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Politicians don't get to choose the crises they face while in office but they can choose how they will react to them. Their responses often determine both their tenure in office and how history judges them.
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Washington, North Carolina may be a small city here in eastern North Carolina, but it has developed into the festival capital of the region.

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Beaufort County Now has had an exemplary year, but November, 2015, after our best month ever, October, 2015, started with a whimper, but finished with a bang to top our best month ever for Unique IPs per day just this October (11,149 per day).

It is not that this month of November was fantastic, it was not in a relative sense of what we had done so far this year; however the Unique IPs were eyeopening - to exceed 11,000 Uniques per day for two months in a row - suggesting consistency. It is a consistency burnished better by the months when we have big bunches of Page Views. October certainly had that desired quantity of pages views; November, not so much, however, November was the 7th most Pages Views ever for BCN (187,158 per day), which is moderately impressive ... I guess ... for us.

Take a tall refreshing can, 'on the house', of SNI (Symbiotic Networks), and see how we can giv... (read more)
This is technically a motorcycle and it won't make you a Hell's Angel, but it could make you the "eccentric old guy" who lives down the street and has never really grown up. It could also save you a ton of money.

I initially was looking at this concept car as a possible commuter car for my son who has a 50-mile one-way commute from his home to work. The company will require significant funding to reach actual production. The unique feature of crowd funding that is used recently for smaller projects that do not attract the Investment Bankers or Golden Angel investors also intrigued me. Instead, Elio is using the same technique of broadening the investment base with a unique concept. The blended concept of crowd funding and investment bankers is unique on such a large project. There is no doubt that this would be a speculative investment and any casual reading of the SEC forms would ... (read more)
News Release:

BSH Home Appliance Corp. Will Invest Nearly $80.7 Million in Expansion

New Bern, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) announced today that BSH Home Appliances Corporation plans to create 460 new jobs in Craven County during the next five years and invest nearly $80.7 million at the current site through the end of 2019.

"The expansion of BSH in Craven County is evidence that our improvements to North Carolina's business climate and workforce development are helping ensure our manufacturing economy is firing on all cylinders," said Governor McCrory. "We salute the continued growth and success of this prestigious name in Eastern North Carolina's business community."

BSH Home Appliances is a wholly owned subsidiary of BSH Hausgeräte GmbH, headquartered in M... (read more)
Beaufort County Economic Developer Bob Heuts has resigned, effective June 25, 2014, as Beaufort County's EDC executive officer. Bob Heuts replaced former EDC Director Tommy Thompson, when Director Thompson resigned under a whole different set of circumstances.

As many of you well know, I am a "Free Markets" guy, and I have grown to believe that economic development has become a conundrum of the impossible here in Beaufort County. It's not that I disbelieve in economic development here in Beaufort County, I just do not believe that Beaufort County's government should use taxpayer dollars to reward some, while creating taxpayer competition for others. Having said that, I know that Bob Heuts is by far the best person we have ever had in that position, and it was a pleasure to know Bob.

Bob is a man that was truthful in practice and personable in performance when executing his po... (read more)
Publisher's Note: This article originally appeared in the Beaufort Observer.

Reliable source tell us there is a big shakeup going on at Flanders Filters, one of Beaufort County's largest manufacturing employers. Sources confirm that there was an employee meeting called this morning (6-27-14) and it was announced that CEO Harry Smith has been replaced by Peter Jones. The announcement was that Smith would step down to be Vice Chairman. Our sources also tell us that other key top management changes have been made recently.

In addition, the Observer has received several reader comments about Flanders and its associated entities in the Washington Industrial Park, Pronamics and Oak Ridge, both of whom did a deal with Beaufort County to acquire property in the Industrial Park. Some of those comments have been:

• Blue Goose/Flanders

February 24, 2013 | 02:51 PM

Several individuals in... (read more)
Press Release:
 Raleigh, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory applauded North Carolina's Christmas tree industry today as he received the official trees and wreaths for the State Capitol during a ceremony.

 "Nothing compares to North Carolina's Christmas tree industry," Governor McCrory said. "Our state ranks second in the nation in number of trees harvested. Not only is this a proud accolade for our agricultural industry, but it also has a huge impact on our state's economy."

Governor McCrory is joined by members of the Estes family of Peak Farms in Jefferson, Larry Smith and others of Mountain Top Fraser Fir in Newland, and Avery County Director of Planning & Inspections and former NC State and USA Olympic basketball player Tommy Burleson
 The governor was joined by members of the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association as he welcomed this year's winners of the association's ... (read more)
Press Release:
 Raleigh, N.C. (November 16, 2015) — North Carolina State Chief Information Officer Chris Estes was named Public Sector CIO of the Year at the recent North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) 2015 NC Tech Awards. The award was one of seven individual awards given at the NC Tech Awards Gala on November 12 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

 The NC Tech Awards is North Carolina's only statewide technology awards program, recognizing organizations and individuals who have characterized excellence, innovation, and leadership.

 As State CIO, Estes serves in the cabinet of Governor Pat McCrory and leads the North Carolina Department of Information Technology. In this role, he manages statewide information technology planning and operations with an annual budget of more than $600 million and 2,200 employees.

 "The NC Tech Awards recognize and honor ... (read more)
Thursday, November 12th, 2015
BCCC, Building 8, Room 822
2:00 PM — 5:00 PM With Semone Brisson

 This beginning level in-depth seminar focuses on the important steps necessary to set up a QuickBooks company data file for your business. Topics include:

Creating the chart of accounts,Setting up users,Understanding the basics of financial statements, opening balances, backing up data files, setting up users and more.
 A helpful primer for those who wish to use QuickBooks for their business accounting. Individuals who have taken QuickBooks classes or currently use QuickBooks will benefit from attending.

 FREE to attend! To pre-register call 940-6375 or email EvaP@beaufortccc.edu.

 Beaufort County Community College is a public comprehensive community college committed to accessible and affordable quality education, effective teaching, relevant training, and l... (read more)
Press Release:
800,000 small N.C. businesses generate nearly half of state's economic output
 Raleigh, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory celebrated the contributions of local small businesses by proclaiming Saturday, November 28, 2015, as Small Business Saturday in North Carolina.

 "Nothing compares to North Carolina's small, independently owned businesses that create jobs, boost our economy and preserve neighborhoods," said Governor McCrory. "I encourage North Carolinians to buy local on Saturday and throughout the year to support small businesses that contribute so much to local communities across the state."

 This year marks the sixth annual Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting local businesses and the communities they serve.

 North Carolina is home to more than 800,000 small businesses that account for nearly half of our gross state product and about... (read more)
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 Greensboro, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory attended the NCWorks Education and Workforce Leadership Summit in Greensboro today and spoke about North Carolina's accomplishments and goals in the areas of education and workforce development.

 Governor McCrory invited the NCWorks Commission, NC Business Committee for Education, Economic Development Partnership of NC, NC Independent Colleges, State Board of Community Colleges, State Board of Education, and UNC Board of Governors to the discussion.

 "Over the last three years we've made a lot of progress in education and workforce development," Governor McCrory said. "We need to keep the momentum going and close the skills gap by working together to improve education at all levels to help meet the needs of businesses."

 North Carolina's skills gap means businesses can't find the skilled workers needed, but th... (read more)
Press Release:
 Thomasville, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory celebrated the rededication of Old Dominion Freight Line's corporate headquarters in Thomasville at a ribbon cutting ceremony today. The renovation will increase its headquarters capacity by nearly 50 percent, including 300 more workspaces.

 "For more than 50 years, Thomasville has been at the center of Old Dominion's world-wide growth," Governor McCrory said. "This investment is evidence that if companies want a supportive business climate, vast transportation infrastructure, skilled workforce and an unmatched quality of life for their employees, nothing compares to North Carolina."

 The renovations bring the two-story headquarters to 166,000 useable square feet, providing for 300 additional workspaces, 11 conference rooms and 300 more parking spaces to support the potential for growth.

 Old Dominion is a glo... (read more)
Press Release:
Gov. McCrory Proclaimed Nov. 2-6 as State Apprenticeship Week
 Whitsett, N.C. — Governor Pat McCrory helped launch two new NCWorks apprenticeship programs today at an event at Machine Specialties, Inc.

 "Apprenticeships are the perfect example of how our administration is working with businesses, education and other leaders to close the skills gap in North Carolina," Governor McCrory said. "Not only do they provide workers with on-the-job training and practical education, apprenticeships further our legacy as a state where innovation comes first."

 Machine Specialties is one of the 12 companies represented by the two new apprenticeship programs. The announcement coincides with Governor McCrory proclaiming November 2-6 as State Apprenticeship Week.

 The Guilford Apprenticeship Program and Career Accelerator Program will both train high school st... (read more)

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SNI (Symbiotic Networks, Inc.), the originator of Symbiotic Publisher, will use Beaufort County NOW's superior traffic base to promote our wide array of Cyber Products, and our estimable skills to help others do the same with their respective products.

Beaufort County NOW (BCN), our CMS prototype, is now doubling in traffic every 11 to 12 months, without any real promotion. This traffic increase, purely from search and 'word of mouth', has now propelled BCN to a level where we are visited b... (read more)
Thanks for attending BCN. Now come back again real soon ... Yahw hear!

With the greatest respect, well understanding that our parabolic traffic growth could 'end in a proverbial tomorrow', we here at BCN just had our best month in one of the traditionally slowest times - November in an off-election year.

Once again, until any other site publishes their traffic numbers comparable to the level that SNI does, we will continue to claim the top, or at worst, possibly the second place of all s... (read more)

Big Ticket

Tom Campbell Politicians don't get to choose the crises they face while in office but they can choose how they will react to them. Their responses often determine both their tenure in office and how history judges them. Thirteen months into his administration Pat McCrory has had his share of crises, including unemployment, coal ash spills, snowstorms, protestors, unhappy teachers and lawsuits at every turn. But the crisis that should keep McCrory awake at night is Medicaid.

It would be easy t... (read more)

Food and Fun

Washington, North Carolina may be a small city here in eastern North Carolina, but it has developed into the festival capital of the region. In parts of the second and third weeks of June, the folks Downeast were entertained by two separate festivals held in downtown Washington, and along its waterfront: Washington's annual Summer Festival, 2011 and Music in the Streets, which is held on the third Friday of each month during the warmer months of each calendar year.

The first of the two festi... (read more)
Publisher's Note: This article concerns itself with the third, 2011, edition of Music in the Streets. It is an exposition told in pictures, which provides an historic account of that evening. All photos taken and contributed by David Winstead.

As we have previously mentioned, we would appreciate any information from the public on the performers that contribute to this community event. One need only signup to BCN and message that information to the administrator. Thank-you.

Music in the ... (read more)
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