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Archives for March 22, 2013

North Carolina senator unveils tax overhaul ideas

North Carolina senator unveils tax overhaul ideas
March 21, 2013 20:03 EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former leader of the North Carolina Senate’s tax-policy committee has offered an overhaul of the tax system that’s winning some friends on both sides of the aisle.

Democratic Sen. Dan Clodfelter of Charlotte filed a bill Thursday that would reduce personal and corporate income tax rates and the state sales tax rate. The proposal also eliminates many credits and exemptions and makes the sales tax applicable to services like repairs, entertainment and landscaping.

A bill summary from Clodfelter says the proposal builds upon past tax studies and seeks to be a “working platform” for comprehensive reform.

Several Republicans and Democrats are bill co-sponsors.

Senate and House Republican leaders are working on their own ideas. Gov. Pat McCrory also has said he wants to see lower income tax rates.

  • Arden House Fire

    Thursday, March 21 2013, 09:44 PM EDT

  • UNCA Armed Robbery Investigation

    Wednesday, March 20 2013, 10:41 PM EDT

  • Bat Cave House Fire

    Thursday, March 21 2013, 03:33 PM EDT

  • Body Found In Trunk

    Thursday, March 21 2013, 02:39 PM EDT

  • Cold Weather Plant Protection

    Thursday, March 21 2013, 06:03 PM EDT

  • Food Entrepeneurs Pitch Tasty Ideas

    Thursday, March 21 2013, 04:43 PM EDT

  • Funeral Home Fiasco

    Thursday, March 21 2013, 03:48 PM EDT

  • Upstate Mother Charged In Child’s Death

    Thursday, March 21 2013, 03:13 PM EDT

  • ARC Foodways Tour

    Thursday, March 21 2013, 02:16 PM EDT

  • Early Spring Snow

    Thursday, March 21 2013, 01:46 PM EDT

  • Top Stories We’re Following Today

    Thursday, March 21 2013, 07:19 AM EDT

  • Farmer Freeze Concerns

    Thursday, March 21 2013, 08:40 AM EDT

  • Water Line Grant

    Wednesday, March 20 2013, 09:30 PM EDT

  • Facebook Noise Complaints

    Wednesday, March 20 2013, 09:17 PM EDT

  • Say What? Implementing Affordable Healthcare

    Wednesday, March 20 2013, 02:41 PM EDT

  • Kick Butts Day

    Wednesday, March 20 2013, 08:53 PM EDT

  • Spaghetti Meatball Ready To Be Adopted

    Wednesday, March 20 2013, 08:41 PM EDT

  • UPDATE: Cremated Remains Located

    Wednesday, March 20 2013, 06:12 PM EDT

  • Chase And Crash

    Wednesday, March 20 2013, 05:12 PM EDT

  • Death Of Crime Dogs Are Emotional Loss

    Wednesday, March 20 2013, 04:29 PM EDT

  • Proposed Historic Site Closures

    Wednesday, March 20 2013, 04:12 PM EDT

  • Top Stories We’re Following Today

    Wednesday, March 20 2013, 07:12 AM EDT

  • Spring Gardening Tips

    Wednesday, March 20 2013, 07:18 AM EDT

  • Domestic Partnership Benefits Passed

    Tuesday, March 19 2013, 08:12 PM EDT

  • Runaway Police Car

    Tuesday, March 19 2013, 06:25 PM EDT

  • Bartender Benefit Raised $14K

    Tuesday, March 19 2013, 09:20 PM EDT

  • Funeral Home Investigated Over Missing Remains

    Tuesday, March 19 2013, 06:09 PM EDT

  • Red Cross Scammed

    Tuesday, March 19 2013, 06:34 PM EDT

  • Remembering Falco, Jackson Co. Canine Deputy

    Tuesday, March 19 2013, 03:01 PM EDT

  • New Flight Coming To Asheville

    Tuesday, March 19 2013, 01:09 PM EDT

  • Top Stories We’re Following Today

    Tuesday, March 19 2013, 07:09 AM EDT

  • Asheville Airport Announcement

    Tuesday, March 19 2013, 06:40 AM EDT

  • Cruise Not Ruined Despite Problems

    Monday, March 18 2013, 09:16 PM EDT

  • Cabins Destroyed By Pigeon Forge Fire

    Monday, March 18 2013, 08:00 PM EDT

  • Teachers Who Saved Students Called Heroes

    Monday, March 18 2013, 06:13 PM EDT

  • Transylvania Co. Attempted Murder-Suicide

    Monday, March 18 2013, 06:09 PM EDT

  • Local Bar Investigated

    Monday, March 18 2013, 04:53 PM EDT

  • Undercover Drug Deal Arrest

    Monday, March 18 2013, 03:25 PM EDT

  • New Traffic Pattern

    Monday, March 18 2013, 03:19 PM EDT

  • Special Report: Hero On Track

    Monday, March 18 2013, 02:17 PM EDT

  • Salvation Army Needs Help

    Monday, March 18 2013, 02:15 PM EDT

  • Chronic Homelessness Down 82%

    Monday, March 18 2013, 01:45 PM EDT

  • Fix A Leak Week

    Monday, March 18 2013, 01:40 PM EDT

  • Attempted Murder-Suicide Update

    Monday, March 18 2013, 01:01 PM EDT

  • Pigeon Forge Wildfire

    Monday, March 18 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

  • Harlem Globetrotters Coming to Asheville!

    Monday, March 18 2013, 09:07 AM EDT

  • Top Stories We’re Following Today

    Monday, March 18 2013, 07:12 AM EDT

  • Transylvania Co. Attempted Murder-Suicide

    Sunday, March 17 2013, 10:21 PM EDT

  • UPDATE: Structure Fire

    Sunday, March 17 2013, 03:29 AM EDT

  • Tree Kills Hendersonville Woman

    Saturday, March 16 2013, 08:59 PM EDT

  • Parkway Closures

    Friday, March 15 2013, 06:19 PM EDT

  • Housing Market Up

    Friday, March 15 2013, 06:00 PM EDT

  • Students Remembered

    Friday, March 15 2013, 05:41 PM EDT

  • Plane Lands On Airport Hanger

    Friday, March 15 2013, 04:18 PM EDT

  • Military Mom Surprises Daughter In Spindale

    Friday, March 15 2013, 03:36 PM EDT

  • APD Chief Apologizes For Botched Investigation

    Friday, March 15 2013, 01:39 PM EDT

  • New Pictures of Canton Robbery Released

    Friday, March 15 2013, 12:53 PM EDT

  • Asheville Puppy Rescue

    Thursday, March 14 2013, 08:35 PM EDT

  • Carnival Cancels Local Couple’s Cruise

    Thursday, March 14 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

  • Animal Hoarding

    Thursday, March 14 2013, 10:11 PM EDT

  • Accident Involving Chief’s Son Under Investigation

    Thursday, March 14 2013, 06:38 PM EDT

  • Vet Gets Special Donation

    Thursday, March 14 2013, 05:23 PM EDT

  • Kimmons Pleads Guilty

    Thursday, March 14 2013, 04:22 PM EDT

  • Indecent Exposure Arrest

    Thursday, March 14 2013, 04:05 PM EDT

  • Petition Drive Against Leicester Hwy. Widening

    Thursday, March 14 2013, 03:29 PM EDT

  • Evidence Room Survey

    Thursday, March 14 2013, 03:04 PM EDT

  • Buncombe Co. Schools Makeup Days

    Thursday, March 14 2013, 01:50 PM EDT

  • Search For Subway Robbery Gunman

    Thursday, March 14 2013, 01:12 PM EDT

  • Mars Hill Gas Station Raid

    Thursday, March 14 2013, 12:33 PM EDT

  • White Smoke Signals New Pope

    Wednesday, March 13 2013, 02:37 PM EDT

  • Alleged “Hit List” At Mountain School

    Wednesday, March 13 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

  • Say What?

    Wednesday, March 13 2013, 06:33 PM EDT

  • Same-Sex Benefits

    Wednesday, March 13 2013, 06:26 PM EDT

  • Bele Chere Future

    Wednesday, March 13 2013, 01:21 PM EDT

  • Convicted Murderer Sentenced

    Wednesday, March 13 2013, 05:59 PM EDT

  • Tax Refunds Delayed

    Wednesday, March 13 2013, 05:43 PM EDT

  • Animal Cruelty Investigation

    Wednesday, March 13 2013, 04:31 PM EDT

  • Top Stories We’re Following Today

    Wednesday, March 13 2013, 07:01 AM EDT

  • Justice for Eryka

    Tuesday, March 12 2013, 11:27 PM EDT

  • Second Swain County Teen Death

    Tuesday, March 12 2013, 11:12 PM EDT

  • Powerline Debate

    Tuesday, March 12 2013, 06:11 PM EDT

  • Voter ID Debate

    Tuesday, March 12 2013, 05:12 PM EDT

  • Blizzard of ’93 Anniversary

    Tuesday, March 12 2013, 04:36 PM EDT

  • Suspicious House Fire

    Tuesday, March 12 2013, 04:23 PM EDT

  • Death At Fiery Home Investigated As Homicide

    Tuesday, March 12 2013, 03:39 PM EDT

  • Daylight Savings Boosts Clock Repair

    Tuesday, March 12 2013, 09:21 AM EDT

  • Top Stories We’re Following Today

    Tuesday, March 12 2013, 07:09 AM EDT

  • Teen Remembered After Fatal ATV Accident

    Tuesday, March 12 2013, 08:18 AM EDT

  • Trucking Detour Travel Concerns

    Tuesday, March 12 2013, 07:21 AM EDT

  • Cupcakes vs. Cancer

    Tuesday, March 12 2013, 05:23 AM EDT

  • Juror Speaks About Glover Mistrial

    Monday, March 11 2013, 09:55 PM EDT

  • Trooper Involved In Shooting

    Monday, March 11 2013, 08:19 PM EDT

  • Sewage Spill Video A Fake

    Monday, March 11 2013, 05:20 PM EDT

  • Jury Duty Scam Warning

    Monday, March 11 2013, 03:48 PM EDT

  • 12 Bones, Special Delivery

    Monday, March 11 2013, 02:28 PM EDT

  • Medical Mix Up

    Monday, March 11 2013, 03:09 PM EDT

  • Attempted Murder Charges

    Monday, March 11 2013, 02:01 PM EDT

  • Haywood County Structure Fire

    Monday, March 11 2013, 01:32 PM EDT

  • Trooper Involved Shooting

    Monday, March 11 2013, 11:37 AM EDT

  • Oskar Blues 4 mile Road Race

    Monday, March 11 2013, 11:23 AM EDT

  • Fire Victim Dies

    Monday, March 11 2013, 11:06 AM EDT


    Monday, March 11 2013, 08:28 AM EDT

  • Local Gas Prices Update

    Monday, March 11 2013, 09:10 AM EDT

  • Biltmore Job Fair

    Monday, March 11 2013, 08:57 AM EDT

  • Top Stories We’re Following Today

    Monday, March 11 2013, 07:04 AM EDT

  • SoCon Tournament Good For Business

    Sunday, March 10 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

  • Three Arrested after Robbery-Assault

    Sunday, March 10 2013, 11:58 AM EDT

  • Synthetic Drugs Protest

    Saturday, March 9 2013, 03:45 PM EST

  • Hit and Run Arrest

    Saturday, March 9 2013, 09:18 AM EST

  • Fire Victim In Critical Condition

    Friday, March 8 2013, 09:44 PM EST

  • Victim’s Family Reacts To Mistrial

    Friday, March 8 2013, 09:19 PM EST

  • Weather Balloon Released

    Friday, March 8 2013, 08:13 PM EST

  • Church Blocks Gay Rights Group

    Friday, March 8 2013, 06:06 PM EST

  • Truck Driver Pleads Guilty

    Friday, March 8 2013, 05:52 PM EST

  • Cherokee Disaster Declaration

    Friday, March 8 2013, 05:19 PM EST

  • Woman Injured During Asheville Fire

    Friday, March 8 2013, 04:03 PM EST

  • SoCon Mascots Visit Mission Kids

    Friday, March 8 2013, 03:38 PM EST

  • Lady Braves Headed to Championship

    Friday, March 8 2013, 03:33 PM EST

  • Glover Trial Declared Mistrial

    Friday, March 8 2013, 02:43 PM EST

  • Truck Driver Sentencing

    Friday, March 8 2013, 02:37 PM EST

  • Asheville Apartment Fire

    Friday, March 8 2013, 12:10 PM EST

  • Egg Donation

    Friday, March 8 2013, 12:42 PM EST

  • SoCon Begins Today

    Friday, March 8 2013, 09:14 AM EST

  • Top Stories We’re Following Today

    Friday, March 8 2013, 07:05 AM EST

  • Nantahala Standoff

    Thursday, March 7 2013, 10:30 PM EST

  • Settlement Money

    Thursday, March 7 2013, 09:34 PM EST

  • SoCon Tournament Comes To Asheville

    Thursday, March 7 2013, 08:56 PM EST

  • Reality Check: Ads Attack Sen. Graham

    Thursday, March 7 2013, 08:13 PM EST

  • Glover Murder Trial Deliberations: Day Two

    Thursday, March 7 2013, 07:51 PM EST

  • Video Poker Machine Raids

    Thursday, March 7 2013, 06:16 PM EST

  • Check Scammers Target Mountain Business

    Thursday, March 7 2013, 05:50 PM EST

  • Snow Clean-Up Lingers

    Thursday, March 7 2013, 05:33 PM EST

  • Break-In Arrest

    Thursday, March 7 2013, 04:11 PM EST

  • Jury Deliberating in Glover Trial

    Thursday, March 7 2013, 01:10 PM EST

  • Storm Still Causing Travel Delays

    Thursday, March 7 2013, 08:18 AM EST

  • Top Stories We’re Following Today

    Thursday, March 7 2013, 07:09 AM EST

  • Mitchell Co. Rockslide

    Wednesday, March 6 2013, 07:40 PM EST

  • Winter Sticking Around The Mountains

    Wednesday, March 6 2013, 09:46 PM EST

  • Outpouring Of Help For Coworker

    Wednesday, March 6 2013, 08:57 PM EST

  • Jury Deliberating

    Wednesday, March 6 2013, 08:35 PM EST

  • Split Snow Day Decisions

    Wednesday, March 6 2013, 07:33 PM EST

  • Late Winter Snowstorm

    Wednesday, March 6 2013, 06:05 PM EST

  • Late Start Called Too Late?

    Wednesday, March 6 2013, 05:42 PM EST

  • Mountain Snow

    Wednesday, March 6 2013, 05:21 PM EST

  • Mom Defends Dad Accused of Abusing Infant

    Wednesday, March 6 2013, 03:59 PM EST

  • Finding Fun In The Snow

    Wednesday, March 6 2013, 02:08 PM EST

  • Light Snow Continues in Asheville

    Wednesday, March 6 2013, 01:05 PM EST

  • Reality Check: Spousal Insurance

    Wednesday, March 6 2013, 11:30 AM EST

  • Top Stories We’re Following Today

    Wednesday, March 6 2013, 07:12 AM EST

  • Morning Weather Report

    Wednesday, March 6 2013, 08:16 AM EST

  • Rate Hike Hearing

    Tuesday, March 5 2013, 09:46 PM EST

  • Winter Storm Warning

    Tuesday, March 5 2013, 09:08 PM EST

  • New Schools Plan

    Tuesday, March 5 2013, 08:56 PM EST

  • Jermaine Glover Takes The Stand

    Tuesday, March 5 2013, 08:15 PM EST

  • Felony Child Abuse Arrest

    Tuesday, March 5 2013, 07:44 PM EST

  • Red Cross Tornado App

    Tuesday, March 5 2013, 06:05 PM EST

  • Bracing For Snow

    Tuesday, March 5 2013, 05:51 PM EST

  • SBI Investigating Fraud at Brevard Daycare

    Tuesday, March 5 2013, 05:26 PM EST

  • Biltmore Drops To #2 NC Attraction

    Tuesday, March 5 2013, 05:23 PM EST

  • Morning Structure Fire

    Tuesday, March 5 2013, 03:09 PM EST

  • Officer Faces Domestic Violence Allegations

    Tuesday, March 5 2013, 01:58 PM EST

  • Top Stories We’re Following Today

    Tuesday, March 5 2013, 07:05 AM EST

  • Severe Weather Awareness Week

    Tuesday, March 5 2013, 07:17 AM EST

  • Serial Assault Suspect

    Monday, March 4 2013, 09:30 PM EST

  • Winter’s Impact On Schools

    Monday, March 4 2013, 09:13 PM EST

  • Autopsy: Swain Man Beaten To Death

    Monday, March 4 2013, 07:20 PM EST

  • Snow In Forecast

    Monday, March 4 2013, 05:56 PM EST

  • Historic Snow Drought May Soon End

    Monday, March 4 2013, 05:49 PM EST

  • HIV Announcement Raises Awareness

    Monday, March 4 2013, 03:32 PM EST

  • Counterfeit Money Arrest

    Monday, March 4 2013, 03:27 PM EST

  • Steak ‘n Shake Job Fair

    Monday, March 4 2013, 03:16 PM EST

  • Gayles Trial Set to Start

    Monday, March 4 2013, 08:41 AM EST

  • Weekly Gas Price Update

    Monday, March 4 2013, 08:28 AM EST

  • Assault Investigation

    Monday, March 4 2013, 08:01 AM EST

  • Top Stories We’re Following Today

    Monday, March 4 2013, 07:04 AM EST

  • Eight charged with murder in Swain County

    Sunday, March 3 2013, 09:23 AM EST

  • Hikers found safe

    Sunday, March 3 2013, 12:44 AM EST

  • Cursive Comeback at NC Schools?

    Saturday, March 2 2013, 10:33 PM EST

  • Accident Shuts Down I-26

    Saturday, March 2 2013, 10:15 PM EST

  • Haywood County Sheriff Vote

    Saturday, March 2 2013, 07:32 PM EST

  • Bundling Up To Run

    Friday, March 1 2013, 09:11 PM EST

  • Rape Indictments

    Friday, March 1 2013, 08:51 PM EST

  • Gov. McCrory On Sequester Impacts

    Friday, March 1 2013, 07:56 PM EST

  • Mayor Bellamy Legacy

    Friday, March 1 2013, 07:23 PM EST

  • Robbery False Alarm

    Friday, March 1 2013, 05:54 PM EST

  • Sequester Work-Study Cuts

    Friday, March 1 2013, 04:16 PM EST

  • Winter Hangs On

    Friday, March 1 2013, 03:36 PM EST

  • WCU Building Dedication

    Friday, March 1 2013, 02:14 PM EST

  • Head-On Collision

    Friday, March 1 2013, 12:52 PM EST

  • Criminal Sexual Conduct Charge

    Friday, March 1 2013, 08:36 AM EST

  • 4ALL Service Day

    Thursday, February 28 2013, 09:13 AM EST

  • Top Stories We’re Following Today

    Friday, March 1 2013, 07:01 AM EST

  • Bellamy To Run For Congress

    Thursday, February 28 2013, 05:56 PM EST

  • Boom Mystery Solved

    Thursday, February 28 2013, 09:47 PM EST

  • Mountain Snowfall

    Thursday, February 28 2013, 06:18 PM EST

  • Sylva Grant Dispute

    Thursday, February 28 2013, 06:05 PM EST

  • Ellenboro Firefighter Killed

    Thursday, February 28 2013, 03:49 PM EST

  • Sylva McDonalds Assault

    Thursday, February 28 2013, 03:45 PM EST

  • Student Leadership Academy

    Thursday, February 28 2013, 03:35 PM EST

  • UNCA Annual Health Fair

    Thursday, February 28 2013, 03:28 PM EST

  • McDowell Thief Leaves Phone Behind

    Thursday, February 28 2013, 02:56 PM EST

  • Animal Cruelty Charges Filed

    Thursday, February 28 2013, 02:24 PM EST

  • More Winter Weather Moving In

    Thursday, February 28 2013, 01:16 PM EST

  • Pope’s Final Farewell

    Thursday, February 28 2013, 12:42 PM EST

  • Drug Convictions Nets 25 Years

    Thursday, February 28 2013, 11:34 AM EST

  • Former Teacher Charged With Sex Crimes

    Thursday, February 28 2013, 11:03 AM EST

  • Attempted Murder Suspect Still Missing

    Thursday, February 28 2013, 10:55 AM EST

  • Top Stories We’re Following Today

    Thursday, February 28 2013, 07:06 AM EST

  • UNCA Health Fair

    Thursday, February 28 2013, 06:25 AM EST

  • Missing Man Investigation

    Wednesday, February 27 2013, 08:51 PM EST

  • Misty Carter Suffered “Chop Wound”

    Wednesday, February 27 2013, 07:58 PM EST

  • Bill Would Add Bible Study At Public Schools

    Wednesday, February 27 2013, 03:24 PM EST

  • Newspaper Editor Resigns Amid Controversy

    Wednesday, February 27 2013, 06:14 PM EST

  • Power Restored

    Wednesday, February 27 2013, 06:21 PM EST

  • Special Report: Mountain Gangs

    Wednesday, February 27 2013, 06:11 PM EST

  • Fire Chief Investigation

    Wednesday, February 27 2013, 06:00 PM EST

  • 441 Landslide Update

    Wednesday, February 27 2013, 05:03 PM EST

  • Chicken Sausage Recall

    Wednesday, February 27 2013, 03:17 PM EST

  • Dual Tracking

    Wednesday, February 27 2013, 01:52 PM EST

  • Power Outage Update

    Wednesday, February 27 2013, 12:58 PM EST

  • Shooting Arrest Made

    Wednesday, February 27 2013, 11:21 AM EST

  • NEDAwareness Week

    Wednesday, February 27 2013, 09:28 AM EST

  • Top Stories We’re Following Today

    Wednesday, February 27 2013, 07:09 AM EST

  • Small Plate Crawl

    Wednesday, February 27 2013, 06:02 AM EST

  • Fire Damages Nick’s Grill

    Tuesday, February 26 2013, 10:04 PM EST

  • W8 2 Text: Wait to Text

    Wednesday, February 27 2013, 07:40 AM EST

  • Ice Storm Outages

    Tuesday, February 26 2013, 09:40 PM EST

  • Behind The Scenes At Facebook

    Tuesday, February 26 2013, 06:29 PM EST

  • Ice Takes Out Trees, Power Lines

    Tuesday, February 26 2013, 06:13 PM EST

  • Misty Carter Murder Trial Begins

    Tuesday, February 26 2013, 06:05 PM EST

  • Mom Faces DWI, Child In Car

    Tuesday, February 26 2013, 05:38 PM EST

  • Storm Damage In N. Asheville

    Tuesday, February 26 2013, 03:42 PM EST

  • Ice Causes Travel Power Problems

    Tuesday, February 26 2013, 01:09 PM EST

  • Power Outage Links

    Tuesday, February 26 2013, 08:56 AM EST

  • Icy Weather to Start the Day

    Tuesday, February 26 2013, 07:56 AM EST

  • Top Stories We’re Following Today

    Tuesday, February 26 2013, 07:15 AM EST

  • Five Life-Saving Tests

    Monday, February 25 2013, 09:36 PM EST

  • Nightmare At Daytona

    Monday, February 25 2013, 08:52 PM EST

  • WANTED: Credit Card Theft Suspect

    Monday, February 25 2013, 09:20 PM EST

  • State of the City

    Monday, February 25 2013, 08:31 PM EST

  • Union Mills Couple Injured In Fire

    Monday, February 25 2013, 07:33 PM EST

  • Gun Rally Challenge

    Monday, February 25 2013, 05:59 PM EST

  • Franklin Factory Problems

    Monday, February 25 2013, 05:24 PM EST

  • Sprinter Inspires Other Amputees

    Monday, February 25 2013, 04:38 PM EST

  • Blueprint For Attacks

    Monday, February 25 2013, 12:27 PM EST

  • Spartanburg County Shooting

    Monday, February 25 2013, 03:42 PM EST

  • Armed Robbery Arrest

    Monday, February 25 2013, 03:37 PM EST

  • Meth Arrests

    Monday, February 25 2013, 03:30 PM EST

  • Gun Rights Rally Questions

    Monday, February 25 2013, 01:16 PM EST

  • Special Report: “Sound Of Life” Gives Family Hope

    Monday, February 25 2013, 01:06 PM EST

  • Students @ Work get Career Exposure

    Monday, February 25 2013, 10:29 AM EST

  • Dine To Be Kind

    Monday, February 25 2013, 09:08 AM EST

  • Top Stories We’re Following Today

    Monday, February 25 2013, 07:11 AM EST

  • Haywood County Woman Turns 105

    Sunday, February 24 2013, 08:27 PM EST

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Spring Home Show opening at Ocean Center – Daytona Beach News

Patenaude, owner of the Bunnell-based landscaping company VerdeGo, is one of 200 exhibitors showcasing their skills and expertise at The News-Journal’s Spring Home Show Friday through Sunday.

“We have created an entire outdoor living space,” Patenaude said. “We are trying to give everyone a feel of spring.”

Home Show visitors can also stop at the Home Show’s Wellness Zone for free blood pressure screenings and fitness tips from local fitness experts. A full lineup of home and garden experts will also host seminars throughout the weekend.

“We have people who come because they want to redo their windows, buy furniture or a new mattress or look for landscaping ideas,” said Jessica Fox, event marketing manager for The Daytona Beach News-Journal.

After a five-year hiatus, the Council of Garden Clubs of the Halifax District, a coalition of seven local gardening clubs, will be bringing back Everybody’s Flower Garden Show to the event. The show features a horticulture competition for 53 classes of plants in six categories.

Fox said the relationship with the Council of Garden Clubs is one that will continue to blossom.

“This is just a sneak peak of what is to come,” Fox said. “Next year the competition will be in full swing. We are excited about bringing this partnership back.”

Amy Nowell, president of the Council of Garden Clubs, said that competition provides an outlet for local gardeners to showcase their botanical creations.

“We are thrilled to be back,” Nowell said. “The competition gives people a feel for what plants we can grow locally.”

The judging takes place at 9 a.m. Friday and the plants will showcase their winning ribbons for the public when the Home Show opens at 10 a.m.

But the annual Spring Home Show, which is free, isn’t just for those with green thumbs.

On Saturday “dash Around the Table” will feature a cooking show and expo with English celebrity chef Jon Ashton. This special event requires a $15 dash admission ticket, or $30 for VIP entry.

If You Go

WHAT: The News-Journal’s Spring Home Show, featuring more than 200 exhibitors, display landscapes, seminars, giveaways, Wellness Zone, Fun Zone for kids, Everybody’s Flower Garden Show, Junior League Thrift Shop, “dash Around the Table” cooking show and expo (Saturday only)

WHERE: Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach

WHEN: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

ADMISSION: Free; $15, $30 VIP tickets for “dash Around the Table” cooking show and expo

PARKING: $5 in Ocean Center’s lot and garage

INFORMATION: 386-681-2365; for a complete schedule of events visit

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Helendale CSD to host ‘water smart’ landscaping workshop

HELENDALE• The Helendale Community Services District in conjunction with the Mojave Water Agency will host a free workshop about landscaping techniques for High Desert homeowners, according to a Mojave Water Agency news release.

The class will teach residents about how to improve and design their landscape with water-smart ideas and which plants do well in the area.

Attendees will also hear an update about the Helendale CSD and water in their service area.

Refreshments will be served and attendees must RSVP by March 25.

The Helendale CSD is located at 26540 Vista Rd., Suite C in Helendale.

To register to attend call Gloria Golike at (760) 946-7001, or email at

Brooke Self can be reached at or 760-256-4123.

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Green gardening tools and techniques that really work

Americans have embraced recycling and are enthusiastic about cleaner energy sources. Yet when it comes to caring for their outdoor environment, many people still use less earth-friendly tools and techniques. So what’s standing in the way of Americans going green in their gardens and landscapes?

One answer may be the common misconception that eco-friendly products and practices don’t work as well as less environmentally conscious ones – such as chemicals that repel common garden pests, but can also cause groundwater contamination.

“Advances in environmentally responsible products have made it possible for homeowners to effectively care for their gardens and landscaping, while protecting the environment at the same time,” says Elizabeth Summa, president of Repellex, which makes eco-friendly lawn and garden products.

Some greener gardening tools are time-honored, like rotary lawn mowers. Others are leading-edge, such as pest-control products that are eco-friendly. Here are a handful of environmentally safe, effective ways to keep your landscape and garden green this spring and summer:

Responsible repellent – Deer, rabbits, squirrels and gophers – animals munch on landscaping and garden plants because they’re hungry and the vegetation tastes good to them. Eco-friendly repellents, like those made by Repellex, use taste aversion and natural ingredients like pepper, dried bloodmeal and egg to make non-edible plants less appealing to foragers. Repellex Systemic Tablets deliver a dose of pepper to the roots of plants – just place in soil, water and walk away. The flavor gets absorbed through the roots into non-edible plants, making them taste unappealing to garden pests. For edible plants, Repellex Fruit Vegetable uses a combination of putrescent eggs and plant extracts to keep animals and insects away from fruits and vegetables all season long. Log on to to learn more.

Friendlier mowing – Long before combustion engines made it possible to mow your lawn quickly and easily, people relied on rotary mowers – also known as reel mowers. Environmentally responsible gardeners have rediscovered these people-powered mowing machines. Reel mowers have many positive attributes: they are pollution-free, quiet and very economical to operate. Modern reel mowers are lighter, smaller and with fewer working parts that require maintenance and repair. They’re also a great way to exercise; walking behind a rotary mower burns more calories than pushing a self-propelled mower.

Organic fertilizing – Chemical fertilizers are a well-known source of groundwater contamination, yet some form of additional nutrients is almost always necessary for successful gardens and lawns. The EPA says composting can eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers and results in higher crop yields. You can compost food waste from your own kitchen, as well as grass clippings and other yard waste. Composting your own organic waste at home not only reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, it can provide you with an effective, eco-friendly and essentially free way to fertilize gardens and flower beds. For lawns, you can find a variety of organic fertilizers – based on natural ingredients rather than chemicals – at most hardware, big box stores and garden centers.

Kinder weed control – Weed killers are also well-known contaminants, and can be hazardous when used around small children or household pets. Before you bring out the spray bottle, consider weed-elimination alternatives that are kinder to the environment. Some very effective options include using a mixture of vinegar and water, boiling water and even pulling weeds by hand. Removing weeds by hand also adds a health benefit for you – you’ll burn more calories pulling weeds than simply spraying them.

Bug-free without bugging the environment – Chemical insecticides can be harsh on the environment – not to mention skin if you use a chemical repellent to ward off mosquitoes and other biting bugs. Instead of chemical insecticides, consider natural alternatives. Repellex’s Mosquito Tick product keeps mosquitoes, ticks and other insects off you by keeping them out of your lawn and garden. The all-natural repellent sprays on your lawn, garden, patio, deck and home exterior to ward off these disease-carrying insects.

Choosing to go green with your lawn and garden care doesn’t mean you have to give up effectiveness. With the right tools, it’s possible to accomplish your lawn and gardening goals while protecting the environment at the same time.

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Central Florida Home & Garden Show

One of the region’s most anticipated spring events will be here in no time: the 2013 Central Florida Home Garden Show, returning March 22-24 to the Orange County Convention Center in Hall South B in the Center’s South Concourse facing International Drive. The home improvement extravaganza is the premier place to find innovative products, new ideas, practical advice and great deals in remodeling, home improvement and gardening with hundreds of experts all under one roof. From windows and flooring to cabinets and landscaping, consumers can shop, compare and save on a wide variety of products and services to renew, refresh and restore their homes.

Show highlights include appearances by Jason Cameron of DIY Network’s Man Caves and Desperate Landscapes; tips and advice from local and national home improvement experts appearing on the IKEA Home Stage throughout the weekend; demonstrations by some of the area’s favorite chefs on the Edible Orlando Cooking Stage; Hero Day on Friday only, offering free admission to retired or current members of the military and first responders; designer rooms with instant ideas to refresh and restyle; and a “fun-raiser” for Children’s Home Society of Florida; and more than 250 DIY, landscaping and home improvement experts offering a range of new products and services, including more than 100 exhibitors new to the market or making their Central Florida Home Garden Show debut.

Marketplace Events, North America’s largest producer of home shows, including the Central Florida Home Garden Show and fall Orlando Home Show, announced earlier this year that attendance at the first four home shows in the company’s annual portfolio realized an average attendance increase of 17 percent over the prior year, and that exhibit space and online advance ticket sales were also trending upward. “Our results so far this year, coupled with low interest rates and improving home sales, lead us to believe that more and more people are taking on home improvement projects that they have previously postponed,” said Tom Baugh, CEO of Marketplace Events. “Now more than ever, home shows are relevant to bring people with projects together with local businesses offering competitive pricing and promotions that even savvy shoppers might not find elsewhere.”

“Our shows offer something for everyone,” added Cristian Moore, show manager for Marketplace Events. “Whether they have a specific project in mind or simply want to enjoy a fun day out, local residents and visitors can refresh their space, reinvent their décor and restyle their lives at our show.”

Jason Cameron of DIY Network’s Man Caves and Desperate Landscapes shares his passion for architecture and the wood shop, along with tips, advice and behind-the-scenes stories during his appearances on the IKEA Home Stage on Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 12 noon and 5 p.m., and Sunday at 4 p.m. (subject to change without notice).

Guests can enjoy mouth-watering demonstrations and tasty samples prepared by some of the area’s favorite chefs and culinary pros on the Edible Orlando Cooking Stage. Scheduled to demonstrate their signature recipes and dispense advice throughout the weekend are James and Julie Petrakis of the The Ravenous Pig; Kevin Spencer of Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops at Hilton Orlando; Greg Picard, executive chef for Orlando World Center Marriott; Dun Chau of Sushi House Orlando; Danny Otera of Teak Neighborhood Grill, and chefs and experts from Whole Foods Market, New York Dinger and World of Beer. Gloria B, the bi-lingual host of KQ103 FM’s afternoon drive show, spices up the stage on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., Latino style!

Get answers to important DIY and home improvement, landscaping and home décor questions from more than 250 experts around the show floor and on the main stage throughout the weekend. Local favorites Harry P. Leu Gardens Director Robert Bowden and popular green thumb and Orlando Sentinel columnist Tom MacCubbin are among the presenters (visit for a complete listing of presentations and times).

Other experts can help show-goers make their gardens a beautiful retreat. Belgard Hardscapes, Hoffner Landscape, Jan Clay Flowers, Lanai Hardscape Company, Pebble Junction, Pondtastic Water Gardens and Smithwell will be on site with ideas, tips and cash-and-carry items.

Speaking of items for cash-and-carry, guests can “raise the woof!” and show their furry housemates some love at the Pet Pavilion sponsored by Urban Pet Magazine and Stanley Steemer. Exhibitors range from emergency vet, boarding, training and pet rescue services to purveyors of fashion, treats and grooming for cats, dogs and other critters.

Other not-to-be-missed features and opportunities at the show include Hero Day on Friday only, offering free admission to retired or current members of the military and first responders with proper ID or in uniform; Friday Family Day, offering free admission to children ages 12 and under and family-fun activities on the show floor; Children’s Home Society of Florida’s Champions for Children™ Corner, where guests can spin the prize wheel, putt for prizes and bid on celebrity painted bird houses to support Florida’s most vulnerable kids; fantastic ice and fruit carving displays throughout the weekend by Laz of Wizard Connection; and designer rooms with instant ideas to refresh and restyle. Plus enter-to-win contests, prize drawings, and much more.

Show hours are Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m, and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tickets are available at the door, and are $10 for adults 13+, $5 for seniors (60+, at the box office only), $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for children ages five and under.

Advance tickets can be purchased online for a $3 discount off full-price $10 admission at , courtesy of TD Bank.

For more information, click this link, or call 877-871-SHOW (7469). Connect on Facebook, Twitter (@FloridaHomeShow), Pinterest ( for up-to-the-minute show details, discounts and fabulous home improvement tips. Visit the show’s blog here.

The Central Florida Home Garden Show and its fall sister show, the Orlando Home Show (October 4-6, 2013) are both produced by Marketplace Events.

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Guadalupe River Park and Gardens is site of edible landscaping workshop

You can feed your soul and your stomach at the same time with a landscape that combines beautiful flowers and nutritious foods.

How to do it is the focus of the March 30 “Edible Landscaping” workshop offered by the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy.

Master Gardener Sharon Johnson will share her expertise on integrating edible plants into the flower gardens and landscaping and how to plan for seasonal changes.

She will discuss how to use existing landscape “to fill your panty as well as your life with beauty and good nutrion.”

The workshop is for those 18 or older and registration is due in advance.

It takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on March 30 at the Guadalupe River Park Gardens Visitor Education Center, 438 Coleman Ave.

The fee is $15. For more information or to register, visit or call 408.298.7657.

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Helpful tips to prepare for upcoming gardening season

MOSCOW, ID – The first day of Spring was a rainy one on the Palouse, and experts say that gardeners should wait for the soil to dry out a little before you start digging.

In the meantime, you can prepare by checking the air filter and oil in your mower, and sharpening your gardening tools. You can do that by simply combining a quart of oil with a bucket of sand.

“It can be your used oil, your recycled oil, and just put your tools in there after you use them and it helps get rid of some of the clay, and keeps them from rusting and keeps them sharp,” said Whitman County Recycling Waste Reduction Coordinator Judi Dunn-Gray.

Spring is also a good time to remove the guards from your trees and let them get some air because rodents aren’t a concern this time of year. Experts also recommend composting as way to perk up the garden because it works well as a mulch, and you can start a pile using any grass clippings and leaves that you pick up in the yard.

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Top Ten Planting Tips for Springtime

Another Spring flower

With springtime right around the corner, it’s time to dust off those gardening tools and get ready to hit the nursery.  The soil temperature is just about at the perfect spot for planting new bulbs for a gorgeous spring bloom, so starting your planting preparation now will put you in the best position to kick back and enjoy the beauty later.

Top Ten Spring Planting Tips to Beautify Your Garden

To help you get the most out of your garden this year, we’ve compiled the best planting tips from the top home and garden experts in the industry.  Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to having the best garden in the neighborhood in no time at all.  So order up your bulbs, perennials, trees and shrubs for spring planting and let’s get ready to garden!

#Tip 1. Assess the Land— The first thing you want to do is take a survey of how kind or harsh winter was to your yard, making note of tree limbs that need to be removed and other maintenance issues.  Check the fence, stairs and other paths for damage caused by the constant freeze and thaw of winter.  Get rid of last year’s perennial foliage and feed it to the compost pile.  Rake your mulch from the flower beds and churn that soil up for proper refreshing aeration.

#Tip 2. Ready Your Engines— Next, be sure you tune up your mower, tools and other equipment.  Make notes of what’s broken, what needs fixing, what that pesky neighbor never returned and then tend to that list!  Sharpen your mower’s blades, change the oil, replace the spark plugs, lube up moving parts, sending out for service if necessary.  Get the leaf blower serviced as well and sharpen up your sheering tools.  Start to clear areas that need reseeding, then mow that lawn!

#Tip 3. Prune Trees and Shrubs— Get rid of the dead branches from trees and plants as well as any that seem damaged or diseased.  Spring is a time for rebirth so start fresh and sever all ties.  Trim down your summer bloomer like hydrangea and roses and prune anything that looks like the cold hit it hard during the winter.  Any trees and shrubs that bloom (especially early in spring), prune them down after they flower.

#Tip 4. Test your Soil— Go out and buy a home kit for soil testing and take samples from all over your yard.  Remember, it’s not always about where you planted last year, but also where the best place to plant is right now.  Sometimes pH changes and what was barren last year could be great soil for planting this year (especially if you left eggshells there to enrich the soil).  Enrich any parts of the yard you must plant in for aesthetic looks—use dolomitic lime to raise pH and elemental sulfur to lower it.  Get your new beds ready with four inches of compost or rotted manure and cultivate it with your spading fork ten to twelve inches down.

#Tip 5. Get to Planting— Perennials, bare rooted trees and shrubs need to get in the ground early in the season.  Plant your garden on cloudy days that are cooler rather than hotter, sowing cool season flowers into the Earth such as poppies, calendula and sweet peas as well as lettuce, spinach and parsley.

#Tip 6. Position is Key— Position the bulbs at their exact recommended depth for longevity.  As a general rule, the bottom of the bulb should rest at 2.5 times depth compared to the bulb’s diameter.  If the soil is dry or sandy, go one or two inches deeper to keep the rodents from snacking on your garden.

#Tip 7. Garden in Spades— Your flowers will look better in groups so use a spade, not a bulb planter.  Spades make it easy to plant in groups digging wide, curving trenches and placing the bulbs at the bottom.

#Tip 8. Work in Pairs— You can put different bulb types in the same hole for companion bloomings or even to create successions of bloomings.  A great combination that uses this strategy is putting Dutch hyacinths in a six inch hole, covering them lightly with soil and then placing grape hyacinths at the five inch depth.  Come springtime, the two flowers will bloom together for a gorgeous “skirting” effect as the grape hyacinths soften the huge Dutches.  Then, as autumn rolls around, the leaves of the grape bulbs appear and stick with you all winter, giving you a perfect marker for dormant Dutch bulbs so you don’t accidentally dig them up next season.

#Tip 9. Fertile grounds— Use fish emulsion, balanced fertilizer (6-6-6 to 8-8-8) and other soil amendments that complement your soil kit results anytime new growth appears.  As soon as you see perennials growing, start fertilizing.  Use fertilizers that are high in acid in conjunction with pine needle mulch around your azaleas and camellias to give them the acid rich environment they love so much.

#Tip 10. Compose a Compost— If you don’t already have one, now is the best time to start a compost pile to help you clean up your garden and fertilize it later.  Plant debris and leaves go in first followed by grass clippings, weeds and water in layers.  Be sure to use compost bioactivators and make your brown, carbon rich compost material equal to the amount of green, nitrogen rich compound material for a balanced compost for next spring.  This also eliminates dragging heavy bags to the curb and provides you with low-cost sustainability.

This article is written by Ant Langston from GardenToolBox Shop, UK offering a wide range of gardening products such as gardening tools, lawn mowers, garden plant pots etc. If you’re on the lookout for petrol mowers for your lawn, do get in touch with him today to get the best deal. Photo by Alejandro Mallea

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Gardening Tips To Grow Cucumber Plants

A green patch at your garden could be a treasure trove of vegetables and fruits. And while having a green thumb for a variety of plants and herbs, cucumber is one if them that can be grown at home if nurtured with the right amount of care and nourishment. Cucumber is fourth largest cultivated vegetables in the world.

With the onset of summer, cucumber is just the right vegetable to grow in your garden. Savouring the crisp bite and the cool and refreshing flavour when they are pickled is something you don’t want to miss.

Here are a few gardening tips that you can follow before you plant a cucumber and reap the benefits of it.

Gardening Tips To Grow Cucumber Plants

Cucumbers love summer- Although cool by nature, cucumbers love and thrive in heat. Make sure you plant them in early spring when the soil has just warmed up a bit. It helps in germination of seeds and proper growth of plants.

Hydration- Watering the plants for at least about 1-2 inches per week, especially when they are flowering and bearing the fruit, is very important as it needs a lot of moisture to grow. If the cucumber plants are not hydrated properly, it can make them taste bitter.

Fertilise- Fertilisation is very important gradening tip for growing cucumebr in your garden. Cucumbers need a well-rotted and compost manure to grow since they provide the right nutrients and moisture. The pH balance of the soil must be 6 to 7 for it to thrive.

Space and air circulation- If you find the leaves to be yellow as they grow, then is an indication that they need more nitrogen. So, make more space for the plant by shifting it to a larger pot. This will supply and balance ample light, air and nutrients to the growing cucumber plant.

De-weeding- Cucumbers are affected by weeds, insects, bacterial wilt, mildew and other diseases. these affect the plant and curb the growth. It is important to keep them weed and insect free. They must be regularly controlled while planting cucumber. It is also important not to use too many insecticides while pollinating. Using a brown or a black mulch will also keep the weeds away. Mulch also improves the overall cucumber production by keeping the moisture balance in the soil.

Harvesting cucumbers- The fruits are ready for harvesting when they have reached 2- 4 inches (depending on the variety), which is about 50-70 days from planting. They must not turn yellow, as the vegetable tends to become bitter with size. It is said that, the shorter and immature the cucumber, the better and crisp it tastes.

Storage- Because of their high water content, cucumber cant be stored for more than a week in the refrigerator as it could form mildew and spoil the entire lot.

Try these gardening tips to grow cucumber plants at home. Set the perfect and green vegetable garden.

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