NC's Haliwa-Saponi tribe holds 49th annual powwow
HOLLISTER, N.C. (AP) - The Haliwa-Saponi tribe is holding its 49th annual homecoming event, a three-day powwow in Hollister.
Tribe member Danny Richardson tells the Rocky Mount Telegram that the event attracts members of the Haliwa-Saponi who stayed in Hollister along with those who moved away.
The Haliwa-Saponi Powwow usually draws thousands from across North Carolina and beyond for a weekend filled with singing, dancing, drum, art, crafts, food and other activities.
The event is held the third weekend in April to commemorate the tribe's recognition by the N.C. General Assembly in 1965. It continues through Sunday.
Asheville council seeks less graffiti in city
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - The Asheville City Council will consider a plan to help rid the city of graffiti, including requirements that property owners remove it and asking legislators to approve higher penalties for vandals.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reported council members will consider the plan at their meeting Tuesday.
The city also is planning an intensive cleanup effort, starting July 1. For 90 days, the city would cover 90 percent of the cost of removing graffiti from a private building and would aggressively remove graffiti from public property. Property owners would pick up the remaining 10 percent and the city would budget $300,000 for its efforts.
Beginning Oct. 1, the city would remove graffiti on private buildings and charge property owners the cost of the cleanup if owners do not take action.
Gov. McCrory won't attend Moogfest in Asheville
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Gov. Pat McCrory won't attend the electronic music festival Moogfest next week in Asheville as originally planned.
McCrory spokesman Josh Ellis tells the Asheville Citizen-Times that Moogfest organizers asked the governor to change his plans and not attend the festival Wednesday.
Moogfest spokeswoman Jill Lieberman initially said that McCrory wouldn't attend because of a scheduling conflict. After Ellis said organizers asked that the governor not attend, Moogfest officials said they regretted any miscommunication between themselves and the governor's office and that they appreciate his support of the festival.
Local residents had organized a protest to coincide with the governor's visit.
Former NC airport manager gets prison delay
HICKORY, N.C. (AP) - The former manager of a regional airport near Morganton has been given more time to report to prison for charges including embezzlement.
The Hickory Daily Record reported a federal judge gave Alex Nelson 60 days to report to a federal prison in West Virginia so he could take care of family matters. He once managed Foothills Regional Airport.
Nelson was sentenced in February to three years in federal prison for conspiracy to engage in public corruption, embezzlement and money laundering. He pleaded guilty to the crimes in September 2012.
He originally was supposed to report to prison April 8. His attorney says he doesn't expect to have to seek an extension past June 7.
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