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Falconry workshop Aug. 23

RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host a falconry apprentice workshop, presented by the N.C. Falconers Guild, on Aug. 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh. Falconry is hunting by means of a bird of prey,...

NCCF accepting grant applications

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF) is accepting grant applications for projects funded from its Statewide Women’s Fund. Funds are available for nonprofit organizations that sponsor programming supporting women and/or families, with particular emphasis on...

Projects, volunteers sought for Day of Caring

LOUISBURG — The United Way of Franklin County is seeking projects and volunteers for its Day of Caring, which actually takes place on two Saturdays, September 20 and 27. Projects to be done by volunteers include yard work, painting, light repairs, house cleaning, simple porch...

Vendors sought for Tar River festival

LOUISBURG — The 25th annual Tar River Festival takes place Sept. 13 in downtown Louisburg and Riverbend Park. Arts, crafts and food vendors, along with businesses, organizations and nonprofit groups are encouraged to take part in the daylong festival. Vendors should call the...

Two sides in film incentives debate

It’s looking like the current film-incentives program may be scrapped for a much different grant program for TV and movie production companies. Other possible outcomes of this year’s legislative session include extending the current program or eliminating film incentives...

Lawmakers aim to bring back job-killing taxes

Last year’s state tax reform lowered income tax rates for all working North Carolinians. The lower rates make North Carolina more competitive for jobs and stimulate economic growth. Less than a year after the reform’s passage, however, several lawmakers drafted a bill to sabotage...

What largely explains the drop

The next time you see or hear a politician, policy analyst, activist or journalist say that North Carolina’s unemployment rate has fallen “largely” because of workers dropping out of the labor force, ask for a definition of the term. I don’t mean the term “unemployment rate.”...