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By Erin Smith

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and heard from Bladen County Department of Social Services Director, Vickie Smith, regarding how information is shared between agencies regarding juveniles in the court system.

Smith presented the board with a memorandum of understanding relating it the confidentiality of juvenile court information. She explained all counties have to sign the agreement with the State of North Carolina.

Smith said the agreement explains how information shared between the District 13 Guardian Ad Litem Program, the District Court Judge’s Office, and Bladen County Department of Social Services. Smith explained the JWISE reporting system assists Child Welfare workers in tracking court dates for cases, court orders that have been issued, and children who are in the foster care system.

The purpose of the agreement is to ensure that “…safety, permanency, and well-being for each child are achieved in a fair and timely manner.”

The board approved the agreement.

The board also heard an update from Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Captain, Jeff Singletary, regarding the Roadside Litter Pick-Up Program. He told the board the program has been in effect since June 26, and as of Monday, 504 bags of trash have been removed off of Bladen County’s roadways.

Singletary also told the board that as of Monday, 2.25 tons of trash and 500 pounds of furniture have been picked up.

He said the Sheriff’s Office has been coordinating with Bladen County Solid Waste, and addressing areas where complaints have been submitted. Singletary said the areas with the most complaints are being addressed first, such as Center Road and Owen Hill Road. He added the program will send teams to all areas of the county.