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Gov. Pat McCrory's Public Schedule For Monday, March 9, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 March 2015 05:22

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following is Gov. Pat McCrory's public schedule for Monday, March 9, 2015, as released by his office.


11 a.m.
Economic Development Announcement
Edenton, NC

OPEN to credentialed press only.
 

1:30 p.m.
Historic Tax Credit Event
Edenton Peanut Mill
401 East Church Street
Edenton

  *A trolley tour will commence after the visit to The Peanut Mill*
 
OPEN to credentialed press only.

 
Proclamation Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Legislation Establishing Mount Mitchell, First State Park PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 05:54

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) -  Gov. Pat McCrory has signed a proclamation to celebrate the establishment of North Carolina's first state park: Mount Mitchell.

In commemorating the 100th anniversary of the state parks system, the governor has established “North Carolina State Parks Week.”
 
North Carolina plans to celebrate the state parks system's centennial throughout 2016 with a series of special events and a public-private partnership campaign with the Friends of State Parks, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting North Carolina's state parks. The General Assembly authorized the purchase of land for a state park at Mount Mitchell on March 3, 1915, and 795 acres on the summit were acquired by the end of 1916, which firmly established the first state park in the southeastern United States.

The Proclamation:
 

NORTH CAROLINA STATE PARKS WEEK
Proclamation
March 3, 2015 • Ethics and Accountability

WHEREAS, the North Carolina General Assembly, at the behest of Governor Locke Craig, authorized the purchase of land for a state park at Mount Mitchell on March 3, 1915; and

 

WHEREAS, in 1916, 795 acres on the summit of Mount Mitchell were acquired, which became North Carolina’s first state park to protect the scenic beauty and unique ecosystem of the highest peak east of the Mississippi River as part of North Carolina’s heritage; and

 

WHEREAS, in the century since that time, North Carolina’s citizens have worked with great dedication and resolve to include in their State Parks System examples of our state’s most spectacular natural and cultural resources; and

 

WHEREAS, today the State Parks System stretches from Mount Mitchell in the west to the tallest sand dune on the East Coast at Jockey's Ridge; and

 

WHEREAS, the State Parks System protects more than 225,000 acres, including the scenic landmarks, the ecological wonders, and the outdoor recreation destinations that make North Carolina outstanding among the states; and

 

WHEREAS, the State Parks System is important to North Carolina’s tourism industry, a vital component of the state’s economy; and

 

WHEREAS,the State Parks System contributes to the health and well-being of the state’s citizens by encouraging physical activity and fostering volunteerism; and

 

WHEREAS,the State Parks System contributes immeasurably to the quality of life that makes North Carolina a great place to visit, to work and to live;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the North Carolina State Parks System, starting with the North Carolina General Assembly authorization of the first state park on March 3, 1915, the first week of March shall henceforth be known as “NORTH CAROLINA STATE PARKS WEEK,” and commend its observance to all citizens, and encourage all citizens during that week to visit a state park, volunteer in a state park, learn about our state parks, and show support for our state parks system.

 
Gov. Pat McCrory's Public Schedule for Wednesday, March 4, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 05:48

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following is Gov. Pat McCrory's public schedule for Wednesday, March 4, 2015, as released by his office.


1:30 p.m.
NC Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting
Embassy Suites
Carolina Ballroom
201 Harrison Oaks Boulevard
Cary

OPEN to credentialed press only.


4 p.m.
State of the Judiciary
North Carolina General Assembly
House Chamber
16 West Jones Street
Raleigh

OPEN to press

 
John Smith, Head Of N.C. Courts System, To Retire PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 06:25

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The man who has drawn the ire of same-sex marriage opponents over his refusal to provide local magistrates with conscience protection when it comes to opting out of marrying same-sex couples has announced he is retiring from leading the Administrative Office of the Courts.

Multiple media reports say John Smith will retire May 1.

He has been in the position since 2009.

Smith told magistrates in a memo that if they didn't marry same-sex couples, following court rulings that call into question North Carolina's gay marriage ban, they could face disciplinary action.

Legislative leaders are now pursuing conscience protection legislation to address the issue.

 
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