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It’s been a long time coming and much work has gone on to get to this point. Come June 21, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics will break ground on its Morganton campus.

The leadership of the Burke County of Chamber of Commerce is excited about new staff members they have assembled to serve the business community. The positions are new and will bring a team approach to the operation of the Chamber. The goal of the Chamber is to serve local businesses and org…

The Olive Hill Community Economic Development Corporation Inc. is asking the community to help in its mission to “empower struggling residents to succeed in today’s economy.”

January is a tough time to get aggressive about a job search that got stalled back in November, but it’s the right time to re-start your engines. What can you do that you’ve not already done? Get back to basics.

Most job seekers have a separation story that would make a clown cry. And, it is told far too often when the seeker is given the opportunity. Thereby shrinking the possibility of a friend or stranger wanting to know more about how to help in the job search.

With 8 more shopping days left until Christmas, how many of us have already spent more money than we wanted or really needed to spend? Let’s pause for a moment, and instead of spending money let’s spend some time considering a couple of the best gifts we can give and receive this holiday season.

HERSHEY, Pennsylvania — On a stage in a conference hall in central Pennsylvania, at least 14,000 years after humans domesticated wolves into dogs, Milena Kon was turning a dog into a gazelle. And an elephant. And a lion. And a giraffe.

Job hunters get all kinds of advice, wanted and unwanted, on what to do and how to do it. Sometimes they listen and learn, and sometimes they tune out, thinking they have it under control. Sometimes the reticent and reserved say too little and are too easily forgotten. Sometimes the affable, outgoing job seekers with the folksy, easy going styles overdo it, memorably. Here’s an interviewer’s description of the latter:

Most job seekers dread making calls to strangers to get an informational interview. There are numerous reasons as to why the fear is there. And it is real. However, if all factors were considered, the fear can be reduced significantly.

Anais Garcia, 21, anxiously stares at the menu of a Bob Evans restaurant in Baltimore. Her dark brown eyes gravitate toward the Fit and Healthy section, which lists calories per meal. She takes a long time figuring out what to order and decides to go with her “safe meal,” a small stack of pancakes, with no butter, reduced-calorie syrup, a small bowl of fruit on the side and a cup of black coffee.

Gratitude is a powerful quality that can truly enhance our wellbeing. When we express and practice gratitude, we are focused on the goodness in our lives. Focusing on the good always works in our favor.