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What You Need to Know About North Carolina for June 26, 2014

What we “seem” like, plus news from throughout the state. First a special announcement:

New Black Urbanist Email List

And now, back to our regularly scheduled programing, already in progress.

Explaining North Carolina-Our State Seal and Motto

Being Ourselves and Giving Our Seal of Approval.

Today’s lesson on state symbols is simple, as it’s all summed up in the symbol below.

What you see is our state seal. Incorporated is our state motto, in the bottom half of the circle.

Our state seal was adopted in its current form by the General Assembly in 1983. Prior to that point, many versions of the state seal floated around, as far back as 1666 when our colony was first (successfully) founded. It’s official printed size is 2.25 inches, although you may see it blown up on a rug, embedded in the floor or hanging in bronze in and around state buildings. The two ladies pictured, Liberty(standing) and Plenty(sitting) are holding symbols such as the constitution ,pole and cap, and a cornucopia of food that represent our state (and a few other states that use these symbols) as places of freedom and prosperity. The two dates are our dates of independence, although the one on the top is still disputed. The one on the bottom is the official date of the state convention that was recorded and sent to those who attended the national constitutional convention. The ships represent discovery and colonization.

The state motto, Esse Quam Videri, is Latin for “To Be Rather Than To Seem.” It was adopted in 1893. A different motto had been used on the state seal in the colonial days, but it took until 1893 for a new official motto to be adopted. Its orgina are traced to the Cicero essay Friendship.

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News Across North Carolina


More on the violations and structural issues inside the troubled condo complex in Greensboro.

The Republican candidates for US House District #6 will debate live on cable TV.

The Forsyth County Board of Elections will discuss early voting sites for the November election.

Despite the number of tear-downs of historic properties in Greensboro recently, there are still plenty of houses, like this one, that would love an owner to come in and restore them.

Hispanics and Asians are the largest growing communities in Forsyth County.

One of Forsyth County’s longest serving preservationists is retiring.

The City of Winston-Salem has responded to the federal workplace safety complaints at the fire department.

Teachers held another rally in Downtown Raleigh to protest all the new education changes brought on by the General Assembly and the governor.

Walmart Neighborhood Market is moving into a Winston-Salem shopping center that had been empty for 12.5 years.

High Point honored its retiring city manager yesterday.

A furniture showroom may bring it’s corporate headquarters to High Point, but is continuing to close its manufacturing operations.

Buncombe County leaders and residents are drumming up more interest in a schools tax.

As of noon today (right now if you are reading this in email) Uber is in all the major North Carolina cities.

The GA and the governor have moved the education budget to a separate bill, to try and pass it without having to deal with other parts of the budget.

Polk County has unveiled plans for a $100 million equestrian training and competition center.

Buncombe County has won a national award for its “culture of health.” So does Durham County.

With the short session almost at the end and with the budget set to go into effect next week, those in favor of film incentives as they currently stand are mounting a last ditch effort to keep them in tact.

Currently, a good chunk of the funds from the education lottery go to private school scholarships.

Bank of America Stadium has unveiled its new renovations.

The Wilmington Housing Authority has finished a major renovation of its Eastbrook Apartments.

Hampstead will install new wastewater treatment basins.

A new car ramp on Carolina Beach is cutting down on stuck cars and traffic congestion.

And finally, Carborro has expanded its ban on drive-thru windows.

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