Former congressman and state schools superintendent Bob Etheridge is the new executive director of the North Carolina office of the federal agency that oversees some agricultural programs and keeps farmers abreast of other initiatives.
Dosher Memorial Hospital has been working for this day for several years. Monday the hospital celebrated an $8.5 million, low-interest loan from USDA Rural Development. The facility will use the money to renovate all 25 rooms.
The nation's school districts are turning up their noses at "pink slime," the beef product that caused a public uproar earlier this year.
The US Department of Agriculture says the vast majority of states participating in its National School Lunch Program have opted to order ground beef that doesn't contain the product known as lean finely textured beef.