A home health care worker in Durham; a McDonald’s cashier in Chicago; a bank teller in New York; an adjunct professor in Mayfield, Ill. They are all evidence of an improving economy because they are working and not among the steadily declining ranks of the unemployed. Yet these same people also are on public assistance.
Saturday’s Purple and Gold game was supposed to be a coming out party for East Carolina running back Chris Mangus. However, the Virginia Tech transfer was dismissed from the Pirates’ program for violating team rules.
Thousands of car buffs have attended the Goodguys inaugural North Carolina Nationals at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh to see classic cars, hot rods and other vehicles. But on Sunday, spectators can become passengers on runs through the auotocross course for a donation to the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer.
Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters has learned Canes fans care about the team and want to support it. It’s now up to general manager Ron Francis to see that the Canes are better next season and up to team president Don Waddell to see more people are watching.
As volunteer coordinator for the Museums of Fuquay-Varina, Shirley Simmons has led an impressive expansion of the museum’s holdings over the past six years, including the addition and restoration of several historic buildings and a growing collection of artifacts.
Zack Hodges is looking forward to the NFL draft after a successful football career at Harvard. Hodges, who’s projected as a mid- to late-round prospect, says he’ll think of his mom when he hears his named called.