Articles by Colin Campbell

Western N.C. Braces for Eclipse Tourism

Colin Campbell, NCInsider.com The solar eclipse on Aug. 21 will bring up to 30,000 visitors to the 300-resident town of Hayesville, shutting down schools and potentially creating the worst traffic jam the quiet mountain town has ever seen. Hayesville — in Clay County nearly two hours west of Asheville — is among the Western North Carolina towns in the center…


Colin Campbell: Bills That Look Boring — But Aren’t

RALEIGH — The legislature’s one-day session on Aug. 3 was initially supposed to be about overriding Gov. Roy Cooper’s vetoes, but that’s not what happened during the 10-hour meeting. Cooper had issued a proclamation calling for the session after he vetoed four bills from the regular session. The Democrat’s proclamations don’t carry much weight around the General Assembly, so Republican…


Colin Campbell: Privatizing School Bus Safety

RALEIGH — Drivers who pass stopped school buses could get fined up to $1,000 under a bill that Gov. Roy Cooper signed on July 25 — but the hefty fine isn’t why legislators from both parties opposed the measure. The technology is similar to red-light cameras: Systems operated by a private company automatically take photos of offenders’ cars, and the…


Mattamuskeet Lodge Slated for Repairs

Colin Campbell, NCInsider.com A century-old hunting lodge on Lake Mattamuskeet will get some much-needed repairs in this year’s state budget, but it’s still unclear when the facility might reopen to the public. Located in a remote area of coastal Hyde County, the Mattamuskeet Lodge first opened as a pumping station in 1914 in an attempt to drain the lake and…


Colin Campbell: It’s Time to Raise Legislator Pay

RALEIGH — A fellow reporter and I tried recently to make a list of N.C. legislators who have traditional, 9-to-5 jobs. Our list was short. Few can balance the legislature’s grueling schedule with the demands of a boss and set hours. Imagine telling your supervisor that you won’t be available most weekdays for roughly half the year. You’d probably get…