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Blackbeard’s Flag on NC Ferries

Those taking a ferry this summer at the Outer Banks will do so under the black flag of North Carolina’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.

In partnership with the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the flag will fly on ferries serving the Hatteras-Ocracoke, Cedar Island-Ocracoke, and Swan Quarter-Ocracoke ferry routes. The Pamlico River route between Bayview and Aurora will also hoist the flag, as both areas have historic ties to the 18th century pirates. READ MORE 

Stolen Property Recovered in Columbus County


Whiteville, NC – Columbus County Sheriff’s Office recovered a large quantity of stolen items from the residence of two individuals on April 14, 2018. These individuals are responsible for at least two Columbus County residential break-ins, prior to their arrest.

On April 11th, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office was notified that the residence located at 130 Ken Ray Drive in Tabor City was broken into. Numerous items were stolen including a firearm, an Apple iPad, foreign coins, lawn and garden power tools, and a purse. READ MORE

NCDOT, UNC-Pembroke Break Ground on Road Makeover

PEMBROKE – State and local officials celebrated on Friday, April 20, the start of a much-anticipated project that will improve the safety and traffic flow of a University of North Carolina Pembroke gateway in Robeson County.

James Trogdon, secretary of the N.C. Department of Transportation, joined UNC Pembroke Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings and Pembroke Mayor Charles Gregory Cummings in a groundbreaking ceremony to reconstruct a mile of North Odom Street/Prospect Road along the campus. READ MORE

Alamance-Burlington High School Teacher Wins NC’s Top Honors

Freebird McKinney, a social studies teacher at Walter M. Williams High School in Burlington, was named the 2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year during an awards luncheon today in Cary. McKinney was selected from a field of nine finalists representing the state’s eight education districts and charter schools. McKinney has been teaching for 13 years, the last three at Williams High School, in the Alamance-Burlington School System, where he teaches World and European history and also is co-coordinator of the school’s International Baccalaureate Pathway Program. READ MORE

NC 911 Board Honors Crisis Support Member, Awards Grant at Monthly Meeting

The North Carolina 911 Board today honored a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department telecommunicator who helped counsel a colleague in training after a 911 call during which a psychiatric patient threatened to harm himself and his mother. The incident resulted in the patient being shot and killed by police. READ MORE

Teen wanted in Brunswick County for attempted murder

By Erin Smith

A teenager is wanted in Brunswick County for attempted murder, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. The teen is being sought on two charges of attempted murder following a shooting that occurred in Bolivia on Thursday. READ MORE

Governor Cooper’s proposed budget carries funds for improved school  safety

By Erin Smith

Governor Roy Cooper released his proposed budget on Thursday which calls for $130 million in funds to protect students and improve safety at schools. 

“North Carolina’s classrooms must be safe and supportive places for educators to work and children to learn,” said Governor Cooper. “We should address both classroom security and youth mental health needs and my budget takes meaningful steps to prevent school violence and protect teachers and students.” READ MORE

Cape Fear Valley Lifts Flu Restrictions

FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health has lifted its visitor policy restricting children under age 12 from visiting its hospitals effective immediately. The policy was implemented in early January to minimize the spread of flu. READ MORE

Governor’s Crime Commission Forms Special Committee to Improve School Safety

RALEIGH: At Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks’ request, the Governor’s Crime Commission has established a special committee consisting of representatives from law enforcement, juvenile justice, courts, schools and others to identify resources and develop recommendations to strengthen school safety. READ MORE

Two Whiteville Men Pled Guilty to Bank Robbery and Firing Weapons at Law Enforcement Officers

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that in federal court today, Rashad Davonte Young, 27, and Jeramie Ross Vaughn, 30, of Whiteville, North Carolina pled guilty in Raleigh before United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle to one count of Bank Robbery and one count of Discharging a Firearm in Furtherance of a Bank Robbery. READ MORE

Joseph Habedank to appear a Fayetteville Community Church Sunday


Joseph Habedank will perform at Fayetteville Community Church on Sunday, April 22, during the morning worship service beginning at 10:30 a.m. Daywind recording artist Joseph Habedank is a Dove Award winning, GRAMMY® nominated singer/songwriter and Singing News Magazine’s 2017 Soloist of the Year. He has a unique and equally powerful testimony that has been featured on’s Spirited Debate, TBN’s Praise the Lord, and in such publications as Billboard Magazine, CCM Magazine, and Glenn Beck’s The Blaze. READ MORE

Duke Energy to hold annual shareholders’ meeting May 3

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy will hold its annual shareholders’ meeting Thursday, May 3, at 12:30 p.m. ET, online using a live video webcast. Duke Energy Chairman, President and CEO Lynn Good will provide an overview of the company’s 2017 performance and strategy for the future. Shareholders will be able to watch her presentation, vote on company and shareholder proposals and, through a website, submit questions before and during the meeting. READ MORE

High Demand for Special-Needs Education Savings Accounts Shows Parents Want Choice

Raleigh – Demand for North Carolina’s new Special Needs Education Savings Account (ESA) has surged during the program’s first application year, reports Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC), the state’s leading voice for educational choice. By the close of applications on April 2, 1,430 students had applied for 330 slots to participate in the ESA program, according to the latest numbers from the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA). The 330 available slots are based on the appropriated $3 million at $9,000 per scholarship. NCSEAA expects to begin the award process by the week of April 30th. READ MORE

Two Month Cross County Undercover Investigation Leads to Arrest

Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker announced today the arrest of Curtis Devon Ballard, 33, of Clint Drive, Whiteville.

“This arrest is the result of an undercover investigation involving controlled buys by members of the Bladen County Narcotics Unit,” said McVicker. READ MORE

2018 Teacher of the Year to be Announced Friday

The 2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year will be announced Friday, April 20, during a luncheon at The Umstead Hotel, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary. The actual announcement is expected to take place around 1:45 p.m.The winner succeeds the 2017 Teacher of the Year, Lisa Godwin, a kindergarten teacher at Dixon Elementary School in Onslow County. READ MORE

NCSHP Participates in Drive to Save Lives Campaign

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is proud to announce it will join a collaborative effort to reduce collisions along the I-95 corridor.  Through support from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and states along the eastern portion of the U.S., the Drive to Save Lives Campaign is intended to increase visibility of law enforcement over a period of two days. 

In 2014, the IACP initiated an effort to significantly reduce more than 30,000 highway deaths, which occurs annually across the nation.  The state police and highway patrol leaders from the IACP Division of State and Provincial Police have led a sustained data-driven effort since 2014.  It focused on and targeted distracted and impaired driving, speeding, the use of seatbelts and other unsafe driving behaviors. READ MORE

Federal Jury Convicts Pembroke Medical Doctor for Unlawfully Distributing Oxycodone

Raleigh – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, jr., announced today that, Donovan Dave Dixon, 51 of Fayetteville, North Carolina, was convicted after a four-day jury trial before Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III.  READ MORE

Wilmington Crash Derby Set For Saturday

By Dora Brogdon

On April 21, beginning at 3 p.m. the Full Contact Racing Association will be having a Wilmington Crash Derby at Haw Hill Raceway. READ MORE


Bladen- Columbus Narcotics Team Arrest one After Search

On Monday, April 16, 2018 Narcotics Agents with the Bladen/Columbus County Narcotics Taskforce executed a search at 9329 Mercer Mill Road, Clarkton NC after citizen complaints of an indoor marijuana grow operation. READ MORE

From chasing storms to scaling poles, Duke Energy lineworkers keep the grid running

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Lineworkers have jobs unlike any other – they chase storms, climb poles and know the ins and outs of the energy grid – and, with the demands of the job, are always on standby when severe weather strikes. READ MORE


Duke Energy’s $62 million solar rebate program approved for North Carolina residential, business and nonprofit customers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy’s $62 million solar rebate program – which will help North Carolina customers with the upfront cost of installing solar panels on their property – was approved this month by the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC). READ MORE

NC Schools Celebrate National School Library Month

Schools across North Carolina this month are celebrating National School Library Month to highlight the critical importance of school library media centers and their specialists to enrich student learning.The State Board of Education at its April meeting endorsed a proclamation recognizing the key role of school media centers play in supporting all students with a wealth of print and digital resources and instruction to develop literacy and help students access, evaluate and use information. READ MORE

Rise Against Hunger Event May 12th

A Rise Against Hunger event is planned for Saturday, May 12, beginning at 9 a.m. at Kyle’s Farm in Harrells, NC.  For information on volunteering, READ MORE

Arrest Made in Eastern North Carolina Synthetic Drug Case

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announces the arrest of Akram Abdel-Aziz, 50, on drug related charges.

Abdel-Aziz is charged in a criminal complaint with the possession with intent to distribute a quantity of 5F-ADB, a synthetic cannabinoid listed as a Schedule I controlled substance.  READ MORE

State Highway Patrol Joins Governor Cooper to Address Teen Driving Fatalities

RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol opened its annual “Operation Drive to Live” initiative with a press event today in Nash County.  The week long initiative is designed to bring attention to the loss of life suffered from teen driving fatalities across our state. READ MORE

Leland woman arrested on embezzlement charges

By Erin Smith

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Leland woman on Tuesday for embezzling medication from her employer. READ MORE

Secretary Trogdon Addresses Robeson County Vision Zero Task Force  

LUMBERTON – The number of people killed last year in vehicle crashes in Robeson County totaled 53, compared with just 37 deaths in 2016, according to newly figures from the N.C. Department of Transportation statistics show. READ MORE

Statement from Director of Prisons Kenneth Lassiter on Attack at Lanesboro Correctional Institution this Morning

RALEIGH: This morning at approximately 8:30, an inmate assaulted another inmate at Lanesboro Correctional Institution. Correctional officers responded to the situation and one of the inmates turned and assaulted one of the officers. READ MORE

Israeli Manufacturer to Add 302 New Jobs in Rockingham County Expansion

Albaad USA, Inc., a multinational manufacturer of wet wipes and other hygiene products will expand its U.S. operations in Reidsville, creating 302 jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced today.  The company will invest $45 million to produce additional lines of personal care products in Rockingham County. READ MORE


NC Virtual Public School Advisory Council Meets

The North Carolina Virtual Public School Advisory Council will hold its quarterly meeting virtually on Tuesday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to noon. READ MORE

NC Textbook Commission Meets

The NC Textbook Commission will meet on Tuesday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the 7th-floor board room in the Education Building, 301 North Wilmington Street, Raleigh, N.C. READ MORE


Brunswick County couple make first appearance on murder charges

By Erin Smith

A Brunswick County couple who were convicted of severely abusing their child in 1997 are now facing first degree murder charges stemming from that incident. David Tripp Jr. and Robyn Noffsinger are both charged with first degree murder in the death of their son, David Reinhardt which was subsequently changed to David Stuart. READ MORE

NC DOTSecretary Trogdon to Address Robeson County Vision Zero group

Robeson County Vision Zero Taskforce will hold a meeting on Thursday, April 12, at 10 a.m. at the Robeson County Emergency Operations Center, located at 38 Legend Drive, Lumberton, NC READ MORE

NC DOTNCDOT Touts Work Zone Safety in Cumberland County

FAYETTEVILLE – Last year, two people died and 147 crashes occurred in work zones in Cumberland County. Going too fast and not paying attention behind the wheel are among the top causes of work zone crashes. Statewide last year, there were more than 7,200 crashes and 38 deaths in work areas. READ MORE

National Engagement for National Incident Management System Resource Management Supplemental Guidance and Tools

FEMA’s National Integration Center is seeking public feedback on a number of National Incident Management System (NIMS) Resource Management component documents that enhance interoperability and the effectiveness of mutual aid. This National Engagement Period will conclude at 5:00 p.m. READ MORE


U.S. 74 Project Will Close Intersection in Robeson County

NC DOTLUMBERTON – The U.S. 74 intersection with Broadridge Road in Robeson County is scheduled to close Thursday, April 12, to begin the construction of an interchange. READ MORE


Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission Meets

The Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC) will meet Thursday, April 12, at 9 a.m. in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh. READ MORE

Duke Energy to announce first quarter 2018 financial results on May 10

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy will announce the release of its first quarter 2018 financial results at 7 a.m. ET on Thursday, May 10, in a news release to be posted on the company’s website at READ MORE

N.C. Holds Steady on Most Measures of National Assessment

North Carolina’s performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress in 2017 largely mirrored nationwide results, with fourth and eighth graders generally performing at similar levels as 2015, when the last nationwide assessment was administered. READ MORE


Safety and Security Improvements Prompt Changes for Several Prison Facilities

RALEIGH: The NC Division of Prisons today announced mission changes at several facilities to address safety, security and operational needs. The changes, which could take up to a year to complete, include converting Lanesboro Correctional Institution in Polkton (Anson County) into a facility for female inmates and renaming it Anson Correctional Institution.  READ MORE

Missing Winnabow man has been located

By Erin Smith

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a missing Brunswick County man has been located and is safe. READ MORE

NC DOTSpring Into Action During the Statewide Litter Sweep

RALEIGH– As you clear out closets in your house for spring cleaning, why not also put on an orange safety vest and gloves to participate in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway Spring Litter Sweep? This year’s campaign runs April 14-28. Volunteers from local businesses, schools, non-profits and community groups work alongside NCDOT to help keep North Carolina’s roadways clean throughout the year. READ MORE


Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office seeking missing man

By Erin Smith

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate a missing Winnabow man. READ MORE

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office seeking suspect

By Erin Smith

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate a Hispanic male from the Leland area who is wanted on a charge of incest. READ MORE

NC DOT offers work zone safety tips

NC DOTRALEIGH – As the weather warms up and more people hit the roads, there’s a greater chance drivers will encounter a work zone. The safety of motorists and construction crews is the top priority of the department, and wants to ensure everyone makes it home tonight. READ MORE

Arrest for Trafficking Opium or Heroin in Columbus County

Cerro Gordo, NC – The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit completed an investigation into the distribution of opiates in the communities of Cerro Gordo and Chadbourn in Columbus County. The defendant resides in Cerro Gordo but has ties with narcotics dealers in Chadbourn.  This investigation originated from numerous citizen complaints. READ MORE

N.C. Air National Guard C-17 Acceptance Ceremony

CHARLOTTE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, CHAROTTE, N.C. –  The North Carolina Air National Guard invites media representatives to the acceptance ceremony of the first two C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at 1:00 P.M on Saturday, April 7, at the Charlotte Air National Guard Base. This marks a major point in the unit’s transition into a C-17 Wing. READ MORE


Columbus County Sheriff’s Office seeking Deputy Cadets

Sheriff Lewis Hatcher and the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office are recruiting young men and women, ages 14 to 20, to join the Deputy Cadet Program. READ MORE


State Board of Education Approves Operator for Southside Ashpole Elementary

The State Board of Education (SBE) approved Achievement for All Children (AAC)–a non-profit organization based in Forest City, North Carolina–to be the Innovative School Operator for Southside Ashpole Elementary in Rowland, NC beginning in the 2018-19 academic year. READ MORE

State Board Releases New Voter Registration Form as Deadline Approaches

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement has released a newly designed voter registration application form, which includes the option of registering with the North Carolina Green Party. READ MORE

Four County EMC Accepting 2018-19 Bright Ideas Education Grant Applications


BURGAW, N.C. – Four County EMC is once again partnering with local educators to bring learning to life through the Bright Ideas education grant program. Educators can submit an application for Bright Ideas grants of up to $2,000 for innovative, hands-on classroom projects that would not otherwise be funded.  READ MORE

NCDA&CS to host Voluntary Agricultural District training for local government and nonprofit staff

RALEIGH – The N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund will hold five workshops across the state for local government and nonprofit staff involved in protecting their communities’ agricultural lands and administering their local Voluntary Agricultural District programs. READ MORE


Harnett County Project Would Enhance N.C. 87 Intersection

NC DOTSPRING LAKE – The N.C. Department of Transportation is soliciting feedback on a design plan that would reduce traffic delays and ease commuter congestion at one N.C. 87 intersection in Harnett County. Open house is April 10. READ MORE

Immigrants indicted in Sampson and Cumberland Counties

By Erin Smith

Two men were recently arrested and indicted on charges of illegal re-entry of a deported alien in Federal Court in Raleigh on Wednesday.  READ MORE

Tabor Correctional inmates could be facing charges after assault

By Erin Smith

Five inmates at the Tabor Correctional Institute in Columbus County could be facing charges after another inmate was attacked on Wednesday morning. According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, prison officials are meeting with the District Attorney’s Office about filing charges. READ MORE

Missing Sampson County woman found deceased

By Erin Smith

A woman who was reported missing in Sampson County was found deceased on Saturday. READ MORE

Piedmont Natural Gas reminds homeowners, commercial excavators: Forgetting to ‘Call Before You Dig’ is unsafe – and can cost you, too

CHARLOTTE, N.C.– With construction activity and outdoor home improvement projects picking up, Piedmont Natural Gas reminds commercial excavators and homeowners alike to call 811 to have pipes and other buried utilities located before they start digging. READ MORE


Update: Brunswick County woman located

By Erin Smith

A missing Brunswick County woman has been located. READ MORE



Missing woman sought in Brunswick County

By Erin Smith

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a missing 28 year old woman. READ MORE

UNCSA Ranked Fourth Among the Nation’s Most Affordable Public College

WINSTON-SALEM – The University of North Carolina School of the Arts has been ranked fourth in the nation on a list of 50 most affordable in-state public universities. ranked the schools based on financial, student success and program metrics, and noted that in-state tuition at UNCSA “is incredibly cheap for an institution of this caliber — $6,497 per academic year.” READ MORE

Greenways Providing Positive Economic Benefits to North Carolina

Greenways provide several positive economic bNC DOTenefits such as increased sales for local businesses, according to a new study sponsored by the N.C. Department of Transportations Providing Positive Economic Benefits to North Carolina. READ MORE

State Highway Patrol Holds Public Information Session

The State Highway Patrol is proud to announce the arrival of a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) on Monday, Apr. 2 to examine aspects of the organization’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services. READ MORE

Columbus County Sheriff announces arrests

Chadbourn, NC – On March 27, 2018, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to WR Cribb Drive in Chadbourn in reference to a suspicious vehicle parked in someone’s yard. When deputies arrived, they located a male inside of the reported vehicle. The male provided deputies with a fictitious name. Columbus Central ran the male’s name.  READ MORE

Congressman Pittenger joins Charlotte Rabbi in Celebration of Passover

CHARLOTTE – Every year just prior to the Passover celebration, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sells the Israeli Government’s “chometz” (products derived from certain grains) to comply with Torah law during Passover.  READ MORE

National weather service briefing

By Terrence Lebo – NOAA Federal 

A weak cold front will be moving into the region this afternoon and will move offshore tonight. High pressure will build in behind the front Saturday morning then shift off the coast in the afternoon.  READ MORE


This Week at NCDOT: Advanced Driver-Assistance Technology and Public Transportation Summit

NC DOTRALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department’s weekly newscast. READ MORE


State Board of Education Meets Next Week

The State Board of Education will meet next week, April 4-5, in the 7th floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh. The agendas for this meeting and executive summaries are available online. READ MORE


Duke Energy using North Carolina-based renewable natural gas in first-of-its-kind project

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Duke Energy power plant is using renewable natural gas from North Carolina-based hog farms to produce electricity – the first application of the technology from in-state farms. READ MORE


State Highway Patrol Holds Public Information Session 

RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol is proud to announce the arrival of a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) on Monday, Apr. 2 to examine aspects of the organization’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services. READ MORE

State Broadband Office Releases Community Playbook

Raleigh, N.C. – Eric Boyette, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Information Technology (DIT) and State Chief Information Officer, on Wednesday announced the launch of the Community Broadband Playbook. READ MORE


Burgaw Driver License Office Moving to Different Location

BURGAW, N.C. – The Burgaw Driver License office, located at 805 South Walker Street, will close Thursday, March 29, at 12 p.m. and move to a new location.  The office will re-open on Tuesday, April 3, at 781 U.S. 117 South in the old Pender Plumbing Co. building.  The location will also serve as a district office for the N.C. Highway Patrol.    READ MORE                             

Be careful when burning debris in spring

RALEIGH – The N.C. Forest Service is urging residents across the state to think safety and exercise caution during the spring fire season, which typically lasts from March to May.

“Burning debris is the No. 1 cause of wildfires,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “If you’re thinking about burning debris, contact your county forest ranger first. The ranger can offer technical advice and explain the best options to help maximize safety for people, property and the forest.” READ MORE

State Board Recognizes N.C. Green Party, Appoints County Board of Elections Members

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement on Tuesday appointed four members to each of the 100 county boards of elections and unanimously recognized the North Carolina Green Party as an official political party in the state.

Recognition of the Green Party means voters now have another choice of party affiliation when registering to vote. READ MORE

Congratulations on “50 Years” of Service

BURGAW, N.C. — Congratulations to R. W. Blanchard, Jr. on reaching a milestone of 50 years of service on Four County EMC’s Board of Directors! Over the years, he has witnessed much progress and development as well as many changes in the electric industry, from how setting a pole has advanced to the ever changing technology that we know today. READ MORE

Moores Creek National Battlefield to Conduct Prescribed Controlled Burn Thursday, March 29

Currie, NC- Moores Creek National Battlefield is implementing a controlled burn of the savannah burn unit of the park. This area contains floristic species that thrive in fire conditions which can only be replicated through controlled burns.



Pender County Schools Receives Transportation and Educational Grant to Ensure all PCS 4th Graders Visit Moores Creek National Battlefield This School Year

Currie, NC- Pender County Schools, Moores Creek National Battlefield, and the Moores Creek Battleground Association partnered together and received a transportation and educational grant that will ensure all PCS 4th graders will have an opportunity to visit Southeastern North Carolina’s only National Park- Moores Creek National Battlefield, site of one of the first Patriot victories of the American Revolution. READ MORE

Cybersecurity Pilot Program for Veterans a Success in First Run

Raleigh, N.C. – Disabled veterans are getting access to skills and experience in the growing field of cybersecurity thanks to a unique partnership between state government, the tech sector and community colleges. READ MORE


Bladen church donates lifesaving kits to SeHealth

New Light Church of Bladenboro, NC, donated funds to the Southeastern Health Foundation to purchase two Kangaroo Boards which are used as Neonatal Intensive Care emergency response kits. READ MORE


Bladen County Schools educator addresses East Columbus JROTC Military Ball


Dr. Renee Steele, Bladen County Schools educator, was an inspirational speaker at the East Columbus High School JROTC Military Ball last month. Dr. Steele’s message incorporated their ball theme, “Fairy Tale.” READ MORE

From the Salisbury Post: Help Wanted–North Carolina’s Real Problem

Juvenile Back in Secure Custody Following Failure to Return from Home Visit 

State law enforcement officials have apprehended a juvenile who on March 17 failed to return to secure custody at the Lenoir Youth Development Center, following a home visit. READ MORE


HCA Third Graders Stage Historical Wax Museum

Harrells, NC –  Third grade teacher at Harrells Christian Academy Mrs. Lisa Turlington looks forward every year to seeing which significant figures from American history her students will choose to study for the annual Wax Museum project. “It could be anyone from John Adams to Johnny Unitas to John Deere,” she says. “The choice depends on what interests them.” READ MORE


Update on Skeletal Remains Found in Columbus County

Whiteville, NC – On February 15th, just before 1:00 p.m., Columbus County Sheriff’s Office responded to a wooded area off of Hallsboro Road North in Whiteville.  A logging crew working in the area located skeletal remains approximately a mile from the highway.  Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit responded to the area and secured the scene.  Detectives searched the scene, locating skeletal remains along with personal items, including clothing.  The remains were transported to the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office in Raleigh. READ MORE

Got to Be NC Festival seeks antique tractors, food vendors, musicians

The 2018 Got to Be NC Festival is right around the corner and organizers are looking for the best of North Carolina to participate. Farm-equipment hobbyists, musicians and food vendors can apply at The Got to Be NC Festival will be held at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, May 18-20. READ MORE


Davidson 911 Communicators Honored for Work to Help Catch Suspected Robbers

Lexington, N.C. – The North Carolina 911 Board today honored a team of 911 dispatchers who helped law enforcement officers in Davidson County arrest three men accused of robbing a jewelry store in Thomasville and then shooting a driver who was following them. READ MORE

Letter to the Editor: 355th Birthday – The Always Ready, Ready Team of the North Carolina National Guard

The North Carolina National Guard celebrates its 355th birthday on the 24th of March, 2018.  Our founding documents, the 1663 Carolina Charter, authorized the levying and mustering of men to defend the people and property of the Carolinas.  Since that day, an unbroken chain of North Carolina Guardsmen has continued to rally to the unit guidons that comprise the modern-day, North Carolina National Guard.  READ MORE

Narcotics Arrest in Columbus County

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit completed an investigation into the distribution of prescription pills in the Whiteville community of Columbus County.  This investigation originated from citizen complaints. Read More


Eight Teams Advance to First N.C. Jr. Chef Competition Cook-Off

High school students from across North Carolina are throwing their chef’s hats into the ring to spice up school lunch. Eight finalist teams from Career and Technical Education food, nutrition, and culinary arts programs will compete in a cook-off April 9 at Guilford Technical Community College as part of the first-ever North Carolina Jr. Chef Competition.



Columbus County approved to disengage from Eastpointe MCO

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen has approved the disengagement of Columbus County from the Eastpointe MCO network. According to a letter from Eastpointe MCO Chief Executive Officer Sarah Stroud, the decision was announced late Wednesday. READ MORE


State Superintendent Mark Johnson issues “sweet” challenge

In a video message to teachers this morning, North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson issued a challenge intended to raise completion levels for the Teacher Working Conditions Survey. READ MORE


Duke Energy New Climate Report

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy today outlined steps it is taking to provide safe, reliable, affordable and increasingly clean energy to its customers while embracing the transformation underway in the utility industry. READ MORE


New Highway Projects for Sandhills, Rural Piedmont Regions

NC DOTABERDEEN – Road sections in Hoke, Montgomery, Richmond, Scotland and Lee counties, which are part of Highway Division 8, will be widened and some intersections improved, thanks to a new way to pay for smaller highway projects.


WECT NEWS: Mother arrested after video shows baby smoking

A mother is now facing charges after a video of her baby smoking surfaces.




NCDOT Awards 2018 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grants

NC DOTRALEIGH – Nine municipalities and one county from across the state will receive assistance with bicycle and pedestrian planning, thanks to grants awarded this month by the N.C. Department of Transportation. READ MORE

Lumberton Man Sentenced for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today in federal court, Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, III sentenced WILLIAM MARTIN LAWSON, 42, of Lumberton to 120 months of imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised releaseREAD MORE


State Board Selects Nominees for Final Board Seat

Eight members of the Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement on Wednesday unanimously selected two nominees for the final seat on the State Board. Both nominees are registered as unaffiliated voters. READ MORE

Trey Michael Named Director of Career & Technical Education

Atkins “Trey” Michael, a 17-year veteran of the Department of Public Instruction, has been named director of Career and Technical Education for the agency. READ MORE 


GI Specialist joins SeHealth

Gastroenterologist Dr. Melissa M. Garrett has joined Southeastern Digestive Health Center, an affiliate of Southeastern Health. READ MORE



UNCW Among Select U.S. Universities Approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education for Dual Degree Partnership

The University of North Carolina Wilmington has been approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education to establish a dual degree program between UNCW and Chongqing University of Arts and Sciences (CUAS) in Chongqing, China, the university announced today. READ MORE


Medication Disposal

On April 28, residents will be able to drop off their medications. All medications are to be kept in their original containers and will be accepted, including syringes or other sharp items are accepted.  READ MORE



The Innovative School District Recommends Operator for Southside Ashpole Elementary

Today, at a special called meeting of the State Board of Education (SBE), held via conference call, Innovative School District (ISD) Superintendent, Dr. Eric Hall, recommended Achievement for All Children (AAC) as the operator for Southside Ashpole Elementary in Rowland, NC beginning in the 2018-19 academic year. READ MORE


Piedmont Natural Gas seeks approval to reduce customer billing rates in North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C.– On Friday, March 16, 2018, Piedmont Natural Gas filed a request with the North Carolina Utilities Commission for a decrease in customer billing rates that would reduce the average North Carolina residential customer’s monthly bill by about 4 percent, or $2.51. READ MORE


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the Ceiling Fan Energy Conservation Harmonization Act, bipartisan and bicameral legislation introduced by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) in the Senate and Representatives Richard Hudson (R-NC-08) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC- 01) in the House. The legislation which modifies the implementation of two upcoming regulations that would have passed on new costs to millions of American consumers if left unchanged unanimously passed the Senate in December 2017. READ MORE


Ribbon Walk & Run Registration Has Begun

FAYETTEVILLE – Ready. Set. Go! Registration for this year’s Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation Ribbon Walk & Run is off and running. Gill Security Systems is presenting sponsor for the third consecutive year.  READ MORE

State Starts New Unit to Combat Cyberattacks

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Public Safety is partnering with the N.C. Department of Information Technology to combat the growing threat of cyberattacks. A new entity – housed in the State Bureau of Investigation’s N.C Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAAC) – will focus on promoting cyber awareness and information sharing and to provide actionable cyberintelligence to private and public sector partners and citizens. READ MORE


Statement by Director of Prisons Kenneth Lassiter Regarding the Assault at Foothills Correctional Institution

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Division of Prisons, are investigating inmate Jose Rios’ (1548344) assault on an officer at Foothills Correctional Institution. As previously reported, the assault happened Saturday at approximately 9:30 p.m. in a housing unit at the facility. READ MORE

Joint Drug Operation Nets Several Arrests

Sheriff James A. McVicker announced the arrest of several drug dealers following a joint investigation and search warrants at two different locations last week.

“We have been working jointly with several agencies including the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE), Elizabethtown and White Lake Police Departments and the Robeson County Sheriff’s office,” said McVicker.  READ MORE

First Prison Reform Advisory Board to Meet Tuesday

RALEIGH – The Department of Public Safety has announced the first meeting of the Prison Reform Advisory Board will be Tuesday, March 20. Secretary Erik A. Hooks has appointed retired Army Maj. Gen. Elizabeth (Beth) Austin as chairperson for the board. READ MORE


Appointment of State Board of Elections Members

RALEIGH, N.C. – Governor Roy Cooper appointed four Democrats and four Republicans to the State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement. READ MORE

Update on Assault at Foothills Correctional Institution Saturday Night

A correctional officer at Foothills Correctional Institution in Morganton was assaulted by an inmate with a homemade weapon at approximately 9:33 p.m. Saturday. The correctional officer suffered multiple wounds and was transported to an outside medical facility for treatment. READ MORE


N.C. Global TransPark Hosting Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference

NC DOTKINSTON – The North Carolina Global TransPark will host an international conference next week – the first time in its six-year history to be held in the United States – on the latest developments and trends in the field of unmanned cargo aircraft.

The Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, which runs March 19-21, will explore the emerging technology to transport goods to areas that do not have the infrastructure or geography to accommodate traditional forms of transportation. READ MORE


76 Arrested in Multi-State Child Exploitation Operation 

A total of 76 people were arrested, and 13 children were rescued or identified as victims during a mutually coordinated operation among eight southeastern states. The joint, proactive event, Operation Southern Impact II, was coordinated by nine Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces in those eight states and focused on persons who possess and distribute child pornography and those who are sexually exploiting children in other ways using technology and the internet. READ MORE


NC Guard Abrams Tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles on I-95

FORT BRAGG, N.C. – The North Carolina National Guard will be transporting M1A1 Abrams Tanks and M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles with Heavy Equipment Transport (HET) vehicles to Fort Pickett, Virginia, via I-95, on Sunday, March 18, 2018. This is the first time the NC Guard is using HETs for a long-distance convoy. READ MORE

North Carolina’s January Employment Figures Released 

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted January unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, remaining unchanged from December’s revised rate.  The national rate remained unchanged at 4.1 percent. READ MORE


Gaston Correctional Center Inmate Missing From Facility

DALLAS, NC – State correctional and local law enforcement officers are seeking Gaston Correctional Center minimum custody inmate Thomas Walker (#0421574), who was reported missing from the facility Thursday night. Campbell was last seen near the facility at 11:21 p.m. READ MORE




DPI Seeks Proposals for Coding and Mobile App Grants

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced today that the Department of Public Instruction is now accepting grant applications for a new round of the state’s Coding and Mobile App Development competitive grant program, totaling $800,000 in awards for the 2018-19 school year. READ MORE


Changes to Education Savings Accounts Become Law, Application Deadline Extended

State of North Carolina logoRaleigh (March 16, 2018) – Today, Parents for Education Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC) announces a trio of new changes to North Carolina’s Special Needs Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) have become law, including opening eligibility to thousands of additional students with special needs. PEFNC also shares the news that the application deadline for ESAs has been extended to midnight on Monday, April 2, giving families additional time to apply. READ MORE

N.C. Forest Service encourages people to plant a tree to celebrate Arbor Day

RALEIGH – The N.C. Forest Service is encouraging all North Carolinians to plant a tree this weekend to celebrate Arbor Day in North Carolina, which takes place on Friday, March 16. Seedlings are available to order through the N.C. Forest Service Nursery and Tree Improvement Program. READ MORE


Department Announces Additional Steps Taken to Improve Prison Safety

RALEIGH The Department of Public Safety today announced additional action steps taken to improve prison safety. The prison reform measures involve security policies and practices, training and hiring. READ MORE


State hosting Mar. 22 public hearing in Burgaw on proposed water transfer certificate

RALEIGH – State officials are hosting a public hearing Mar. 22 on the Pender County Utilities’ request to transfer more water from a neighboring river basin to meet the system’s projected water demands. READ MORE

Local Charter School Cheerleaders Win Scholarships

Leland – Four scholarships were awarded to members of The Roger Bacon Academy (RBA) cheerleading team at the 2018 Mid-South Pop Warner Scholar Banquet. The banquet, held at the Raleigh convention center, was attended by hundreds of football players and cheerleaders from across the region. READ MORE 


A Red Flag Warning is in effect today for Northeast South Carolina

An Increased Fire Danger Statement is in effect today for Southeast North Carolina.  This statement may be upgraded to a Red Flag Warning after collaboration with North Carolina Forestry later this morning.  READ MORE

NCDOT Safety Patrols Coming to Interstate 95

NC DOTFAYETTEVILLE – Help will soon be on the way for stranded motorists along Interstate 95 in North Carolina.

The N.C. Department of Transportation is expanding its popular State Farm Safety Patrol service for the first time to a large swath of I-95, starting Friday, March 16. The patrols will mostly cover Robeson, Cumberland, Harnett and Johnston counties, but the safety trucks will respond to major incidents anywhere along I-95. READ MORE

Fishburne Military School Announces Scholarship Opportunity and Deadlines

Fishburne Military School (Waynesboro, VA) is constantly in search of young men nation-wide with leadership potential. If you think a young man in your town has what it takes to be a leader in our Corps of Cadets but tuition seems beyond their  family’s ability, we want to speak to them. READ MORE


Youth Leadership Conference on Opioid Misuse planned for Hickory

A Youth Leadership Summit is planned to take place on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in Hickory. The event will invite high school students to learn about the opioid problem and discuss how they can help confront the issue at home. READ MORE 

$1 million USDA award expands public-private partnerships for ag sustainability

USDAThe NC Pork Council is proud to be a partner in this successful, on-going collaboration between Smithfield Foods and Environmental Defense Fund. This is a guest post by Shelby Shelton, which originally appeared on the Environmental Defense Fund’s Growing Returns blog. READ MORE


Fayetteville State University Open House Scheduled for March 24

Prospective students, their families, and the residents of southeastern North Carolina will have the opportunity to discover the exciting array of educational opportunities and resources at Fayetteville State University (FSU). Open House, which is specifically targeted at prospective students and their families, will be conducted on Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. READ MORE


Vice Chairman A.L. Collins Resigns from the State Board of Education

A. L. “Buddy” Collins has resigned his seat as a member of the North Carolina State Board of Education, board Chairman Bill Cobey announced.

Collins, a Kernersville attorney whom the board elected its vice chairman in 2013, said he will continue to serve until Gov. Roy Cooper appoints his successor or April 14, whichever comes first. Collins’s term expires March 31, 2021. READ MORE


Premier of “Robeson Rises,” A New Short Film About Local Efforts To Halt The Atlantic Coast Pipeline

North Carolina – Opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) will premiere a new short film “Robeson Rises” highlighting the fight against the ACP in Robeson County. The  600-mile pipeline proposed by Duke Energy and Dominion Power plans to bring fracked gas from West Virginia across Virginia and through eight North Carolina Counties, ending in Pembroke and Prospect in rural Robeson County in the heart of the Lumbee Indian community. READ MORE

Duke survey: Optimistic biz execs to boost hiring, wages in wake of tax reform

State Capitol Police Welcomes New Deputy Chief

RALEIGH – State Capitol Police Chief Glen Allen today announced Roger “Chip” Hawley will join the agency as its new deputy chief. Hawley, a veteran law enforcement professional with 32 years’ experience, will assume his duties on March 12. READ MORE


U.S. 74/76 intersection in Columbus County to be upgraded

NC DOTWHITEVILLE – The N.C. Department of Transportation will upgrade the intersection of Hallsboro Road and U.S. 74/76 east of Whiteville into an interchange that will feature bridges and ramps.

The department in February awarded a nearly $9.4 million contract to BMCO Construction Inc. of Lumberton for the project. READ MORE


State Working to Improve School Safety

State leaders are urging local law enforcement and school districts to work closely together to ensure that all North Carolina schools are safe and offered state tools and resources to help.

The Governor’s Crime Commission and the State Emergency Response Commission will apply their expertise to prioritize school safety, Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks announced today. READ MORE


Piedmont Natural Gas reminds its customers and communities to be vigilant about avoiding utility scams

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — With this week being the 20th anniversary of National Consumer Protection Week, Piedmont Natural Gas is again taking the opportunity to educate its customers and communities on how to avoid being victims of utility scammers.

“Given the many ways people can fall victims to scams, this is a message that simply can’t be shared too often,” said Jared Lawrence, vice president of meter services and Piedmont Natural Gas customer operations, and executive chairman of Utilities United Against Scams (UUAS). “Scammers are becoming more sophisticated with each passing year, so consumers must continue learning new ways to protect themselves.” READ MORE

Columbus County Head Start accepting applications

HEAD START is now accepting applications for children who will be 3-4 years of age by August 31, 2018.  Applications on children with special needs are also accepted.  Children will be transported to and from home by bus. READ MORE


Dublin native named Park Superintendent

By Erin Smith

A Dublin native has been named as the Park Superintendent for the Lumber River State Park. Lane Garner, a veteran of the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Service, began his service as Superintendent on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Garner said he is going to miss his colleagues at Jones Lake State Park and Singletary Lake, but he is ready  for the new challenges he will face at Lumber River State Park. READ MORE


Smaller Road Projects Approved for Greater Fayetteville Area

NC DOTFAYETTEVILLE – Several roads in Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Harnett and Robeson counties, which comprise Highway Division 6, will get paved shoulders and improved intersections, thanks to a new way to fund smaller highway projects.

The N.C. Department of Transportation worked with the General Assembly last year to establish the Mobility/Modernization Fund as a way to speed up smaller-scale road work outside of the Strategic Transportation Investments process, which is how other projects are prioritized and built. READ MORE


Arrests Made in Heroin Distribution Case in Wilmington

WILMINGTON – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announces the arrests of three defendants and their transfers into federal custody pursuant to a 15-count federal indictment for drug related charges.

An indictment was returned by a federal grand jury on February 28, 2018, against DEANDRE SWEET, 27, of Wilmington, KYERIC SWEET, 24, of Wilmington, and DIQUELLE SWEET, 21, of Wilmington.  READ MORE


40th Annual Dr. Sharyn Edwards Piano Festival is March 16 – 17

Sharyn Edwards

The 40th Annual Dr. Sharyn Edwards Piano Festival is March 16 – 17 at Southeastern Community College. The two-day event, named in honor of Edwards, an acclaimed former Southeastern Community College music faculty member, includes piano competitions and recitals by students in kindergarten through college. READ MORE


Opinion: The Hill: Opportunity Zones are a chance for us to rebuild rural America


Governor’s Crime Commission Meets Thursday

Governor’s Crime Commission will conduct their quarterly meeting on Thursday, March 8, in Raleigh. The meeting will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Governor’s Crime Commission, First Floor Conference Room, 1201 Front Street, Raleigh. READ MORE


Duke Energy announces public offering of common stock with a forward component

CHARLOTTE, N.C., — Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE: DUK) (“Duke Energy”) announced today that it has commenced a registered public offering of 18.5 million shares of its common stock in connection with forward sale agreements (as discussed below). Credit Suisse, J.P. Morgan, Barclays and Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC are acting as joint book-running managers of this offering. The underwriters may offer shares of Duke Energy’s common stock in transactions on the New York Stock Exchange, in the over-the-counter market or through negotiated transactions at either market prices or at negotiated prices. READ MORE


Brisson discusses new hunting rules, teacher pay


Rep. William Brisson

Representative William Brisson has submitted a newsletter addressing legislative concerns for Bladen and the surrounding areas.

Brisson discusses new hunting legislation adopted by the North Carolina Wildlife Commission. These new rules will take effect on August 1, 2018. The rules would affect deer hunting and bear hunting among other things. READ MORE


From NPR: 

‘Heroin(e)’: The Women Fighting Addiction In Appalachia


Crime: Bladen County Commissioner facing new charge

By Erin Smith

A Bladen County Commissioner is now facing allegations of misdemeanor child abuse. has learned that Ashley S. Trivette, a Republican who represents District 3 on the Bladen County Board of Commissioners, is facing a charge of misdemeanor child abuse in Brunswick County. READ MORE


Prayer Vigils for Judge Ola Lewis planned

The Brunswick County Clerk of Superior Court’s Office has announced three scheduled prayer sessions for Judge Ola Lewis, all to occur on Mondays on the courthouse steps.  READ MORE

NC Schools Report Fewer Crimes, Suspensions in 2016-17

Dropout Rate Up Slightly

North Carolina public schools reported fewer overall incidences of crime and violence during the 2016-17 school year from the previous year, continuing a long-term decline in numbers of offenses, according to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s 2016-17 Consolidated Data Report presented Wednesday the State Board of Education.  READ MORE


New Medical Director joins Eastpointe
BEULAVILLE, NC – March 2, 2018
SID M. HOSSEINI, DO, PhD will become the Medical Director for Eastpointe in mid-May. As Medical Director, Dr. Hosseini will be primarily responsible for ensuring the delivery of cost-effective, quality care that incorporates recovery, resiliency, and person-centered services for members whom Eastpointe authorizes behavioral health services.  READ MORE

Friends of Mountains-To-Sea Trail Releases Strategic Plan for the Trail’s Coastal Crescent Route

Mountains To SeaDevelopment of the Coastal Crescent Trail, North Carolina’s newest major hiking route, took a big step forward with the recent release of a Strategic Plan by the sponsoring organization, Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.  The 270-mile trail traverses the diverse and beautiful landscape and welcoming communities of the southeastern Coastal Plain in Johnston, Sampson, Cumberland, Bladen, Pender and Onslow counties. READ MORE


Students throughout North Carolina to take part in statewide tornado drill

Students throughout North Carolina will take part in a Statewide Tornado Drill as part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week. The annual statewide tornado drill is part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 4-10. The drill is conducted in cooperation with the National Weather Service, local broadcasters, local school systems and North Carolina Emergency Management. READ MORE

UNC Pembroke Gateway to Get Big Makeover


PEMBROKE – North Odom Street/Prospect Road – a major entrance for the UNC Pembroke campus in Robeson County – will be reconstructed to include bicycle lanes, two roundabouts and a landscaped median.

The innovative design will improve traffic and pedestrian safety by reducing the five-lane road into one lane in each direction and directing vehicles from the side streets to turn right. READ MORE


NC Public Safety, National Guard Host Job Fair

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Department of Public Safety and the National Guard today hosted a one-day career event at Joint Force Headquarters in Raleigh. The job fair was open to all military service members, veterans, spouses and dependents of service members interested in networking or looking for career opportunities throughout the Department of Public Safety. READ MORE


Traffic Backed Up In Pembroke, NC

Traffic backed up, alternative route may be needed. READ MORE


Lawson and George win Southeastern Health top honors

Lawson, center, is pictured following the Drake Award presentation with SeHealth Vice President of Finance Thomas Johnson, left, and Anderson.

Accounting Manager Jeanine Lawson was named the 2017 winner of the John D. Drake Distinguished Service Award, Southeastern Health’s (SeHealth) highest employee honor, and Director of Clinical Care Cynthia George was named the 2017 winner the W. Reid Caldwell Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award during surprise presentations at SeHealth’s annual service awards banquet held Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Southeastern Regional Medical Center’s cafeteria. READ MORE