A front-page story in the Wall Street Journal this week discussed local regulators’ efforts to limit Watauga County “mountain man” Eustace Conway’s activity. The Journal quoted Carolina Journal Executive Editor Don Carrington, who covered Conway’s fight to preserve his primitive-living operation back in December. Speaking of Carrington, a Tabor-Loris Tribune editorial cited his work investigating the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award granted to controversial former N.C. Sen. R.C. Soles, D-Columbus. (As the Carolina Journal learned as it tried to track down the paperwork connected to Soles’ award, there is little record keeping involved, either. While the publication, an arm of the conservative John Locke Foundation, seems never afraid to take aim at liberal – read that Democratic – elected officials, its description of difficulties tracking down Soles’ Long Leaf Pine documentation speaks volumes to how meaningless the award has become.)

In other CJ news, Associate Editor Barry Smith discusses the week’s top legislative news during an appearance tonight on UNC Public Television’s “Legislative Week In Review.” Managing Editor Rick Henderson recapped recent legislative developments involving fracking, the death penalty, and open meetings laws during an appearance with Matt Mittan on WZGM/WHKP Radio. The Kernersville News published columnist Andy Taylor‘s suggestions for policymakers interested in reforming higher education, along with contributor Duke Cheston‘s article on questions surrounding the North Carolina community colleges’ Customized Training Program.

N.C. Senate Republicans promoted in their daily press emails this week Associate Editor Dan Way‘s report on Gov. Pat McCrory’s reaction to a bill targeting control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Smith‘s article on a bill to increase the penalties associated with open-meetings and public-records law violations, contributor Sara Burrows‘ story on current fracking legislation, and CJ Radio Co-Host Donna Martinez‘s column on the education establishment‘s opposition to increased parental choice.