Harambe the gorilla killed Astonishing new footage shows gorilla ‘PROTECTING’ boy and holding his hand before being shot dead – Mirror

The Watch Dog response:

Problem #1: The boy got into the area where the Gorilla was and shouldn’t have been there due to getting out of the site of the parents. If there is a law that meets the description for what some call negligence then charge them damn.

Problem #2: Since the boy was in there with the Gorilla obviously the zoo staff thought the damn best thing to do was to shoot it so therefore I trust they knew what they were doing.

I am not going to debate folk on what they would have done if it was their child but I know that I would want my child removed from the area with the Gorilla by any means necessary and then if they want to charge me with neglect then so the hell be it.

Astonishing new footage how Harambe the gorilla was protecting a four-year-old boy who fell into his cage – minutes before he was shot dead.

Moments later, the 17-year-old gorilla was fatally shot by zoo staff in a bid to protect the boy who had fallen 12 feet into the enclosure.

However, eyewitnesses have claimed that the gorilla was showing no aggressive behaviour towards the boy.

It is claimed that screams from those watching the unfolding situation panicked the animal, causing him to drag the child at a quick speed across the water. (Mirror)

House District 25 Incumbent Jeff Collins May Have Opposition On The November Ballot From James Gailliard

The Watch Dog response: I have not always agreed with the Pastor but I tried to make sure what I said about him was documented and has posted An Open Letter to him. I received the Press Release his letter to editor about the school split and it was Fabuloustastic! I posted it on my blog. I had heard about this new endeavor and I stumbled across these intentions indirectly but that is ok. No I don’t live in the district and can’t vote for him but I recognize and understand that if he should win that it will no longer be solely a district thing but a statewide thing and he would be obligated to respond if I should reach out to him. All politics local.

My Decision To Run For Public Office

Who is your State Representative?

Who is your State Senator?

What is your Congressional District?

Who represents you on City Council or on the County Commissioners?

What is your school board district?

What was the last campaign you worked on in a serious way?

Our inclination has been to point fingers at our politicians, but perhaps we are the ones to blame. At the end of the day, we are the ones who elect our government. The reality of democracy is that I am responsible for what happens in my city, state or nation. Plato, the founder of the first higher institution of learning in the western world, wrote, “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”

I had to come to grips that I was just like many of the people I pastor and many in our community. I was guilty of not engaging in an institution that has a huge impact on my family and me. I’ve been asleep at the wheel and had the nerve to be upset at others because my car was swerving and the road has become unsafe.

Democracy was never intended to be the inherently passive activity that has evolved.

If sane, pragmatic, moderate, common sense, thinking people ignore politics because they are disgusted with the outcomes, then it merely leaves a vacuum to be filled by even more extreme and less qualified candidates which parenthetically is exactly why you have a Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican candidate for the highest office in this nation.

Don’t misunderstand me, governing is hard. I am sure many involved may be wrongly thinking I am suggesting this is easy. I am clear that it is not. Whenever we are making decisions that are communal, it is difficult. Ask any family to agree on what movie to see or your significant other to agree on the weekend activities and we quickly see the challenge of consensus.  Now, imagine nearly ten million people in the state of North Carolina and the tens of thousands here in eastern North Carolina all trying to agree on issues of education, economy, healthcare, housing, social policy, taxes and many other issues in the context of varying opinions and ideologies. We must insert ourselves in this complicated process. Admittedly, the involvement of smart, thoughtful people is no guarantee for better government, but surely the absence of them will make even worse government imminent.

Edmund Burke, the eighteenth century political theorist said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Similarly, all that is necessary for poor governance to continue is for well-intentioned, common sense citizens to disengage from the process.

I am running for political office because I believe:

  • There is unprecedented potential for economic growth in Eastern North Carolina
  • The role of government is to only do what the private sector cannot or will not do
  • Those in gated communities are no more valuable than those in public housing
  • Healthcare should be affordable and accessible
  • Our children should be educated in school systems that produce critical thinkers and not simply good test takers
  • There is a place for capital and social entrepreneurism to exist in the same marketplace
  • Our policies should empower people with opportunity and not enable them to live irresponsibly
  • A division of powers should govern us and not special interest or personal agenda
  • Race should never be an inherit advantage or disadvantage
  • The heart and the brain can coexist in public policy
  • Toilets and locker room legislation should not be in the same bill as employment discrimination, a living wage and protection of labor abuses
  • We cannot borrow from the future. If I am eating dinner tonight, I don’t get to leave the check on the table for the next family
  • Not for profits including the faith community must be valued partners in our efforts
  • We will be held accountable to God for every meeting, every deliberation, and every vote

It seems our political process has lost its way. How many times have we heard, “just do the right thing.” The truth is the right thing for me may not be the right thing for you. We need to be honest about this and many of our local elected officials have not been. The truth is if we are to have real progress there must be trade-offs and there will even be side effects. This is the case with everything worth doing. This is a concept we understand in private life but seem to lose all common sense when applied in political life. What cancer patient doesn’t understand that they may have to be treated with chemotherapy and if so there will be a potential loss of hair or severe vomiting? A decision is made that the side effect is better than having the cancer.

In 1787 fifty-five delegates from thirteen states (including five delegates from North Carolina) met to frame the United States Constitution because the individual states lacked uniformity. What followed was a series of compromises, most of which began as profoundly objectionable to some faction or another. Nothing is more disingenuous to North Carolina politics than leading by playing the role of the bully and not Statesmen seeking real resolution and a legitimate path forward.

I want to be a part of the solution and not part of the problem. As for me, I am attempting to have my name placed on the ballot as an Unaffiliated (Independent) candidate in the General Election for NC House District 25. If you live in Nash County or Franklin County District 25 I would ask you come to The Impact Center, 821 Word Plaza, Rocky Mount, NC to sign the petition or to pick up a petition and solicit signatures on my behalf. Our goal is 4,000 signatures on or before June 14, 2016. If you do not live in NC House District 25 then I invite you to share this blog and my appeal with people you have access to or influence with. For your convenience, you can click here to check your NC House District.

What will you do to become more involved in our political process?

As always, I welcome your feedback.

James D. Gailliard

To see original letter and/or to learn more about Pastor Gailliard @ https://jamesgailliard.com/2016/05/30/my-decision-to-run-for-political-office/

Open Letter to Edgecombe County Commissioners Pertaining To Nash-Rocky Mount And Edgecombe County Public Schools De-merger

I sure hope you my Edgecombe County Commissioners do not bow down to the Nash County Commissioners as they push the Nash-Rocky Mount and Edgecombe County Public Schools split.

It is obvious that the split is being pushed by Nash County Commissioners Robbie Davis (WM) and Fred Belfield (BM). I don’t understand how Belfield has bought into Davis mess.

It will be a sad time if you allow these 2 jokers to make you all agree to their terms when it will put a burden on Edgecombe County and also what folk don’t understand it will not be good for Nash County either.

I am so glad to see the numerous letters to the editor in the Rocky Mount Telegram whereby several folk have collectively and singularly voiced their concerns against the de-merger. For me this should be enough for Edgecombe County to not agree to the de-merger under any terms.

The main thing if I am correct is Nash County Commissioners have tried to paint a picture of why the de-merger is necessary by trying to eliminate the Rocky Mount City Council from participating in the funding process. They have also made it clear they do not want them at the table. I say it is because the Rocky Mount City Council is a black majority council and many have had a problem with that when they seen it about to happen. Well the saying is if you are not at the table you are on the menu.

I am asking my Edgecombe County Commissioners to not agree to the de-merger on any terms and simply because Nash County Commissioners have not presented a real reason why it is necessary. This has nothing to do with Educating children but more about POWER!

Thanking you in advance.

See letters: Nash-Rocky Mount School Split Mess – These Letters Speak Volume

Sincerely,

Curmilus Dancy II
The Watch Dog 

 

Tarboro NC – Born Leaders Mentoring Program Sadarrius M. Lewis CEO

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#‎BornLeadersMentoringProgram are now excepting more mentees to the program if you or someone have young males who need positive male role models in the life inbox me for more details if I can’t be their mentor it’s a lot more other great men in the program who are willing to help by any means necessary. The summer is coming fast and we are fixing to get things rolling. Thanks in advance ‪#‎GodBless‬ ‪#‎Salute‬ ‪#‎BLMP‬

Homegoing Celebration For Edith Battle Rocky Mount NC

My condolences goes out to the entire family of the late Edith Battle Rocky Mount, NC.

I remember when Edith joined us at Honeywell working in the DEEC Department. She was a sweet lady and didn’t bother anyone. When her health failed she was working in the EMIDS Department. My cousin was her pastor.

I believe Edith could relate to the following song! A fighter she was.

Song: Brian Courtney Wilson – Worth Fighting For

Script.: Read Eccles. 3 and know, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”

Viewing: Check by later

Funeral Service: Check back later

Body Entrusted to: Check back later

Ex-Princeville mayors seek police force – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Watch Dog response: I don’t get it. I have been to meeting after meeting and I have heard these 2 cry. Well my ignant opinion the dollars do not add up. They say it cost $250,000 at the moment to have policing but they say they can have their own police department at the cost of $184,000 a year with 2 officers. Well so my question will those 2 officers cover Princeville  24 hours a day? What will happen if one gets sick or need some time off? What will happen when one will want to take vacation? I understand these 2 want their own police department but they don’t have the money to really run a police department I don’t believe. I think everyone would agree with these 2 if Princeville could afford their own police department that would be the best thing but until then it is what it is. But just my ignant opinion.

PRINCEVILLE — Two former Princeville mayors are telling the Town Board of Commissioners its past time they had their own police force.

Ed Bridgers, mayor from 1974-81, recently presented the board a petition with the signatures of more than 200 residents who want a police department during Monday’s town meeting. Bridgers has been pushing for a police department at town meetings for the past several months.

“Since November 2015, I’ve been begging for a police department and nothing has been done about it,” Bridgers said, adding he’s met with town staff but disagreed on whether the town had enough money for a police department.

The Princeville Police Department ceased operations in late 2014 after the Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a request from Princeville and the Local Government Commission for the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office to take over law enforcement duties for the town. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Memorial Day Don’t Confuse With Veterans Day

Memorial Day per Webster

So what is the day all about? It is about celebrating the life of those whom have served in the armed forces that have died fighting for you whether we like the military or not.

So why do some folk bring living veterans into the equation? Living veterans are on the Veterans Day list and we celebrate them on that day.

Folk let’s stop misleading folk. We need to stop disrespecting folk, situations and etc. and stick to what moment it is at the moment.

Today I celebrate the life and legacy of family members including my family as this day is set aside for all deceased folk whom have served in the armed forces.

Wow, again another ignant moment!

Nash-Rocky Mount School Split Mess – These Letters Speak Volume

The whole mess about this school split is just ignant. Mess need to be put to an end! Do you see Nash County going bankrupt or for the most part struggling economically?

The problem is: Politics – I Refuse To Play It Safe Rocky Mount School Split Who Is Behind It?


Click on links to read letters you will be glad that you did.

Nash Rocky Mount Schools Split Controversy: Letter to Editor by Pastor James D. Gilliard

Letter to the Editor: Progress on school system is encouraging; press on to find solution –– As the new plant manager at Cummins here in Rocky Mount, I am deeply concerned about the future of our local school corporation. JOHN JUDD Rocky Mount

Letter to the Editor: Don’t let divisiveness over schools fester in Rocky Mount community.

Letter to the Editor: Why push for schools split against wishes of city, mayor and board?

Letter to the Editor: Commissioners should reconsider schools split plan

Letter to the Editor: Business leaders urge commissioners to reconsider school split plan

Letter to the Editor: Nash commissioners should learn the value of compromise

Letter to the Editor: City residents aren’t overburdened by funding Edgecombe schools

From This Day Forward!

I will not allow anyone to disrespect me from this day forward without a response. Do not push me. I have had enough! When I talk serious business, don’t joke because everyone that knows me, know I don’t mix business with jokes!

You are not going to define me because I define me so when you go there, you damn sure gonna get it.

I do nothing without looking at what the consequences could be, so when I do something, I am willing to deal with the consequences.

Now Run and Tell That!

Want to interject “Pissed Me The Hell Off!”

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June 7 Primary Elections I Support Michael R. “Mike” Morgan For Supreme Court Justice

I have been in the judge presence on several occasions and I like him, therefore with that being said, looking at his profile and other information here, I support and ask you also to support Judge Mike Morgan for Supreme Court Justice. You still got time vote up to June 7, however you can do one stop at your local board of elections offices so don’t wait do it asap. Thank you.

Learn more about Judge Mike on his website @
http://www.judgemichaelmorgan.com/

Profile

The Early Years

  • Born to Barbara and the late Leander R. Morgan in Cherry Point, North Carolina; the oldest of five children
  • Resided in Washington, DC until the age of 6
  • Attended and graduated from New Bern, NC public school system
    ○  As an eight-year-old fifth-grader in 1964, was the first black student to attend all-white Trent Park Elementary School – one of five black students to integrate the New Bern public school system city-wide
    ○  Was the first black drum major of the marching band of New Bern Senior High School, the city’s only high school
  • Education

  • Earned Bachelor of Arts Degree in both History and Sociology from Duke University, Durham, NC in 1976
  • Earned Juris Doctor Degree with honors from North Carolina Central University School of Law, Durham, NC in 1979
    ○  Was student body president during 3rd (senior) year
  • Professional Career

  • 1979 – 1980: Research Assistant, North Carolina Department of Justice
  • 1980: Admitted to the North Carolina State Bar for the practice of law
  • 1980 – 1982: Associate Attorney General, North Carolina Department of Justice
  • 1983 – 1989: Assistant Attorney General, North Carolina Department of Justice
  • 1989 – 1994: Administrative Law Judge, North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings
    ○  In December 1989, administered oath of office to father, the first and only black to serve as mayor of New Bern, NC (“Swearing in His Dad”, Jet Magazine, February 19, 1990 issue)
  • 1994 – 2004: District Court Judge, Judicial District 10 (Wake County), upon appointment by Governor James B. Hunt, Jr., hearing and resolving legal issues in the areas of criminal, civil, family, juvenile, domestic violence, child support, traffic and involuntary mental health commitment law
    ○  Certified as juvenile law judge in 1995
    ○  Elected in 1996 by the voters of Wake County
    ○  Re-elected in 2000
    ○  Designated “Lead Judge” by Chief District Court Judge in 2001 for Wake County’s juvenile abuse, neglect and dependency court to facilitate its administration and to supervise its Court Improvement Project
  • 2005 – Present: Superior Court Judge, Judicial District 10-B (Wake County), upon election by Wake County voters, hearing and resolving legal issues in the areas of criminal, civil, traffic, involuntary mental health commitment, and administrative law.
  • Professional Memberships and Associations

  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • United States District Court Bar for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Tenth Judicial District Bar
    ○  Board of Directors, 1997 – 1998
    ○  Committees: Endowment Award and Oversight, Nominations, Memorials
  • North Carolina Association of Superior Court Judges
    ○  Education Committee
    ○  Frequent continuing judicial education presenter
  • North Carolina Association of District Court Judges, 1994 – 2004
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
    ○  Board of Directors, 1997 – 1998
    ○  Committees: Endowment Award and Oversight, Nominations, Memorials
  • North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers
    ○  Board of Governors, 1992 – 1997
  • Capital City Lawyers Association
    ○  President, 1994
  • Susie Sharp Inn of Court
    ○  President, 2008 – 2009
  • North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission (1999 – 2004, 2008 – 2013, through appointment by Chief Justice of Supreme Court of North Carolina)
  • North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission (2014- Present, through appointment by Chief Justice of Supreme Court of North Carolina)
  • Chief Justice’s Media and the Courts Commission (2000 – Present, through appointment by Chief Justice of Supreme Court of North Carolina)
  • Racial and Ethnic Bias Consortium representative for North Carolina (through appointment by Chief Justice of Supreme Court of North Carolina)
  • North Carolina Central University School of Law Alumni Association
    ○  National President, 1991 – 1992
    ○  National Vice-President, 1990 – 1991
    ○  Board of Directors, 1989 – 1990
  • The National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada
    ○  Visiting faculty member since 1993
    ○  “Lead faculty” designation bestowed in 2000
    ○  Faculty Council, 2006 – 2008
    ○  “Hall of Honor” inductee, 2008
    ○  V. Robert Payant Award for Teaching Excellence recipient, 2014 (emblematic of National Faculty Member of the Year)
  • Adjunct professor, North Carolina Central University School of Law (1998 and 1999)
  • Frequent presenter at continuing judicial education and continuing legal education programs, seminars and workshops
  • Nash Rocky Mount Schools Split Controversy: Letter to Editor by Pastor James D. Gilliard

    The Watch Dog: agree totally with this letter. Fabuloustastic!

    I am writing to express an independent, informational, and intellectual view of the
    current threat to the Nash Rocky Mount Public School system. As a politically
    unaffiliated, bi-racial pastor to over 3,000 people (including 1,100 K-12 children
    active in Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools), I am quite vested in this issue. As is the
    case with most political decisions, it is easy for the emotion of any subject to veer us
    away from sound decisions that are in the best interest of all involved.

    Taxes and The Common Good
    Everyday as Americans and North Carolinians, our property, sales and utility taxes
    are used to fund programs, services, institutions, and infrastructure that we either
    benefit from directly or indirectly. Nash County residents may not directly benefit
    from the funding formula that supplements the education of children living in
    Edgecombe County, but do benefit indirectly as there is a link between education
    and job creation for a region.
    • I have yet to make a call to 911 or to use ambulance services since I have
    lived here, as I am certain many of you reading this also have not, yet millions
    of tax dollars are earmarked for these vital emergency services.
    • Most of my books are electronic, so I never go to the public library, yet taxes
    are used for this critical public institution.
    • There are many residents of Nash County who have never used the highways
    or buildings their taxes help build.
    • There are retirees who have never had a child in the school system, yet a
    portion of their taxes and utilities are used to supplement the funding of our
    school system.

    I doubt the Nash County Commissioners who are aggressively asking for a “fairness
    of funding” want to establish a precedent of an “al-a-carte” taxation system where
    we all get to direct our taxes only to the services from which we directly benefit and
    away from those which we indirectly benefit.
    It seems that a reminder of our origin as a nation is appropriate. The manifesto on
    American Capitalism is Adam Smith’s “The Wealth of Nations”, where he explained
    that human involvement in economics is to “advance the interests of the society.” To
    follow this new ideology being espoused by the Nash County Commissioners would
    mean the GI Bill that enabled 10 million Americans to receive housing and education
    benefits would have never been funded. Anything that is good and necessary for a
    civilized society to thrive, like public education, is good for us all.

    Collateral Damage
    The removal of 1,800 children from the Nash Rocky Mount Public School system has
    a potential consequence for which none of us, particularly the Nash County
    Commissioners, are prepared. Eighteen hundred children equates to 12.5% of the
    current NRMPS system. Any businessperson will tell you that reducing any
    institutional capacity by 12.5% results in a ripple effect and like throwing a pebble
    in the water you never know how many ripples will be created. Here are some
    potential ripples:
    Reduction of Title I, II, and III Federal Funding. It has been wrongly
    communicated by the Nash County Commissioners that “the funding will
    follow the students.” This is only partially true. The funding is both volume
    and percent weighted. Funding will follow, but it will be much smaller
    funding. There will also be a delay in this smaller funding as it is awarded in
    blocks of 24 – 30 months, so services will need to be offered to children
    without any funding being immediately available. This funding effects direct
    services of children as well as professional development of teachers. The
    anticipated loss to the remaining NRMPS system could be as high as $10
    million annually. This is a classic example of voting against one’s own
    interests as all the remaining children will live in Nash County and this will
    create a net loss to the very system they claim to represent.
    Loss of Existing Jobs. Reducing the capacity of NRMPS will require reorganization
    and the inevitable loss of jobs to teachers and support staff. In
    laymen’s terms, every 10 students create a job. The simple math of the
    impending legislation by Representative Jeff Collins (at the request of the
    Nash County Commissioners) could easily result in the loss of 180 jobs. It
    seems our elected officials could better use their time creating jobs and not
    removing jobs. The argument that those teachers would simply move to the
    Edgecombe County School System is implausible as there are still over 50
    licensed teacher vacancies within that system and for many teachers living in
    Spring Hope, Middlesex, and Bailey, it would be just as close to drive to a
    school in Wake County as it would some schools within Edgecombe County.
    Loss of Support to Teachers and Staff. Aside from being a pastor I do not
    know of a more difficult profession than teaching. We as a community should
    be actively advocating for our teachers in the classroom and the principals
    and staff that support this vital public institution. Instead, our
    Commissioners are deliberately creating an environment that is filled with
    contention and division rather than support and encouragement. Everyone
    cares about job security and high morale and our teachers deserve no less.
    Loss of New Jobs. Education along with Transportation, Health, Leisure,
    Quality of Life, Taxes, and Housing remain major recruitment tools for new
    companies and emerging economies. Dismantling our school system will
    greatly harm our efforts in attracting new companies and in establishing the
    “twin counties” as a “bedroom” community for those working in Raleigh,
    Durham, and Chapel Hill. This inability to bring new companies and firms to
    our community will hinder our ability to expand our tax base and to produce
    an even greater economic impact to our region.
    Re-classification of Athletic Programs. Rocky Mount Senior High alone
    will likely lose 400-450 students. This loss to the ADM (Average Daily
    Membership) will result in less competitive athletics and a loss of college
    scholarships for countless young people for whom sports remain a viable
    opportunity for a secure future due to a potential change in division status.
    School Closing. There has been no study conducted by the Nash County
    Commissioners ensuring there would be no school closings as elected
    officials are not generally trained in the logistics and technicalities in the
    actual running of a school system. Conventional wisdom at least forces us to
    consider that by reducing the NRMPS by 1,800 students, it may not be
    financially feasible to continue operations at the same level. This is
    particularly the case since the NRMPS system is experiencing a five-year
    decline in enrollment with a proven history that reduced capacity results in
    school closings. An educated guess based upon school size and location
    would deduce that Northern Nash High School could possibly close due to
    this legislation.
    The Children. It is said that often we leave the best for last. Who is
    advocating for our children? Yes, as North Carolinians, ALL the children are
    OUR children. We are a community. We are a region. When I moved here
    from Philadelphia 11 years ago, I was introduced to the “twin counties.”
    What a way to treat your twin! 1,800 children moving out of NRMPS is more
    children than Camden, Gates, Clay, Swain, and Washington County Schools
    have enrollment. This is equivalent to an entirely new and different school
    system being created with no plan, no structure, and no infrastructure. It is
    setting ALL of OUR kids up to fail as the remaining NRMPS kids will be faced
    with the sobering reality that it was their parents who stripped down the
    ability of the NRMPS system to meet the categorical needs of the children in
    programs like IB, AP, AIG and ESL. The education of our children should be a
    collective concern. We must endeavor to provide every child in our region
    and our state with every opportunity to advance and to actively contribute
    back to society.

    I invite all of us to use our heart and our brain as we make decisions. My heart is for
    ALL of our children and my brain tells me the loss of 180 jobs, the net loss of
    millions of dollars to our school system, the potential closing of a school, and the
    loss of college athletic scholarships is hardly worth the savings we as Nash County
    residents will realize. It is my hope an agreement will be reached but despite the
    outcome, we should all agree that no group of people should be allowed to play
    politics with our children.

    James D. Gailliard
    Nash County Resident
    Pastor, Word Tabernacle Church

    Homegoing Celebration For Ms. Annie Lee Randolph Pinetops NC

    My condolences goes out to Alphonso, Earl, Ada and the entire family of the late Annie Lee Randolph Pinetops, NC.

    I have been knowing Ms. Annie Lee nearly all of my life. We used to live in the same community from the time I was growing up until the flood came. I used to do her garden.

    What a rejoicing time 92 years young. God has been good to the children to have had a mother to live so long. And the good thing about it, the children were there for her all of their lives also. Now she is in God’s care.

    Song: I Am In Your Care – Canton Spirituals

    Script.: Read Eccles. 3 and know, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”

    Viewing: viewing will be held Friday, May 27, 2016 from 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Dickens Funeral Service, Inc. followed by a wake from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at St. Luke Church of Christ in Princeville, N.C.

    Funeral Service:  12 noon, Saturday, May 28, 2016 at St. Luke Church of Christ in Princeville, N.C. with Rev. James Brown officiating

    Body Entrusted to: Dickens Funeral Home Inc., Sign The Guest Book

    More Obituaries

    Event center awaits funding – Rocky Mount Telegram

    The Watch Dog response: This will be great for Rocky Mount and surrounding areas. I totally agree with Tom Betts this just makes a whole of sense.

    Even though officials are in a stall pattern awaiting news of funding for the proposed downtown community facility, residents continue to debate the merits of the estimated $32 million project.

    “I am very much in favor of it,” said longtime city resident Tom Betts. “I was initially opposed to it, but when they changed the emphasis to athletics it made a whole lot of sense to me. It doesn’t take a genius to look at what has happened with the success of the Sports Complex and realize the intelligence of the project.”

    Few residents question the wisdom of building the Sports Complex with its annual direct economic impact of more than $9 million, but Rocky Mount Mayor David Combs said before the city developed the complex, officials didn’t do even a fraction of the due diligence current staff is undertaking for the downtown community facility. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

    From The Office Of Representative Shelly Willingham

     

     

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    Shelly Willingham

    N.C. House of Representatives

    300 N Salisbury Street, #501

    Raleigh, North Carolina 27603

    (919) 715-3024

    (919) 754-3224 (fax)

    shellyw@ncleg.net

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    Representative Shelly Willingham

            Dedicated to District 23

    May 12, 2016

     

    DISTRICT 23

    Edgecombe

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    COMMITTEES

    Agriculture

    Alcoholic Beverage Control

    Appropriations

    Appropriations –   Information Technology

    Banking

    Education-Universities

    Elections

    Judiciary IV

     

    The audio legislative session is available at http://www.ncleg.net.  Select “Audio and then House or Senate Chamber, Appropriations Committee Room or Press Conference Room

     

     

     

     

    HOUSE DISTRICT 23

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    REPRESENTATIVE WILLINGHAM on receiving the GREEN TIE clip_image006Award on May 11, 2016.  The GREEN TIE Award recognizes rising stars at the General Assembly.  These rising stars are voices that North Carolina citizens can count on to ensure the environment is a priority, particularly when there are difficult decisions and conflicting interests.

     

    RALEIGH & THE STATE

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    REPORT: HB2 Could Cost $5B a Year

    North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2 could cost the state almost $5 billion a year, according to a report Wednesday from the Williams Institute, a UCLA School of Law think tank that focuses on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. Most of the economic hit would come from the loss of federal funding, since the U.S. government has said HB2 is a violation of the U.S. Civil Rights Act and Title IX. The report, however, also took into account the loss of business investment, reduced travel and tourism, the costs of litigation and enforcement, as well as costs associated with high school dropouts, workplace discrimination, health disparities, productivity loss, retention and recruitment.  Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/article76997927.html

    NC, US Justice Department File Dueling HB2 Lawsuits

    North Carolina and the Justice Department announced dueling lawsuits Monday over the state’s “bathroom bill,” which has become the epicenter of a larger fight over transgender rights. The two complaints, filed several hours apart, took opposing sides in the debate over the law, which bans transgender people from using bathrooms that don’t match the gender on their birth certificates. While the state said its law does not discriminate against transgender people or treat transgender employees differently from non-transgender employees, the Justice Department’s civil rights office said the measure is discriminatory and violates civil rights.  Read more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/05/09/north-carolina-justice-dept-face-monday-deadline-for-bathroom-bill/

     

    Lobbyists: NCGOP Pressuring Us to Be Quiet on HB2

    While Republican state leaders have complained about being “bullied” by the federal government over House Bill 2, lobbyists in Raleigh tell WRAL News they and the businesses they represent are being bullied by state lawmakers seeking to silence business opposition to the new law.  Lobbyists say they’ve been told – either directly by legislative leaders or by lawmakers’ staff – that, if they or the businesses they represent speak out publicly against House Bill 2, they can expect retribution from House and Senate leaders. Legislation they want won’t move, and other bills could actually target them. WRAL News spoke with 11 lobbyists who have experienced or are aware of such actions, but none would speak on the record for fear they would lose business or be targeted for retribution. One has already lost business. One long-time lobbyist called the pressure a “gross abuse of power.” Another veteran lobbyist labeled it “vicious,” adding, “I’ve never seen anything like it.”  Read more here: http://www.wral.com/lobbyists-lawmakers-seek-to-quiet-hb2-opponents/15698344/

     

    Legislative Leaders Set Budget Target

    The House and Senate haven’t yet announced details about their budget plans. House budget subcommittees have been meeting this week, and Dollar has said he hopes to have his chamber’s proposal ready in the coming weeks. Agreeing on a spending target early in the process could help avoid the lengthy budget impasse lawmakers faced last year, when the final budget wasn’t approved until nearly three months after the fiscal year began. In 2015, the House passed a budget that increased spending by 5 percent, while the Senate’s budget bill had a 2 percent spending increase. It took weeks of negotiations to arrive at a $21.74 billion budget target, which was a 3.1 percent increase. This year’s budget will bring a smaller increase in state spending, and the decision drew praise from the conservative Americans For Prosperity.  Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article75653822.html

     

    NC House Raises Penalties for Drunk Boating

    The House voted unanimously Thursday to increase the penalty for impaired boat operators who seriously injure or kill someone. House Bill 958 is named after Sheyenne Marshall, a Cabarrus County teenager who was killed on Lake Norman on July 4, 2015. “Sheyenne Marshall was a very beautiful 17-year-old young lady with a love for life and a lot going for her,” said bill sponsor Rep. Larry Pittman, R-Cabarrus. “She was on a kneeboard, and a boater who was drunk nearly hit the boat. He swerved to miss the boat but ran over her and killed her.  “The sentencing for this act is way out of proportion to if the same thing had been done with a car. What’s the difference?” Pittman asked. Under current law, boating while impaired is a Class 2 misdemeanor.

    Read more here: http://www.wral.com/house-raises-penalties-for-drunk-boating-/15699882/

     

     

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