Saturday, March 23, 2013 —
RALEIGH -- The Carolina Charter of 1663 was a gift of land from England's King Charles II to eight friends who had helped him regain the throne. The Lords Proprietors of Carolina were given land in America stretching from ocean to ocean. The 350th anniversary of the signing of that document will be celebrated on Monday, March 25, with a public display in the State Capitol from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a commemorative program in the House Chamber at 5:15 p.m.
Dr. William Price, Jr., former director of the N.C. Division of Archives and History in Cultural Resources, will give the evening speech on the history of the Carolina Charter of 1663. Although the proprietors had considerable power, the charter did grant colonists the rights to assembly, ownership and disposal of property, the establishment of courts and to religious tolerance. Ultimately proprietary rule failed in the Carolinas and seven of the eight proprietors returned the land to the Crown in 1728. Within 50 years North Carolina joined other colonies in the fight for independence.
Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz will read a proclamation from Gov. Pat McCrory commemorating the establishment of Carolina, and in effect its birth certificate, the Carolina Charter. The charter had remained in England and was put up for sale by an antiquarian bookseller in 1947. The authenticity of the document was verified, so the state raised the $6,000 purchase price from private donors and the document found its way to Raleigh. The 1663 Carolina Charter is currently kept in the State Archives vault with other fragile and precious documents.
For additional information, call (919) 807-7389. The State Archives in within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
Saturday, March 23, 2013 —
Special Hunting and Fishing Licensing Privileges for Military Personnel
RALEIGH — Military personnel hunting and fishing in North Carolina can enjoy special licensing privileges as long as they meet criteria set by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
Nationally broadcast NPR show “From the Top” to be taped live at Wingate University
Wingate, N.C. – From the Top, the preeminent showcase for young musicians heard weekly on 89.9 FM WDAV, comes to The Batte Center at Wingate University to tape a radio broadcast on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. The popular NPR program hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley will feature the amazing performances and captivating personal stories of extraordinary young classical musicians from across the country. This episode will be presented by Wingate University, with support from Bank of America and WDAV Classical Public Radio.
NCSU: Study to focus on redhorse, Pee Dee River
North Carolina State University scientists will lead an effort to better understand the impact that changes in habitat and water quality are having on fish, mussels and crayfish in the Pee Dee River in North and South Carolina.
Event will recall legacy left by North Carolina figures
RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina sustained the loss in 2012 of Andy Griffith, Bill Friday, Doc Watson and Earl Scruggs, individuals who embodied much of what we represent and how we sound. Presenters at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association on Nov. 22 will reflect on their achievements. All sessions will take place in the downtown Raleigh Sheraton beginning at 1:30 p.m. The afternoon program is free and open to the public; the evening banquet, which requires registration, is open to any who inquire. The evening culminates with the North Carolina Book Awards, presented to the North Carolina residents judged to have authored the year's best works of nonfiction, fiction, poetry and juvenile literature.
Rowan County lottery winner: ‘I never thought it would be me’
RALEIGH – Ann Beaver of Rockwell plans to pay off her mortgage after scratching off the $200,000 top prize on her 20X The Cash ticket.
North Carolina Railroad Company board elects new officers
RALEIGH, NC -- The North Carolina Railroad Company (NCRR) Board of Directors has elected Duane Long of Raleigh as Board Chairman, and Franklin Rouse Jr. of Leland as Vice Chairman. Mr. Long will succeed John L. Atkins III, of Durham, who had served as Chairman since 2009. Mr. Atkins will continue to serve as a member of the Board.
Athletic trainer wins healthy sum playing the lottery
RALEIGH – Jim Shimburski of Fort Mill, S.C. usually stops for pizza on his way to watch high school football on Friday nights. Recently, he stopped for gas and a lottery ticket instead. The change in his routine led to the athletic trainer scoring $100,000 instantly.
Six to Receive the North Carolina Award, State's Highest Honor
RALEIGH -- The state's highest civilian honor, the North Carolina Award, will be presented to six distinguished North Carolinians Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham. Governor Pat McCrory will present the awards at the 7:15 p.m. banquet and ceremony, following a reception for the recipients at 6:30 p.m.
Francis Koster to Speak on Climate Change Debate
Dr. Francis Koster, author of Discovering the New America: Where Communities are Solving National Problems, will speak November 12 at the Center for the Environment building on the Catawba College campus. His presentation, scheduled for 6:30 p.m., is titled, “A Review of the Climate Change Debate.”
State requires utility to provide residents with alternative drinking water, conduct assessment
RALEIGH – State officials directed Duke Energy Progress, Inc. last week to supply residents of an Asheville-area home with alternative drinking water after tests revealed that the home’s private well contains unsafe levels of contamination.
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