Who is the Pilot?

It was a mild summer day in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina when I boarded United Airline flight 7318 to Washington, DC. Like usual, I promptly located my window seat, with no doubts that the pilots would safely take me to my destination.

Suddenly, as I sat gazing out of the window waiting for take-off, certain questions unfolded in my mind. I wondered, “Who are these pilots that I wholeheartedly entrust with my life?” I wondered about my surety of knowing that they would, or could take me to my destination. I also pondered on “Why it is that I — or we as individuals, trustingly and unwaveringly allow others to continuously pilot our lives without questions or reservations?”

We permit others to pilot our lives while we unquestionably find our seat near the window – just watching – watching our lives quickly pass by. We lack faith in ourselves, because too often, we allow others such as bosses, friends, family and even enemies, to navigate our lives. We allow others to pilot our lives because of their negative words. We allow others to pilot our lives because they claim to know what is best for us. We live on autopilot without a clue as to where we are headed, or how we will get there.

We must declare that we will no longer allow other people to take control of our lives – or of our future. No matter how cloudy things look, no matter how dark our past is, we must remember that God is in control.

Allow God to be your pilot — as you co-pilot your own life into a prosperous and promising future.

Declare today: I will no longer sit back and allow other people to control my life into an uncertain and discontented future. The past is behind me — and only the best is yet to come!

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In the Know: Health and Wellness Website Legalities

When Health Consulting Businesses are Legally Responsible

One thing the internet is infamous for is being a source of advice for our health and well-being.

It doesn’t matter where we turn there is someone with a website telling us what to do to lose weight, slow down ageing or treat our illnesses.

We all do it. We aren’t feeling well so we type our symptoms into “Dr. Google” and voila, thousands of results telling us we have everything from a common cold to 6 months to live. We then take our results in hand to our doctor and tell him what we have.

Sadly, professionals in the health care industry, doctors, therapists, dieticians and nutritionists all have an everyday fight with misinformation that is provided on the internet.

If you are a blogger and have some experience with health-related issues, you may want to share this information with the world.

Or, you may be a professional with some education on certain health-related subjects and want to use that information to boost your business online.

Either way, you have to be very careful to follow the rules when it comes to providing health and wellness website information and advice to the masses.

Legal Responsibilities for Providing Health-Related Advice

So what are the legal issues for health consulting and coaching businesses when providing health-related information on a website?

There have been more than a few lawsuits in past years that have stemmed from sharing of health and diet advice with others on the internet.

In a recent lawsuit in North Carolina, a blogger changed his life and had experience with managing his Type 1 diabetes through use of the Paleo diet. He blogged about his efforts and when successful, he took his blogging a step further and began to share his meal plans and exercise regimens.

Eventually, he began providing one on one sessions to advise his readers in the ways of his experience for a fee.

In North Carolina, there is a misdemeanor law that makes it unlawful to practice dietetics or nutrition without a license. This blogger was charged with breaking this law and North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition is now threatening him with prison.

Research All Governing Bodies’ Rules & Regulations

When providing health and wellness information online, you must ensure you are following all the rules.

Each governing body has separate rules on what information you can and cannot advise the public with regarding their health.

Canada and the United States both have specific federal laws and then each province and state also have their own separate laws.

If you are going to provide information, then you must look up those laws according to where you live and where you are doing business from. And to take it even a step further, you then you have to consider the audience you are targeting.

A good guideline to follow if you are providing information on your health-related website is to ask yourself, are you being specific to a particular personal health situation. The blogger in the North Carolina lawsuit was doing OK with providing his personal experiences with the Paleo diet.

His suggestions for exercise regimens or providing his personal diet plans on his health and nutrition website may even have been OK with the law but as soon as he started consulting one-on-one with individuals and providing advice, he was beyond sharing his personal experience and fell into the realm of providing medical expertise in an area where he was not legally certified to engage in.

Remember, giving your opinion about a health-related subject or telling about your specific experience is one thing but if you are claiming to be an expert in anything on your health and nutrition website, you could be held accountable by the boards who are responsible for governing the public education on the subject and run into legal issues.

You must not in any way claim or pose as something you are not if you are going to provide reliable health information.

If you are handing out health or wellness advice you need to be very clear about what your education and expertise are and also be very careful of the legal issues surrounding any advice you do give.

This is where working with a professional web development firm could help steer you in the right direction and ensure you are not posting anything that could cause you legal problems while operating your business. Consulting a lawyer who is well versed in these matters would also be very prudent.

What You Need to Know About the Increase in Traffic Fatalities in South Carolina

In response to a recent report issued by South Carolina Highway Patrol, there has been an increase in traffic fatalities in South Carolina. South Carolina has seen a whopping 25% increase in deaths caused by traffic automobile accidents.

According to the National Safety Council, traffic deaths in the U.S. from 2014 to 2016 increased by 18 percent. However, the state of South Carolina saw a 25 percent increase. In North Carolina, the number jumped to 26 percent during the same two-year time frame.

More traffic, increased distractions, and poor road conditions lead to higher traffic fatalities across the state of South Carolina. Remember, it is easy to call a death in a traffic accident a “fatality”-which is a generic term. But imagine if it were your loved one, or close friend, who died tragically in a preventable traffic accident. Deaths caused by auto wrecks are an unnecessary tragedy. All of us have to remember that it’s not just a “fatality”; in fact, it’s a the loss of a human being-the loss of a father, mother, son or daughter, brother or sister – in a preventable situation. As an auto accident lawyer, I witness how car wrecks affect the lives of real people in our community. And it’s a terrible, terrible preventable tragedy.

What are some of the reasons for these high statistics? The program Target Zero discusses the state of South Carolina’s goal of eliminating traffic related deaths to Zero. One of these factors is the increase in traffic due to tourism. Whether toting our gorgeous parks or our fabulous food, our state, especially the Upstate, has received a lot of positive media attention in the past couple of years. This has resulted in an increase in visitors.

Another contributing factor to the increased traffic could be attributed to people relocating here. In 2015, there was a 2.5 percent jump in the number of registered vehicles and a 2 percent rise in the number of driver’s licenses issued in South Carolina.

With more traffic on the roadways of course there will be more traffic-related accidents. Nevertheless, there are still other reasons for wrecks. Distracted driving, drowsy driving, and drunk driving are still factors in fatality related auto accidents.

So, please be safe out there and be a defensive driver. And follow this simple advice: Slow down. Give plenty of distance between your car and other cars. Get off the cell phone or smart phone. Keep your eyes on the road. Keep two hands on the wheel. Never drink or drive or drive while tired. Take safe driving seriously.

Barbecue Wars

Okay, so here’s the deal. What kind of meat, what kind of sauce, what method of cooking, what type of wood or heat, and how is it served. A lot to consider. And one thing is for sure–we’re not talking a backyard Weber grill here, folks. This is serious business, so let’s get to it.

In the South, especially North Carolina, the most popular outdoor version is the “pig pickin’.” Named after the Cajun phrase cochon de lait, traditional Southern barbecue grew out of these gatherings, which entailed an entire hog roasted for hours, then letting guests pick their own meat off the finished product (hence the phrase “going whole hog”).

But every region has its own version, usually pork, and the sauce is what makes the difference. In North Carolina, the three varieties of sauces include vinegar-based in the east, tomato-vinegar, sometimes mustard, in the central state and a heavier tomato-based sauce in western NC. The city of Lexington, just northeast of Charlotte, proclaims itself to be the “Barbecue Capital of the World,” boasting one BBQ restaurant per 1000 people (talk about going whole hog). And throughout the South, the meat is more likely to be served on a plate, accompanied by hush puppies, coleslaw and baked beans, not in a bun smothered with ketchup (in some places considered a capital crime). When ordered, it’s simply called Q and the sides are a given. (In Texas you might get a thick piece of toast, but that’s another story.)

According to South Carolinians, only in their state will you find all four “official” sauces: mustard-based, vinegar-based, light or heavy tomato based. To the west, Memphis barbecue favors tomato- and vinegar-based sauces, and in some restaurants (or more likely BBQ shacks) the meat is rubbed with a mixture of dry seasonings before smoking over wood. Don’t even think about charcoal briquettes, considered a misdemeanor at the very least.The dry rub ingredients are a closely guarded secret, setting them apart from the guy down the street. There may not even be a sauce basted over the meat, but simply served on the side.

Moving right along, in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee barbecue is usually pork, basted with a sweet red sauce. Some rebels even dare to use a mayo-based sauce with vinegar, mostly on chicken (which is not really considered a true barbecue, anyway.) A popular item in North Carolina and Memphis is the pulled pork sandwich served on a bun and often topped with coleslaw. Pulled pork is prepared by shredding the pork after it has been barbecued, then piled high.

In the Midwest, we’re talking Kansas City-style, characterized by using different types of meat, which might be pulled pork or ribs, smoked sausage, beef brisket or ribs, smoked/grilled chicken, smoked turkey, and sometimes fish. Whew. They don’t leave anything to chance, but remember, KC is a major meat packing city, no vegetarians allowed. Hickory wood delivers the best flavor and the sauce of choice is tomato-based, spicy or mild. No hush puppies–remember you’re in the Midwest. And in Chicago, when they’re not wolfing down Italian beef sandwiches, hot dogs or pizza, they like to season the meat with a dry rub, sear it on a hot grill, then cook it slowly in a special oven. The meat, typically ribs, is then finished with a sweet and tangy red sauce. Not to worry, they won’t have you arrested if you order it on a bun (just no ketchup, understand?). Side dishes can be cooked greens, mac and cheese and sweet potatoes. Since many BBQ places are located on the South Side, they often comprise the main ticket item at soul food restaurants.

The state of Kentucky just has to be different, making mutton their meat of choice. In Maryland, beef is the ticket and it’s grilled over a high heat, served rare with horseradish. Hardly even qualifies as barbecue, so why are we spending any time on this?

Don’t mess with Texas, especially when it comes to BBQ. The bigger the better, and the Lone Star state takes no prisoners when it comes to their version (there ain’t no other version, pardner.) This tradition runs deep, and king-sized barbecues, thanks in no small part to the number of famous politicians who have hosted them over the years, try to diminish their Northern wannabes by claiming the best darn barbecue in the world. The emphasis is on the meat itself, not a sauce. Usually “Texas-style” means “Central Texas-style” and that spells b-e-e-f. Brisket is cooked over indirect heat, low and slow. They favor mesquite wood or a combo of hickory and oak, then served up on plates with potato salad, beans, slaw and a big ole slice of Texas toast. This is serious eatin’, y’all.

And there you have it. Exhausting, all these details and variations. Who’s hungry? What will you choose and where? So much barbecue, so little time.

The Fort Fisher Hermit

Robert E. Harrill, also known as the “The Hermit” is a character woven into the history of Fort Fisher, NC. Surely one of the most famous people of Pleasure Island. He has been the subject of a documentary, a book, a “society” and has had many articles written about his life and times. He lived “off the land” in an old, abandoned War World II bunker for 16 years. Harrill hitchhiked to Fort Fisher, on the coast of North Carolina from the mountains seeking peace and sanctuary from an abusive and disappointing life. In his early 60’s, he finally decided to move away from society and closer to nature. His life was sad, sweet, inspirational and courageous; his death surrounded in mystery only adds one more layer to his story. He was gregarious, teaching his version of “the school of common sense”, by the late 1960’s he was deemed to be the second largest tourist attraction in the state of North Carolina after the Battleship U.S.S. North Carolina.

I followed the “Hermit’s Trail” to the bunker he used to call home. Like everyone else, I find myself intrigued by a man who lived in the middle of a salt marshland, just beside the ocean, so independently for so long. He lived off the “fat of the land”;here at the coast it was oysters, fish and a garden he planted himself. He braved hurricanes, the humidity and heat of the Carolina summers, he fought for his right to stay in his “home” against developers and other authorities who considered him a vagrant. Mainly, his friends were the animals, stray cats, dogs and wild raccoons. Although, I do not imagine he was lonely for human company-it has been said that he kept a guest book that by his death contained no less than 100,000 entries. These passers by made their contributions to him-dropping money in his frying pan or sharing some food. He also accepted donations for posing in a photo.

He was quoted in 1968 in the New Hanover Sun with regard to his popularity,

“Everybody ought to be a hermit for a few minutes to an hour or so every 24 hours, to study, meditate, and commune with their creator…millions of people want to do just what I’m doing, but since it is much easier thought of than done, they subconsciously elect me to represent them, that’s why I’m successful…”

I imagine he did not miss much food or drink. There is an entry on his website from a local who was about 16 at the time used to ride him into town for groceries. The man remembers piling 30 bags of groceries into his trunk!

letters and stories, along with his personal collected writings indicate he lived a hard life. He grew up through the depression in an abusive household as a child. His marriage ended in divorce and his eldest son committee suicide. I can relate to his desire to escape to a simpler life. To continue his story however, his younger son Edward founded The Hermits’ Society. The Hermit’s inspirations, “teachings”, and thoughts are recorded in photograph and movie

His death on June 3, 1972 was listed as a heart attack. The Hermit was found by a group of teenagers early in the morning. His body was in a spread eagle position on a pile of trash. I find it hard to convey how this saddens me.

You can still visit his bunker and walk the trail from the Fort Fisher/South End Beach Access. The trail begins across from the Visitors Center. The trail is approximately ¼ mile to the bunker. You can continue on to the Observatory deck at the very top if the island where you can view heron, ibis, egret and other amazing coastal colonial birds. A regular sight for our friend the hermit.

Having learned all of this about Robert Harrill I felt compelled, to follow it through and find his grave. It is located on Dow Road in the Federal Point Methodist Cemetery. It is a peaceful spot beside the River in a shady, historic area of the grounds. The grave itself is covered in shells that have been left as mementos, in fact I left one myself as I knelt to read the headstone. It reads “He made people think”. I am not the only one, his visitors still seek him out, most recently a DVD of the Fort Fisher Hermit Movie was also left on Robert’s grave. The story of his life, “The Battle for Independence; The Life and Times of the Fort Fisher Hermit” is for sale on lulu.com.

NC Waterfront Communities and NC Waterfront Homes For Sale

Waterfront living offers benefits and enjoyment like no other. The combination of a splendid view and the numerous recreational opportunities available can not be compared. However, the lifestyle itself is one of casualness and relaxation hard to emulate in any other environment. In coastal southeastern North Carolina that winning combination is available for the taking.

Topsail Island is a barrier island located north of Wilmington and south of Jacksonville. This convenient location makes Topsail a desirable place to live. Topsail has offered some of the best property buys along the eastern seaboard. Oceanfront homes are the most popular properties to purchase for investment purposes and they range from $ 300,000 to $ 1,250,000. Topsail Island also has several condominium communities.

Wrightsville Beach is adjacent to Wilmington, and is considered to be one of the best real estate investments on the coast of North Carolina. With plenty of beautiful oceanfront real estate, the vacation rentals market on Wrightsville Beach is strong. Currently the average price for homes on the beach is $ 1,163,661. Residents, local government and staff have been successful in preserving the family atmosphere that has appeared to so many generations of home owners and visitors. There is a wonderful balance of services provided without the over-commercialization to which so many beach towns have succumbed.

For those who want a permanent waterfront location without the summer fluctuation in population Porter's Neck Waterfront community is too good to be true. Situated on the Intracoastal Waterway just four miles north of Wilmington, the exclusive Porters Neck features custom-built luxury homes, championship golf course, sports center with tennis and swimming, and clubhouse. Townhouses, villas and single family homes are available overlooking the water, the golf course or surrounded by natural woodlands. Currently new home listing prices average between $ 242,724 and $ 508,768. Residents truly enjoy a high quality of lifestyle in this beautifully designed and maintained community.

Ruffin McNeill – Head Football Coach For East Carolina University (ECU) Pirates – Coaching Bio

Ruffin McNeill is gaining a name for himself as the new head football coach for the East Carolina University (ECU) Pirates football program. The ECU campus is located in Greenville, North Carolina and Coach McNeill is excited to bring winning football back to the area that very much enjoys it.

Born on October 9, 1958 McNeill spent roughly 25 years as an assistant in the world of college football before landing his first permanent head coaching job at his alma mater where he played defensive back and graduated in 1980. After serving as the team captain for two seasons as an undergraduate student athlete at East Carolina Ruffin decided to pursue a career in coaching football and picked up a master’s degree from Clemson University along the way.

In the 1980s Coach McNeill held down assistant coaching positions at:

• Clemson University in South Carolina (1985-1986)

• Austin Peay in Clarksville, Tennessee (1987)

• North Alabama in Florence, Alabama(1988)

• Appalachian State in Boone, North Carolina (1989-1991)

In the 1990s Ruffin McNeill continued to move around quite a bit as he took every opportunity available to him in order to educate himself about his craft and to make himself more hirable for more desirable opportunities.

During the 1990s Ruffin coached at:

• Appalachian State in Boone, North Carolina (1989-1991 & 1993-1996)

• East Carolina in Greenville, North Carolina (1992)

• UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada (1998)

• Fresno State in Fresno, California (1999)

Finally, in the year 2000 Ruffin found a school in Texas Tech University where he could establish some roots. In breaking with his past track record of changing jobs every couple of years Ruffin surprisingly stayed with the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Lubbock, Texas for a full decade. Initially brought on board as a linebackers coach McNeill was eventually promoted to interim defensive coordinator in 2007 by head coach Mike Leach.

In late December of 2009 Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach was fired for alleged misconduct involving physically mistreating a player. Upon the dismissal of Coach Leach, McNeill was asked to step in as interim head coach and coach the team in the post season Alamo Bowl game on January 2, 2010. Ruffin helped the Red Raiders finish the season on a bright spot by defeating the mighty Michigan State University football program to end the season on a high note.

After the Alamo Bowl Texas Tech brought in a more high profile head coach in Tommy Tuberville who has a coaching resume that includes head coaching stints at both Ole Miss (1995-1998) and a nine year stay at Auburn University from 1999-2008. Ruffin lost his job during the Tuberville transition.

The fact that Ruffin McNeil was forced out of Texas Tech after spending ten years on the Lubbock campus turned out to be a bit of a blessing in disguise as it provided him the opportunity to attain the coveted position of being the head coach at his alma mater, ECU. Since the January 21, 2010 announcement that Ruffin McNeill is the latest head football coach at East Carolina University area fans are excited to see what he will do now that he is finally in charge of overseeing a college football program from the head coach position.

Satisfying Dental Care Needs in Raleigh

If you are relocating to Raleigh, North Carolina or the Research Triangle Park area, this information may help you find the best dentist to provide the level of care most appropriate for you and your family.

How Accessible Are Dentists in Raleigh?

In Raleigh, dental care is much more accessible than it is in many other parts of North Carolina. Raleigh is located in Wake County, which is one of eight North Carolina counties with dentist-to-patient ratios that exceed the national average. Sadly, the state of North Carolina ranks 47th in the nation in terms of dentist-to-patient ratios. While the state ranks low for dental care availability, Raleigh residents have great access compared to the rest of the United States. By combining June 2009 figures from the North Carolina Dental Board with 2008 census figures for Raleigh, one can extrapolate that there is a ratio of about one dentist per 1,350 residents.

What Kind of Quality Can I Expect?

The quality of care (as well as the number of dental providers) in Raleigh is influenced by the nearby University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill, NC. Raleigh, the Research Triangle Park area, and neighboring cities and counties have exceptional access to dental care, thanks in large part to the presence of graduates of this school.

Founded in 1954, the UNC School of Dentistry has a national reputation for both research and education. Each year, the school admits about 80 students to its DDS (doctorate of Dental Surgery) program, with about 80% of those being in-state admissions. In the United States, schools of dentistry – unlike medical and law schools – have no official rankings. However, UNC is typically a top contender on unofficial lists. The nationwide respect for the UNC School of Dentistry program helps to validate the quality of dental services being provided in Raleigh by graduates of that school.

The North Carolina Dental Board is the regulating body for providers of dental services in North Carolina. Its mission is to ensure that the dental profession merit and receive the confidence of the public and that only qualified persons be permitted to practice dentistry and dental hygiene in the state of North Carolina.

What Types of Dental Providers Exist?

While the North Carolina Dental Board is the regulatory body, the North Carolina Dental Society is a professional organization that promotes the improvement of the public’s oral health and the art and science of dentistry. It encourages the maintenance of high standards of practice and competency, and represents the interests of members of the dental profession and the public that it serves. While membership in the professional organization is not mandatory, the North Carolina Dental Society provides figures that give some insight into the distribution of different types of providers of dental care in Raleigh. Raleigh members include dental providers in these commonly used categories: General Practice (142), Orthodontists (17), Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery (11), Endodontists (9), Pediatrics (8), Periodontists (7). June 2009 figures from the North Carolina Dental Board indicated that 264 dentists in Raleigh were licensed to practice General Dentistry. The combination of these two sets of numbers should provide for rough extrapolation on the number of specialized providers.

What Are the Emerging Trends in Dental Care?

In Raleigh, the provision of dental services is beginning to change, thanks to the progressive thinking of some dentists. This change involves making a broader range of dental care services available under a single roof. General dentists willing to invest in appropriate training can offer a broader range of dental care services, a concept sometimes referred to as Comprehensive Dentistry. Some also include Cosmetic Dentistry services. Having services provided under a single roof also eliminates the need to obtain consents and transfer dental records from one practice to another.

This emerging model for dental care in Raleigh has distinct advantages – one being that the dentist most familiar with the patient’s dental care and preferences can provide most, if not all, of the needed services in a familiar environment. A familiar environment can help to reduce the anxiety that some patients experience when they have to go to a (new) specialist to receive needed services. (Be assured that general dentists who provide a broader range of dental services do refer very complex cases to appropriate dental care specialists who focus on only one very specific dental care issue, and whose skills may be needed in those particular situations.)

Since specialists in Raleigh are not nearly as accessible as general dentists (see figures above), general dentists who offer a broader range of services can help provide more timely treatment for many “non-routine” dental needs (e.g., wisdom tooth extraction, periodontal treatments, orthodontics). Ask any prospective provider of dental care in Raleigh to explain the range of services the practice is making available to you, as well as the specific credentials of the dentist(s). You may also want to ask whether the practice is accredited by the state of North Carolina to perform sedation dentistry, because the state recently enacted guidelines and an accreditation process to ensure public safety in the administration of sedation in dental practices.

Diversifying Your IRA With Raw Land & Other Real Estate Investments, Savvy Americans Are Using IRA

Developing wealth with traditional Roth and SEP individual retirement accounts (IRAs), as with all types of investment ports, requires diversification and knowledge. With Wall Street activity that is inconsistent to say the least – stocks, bonds, money market funds, savings certificates and mutual funds are all suffering. As a result, more and more financially, savvy Americans are taking advantage of a little known IRS clause that allows you to build wealth in your IRA accounts by purchasing certain types of real estate – all tax deferred. This is a long standing tax advantage versus some of the new programs of today.

Retirees across America are investing their retirement funds in real estate. While there are sure signs of recovery taking place, it's still a definite Buyer's market. RE has always been an investment that will bounce back when down turned and retirees know that. Influenced by the effects of low interest rates, IRA owners are those who wish to position themselves to optimally benefit from the imminent market recovery. And they're buying up everything from raw land, to single family homes to commercial buildings of all types.

Western North Carolina real estate is some of the most sought after in America.

Overlook Brasstown and Overlook Martins Creek are exactly the type of developments that retirement agreed real estate investors are looking for today. Located in the beautiful mountainous regions of Western North Carolina, these communities are exceptionally safe and perfect for IRA investments. Western North Carolina real estate is showing signs of recovery far in excess of most of the rest of the country. Intelligent retirees are allocating funds from their IRA accounts to obtain this highly desirable real estate. And with a bit of patience, the returns that they are experiencing are quite significant indeed.

The United States IRS stipulates regulations for real estate investments with IRA funds in section 408 of the Internal Revenue Code. You need to familiarize yourself with the penalties for noncompliance. You should definitely consider the following tips:

How to invest in real estate using your IRA funds:

Choose your top pick from available investment property options. Remember that an investment property is one that you will not be living in – at least not right away.

Select an IRA custodian that permits investments in real estate. While an ever-increasing number of IRA custodians are embrocing this technique of investment, most likely, your local lending institution will not accommodate real estate investment IRAs. To find real estate investment-friendly IRA custodians, perform a Google search on "real estate IRAs".

You must have enough cash left in your IRA to cover all expenses that are related to maintaining the property. That includes taxes, maintenance costs and management fees.

Generated income will flow into your IRA while all expenses for property maintenance will flow out of it.

After retirement age, anytime you choose, you can direct your IRA custodian to turn your investment property over to you as a distribution. Of course, this distribution will be based upon the then-current market value for the property.

Additionally, you are allowed to pool your IRA funds together with those from other investors. Forming such partnerships is a logical and effective way for investors to acquire more substantive properties. Likewise, husband and wife teams may combine their IRA funds.

Soft market conditions present real estate investors with a buyer's market to benefit from. And using the funds from your IRA accounts to diversify your holdings just makes solid sense. In fact, that's why upscale communities like Overlook Brasstown and Overlook Martins Creek in Western North Carolina are experiencing such a significant surge in sales. Overlook Properties Developer, Blake Twedt, has further sweetened the investment pot by providing an industry Unique Price Guarantee for all Brasstown and Martins Creek properties. Mr. Twedt states, "We are definitely going the extra mile to protect the sustainability of our retirees' IRA investments.

Florida Play 4 & Georgia Cash 4 – North and South Carolina Pick 4 Winning Tickets

The Southeastern States of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina have a lot of beautiful attractions, not only for the visitors, but also for their own residents to enjoy. Some of the great attractions of these States for their residents are the Florida Play 4, Georgia Cash 4, North Carolina Pick 4 and South Carolina Pick 4 lottery games. Even visitors and vacationers can make their visits more enjoyable and memorable by playing and winning any of these Pick 4 Lottery Games during their stay.

Three of these State’s Lotteries offer two drawings per day. The first drawing is referred to as “Day” drawing. This drawing takes place during the local midday hours: 1:30pm in Florida, 12:29pm in Georgia, and 12:59pm in South Carolina. North Carolina does not have a Pick 4 Midday drawing.

The second drawing is referred to as “Evening” drawing. The Evening drawing takes place at 7:57pm in Florida, 10:59pm on Sunday, Monday, & Thursday and 11:34pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday in Georgia; 11:22pm in North Carolina, and 6:59pm in South Carolina.

A simple visit to a local grocery store, gas station, or other lottery retailers provides visitors and residents alike the opportunity to make a $1.00 investment on their favorite 4-digits in hopes of becoming $5,000 richer with a Winning Pick 4 Ticket for the matching Straight (Exact) order of their four digits.

One of the best ways to choose a daily Pick 4 Winning Number is to use a proven verifiable Pick 4 Winning Strategy. A Quick Pick has a 1 in 10,000 chance of being a winner; it’s like finding a needle in a haystack. To be successful like most professionals Pick 4 players need to have a plan and use a strategy. This way they increase their chances to win…and win big!

With a knowledgeable and proven winning strategy players lower the odds in their favor and narrow their number choices to play. With a small, low risk dollar investment of $5, $10, or $20 a Winning Pick 4 Straight Ticket will give players a huge return on their investment in the amounts of $25,000, $50,000, and $100,000.

The Pick 4 player needs to visit the lottery retailer before the drawings close, usually 15 to 30 minutes to the actual time of the lottery drawing. The drawings are usually televised on a local TV Station in each state. Excited Cash 4, Play 4, & Pick 4 Lottery players can actually watch their Winning Numbers be drawn as each digit – one by one – matches the four digits players have on their ticket which they hold in their hand.

In Florida, players can watch the Winning Play 4 drawing and results on the following television stations: Jacksonville WJXX & WTLV, Miami/Fort Lauderdale WPLG, Orlando/Daytona Beach/Melbourne WKMG, Tallahassee WTXL, Tampa/St. Petersburg WTSP, Pensacola WJTC, Sarasota WWSB, West Palm Beach WPBF, and some local TELEMUNDO TV Stations throughout the State.

Winning the Play 4 Florida Lottery – whether being a resident or visitor – is something one will never forget, and help make dreams come true!

In Georgia the Cash 4 results and drawings can be viewed on these following local TV Stations: Atlanta WSB Channel 2, Augusta WJBF Channel 6, Macon WMAZ Channel 13, Savannah WSAV Channel 3, Columbus WRBL Channel 3, and Toccoa WNEG Channel 32.

In North Carolina the Winning Carolina Pick 4 drawing and results (only evening lottery results) are announced on the following television Stations throughout the State: Raleigh WRAL Channel 5, Greensville/New Bern/Washington WITN Channel 7, Wilmington WILM Channel 10, Charlotte WCNC Channel 36, Winston-Salem/Greensboro/High Point WXLV Channel 45, and Asheville WYCW Channel 62.

The South Carolina Educational Lottery does not televise their midday drawings. The South Carolina Pick 4 Evening Results and drawing are available for viewing on: Hilton Head WHHI-TV Channel 3, Florence/Myrtle Beach WFXB Channel 43, Columbia WLTX Channel 19, Greenville/Spartanburg WHNS Channel 21, Charleston WCBD Channel 2, Aiken/Augusta WRDW Channel 12, and Rock Hill/Charlotte WMYT Channel 12.

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