Elon University

Tonight at Elon: Panel discussion of gun violence

WRAL.com report from Elon Unversity
http://www.wral.com/elon-university-to-host-gun-violence-discussion/1239...

ELON, N.C. — A panel consisting of a school chaplain, a police chief and a law professor is scheduled to lead a discussion of gun violence in the United States.

The discussion scheduled for Wednesday at Elon University is free and open to the public. It's being held at McKinnon Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Sunshine Day March 11

Via e-mail from our friends at NC's Open Government Coalition:

Please join us for Sunshine Day from noon to 4 p.m. Monday, March 11 at the McKimmon Center on the N.C. State University campus. Speakers will include veteran journalists from North Carolina and more than a dozen experts and advocates for open government, including our keynote speaker Lucy Dalglish, the dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. We encourage citizens, journalists, government employees, librarians, lawyers, public officials, anyone and everyone to attend.

I don't have to tell anyone reading this what's at stake, now more than ever. The NC GOP knows that most of their policy efforts aid a handful of the wealthy while punishing the vast majority of our citizenry. And they will try to conceal that from the public at-large whenever possible. We can't allow that to happen.

Sunshine Day at Elon University is Wed. March 14.

Sunshine Day is from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 at Elon University in Oaks 212. Speakers will include veteran journalists from North Carolina and more than a dozen experts and advocates for open government, including keynote speaker Barbara A. Petersen, the president of the First Amendment Foundation in Florida.

Elon encourages citizens, journalists, government employees, librarians, lawyers, public officials, anyone and everyone to attend.

Sunshine Day March 14

Via e-mail from our friends at NC's Open Government Coalition:

Please join us for Sunshine Day from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 at Elon University in Oaks 212. Speakers will include veteran journalists from North Carolina and more than a dozen experts and advocates for open government, including our keynote speaker Barbara A. Petersen, the president of the First Amendment Foundation. We encourage citizens, journalists, government employees, librarians, lawyers, public officials, anyone and everyone to attend.

Just an added note: If you haven't visited Elon's campus before (or for a long time), this is a great opportunity. Beautiful doesn't even cover it.

Sunshine update: Mediation questions

In pursuit of public records:

The Sunshine Center has received several inquiries about how citizens may take advantage of the procedure for mediating public records disputes that was enacted by the General Assembly in July. The legislation, which was intended to provide public records requesters and custodians with a process for resolving public records disputes short of litigation, became effective Oct. 1, but as of this writing it is not completely clear how the process will work and, more importantly, whether it will be effective.

Open government workshop in Asheville 10/14

New laws in North Carolina promise increased transparency and more effective procedures to settle public records disputes, including mediation and financial incentives. The Sunshine Center will explore these new laws and more with its regional workshop 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in Karpen Hall 038 at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The event is free and for a wide audience, including the general public, media, public servants, civic organizations, legal professionals, students, educators - anyone with a stake in open government.

Even if you don't live in the Western part of the state, you should check this out. Besides, any excuse to visit the Asheville area is a good excuse, right? Leaf colors should be pretty sweet by then, and the apples? Forget about it. My mouth is watering just thinking about them.

Smithfield Closing Elon Plant, Five Others

If the building looks like it's been around for a while, that's because it has. Before it was purchased by Smithfield in 2001, this was the original Stadler's Country Ham facility built back in 1955. I'm sure many reading this have eaten said ham, but you probably have no idea how connected our community is (was) to this business. But by the end of the Summer, that connection will be forever severed.

Citing issues such as a drop in sales and high grain prices associated with food-based ethanol, Smithfield Foods is "restructuring":

Here's a rundown of the affected plants:

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The Smithfield Packing Co. South facility in Smithfield, Va., is slated to close in December. Of 1,375 employees, 1,035 will be offered transfers.

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