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NCDOT Announces Routes to Wilmington

Travel in southeastern North Carolina remains dangerous

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation announced today it has identified three safe alternate routes the public may use to access Wilmington, which was flooded by Hurricane Florence.  READ MORE 

NC Emergency Management flooding to continue; parts of NC not safe to visit

The NC Emergency Management released the following statements regarding the flooding and evacuations in Southeastern North Carolina. Major to moderate river flooding will continue this weekend along main stem rivers & their immediate tributaries. Also be aware of flooding & high water in low-lying areas & near creeks/streams. READ MORE

North Carolina’s August Employment Figures Released 

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted August unemployment rate was 3.9 percent, decreasing 0.2 of a percentage point from July’s revised rate.  The national rate remained unchanged at 3.9 percent.

North Carolina’s August 2018 unemployment rate decreased 0.5 of a percentage point from a year ago. READ MORE

I-95 Detour Bypasses Flooded Towns, Provides Safe Alternate

FAYETTEVILLE – Interstate 95 motorists now have a shorter detour around the flooded section of North Carolina with Friday afternoon’s opening of a flooded section of the interstate in South Carolina.

Drivers from Virginia will be directed to use U.S. 64 West (Exit 138) to I-440 West to I-40 West to U.S. 1 South to U.S. 15/501 in Aberdeen to U.S. 74 back to I-95 in North Carolina near Lumberton. The previous detour took people to Hickory west of Charlotte. READ MORE

Floodwaters along Lumber Cape Fear and Neuse river

RALEIGH – Travel remains dangerous in 17 southeastern North Carolina counties where hundreds of roads remain closed and the threat of rising floodwaters continues.

The number of closures on N.C. Department of Transportation roads dropped Friday to 650 from a peak of 1,600 on Monday. Yet three major river basins – Lumber, Cape Fear and Neuse – will see floodwaters crest through this weekend and into next week. NCDOT, the Highway Patrol and emergency officials are urging motorists not to travel in the state’s 17 worst-hit counties where many roads are still under water.  READ MORE 

State Highway Patrol Graduates 31 New Troopers

RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol proudly welcomed 31 new troopers at a graduation ceremony for the 145thBasic Highway Patrol School.  The ceremony ended 29 weeks of demanding training preparing them for a rewarding career of service to the state of North Carolina.  READ MORE

This Week at NCDOT: Hurricane Florence Efforts

Photos courtesy NC DOT

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

Steps for Cleaning up after a Hurricane

After a hurricane, it is important to know how to clean up safely.

Listen to local authorities to determine when it is safe for you to return home. Do not return home until local officials indicate it is safe to do so. Stay vigilant and monitor radio or TV stations for local emergency management officials’ guidance. READ MORE

State Officials Urge People Not to Travel in Many Areas of Southeastern North Carolina  

RALEIGH – State Highway Patrol, emergency response and transportation officials are urging motorists not to travel in many areas in southeastern North Carolina because many roads remain impassable due to flooding and road conditions are continuing to change. READ MORE

State Sees Surge in Malicious Email

Raleigh, N.C. – Malicious emails sent to the state of North Carolina increased more than 60 percent during the days leading up to the landfall of Hurricane Florence, State Chief Risk Officer Maria Thompson said Thursday. During the week of Sept. 8-14, the state saw significant increases in the number of spam and phishing emails, and in attempts to send viruses to the state’s network. READ MORE

Update: National Guard’s Hurricane Florence Response

RALEIGH, N.C.- Hurricane Florence slammed into North Carolina with walls of wind and rain, then slowly churned across the border between the Carolinas for three days. Days before hurricane landfall, the North Carolina National Guard and other state’s Guard forces converged on North Carolina in order to be in position and ready to support state and local authorities, once the storm passed. READ MORE

NCDOT Reopening Coastal Ferry Service to public along more routes

NC DOTRALEIGH – Ferry service for the public has resumed for several more coastal routes, and two state ferries arrived in Southport late Tuesday evening after traveling 14 hours down the Intracoastal Waterway carrying much-needed fuel, transportation workers and supplies to the Wilmington area. READ MORE

Some NCDMV Offices Remain Closed Due to Hurricane Florence

RALEIGH – Most N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles driver license and license plate agency offices in central and eastern North Carolina remain closed on Wednesday due to flooding and power outages following Hurricane Florence. READ MORE

US Army Corps of Engineers Leaders Visit Hurricane Florence Affected Area

Washington, DC — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) leaders are visiting Hurricane Florence affected area to assess the damage and review the response efforts. READ MORE

Driving in Highway Division 6 Dangerous, More Roads Closures

FAYETTEVILLE – Driving conditions remain dangerous across much of the greater Fayetteville area as floodwaters continue to rise and force more road closures.

Flooding has caused the N.C. Department of Transportation to close the Person Street bridge over the Cape Fear River in downtown Fayetteville, and the department plans to close at 6 p.m. another section of Interstate 95, from mile marker 46 to 56, over the same river.  READ MORE 

Open House for US 74 improvements Postponed

NC DOTThe open House for proposed improvements to US 74 set for September 25th at the Boys and Girls Home in Lake Waccamaw has been postponed. READ MORE

SeHealth weathers the storm thanks to employee and provider commitment and service

By Roxana Ross

Southeastern Medial CenterHurricane Florence feels like déjà vu for many in Lumberton and Robeson County, where parts of the community still hadn’t fully recovered from 2016’s Hurricane Matthew before the area was hit again this month. READ MORE

Hurricane Florence updates from the Department of Public Instruction

As Hurricane Florence continues to affect the state, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is providing the following updates. READ MORE

Most NC DMV office to be clsoed Monday due to Hurricane Florence

RALEIGH – N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles offices in most of the state will be closed on Monday due to Hurricane Florence. Offices in north central and northeastern North Carolina are expected to open on a normal schedule Monday. READ MORE

NCDOT: Stay off the roads as conditions worsen

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation continues to urge drivers to stay off the roads, as the rain continues and conditions are getting worse by the hour. As of Sunday morning, there were more than 600 road closures across the state. READ MORE

WILMINGTON HAS BROKEN ITS ALL-TIME ANNUAL RAINFALL RECORD

WILMINGTON HAS BROKEN ITS ALL-TIME ANNUAL RAINFALL RECORD

AND IS EXPERIENCING ITS WETTEST WEATHER EVENT IN HISTORY…

As of 9:00 AM this morning, annual rainfall in Wilmington, North

Carolina totals 86.79 inches. READ MORE

Four County Membership Electric is restoring power

https://gis.fourcty.org/pub/mobile.html

Duke Energy continues to restore power across Carolinas; 830,000 back online already

https://news.duke-energy.com/releases/duke-energy-continues-to-restore-power-across-carolinas-830-000-back-online-already

State confirms additional Hurricane Florence deaths

RALEIGH – The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has confirmed additional deaths related to Hurricane Florence.  READ MORE

Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice Evacuate Staff, Offenders Due To Hurricane Florence

RALEIGH – The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice has evacuated several thousand adult and juvenile offenders and staff from facilities threatened by the effects of Hurricane Florence. READ MORE

US Northern Command Prepares for Hurricane Florence

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – In support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Northern Command is prepared, positioned, and ready to respond immediately to communities affected by Hurricane Florence.  READ MORE

Duke Energy ready for Hurricane Florence with largest Carolinas storm response ever

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy has staged more than 20,000 professionals across North Carolina and South Carolina – ready to go to work to restore power once it is safe to do so in the wake of powerful Hurricane Florence.

Life-threatening flooding expected with Hurricane Florence

Flood Briefing from the National Weather service as of: 1145 p.m. on Thursday, Sept 13, 2018

Prepared by: Rick Neuherz, Hydrologist

More rivers expected to reach Major Flood READ MORE

WECT Report: 2.6 magnitude earthquake strikes west of Columbia near SC-GA line READ MORE

NC HealthConnex Builds Emergency Connections to Improve Access to Patient Records During Hurricane Florence

Raleigh, N.C. – In the event the storm forces patients to seek health care outside of their communities, North Carolina’s statewide health information exchange -NC HealthConnex – has enabled connectivity to neighbor state and regional HIEs to support access to patient records. READ MORE

More DMV Offices to Close Ahead of Hurricane Florence

RALEIGH – An additional 44 driver license offices in central North Carolina will close by 3 p.m. today as Hurricane Florence nears the state. READ MORE

Rep. David Rouzer offers tips and information for Hurricane Florence

As our state continues to prepare for Hurricane Florence, I wanted to provide you with various resources to assist you in advance and the potential aftermath of Hurricane Florence.  READ MORE

State Redeploys Resources from World Equestrian Games in Western NC

RALEIGH -To provide more resources for Hurricane Florence response, state government agencies have dramatically reduced the personnel previously scheduled to support public safety, transportation and health-related matters at the World Equestrian Games taking place in western North Carolina. This international sporting event was anticipated to bring thousands of people to the state. READ MORE

NCDOT Helping with Evacuations, Readying Emergency Response Supplies

NC DOTRALEIGH – State transportation officials are helping with evacuations along the coast, readying emergency supplies and finalizing preparations for Hurricane Florence.  READ MORE

This Week at NCDOT: Preparing for Hurricane Florence

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

UNC System announces record increases in freshman class, transfer students, and graduate students

CHAPEL HILL, NC – More students are enrolled in the University of North Carolina System than ever before, thanks in part to a record-high freshman class, significant growth in transfer students, and the highest number of graduate students in more than a decade.  READ MORE

Gov. Cooper Orders Evacuation Ahead of Historic, Life-threatening Hurricane

State Evacuation Ordered for Vulnerable Coastal Areas Read Executive Order Here

With powerful and dangerous Hurricane Florence zeroing in on North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper today issued a mandatory state evacuation order for vulnerable coastal areas. The state order is in addition to local evacuation orders already in place in most coastal communities. READ MORE

Major Hurricane Florence: Life threatening conditions expected

Steven Pfaff with the National Weather Service released his briefing this evening stating life threatening conditions are expected with the Major Hurricane Florence. 

What has changed?  READ MORE

  

Smithfield Foods Prepares for Hurricane Florence

SMITHFIELD, Va., Sept. 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Smithfield Foods, Inc. today shared that the company is fully prepared for the potential impact of Hurricane Florence, specifically in North Carolina and Virginia. READ MORE

This week’s NCDOT Open House in Lumberton Postponed

NC DOTLUMBERTON – An N.C. Department of Transportation open house scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 11, in Robeson County is postponed as residents, local and state officials prepare for Hurricane Florence. The department will reschedule the meeting this fall.  READ MORE

Moores Creek National Battlefield to Close Ahead of Hurricane Florence

Currie, NC –  Due to the incoming Hurricane Florence and uncertainty of its trajectory, Moores Creek National Battlefield will be closed beginning Monday, September 10, 2018, and remaining closed until after the storm passes. READ MORE

UNCW Has Issued a Voluntary Campus Evacuation for Students

Sunday morning Weather Outlook from the National Weather Service has increase risk of Florence hitting the Southeast Coast. Bladen County Emergency Services posted on their Facebook page stating, “Our office is Closely monitoring Florence. READ MORE [divider]

19 foreign nationals indicted for illegally voting in 2016 elections

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Nineteen foreign nationals were charged with unlawfully voting in the 2016 elections Friday, and a U.S. citizen was charged with aiding and abetting an alien to falsely claim U.S. citizenship to register to vote. READ MORE

SBI’s Northwestern District Office Phone Number is Being Spoofed

HICKORY – Citizens from Rolesville to Rutherfordton are getting deceptive calls from people who are spoofing the State Bureau of Investigation’s Northwestern District Office phone number and claiming to be from the SBI.  READ MORE

NCDOT Accelerates Completion of Hampstead Bypass in Wilmington Area

NC DOTWILMINGTON – The state will accelerate the completion of the Hampstead Bypass, a long-anticipated freeway that will make travel in the Wilmington area safer and faster. READ MORE

Merriweather to Oversee ABC Commission Operations

The chairman of the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission, A.D. Zander Guy, Jr., named Terrance Merriweather as deputy director of the Commission effective Sept. 17.  Merriweather, the former head of the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Branch of the State Bureau of Investigation, will assist the ABC administrator with the day-to-day operations of the ABC Commission, including direct oversight of the permit and audit divisions. READ MORE

Pair of Hoke County Bridges to Be Rebuilt

NC DOTRAEFORD – A pair of bridges on Golf Course Road will be replaced soon in southeastern Hoke County. READ MORE

Conference on Aging Registration Now Open

Lumber River Area Agency on Aging (LRAAA) and Southern Regional Area Health Education Center (SR-AHEC) is hosting an Aging Conference “Charting the Course to Better Aging”.  READ MORE

Columbus County Sheriff’s Office identifies body found in Delco

Delco, NC –The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office has identified the body of a female that was found on Tuesday in Delco. READ MORE

State assisting Fair Bluff to hire three employees to help with hurricane recovery

RALEIGH – The town of Fair Bluff will soon be hiring three new employees to help with Hurricane Matthew relief, thanks to funding proposed by Governor Cooper and approved by legislators in the state budget passed in July. These full time positions include a project manager, a land use planner and a police officer.  READ MORE

2019 Short Line Railroad Improvement Program Grants Awarded

NC DOTRALEIGH – Fourteen short line railroads will soon be making improvements to their infrastructure thanks to approximately $7 million in matching grant funds being awarded as part of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Short Line Improvement Program. READ MORE

Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater Presents an Evening with Brooke Simpson

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in Lumberton presents an Evening with Brooke Simpson (with Lakota John and Layla Locklear opening) at  7 p.m. Saturday, October 13. READ MORE

Drone Workshop Series Coming to Fayetteville

Photo courtesy NC DOT

FAYETTEVILLE – Drones are the way of the future, and the N.C. Department of Transportation wants to help businesses and government agencies learn how they can use the emerging technology to further their missions. READ MORE

September is N.C. Wine and Grape Month

RALEIGH – Wineries, grape growers, restauranteurs and state officials gathered in Raleigh Tuesday to officially kick-off N.C. Wine and Grape Month, which is held each September during the peak of the local grape harvest. READ MORE

Agritourism farms offer family fun this fall

RALEIGH – From pumpkin patches and apple picking to wine tastings and farm stays, there is something every member of the family can enjoy this fall in North Carolina. More than 1,000 farms in the state offer agritourism activities, and many will be opening their gates for visitors this fall.  READ MORE

State environmental officials seek public input on draft swine waste management permit    

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality will host a public meeting on Oct. 4 in Greenville to obtain input on the state’s draft swine waste management system general permit (AWG100000), which nearly all North Carolina hog farms are required to comply with. Information shared at the event will include a summary of a technical work group session held earlier that day. READ MORE

ReBuild North Carolina Announces CDBG-DR Awards Offered to 22 Families

ReBuild North Carolina has awarded over $286,000 to 22 families whose homes were damaged in Hurricane Matthew. The grants come through North Carolina’s Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding. READ MORE

2018 Diesel Emission Reduction Grants available

Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina Division of Air Quality is accepting proposals to fund clean diesel projects.  More than $694,000 is available for eligible projects through the Mobile Source Diesel Emission Reduction Grant program.  READ MORE

Don’t Fall Behind in Keeping North Carolina Clean

NC DOTRALEIGH – Before you get busy raking leaves this fall, join groups of volunteers from across North Carolina in keeping the state beautiful. The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway program kicks off its Fall Litter Sweep on Sept. 15, and will run through Sept. 29.  READ MORE

Provider joins St. Pauls clinic

Family Nurse Practitioner Matthew Herring has joined the medical staff of Southeastern Medical Clinic St. Pauls, an affiliate of Southeastern Health. READ MORE

National Prison Expert Hired to Help with Safety Reforms in NC Prisons

RALEIGH — Secretary Erik A. Hooks announced today that Gary Mohr, a nationally recognized leader in corrections, has agreed to serve as a Senior Executive Advisor to the N.C. Department of Public Safety. Mohr will focus exclusively on prison issues with the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice. READ MORE

NCDOT Releases Key Regional Projects to be Funded for $2.7 Billion

NC DOTFAYETTEVILLE – The N.C. Department of Transportation today identified 138 regional highway, aviation, ferry, rail and transit projects it anticipates funding and scheduling for construction over the next decade. READ MORE

State Transportation Board Funds Improvements at 24 N.C. Airports

NC DOTRALEIGH – The N.C. Board of Transportation has approved state and federal funds for much-needed improvements to 27 North Carolina airports.

The $24.7 million in funding, approved by the board during its July meeting, will be used to provide improvements such as better runway lighting, new fuel tanks and safer taxiways.  READ MORE

Boyette, Legislators Discuss Local, State IT Issues at NC Digital Government Summit

RALEIGH, N.C. – Legislators must push for more technology solutions to help the state operate more efficiently, a bipartisan panel of state leaders agreed Thursday during a presentation at the North Carolina Digital Government Summit. READ MORE

NCDOT Launches “First Flight” in Drone Pilot Program in Partnership with Matternet and WakeMed

NC DOTDrone-based medical deliveries are here.

Today, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation has teamed up with WakeMed Health & Hospitals and Matternet to conduct the first round of test flights for drones to carry simulated medical packages packages from Raleigh Medical Park, located across from WakeMed Raleigh Campus on Sunnybrook Road, to a main tower at the hospital. READ MORE

Governor Cooper Calls for Improved Broadband, Cybersecurity

Modern education, health and economic systems require digital technology, Gov. Cooper saidWednesday at the North Carolina Digital Government Summit. However, hundreds of thousands of people in rural North Carolina are being left behind because they lack access to reliable high-speed broadband service. READ MORE

North Carolina’s July County and Area Employment Figures Released, Bladen at 5.4 percent 

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 84 of North Carolina’s counties in July, increased in four, and remained unchanged in 12.  Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 7.8 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.1 percent. READ MORE

NCDOT Will Improve U.S. 74/76 Intersection in Columbus County

A section of U.S. 74/76 in eastern Columbus County will be improved with the construction of medians and a traffic signal.

The N.C. Department of Transportation this month awarded a $9 million contract to Highland Paving Co. of Fayetteville to improve a 2.7-mile section of U.S. 74/76 between Water Tank Road in the Delco community of Columbus County and a point just east of the Brunswick County line. READ MORE

Governor Cooper Announces 208 New Jobs in Cumberland County

Booz Allen Hamilton (boozallen.com), a management and technology consulting firm, will expand its current operations in Cumberland County, creating 208 new jobs over five years, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company expects to invest more than $5 million in the project by the end of 2020. READ MORE

First Day of Classes for the Innovative School District’s Inaugural School

Like many other public schools across the state, Southside Asphpole Elementary School in Rowland, NC, started classes on Monday. What makes Southside different from the other schools is that it is part of a new statewide district, the Innovative School District (ISD), created through legislation in 2016 to create innovative conditions that accelerate student growth and achievement in low-performing schools, and it is operated by a non-profit entity, Achievement for All Children (AAC). READ MORE 

Columbus County Sheriff’s Office makes arrest for counterfeit merchandise

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Tabor City, NC – After receiving several citizen complaints about someone selling counterfeit items in Whiteville, the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Criminal Investigative Unit initiated an investigation. The investigation led to the arrest of one individual. READ MORE

Pembroke Medical Doctor Sentenced to 20 Years 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 sentenced to 240 months of imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release by Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III.  DIXON, who was a licensed medical doctor at the time of the offense, was convicted after a four-day trial of Conspiracy to Unlawfully Distribute Oxycodone and twenty (20) counts of Unlawful Distribution of Oxycodone outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose.

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Mexican National Charged for Voting by an Alien

RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that a Criminal Information has been filed charging Alma Ilzet Mar Escalante, age 36, of Mexico, with voting by an alien. READ MORE

Environmental reviews approved for Cumberland, Edgecombe and Wayne counties

RALEIGH – Environmental reviews were approved today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for Cumberland, Edgecombe and Wayne counties, which will allow homeowner awards to move forward on Hurricane Matthew repair projects funded by Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) in those counties.  READ MORE

North Carolina Licenses are Back in Print Production with New Safeguards in Place

RALEIGH – Printing of North Carolina driver licenses and identification cards resumed today after DMV required the vendor to add new quality controls to its printing process to prevent future errors.  READ MORE

State Officials to Dedicate Lake Waccamaw Boardwalk

RALEIGH, N.C. – State and local officials will gather Tuesday to celebrate the completion of a new boardwalk at the Lake Waccamaw Dam in Columbus County that will allow users of a popular greenway to hike a continuous path around the lake. READ MORE

ALE’s Weekend Statewide Operation Addresses Crime at Alcohol Establishments

North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement special agents arrested 226 people on alcohol, drug and other charges during an operation August 24th as part of a statewide crackdown. READ MORE

School Bus Safety for Students

NC DOTWith school starting in many districts next week, it’s important for parents to help their children stay safe at bus stops and for drivers to know the rules of the road. Since 2016, two children have been killed at bus stops. READ MORE

2018 Aging Conference “Charting the Course for Better Aging”

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The Lumber River Area Agency on Aging (LRAAA) and Southern Regional Area Health Education Center (SR-AHEC) is having an Aging Conference “Charting the Course to Better Aging”.  READ MORE

DMV Taking Steps to Reprint Licenses

RALEIGH – DMV discovered that some North Carolina driver license credentials issued by IDEMIA, the vendor under contract to print NC identifications, were mailed with data flaws. READ MORE

Cancer Center To Hold Active Shooter Exercise

FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley, Cumberland County Emergency Services, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Fayetteville Fire Department and Police Department will hold a joint active shooter exercise this weekend. READ MORE

Victory Generation and Back to School Bash

Victory in Jesus Ministries announced their Back to School Bash coming up this weekend. READ MORE

Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Makes Home Invasion Arrest

Cerro Gordo, NC – On August 18, 2018, at approximately 2:11 am, the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) responded to 3478 Cherry Grove Road in Cerro Gordo in reference to a home invasion. READ MORE

Piedmont urges customers who turned off their service for the summer to call now, before cold weather hits

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Piedmont Natural Gas is urging customers who turned off their natural gas service during the summer months to call now to restart their service and avoid facing a wait time when the first cold snap hits.

Thousands of Piedmont customers turn off their natural gas service for the summer months because they use natural gas only for heating during the winter. READ MORE 

Students Sign #Hero4Zero Pledge to Eliminate Traffic Deaths

PEMBROKE – What’s a #Hero4Zero?

Some students at UNC-Pembroke have adorned their car bumpers and laptops with #Hero4Zero stickers to declare their support for an effort to wipe out traffic fatalities in Robeson County, North Carolina’s deadliest county. READ MORE

UNCW Chancellor Jose V. Sartelli Gives $25K to Endowed Scholarship as Part of First “Chancellor’s Challenge”

Wilmington, N.C. – UNCW’s Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli has donated $25,000 to an endowed scholarship as part of the school’s first-ever “Chancellor’s Challenge” giving initiative, the university announced today. The Challenge, spearheaded by Sartarelli, encouraged graduating students to donate to the university to receive a matching pledge. READ MORE

“Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped?” Screens at Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern North Carolina and Wesley Pines Retirement Community for a complimentary screening of PBS “Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped?” at 6 p.m. on August 23rd. READ MORE

NCDOT Seeks Comments on I-95 Interchange in Robeson County

NC DOTLUMBERTON – The N.C. Department of Transportation has scheduled a public meeting later this month on a plan to reconstruct the Interstate 95 interchange and overpass with Carthage Road (Exit 19) in Robeson County.

A higher and longer bridge over I-95 at Exit 19 is needed to accommodate future plans to widen the interstate to eight lanes. READ MORE

This Week at NCDOT: National Transportation Awards and NCDMV Improvements

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

National Transportation Awards

A national transportation organization has recognized two NCDOT projects for spurring economic activity while improving safety and mobility.  READ MORE

Inmate Charged in Violent Attack on Prison Employee 

Crime ReportRALEIGH – A Wake County Grand Jury has returned indictments charging inmate Jaquan Lane (#1449047) in connection with the violent attack on Central Prison employee Brent Soucier.

Lane, 23, is charged with Assault on a State Detention Employee Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury, and Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury. READ MORE 

NCDA&CS declares sweet potato weevil quarantine for  Berkeley and Jasper counties in South Carolina

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has established Berkeley and Jasper counties in South Carolina as quarantine areas for the sweet potato weevil after the highly destructive pest was trapped on wild morning glory by South Carolina regulatory officials. The quarantine is effective immediately. READ MORE

North Carolina’s July Employment Figures Released 

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted July unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from June’s revised rate.  The national rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 3.9 percent.  READ MORE

Justice Department, DEA Propose Significant Opioid Manufacturing Reduction in 2019

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have proposed a reduction for controlled substances that may be manufactured in the U.S. next year. Consistent with President Trump’s “Safe Prescribing Plan” that seeks to “cut nationwide opioid prescription fills by one-third within three years,” the proposal decreases manufacturing quotas for the most six frequently misused opioids for 2019 by an average ten percent as compared to the 2018 amount. READ MORE

Saturday Morning Injury Clinic begins Saturday, Aug. 19

Southeastern Medial CenterSoutheastern Orthopedics and Southeastern Health’s Athletic Training Department are offering Saturday Morning Injury Clinic for student athletes beginning Saturday, Aug. 19 and continuing through November. READ MORE

An evening with author Sam Quinones

Judge Lewis and The Brunswick County Treatment Courts are proud to announce an evening with Sam Quinones, author of “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic”.  READ MORE

Improvements Underway to Reduce DMV Wait Times

NC DOTRALEIGH – The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is making a series of improvements at local license offices to improve service and reduce wait times for customers.

Changes include:
•    Deploying additional staff at busiest offices. READ MORE

 

No more hogs for some farmers

By Charlotte Smith

Smithfield Hog Production, doing business as Murphy-Brown has lost three lawsuits in the last few months with jurors awarding multi-millions of dollars to the plaintiffs in the cases. Farmers and Legislators have been saying these hog industry lawsuits threaten agriculture; now there is proof.

Some hog farmers say they had to take out loans when they decided to go into the farming business. READ MORE 

NC Emergency Management to test new low-cost flood gauges

RALEIGH – North Carolina Emergency Management has been selected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate to help deploy and test three prototype, low-cost flood sensors designed to help bring early flood detection and warning to more communities at a reasonable cost. READ MORE

 

North Carolina Man Sentenced to Prison for Obstructing the IRS

A Monroe, North Carolina resident was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for attempting to interfere with the due administration of the Internal Revenue laws, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division. READ MORE

Wilmington gang member sentenced to more than 8 years for heroin distribution and weapon violations

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that, Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced Diquelle Sweet, 22, of Wilmington to 105 months of imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release. READ MORE

Amazon center bringing growth to Garner, NC

By Charlotte Smith

State officals announced Friday, August 9th the online giant, Amazon will open a 200 million dollar distribution center in Garner, North Carolina. The site was formerly ConAgra plant and will be repurposed to house the popular online retail store. READ MORE 

Whiteville man sentenced for drug offense

NEW BERN – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today, Leroy Moore, Jr., 31, of Whiteville, North Carolina, was sentenced by United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan to 60 months imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release. READ MORE

Section of Hallsboro Road to Close in Columbus County

NC DOTWHITEVILLE – Starting Monday, Aug. 6, the N.C. Department of Transportation will close Hallsboro Road at U.S. 74 and 76 to begin constructing an interchange east of Whiteville where trees have been cleared for the project.  READ MORE

Raleigh Man and Durham Woman Charged with Fentanyl Conspiracy; Man Also Charged with Firearms Offenses

The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today, a federal grand jury has issued an indictment charging Thornton Lewis Wstson, IV, 24, of Raleigh and Shantevia Faith Evans, 26, of Durham, with federal crimes. READ MORE

Health Pavilion North Cancer Center Closed Due To Power Outage

Health Pavilion North Cancer Center will be closed today, Thursday, Aug. 9, due to a power outage in north Fayetteville. READ MORE

Robert Leon Named Director of Correction Enterprises

RALEIGH – Interim Chief Deputy Secretary Reuben F. Young of the N.C. Department of Public Safety has named Robert Leon director of Correction Enterprises.

Leon has spent the past 25 years working for Correction Enterprises and has served as its deputy director since 2012.  READ MORE

Columbus County Sheriff’s Office makes Narcotics arrest in Hallsboro

Hallsboro, NC – Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Vice-Narcotics Unit have completed an investigation into the distribution of illegal narcotics in the Hallsboro community of Columbus County. As a result of the investigation, one individual has been arrested and charged. This individual was also charged for child abuse in a separate investigation. READ MORE

I-95/I-40 Interchange Bridge Work Postponed

NC DOTBENSON – A project to begin restoring the bridges and ramps at the Interstate 95/40 interchange in Johnston County will not start this week as anticipated.

Officials for the contractor, Penhall Company of Los Angeles, have informed the N.C. Department of Transportation they need to reschedule the work for a later date due to recent weather delays. READ MORE

Retirees Celebrate Social Security’s 83rd Anniversary in Wilmington

Wilmington, NC – To mark the 83rd anniversary of Social Security, area retirees with the North Carolina Alliance for Retired Americans will gather in Wilmington on Thursday, August 9. at noon. An anniversary cake will be shared. READ MORE

Federal jury convicts Sampson County man who was a member of a drug trafficking ring

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that, Greg Bright, 32, of Turkey, NC, was convicted in federal court following a three day jury trial before Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III. The jury found Bright guilty of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base (crack). READ MORE

Fayetteville man sentenced to more than 12 years for firearm charges 

NEW BERN – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today in federal court, United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced Joseph Luther Lewis, 29, of Fayetteville, North Carolina to 151 months of imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release. READ MORE

NCDMV License Plate Agencies Experiencing Service Interruptions

NC DOTRALEIGH – A problem with N.C. Department of Revenue computers has resulted in an interruption of some services at license plate agencies across the state this afternoon.READ MORE 

Former TSA Officer Sentenced To 25 Years On Drug & Gun Charges

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – United States Attorney Andrew Murray announced today that a former Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Officer was sentenced to 25 years in prison on drug trafficking conspiracy and gun charges.  U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. also sentenced Jamie Blunder, 50, of Charlotte, to five years of supervised release. READ MORE

 

Report: FDIC Data Shows that Banks Collected $11.45 Billion in Overdraft Fees in 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) released Unfair Market: The State of High-Cost Overdraft Practices in 2017, a report analyzing the overdraft fee revenue generated by banks and the overdraft practices of the 10 largest banks across the United States. According to Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) data, banks with over $1 billion in assets collected more than $11.45 billion in overdraft and non-sufficient funds (NSF) in 2017. READ MORE

NC Superintendent announces new iPads for every K-3 classroom in N.C. to support early literacy

As part of the state’s Read to Achieve program, State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced today that the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has provided new Apple iPads for every public school K-3 reading teacher in the state to support K-3 literacy. The iPads, which were purchased in June and delivered in time for school districts and charter schools to distribute to early-grades reading teachers before the start of the school year, will help teachers monitor students’ reading growth and identify where students need help. READ MORE

 

North Carolina State Highway Patrol Awarded International Accreditation by CALEA

Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina State Highway Patrol was awarded national accreditation on July 28, 2018 by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). READ MORE

Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission Meets Thursday, August 9

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

Duplin Winery to Host 42nd Annual Grape Stomp  

August 7, 2018 – This September, Duplin Winery is hosting its 42nd Annual Grape Stomp in Rose Hill, NC on Saturday, September 8 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event will include live music, interactive games, vineyard tours, wine tastings, prizes, food, drink, and of course a grape stomping contest. READ MORE

Electrification project by Duke Energy and Golden State Foods to save fuel and lower emissions

GARNER, N.C. -A total of 32 electric power outlets will help trucks at the Golden State Foods (GSF) distribution center cut costs and lower air emissions as part of a Duke Energy electrification project. READ MORE 

Columbus County Sheriff’s Office makes Narcotics Arrests

Tabor City, NC – Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Vice-Narcotics Unit have completed an investigation into the distribution of illegal narcotics in the Iron Hill community of Columbus County. As a result of the investigation, two individuals have been arrested and charged, along with a third individual who was wanted for unrelated outstanding warrants. READ MORE

North Carolina State Highway Patrol Awarded International Accreditation by CALEA

Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina State Highway Patrol was awarded national accreditation on July 28, 2018 by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). READ MORE

2018 is Record Year for State Ports

2018 has been a record-setting year for the North Carolina Ports.

Over last fiscal year, the North Carolina Ports moved a record number of containers through the Port of Wilmington. Container growth increased by 38 percent while general cargo growth is up 18 percent since the 2017 fiscal year. READ MORE

I-95/I-40 Interchange Bridge Work to Require Ramp Closures

NC DOTBENSON – Starting Wednesday, motorists who travel through the I-40/I-95 interchange may encounter overnight detours for some of the ramps.

The detours are necessary because an N.C. Department of Transportation contract crew will begin improving the driving surface of the two Interstate 40 bridges that go over Interstate 95 in southern Johnston County. The bridge work will require one lane in each direction of I-40 be closed. READ MORE

Captured: Missing Rutherford Correctional Center Inmate Captured in Robeson County

RALEIGH – Rutherford Correctional Center minimum custody inmate James Pittman (#0559036), who was reported missing from his work release assignment in Marion on Tuesday, was captured on Wednesday in Robeson County at approximately 6:15 p.m. READ MORE

 

New Outreach Effort Seeks to Help More Hurricane Matthew Survivors with Housing Recovery

RALEIGH – A new email outreach effort from North Carolina Emergency Management is reaching homeowners who were impacted by Hurricane Matthew to encourage them to apply for housing recovery program assistance.

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Duke Energy reports second-quarter 2018 financial results

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) has posted its second-quarter 2018 financial results in a news release available on the company’s website at the following link: www.duke-energy.com/our-company/investors/financial-news. READ MORE

North Carolina’s June County and Area Employment Figures Released

 Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 97 of North Carolina’s counties in June and decreased in three.  Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 8.0 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.2 percent.  All fifteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases. READ MORE

 

NCSHP Participates in National Campaign

RALEIGH – The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is proud to announce it will once again 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. READ MORE

Federal Court Awards Nearly $3 Million in Damages and Penalties for Medicaid Fraud Scheme

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced today that a federal court awarded a nearly $3 million judgment against Compassionate Home Care Services, Inc., Carol Anders, and Ryan Santiago for their participation in a fraud on the North Carolina Medicaid program in violation of the federal and North Carolina False Claims Acts. READ MORE

NC Students Shine at National Leadership and Skills Conference

More than 460 North Carolina students from 41 high schools and 17 community colleges traveled to Louisville, Ky., earlier this summer as the third-largest delegation to attend the 54th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, which drew more than 17,000 participants in all from every state and U.S. territory. READ MORE

Columbus Charter School in Columbus County provides buses to surrounding counties

Whiteville – Two brand new, gleaming white school buses are currently making a daily circuit between Columbus, Bladen and Robeson Counties, transporting students from three different counties to Columbus Charter School in Whiteville. READ MORE

Section of Hallsboro Road to Close in Columbus County

Road ClosingWhiteville– Starting Monday, Aug. 6, the N.C. Department of Transportation will close Hallsboro Road at U.S. 74 and 76 to begin constructing an interchange east of Whiteville where trees have been cleared for the project. READ MORE

Moores Creek National Battlefield to Host Informational Meeting on How to Become a Re-enactor and Get Involved in Living History

Currie, NC –  Have you ever visited as historic site or event and wondered “How do I become a Re-enactor”? Join us on Saturday, August 25, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon for an informational meeting and orientation as to how to get involved with Living History- i.e. Reenacting and Storytelling in a historical setting. Staff and volunteers at Moores Creek National Battlefield will be providing a brief overview of volunteer opportunities offered in the park and how you can participate. READ MORE

Computers at NCDMV Driver License Offices Working Again After Temporary Shutdown

RALEIGH – Computers at the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicle’s driver license offices are working again after a problem earlier this morning temporarily disabled services at offices statewide.

Fishburne Military School recognized by Virginia Living Magazine as one of VA’s best

Waynesboro, VA – For the fifth time in six years, Fishburne Military School has been named to the annual Top High Schools and Colleges list by Virginia Living magazine. READ MORE

Congressman Rouzer to host Opioid Symposium Monday

US Congressman David Rounder will be hosting an Opioid Symposium for the 7th Congressional District on Monday night in Wilmington at the Coastline Convention Center from 6 until 8 p.m. READ MORE

Gov. Cooper Appoints New District Court Judge for Robeson County

Governor Roy Cooper has appointed Brooke Locklear Clark to preside in Robeson County District Court.

“Clark’s experience in the law and deep knowledge of her community make her an ideal choice to serve on the District Court bench in Robeson County,” said. Gov. Cooper. READ MORE

Baker Motor Company’s BMW of Wilmington Debuts The Ultimate BMW Facility in the Carolinas

Wilmington, NC – Tommy Baker, Owner and President of Baker Motor Company, with award-winning dealerships in Wilmington, N.C. and Charleston, S.C., has announced the official debut of the all-new BMW of Wilmington. Fully reconstructed and redesigned to provide the ultimate first-class customer experience, the new 34,000 sq. ft. dealership includes a sleek and modern showroom, top-of-the-line service center, customer waiting lounge and café, on-site car wash, and much more. READ MORE

Demand strong for Duke Energy’s North Carolina solar rebates

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy’s North Carolina solar rebate program has attracted significant interest from customers, with more than 1,500 applying for the incentive to install private solar systems in the first few weeks of the program’s launch.  READ MORE

Whiteville Receives Downtown Associate Community Status

The North Carolina Main Street and Rural Planning Center selected Whiteville for its Downtown Associate Community Program, Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland announced today. READ MORE 

Outer Loop Work Requires Cliffdale Road Closure

FAYETTEVILLE – This weekend, traffic at night will be detoured off Cliffdale Road in western Cumberland County where the Fayetteville Outer Loop is being built. READ MORE

 

Five Years Later, North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program More Popular Than Ever

Raleigh, NC  – Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC) released the following statement marking the fifth anniversary of North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program becoming law in the state on July 26, 2013. READ MORE

Governor Cooper Announces 365 New Financial Services Jobs in Wake County

Arch Capital Group Ltd. (ACGL), a globally diversified financial services group providing insurance, reinsurance and mortgage insurance, will open an operational hub in Raleigh and create 365 new jobs over four years, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest $12.9 million in North Carolina by the end of 2019. READ MORE

Special Flags Fly at Half-Staff for Members of Fishburne Military School Family

Waynesboro, VA – The flags flying above Fishburne Military School on Monday bore additional significance for the school as well as one of its prominent families.

The flag flown above the FMS front parapet was originally presented by a United States Air Force Honor Guard during the funeral of Mr. William Case Parker, FMS Class of 1938. READ MORE

ALE Arrests Sovereign Nation Members in Robeson County for Illegal Casinos

LAURINBURG – Members of a sovereign citizen group faced charges Monday of gambling, manufacturing controlled substances and money laundering at illegal casinos in Maxton, Pembroke and Red Springs.  Vehicles, currency, marijuana, firearms and over 200 illegal gaming machines were seized during the raids. READ MORE

Columbus County Sherriff’s Office makes arrest in pharmacy theft

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Whiteville, NC – The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit have initiated an investigation into the larceny of narcotics from Baldwin Woods Pharmacy located at 607 Jefferson Street in Whiteville. READ MORE

13 Driver License Examiners Added to DMV Staff  

RALEIGH – The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles will add 13 new driver license examiner graduates to seven driver license offices next week. Following graduation from DMV’s Basic Examiner Training School on Friday, July 20, the examiners will begin work at area offices on Monday, July 23. READ MORE

Eleven Pender County Homeowners to Receive Buyouts for Properties Flooded by Hurricane Matthew

Eleven Lenoir County homeowners flooded by Hurricane Matthew will receive nearly $1.6 million in federal and state funds to buyout their storm damaged homes and move elsewhere, North Carolina Emergency Management announced today. READ MORE

UNCW Board of Trustees Elects McNeill New Chair

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The University of North Carolina Wilmington Board of Trustees elected a new chair for 2018-19, Whiteville native and businessman Ronald B. McNeill, a member of the board since 2011.

He succeeds Wilma W. Daniels, who served as board chair for two years. READ MORE

Repairs on Struck I-95 Bridge in Dunn Start Friday

NC DOTDUNN – Emergency repairs are expected to start Friday, July 20, on the Interstate 95 South bridge over U.S. 421 in Dunn. An N.C. Department of Transportation crew on Wednesday discovered a steel beam on the bridge had been damaged when it was apparently struck by something traveling along U.S. 421. It is not known when the bridge was struck or what hit it.  READ MORE

Duke Energy Carolinas files new rates to pass federal tax savings to North Carolina customers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy Carolinas today filed new rates for North Carolina customers based on the North Carolina Utilities Commission’s (NCUC) order issued June 22. The proposed changes in customer rates include savings from recent federal tax reform.

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Missing Columbus County woman located, charged

Photo courtesy Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.

A missing Columbus County woman has been located. Felicia Ann Turnage was taken into custody yesterday (Tuesday, July 17) by Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Detectives.  READ MORE

NCSHP Participating in Nationwide “Best Looking Cruiser Contest”
RALEIGH- The American Association of State Troopers has kicked off the 2018 “Best Looking Cruiser Contest” and the NCSHP will be represented again this year with a 2018 marked Dodge Charger.

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Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Makes Narcotics Arrests

Photo courtesy Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.

Chadbourn, NC – The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit has completed an investigation into the distribution of controlled substances throughout the Chadbourn community in Columbus County. READ MORE

UNCW Opens First K-8 Lab School in the State at D. C. Virgo

Wilmington, N.C.  – UNCW has officially opened the first K-8 lab school in North Carolina with classes beginning tomorrow, the university announced. The first year-round K-8 public school in Wilmington, the new D.C. Virgo’s curriculum focuses on inquiry-based learning, community engagement and the importance of literacy. READ MORE

A Community Comes Together to Support Family

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A fire can be devastating, as one Chadbourn family learned during the wee hours of Saturday morning. Around 2 AM, a family of five lost everything due to a house fire. Chadbourn Police Officer Tavon Pierce and his wife Allison Pierce have three small children; Javie who is 3 years old, Taye who is 18 months old and Nova who is 7 months old. READ MORE

General Surgeon joins SeHealth

General Surgeon DuBose Medlock, Jr., M.D., has joined Southeastern Surgical Center, an affiliate of Southeastern Health.

Dr. Medlock earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston in 1986. READ MORE

Governor Cooper announces Finish Line Grants to aid Community College students

Governor Cooper announced on Thursday the Finish Line Grants program to help community college students who face unforeseen financial emergencies complete their training. READ MORE

Columbus County Sheriff’s Office seeking public’s help

Photo courtesy of Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is still seeking information in the case of a stolen enclosed trailer. On January 20th, a white, Carson 7 foot x 12 foot enclosed trailer was stolen from Peacock Road in Chadbourn. READ MORE

School uniforms planned for Southside Ashpole Elementary

The NC Innovative School District (ISD), in partnership with Achievement for All Children (AAC), will establish a K-5 school uniform dress code at South Ashpole Elementary school in Rowland, NC. The uniforms will consist of blue polo-style tops with the school logo and khaki bottoms. READ MORE

Survive the Drive Initiative Concludes But Efforts Continue

RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol, in partnership with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, has concluded a multi-agency initiative entitled Survive the Drive.  Launched in January, the six-month campaign focused on reducing collisions along rural roads throughout the state. READ MORE

After Overpass Is Struck in Cumberland County, I-95 North Must Detour

Concrete girders on the N.C. 82 overpass in Cumberland County were damaged today after a truck hauling equipment struck it. Photo Courtesy NCDOT.

FAYETTEVILLE – The N.C. Department of Transportation has closed the N.C. 82 (Exit 65) bridge off Interstate 95 and started detouring I-95 northbound traffic around it after a truck hauling logging equipment struck the bridge and damaged it. READ MORE

Piedmont Natural Gas to build new liquefied natural gas facility in North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Piedmont Natural Gas today announced plans to build and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Robeson County, N.C. The facility will help Piedmont Natural Gas continue providing customers with a reliable supply of natural gas during peak usage days, when extremely low temperatures create a higher-than-normal demand for natural gas. READ MORE

New school director named for Southside Ashpole Elementary in Rowland, NC

The NC Innovative School District (ISD) and their partner Achievement for All Children (AAC), selected Bruce E. Major to lead the intervention efforts at Southside Ashpole Elementary in Rowland, NC. READ MORE

Attend the Main Stage Series at Carolina Civic Center

Tickets for the Mainstage Series can be purchased on-line by going to our web site at www.carolinaciviccenter.com.  Tickets also can be purchased in-person or with credit card or cash noon to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through our administrative offices in the theater’s second floor (enter on Fourth Street side), or by calling the Civic Center at (910) 738-4339. READ MORE

Duke Energy Carolinas customers lead South Carolina in private solar adoption

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Duke Energy Carolinas has achieved a major milestone in its support of solar energy as more than 5,000 of the company’s South Carolina customers have installed solar panels on their homes and businesses, reaching a legislative goal for customer-owned solar capacity. READ MORE

Alternative for the N.C. 55 Widening in Wake, Harnett Selected

NC DOTANGIER – The N.C. Department of Transportation has selected an alternative for improving nearly 11.5 miles of N.C. 55 in Harnett and Wake counties.

The department proposes widening the two-lane highway into four lanes with a raised median along portions of the existing corridor and along a new route that would go around the west side of Angier in Harnett County. READ MORE

Proposed Odell Road Project Would Improve Fort Bragg Access

NC DOTSPRING LAKE – The N.C. Department of Transportation is seeking public feedback on its proposal to widen and extend a Cumberland County road to relieve traffic congestion at Fort Bragg.

NCDOT will host an informal open house from 4 to 7 p.m. July 26 at Spring Lake Town Hall, 300 Ruth Street. READ MORE

Rural Communities Receive State Grants Attracting 239 New Jobs and More Than $117 Million in Private Investment

Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) approved 23 grant requests totaling $17,021,540, N.C. Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland announced today. The requests include commitments to create a total of 425 jobs, 186 of which were previously announced. The public investment in these projects will attract $117.6 million in private investment. READ MORE

Duke Energy provides major boost to solar in North Carolina as new programs roll out

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Two major Duke Energy solar energy programs are rolling out this month in North Carolina, making solar more abundant and affordable for customers.

“Duke Energy’s solar rebates and the competitive bidding program have been highly anticipated and will drive further solar-related investment, job creation and economic development for North Carolina,” said David Fountain, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. READ MORE

Duke Energy provides major boost to solar in North Carolina as new programs roll out

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Two major Duke Energy solar energy programs are rolling out this month in North Carolina, making solar more abundant and affordable for customers.

“Duke Energy’s solar rebates and the competitive bidding program have been highly anticipated and will drive further solar-related investment, job creation and economic development for North Carolina,” said David Fountain, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. READ MORE

Duplin Winery releases two new wines

ROSE HILL, N.C. – Duplin Winery releases two all-new muscadine wines this July – Summertime Strut and Carolina Shag. With the addition of Summertime Strut and Carolina Shag to its product list, Duplin Winery has over 40 delicious muscadine wines for its fans to enjoy. READ MORE

Truck reported stolen in Cumberland County

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Picture of the missing truck.

A truck was reported stolen last Sunday around 1:30 a.m. off Highway 301 in Cumberland County. According to Justin McLaurin, who is the brother of the truck’s owner, the truck was last seen headed south but could have turned off any road. READ MORE

Update: Tropical Depression number 3 strengthened

Tropical Depression number 3 has strengthened into Tropical Storm Chris with the latest NHC advisory. Other than some maritime issues little to no impacts are expected across northeast SC or southeast NC. Marine impacts include strong longshore currents for east facing beaches, elevated risk of rip currents, and rough surf. READ MORE

Spring Litter Sweep Stats

Litter in ElizabethtownNearly 489,000 pounds, or close to 245 tons, of trash were picked up by volunteers and NCDOT crews during the Spring Litter Sweep in April. That’s equivalent to 40 average-sized elephants.  READ MORE

 

CSX Intermodal Facility

Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon announced that NCDOT and CSX reached an agreement to build a new intermodal facility near Rocky Mount. The terminal will provide industry a logistical solution to help get products to customers and spur growth in the region. READ MORE

192 More Homeowners to Get Housing Help to Recover from Matthew

$20.8 Million to Help Survivors into More Resilient Homes

Raleigh – More than 190 additional homeowners flooded by Hurricane Matthew will soon get $20.8 million in federal and state funds to buyout, elevate or reconstruct homes damaged by the storm, NC Emergency Management announced today.

“Residents in Wayne County and Windsor have been eagerly awaiting this news,” said state Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry. READ MORE

 

REMINDER: Comment period closes July 11 on proposed court order against Chemours

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality wants to remind the public that the 30-day public comment period for the proposed order will conclude on July 11. DEQ filed a proposed court order on June 11 to require the Chemours Company to implement numerous measures to eliminate or reduce air emissions and water impacts caused by GenX and related compounds, and address contamination in and around the Fayetteville Works facility.  READ MORE

Newly developed Tropical Depression expected at coast

By Steven Pfaff – NOAA Federal

Newly developed Tropical Depression #3, about 265 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear NC, continues to become better organized. The tropical depression is expected to drift toward the NC coast this weekend, and will likely meander just offshore through the first half of next week. The depression could become a Tropical Storm during Saturday. READ MORE [divider] 

Food Lion to Host Job Fairs in Raleigh, Durham and Cary, N.C.

Food Lion is hosting multiple job fairs and is seeking applicants for approximately 300 full- and part-time associate positions in the greater Raleigh, N.C., area. The grocer is hiring for various positions including cashiers, produce managers, produce associates, meat managers, meat cutters, deli managers, deli associates, grocery managers, front end/sales associates, stockers, frozen food and dairy associates, pricing coordinators, specialty merchandisers, customer service managers, quality assurance and DSD receivers.  READ MORE

Gagging local farmers and awarding millions

By Charlotte Smith

Bladen County farmers along with pork companies in the mother county are grasping for help after a multi-million dollar lawsuit. The verdict handed down in one case resulted in a Bladen County farmer losing all his hogs according to witnesses. There are over 20 more similar pork industry lawsuits set to take place and the next one has other local farmers fighting to keep their farms. READ MORE 

Getting to know the Sheriff’s Department better

Are you a Columbus County resident and interested in gaining behind the scenes knowledge of the Sheriff’s Office, through hands on activities? If you answered yes, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy is just for you. It is a 9 week course that meets every Tuesday, except for the week of the Firearms class. READ MORE

North Carolina ranked 7th in strictest states on speeding and reckless driving

By Alina Comoreanu, Senior Researcher, wallethub.com

Speed kills. We have all been told that since driver’s education class, and yet American drivers routinely exceed the speed limit. Before you underestimate the danger of exceeding the speed limit, consider that in 2016, speeding was a factor in 27 percent of motor vehicle crash deaths. READ MORE

Three N.C. prisoners sue the state for Hepatitis C treatment

By Taylor Knopf

Three state prisoners sued the N.C. Department of Public Safety this month arguing that they were denied treatment for their Hepatitis C virus (HCV).

The men claim that there is no medical reason to justify denying them medical treatment for HCV, a highly contagious virus that targets the liver.

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2018 Environmental Health in the State Budget

By Catherine Clabby and Rose Hoban

Usually, in the second year of the legislative biennium, lawmakers return to Raleigh to revise spending for the second year of the biennial budget bill written and ratified the prior year. Usually, the House presents a budget, the Senate revises that budget and conferees from each chamber hammer out the differences in a process that’s open to amendment. READ MORE

Ag News: Statement by North Carolina Pork Council on June 29 jury verdict

The verdict is heartbreaking and could have severe and unforeseen economic consequences for our farmers, the pork industry and all of North Carolina agriculture.

It is heartbreaking because the jury did not hear the full story about Joey Carter’s farm – and now an honest, hardworking farmer stands to lose everything. READ MORE

DHHS, Carolinas Poison Center Investigating Second Case of Severe Bleeding Related to Synthetic Cannabinoids

State health officials are warning the public about the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids after a second case of severe bleeding following synthetic cannabinoid use was identified in North Carolina last week. This latest case, like the first one reported a little over two weeks ago, involves a resident of Durham County.  READ MORE

 

SBI’s Bomb Squad Using New Robots that Expand Capabilities   

RALEIGH – A recent delivery of three new, light-weight robots for the state’s Bomb Squad arrived just in time for the Fourth of July, often a busy time for the State Bureau of Investigation’s bomb technicians.

With 64 calls since January, the members of the Bomb Squad welcome the new robots that weigh about 70 pounds, can go up and down stairs, have six cameras, can lift about 15 pounds and cut wires.  READ MORE 

Twenty-One Wildlife Officers Graduate from Basic Wildlife Law Enforcement School

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 29, 2018)— Twenty-one cadets were sworn in as wildlife law enforcement officers by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission at a graduation ceremony held at Campbell University on Thursday. READ MORE

Officials say doctor and woman make millions on drugs

By Charlotte Smith

Dr. Jong Whan Kim, 59, and Tammy Lynn Thompson, 53 are facing more charges and made millions on opioids and other drugs according to Columbus County officials. On Monday the two accused of dispensing drugs illegally had a court hearing. A multi-million dollar bail was set for both. READ MORE

SoutheasternTimes: DWI Enforcement Top Priority This Fourth

SHP to Increase Patrols

RALEIGH – As families across the nation anticipate the upcoming July 4 holiday, the State Highway Patrol is hopeful safety remains a top priority during every scheduled event. 

While hot dogs, hamburgers, pools and fireworks will be used by many to celebrate the nation’s independence, others will also consume alcoholic beverages. READ MORE

Doctor and his girlfriend arrested for pill mill

Tabor City, NC – The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit arrested two individuals after an approximately seven month long investigation into a “pill mill” operating at 211 East 5th Street in Tabor City.  Dr. Jong Whan Kim along with his office manager and girlfriend, Tammy Lynn Thompson, were arrested today, June 29th.  This investigation originated from numerous citizen complaints and anonymous tips. READ MORE

Updated Charges in the Death of Trooper Samuel Bullard

Yadkin County- As part of a continued investigation involving the May 21st, 2018 death of North Carolina Trooper Samuel N. Bullard during a vehicle pursuit in Yadkin County, additional charges have been filed.  After consultation with the Yadkin County District Attorney’s Office and presenting their office with further findings related to Trooper Bullard’s death and the actions thereafter, the following additional charges have been made.  READ MORE

 

Columbus County traffic stop leads to arrest

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Tabor City, NC – On June 28, 2018, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Detectives were patrolling a known drug area in Chadbourn.

Vice-Narcotics Detectives noticed a vehicle leaving the area, driving erratically. READ MORE

New Truck “Platooning” Technology Showcased in North Carolina 

RALEIGH – Volvo Trucks North America and FedEx teamed up Wednesday with the North Carolina Turnpike Authority to demonstrate advanced technology developed to help big trucks travel safely close together in fuel-efficient “platoons.” READ MORE

11 More Homeowners to Get Housing Help to Recover from Matthew

Raleigh – NC Emergency Management today announced that 11 homeowners across central and eastern North Carolina will soon receive $1.8 million in federal and state funds to acquire or reconstruct homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew.

In the past two months, NCEM has announced awards of $48.9 million in hazard mitigation grants to help 355 homeowners in impacted counties. READ MORE

Stolen items recovered in Columbus County

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) recovered approximately $115,000.00 worth of stolen property, last week.  The property was recovered in three unrelated incidents. READ MORE

Vaisala’s New Platforms to Provide Companies with Historical Lightning Data

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Lightning IntegratorTM and Lightning ExporterTM will offer recent lightning event data impacting employee safety and productivity.

Vaisala, a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement, including comprehensive lightning data, today announced the launch of Lightning Integrator and Lightning Exporter, new platforms used to access historical lightning data to support companies with regulatory compliance and legal reporting requirements. READ MORE

Ivanhoe man arrested for murder

An Ivanhoe man who was already under arrest for outstanding warrants from Duplin County, is now facing a murder charge for the shooting death of Jamaris Pridgen. READ MORE

State Transportation Board Funds Improvements at Nine N.C. Airports

NC DOTRALEIGH – The N.C. Board of Transportation has approved state and federal funds for much-needed improvements to nine of North Carolina’s publicly-owned airports.

The $3.7 million in funding, approved by the board during its June meeting, will be used to provide improvements such as better runway lighting, new fuel tanks and safer taxiways. READ MORE

Duke Energy receives highest honor from the U.S. Department of Defense for its support of National Guard and Reserve employees

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) today announced that it has received the 2018 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the U.S. Department of Defense gives to companies for their outstanding support for employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.

The award is presented annually by the Secretary of Defense, and Duke Energy was one of only 15 companies nationwide to be selected out of more than 2,300 nominations. READ MORE

From North Carolina Health News: The Science of Hog Farm odors

10 Fishburne Military School Cadets Graduate JCLC Eagle

Fort Pickett, VA — For five days last week the air at Fort Pickett echoed with the motivated cheers of high school cadets from throughout Virginia and North Carolina.

The Junior ROTC Cadet Leadership Camp (known as JCLC Eagle) drew over 250 young people from 25 different schools and units to the training grounds located in Blackstone, Virginia. READ MORE

187 More Homeowners to Get Housing Help to Recover from Matthew

Raleigh – Across central and eastern North Carolina, 187 homeowners will soon get $24.5 million in federal and state funds to acquire, elevate or reconstruct homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew, NC Emergency Management announced today. READ MORE

Southeastern Health celebrates first residency graduation

By Roxana Ross

Southeastern Health President/CEO Joann Anderson addresses the organization’s first ever graduating class of medical residents during a ceremony held June 22.

Southeastern Health celebrated its first medical residency graduates Friday, June 22. The ceremony, which was held at the Southeastern Agricultural Center, recognized the 26 graduating residents who completed their residencies at SeHealth in either emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, or a traditional rotating internship. READ MORE

From NC Pork Council: 

At hog farm trial, crucial witness is… missing

By Andy Curliss, CEO NC Pork Council

Expert testimony from a vitally important witness is missing from the nuisance trial in Raleigh underway against a Duplin County hog farm.

The witness’ name is Dr. Pamela Dalton. READ MORE

Wilmington Man Sentenced to More Than 10 Years for Drug Distribution Charge

ELIZABETH CITY – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that, United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced Lewis Alexander Hines, 26, of Wilmington to 120 months of imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release. READ MORE

Free medicine event planned for June 29

By Roxana Ross

There will be a free giveaway of over-the-counter medicines and other medicine cabinet items on Friday, June 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chestnut Street United Methodist Church, which is located at 200 E. Eighth St., Lumberton.  READ MORE

Students Help Promote Summer Meals Programs

Students from Franklin, Harnett and Union County Schools received top honors Wednesday in the North Carolina Summer Nutrition Programs promotional materials contest, in which students design promotional materials to help increase the awareness of N.C. Summer Nutrition Programs. READ MORE

North Carolina National Guard Renames Fayetteville Readiness Center for Fallen Soldier

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Senior leaders from the North Carolina National Guard will join dignitaries and community members to dedicate the N.C. National Guard’s Fayetteville Readiness Center as the Maj. Jason George Center on Saturday, June 23, 2018. READ MORE

Brunswick County Sheriff to Hold Active Shooter Training at Courthouse 

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Brunswick County, N.C. – In keeping with best practices and in an effort to ensure the safety of judges, staff, and the public, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office along with Brunswick County Court Officials will be holding an active shooter training exercise inside the Brunswick County Courthouse the afternoon of Thursday, June 21st. An administrative order has been issued to close the courthouse to the public during this time. READ MORE

Duke Energy Progress files annual adjustments with North Carolina Utilities Commission for customers in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. – Duke Energy Progress today made its annual filings with the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) for costs associated with fuel, compliance with the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard (REPS), cost recovery under the Joint Agency Asset Rider (JAAR), and implementation of energy efficiency (EE) and demand-side management (DSM) programs. READ MORE

 

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