Rachel, our editor in chief, and Bailey, our managing editor, are both from Eastern North Carolina. It's woven into the fabric of their beings; they're so proud of their hometowns. I appreciate that about them. Being from Winston-Salem, I usually just tell people that we have Krispy Kreme and Chris Paul went to my high school.
But they both have a distinct pride about Eastern North Carolina that feels refreshing. A few weeks ago, Rachel and I went back to her hometown and she was so eager to tell me about where she was from. The next week, when Hurricane Florence hit, Rachel and Bailey were so incredibly concerned with their hometowns and the wellbeing of the people there that it was palpable.
Each time a story comes into the newsroom about Eastern N.C., they devour it, they talk to the writer about their experience, they ask if a photographer went. Always eager, always appreciative, always proud. It was no different today when investigations writer Emily Galvin came in with a story on hog farming in the eastern part of the state — something that's hotly debated across the region, and was greatly affected by Hurricane Florence.
As a pollution lawsuit surges against Duke Energy, another coal ash spill has been reported at a Duke Energy Plant in Wilmington, N.C., likely as a result of Hurricane Florence. Read more about what brought the lawsuit on, and how some plan to move forward, here.