A word of advice for Elizabeth City City Council: Get rid of City Manager Rich Olson and his utility company. The contract has been broken. The utility no longer supplies safe and affordable electricity. Also, there may be a conflict-of-interest issue if he is on a board for the utility company and he’s controlling taxpayer dollars.

RALEIGH — A dozen years ago, 16 Senate Republicans signed onto a bill that would have made a remarkable change in North Carolina state government.

The 2001 bill had a simple title: “Abolish P.R.”

It would have banned state agencies from employing what are known as legislative liaisons, people who lobby legislators on behalf of state agencies and keep their agency bosses informed about legislators’ plans for their budgets and laws which they enforce.

While thousands of area schoolchildren still have nearly two weeks to go before they have to return to school, the summer break ends today for students at an area private school.

School bells ring today at Albemarle School, a private school on U.S. Highway 17 south of Elizabeth City.

Billy Stallings, headmaster at the school, is expecting more than 160 students for the 2012-13 school year.

“If you love kids, you have to love the first day of school,” he said.

RALEIGH — In this election year, some Republicans have been running on a platform that they say will “end the monopoly that government holds over our education system.”

Some Democrats are running on the notion that Republicans are out to “dismantle the public schools.”

Maybe both are saying the same thing. Maybe they aren’t.

A recent letter to the editor stated, “Many of our founding fathers were not Christians. They were deists and/or humanists.” The writer clearly does not know the history of our country. Many of our founding fathers were Christians. Thomas Jefferson said, “I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple to the doctrine of Jesus.” Patrick Henry said, “I hear it is said by the deists that I am one of their number; and indeed that some good people think I am no Christian.

Author and educator Freddie Parker will be the featured lecturer at a Speakers Forum sponsored by the Edenton Historical Commission on Friday, April 20.

The one-hour program will start at 6:30 p.m. at the 1767 Chowan Courthouse. A reception will follow at the Barker House.

Parker, a history professor at North Carolina Central University in Durham, will talk about the role of the Underground Railroad in northeastern North Carolina.

Parker said Monday afternoon that role was not quite what some people think.

On April 14 author Kay Anderson of Edenton will be signing copies of her first, newly published book — a Bible study entitled “A Self-Examination of Biblical Obedience.”

The book signing will take place at the Christian Book Seller in downtown Edenton from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Anderson said she wrote the book — which is organized by topic from A to Z — to help Christian educators, adult bible study groups, and youth leaders with their work. The book is also designed for independent study, she said.

A forest is growing on the stage of Perquimans County High School as members of the PCHS Drama department prepare for their production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Into the Woods”.

An important part of the Foods and Nutrition class taught by Sharon Meiggs at Camden County High School is to learn the safe preparation of foods. Nine CCHS students recently completed the requirements and passed the test for the Serv-Safe Certification. The purpose of the Serv-Safe program is to deliver consistent food safety training for employees and ensure that food-service employees have the highest standards in training and certification.

CIS announces Students of the Month

Camden Intermediate Students of the Month for March are:

The following College of The Albemarle students were inducted into the Nu Nu Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society during the Spring Induction ceremony which was held recently at the Elizabeth City campus. In order to be inducted into the organization, a student must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours, be enrolled in an Associate Degree program, and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better. The highest attainable grade point average is a 4.0.

Ladow presents work 
at Va. graduate forum