Early College named School of Distinction–Source: Daily Southerner

TARBORO — The Edgecombe Early College High School has been named a School of Distinction by the state Department of Public Instruction.

Being recognized for accomplishments and work done during the 2009-10 school year, the Early College has also been named a School of High Growth. (Read more)

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County will borrow $8M to renovate, Meetings Going Back To Nighttime–Daily Southerner

TARBORO — Plans to secure a loan for no more than $8 million was not contested during a public hearing Monday afternoon.

The Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners held a public forum during their regularly scheduled monthly meeting to seek public input on the county’s intent to secure a loan not to exceed $8 million for renovations to several county owned buildings. (Read more)

Note: I remember attending the meeting challenging the board when they chose to move the meeting time from 7 PM at night to 2 PM during the day. Now I can attend the meetings again. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

DID YOU SEE THE NOVEMBER UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS? by William Reed Columnist

“Are These Great Days Or What?”

Are you concerned in any way that the economic plight of Blacks in America remains such a low priority for the Barack Obama administration?  The numbers tell a story that needs to be heard.  According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in November 2010 the number of unemployed African American increased to 2.8 million.  Be it a Black American President, or White, Black Americans are always languish in employment.  November’s numbers show the nation’s unemployment rate having climbed to a seven-month high – 9.8 percent.  Fifteen million Americans are currently out of work: 7.3% of them are Asians, 8.7% are Whites, 12.4% are Hispanic and 16.1% are African Americans.

Black Americans have been out-of-work so long they willingly accept the Obama Administration’s benign neglect.  Blacks support Obama 90 percent, yet their employment opportunities have suffered the worse of all.  When Obama took office in January 2009, Black employment stood at 12.6 percent.  By December 2009, African American unemployment had increased to 16.2 percent and to the highest rate since July of 1984.  The nation’s jobless rate has now topped 9 percent for 19 straight months.  The lack of activity and job production is causing the majority of Americans great angst, but there’s few complaints among African Americans about Obama sad performance.

A recent Associated Press poll showed 61 percent of people believe the economy has “stayed the same” or “gotten worse” under Obama and are “frustrated with the slow rate of progress”.  Less than half of Americans approve of Obama’s handling of the economy. Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele says that “President Obama’s agenda of out-of-control spending, higher taxes, and bigger government has the economy moving in the wrong direction”.   Obama says that recovery is coming slowly but surely. “A lot of it is like recovering from an illness. You get a little bit stronger each day”.   Obama asserts that we are moving in the right direction.  The economy is getting stronger”.

When will Blacks cease being political partisans and call Obama out and tell him that “the economy is not going in the right direction for us?  Look at these numbers: according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Black unemployment under George W. Bush was lower than it has been at any time during Obama’s presidency.  Those actually interested in improving economic conditions for Black Americans will have to sever political alliances unproductive to us.

Since slavery, “unemployment” has been a major part of the African-American experience.  The numbers show Obama’s administration disturbingly silent on this important economic issue.  When will Blacks pose questions regarding Obama’s personal competency on these issues and ask “why” that key Obama economic advisors are unable or unwilling to process and empathize with the depths of Black economic misery in America?  Most of Obama’s people don’t relate to economic inequality and seem to have little or no desire to make this a priority issue.

Unemployment is when a person is willing and available to work but is lacking work. The unemployment rate is defined by the percentage of people in the labor force who are currently unemployed.   According to history and national statistics, the unemployment rate among Blacks is traditionally twice higher to that of whites.  Throughout history, African Americans have been discriminated against in workplaces and in cases when they are able to gain employment it is normally at lower pay rates.

The numbers say Blacks are being played by Obama and the Democratic Party.  If Blacks keep voting in mass for Obama, maybe in his second term, he will lend presidential powers toward confronting economic inequalities in America. But in reality, how long will it take for Black Americans to demand the creation of White House initiatives which provide much-needed national conversations and actions on race?  There needs to be economic policies targeted to deal with chronic unemployment among Black teens and the nation’s African American communities.  Chronic Black unemployment cannot be ignored because it undermines community safety and deteriorates African American families.

(William Reed is available for speaking/seminar projects via BaileyGroup.org)

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WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Arrested in Britain for Sex Crimes–Source: ABC News

A British judge today ordered WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange held without bail today on four charges related to a Swedish sex crimes investigation. Whether Assange will be held to account for the release of confidential U.S. documents is yet to be seen.

Assange, an Australian hacker, drew the ire of the United States and some in the international community after his organizaton released over 250,000 secret U.S. diplomatic cables. Some of them were embarrassing to U.S. and foreign officials; others related to sensitive sites vital to America’s national security. (Read more)

President Obama: Tax Cuts for Wealthy Are Republicans’ ‘Holy Grail’–ABC News

President Obama today strongly defended the tax cut deal he struck with Republicans amid criticism from his own party that he caved in too quickly to GOP demands.

"I’ve said before that I felt that the middle class tax cuts were being held hostage to the high end tax cuts. I think it’s tempting not to negotiate with the hostage takers, unless the hostage gets harmed. Then people will question the wisdom of that strategy." (Read more)

2011-12 Reassignment Proposal–Source: Wake County Public Schools

The staff’s 2011-12 Reassignment Proposal was present to the Board of Education on Dec. 7, 2010. The overview document given to Board members is presented here in three parts: (Read more)

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Woodard takes charge–Wilson Times

New sheriff pledges to rid community of crime, drugs

Temperatures in the 30s didn’t deter hundreds of people from coming out to the Wilson County Courthouse to witness Calvin Woodard being sworn in as Wilson’s new sheriff. (Note you must subscribe online to Read more)

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Cancer claims Elizabeth Edwards–News & Observer

Elizabeth Anania Edwards, who became a national figure in her fight against cancer and as a partner in her husband John’s political career, died today. She was 61.

Edwards spent much of her life as a little-known Raleigh lawyer and mother. But that all changed when her husband, John Edwards, entered politics as a U.S. senator and became a two-time presidential candidate and the Democratic nominee for vice president. (Read more)

CHILD SUPPORT: TEN THINGS A NON-CUSTODIAL PARENT SHOULD KNOW – PART TWO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2010

CONTACT:
Carlos E. Moore
662-614-1111
info@blacklawyers.net

CHILD SUPPORT: TEN THINGS A NON-CUSTODIAL PARENT SHOULD KNOW – PART TWO

By Atty Jason C. Crump

What are the rights of the noncustodial parent who believes that the money he or she is paying is not actually supporting the child but is perhaps padding the pockets of the custodial parent? What recourse does that parent have, and what happens if he or she does not obey a court order to pay?

Because U.S. child support laws are state-specific, this article is intended to give you a general idea of what to do and what to expect if you have one of these questions. For specific guidance on your rights and obligations, please check with an attorney or child support enforcement agency in your jurisdiction.

Here are ten things to know:

1. WHAT CAN I DO IF I THINK I AM NOT THE PARENT?

If you have been served with a complaint or petition for child support and you believe that you are not the child’s parent, you have a right to request a blood or DNA test. It is important that you request a blood or DNA test immediately. Should you fail to do so, you could still be liable to pay child support. If the test results are negative, the court will dismiss any case against you.

2. THE SHERIFF HAS PERSONALLY DELIVERED A SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT TO MY HOME. I AM BEING SUED FOR CHILD SUPPORT, WHAT CAN I DO?

You or your attorney must answer the complaint for child support within the specified time period for answering the complaint. Failure to do so could result in a default judgment against you. If a default judgment is awarded against you, you could be responsible for paying support even though paternity has not been established. In some jurisdictions, failure to answer the complaint automatically establishes you as the parent.

3. I HAVE BEEN PAYING CHILD SUPPORT FOR YEARS BUT HAVE DISCOVERED THAT THE CHILD IS NOT MINE, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Unfortunately, if you have been paying child support for a child that turns out not to be yours, you may still be obligated to pay child support. Although controversial in nature, in these cases the courts in every jurisdiction will recognize the child’s interest over that of the non-biological father. In almost every jurisdiction the courts recognize the child as the victim not the non-biological father. In doing so, the courts have coined the legal term "Parentage by Estoppel." This means that because you took on the duty to provide support to a child for so long, it would be unfair to the child for you to eliminate payments altogether. Because courts must ask the question, "What is in the best interest of the child?" the courts believe that the father must continue to pay child support so as not to interrupt financial assistance to the child. This does not mean that you can never stop making support payments. The courts vary in each state as to how they treat this issue based upon the facts. This is why it is so important to challenge paternity early in the process even if only the slightest chance exists that you may not be the father. If you believe that this situation may apply to you, it is imperative that you consult an attorney.

4. I HAVE NO INTENTION OF PAYING CHILD SUPPORT; WHAT IS THE WORSE THAT CAN HAPPEN?

Failure to pay child support is a crime under federal law (Child Support Recovery Act of 1992). You can be prosecuted for any willful failure to pay under a support order where there is evidence that you had the financial means to pay and failed to do so. You can be prosecuted if you are more than $5,000 in arrears and have failed to pay support for more than one year. Failure to pay child support could result in suspension of your driver’s license, loss of your security clearance (for government jobs), loss of your job, and it could make it harder for you to obtain a new job. It could also make it harder for you to obtain licensure to continue your career (e.g., license to practice law).

5. I AM BEHIND IN MY CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS, WHAT IS THE WORSE THAT CAN HAPPEN?

You will be held in contempt of court. A warrant for your arrest could be provided to law enforcement, and this could lead to your being prosecuted under the Child Support Recovery Act of 1992, which could lead to jail time. The court could also grant the custodial parent the rights to seize your real or personal property and/or garnish your wages.

6. I AM MAKING MY SUPPORT PAYMENTS BUT I HAVE REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THE MONEY IS NOT BEING USED FOR MY CHILD, WHAT CAN I DO?

As a parent, you have every right to ensure that the financial assistance that you provide is in fact being used for your child’s care. If you have reason to believe that the custodial parent is taking advantage of you by misapplying support funds, you or your attorney have the right to petition the court for an accurate accounting of the funds and how they are being applied. Nevertheless, you have the burden of proving that the custodial parent is misapplying your support payments.

7. I HAVE OTHER KIDS TO SUPPORT, HOW MUCH CHILD SUPPORT DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR THIS ONE?

Your monthly support obligation will always take into account the children that you are actively supporting. Your state’s child support guidelines will likely reduce your monthly support payments if you can prove that you actively support other children. If you are already making child support payments under a previous support order and have been sued again for child support by another parent, you may seek a modification of your existing child support order from the court.

8. I LOST MY JOB. DO I STILL HAVE TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT? WHAT CAN I DO?

Once parentage has been established, you will always be liable for child support. But if you are unable to pay child support because you lost your job, you must make the court aware of your material change in circumstances. The court will reassess your situation on the basis of evidence you provide that illustrates that you are unable to pay. You or your attorney can file a motion to modify existing support obligations. However, if you are entitled to unemployment insurance compensation, the custodial parent has a right to tap into a limited percentage of those funds.

9. HOW IS THE AMOUNT OF CHILD SUPPORT I HAVE TO PAY DETERMINED?

The amount of child support you pay is determined by guidelines developed and followed by your state. The guidelines take into account, among other things, your net monthly income, the number of kids you actively support, and your monthly expenses. The guidelines provide the court with a way to accurately assess what you should be able to pay on a monthly basis. Your support order is based primarily on these guidelines. Should your monthly expenses and income change, the court will reassess what you are able to pay once it becomes aware of your material change in circumstances.

10. I INTENDTO LEAVE THE COUNTRY, AM I STILL OBLIGATED TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT?

You are still obligated to pay child support because most countries have reciprocity agreements with the United States. These agreements allow you to be sued for child support even though that you are no longer living in the United States.

Jason C. Crump, Esq. is a founding member of the National Law Group (NLG) – the first and only Black-owned coalition of law firms that offers legal services to customers nationwide. To be legally represented for Child Support, Child Custody and other matters such as Divorce, Criminal Law, Personal Injury, and Medical Malpractice, call (866) 654-2727 or visit www.NLGattorneys.com or www.BlackLawyers.NET

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Butterfield Appointed to Democratic Leadership Post

U.S. House of Representative SealU.S. Representative G. K. Butterfield

First District of North Carolina


For Release:  Immediate

Date:  December 6, 2010

Contact:  Ken Willis
Phone:  (202) 225-3101


Butterfield Appointed to Democratic Leadership Post

Washington, D.C. – Congressman G. K. Butterfield has been reappointed to a key House Democratic leadership post for the upcoming 112th Congress.

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) has announced that Butterfield will continue as a member of the Democratic Whip team during the 112th Congress.

Butterfield will serve as a chief deputy whip alongside U.S. Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), Jim Matheson (D-Utah), Ed Pastor (D-Ariz.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.). Hoyer has been elected to serve as the Minority Whip in the upcoming session of Congress.

The chief deputy whips help formulate policy and are responsible for working to unify the party’s positions. The whips are also responsible for mobilizing the party vote on important legislation before they come to the floor to be voted on.

“It’s always important to have a seat at the leadership table,” Butterfield said. “It ensures a voice for the challenges facing people in eastern North Carolina.”

Butterfield explained that the term “whip” is derived from “whipper in,” a British term for the person who was responsible for keeping the foxhounds from leaving the pack during the hunt.

The Republican Party first used the position in 1897 when Speaker Thomas Reed appointed U.S. Rep. James A. Tawney (R-Minn.) as whip to help keep track of party members. The first Democratic Whip was appointed in 1901, and an official whip organization was first extensively used in the 1930s.

Butterfield was first appointed as a chief deputy whip in January 2007 at the start of 110th Congress. He was the first Democrat from North Carolina to hold the post.

So Why Are You Registered As An Independent? What Is The Purpose?

So what is the purpose of registering as an Independent?

How many Independents do you know have run for office?

How many Independents have you voted for on the:

local level?

state level?

national level?

So why are you not registered as a Republican?

So why are you not registered as a Democrat?

Nash County purchases site sought by poultry plant–Rocky Mount Telegram

NASHVILLE — Nash County officials will move forward with purchasing rural property that could become the site for a proposed Sanderson Farms poultry processing plant.

The Nash County Board of Commissioners discussed whether to acquire 145 acres belonging to Cecil T. Williams and his wife, Bertine, during a closed session during their meeting Monday. After coming out of the closed session, the board voted 5-2 to purchase the couple’s property along N.C. 97 — in close proximity to the Interstate 95 and N.C. 97 interchange — for $1.2 million. (Read more)

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Big changes at sheriff’s office–Wilson Times

It was a day of change at the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.

Friday afternoon, Sheriff-elect Calvin Woodard appointed Willie Lucas to head the Wilson County Detention Center. He also did not reappoint 19 current deputies and other personnel. The 19 will not be sworn in on Monday. (Must be a paid subscriber online to Read more)

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