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This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and I kicked it off by visiting Rockingham Early College High School, located in Wentworth, NC, where I spent time with Ms. Valencia Abbott, a history and civics teacher at the school.

A few years ago, there was a news headline that read, “Kudzu Spreading Like, Well, Kudzu.”

To borrow from pop culture, science is “everything, everywhere, all at once.”

Governor Roy Cooper introduced his 2023-25 budget proposal on March 15.

In North Carolina, 2023 is officially the Year of the Trail. They passed a law that says so. Really.

Our department’s 50th anniversary year is coming to a close.  We have been celebrating throughout the year, across the state.  While it’s nice to celebrate an impressive past, I view this year as a springboard to an even more dynamic future. 

On the night of January 18, 1954, the Ku Klux Klan planned to hold a rally in the Robeson County town of Maxton.  The local Lumbee tribal community had a different idea.  Hundreds of Lumbee men and women gathered in opposition to the planned rally.

I’ve still got some work to do to achieve my State Parks Annual 100-Mile Challenge, both on foot and on two wheels.  So yeah, I like to hike and bike.  I’m lucky because there are many state and local parks, trails, and greenways around Raleigh.  But ther

Lately, I’ve been immersed in the arts – the first ever Earl Scruggs Music Festival near Tryon, Lake Street Dive’s amazing concert at the NC Museum of Art, the NC Symphony’s tremendous opening weekend performance of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Cherokee dancers at the Trail of Tears co