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3rd Shift… Art Pope’s Civitas Targets Winston-Salem Friends & Neighbors

By Chad Nance   “It ain’t me, it ain’t me I ain’t no millionaire’s son, no, no It ain’t me, it ain’t me I ain’t no fortunate one, no…” – John Fogarty “Let’s go be bad guys.” – Jayne Cobb   Art Pope, you are a tremendous bastard. No, seriously. […]

3rd Shift – Domesticating Dr. King

3rd Shift – Domesticating Dr. King

By Chad Nance   From his eulogy for the four little girls murdered at the 16th St. Baptist Church : “They have something to say to every politician who has fed his constituents with the stale bread of hatred and the spoiled meat of racism. They have something to say […]

by · January 19, 2015 · 6 comments · 3rd Shift, Columns, Community, Downtown

3rd Shift- Politically Appointed Board of Governors Continues Partisan Purge with Board of Governor’s President- Now Targeting WSSU & UNCSA

By Chad Nance   Art Pope’s Civitas has long wanted to close North Carolina’s Historically Black Colleges… now they just may get their chance. In 2014 their hand-picked UNC Board of Governors targeted programs throughout North Carolina’s university system that are geared toward the studies of poverty, economy, climate and […]

by · January 16, 2015 · 1 comment · 3rd Shift, Colleges & Univ, Columns, Education
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3rd Shift- A North Carolina Politician Considers His Constituents First? Imagine that…

By Chad Nance “You either got to be a Blood or a Crip.” – Kinky Friedman   It was while sharing one of his own brand of hand-rolled cigars that musician and occasional politician Kinky Friedman said that to me. The “Bloods” and “Crips” he was referring to are the […]


3rd Shift – The Camel City 100 – A Community Challenge for 2015

By Chad Nance “These are the “Hometown Blues” with apologies to, uh, Thomas Wolfe and Doc Watson, 1… 2 a-1, 2…” – Steve Earle   There is an old maxim in non-profit work that goes a little something like this: “10% of the people do 90% of the work in […]

by · January 6, 2015 · 3 comments · 3rd Shift, Columns, Community, Downtown

3rd Shift- Governor McCrory Throws One More Insult at North Carolinians Before 2015

By Chad Nance   The Order of the Long Leaf Pine has long been considered one of North Carolina’s highest honors. Past recipients include Maya Angelou, Shirley Caesar, Charlie Daniels, Dale Earnhardt, Billy Graham, Andy Griffith, Jim “Catfish” Hunter, Junior Johnson, and Michael Jordan – all people of note who […]

by · December 31, 2014 · 6 comments · 3rd Shift, Columns
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3rd Shift- Wasting Breath on Race Relations in the 21st Century – Heretic in the Sunday School

By Chad Nance “To be the American Voltaire , the enemy of all puritans, the heretic in the Sunday School, the one-man demolition crew of genteel tradition, the unregenerate neighborhood brat who stretches a string in the alley to trip the bourgeoisie on its pious homeward journey.” – Alistair Cooke […]

by · December 29, 2014 · 3 comments · 3rd Shift, Columns, Community, Neighborhoods
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Excerpt from “Shape I’m In:The Camel City Dispatches” – That Cold, Black Cloud is Coming Down…

By Chad Nance The following is an abridged excerpt from the upcoming non-fiction book, “Shape I’m In:The Camel City Dispatches”.   “Mother, mother There’s too many of you crying Brother, brother, brother There’s far too many of you dying You know we’ve got to find a way To bring some lovin’ here […]

by · December 2, 2014 · 0 comments · 3rd Shift, Columns, Community, Downtown

3rd Shift… 2014 Mid-Term Elections Race Sheet… Part One

By Chad Nance   Editor’s Note: Gambling on politics is illegal in the United States of America. The following predictions are intended only as mild entertainment and not intended to be used to secure the funds to pay off terrorists who may be holding your grandmother hostage or buy yourself […]

by · October 30, 2014 · 1 comment · 3rd Shift, Columns
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A Very Special 3rd Shift… Phil Berger, Dan Forest & the Ghost of George Wallace

By Chad Nance   “It is very appropriate that from this cradle of the Confederacy, this very heart of the great Anglo-Saxon Southland, that today we sound the drum for freedom as have our generations of forebears before us time and again down through history. Let us rise to the […]

by · October 22, 2014 · 1 comment · 3rd Shift, Columns, Community, Government Services