North Carolina Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry isn't sure if she will pen a memoir about her 25 years in state politics, but she already has settled on an epitaph.
“It should read, ‘Here lies Cherie Berry,’” she says. “‘She’s going up.’”
On Wednesday, I heard that a new Moe’s Southwestern Grill was opening in Friendly Center. The restaurant would celebrate by offering free burritos for one year to the first 100 people in line.
As soon as I heard, I knew. I felt it. It was similar to the way I felt when I realized I would marry my husband; when I pictured our future together and realized we would have a shared life.
This. These free burritos. This quest.
This was the story I was born to write.
I broke this story - the first in an ongoing series about longstanding problems at the Guilford County Animal Shelter - after roughly six months of investigative reporting.
After months of complaints, rumors and allegations of animal cruelty and abuse, the N.C. Department of Agriculture revoked the United Animal Coalition’s license to operate animal shelters in Davidson and Guilford counties.
“In the course of the investigation and in reviewing records, it was found that the UAC demonstrated serious deficiencies in the care of the animals in its custody,” according to the letter of revocation, delivered by hand to United Animal Coalition President Carolyn Cudd.
Cudd did not respond to requests for comment.
The report details 65 incidences of animal cruelty documented at the Guilford shelter by state officials along with abnormally large numbers of animals found dead in kennels at the Davidson facility.
"I am conducting a very serious and important survey of local officials (county and city, elected and not). If you could, please answer the following questions:
1. Do you like Beyoncé?
2. If so, what is your favorite Beyoncé song?
3. If not, why?
Technically — TECHNICALLY! — a newspaper in Ireland beat me to this story but in the interest of transparency, journalism and, really, democracy, I must persist.
Deadline = urgent, obviously."
News & Record, March 2017
D.A. Lewis has never served on a town board and never occupied a seat on the Carolina Beach Town Council. But he’s been a fixture in the council chambers for more than five decades, trudging to the podium at nearly every meeting to read printed statements lambasting council members for their actions – or inactions – on a variety of issues.
“I’ve been going ever since I was 22 years old, off and on,” said Lewis, 74, a lifelong Carolina Beach resident. “I’m all over the place with issues. I’ve got an opinion on everything, but I’ve got a strong enough opinion on some things that I’ll get into it.”