for a situation that can happen in real life. You are exposed to the situation, you can see it and you can ac-

tually solve it,” said April Joyner, a nursing student at ECC. Edgecombe County voters helped make the project possible by approving a ¼ cent sales tax referendum during the November 2012 election. Sales tax revenues helped fund the construction of the $9.8 million project as well as a contribution of $1.5 million from the Golden LEAF Foundation. Known as ValleySim Hospital, Catawba Valley Community College’s simulated hospital is equipped with a wide variety of programmable mannequins; 16 patient care rooms adapted for critical care, acute care and OB/ GYN capabilities; nursing stations; medication areas; polysomnography, electro diagnostic and respiratory care classrooms and laboratories. Ty Wright, director of ValleySim, added, “Simulation is almost entirely ‘hands on;’ therefore, instructors can easily observe their students and identify where they are weak. The instructor then develops a remediation plan customized to the individual student.” The North Carolina Community College System, the Economic Development Administration and Catawba County partnered together to primarily fund the construction of the $2 million facility.

N.C. biotech leaders break through at CED Life Sciences Conference By Liz Moomey North State Journal RALEIGH - Hundreds of the state’s leading scientists, entrepreneurs and industry leaders gathered for the 25th CED Life Science Conference at the Raleigh Convention Center March 1-2. The theme #BreakingThrough provided a launching point for 40 biotech start-ups to join the conversation and also well-know companies to share their accomplishments and goals to the 1,000 attendees. HyperLight was one of the companies who pitched their ideas to life science community leaders. Based out of Durham, HyperLight is an infectious disease prevention business, and they are marketing a portable ultraviolet light disinfection system. HyperLight founder Brian Garrett said the conference was their break through moment.

“It is inspiring for us because we see ourselves in these other successful companies and people and we need to keep going, we need to keep pushing, and we can accomplish our goals.” — Brian Garrett of HyperLight “This year is the year we expect to break out and put our product on the market, so the theme is very fitting for where we are in the development and the progress,” Garrett said. Garrett added it was inspiring to talk to successful entrepreneurs who got their start. Tanya McGhee, the senior director of engagement for BioNetwork of NC Community Colleges, attends the Life Sciences conferences to stay updated on emerging trends to relay them back to the classrooms. McGhee said she will bring examples back to be

added to the curriculums of middle, high school and community college students. “I like to give them specific examples and talk to them about the diversity of careers that are available in biotech, and break some of those stereotypes that everyone who is in biotech is standing at a lab wearing a white coat and has a Ph.D., because that’s not necessarily everyone who works there, and it takes a lot of different types employees and a lot of different skill sets to make these companies functional and working,” McGhee said. Ken Eheman, an attorney at Wyrick Robbins in Raleigh, reconnected with his clients at the CED Life Sciences Conference. “Whenever we come to this conference, I come back to my team and talk about what some of the trends are, how to move forward, and how that will impact the practice,” Eheman said. Eheman, who has been work-


People browse the innovation room as seen through a display for the RoboMarker by Surgilum during the CED Life Science Conference at the Raleigh Convention Center. ing with clients in the science community for 30 years, said #BreakingThrough describes how life sciences has grown in the state.

“For North Carolina, breaking through means having a number of companies succeed and be well-known across the country,” Eheman said.

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N.C. to spend $50 million on highway safety RALEIGH — Counties across the state are getting a piece of a $50 million state highway safety effort. The improvements vary from county to county and include work such as creating high friction pavement, adding turn lanes, and more traffic signals and guard rails. “These investments in road safety will help save lives,” said Governor Pat McCrory on Wednesday. “One of my top priorities as governor is to ensure the safety and security of all North Carolinians.” The Governor’s Highway Safety Program, dedicated to reducing traffic accidents and fatalities, uses data like crash statistics and input from local officials to determine the project list.




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$6.01 million

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$3.26 million




$1.54 million

6 Buncombe

$1.39 million $1.00 million

$998,000 8 Brunswick $935,000 9 Edgecombe $905,000 10 Cleveland $794,000 11 Durham 12 Iredell $754,000 13 Harnett $560,000

$400,000 16 Transylvania 17 Person $235,000 $210,000 18 Madison $165,000 19 Camden 20 Nash $148,000 21 Burke $140,000 22 Wayne $116,000 $97,000 23 Henderson $92,300

$60,669 27 Carteret $60,000 28 Haywood 29 Halifax $55,000 30 Gaston $50,000 $35,000 31 Granville $35,000 32 Catawba

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Avett Brothers, Kellie Pickler up for Hall of Fame Kannapolis The Avett Brothers, originally from Concord, and Kellie Pickler, who was born in Albemarle, are slated to be inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame this October. Also on the 2016 list of inductees is the Band of Oz, Rhiannon Giddens & the Carolina Chocolate Drops, David Holt, Ron Tyson, Percy Heath and Chuck Brown. NORTH CAROLINA MUSIC HALL OF FAME

House flipping on the rise Winston-Salem House flipping is on the rise in the Piedmont, with a 13 percent uptick over last year in the Winston-Salem region and an average gross profit of almost $39,000 per property, according to RealtyTrac. “As confidence in the housing recovery spreads, more real-estate investors and would-be real estate investors are hopping on the homeflipping bandwagon,” said RealtyTrac senior vice president Daren Blomquist. THE WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL

25 Craven $77,600 $72,000 26 Caldwell



$550,000 14 McDowell 15 Union $408,000

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Biltmore unveils sparkly wine Asheville Just in time for spring weddings, Biltmore Winery has unveiled a new sparkling wine it says has been in the making since 2013. The champenoise-style Romance sparkling wine is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. It will be sold in a trial through July. ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES

First case of Zika in Wake County Engineering jobs for Caldwell Caldwell County Krystal Engineering, LLC, will open a production facility in Caldwell County, ramping up an 82-person workforce during the next five years. The company, a leading global processor of materials for electronics components, plans to invest $20.9 million at the site. The company will be hiring machine operators, craftsmen, engineering technicians and management personnel with annual salaries averaging more than $60,000 per year. Annual wages in Caldwell County currently average $32,812. N.C. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Officer buys socks for homeless man Asheville An Asheville police officer responded to a call about a shoplifter March 3. The manager said the man had stolen some socks. Officer Christopher Morrow found the shoplifter and learned that he was homeless and needed the socks. Officer Morrow talked to management who agreed if the socks were purchased they wouldn’t press charges. The officer bought the socks and gifted them to the man. ASHEVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT

Trustees approve School of Entrepreneurship


Wake County Health officials confirmed March 3 that a Wake County resident contracted the Zika virus disease while traveling abroad. This Zika case is the first in Wake County and the fifth detected in North Carolina. Health care officials are now closely monitoring the patient. WAKE COUNTY GOVERNMENT

N.C. DEQ issues coal ash violations to Duke Energy Raleigh The North Carolina Dept. of Environmental Quality has issued violations against Duke Energy for allowing wastewater to leak out of basins at 12 facilities, according to a statement released March 4. The violation notice requires Duke Energy to take action and submit more information to the state environment department. N.C. DEQ

Former teacher faces student sex charges Cumberland County Laura Garrigus, 30, was charged March 3 with 13 counts of indecent liberties with a student by a teacher and six counts of sexual activity with a student by a teacher. She was previously charged in February with six counts of taking indecent liberties and sexual offenses with a student. FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER

“We are in contact with the patient and monitoring the patient’s progress,” said Sue Lynn Ledford, Public Health Division director for Wake County. “We want to reassure citizens that there is currently no risk of transmission from this patient to others.”

sound energy policy and would result in higher utility rates for residents. “Higher utility rates make it more difficult for us to recruit new jobs and maintain the large companies we have,” said McCrory. “He refused to join me and other governors in taking this to the Supreme Court.” McCrory also touted the work state government has been completing to strengthen its support of military personnel returning from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Veterans are able to pay in-state tuition rates, regardless if North Carolina is their home state, to all colleges, universities and community colleges. Veterans who take their papers to the DMV will be able to have “veteran” printed on their driver’s licenses.

Old urban properties examined with a eye toward the future



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ROCKY MOUNT — Gov. Pat McCrory rallied Republicans at the Nash County GOP Convention on Wednesday with an informal question-and-answer session. Nash County Commissioner Robbie Davis asked McCrory to discuss his likely gubernatorial opponent Attorney General Roy Cooper and their work together in Raleigh. McCrory noted there were areas he was in specific disagreement with the Attorney General. “I need a partner in the Attorney General’s office,” said McCrory, noting that Cooper didn’t stand with the governor’s challenge of the federal government’s regulations over North Carolina by the EPA. He said those regulations conflict with the state’s



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EAST Ordinance calls city to fix buildings, bill owner Elizabeth City Under a newly proposed ordinance in conjunction with the Elizabeth City Downtown Inc., city officials could restore rundown and neglected downtown buildings and bill the owner later. Elizabeth City Downtown’s focus is to help with revitalization efforts to improve the aesthetics of the area for residents and visitors. THE DAILY ADVANCE

Former commissioner pleads guilty to charges New Bern Former Bridgeton Town Commissioner Charles D. Freeman entered guilty pleas and received a sentence of up to almost eight years on various drugs and other charges. He was ordered to pay a $50,000 fine. Freeman sold oxycodone pills to an undercover officer among other allegations. NEW BERN SUN JOURNAL

Greenville East Carolina University’s Board of Trustees has approved the building of a School of Entrepreneurship, a new academic unit within the College of Business. Last July, ECU announced plans to create the Miller School for Entrepreneurship after receiving a $5 million gift from alumni and entrepreneur J. Fielding Miller and his wife, Kim. According to ECU, this will be the first school of its kind in the region. The request for the new school will now go to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors for approval. THE EAST CAROLINIAN

Superintendent resigns to accept RTP position Wilson Wilson County Schools Superintendent Sean Bulson submitted his resignation, effective June 30, to become senior vice president at N.C. New Schools/Breakthrough Learning. Located in the Research Triangle Park, New Schools is a professional services agency focused on developing highperforming schools and districts. Bulson had been superintendent for nearly five years. THE WILSON TIMES

RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory raised his concerns of failing urban properties across the state at the Urban Land Institute meeting in downtown Raleigh this week. McCrory told a crowd of about 600 people that some property in Raleigh and Charlotte is inefficient, unattractive or costly to maintain. He added North Carolina should act now to redesign these urban areas. “North Carolina is the ninth most populous state,” Gov. McCrory said. “We have 10 million people now and just think what we are going to have in the next decade. Are we going to prepare for that or react to that? I’m a firm believer in anticipating.” McCrory listed many properties around Raleigh and Charlotte that have great potential or can be sold, including Old Rex Hospital, Moore Square and Charlotte Prison. William Andrews, who works with Proffitt Dixon Partners in Charlotte, said he is glad McCrory is taking steps to revitalize downtowns. “I’m glad he is taking a look at this underutilized land and property in the state and trying to get it back — even through private or public partnerships

— to either revitalize it or tear it down,” Andrews said. “It sounds like a lot of it has been languishing for years. It’s good he has some kind of action.” Allan Lynch, with HFF in Charlotte, said the governor is the only one who can start the conversation about improving urban lands. McCrory also addressed updating college campuses as a part of the NC Connect bonds. Dwight Bassett, the economic development officer for the town of Chapel Hill, said improving the urban areas is a key component for the continued success of Chapel Hill as a learning community. “We’re fortunate, at Chapel Hill, to compete with quality of life and education, and we need to keep that going and not let that change or slip, or we will lose our competitiveness,” Bassett said. McCrory added these projects will make North Carolina thrive by improving cities but also provide suburban renewal and job opportunities. “This is the best state,” he said. “Let’s design our land in the best way.”

DHHS officials unveil Medicaid reform plan RALEIGH — Saying North Carolina needs to continue to be an innovator in health care, state officials unveiled a Medicaid plan for North Carolinians March 1. The reform plan, unveiled by N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, moves the state from a fee-forservice plan to a pre-paid health plan. Deputy Secretary for Medical Assistance Dave Richard said the Medicaid reform plan will help patients receive high-quality care. “We know there are many things beyond what happens in the doctors office what we would see is that it goes beyond patient care, it goes to patient-centered care, which thinks about people differently than just as a patient alone,” Richard said. “Most days I am not a patient, I am an individual.”

Another goal of the changes would be to make costs more predictable. The Department of Heath and Human Services officials said this plan will be an example to other states who want to improve their Medicaid program. “It is a North Carolina solution,” Richard said. “We’re innovators in the medical world. We believe this is us moving that bar higher.” State law tasked DHHS with submitting a plan to the federal government by June. According to agency chief Rick Brajer, over the next 3½ years the agency will hold listening sessions, submit a waiver application, receive approval from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and only then will the plan be implemented.

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north STATEment Neal Robbins, publisher | Drew Elliot, opinion editor | Ray Nothstine, deputy opinion editor OUR EDITORIALS

Burr, Tillis have the opportunity to lead North Carolina’s Thom Tillis and Richard Burr are tasked with the enormous constitutional responsibility of advice and consent.


THE DEATH of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is a striking blow to the court’s fidelity to the constitutional text. Partisan hysterics have muted important aspects of his legacy, especially as legal educator. That is unfortunate. There is great value in championing his judicial philosophy and originalist interpretation, and even Americans who disagree with him would benefit from reading his work. Decades ago, Americans paid little attention to Supreme Court nominees. Ideologues and special interests now argue the fate of the republic hinges on a single confirmed man or woman. This assessment, however unfortunate, gives states a magnified role in selecting the judicial temperament and timeline for new nominees. It should likewise offer voters added considerations when weighing presidential candidates. While the Constitution offers specific timelines in numerous places regarding the interplay of the branches of government, it is silent on a timeline for approving or rejecting nominees. Thus we are mired in the current stalemate. One can certainly argue it is politically unwise to intentionally stonewall nominees, but the Founders thought well enough to leave room for vagueness. North Carolina, like all states, plays an important role in the saga. The states are of course represented in the Senate, and North Carolina’s Thom Tillis and Richard Burr are tasked with the enormous constitutional responsibility of advice and consent. The role of the upper chamber in the legislative branch provides an opportunity for our senators to advocate on behalf of North Carolina’s interests. According to the Constitution, it may be enough merely to refuse to hold hearings or vote on any nominee offered by the president, but our senators have an opportunity to lead the nation from North Carolina. Instead of merely deflection and inaction, Tillis and Burr should forcefully make the case on what exactly characterizes an acceptable nominee. Scalia left an indelible and transformational mark upon the court, a distinction that has made this task not only necessary, but easier. He treated the text as truth and continually reminded Americans it was no less truthful no matter how far the courts strayed from the original meaning. This is North Carolina’s chance to advocate against an imperial judiciary and bend the argument and arc toward self-government.

President Obama’s energy fantasy A politician, Obama wants to take credit for good news. But this news is good in spite of the Obama administration, not because of it.

THE PRICE OF GASOLINE is at the lowest level in seven years, and the cost of natural gas — a fuel that many Americans use to heat their homes and that increasingly fuels their electricity — is down as well. The cause of U.S. production gains in oil and gas is the “shale revolution,” the advent of hydraulic fracturing. Even President Obama has noticed, saying in January that “we’ve cut our imports of foreign oil by nearly 60 percent, and cut carbon pollution more than any other country on Earth. … Gas under two bucks a gallon ain’t bad, either.” But in the same speech, Obama seemed to give the credit to wind and solar energy, calling them “cheaper” and extolling the jobs they have produced (although he admitted that millions in taxpayer dollars helped them hire). There was no mention of shale oil and gas. A politician, Obama wants to take credit for good news. But this news is good in spite of the Obama administration, not because of it. He has always been forthright about his love of renewables and his loathing of fossil fuels. Handouts to the renewables industry paralleled tightening the screws on coal. Thus power plants switched from coal to natural gas, the reason carbon dioxide emissions have dropped. The shale revolution is a reality Obama can’t wish away. Instead, he tried to use creative rhetoric to imply that wind and solar, with a combined 5 percent of energy production and virtually no effect on gasoline prices, are the reasons. Cheaper energy is fantastic for consumers and businesses. But wind and solar as the reason? Keep dreaming, Mr. President.

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The death penalty is under attack nationwide. It should go in N.C.


HE DEATH PENALTY in North Carolina and across the U.S. is slowly but surely on its way out. Thirtythree states have abandoned the policy either by law or by practice. Nationally, executions and new death sentences in 2015 hit a low not seen since the 1970s. The trend is consistent in North Carolina — there has not been an execution here since 2006. The death penalty law in North Carolina is under constant scrutiny and evaluation as to efficacy, fairness, and relevance. Our current law is tied up in court, and a recent ruling by the state Supreme Court requires that four existing cases under consideration be retried. As a former member of the state House of Representatives, I am encouraged to see many of my fellow conservatives across the state and nation calling on our colleagues to reconsider the death penalty. Last September, Nebraska State Sen. Colby Coash visited North Carolina to talk about how he’d gone from cheering on an execution while he was in college to leading the effort among Nebraska conservatives to replace it — this in one of the most Republican states in the country. While the death penalty is an emotional issue, it is one that most people have not given much consideration. Seeing past the emotion reveals the death penalty as a government program that fails to meet multiple values conservatives hold dear. First, capital punishment is far more expensive than life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. A 2009 Duke University study estimated that North Carolina spends at least $11 million each year to retain the death penalty. That figure does not include significant court and prosecution costs. For all of these costs, there is no evidence showing the death penalty keeps us safer. The murder rate continues to drop in the state even while executions have been on hold. Second, the death penalty is a wasteful, inefficient government program. As conservatives, we want a smaller, more efficient government that does not abuse its power. But North Carolina spends millions of dollars each year on capital cases, and very few of

Beyond the real possibility that we could execute an innocent person, we must also consider that the death penalty removes the opportunity for criminals to be redeemed.

them end with a death sentence. Not a single jury delivered a sentence of death last year. Third, I do not trust government to get this punishment right. Horribly botched executions have made headlines around the country. Protocols aren’t followed; improper drugs and dosages are used; and untrained and unqualified staff are carrying out the medical procedures required by lethal injection. As conservatives, we must be prudent and cautious in granting the government this kind of authority. We know government makes mistakes. It is our imperative as citizens, as conservatives, that we carefully and rationally evaluate our laws and consider all of the ramifications of such an important policy. Lastly, many conservatives cherish the sanctity of life, from conception to natural death. The fact that innocent people end up on death row — nine in North Carolina, 155 nationally — demands we be ever vigilant and consistent in our policies of protecting and honoring life. Beyond the real possibility that we could execute an innocent person, we must also consider that the death penalty removes the opportunity for criminals to be redeemed. Life imprisonment without the possibility of parole is a severe punishment and offers an alternative that will keep our communities safe without all the imperfections and problems presented by the death penalty. Replacing the death penalty is a position wholly consistent with conservative values, and I am proud to be involved with North Carolina Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty. I applaud state Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) for addressing this issue with intelligence, commitment and common sense. It is important for us to take the lead on this issue and to help our conservative colleagues see the ways capital punishment does not align with our values.

The question isn’t, “Does this person believe?” but rather, “What does this person believe?”

the same bathroom?” Her question sets off a flood of memories: There was the segregated seating on the trolleys in the Shreveport of the 1940s — whites from front to back. All the driver had to do was turn around the little flap above each seat and Colored became White. Talk about what used to be called Passing. And then the driver would tell all the black passengers to move to the rear of the trolley. The black kids got off where the paved road ended and proceeded to walk down a muddy track leading to their school out of sight at the bottom of a hill. I knew from that age on that segregation was wrong, wrong, wrong — and got dirty looks from my classmates when I dared say so. “A traitor to your race,” one called me. What race, I wondered. Whatever race that kid belonged to, I didn’t want any part of. “May I use the same bathroom?” I was driving back from the University of Missouri at Columbia in my student days when I stopped for gas somewhere in northern Arkansas, and a black

We now have a new form of segregation: between those with a liberal education and those who were sold a bill of goods called a diploma.

combined effect of three threads of religious faith each candidate might exhibit. The first thread is the candidate’s stated faith. The candidate might be a Catholic Christian, a Protestant Christian, a Sunni Muslim, or a Zen Buddhist. The religious tradition to which they profess allegiance will shape their political views at one level or another. Christianity views “the good life” much differently than, for instance, Zen Buddhism, and there will be consequences in politics and public life. The second thread is the candidate’s “functional god.” The Bible teaches that every human being ascribes ultimate worth to something or somebody, and sometimes that something or somebody is not a deity. The functional god may be sex, money, power, or success instead of Jesus, Allah, or Vishnu. In other words, even if a candidate claims a Christian heritage, his life may betray that what truly drives him is success or power. The third thread is the candidate’s political ideology, which often contains a pet god or idol of sorts. American liberalism tends to idolize the individual, finding the meaning of life in the individual’s desire fulfillment and choice enhancement. Social conservatism tends to idolize cultural heritage. Nationalism makes a god out of the nation itself. Socialism ascribes ultimate status to material equality. Good ideals, all — but dangerous gods. In sum, Christian voters should concern themselves with a political candidate’s religious faith. But we’ve got to be savvy enough to consider all three threads of a candidate’s faith. Unraveling those threads is by no means easy, and sometimes is impossible. But to the extent that we can unravel them, we can gain an illuminating view into how that candidate will govern. Bruce Ashford is provost and professor of theology and culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C.

Paul Greenberg is the Pulitzer Prizewinning editorial writer and columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Mia Harrison, a Republican, represented Cumberland County in the General Assembly and currently lives in Davie County. She is a teaching assistant in the first grade.

Your vote, and your candidate’s god most Americans seem to agree that the church as an institution should not seek to control the state, and vice-versa, the agreement seems to end there. Some Americans make a leap from “separation of church and state” to “separation of religion and politics.” These Americans think religious commitment is irrelevant to politics and public life. Proponents of this view want voters and candidates to remove their religious clothing before entering the public square or the voting booth. Look at the candidate’s policies, they urge, not his or her faith. There is some truth to this viewpoint, of course. Only the most naïve voter would cast his vote so simplistically as to merely pledge allegiance to the candidate whose religion or denomination is most closely aligned with his. A political candidate’s faith isn’t everything. But the candidate’s faith is something, and a very important something, at that. And every candidate — even an atheistic candidate — is religious at some level and in some manner. That’s right. Each of us is a believer. The question isn’t, “Does this person believe?” but rather, “What does this person believe?” As Richard John Neuhaus often said, “Politics is chiefly a function of culture, at the heart of culture is morality, and at the heart of morality is religion.” But what does it mean that every candidate has a “religion,” considering that some candidates are atheists and deny the religious label? It means that all candidates have something or somebody that sits at the center of their lives, commanding their loyalty, guiding their principles of right and wrong. That somebody or something acts as the functional god or idol of that candidate’s life. Discerning what that god actually is, however, is not so easy. One must look at the

YOUNG BLACK WOMAN accustomed to taking care of white A invalids of a certain age asks: “May I use

family drove up. You could tell they had been on the road all night and the kids were all antsy. “No,” said the attendant. “That’s for whites only.” I was infuriated, and jerked the line out of the gas tank. “You can keep your damned gas,” I told him. And stalked off. The young are so righteous — then as now. Naturally I was a Republican, too. For in those days Republicans were the party that pushed civil rights. The South had only one party (Democratic), one crop (cotton) and one issue that was never to be discussed (race). In college I would be president of my Young Republican chapter. But today all that has changed, and the old Solid South has become solidly Republican — so when I’m asked if I’m a Cruz Republican or, God forbid, a Trump Republican, I can only reply: None of the above. I am, was and hope I’ll always be a member of that vanishing breed: the Lincoln Republican. “May I use the same bathroom?” One question unlocks the vast treasure house that is the past. Not just our own but a whole region’s, a whole civilization’s. It can be opened with just a click, a stray remark, and best of all a liberal education — if students are still permitted to get one instead of the compilation of ethnic, class and social slogans now on offer at campuses across the country. That sad admix usually goes under the wholly misleading title Social Justice, which would better be described as social injustice. It is a terrible thing to lose a whole language — or disfigure it. So what does a vice chancellor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock do the first chance she gets? She eliminates the school’s whole German program at one stroke. So when students ask to study German at what is supposed to be an urban university serving working-class kids, she just tells them: Take the bus to Conway, home of Hendrix College, where you can get a real education. The result: Now we have a new form of segregation: that between those who have received a liberal education and those just sold a bill of goods and told they’re now officially, certifiably Educated because, after all, they’ve got a diploma to prove it. “May I use the same bathroom?” Why not label the drinking fountains in public squares again? So those who have received only a pseudo-education can be identified as the second-class citizens they are, the untouchables of our modern caste system. Without an exposure to the classics, to Greek and Latin, how expect them to understand the composition of the simplest English sentence, too? “May I use the same bathroom?” One simple question and the banks of memory overflow. Until it is time at last to just Be Still.


EW DISCUSSIONS cause more heat or shed less light than ones concerning the F “separation of church and state.” And while

One question brings a flood of memories

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NATION& WORLD Supreme Court takes up abortion case Washington, D.C. HE U.S. Supreme Court on T Wednesday appeared closely divided as it considered its first major abortion


A young migrant cries as she waits to cross the GreekMacedonian border, near the village of Idomeni, Greece.


Curator Stuart Baker, right, and gallery assistants hang a picture of Charles II as Prince of Wales from 1638 by Anthony van Dyck, in the Portland collection at the Hartley Gallery near Worksop.

case in nearly a decade, with pivotal Justice Anthony Kennedy giving little indication how he would rule in a challenge to a Texas law imposing strict regulations on clinics and abortion doctors. Kennedy, who often casts the deciding vote in close cases, at one point suggested sending the case back to a lower court for further evidence to be introduced on the law’s impact, including an assessment of the ability of Texas clinics to meet the demand for abortions. That could mean the case might not be resolved for years. Some justices also questioned the lack of evidence on why specific clinics closed after the law was passed. Abortion providers assert that the law caused 22 of 41 clinics to close, but the state contests those numbers. The state contends the law, passed in 2013 by the Republican-controlled Texas legislature and signed by a Republican governor, protects women’s health. The abortion providers who have challenged it assert that it is aimed at shutting down their clinics. With the court one member short after the Feb. 13 death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, it could be split 4-4 in the case. A decision is expected in June.

Idaho students arrested on suspicion of arson


Payette, ID Idaho police arrested three teenagers on Wednesday and were seeking a fourth on suspicion the group set a fire that destroyed the home of a high school principal and could have killed the educator and his wife, authorities said. The principal had suspended two of the students just days before the blaze in Payette, said the town’s police chief.

U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan talks to demonstrators outside the U.S. Supreme Court as they take up abortion case.

Staffer gets immunity for setting up Clinton’s email server

United Nations approves North Korea restrictions

Washington, D.C. The U.S. Justice Department has given immunity from prosecution to a State Department employee who helped set up and manage the private email server Hillary Clinton used for her work as secretary of state. A senior U.S. law enforcement official said the FBI had secured the cooperation of Bryan Pagliano, who worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign before joining the State Department with her and setting up the server in her New York home in 2009. Last fall Pagliano invoked his fifth amendment rights against self -incrimination.

New York, N.Y. The United Nations Security Council voted this week to approve a resolution that would dramatically tighten existing restrictions on North Korea at the United Nations Headquarters. The move follows North Korea’s rocket launches on Jan. 6 and on Feb. 7 that Washington and its allies said used banned ballistic missile technology. Pyongyang said it was a peaceful satellite launch. In the daily press briefing, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that it remained to be seen whether the increased pressure on North Korea would push the regime to change.

A dog accompanies models who present creations by Indian designer Arora as part of his Fall - Winter 2016-2017 women’s ready-to-wear in Paris, France.

ORDINANCE fromPage A1 with them. Well it’s time to use his authority,” said state Sen. Buck Newton in a press conference Thursday. “If he won’t, we are prepared to take legislative action to stop this.” The lightening rod part of the ordinance is a so-called “bathroom” provision that would allow persons to use the facilities of their preferred gender identity, instead of their biological sex, in public places. Opponents say the measure puts women, children, and businesses owners in harm’s way. “The idea that grown men and young girls should use the same bathroom and middle school boys and girls should use the same locker facilities is crazy and puts our families at risk,” Senate leader Phil Berger told reporters. Berger instead suggested that transgender people use the bathrooms identified as non-gender specific or family bathrooms. Earlier in the week, Gov. Pat McCrory said the decision “creates a major public safety issue,” but also expressed concerns about the cost of calling a spe-

cial session to address it. In order to call a special session, McCrory would need the support of three-fifths of the House, or 72 members. McCrory would also seek consensus of the Senate, since without Senate support a bill can’t reach the governor’s desk. North Carolina isn’t the only state grappling with the issue of transgender bathroom use. Earlier this week in South Dakota, the legislature failed to override a gubernatorial veto on legislation that bans public school students from using bathrooms and other sex-specific facilities opposite from their biological sex. In Virginia, the Glouchester County School Board is caught in a legal battle with the ACLU and the Obama administration, which want them to open sex-specific locker rooms and bathrooms to individuals of the opposite biological sex. In November, McCrory urged the Attorney General to support the Virginia school district by signing on to friend-of-thecourt brief, but Cooper refused.

I-77 fromPage A1 review every available option —w both legal and financial — to reassess the I-77 Mobility Partner’s business model and current contract,” said Tennyson in a statement. “It is important to note that the current contract protects taxpayers from financial losses.” In response to the news, I-77 Mobility Partners said the bankruptcy filing has no financial impact on the Charlotte project, and that while both projects are owned in part by Madrid-based Cintra, they “maintain a separate financial structure.” The controversy stems from a contract to build new toll lanes along the I-77 corridor from Mooresville to Charlotte, a stretch that is notoriously clogged with traffic. The lanes are part of a larger regional transportation strategy, but op-

The Texas-based sister company of I-77 Mobility Partners — the private contractor building Charlotte’s interstate toll road — has filed for bankruptcy, prompting North Carolina transportation officials to “reassess” the controversial project. ponents have said the lanes were too costly. The $650 million contract, originally negotiated by the DOT and vetted by the Attorney General’s office in 2014, allows the contractor to keep a portion of the toll revenue in exchange for maintaining the stretch of road and operating the toll road for 50 years.

Preliminary police report


Community members visit the memorial site for Akiel Denkins who was shot and killed by a Raleigh Police officer in southeastern Raleigh on Feb. 29.

Preliminary report released on Raleigh shooting RALEIGH — A Raleigh man was shot and killed by a police officer Monday. According to Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown, Officer D.C. Twiddy pursued Akiel Denkins, who was wanted for felony drug charges. According to preliminary reports the two were involved in a struggle, during which Denkins retrieved a handgun from his waistband. The struggle continued, resulting

in the officer shooting and killing Denkins. The shooting sparked protests and questions in the community, with the NAACP holding a press conference and a vigil. Denkins’ funeral was on Friday. Raleigh’s Mayor Nancy McFarlane called for calm and patience while the SBI and the Raleigh Police Department continue to investigate.

VOTING fromPage A1 According to Gov. Pat McCrory, who initially put forth the bond initiative, Connect NC will improve education, parks, safety, recreation, as well as water and sewer infrastructure. “Some of the worst designed buildings are on our college campuses that are not adaptable to our learning environment,” Gov. McCrory said. “We have the best state parks, I think, in the nation, and we haven’t spent any money on them.” A recent court battle over congressional districting maps, however, has left some voters

unsure about whether they are supposed to vote at all. The ballot includes Congressional primary candidates, even though those races were pushed to June 7 after a federal judge panel ordered district lines redrawn. The Board of Elections suggests voters cast their vote in the congressional races anyway as a precaution in case the federal court ruling over the congressional maps is overturned. Voters casting early ballots may vote anywhere in their district. Those who missed the regular voter registration Feb. 19

deadline can register and vote at one-stop early voting locations. Voters may vote without a photo ID, according to The North Carolina Board of Elections. “If you have acceptable ID, bring it,” Strach stated. “But if you’re unable to obtain one, you can vote by absentee or our precinct officials will help you cast a ballot that will count.” Voters waiting until March 15 must go to their assigned precinct. March 15 is also the last day to mail back absentee ballots.

the Sunday SIDELINE 1. Mario Williams, Roddy White and Arian Foster headline NFL stars released into free agency


Plumlees’ last stand

2. Grayson Allen and Marcus Paige named Academic All-Americans 3. Hurricanes deal Eric Staal, Kris Versteeg and John-Michael Liles at NHL trade deadline 4. NC State outfielder Chance Shepard hit home runs in six straight games 5. Martin Truex Jr.’s crew chief Cole Pearn suspended for one race following rules infraction

@AdamSchefter People around Peyton Manning believe he will retire, but as of now, he has not told the Broncos of any decision.


Florida State center Chris Koumadje (21) and Duke center Marshall Plumlee (40) battle for a rebound during the first half of a college men’s basketball game on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

@CoachJim4UM Suggestion to my Rocky Top colleague, rather than lunch in Florida you might spend your time and focus attending to your present team.


@DiamondHeels Sunday’s win capped UNC’s first three-game sweep with all 1-run games since sweeping UVA in 1999.



Linemen are cap casualties In a cost-cutting move, the Carolina Panthers released defensive end Charles Johnson due to his $15 million salary-cap hit this season. Along with Johnson, defensive tackle Dwan Edwards and offensive tackle Nate Chandler were also cut.


Rays heading to Cuba The Tampa Bay Rays will make a historic trip to Cuba to take on the national team, the first in MLB since 1999. President Barack Obama is expected to attend the game on March 22. Pitcher and Clayton native Chris Archer said he’s happy to be “part of something that’s extremely historic for both countries.”


Ottawa Senators’ Dion Phaneuf (2) defends Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal (12) in the third period at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ontario.

Canes’ Staal leaves long-lasting legacy


By Cory Lavalette North State Journal

Three NC teams ranked

ALEIGH — The Carolina Hurricanes and captain Eric R Staal turned the page on their

North Carolina, NC State and East Carolina are all off to hot starts in college baseball. In the latest d1baseball.com rankings, the Tar Heels sit at No. 6, the Wolfpack remains at No. 8, and the Pirates debut at No. 16. Six ACC teams were ranked in the poll.


Marshall cashes in after combine performance Keith Marshall, a former Millbrook star and Georgia standout, ran the fastest 40-yard dash at the combine in 4.31 seconds. For his efforts, Marshall received $50,000 from Adidas. What does Marshall plan to do with the money? “I’ll probably just put it in my Merrill Lynch account.”

storied history together, one that included promise, glory, and frustration. Staal agreed to waive his no-trade clause on Feb. 28 — a day before the NHL’s deadline — and join the New York Rangers and brother Marc in their pursuit of a Stanley Cup. In his wake, Staal leaves behind assets (two second-round picks and Finnish prospect Aleksi Saarela acquired from the Rangers), his brother Jordan, and a complicated but impressive legacy as the Hurricanes’ most accomplished player in franchise history. Staal’s long journey began in 2003 when the Hurricanes landed the No. 2 overall pick in


Straight 70-point seasons for Staal from 2005-2012 with the Hurricanes.


the draft lottery, despite being hockey’s worst team the year before. Their bad luck paid off, with Carolina still landing their man, a lanky center from the Peterborough Petes to serve as the heir apparent to then captain/future Hall of Famer/now general manager Ron Francis. The irony of Francis eventually dealing him should not be lost on anyone. Staal made an immediate impact, earning a spot with the Hurricanes coming out of training camp and finishing his 200304 rookie campaign with 11 goals and 20 assists in 81 games. With the league’s labor unrest wiping out the 2004-05 season, Staal played the year in the minors. It was a boon for him — and also for a first-year goalie named Cam Ward — as he finished 10th in the league in scoring with 26 See STAAL, page C3

Shots on goal for Staal in his Hurricanes career. Only Washington’s Alex Ovechkin (4,148 through March 2) had registered more shots since the start of the 2003-04 season.


Hat tricks during Staal’s 12-year Hurricanes career

By Shawn Krest North State Journal URHAM, N.C. — It was late April 2011, and Marshall Plumlee wasn’t sure what to do. After eliminating D several schools who offered him scholarship, including UNC,

Plumlee had narrowed his college choices down to two schools: Virginia and Duke. Plumlee’s parents and three siblings — two of whom, Miles and Mason, played basketball at Duke — were being “As it came down supportive, but he was still indecisive. to the wire, Miles “My mom, my dad, Mason, my sister were all very supportive,” Plumlee re- pulled me aside,” called. “They said, ‘Marshall, do what’s Plumlee said. best for you. We don’t want you to feel “He said, ‘C’mon, any pressure from us about going to one Marshall. It’s time school or the other.’” Miles was a different story. to go to Duke.’ He’s “As it came down to the wire, Miles a little more no pulled me aside,” Plumlee said. “He said, ‘C’mon, Marshall. It’s time to go nonsense about to Duke.’ He’s a little more no nonsense things. I think I about things. I think I needed that kick needed that kick in the pants to get my head straight.” The decision insured the Plumlee in the pants to get Dynasty would reign over Durham and my head straight.” the Blue Devils basketball team for a few more years. Miles, the oldest of three broth- Marshall Plumlee ers, enrolled at Duke on August 2008. George W. Bush was president. The Democratic Convention would open later that same day in Denver, eventually nominating Chicago senator Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate. Brandon Ingram, now the best player on Marshall’s senior team at Duke, was 10 years old at the time. Grayson Allen, the heart and soul of the current squad, was about to start sixth grade. Two members of the first Plumlee Duke team — Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith — are now on Duke’s coaching staff. The Plumlees brothers combined for 12 seasons (and one redshirt year) at Duke, spanning over the last eight years. They joined a total of 49 teammates in Durham, including plenty of crossover thanks to four years with at least two Plumlees on the team. One season, Marshall’s redshirt year of 2011-12, all three Plumlees were at Duke. See PLUMLEE, page C3



ACC TOURNAMENT PREVIEW March is here and so is the delight of tournament basketball. The 2016 ACC Tournament kicks off in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, March 8, with the conference’s lower seeds getting one final shot to make a run at the NCAA Tournament. Can Cat Barber pull a Kemba Walker and make a run with NC State? R. Cory Smith looks at the key players to know for this year’s tournament. Pages B4-B5.

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Marvin Harrison: Former Colts receiver blasted Terrell Owens over NFL Hall of Fame snub: “To hell with him.” Carter Capps: Marlins’ closer and Mount Olive graduate saw Dr. James Andrews for right elbow injury concerns. Eddie Lacy: Packers running back looked ripped in Facebook photo after training with P90X creator during offseason. Kam Chancellor: No report filed after women called police on Seattle Seahawks player outside gym. Los Angeles Clippers: Team introduced new mascot, “Chuck E. Condor,” to mixed reviews. Oracle Team USA: Yacht racing team capsized 45-foot catamaran during training — no injuries reported. Corey Dickerson: Rays outfielder belted home run that landed an estimated 569 feet from home plate. Mallex Smith: Braves prospect hit two triples in first inning, homer in fifth during his spring training debut.



The Panthers parted ways with defensive end Charles Johnson ahead of free agency in a no-brainer move for GM Dave Gettleman. Cutting Johnson freed up more than $11 million for the Panthers in salary-cap space. Carolina now has more than $27 million in total cap space.


“He’s got a lot of basketball left, and it should be here next year.” NC State coach Mark Gottfried on Cat Barber’s legacy with the Wolfpack. ON TV



Tuesday, March 8 Game 1: 12 seed vs. 13 seed (noon, ESPN2/ACCN)



Game 2: 11 seed vs. 14 seed (2 p.m., ESPN2/ACCN)

Wednesday March 9 Game 3: 8 seed vs. 9 seed (noon, ESPN/ACCN) Game 4: 5 seed vs. G1 winner (2 p.m., ESPN/ACCN) Game 5: 7 seed vs. 10 seed (7 p.m., ESPN2/ACCN) Game 6: 6 seed vs. G2 winner (9 p.m., ESPN2/ACCN)

Thursday March 10 Game 7: 1 seed vs. G3 winner (noon, ESPN/ACCN) Game 8: 4 seed vs. G4 winner (2 p.m., ESPN/ACCN) Game 9: 2 seed vs. G5 winner (7 p.m., ESPN/ACCN)


Martin Truex Jr.’s crew chief Cole Pearn has been suspended one race and fined $50,000 after failing a pre-race inspection in Atlanta. Truex was also docked 15 points — dropping him from second in the standings to eighth.


Boston College nearly shook their flirtation with the opposite of perfection against NC State by putting the Wolfpack on the ropes. Then Maverick Rowan hit a lastsecond layup to send the Eagles to an impossible 0-25 in ACC football and basketball this year.

Game 10: 3 seed vs. G6 winner (9 p.m., ESPN/ACCN)

Friday, March 11 Game 11: G7 winner vs. G8 winner (7 p.m., ESPN/ ESPN2/ACCN) Game 12: G9 winner vs. G10 winner (9 p.m., ESPN/ ESPN2/ACCN)

Saturday, March 12 Championship: G11 winner vs. G12 winner (9 p.m., ESPN/ ACCN)


For the second time in a week, two of the NBA’s most exciting teams did battle on the hardwood. The Thunder and Warriors thrilled again, with superstars Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant taking center stage. KD won the stats battle but Curry’s team pulled off the win, 121-106. STEPHEN CURRY vs. KEVIN DURANT 33 — Points — 32 4 — Rebounds — 10 4 — Assists — 9 12/25 — Shooting Percentage — 11/17

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Krzyzewski Plumlees Cameron Bubas


The Plumlees have been at Duke for 8 years, 12 combined seasons and 359 wins. If they were Duke coaches, they’d rank just behind Coach K and the man the home gym is named after.

Three brothers. Eight seasons. A look at how Miles, Mason and Marshall Plumlees’ accomplishments at Duke stack up against the rest of the ACC and NCAA. Compiled by Shawn Krest The Plumlee brothers have been playing in the ACC longer than all but three coaches have been in the conference: Duke Florida State North Carolina Plumlees Virginia Clemson NC State Georgia Tech Miami Syracuse Pittsburgh Notre Dame Louisville Virginia Tech Boston College Wake Forest

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PLUMLEE from Page C1 The Plumlee parents are quite familiar with the Triangle area after spending nearly a decade traveling back and forth to Durham from their Warsaw, Indiana home. “They’ve put a lot of miles on the car,” Marshall said. “When the car would get too many miles on it, they’d pass it down to me and get a new one. Now, as time’s gone on, and we have a couple brothers in the NBA, they take a couple flights down, but they’re no strangers to the 12-hour drive.” Before he became a Duke player, Marshall was also used to traveling to Durham to check in on his brothers. He was at boarding school in Asheville, so the trip wasn’t quite as daunting as the one his parents faced. Only one problem — Marshall didn’t have a car. “It wasn’t hard to find people who wanted to go to a Duke game,” he said. “I’d find a friend and tell them, ‘I’ll get you a ticket if you drive me.’” After his brothers left for the NBA, Marshall, who was buried deep on the Duke bench early in his career, blossomed into a team leader, dependable scorer (8.2 points per game), and quality rebounder (8.7 per game) for the Blue Devils. “He’s such a great leader on our team,” freshman Luke Kennard said. “I’m sure his brothers were too. I’m sure Marshall learned from them and passed it

STAAL from Page C1 goals and 51 assists in 77 games for the Lowell Lock Monsters. The NHL was back in 2005 and so was Staal. He morphed into the face of the Hurricanes and an immediate league-wide superstar, recording a career-best 100 points and leading the Hurricanes in playoff scoring en route to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup. But fortune is often fleeting and success proved hard to replicate. The Canes returned to the postseason only once since — a run to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2009 that was ended by brother Jordan and the Penguins. Rod Brind’Amour, the team’s former captain and now an assistant coach for the Hurricanes, relinquished the “C” to Staal in early 2010. Then-GM Jim Rutherford proclaimed the move “part of the rebuilding process for the Hurricanes, as Eric is the player around whom the team will be structured.” But Rutherford’s rebuild was an endless cycle of failed seasons, and the blame often fell on Staal and his seven-year, $57.75 million contract that kicked in just months before he assumed the captaincy. The team returned to the playoff hunt this year, but losses on back-to-back nights in Toronto and at home to Boston Feb. 25-26 dictated Francis get what he could for Staal and his expiring deal. The magnitude of trading away a franchise icon was not lost on Francis.

“I’d see what coach told my brothers, and I’d go and work on it at the high school level,” Marshall recalled. “I’d emulate what coach wanted. It was really cool. I felt like I had an advantage no one else did. My motivation was never higher than coming back from watching a Duke game.”

“Any time you trade a guy who is the face of your franchise, [who’s] been here a long time and done a lot of things for the organization on the ice and in the community it’s never an easy day,” Francis said. “We have a friendship on the side as well, which makes it even more difficult. … Unfortunately, it’s kind of the crappy part of our business when stuff like this happens.” In all, the Hurricanes went 209-203-66 from the time Staal was named captain until last Sunday’s trade, never reaching the postseason under his leadership. But he was essential to the Hurricanes’ 2006 title. “When you miss the playoffs for six years, and you’re the leader, the captain, it’s tough,” Staal said at his introductory press conference with the Rangers. “There [were] a lot of trying times. For a lot of different reasons it didn’t happen the way [I] envisioned.” Staal’s numbers, however, support the opinion that he was usually a strong player surrounded by a weak supporting cast. Among the players selected with him in 2003 — often considered the best draft class ever — he ranked first in games played, goals, and points at the time of the trade. He was one of the league’s most durable players, missing just 22 games over 12 seasons with the Hurricanes, including playing in every game six of those years. He won an Olympic gold medal with Canada in 2010, making him a part of the “Triple Gold Club” — players who have won a

down to us.” Coach Mike Krzyzewski echoed those sentiments. “I didn’t want to put on any expectations, but I thought he would be really good,” Krzyzewski said. “And he has been better. I was looking at tape from last year, and just physically, I mean, in his face he looks three years older this year. For the last month especially, he has been damn good. You know, the kid is having a sensational year. His play has really been maybe the biggest key for us.” Whether he knew it or not, Krzyzewski’s role in developing Plumlee’s game began long before the youngest brother arrived on campus. “I’d see what coach told my brothers, and I’d go and work on it at the high school level,” Marshall recalled. “I’d emulate what coach wanted. It was really cool. I felt like I had an advantage no one else did. My motivation was never higher than coming back from watching a Duke game.” Senior night is always emotional, but Marshall realizes his parents will be severing an even longer tie with Duke after an eight-year relationship with the school, twice as long as his own. “I’m not going to let them get sentimental,” Marshall said. “There’s time after the season for us to get sentimental.” “I just hope Duke’s enjoyed eight years of Plumlees as much as I have.”


Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal (12) reacts against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PNC Arena on February 12.

43 Points in 43 playoff games for Staal during his time with Carolina

Stanley Cup, World Championships (2007), and Olympic gold. Only 26 players, and just nine Canadians, can claim status in that elite group. And those who followed the team knew his leadership off the ice extended well past the locker room and into the community, and he embraced Raleigh as his home. Nearly 13 years after the Hurricanes hinged their future

on an unlikely hero — a wiry, red-haired, son of a sod farmer — Staal’s legacy spans the state. From the Hurricanes’ AHL affiliate relocating to Charlotte, to the growing number of boys and girls showing up at Triangle rinks in the wee hours of a weekend morning, to the Stanley Cup banner hanging in PNC Arena, Staal’s fingerprints are all over hockey in North Carolina — win or lose.


North State Journal for Sunday, March 6, 2016

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Eight players to watch ahead of tournament March Madness means endless amounts of college basketball to see and only so many televisions for viewing and eyeballs for watching. Whether it’s rolling a TV into the classroom — am I the only one who remembers that? — or streaming games at work, good luck with productivity this entire month. While most teams already know their fate for the NCAA tournament, others are still vying for seeding or to simply crack the bracket. Before the start of the ACC Tournament in Washington, D.C., here is a look at the best players across the conference with a focus on each North Carolina school.


— R. Cory Smith, North State Journal

NC State, guard The ACC’s leading scorer does everything for the Wolfpack. Almost literally. Barber averages more than four assists and four rebounds per game, providing the only consistent option for NC State on any given night. Abdul-Malik Abu may be coming into his own this season, but Barber clearly is still the player to watch for the Pack. Barber averaged an astounding 23 points per game in January and February. He’ll need to go “Full Kemba” if NC State has any hope of making a deep run.

MALCOLM BROGDON Virginia, guard He is the leading candidate for ACC Player of the Year after a phenomenal regular season, but don’t look for Malcolm Brogdon to slow down in the postseason. Virginia’s do-it-all senior is the third-leading scorer in the ACC, clutch free-throw shooter and shoots above 40 percent from behind the arc. He also put together statement games against N.C. State, Miami and UNC — combining for 76 points and shooting 63.8 percent in those matchups. When your team is as strong defensively as Virginia, Brogdon doesn’t have to finish with a high volume in shots. North Carolina natives may think that the ACC Player of the Year has to come from a Big Four school, but Brogdon will prove why he’s worthy.


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The only clear star on Danny Manning’s roster, Thomas has been absurdly good for a team that otherwise wouldn’t be competitive in games. He managed to grind out career highs in both points per game (15.7) and rebounds per game (10) and leads Wake in both those categories. The senior was suspended for two ACC games but returned with strong efforts against Virginia Tech (13 points, 6 rebounds) and Duke (16 points, 13 boards).

Averaging more than 18 points per game this season, Jaron Blossomgame is the third-leading scorer in a stacked conference. Unfortunately, only one other player on Clemson is averaging double digits scoring this season. Asked to take on a similar role as Barber in terms of scoring, Blossomgame also leads the Tigers in rebounding. Similar to Barber, he’s led his team to surprising wins over Louisville, Duke and Miami. Clemson wilted down the stretch with losses to Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech, but still has a chance of making a lengthy run with Blossomgame leading the charge.




L MICHAEL GBINIJE Syracuse, forward Starting his career with Duke, fans across the state already know the name Michael Gbinije. What he’s done at Syracuse has thrust him into the national spotlight. Gbinije is pacing the Orange with more than 17 points, four rebounds and four assists per game. He’s done so with three or more threepoint shots made in 14 games this year — including eight against NC State. He’s improved in nearly every statistical category, but his defensive effort is unmatched. Gbinije is the only player in the ACC averaging more than two steals per game this season — a stat that will surely come up if he faces off with the depth-starved Blue Devils.

OVE HIM OR HATE HIM, it’s hard to keep your eyes off Grayson Allen. The Duke guard has come under fire lately for tripping other players, earning himself a reprimand from the ACC and issuing a public apology to those he harmed. His behavior might have a bit of Laettner to it, but so does his game, at least in terms of scoring. Allen is the second-leading scorer in the ACC and ranks fifth in conference play in three-point percentage. Along with Brandon Ingram and Marshall Plumlee, Allen has a cast around him capable of competing. Antics aside, a — ahem — trip to the ACC title game doesn’t seem improbable if Allen finds his groove early in the tournament. Allen wasn’t a key member in 2015, playing 32 combined minutes in two games during the ACC tourney. However, he showed the ability to show up in the postseason when needed last year. Can he do it again in the tournament? That will dictate Duke’s length of stay in D.C.

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scorer in the ACC with more than 21 points per game.

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UNC player scored 30 points and 20 rebounds in a game (Mitch Kupchak).

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TOP-10 SCORER and rebounder in the conference, Brice Johnson emerged as the clear leader for a serious national championship contender. With preseason co-ACC Player of the Year Marcus Paige a shell of himself since returning from injury, Johnson emerged as the Tar Heels’ top player and a Wooden Award candidate. He’s not just ACC, he’s national. Johnson’s ferocious post play led to 18 double-doubles heading into Saturday night’s showdown with Duke. He also became the first player in school history with 39 points and 23 rebounds in a single game when he posted eye-popping numbers against Florida State. When a player leads any category in UNC history, he’s clearly done something special. Last year in the ACC tourney, Johnson averaged 18 points and 6.5 rebounds. He’ll inflate those numbers this March as the clear stat stuffer down low for Carolina.

DEMETRIUS JACKSON Notre Dame, guard Top 10 in scoring and top three in assists in conference play. Only Demetrius Jackson can boast those stats in the ACC. The Notre Dame point guard flourished this season, turning himself into a first-round pick. Currently at No. 20 on Chad Ford’s draft board, Jackson is just one of many future NBA players in the tourney. Zach Auguste is a key in the paint, but Jackson is the engine that makes this team go. For the Irish to assure a decent seed in the NCAA tournament, they will need an outstanding performance from their floor general.


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Mark Price, 49ers laying foundation for strong future

Cat Barber faces difficult NBA decision on basketball future

By Tyler Everett North State Journal


HARLOTTE — Mark Price walked into the room after Charlotte’s win over TexasSan Antonio on Feb. 27, looked at senior Joseph Uchebo and freshman Curran Scott sitting at the podium, and broke into a smile. “Y’all can go ahead without me, I’m good.” The first year coach’s relief was understandable. After 50 minutes of ups, downs, and 18 lead changes, Uchebo and Scott saved the day in double overtime to secure a 114-108 victory. It was a microcosm of the 49ers’ season and Price’s debut campaign. Senior Joseph Uchebo dominated (21 points, 16 rebounds, 11 points in overtime) and two freshmen — Scott and Jon Davis — came on late to provide a spark, scoring all 12 of Charlotte’s points in the second overtime. “I’ve been proud of those guys all year,” Price said. “They’ve just continued to grow and get better. But in my mind, they’re not freshmen anymore. They’ve played too much.” Charlotte’s offseason (losing six key players) gave way to a rough 1-8 start. Price was left with two players who saw significant minutes in 2015: junior guard Braxton Ogbueze and senior forward Bernard Sullivan. Sullivan stepped away from basketball in December due to concussions. “Any time you take over a program, there’s always a reason why the job was open,” Price said. “The biggest thing that’s always the toughest to do is to lay the foundation, change the culture and start moving it in the right direction.” The early schedule was full of long nights against NCAA tournament teams like Miami, Michigan and Syracuse. Wins like the

In my mind, they’re not freshmen anymore. They’ve played too much.” Mark Price, 49ers head coach

one against UTSA, Price argues, show the value of the experience gained from those losses. “The whole season’s prepared us,” he said. “That’s what the whole of the season does. It was awfully tough, I’m not going to lie. When we were trying to put things together and were having to play that kind of competition, it put all of us in a difficult spot. But you just play the games and you get through it and it toughens you up.” The 49ers won’t win the regular season C-USA championship, but Price’s team will enter the conference tournament battle-tested and balanced. Charlotte lost to UAB, currently a league-best 12-2, by two points in January. The combination of Uchebo, who broke Kenyon Martin’s league record for rebounds in a season, and the league’s best three-point shooting team make them dangerous. Regardless of how Price’s first season finishes, the 49ers look like a team on an upward trajectory. Next year’s team will likely include five of the top six players in this year’s rotation as well as some height and familiarity. Three of the four players joining Charlotte next year are at least 6-6, including Price’s son Hudson, a 6-7 guard. “I think even though our record is not as good as I would want it to be as a coach, I think we’ve done a really good job of [laying the foundation] this year,” Price said. “And I think we do have a very bright future.”

By R. Cory Smith North State Journal ALEIGH — Two critical questions surrounded NC State's Senior Night R win against Boston College. Would Chase

Cannon, the lone senior and a walk-on reserve, see the floor? And would the game be Cat Barber's last appearance at PNC Arena? The first question was answered definitively with the Wolfpack requiring a walkoff layup by freshman Maverick Rowan to beat Boston College. The second question remains unanswered heading into the ACC Tournament, with Barber showing no interest in revealing his plans. “I’m not going to discuss that right now,” Barber said. “I’m just trying to finish out the season and see what happens after.” Barber compiled an ACC Player of the Year-caliber season in 2015-16, but was the only consistent offensive option for the Wolfpack. That heavy load has led to a trying season for Barber — but help is on the way if he stays. Next season, NC State will boast a roster including 2016 No. 1 point guard Dennis Smith Jr., transfer Torin Dorn, and potentially a healthy Terry Henderson if the NCAA allows. There is potential for a quick turnaround with Barber on the roster, which is something coach Mark Gottfried holds out hope for. “I’m not going to answer that question,” Gottfried said of Barber leaving. “To me he’s got a lot of basketball left to play here. Should be next year here as well, so we’ll see.” Barber is just 21, with the requisite talent to make the jump to professional basketball. Right now he’s in NBA Draft limbo, projected as early-to-mid second-round pick by various mock drafts. Another year of seasoning and success could easily push him into the first round. But another season of playing 39-plus minutes in 21 games? It might empty Barber’s tank again. “I’m tired, but I don’t let it affect me,” Barber said. “I’ve got great stamina, treat my body right and get treatment, so I’m pretty much good. … I’ve just got to play through it.”


NC State guard Anthony Barber (12) looks to pass around Boston College center Dennis Clifford (24) and forward A.J. Turner (11) during the first half on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at PNC Arena. NC State beat Boston College 73-72.

“I’m just trying to finish out the season and see what happens after.” Anthony “Cat” Barber

Apart from the physical toll of playing nearly 40 minutes in every game, there’s the financial aspect. Barber is a father to a one-year-old daughter, Cadence Aniyah Barber, and finally has the opportunity to reap monetary rewards from his talent. In a perfect world, Barber could stay one more year, get better at basketball without worrying about his financial future, and enjoy being celebrated on his own Senior Night. Would a last-second win over Boston College at least be a fond farewell for Barber at home if he ends up leaving? “It will, it will,” he said with a smile. “If I do decide to leave, going out on the last home game like that is good.”

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Charlie Scott’s legendary 1969 ACC Championship stands the test of time By Thad Mumau North State Journal HOSE who hearken back to black-and-white television might T remember “Great Scott!” as the favorite

exclamation of Daily Planet editor Perry White on the old Superman series. College basketball fans in North Carolina — at least ones with some years on them — will recall the phrase as the main headline from many a sports section March 9, 1969. It was natural considering what the great Charlie Scott did the night before. The Tar Heels, led by the senior trio of Rusty Clark, Bill Bunting and Dick Grubar were shooting for their third straight ACC Tournament championship and the chance for a third straight Final Four. But Scott was their best player. And the junior from New York had an old-fashioned chip on his shoulder when he arrived in Charlotte. Scott put together a fantastic season for the conference’s top team, a classic formula for Player of the Year honors. But South Carolina’s John Roche got the vote, 56-39. The slap in the face was some voters leaving Scott off their ACC first-team ballots entirely. Scott felt it was because of his skin. Mix in Scott’s motivation, Duke’s talent, the level of the rivalry and the stakes — only the ACC Tournament winner received a bid to the NCAA Tournament — and the game was ripe for drama. Carolina had a record of 24-3. Duke was 15-12. UNC finished atop the regular-season standings, trounced Clemson in the opening round of the ACC Tournament and beat Wake Forest by eight in the semifinals. Duke, tied for third place, defeated Virginia in the first round before upsetting South Carolina in the semis. Duke was no less emotional about the affair than the Tar Heels. Word leaked out during the season legendary coach Vic Bubas would not be back on the bench the following season. The Blue Devils gave their coach an emotional regular-season sendoff by upsetting Carolina at Cameron Indoor


North Carolina Tar Heels guard Charlie Scott (33) in action against the Duke Blue Devils during the 1969 ACC Tournament at Charlotte Coliseum.

Stadium. The stakes were clear: knock off an arch-rival again, win the ACC title and take Bubas for one more NCAA ride. The Devils relied almost exclusively on its starting five, comprised of seniors Dave Golden, Steve Vandenberg and Fred Lind along with sophomores Randy Denton and Dick DeVenzio. The Heels were eyeing their third straight ACC Tournament crown and the chance to make a third straight Final Four appearance. To say the first half of the game did not go well for Carolina is an understatement. Clark picked up three fouls in seven minutes and sat with Bunting, who was also in foul trouble. There was ample concern over Grubar, who injured his knee late in the half. Duke led at halftime, 43-34. Three minutes into the second half, the margin grew to 11. Then the simmering volcano that was Charlie Scott erupted. Scott fired six shots in a five-minute span, spearheading a 14-3 run to pull the Tar Heels even at 56 apiece. With seven and a half minutes remaining, it was 69-all. Hitting 12-of-13 shots after the break, Scott threw in 28 second-half points to finish with 40. Scott drove to the hoop, swooping and twisting for layups. He leapt over tight defenders and swished jumpers from the perimeter. He was an unstoppable force. Scott’s relentless bombing and Duke’s lack of depth (the bench contributed 12 minutes and no points) took their toll. Carolina grabbed a fivepoint lead and went to their trademark Four Corners, whipping the worn-out Devils late. Just for good measure, Scott soared over Denton for a three-point play to pile on in a 85-74 win. Scott certainly made his case for those who didn’t — or wouldn’t — mark his name among five for first-team AllACC. He continued his run the following weekend, nailing a last-second jump shot to lift the Tar Heels over Davidson and send them to the Final Four. Great Scott indeed!



Three things the Panthers need to address in offseason

Redskins should focus on defense in free agency

By Tyler Everett North State Journal

ENERAL Manager Scot McCloughan put his magic G into motion after just one year

HARLOTTE — The bad news about a Super Bowl loss is pretty obvious: You C lost a Super Bowl. The good news is a little

at the helm of the Redskins. The Skins cruised to a 9-7 overall record — good enough to lock up the NFC East. Kirk Cousins was secured with the franchise tag for at least the 2016 season. He signed his tender, meaning the Redskins are set at quarterback for 2016. With the most important position temporarily in the rearview mirror, McCloughan and his staff can focus on other areas of need. 1. Secondary/Safety:

more subtle. For the Carolina Panthers, the hidden optimism comes in the form of a roster laden with talent. With eight of an NFL-best 10 Pro Bowlers under contract for next season, Dave Gettleman’s roster is hardly in need of an overhaul. Here are three offseason priorities for the defending NFC champs. Secondary The Panthers made the easy decision to apply the franchise tag on cornerback Josh Norman. The two sides can still negotiate a long-term contract until July 15, but if they cannot agree on one, he will earn $13.95 million during the upcoming season. Norman led a rag-tag group of players either yet to enter their prime — Bene Benwikere and Tre Boston — or several past their prime — Cortland Finnegan, Roman Harper and Charles Tillman — to surprising returns. Given his local ties, a longterm deal isn’t out of the question. Now Dave Gettleman needs to find more talent to fill out the losses. Defensive line Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei might be the best young defensive tackle combo in the league. Locking up Short a year early would be a wise move after addressing Norman’s contract, especially with Carolina releasing Dwan Edwards. Defensive end is more of a concern with the release of Charles Johnson and retirement of Jared Allen. Kony Ealy shined in the Super Bowl, but Mario Addison/Wes Horton/ Ryan Delaire can be improved upon. Expect people to connect the Panthers with veterans Mario Williams and Chris Long. Their price tag relative to age and production might be too exorbitant for the free-agency frugal Gettleman. North Carolina alum Quinton Coples is a low-risk option who has already

By Sean Labar North State Journal


Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman (24) breaks up a pass intended for Denver Broncos wide receiver Jordan Norwood (11) during the second quarter in Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium on February 7. been connected with the Panthers. Backfield Cam Newton and Jonathan Stewart accounted for 374 of the team’s league-leading 526 rushing attempts. But it was Mike Tolbert who joined Newton and center Ryan Kalil as a first-team All-Pro selection. Tolbert is the team’s highest-profile unrestricted free agent, and his future in Carolina is unclear. The question is how much Carolina is willing to pay an effective situational player. “[Fullbacks are] hard to find, because you have to remember you don’t have many fullbacks in the college level,” Gettleman said at the combine. “It’s kind of a lost art, dying breed kind of thing. But for us, it’s a piece that we like, and it gives us flexibility.” Carolina should hang onto Tolbert until Cameron Artis-Payne or another back emerges as a reliable compliment to Stewart. Regardless of the route they take, the Panthers should still have a stout backfield that would be improved by Tolbert.

Washington has plugged in run-of-the-mill safeties the last few seasons. The Redskins found a few strong cornerbacks in Bashaud Breeland and Chris Culliver, but the safeties get repeatedly torched by guys who shouldn’t beat anyone vertically. Brandon Meriweather, Ryan Clark, and Dashon Goldson signed as starters at the tail end of their careers. Goldson wasn’t terrible in 2015, but he didn’t live up to the ball-hawking reputation he earned with the 49ers. Needless to say, the strategy hasn’t worked. What they have now: Deangelo Hall will reportedly make the permanent leap to safety. His physicality will aid him in the transition, but he’s not getting younger. Duke Ihenacho hasn’t stayed healthy since arriving in D.C., while Jeron Johnson didn’t pan out. Former Virginia Tech standout Kyshoen Jarrett looked promising throughout his rookie campaign. Potential Targets: Eric Weddle (Chargers), Reggie Nelson (Bengals), Tashaun Gipson

(Browns), George Iloka (Bengals) 2. Edge pass rusher (DE/ OLB): Ryan Kerrigan locked up a big-boy contract ($57.5 million) before last season. He earned it with a 13.5-sack campaign in 2014 while ranking second in the NFL in forced fumbles (15) since 2011. Kerrigan finished last season with just 9.5 sacks. In Kerrigan’s defense, he was largely a one-man show. If the Skins find a dangerous counterpart opposite of No. 91, they might find sustained pass-rushing success. What they have now: Besides Kerrigan, Preston Smith showed flashes in 2015 but remains unpolished entering his second season. Trent Murphy feels like a guy who will always be a reliable backup, but not an elite option. Potential Targets: Bruce Irvin (Seahawks, never more than 8 sacks in a season), Junior Gallette (signed by Redskins in 2015 but injured), Jason PierrePaul (Giants), Olivier Vernon (Dolphins) 3. Running back: The Skins entered 2015 with a former Pro-Bowler in Alfred Morris and upside-filled rookie Matt Jones. Morris’ numbers steadily declined over his career. Don’t expect a push to resign him this offseason. Jones was the obvious candidate to start next year, but has lackluster decision-making and fumbling issues. What they have now: Washington also has a speedy, pass-catching threat in Chris Thompson and Pierre Thomas, an older but capable pass-catching back. Potential Targets: Arian Foster (Texans), Matt Forte (Bears), Doug Martin (Buccaneers), Lamar Miller (Dolphins), Chris Ivory (Jets)


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The work that goes into protecting our past at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh is a seamless marriage of art, science, and history. Join us as we take a trip to North Carolina’s attic where the conservators painstaking care to preserve the integrity of North Carolina’s objects and textiles is on display. Continued on page C4




what’s old is new again In North Carolina an antiques trail still exists, but it can also be found online now. And that means it’s easier to access than ever before. By Page Leggett For the North State Journal


OME ALONG with us on a North Carolina antique roadtrip. In this three-part series we’ll take you across the state and online looking for treasures. Traversing the Piedmont is first. In North Carolina an antiques trail still exists, but it can also be found online now. And that means it’s easier to access than ever before. Chandler Eshleman has been in the business for 23 years. He used to sell his wares at flea markets across the state and in Atlanta, but now he operates a 10,000-square-foot auction house and gallery in Winston-Salem. Much of his business is online, but he holds auctions onsite once or twice a month. Business is good – booming, even. At an auction in January, Eshleman had 4,000 online bidders from 32 countries. About 300 people were bidding in person.

What’s hot; what’s not Not all categories of antiques remain in high demand. “Victorian, early American, Depression glass – all of that’s been devalued,” Eshleman says. In their place, mid-century modern has become all the rage. “And anything Chinese is on fire,” he says. Also hot: Southern American furniture that’s regional to the place it was made. A c.1780 sideboard made in North Carolina that’s sold here is going to fetch more than the same piece being sold in Ohio. And North Carolina-made antiques are worth See ANTIQUES, page C6


Top image, staff members line up paintings and other antiques in preparation for their upcoming spring auction at Leeland Little Auctions in Hillsborough, North Carolina. The auction on March 11 will feature decorative arts, paintings and antique furniture. Above, an antique bronze Artemis statue stands among other antiques. Top of page, textile conservator Paige Myers buttons up a wedding gown made by Mildred Otey Tayler. The gown is part of a bonus display accompanying the exhibit, “Made Especially for You by Willie Kay.”

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perspective a view from Franklin Street A big part of what makes this state great is the many universities we have and the students who attend them. From time to time, we want to share a story happening on campus to get a glimpse of what life is like for students there today. This story comes to us from a student at UNC Chapel Hill, where Franklin Street is the place to be.


Rhiannon Giddens performs at the University of North Carolina’s Memorial Hall for “Swimming in Dark Waters: Other Voices of the American Experience,” Sunday, February 28. Giddens teamed up with singer/songwriter Bhi Bhiman and cellist/singer Leyla McCalla to celebrate Black History Month.

5 with 5 of North Carolina’s finest ORTH CAROLINA is full of fine folks doing worthy work. In this series, we kick N back for conversation with homegrown, doers,

makers, shakers, artisans, and music-makers. Rhiannon Giddens was born in Greensboro, N.C., and you can hear the red clay in her music. Giddens’ voice transcends. Whether she’s bridging secular and gospel singing Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s “Up Above My Head,” barefoot at the White House, or cradling us through her own lyrics on “Angel City,” she clearly hears music in the air. We caught up with Rhiannon Giddens last week during her swing through North Carolina. If you missed out, you can catch her when she returns home in April.

Is there a moment in your musical journey that you point to as your tipping point?

I actually have two watershed moments. The first was meeting Joe Thompson; The Carolina Chocolate Drops changed my life. The second was the “Another Day, Another Time” performance in 2013. I still meet people that know my work from that one concert.


Gloria Lu, left, places a temporary tattoo promoting GRID Alternatives on Rachel Kleiman, both sophomores, during a fundraiser hosted by the University of North Carolina’s Epsilon Eta environmental honors fraternity at Artisan Pizza Kitchen in Chapel Hill, N.C. The group is raising money to travel during spring break to Los Angeles to learn how to install solar PV panels with GRID Alternatives. By Sara Kiley Watson For the North State Journal


HAT DOES SELLING grilled cheese sandwiches outside of the bar, He’s Not Here have to do with solar power? To the 12 students traveling from Chapel Hill to California to install solar panels, every penny and every grilled cheese counts. This spring break, several students in Epsilon Eta, the environmental honors fraternity at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will travel to Compton, California, with GRID Alternatives. GRID Alternatives is a nonprofit based in Oakland, California, which focuses on bringing solar technology and energy efficiency to underserved communities. They have installed over 22,000 kilowatts of solar energy in more than 6,400 systems across the U.S. and Nicaragua through the help of over 25,000 trained volunteers. This organization offers a Solar Spring Break for college students to travel across the United States to learn how to install solar panels. Students then install these solar panels in underserved communities after canvassing the area. This is the second year a group of students from UNC Chapel Hill has participated. UNC Chapel Hill graduate and 2014-2015 Epsilon Eta president Eden Sipperly discovered the opportunity through a speaker at an Epsilon Eta meeting. She said she knew right away that UNC Chapel Hill students should get involved.

“I’ve heard a lot of stories about the negative side of volunteerism and realized this was the polar opposite of so many volunteer programs available to us.” Sipperly said. “I felt compelled to get involved because I realized it was one of the best community service opportunities I’ve ever heard of.” This year, the group is led by Raymond Stanton, a senior environmental studies major from Charlotte. He is focusing this year on capturing “big fish” donors to reach the $5,000 fundraising goal that would cover the cost of the solar panels, equipment and training. Stanton is working towards making it possible for businesses to write off donations as tax deductions since GRID Alternatives is a nonprofit. In addition to gaining business sponsors, Epsilon Eta has hosted several benefit nights at Franklin Street favorites like Al’s Burger Shack, Mediterranean Deli and, of course, selling late-night grilled cheese sandwiches outside He’s Not Here. According to Stanton, it is not only about getting the students there, but bringing back worthwhile knowledge to help grow our state in clean, solar energy. North Carolina is currently the fourth in the nation for solar capacity, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, but mainly uses large solar farms. In comparison, California does both large scale and residential production and is first in the nation for solar capacity. “I’m excited to see how California does it,” Stanton said. “UNC Chapel Hill is really excited about clean energy in our state.”

What’s the most distinct thing about playing in North Carolina?

Home—the audience is always warm. They just know what to do, if the song has a call and response, they participate without nudging. I always love to come home. Is there a particular song or lyric that never fails to move you?

Yes, it’s a lyric from the musical “Sunday In The Park With George,” “I chose and my world was shaken. So what? The choice may have been mistaken, the choosing was not.” I live my life by it. How did where you are from shape the artist you’ve become?

stir it up “When people don’t know what to order at a bar, they usually order a spirit and a soda—you know, rum and Coke, whiskey and ginger ale. I wanted to deliver that but with a little more thought and care, kind of recreating the experience of an old school soda fountain. My favorite part about making this drink for people is that I can turn them on to apple brandy and then say, ‘You can go to this distillery, it’s right here in North Carolina.’” — Kelly Minton, bartender Soul Gastrolounge

Being from the Piedmont had a big influence on my life. I got to see both city and country life, home played a big part in who I’ve become as an artist.

Fair Game Fountain 1 Granny Smith apple, sliced 2 ounces Fair Game Beverage Co. Apple Brandy 2 dashes sarsaparilla extract ½ ounce demerara syrup* sprig of rosemary lemon peel

Tell us a song that causes you to turn it up and roll the windows down.

We covered it, Blu Cantrell’s “Hit ‘Em Up Style.” — Jennifer Wood, The North State Journal

Heat equal parts water and demerara sugar until dissolved, then cool. In a mixing glass, muddle six thin apple slices with apple brandy. Add sarsaparilla extract and demerara syrup. Top with ice, then stir. Strain into a tall pilsner glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish by rolling up a lemon peel, piercing it with a cocktail pick, and stuffing in a sprig a rosemary.


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Standard Foods, Raleigh When Chef Scott Crawford and his business partner John Holmes set out to design the Standard Foods concept they knew they wanted to integrate the farmer seamlessly into their execution both at the table and in the grocery. What Crawford and Holmes have created at Standard Foods is an experience that displays the logical cohesion between agriculture and cuisine in every detail.

March 4-6 29th Annual NC Potters Conference Asheboro A premier ceramics conference, the NC Potter’s Conference features some of the best ceramics artists from around the world and centers on simultaneous demonstrations cultivating a dialogue of techniques, concepts, and experiences between the artists and the audience. All demonstrations and presentations are scheduled for the entire group and potters at any skill level will come away with new ideas and inspiration to improve their work. Southern Spring Home & Garden Show Charlotte The Southern Spring Home & Garden Show celebrates 56 years of ushering in spring. Whether it’s a destination on the other side of the globe or a Northern neighbor, gardens and rooms may depict a different country, a famous painting like Monet’s springtime, or a favorite spring time holiday or pastime. Dixie Deer Classic Raleigh The Wake County Wildlife Club’s Dixie Deer Classic has been recognized nationally as the Premier Trophy Whitetail Deer show in the country. The Dixie Deer Classic is held at the spacious North Carolina State Fairgrounds. The Dixie Deer Classic is a familyoriented event.

March 5-6 28th Annual Coastal Home & Garden Show Morehead City PHOTOS BY EAMON QUEENEY | NORTH STATE JOURNAL

Four time James Beard Semifinalist Chef Scott Crawford’s turnip-apple-ramp salad with parmesan, the interior of Standard Foods in Raleigh, Chef Scott Crawford. Recipe for salad on page C6.

With over 12,000 sq feet of exhibits you’ll find the latest in products and services for everything from builders, landscapers, interior design, outdoor living spaces, home improvement, pools and spas and so much more. See the latest trends in kitchen & baths, learn to complete a DIY project, or speak to the area’s finest professional service providers.

March 6 Theatre Passport Series: Back to Barry, Billy and the Beatles High Point Pianist-vocalist Brian Gurl, together with a 5-piece band, offers creative arrangements of Beatles classics along with renditions of both

March 6, 9-13 Downrange: Voices from the Homefront Fayetteville

“I go to the State Farmers Market all the time. This time of year it can

be slim pickings, but I still love it because I can get these nice, golf-ball size turnips. I eat them like apples because they’re so good—sweet and mild with a nice, peppery finish. With the brown butter–toasted nuts and shaved parmesan, this salad is creamy, crunchy, and tart, all at once.” — Scott Crawford, Chef

A new play about the impact of deployment on military families based on interviews with military spouses from our community. The first play commissioned by CFRT in its 53 year history, Downrange is written by North Carolina playwright Mike Wiley.

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dig in North Carolina Museum of History Last week we explored the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. This week finds us across the mall with photographer Christine T. Nguyen as we pull back the curtain on the work conservators and curators are doing at the North Carolina Museum of History to preserve and protect our past. We invite you back for our recurring archive of the month feature called ‘dig in” where we’ll excavate all across this great state.

Above, a debutante dress worn by Jane Haywood Rogers in 1947 can be seen in the textiles conservation lab on Tuesday, March 1. The dress is made by Willie Otey Kay, a Raleigh designer. Top left, a World World II flight helmet, goggles and mask belonging to native Charlottean Charles J. McCann Sr. can be seen in the objects conservation lab of the North Carolina Museum of History. McCann was in the First Fighter Group of the 71st Fighter Squadron and flew a Lockheed P-38 Lightning in campaigns over Sicily, Tunisia, Europe, Naples and the Balkans.

North Carolina Museum of History objects conservator Jennifer French removes deposits caused by glass disease from beads on a Native American pouch. The pouch is one of the earliest pieces collected by the museum.

Above, North Carolina Museum of History textile conservator Paige Myers, left, and volunteer Landis Lee adjust crinoline beneath a wedding gown worn by Camille Taylor in 1985. The wedding gowns were made by Mildred Otey Taylor, sister of Willie Otey Kay. Elizabeth Tyler’s wedding gown stands in the foreground waiting her turn.

A Congressional Medal of Honor, which was posthumously awarded to Robert L. Blackwell, sits in the textile conservation lab. Blackwell was a private in the U.S. Army and served in World War I. He was killed in action on October 11, 1918 in St. Souplet, France.

A mannequin head, featuring paper hair created in the likeness of James Brown, sits on a shelf in the North Carolina Museum of History textile conservation lab . The “Hey America!: Eastern North Carolina and the Birth of Funk” exhibit featured items associated with Brown and some North Carolina musicians who worked with him. The exhibit closed last Sunday.

North Carolina Museum of History objects conservator Jennifer French cleans a candlestick from the estate of James Beall, who was a country doctor in Davidson County. The Beallmont Collection, which includes medical paraphernalia, is a new acquisition by the museum.

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Turnip and Apple Salad and Roasted Pecans 8 baby turnips 2 Honeycrisp or Pink Lady apples 4 radishes 4 ounces shaved Ashe County Parmesan Cheese 2 ounces baby greens 1 cup pecans Parmesan-Ramp Vinaigrette 1 tablespoon unsalted butter ¼ cup Lindera Farms ramp vinegar 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 2 ounces shredded Ashe County Parmesan Cheese ½ cup vegetable oil Make vinaigrette: Combine vinegar, mustard, and cheese in a blender and blend on low. Add vegetable oil a little at a time until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper. Prepare pecans: Heat butter in a pan over medium heat until golden brown. Add pecans and stir constantly until toasted. Season with salt, then cool. Make salad: Using a mandolin, thinly slice turnips, apples, and radishes. Toss with shaved parmesan and vinaigrette, and season with salt and pepper. Serve in a chilled bowl and top with pecans and greens. “The best thing to do with the recipe is let your local market dictate it. I really love watermelon radishes and black radishes because they add nice color and give it some punch, but it’s really about getting what’s fresh. Go for the ones that were just pulled—the ones that still have dirt on ’em.” — Scott Crawford, Chef


Left, carved ducks line a table at Leeland Little Auctions in Hillsborough, North Carolina. The auction on March 11 will feature decorative arts, paintings and antique furniture. Right, a Virginia federal painted and carved mantel, circa 1800, leans against a wall among other antiques. CONTINUED from page C1 hunting for. Leland Little, owner of the eponymous auction house in Hillsborough and an authority on the subject, says an antique can be defined as anything made before 1850. “In general, North Carolina antiques have been well-constructed,” he says. “They’re not going to be flamboyant, Rococo or ornate. They’re plain and simple.” “They’re refined and restrained,” he continues. “But within that restraint, there’s great beauty.” “The most affordable way to buy antiques today is at estate sales and auctions,” Eshleman says. “Antique dealers are buying there and then marking up to resell.” Long agrees. He says there just aren’t the antique shops dotting the back roads like there used to be: “The culture was shifted. Today, antiques are bought from estates or in private trade and sold in galleries and at auction. The concept of getting in your car to go antiquing is really a bygone one.” The silver lining: Now, you don’t have to leave your couch to peruse and bid. Eshleman recommends live auctioneers.com and invaluable.com as online marketplaces anyone can use.

Online auctions aren’t for everyone. Some of us want to touch something we’re buying. And some of us don’t quite know what we want until it grabs our attention from the back of a stall in an old antique shop. Sleepy Poet Antique Mall in Charlotte is just the kind of place to discover all manner of stuff you never knew you needed. It’s 55,000 square feet crammed with 250 booths of curated antique furniture, vintage clothes, mid-century modern wares and more. The place is so maze-like that maps are available to take on your journey. And, they’re more effective than a trail of popcorn. (The popcorn machine is a Sleepy tradition that makes the place smell like an old-fashioned movie theater.) Sleepy has been around since 1998 in an industry that has seen a lot of businesses come and go. Owner Dickson Shreffler chalks his success up to old-fashioned customer service. Sleepy’s booths are rented to independent dealers. Some of the stalwarts: • Kitschy Cool Vintage: Vintage clothing and accessories. Shreffler says this is a “cool booth that attracts both young and old.” • Mary Jane Shoppes: High-end reproduction furniture and accessories, along

with antiques and collectibles • The Vinyl Vault: More than 12,000 vinyl LPs and 45s covering all eras and genres • Artisans by Design: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, painting supplies and painting classes. “There is no experience like the Sleepy experience,” Shreffler says. “We have free popcorn, the best and friendliest staff and food trucks – including a cupcake truck – that set up in the parking lot most Saturdays.” “You can find anything you’re looking for at Sleepy,” he says. “And some things you weren’t looking for.” While antiques may be harder to find than they once were, Leland Littlew offers perhaps the two best reasons to seek them out: “They’re better made and cheaper than a lot of furniture today.” For example, he says you could spend $2,000 to $3,000 on a Pottery Barn bed but $800 or $900 on a North Carolina-made antique bed. And the old bed is likely to last longer. Whether you’re buying online, at auction or from one of the remaining antique malls, buying antiques never goes out of style.




Tickets are $42 and include beer, wine, & appetizers for the evening. Concert Ticket giveaways happening all night! Hotel Package Includes 2 tickets to the Spring Soirée and 1 hotel room at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside $140.00 + tax

Get your tickets at www.ncazaleafestival.org/events/spring-soiree/ or call 910.794.4650

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Read to me


The Moon’s House

By Samantha Gratton EDITOR’S NOTE

Stories have power. They amuse, enchant, delight, and transport us to another time and place outside of our own. Each week, we invite you to read with us, and with the people you love, to let your imagination run wild and free.


HERE once was a house. Now, houses are everywhere and seldom seem special, but this one had something strange about it. It had just the right amount of a force or a draw that could pull you in, but it was hard to explain. On the outside, it had four basic walls made out of simple wood that had cracked and blistered over the years. The white paint had been applied more than once, but still stayed chipped in a rare way. It was beneath the paint, in the slivers of old wood, that would come alive at night. There it sat, but only a few could see the glimmer and glow of something more. Streaks of color that shone and soared in the night. Was it blue, was it green? Did it sparkle, did it gleam? How could mere words describe such a scene? But that’s just the thing. Words could not describe it. No words would or could ever be spoken about such a place. You see, for some it was sad--a tragic time and story to unfold. To them, this tiny quaint house was nothing more than a broken down shack. Stuck in the middle of a vast land of darkness, it was hard to see how good could be found in this small little home. Fuzzy dark swirls and small windows of dreams were what they could see before suddenly all was gone and lost in the night. Tears and trials that left no room for explanation. Without seeing the beauty of the glowing light in the cracks, this house merely felt distant and cold. But every year, a few special children saw this howuse from afar. Instead of a lonely sad shack, they saw vitality and excitement. It was the promise of fantastic adventure that pulled them toward this house on the moon until they could fight it no more. Filled with wonder and awe, they lept up and away. Floating with glee, they kept climbing higher and higher until they landed where they would stay.


Up there on the moon that tiny old house sat and shined in the night. Just as they thought, it was so much more than four walls and cracked paint. All around there were places to run and leap and explore. A forest of moon beams and craters of cookies were among a few of the features they would soon find. In the peace and tranquility of all that embraced them, their hearts would both jump for joy and whisper with content. A safe haven of sorts, and a beautiful adventure to boot. It was almost magical with plenty of space for hopes and dreams, dancing and delight. No trials or tears, only pure joy. Each and every inquisitive child couldn’t help but love this house with all of their might. What was once the moon’s house, was lovingly shared and became theirs, too. Well taken care of and shielded from the darkness, these children finally had somewhere

to call home. It glowed in the darkness, and that light shone bright. There’s a reason you’ve never heard of the moon’s house before now. With never the need to cry in the night or the proper words to describe the whimsy, these children simply keep quiet. So, the house just twinkles with glory, a story never fully told. Like so many tales, the whole truth is hard to find. What we thought was plain, old, and full of sadness, we now know is instead a beautiful place filled with triumph and jubilee. Of course there’s more to it than this, but even I cannot tell you for I simply don’t know. Back on Earth, people like you and I can never experience this house on the moon. But we might just see its reflection on a cool brisk night. It will not grant your wishes or diminish all fears, but it can serve as a reminder of all that is right.

NEXT WEEKEND in the good life Travels with George

Warren Bingham joins us for Sunday stories to share a taste of President George Washington’s 1791 tour of Southern states including his trip through North Carolina.

The Albemarle School Come with us to Northeastern North Carolina for the second installment of our arts series on The Albemarle School of painters.

Mmmmm ... catfish!

We travel to Ayden to go On the Line with Jim Connell of Carolinas Classic Catfish.


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pen & Paper pursuits

I reckon . . .

Your guide to what’s what, where, why and how to say it.

Bodie Island Lighthouse This North Carolina beacon is located where highways U.S. 158, U.S. 64, and N.C. 12 intersect. Phonetically speaking it’s bod-ee, as in “lies over the ocean.”


In honor of March Madness in this highly competitive basketball state, we invite you to color in your team colors. Got a favorite player or a particular team you hope makes it to the big dance? Whatever you decide, we hope it’s a slam dunk.




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