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Governor McCrory Announces Appointments

April 1, 2015 – 1:43 pm

Raleigh, N.C. -The Office of Governor Pat McCrory announced the following appointments today:


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Governor McCrory Honors Sheriff BJ Barnes and Dena Barnes with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine

April 1, 2015 – 11:53 am

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory surprised Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes and his wife Dena Barnes with Order of the Long Leaf Pine awards today at a ceremony in Greensboro.


“BJ’s dedication to the State of North Carolina and the people of Guilford County should not go unnoticed,” said Governor McCrory. “His service has been truly incredible and I am lucky to call him not only a colleague, but a friend as well.”


NCDMV Internet Services Temporarily Suspended

April 1, 2015 – 10:39 am
NCDMV Internet Services Temporarily Suspended

RALEIGH — Due to a major cut in the fiber optic cable between the Raleigh and Charlotte areas, all North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicle internet services statewide have been temporarily suspended. That means driver license and state ID cards can’t be issued, as well vehicle registrations and titles. The internet service provider is actively working to resolve this issue and restore service to all office locations.


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Governor Signs Bill to Stabilize Transportation Funding

April 1, 2015 – 10:33 am

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory signed legislation that will immediately reduce North Carolina’s gas tax as part of a finance plan that will stabilize revenue needed for the state’s transportation projects.  


The bill reduces the state tax motorists pay today on a gallon of gasoline from 37.5 cents to 36 cents effective April 1, 2015. The gas tax rate will be further reduced to 35 cents on January 1, 2016 and drop to 34 cents on July 1, 2016.


McCrory Administration Holds Graduation Ceremony for HUB’s Gold STAR Contractors College

April 1, 2015 – 10:32 am

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory attended a graduation ceremony at the Executive Mansion for 11 participants of the North Carolina Contractors College. The college is conducted by the North Carolina Office of Small and Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB). This year’s graduates were part of the Gold STAR program, which focuses on business development strategies that focus on preparing estimates and bids for specific state government construction projects.  


Governor McCrory Proclaims March 31 “Richard Petty Day”

March 31, 2015 – 3:14 pm

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory celebrated a living legend today at the Executive Mansion, proclaiming March 31, 2015 “Richard Petty Day” in North Carolina.


5 New Members of Board of Transportation Sworn in; 3 Members get New Terms

March 31, 2015 – 1:24 pm
5 New Members of Board of Transportation Sworn in; 3 Members get New Terms

— The N.C. Board of Transportation added five new members
as they were sworn in for four-year terms by N.C. State Supreme Court Justice
Paul Newby Tuesday afternoon at a ceremony in Raleigh. Three other members of the
Board were sworn in to extend their service with another term.

new members are:

Sandra Fountain – Division 3 – Sampson, Duplin, Onslow, Pender, New Hanover and Brunswick

Terry Hutchens – Division 6 – Cumberland, Harnett, Bladen, Robeson and Columbus
counties;Patrick Molamphy – Division 8 – Moore, Lee, Chatham, Randolph, Hoke, Montgomery, Richmond
and Scotland counties;

Dodson – Division 10 – Mecklenburg,
Union, Anson, Cabarrus and Stanly counties; andWalter Debnam Jr. – Division 14 – Cherokee, Clay, Macon, Graham, Transylvania, Henderson,
Polk, Jackson, Haywood and Swain counties.

The returning members are:

Major General Hugh Overholt – Division 2 – Member since
2009 – Carteret, Jones, Lenoir, Greene, Pitt, Beaufort, Craven
and Pamlico counties;

“Gus” Tulloss – Division 4 – Member since
2008 – Johnston, Nash, Wayne, Wilson, Edgecombe and Halifax
counties; and

Andrew Perkins  – At Large – Member since 2003.

men and women from across the state make up the N.C. Board of Transportation
and work with NCDOT staff members to make decisions about transportation


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in photo (from left to right): Andrew
Perkins, Patrick Molamphy, Tracy
Dodson, Walter Debnam Jr., Hugh Overholt, Sandra Fountain, Terry Hutchen, Gus Tulloss, Justice Paul Newby.

Three People Arrested in February Break-in

March 31, 2015 – 5:38 am

Discarded Pawn Tickets Lead to Arrest on Theft Charges March 30,…

Governor, First Lady Host Military Family Easter Egg Hunt

March 30, 2015 – 2:10 pm

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory and First Lady Ann McCrory hosted military families from throughout the state at the Executive Mansion in Raleigh today for an Easter Egg Hunt.


“We were honored to have these brave men, women and families join us today,” said First Lady Ann McCrory. “We welcomed these 70 special families to the mansion to hunt for eggs, visit with the Easter bunny and play in the bounce house so that they could enjoy this time together.”


NC Ferry Crew Rescues Boater Stranded On Neuse River

March 30, 2015 – 12:29 pm
NC Ferry Crew Rescues Boater Stranded On Neuse River

(HAVELOCK, NC) – The crew of the NCDOT Ferry Divison’s M/V Thomas A. Baum added some rescue duty to its 2 p.m. run between Cherry Branch and Minnesott Beach Sunday, coming to the aid of a New Bern man whose sailboat had overturned in the Neuse River.
The crew of the Baum overheard a radio call from the boater to the U.S. Coast Guard station at Fort Macon requesting immediate assistance. From the bridge of the Baum, Captain Wendell Hunnings and Mate Hal Gray were able to see the upturned hull of the sailboat approximately a half-mile away. After the captain turned the Baum toward the disabled boat, crew members Jeremy Dixon and Shawn Lewis launched the ferry’s small rescue boat and sped toward the scene. Upon arriving, Dixon and Lewis pulled the boater, Daniel Roe of New Bern, North Carolina into the rescue boat, then attached a line onto the rigging of the sailboat and righted it. After determining that Roe was uninjured, they allowed him to climb back on board his boat. “I’m very grateful to the crew of the ferry,” said Roe. “They really got me out of an extremely tough predicament.”
After the rescue boat returned to the M/V Baum, the ferry completed its scheduled run to Minnesott Beach. (NCDOT)

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Governor McCrory and Duke University “Welcome Back Veterans” with New Initiative

March 30, 2015 – 10:26 am

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory is welcoming back veterans with a new joint initiative between the administration’s Division of Veterans Affairs and Duke University. The two-year partnership will focus on increasing mental health services for veterans, military families, and transitioning personnel within North Carolina and will include North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services. 


This Week at NCDOT – March 27, 2015

March 27, 2015 – 1:05 pm
This Week at NCDOT – March 27, 2015

RALEIGH — From the North Carolina mountains to the coast, the N.C. Department of Transportation is involved in numerous programs, activities and initiatives in communities throughout the state. The following are highlights from the department this week. They are also featured in our weekly newscast, NCDOT Now, which can be viewed by clicking here.

GoTransit Unveiling
On March 25, NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata, along with Durham Mayor Bill Bell and Raleigh Mayor Pro Tem John Odom, unveiled GoRaleigh, GoDurham and GoTriangle, the new look of public transit serving the Triangle, and all part of a new family of services called GoTransit.  

By rebranding Capital Area Transit, DATA and Triangle Transit under the GoTransit umbrella, each system is able to maintain its uniqueness, while better connecting and unifying the region as a whole. To learn more, visit www.gotransitnc.com.

Division Seven Equipment Roadeo
NCDOT maintenance crews who operate heavy equipment in Alamance, Caswell, Guilford, Orange and Rockingham counties engaged in friendly competition while sharpening their skills at the annual NCDOT Division Seven safety “roadeo,” held on March 25 in Haw River.

Participants got to test their safety awareness and skill levels while maneuvering a dump truck, tractor, backhoe, low-boy trailer or motor grader through obstacle courses that model the real-life scenarios maintenance crews encounter each day on the job.

The overall goals of the roadeo include helping NCDOT workers advance their skills, emphasizing the importance of safety when operating heavy equipment, fostering a sense of team spirit, and recognizing employees who excel at their jobs.

All 14 NCDOT highway divisions hold roadeos annually, with the winners from each division going on to compete against each other in the statewide roadeo in Raleigh on July 21 at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. Division roadeos will take place now through the end of June.

Ribbon Cut on Three New Tour Stops at Bentonville Battlefield Historic Site
NCDOT representatives joined staff from the Department of Cultural Resources on March 19 for a ribbon cutting officially opening three new tour stops constructed at the Bentonville Battlefield in Johnston County.

In partnership with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, NCDOT constructed these tour stops at locations along the battlefield, giving visitors a place to safely pull off the road and learn more about the history of what took place there 150 years ago. This was the second time NCDOT has constructed tour stops at this historic site.

NCDOT Mourns Loss of Division Four Employee
NCDOT is mourning the loss of a member of our family this week. William Grey Bailey was performing his technician duties in a work zone on Monday morning in Goldsboro when he was struck by a vehicle that had gone off the road, tragically taking his life. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Millie, their twin 18-month old daughters, Lydia and Vera, and their friends and family.

For more information on NCDOT Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660.


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Regional Winners of the NCDOT Model Bridge Competition Advance to Finals

March 27, 2015 – 9:58 am
Regional Winners of the NCDOT Model Bridge Competition Advance to Finals

Raleigh — The N.C. Department of Transportation invited all North Carolina middle and high schools to participate in its 16th annual Model Bridge Building Competition. The contest is designed to give students a hands-on opportunity to apply their science, technology, engineering and math skills to a real-world scenario.

The event features teams of students designing and building a model bridge. The bridges are tested by NCDOT engineers, with the engineers and representatives of engineering companies serving as the judges.

The regionals were held at four locations across the state on Friday, March 27, and the winners below have advanced to the finals on April 17 in Raleigh:

Region One:
Middle School – Beaufort Middle School of Beaufort
High School – CamTech High School of Camden

Region Two:
Middle School – Neal STEM Academy of Engineering and Design of Durham
High School – Franklin Academy High School of Wake Forest

Region Three:
Middle School – Westmoore Middle School in Seagrove
High School—North Moore High School in Robbins

Region Four:
Middle School Winner:  Polk County Middle School, Mill Spring, NC
High School Winner:  Polk County High School, Mill Spring, NC

The first place winners in last year’s competition were Franklin Academy High School in Wake Forest and Polk County Middle School in Mills Springs.

This competition is intended to get students excited about STEM courses (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  The objectives of the competition are to encourage students to pursue engineering careers and ultimately lead them to positions with NCDOT.

To learn more about the competition check out the Model Bridge Building event video on YouTube, or contact event organizer Gail Herring via email at gherring@ncdot.gov or (919) 707-4442.


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Governor McCrory Applauds Transportation Compromise

March 26, 2015 – 6:31 pm

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement on the gas tax compromise announced by House and Senate leaders today:”This proposal protects and stabilizes gas tax revenue so we can fund important transportation priorities that c…

Contract Awarded For Dredging of Morehead City Harbor Channel

March 25, 2015 – 2:16 pm

Raleigh, N.C. — Efforts to resolve the critical channel maintenance issues at the Port of Morehead City reached a major milestone when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a contract for maintenance dredging.


The contract, awarded last week, is worth approximately $7.9 million and was awarded to Marinex Construction Company of North Charleston, SC. The contract calls for the removal of approximately 725,000 cubic yards of material from the channel.


Governor McCrory’s HUB Office to Host Annual Networking Reception & Matchmaking Event

March 25, 2015 – 2:02 pm

Raleigh, N.C. — Governor McCrory’s Office of Small and Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB), within the Department of Administration, will host a special networking and matchmaking event tomorrow, March 26, 5 – 8 p.m. at NC State University’s McKimmon Conference Center in Raleigh.


“This event showcases the talent, ingenuity and resources of many of our underutilized businesses to larger traditional firms who need partners to grow and expand their markets,” Governor McCrory said.


NCDOT Ferry Division Accommodates Holiday Travelers With More Hatteras Runs

March 25, 2015 – 10:59 am
NCDOT Ferry Division Accommodates Holiday Travelers With More Hatteras Runs

(MANNS HARBOR) – In preparation for holiday travel over the upcoming Easter and Spring breaks, the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division will be enhancing the schedule on its Hatteras-Ocracoke route between March 31…

Governor McCrory Celebrates State Employees’ Gifts to North Carolina Charities

March 24, 2015 – 5:02 pm

Raleigh, NC – Governor McCrory hosted a recognition reception for organizers, volunteers, and sponsors of the North Carolina State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) today.


Governor McCrory Announces Judicial Nomination

March 24, 2015 – 11:14 am


Raleigh, N.C. — Governor Pat McCrory has nominated Charles M. “Casey” Viser of Mecklenburg County for a Special Superior Court Judgeship. The seat was formerly held by Special Superior Court Judge Martin McGee.


“Casey Viser served Mecklenburg County with distinction as a District Court Judge and is a well-respected and distinguished litigator. His impending role as a Special Superior Court judge will only further his legacy of commitment and service to his community and the state,” said Governor McCrory.


Governor McCrory Announces Business Court Nominee

March 24, 2015 – 11:12 am

Raleigh, N.C. —  Governor Pat McCrory has nominated Michael L. “Mike” Robinson of Forsyth County to become a Business Court Judge.  The seat, formerly a regular Special Superior Court seat once held by Judge Lucy Inman, is a new business court seat authorized by the 2014 Appropriations Act.    


“Mike Robinson has distinguished himself as an excellent litigator and as a leader in his community, and I look forward to him serving the state as a Business Court Judge,” said Governor McCrory. 


Governor, First Lady “Light the Way” for World Down Syndrome Day

March 23, 2015 – 12:45 pm

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory and First Lady Ann McCrory will light the Executive Mansion and Western Residence in blue tomorrow after sunset to observe World Down Syndrome Day. The residences will be illuminated until midnight.  


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