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Recently, Golden LEAF President, Chief Executive Officer Scott T. Hamilton sat down with Patrick Woodie, President of the N.C. Rural Center, via Zoom and filmed the sixteenth edition in a video series called Critical Conversations.
Recently, Golden LEAF President, Chief Executive Officer Scott T. Hamilton sat down with Patrick Woodie, President of the N.C. Rural Center, via Zoom and filmed the sixteenth edition in a video series called Critical Conversations.
 
Washington, North Carolina, was named as the 2019 Small Town of the Year at this year’s NC Rural Assembly, held in Raleigh on November 21 and 22.
Washington, North Carolina, was named as the 2019 Small Town of the Year at this year’s NC Rural Assembly, held in Raleigh on November 21 and 22.
 
The Senate Finance Committee passed a revised version of H1224 (Local Sales Tax Options/Econ. Dept. Changes) on Tuesday night that gives additional sales tax flexibility to 94 counties but limits options for Forsyth, Guilford, Mecklenburg and Wake counties.
The Senate Finance Committee passed a revised version of H1224 (Local Sales Tax Options/Econ. Dept. Changes) on Tuesday night that gives additional sales tax flexibility to 94 counties but limits options for Forsyth, Guilford, Mecklenburg and Wake counties.
 
Patrick Woodie, the Acting President for the North Carolina Rural Center, is seeking input from county leaders.
Patrick Woodie, the Acting President for the North Carolina Rural Center, is seeking input from county leaders.
 
McClatchy and other mainstream media outlets blew the doors off of The NC Rural Center earlier this year  -  exposing all kinds of cronyism and corruption to public view.
McClatchy and other mainstream media outlets blew the doors off of The NC Rural Center earlier this year  -  exposing all kinds of cronyism and corruption to public view.
 
As one who was born and raised in Eastern Carolina I hate to see what is happening to this rural region.
As one who was born and raised in Eastern Carolina I hate to see what is happening to this rural region.
 
Earlier this year, we got bombarded with information about what a cronyism-infested money-wasting mess the state's Rural Center was.
 
Governor Pat McCrory announced that the Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM) has authorized payments for 34 grants funded by the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center.
Governor Pat McCrory announced that the Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM) has authorized payments for 34 grants funded by the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center.
 
Governor Pat McCrory announced that the Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM) has released monies for more than a dozen grants funded by the North Carolina Rural Economic Center. The grants total $734,344.18.
Governor Pat McCrory announced that the Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM) has released monies for more than a dozen grants funded by the North Carolina Rural Economic Center. The grants total $734,344.18.
 
A new state audit has hit the state's primary jobs-incentives program for not following up to make sure promised new jobs actually are created.
A new state audit has hit the state's primary jobs-incentives program for not following up to make sure promised new jobs actually are created.
 
Governor McCrory and his Secretary of Commerce have a major problem on their hands.
 
The N. C. Rural Center has come under fire as a result of a State Auditor's report that said, among other things, that the Center maintained inadequate accountability for grants it gave to businesses that were to create "new jobs."
The N. C. Rural Center has come under fire as a result of a State Auditor's report that said, among other things, that the Center maintained inadequate accountability for grants it gave to businesses that were to create "new jobs."
 
The mainstream media has been regaling us all day with stories about the $20.6 BILLION budget deal reached by the GOP majority in the North Carolina General Assembly. Yay! We've got a budget!
The mainstream media has been regaling us all day with stories about the $20.6 BILLION budget deal reached by the GOP majority in the North Carolina General Assembly. Yay! We've got a budget!
 
House and Senate leaders announced Sunday they have reached an agreement on a $20.6 billion state budget that invests in core services, streamlines state government, strengthens public education and grows North Carolina's economy.
House and Senate leaders announced Sunday they have reached an agreement on a $20.6 billion state budget that invests in core services, streamlines state government, strengthens public education and grows North Carolina's economy.
 
It sounds odd to hear me praising McClatchy, but they've done some bang-up work pointing out the waste in the NC Rural Center and making a case for its closure.
It sounds odd to hear me praising McClatchy, but they've done some bang-up work pointing out the waste in the NC Rural Center and making a case for its closure.
 
The Rural Center is getting the axe. The waste, incompetence and tangled interests that your inane economic development schemes have forced on this county have likely lost their inspiration.
The Rural Center is getting the axe. The waste, incompetence and tangled interests that your inane economic development schemes have forced on this county have likely lost their inspiration.
 
Governor Pat McCrory has requested the Office of State Budget and Management suspend dispersement of state grant money to the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center immediately.
Governor Pat McCrory has requested the Office of State Budget and Management suspend dispersement of state grant money to the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center immediately.
 
This is the same outfit that the Observer has reported on in the past, as a result of the very able research of Betty Murphy.
 
Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement on the Rural Center audit today.
Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement on the Rural Center audit today.
 
Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) issued the following statement regarding the recent audit of the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center by State Auditor Beth Wood.
Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) issued the following statement regarding the recent audit of the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center by State Auditor Beth Wood.
 
An audit by State Auditor Beth Wood released today has come down on the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center for gaining $20 million in...
An audit by State Auditor Beth Wood released today has come down on the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center for gaining $20 million in...
 
These are issues that must be addressed by the entire board to fulfill our fiduciary and legal duties to every taxpayer in our state. The board should immediately hire an independent forensic auditor to begin a review process.
These are issues that must be addressed by the entire board to fulfill our fiduciary and legal duties to every taxpayer in our state. The board should immediately hire an independent forensic auditor to begin a review process.
 
The N&O and Char-O ran an in-depth two part series examining the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center.
The N&O and Char-O ran an in-depth two part series examining the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center.
 
To go over all the instances of favoritism over the center's past 26 years would be overwhelming. The following examples are from the last year alone, when the Rural Center was involved in over 800 projects.
To go over all the instances of favoritism over the center's past 26 years would be overwhelming. The following examples are from the last year alone, when the Rural Center was involved in over 800 projects.
 
What if I were to coax you into accepting a loan with money I stole from you? You'd probably call the police and have me arrested as a thief and a con artist.
What if I were to coax you into accepting a loan with money I stole from you? You'd probably call the police and have me arrested as a thief and a con artist.
 
The N.C. Rural Economic Development Center faces the most uncertainty since it was created in 1987.
The N.C. Rural Economic Development Center faces the most uncertainty since it was created in 1987.
 
It's interesting that they are finally noticing The Rural Center 26 years after its establishment while the GOP controls the state's executive and legislative branches.
It's interesting that they are finally noticing The Rural Center 26 years after its establishment while the GOP controls the state's executive and legislative branches.
 
I am not always Mr. Negative (as some folks like to claim). I'll hand out kudos to folks who do good things.
I am not always Mr. Negative (as some folks like to claim). I'll hand out kudos to folks who do good things.
 
Paul Harvey's unmistakable voice grabbed our attention in his Super Bowl tribute to America's farmers.
Paul Harvey's unmistakable voice grabbed our attention in his Super Bowl tribute to America's farmers.
 
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