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Aviation Development Task Force Members Prepare To Get Down To Business PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 02 September 2014 13:57

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - A state task force designed to boost the development of North Carolina's aviation industry is ready to work, now that a dozen and a half members have been appointed following the establishment of the group in May. 

The group is tasked by May's executive order to prepare a comprehensive report on ways to grow the aviation industry and impact. The aviation industry, both commercial and general, is directly responsible for over 100,000 jobs in North Carolina, and the  industry's impact exceeds $25 billion in North Carolina annually.
Among the members is Secretary of Transportation Tony Tata. The chairman is John Lennon of New Hanover County. As the managing partner for Oceancrest Advisory Services, Lennon is responsible for business development and the oversight of developing strategic relationships throughout the industry. Lennon is also the chair of the aviation committee on the North Carolina Board of Transportation. 
Other appointees:
Michael Landguth, A.A.E. (Wake County) – Landguth is the president and CEO of Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Prior to joining RDU, he served as CEO and president of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority. 
Dan Danieley (Alamance County) – Danieley is the executive director of the Burlington-Alamance Regional Airport. He is also the vice president of the Board of Directors of the NC Airports Association. 
John Taws (Moore County) – Taws is the president of Fletcher Industries, Inc., a company that provides manufacturing solutions for special application textiles.  He is a member of the Moore County Partners in Progress Board of Directors. Taws is the vice-chairman. 
Robin Hayes (Cabarrus County) – Hayes is a businessman and former Congressman who represented North Carolina’s 8th Congressional district in the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2009. Hayes owns a hosiery mill in Mount Pleasant. 
James Kalbach (Chowan County) –Kalbach is the Northeastern Regional Airport Commission chairman. Previously, he worked for Whitener Capital Management and several peanut production companies throughout the Southeast. 
Larry Ford (Clay County) – Ford is an attorney whose practice concentrates on estate and Medicaid planning and related legal matters on behalf of clients and charitable organizations throughout Western North Carolina. He currently serves as chairman and Board Member of the Clay County Travel & Tourism Authority. 
Jim Bailey (Carteret County) –Bailey is a real estate developer in Carteret County. He is the principal and founder of Old Seaports Development, LLC, Bailey Shore Development, LLC, and Oceanfront Resort Development, LLC.  
W. Ashley Smith Jr. (Lenoir County) – Smith is the president/CEO of Jet Logistics Inc. He is the incoming chairman of the National Business Aviation Association’s Domestic Operations committee.  
Steve Bright (New Hanover County) -  Bright is the co-owner and co-founder of Talbert & Bright Engineering Planning Consultants. TBI delivers results for any aviation engineering projects requiring a workable balance of scope, schedule and budget.  
Julie Wilsey (Brunswick County) – Wilsey is the deputy airport director of  Wilmington International Airport. She was recently named the airport’s next airport director. She has coordinated more than $72 million in airport infrastructure upgrades and $70 million in state and federal grant projects. 
Gary Lowder (Stanly County) – Lowder is the chairman of Stanly County’s airport authority and has served on the authority for over 15 years. 
Bill Whiteheart (Forsyth County) – Whiteheart is the business owner/operator of Whiteheart Outdoor Advertising Company Inc., which focuses on advertising, equipment sales & leasing and farming. He is a Forsyth County Commissioner. He also serves as the National Association of Counties vice-chairman of the Airport Sub-Committee, as chairman of the Airport Commission in Forsyth County, and is on the board of trustees for the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation. 
Russell Barringer Jr. (Durham County) – Barringer is the chairman and CEO of Dealers Supply Company. He is a private instrument-related pilot and aircraft owner.  Barringer was appointed to the NC Aeronautics Council by Governor Martin. 
Kevin Baker (Guilford County) – Baker is the executive director of the Piedmont Triad International Airport. Prior to being named executive director, Baker served as the assistant director to PTI. 
Kenneth Walker (Mecklenburg County) - Walker is retired from Driven Brands, Inc. He served on the Charlotte Douglas International Airport Oversight Committee. 
Louis Ridley Jr. (Mecklenburg County) - Ridley works for the Federal Aviation Administration in the FAA Headquarters Performance-Based Navigation Office. Prior to this, Ridley served as an air traffic control specialist for the FAA. 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 13:58
Dominos: Bob Hunter To Supreme Court, Richard Dietz To Appeals Court PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 02 September 2014 13:50


RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - When Judge Bob Hunter takes a seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court late this week, lawyer Richard Dietz to follow behind him and assume Hunter's seat on the Court of Appeals.
Gov. Pat McCrory made both appointments. The domino effect came into play following the retirement of Chief Justice Sarah Parker, who is being replaced in the Chief's chair by Justice Mark Martin.
Dietz, a North Carolina board-certified specialist in appellate practice, is a partner in the Winston-Salem office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP and a member of the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court team. 
He is vice chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and is a long-serving member of the Bar Association’s Appellate Rules Committee, according to the governor's office.
It's not the first time the governor has called upon Dietz's expertise. Last year he appointed Dietz to the North Carolina Courts Commission, which studies the court system and recommends changes and improvements. 
N.C. Court Of Appeals Releases Slate Of Opinions PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 02 September 2014 13:34

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The state's second highest court  released a variety of rulings Tuesday ranging from First Amendment rights to medical malpractice.

The rulings can be accessed at http://appellate.nccourts.org/opinions/.
The cases are:
-- Brewer v. Hunter, (14-7) 
Medical Malpractice; Physician-patient Privilege; Discovery
-- Clark v. Dyer, (13-1230) 
Equitable Distribution
-- Donnelly v. Univ. of N.C., (14-208) 
First Admendment Rights
-- Glynne v. Wilson Med. Ctr., (14-53) 
Statute of Limitations; Effect of 28 U.S.C. Sec. 1367(d)
-- Hedgepeth v. Parker's Landing Prop. Owners Ass'n, Inc., (13-809) 
Class Certification
-- Hedgepeth v. Parkers Landing Prop. Owners Ass'n, Inc., (13-914) 
Res judicata; Collateral estoppel; Summary judgment; Interlocutory
-- In re Spencer, (14-143) 
involuntary commitment; NCGS ? 122C-264; NCGS 122C-266
-- Rutherford Elec. Membership Corp. v. 130 Of Chatham, LLC, (14-134) 
Condemnation; Subject Matter Jurisdiction; Motion to Amend
-- Sanders v. State Personnel Comm'n, (13-654) 
State employment contract, 25 N.C.A.C. 1C.0405, Breach of contract, Summary judgment, Interlocutory appeal, Substantial right, Attorneys? fees under G.S. ? 1-263, Attorneys? fees under G.S. ? 6-19.1, Class action certification
-- Shearl v. Town of Highlands, (14-113) 
Zoning; nonconforming use; burden of proof
-- State v. Allah, (14-126) 
Search and seizure
-- State v. Armstrong, (14-162) 
Search and seizure; Automobile exception; Probable cause
-- State v. Bernard, (13-1470) 
Motion to suppress; Probably cause; Campus police jurisdiction
--State v. Borders, (13-1208) 
Search and seizure; jury selection; expert testimony
-- State v. Hawk, (14-204) 
Chain of custody; Blood test; Prejudice
-- State v. Macon, (14-122) 
Eyewitness Identification Reform Act (EIRA); Photographic showup; Due process; Motion to Suppress
--State v. Rogers, (13-1430) 
Habitual felon
-- State v. Triplett, (13-1289) 
evidence; impeachment; relevance; Rule 403
Thomas Jefferson Classical Acad. Charter Sch. v Cleveland Cnty. 
-- Bd. of Educ., (13-893-2) 
Charter school funding; Attorneys' fees
-- Zurosky v. Shaffer, (13-1364) 
Equitable Distribution, Child Support
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 13:35
Dr. Courtney Cantrell Appointed Director Of Key HHS Division PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 August 2014 12:05

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - She has been serving as acting director since April, and now Dr. Courtney Cantrell has been appointed as permanent head of the Division of Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities/Substance Abuse Services (DMH/DD/SAS). 

Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos announced the appointment Thursday.  
"It is essential that we have an integrated approach to physical and behavioral health care," said Secretary Wos in a statement.  "Dr. Cantrell is an expert in this field and I am excited about the leadership she will provide in our continuing effort toward integrating health care in North Carolina."
Dr. Cantrell joined DHHS in October 2012 as the Behavioral Health Policy Manager at the Division of Medical Assistance before becoming the Assistant Director for Behavioral Health. 
Last Updated on Friday, 29 August 2014 12:06

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