A community newspaper has been contributing to Bladen County news since 1898. Noteworthy news and accomplishments for The Bladen Journal include Jessie Lee Sugg McCulloch, among the first female editors in the state, and coverage of the Beast of Bladenboro, a mystery that spurred an annual festival.
To meet the need for a more technologically trained workforce, a partnership was forged between NC Works, NC Community College System, and NC Commission on Workforce Development. Contributions to the building of technical skills included apprenticeships, Six Sigma Certification, and the North Carolina Career Readiness Certificate.
Mother Earth Brewing has help to generate economic growth and a foodie friendly reputation for Kinston. It, among the 180 plus breweries and brewpubs in the state, has also contributed to North Carolina’s top spot in the South for number of breweries and beerpubs within its borders.
A preference for North Carolina tobacco and the state’s business friendly environment have helped yield a solid relationship. This profitable and peaceful relationship was undermined, though, by threats to America’s food and national security. Statistics and stories related to job growth and investment illustrate the necessity of overcoming such challenges.
The author underscored the delicate balancing act: on one side, protection of wildlife and environment of coastal counties like Carteret; on the other, prosperity of the region's tourism industry and its hotspots like the Shackleford Banks.
The Fayetteville Observer was sold to a NY based company who owned nine other North Carolina newspapers. The latest sellout leaves only three locally owned and operated newspapers in the state. Such a trend leaves experts concerned about the future of already struggling journalism business.