New book recognizes the history of county’s black schools (with video)

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“I learned from the history of black schools that there was a very good solid beginning from black people,” she said. She said the black community recognized the need for education. Bridges remembers working as a servant in the home of O. Max Gardner. “One morning,” she said, “I heard Gov. Gardner coming down the staircase.” She said he asked … Read More

O. Max Gardner—One of NC’s Best Governors

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Oliver Max Gardner is regarded as one of North Carolina’s ablest governors. A Shelby attorney and textile mill owner, Gardner served as lieutenant governor and governor, was a friend of President Franklin Roosevelt, was a top Washington lobbyist, served as U.S. treasury undersecretary and was named U.S. ambassador to Great Britain by President Harry Truman shortly before he died in … Read More

Would a tax break help North Carolina?

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Perdue said she is using as her model North Carolina’s Depression-era Gov. O. Max Gardner, who held office from 1929 to 1933. Gardner cut local property taxes, led the state takeover of financial responsibility for roads and schools from counties, and consolidated state colleges into the University of North Carolina system. Read Article

Another Depression Era Governor

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Gov.-elect Bev Perdue is traveling around North Carolina this month, holding summits with business leaders and trying to gauge just how much of an uphill climb she will have when she takes office in January. And she’s been reading a little, too. In an interview with the Triangle Business Journal, Perdue said she is looking back 75 years ago to … Read More

Gov. Gardner made major changes to North Carolina during Depression

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As governor of North Carolina from 1929 to 1933, O. Max Gardner was dealt the hand of confronting the effects of the Great Depression. He took control of a state saddled with debt, responding by commissioning a report by the Brookings Institution on how to cut government costs as well as cut local property taxes. Read Article

Governor-elect using pages from former governor Gardner

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Just weeks away from taking the helm of a state confronting the most serious economic mess it has faced since perhaps the 1930s, Governor-elect Beverly Perdue is undergoing a self-taught history lesson for guidance. As part of her late-night reading, she has devoured all she has been able to find on O. Max Gardner, the governor who led North Carolina … Read More

The First 100 Days

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Our new Governor will immediately be hit by a huge budget crisis. First quarter revenues for the state amounted to $230 million less than projected and seasoned observers are predicting as much as a two billion dollar shortfall by … Read Article