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Ben Ledbetter
Lexington, NC
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Quite frankly, I thought having a more innovative broadband experience in North Carolina died with the Level Playing Field Act of 2011. Then seeing the Federal Communications Commission move to end net neutrality was another blow. Yes, municipal broadband can... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2018 at New Direction
Yes, facts are important especially in this time of political divisiveness. It can also help when completing reports or finishing graduate school. So when I came across former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s USAFacts website, I wanted to check it out.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at New Direction
Here is a link from the Harvard Business Review from Wharton Professor Stew Friedman about keeping home life sane when work gets crazy. There's some good stuff here, in my view. I loved the part about others likely expect less... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at New Direction
Wednesday, July 08, 2015 NEW YORK – The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier won the July Sidney Hillman Foundation award for its coverage of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting on June 17. The Post and Courier distinguished itself... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at New Direction
Mississippi GOP U.S. Senate challenger Chris McDaniel, who ran in the June primary against incumbent Thad Cochran advanced his challenge of the results of the election. My story from PJ Media is here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at New Direction
Mississippi State Senator and U.S. Senate Candidate Chris McDaniel is seeking access to poll books in the state to see if voters who voted in the June 3 Democratic primary also voted in the June 24 Republican runoff. My story... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at New Direction
Rob Maness is challenging Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) and incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) for the open senate seat. My story from PJ Media is here. Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at New Direction
Six-term incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) won his primary against Tea Party challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel in the Republican runoff and will face Democrat and former Rep. Travis Childers in the November election. While the counting for the primary... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at New Direction
Six of the state’s schools had players named to both the first and second All-Louisiana teams for the 2014 season. By ANNA CLAIRE THOMAS WRITTEN FOR THE LSWA Two of Louisiana’s top-ranked baseball programs this season, Louisiana-Lafayette and LSU, continue... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at New Direction
Last night was my first election night in a few years and I was covering the Republican primary in Mississippi. Read the story on PJ Media here. Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at New Direction
This is from October 18. A version of this story was published in The New Orleans Advocate By BEN LEDBETTER Special to The Advocate It looked like the game ended in regulation when Northlake Christian’s Miguel Black picked up a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2013 at New Direction
This is from the championship of the Newman Invitational Tournament. A version of this ran in The New Orleans Advocate Date: December 15, 2013 By BEN LEDBETTER Special to The Advocate St. Augustine got a lead early in the second... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2013 at New Direction
This is the first sports story I have filed in a few years. It appears in The New Orleans Advocate and was published Wednesday Sept. 4, 2013. Country Day tops Chapelle BY BEN LEDBETTER SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE It might... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2013 at New Direction
My first story in four years was published and it appeared in the New Orleans-based The Louisiana Weekly: Negotiations result in the New Orleans Mission opening its doors to expectant mothers By Ben Ledbetter Contributing Writer The New Orleans Mission... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2012 at New Direction
Posted: Saturday, October 25, 2003 12:00 am Published in The (Sumter, S.C.) Item I remember having to follow someone from a grocery store to the high school because I was lost. Also, I had to drive about an hour back... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2011 at New Direction
High school football is big in a lot of places and one of those is the state of South Carolina. I remember this game came down to one play at the end and Gaffney was able to head back to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2011 at New Direction
According to this column by Peter Finney in The Times-Picayune, Loyola University New Orleans was using the Wolfpack name in the 1920's for its athletic teams. In 1946, North Carolina State University started using it for its teams and now... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2011 at New Direction
Frank Haith recently accepted the head coaching position of the University of Missouri. I remember when he was an assistant at UNC-Wilmington and worked at the basketball camp I attended in seventh grade. I really don't remember much from that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2011 at New Direction
This was one of the first stories I did for The (Lexington, N.C.) Dispatch. When this story ran, the newspaper was still publishing on an afternoon production cycle. Fate of proposed Spencer racetrack still to be decided BY BEN LEDBETTER... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2011 at New Direction
It looks like the state of North Carolina is giving back tax refunds from previous years after some work by the News & Observer in Raleigh. According to this article in the (Greensboro) News & Record, the overpayments go back... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2011 at New Direction
This is the end of Sunshine Week, which is a reminder for citizens to watch and participate in government. To aid that, The Lens and the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana have provided short guides about redistricting, public records,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2011 at New Direction
After almost three weeks of negotiations with NFL team owners and the assistance of a federal mediator failed to result in a fair, new collective bargaining agreement, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) this afternoon renounced its status as a union... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 14, 2011 at New Direction
The former Morning Edition host rips the network's videotaped debacle, executive blunders, and Juan Williams fiasco—but defends its federal funding. Plus, Howard Kurtz on yet another NPR sting. via I recently discovered The Bob Edwards Show on satellite radio... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 11, 2011 at New Direction
The Arizona Commission on the Arts recently inaugurated a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of arts education. Fittingly, it features imagery that is imaginative, provocative and disturbing, including a paint brush that morphs into the type of needles... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 10, 2011 at New Direction