Mark O'Connor's Appalachian Christmas Brings the Stringed Strains From Our Appalachian Roots | Eastern North Carolina Now | Mark O'Connor has bridged two worlds of music; consequently, for those of us that appreciate both traditional and progressive bluegrass / Classical string movements expanding our moods or spirits, we well appreciate the Appalachian Christmas concept of lofty melodic expression.

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If you are interested in more of "An Appalachian Christmas", click here for your melodic reward.

    Mark O'Connor has bridged two worlds of music; consequently, for those of us that appreciate both traditional and progressive bluegrass / Classical string movements expanding our moods or spirits, we well appreciate the Appalachian Christmas concept of lofty melodic expression.


The Mark O'Connor Band from the An Appalachian Christmas Tour: Above.     Click image to expand.

I have never heard the classic winter /Christmas melody Sleigh Ride played with such headlong energy until now: Below.



One Winter's Night is a beautifully arranged piece of music, where the strings carry the notes of Appalachia deep into the psyche of what it means to be an American: Below.



    Publisher's note: If you are really in the Christmas spirit, or just in the need for more, please click here to access all of the holiday spirit in melody and narrative that BCN can harness and offer for this Yuletide Season.
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National Weather Service Forecaster Tom Lonca, with Newport, North Carolina NOAA, talked about Hurricane Ian, and what’s ahead for Eastern North Carolina, with the potential the flooding, and the estimated 6-8 in rainfall beginning on Thursday, Sept. 29 through the weekend.
We have been communicating with the National Weather Service regarding the storm surge values along the Pamlico River.
No big changes with this update. The threats of heavy rain, strong winds, coastal flooding, and isolated tornadoes have not changed. The highest impacts for both heavy rain and the tornado threat will occur today.
Florida residents who remained behind as Hurricane Ian pummeled the central gulf coast may have gotten more than they bargained for if they ventured outside — the storm surge was so powerful that it apparently sent sharks swimming down residential streets.
Hurricane Ian slammed into southwest Florida as a powerful Category 4 hurricane Wednesday afternoon after more than 2 million Floridians were given evacuation orders.
No big changes with this update. The threats of heavy rain, strong winds, coastal flooding, and isolated tornadoes have not changed.
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Our overall impacts from a prolonged period of wind, rain and elevated waters from both Ian and other weather features, HAVE NOT CHANGED. We still expect a long duration of elevated waters through multiple high tide cycles.
Our overall impacts from a prolonged period of wind, rain and elevated waters from both Ian and other weather features, HAVE NOT CHANGED. We still expect a long duration of elevated waters through multiple high tide cycles.

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Ian is now a strong Category 4 hurricane located about 75 miles WSW of Naples, FL. No major changes were made to the forecast track overnight
We are monitoring a trending shift to the east with the forecasted track, which would place the center of Ian close to re-emerging in the Atlantic near Daytona Beach Florida, before continuing northeast along the Georgia / Southern South Carolina coast.
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The state’s economic vitality is tied to the skills of its workforce. Trends show that by 2030, nearly two-thirds of North Carolina’s jobs will require a post-secondary degree or credential.
As previously mentioned, there continues to be subtle differences between the forecast models so far, which drastically change the forecasted impacts for Beaufort County.
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Hurricane Ian continues to strengthen and is expected to intensify to a Major Hurricane tonight or early tomorrow morning before approaching the Dry Tortugas and Florida Keys.
Please see the email below and attached briefing from the NWS for the latest update on Hurricane Ian. As previously mentioned, slight changes continue to be made to the forecast, with general impacts Beaufort County listed below.
The latest forecast update continues to trend towards a more northern track, with the center of Ian making landfall along the Florida panhandle, and moving north across central Georgia, and western South and North Carolina.

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