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NCDOT Will Collect Debris Left from Hurricane Florence

Contractors for Columbus, Bladen and Robeson counties will start next week

WHITEVILLE – Contractors for the N.C. Department of Transportation will be collecting storm debris created by Hurricane Florence in Bladen, Columbus and Robeson counties this month.

People should have the material set out along the shoulder of the roadway by Monday, Nov. 26. Beginning that week, the contractors will begin making the collections. Tree limbs and other vegetative debris should be separated from construction and demolition-related material leftover from the September storm.  READ MORE

  

Brunswick County Man Sentenced to 204 Months in Prison for Drug Trafficking Offenses

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that United States District Court Judge James C. Dever III sentenced RODNEY TROY WILLIAMS, 50, of Bolivia, North Carolina, to 204 months in prison, followed by 60 months of supervised release. READ MORE

Weather should be nice for holiday week

National Weather ServiceThe weather should be nice for the holiday week according to Stephen Keebler with National Weather Service. 

After a few lingering showers this morning, high pressure will build in and provide a mostly dry albeit cool at times during the holiday week. READ MORE

Search continues for Aguliar with federal, state and local assistance

The Lumberton Police Department, the FBI, and a number of our state, local, and federal law enforcement partners are actively following investigative leads to find Hania Aguilar according to Lumberton Police Department.  

Foot and drone searches continued on Saturday. READ MORE

N.C. pecan season to be short, but sweet

RALEIGH – Consumers looking for fresh N.C. pecans for their upcoming holiday meals will need to act fast. The 2018 N.C. pecan season will be a shorter season due to damage from Hurricane Florence.  READ MORE

Columbus County Interchange Would Improve Safety on N.C. 87 at N.C. 11

NC DOTRIEGELWOOD – People are invited to attend an open house later this month to review a proposal to improve the intersection of N.C. 87 and N.C. 11 in Columbus County.

The N.C. Department of Transportation has proposed rebuilding the intersection into an interchange with an overpass, loops and ramps. READ MORE

Lumberton Man Sentenced for Drug Distribution

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced Anthony Andrews, 51, of Lumberton, North Carolina, to 132 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release.   READ MORE

Online Portal Now Open for First-of-Kind Broadband Grant Program

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Raleigh, N.C. – Internet service providers interested in the new GREAT Grant Program can now apply for funding through an online portal, the state’s Broadband Infrastructure Office announced today. READ MORE

Gov. Cooper Declares Nov. 15 Rural Health Day

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RALEIGH: The North Carolina Office of Rural Health, the oldest in the United States, today celebrates 45 years of service improving access to health care for the people of North Carolina. READ MORE

Applications Open for NCDOT Bicycle Helmet Initiative

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NC DOTRALEIGH – To reduce bicycle injuries and deaths, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Division is issuing a call for applicants for its annual Bicycle Helmet Initiative. READ MORE

NCDOT Announces New Awards for Multimodal Transportation Projects 

NC DOTRALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation wants to honor North Carolina towns, cities and counties that have completed multimodal transportation projects that spurred economic development, created jobs, improved public health and enhanced communities.  READ MORE

Duke Energy teams up with DonorsChoose.org to help teachers and students recover from Hurricane Florence

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Duke Energy Foundation announced it is providing a $160,000 grant to DonorsChoose.org to fund relief projects by public school teachers in 16 counties across North Carolina and South Carolina.  READ MORE

Public Safety Officials Urge Public to Prepare for Blast of Winter Weather

RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper is encouraging the public to pay close attention to their local forecast and be prepared for ice in western counties. State emergency and transportation officials are closely monitoring weather and road conditions and are working with local emergency officials to provide support if needed.  READ MORE

House fitter’s Inc.’s Vice-President Sentenced For Unlawfully Employing An Illegal Alien

RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that House Fitters, Inc.’s Vice President, Robert B. Jernigan, age 52, of Kinston, North Carolina, was sentenced today to a 12-month probationary sentence by United States District Judge James C. Dever III after a guilty plea to unlawfully employing an illegal alien. Jernigan was also ordered to forfeit $9,649.00 in connection with the criminal conduct.  READ MORE

DPS Recognizes Outstanding Employees at 2018 Badge of Excellence Awards Ceremony

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RALEIGH – The Department of Public Safety today honored some of the department’s most committed and exceptional employees during its annual Badge of Excellence Awards Ceremony. READ MORE

Chickenfoot Road to Close This Weekend in Cumberland County

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NC DOTHOPE MILLS – The installation of drainage pipes associated with a safety improvement project will require a stretch of Chickenfoot Road in Cumberland County to close this Friday night. READ MORE

Governor Cooper Visits Washington To Push for More Florence Recovery Help from Federal Government

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Governor Roy Cooper today met with the North Carolina Congressional delegation and key federal officials to push for more federal assistance with Hurricane Florence recovery efforts. READ MORE

2019 North Carolina Aviation Art Contest Takes Flight

RALEIGH – The power of art comes from its ability to move people. The same is true about aviation.

To bring the two together, and engage young people in aviation and aeronautics in the state, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation is sponsoring the 2019 North Carolina Aviation Art Contest.  READ MORE

Governor Cooper Announces Cybersecurity Training Initiative for Veterans in North Carolina

RALEIGH: Cisco Systems will partner with leading industry partners and the state to train North Carolina veterans for jobs in the cybersecurity workforce. The announcement was made by state officials and representatives from Cisco at this morning’s meeting of the NCWorks Commission meeting, Governor Cooper’s statewide workforce development board.  READ MORE

Crusaders Celebrate Service and Sacrifice

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On the morning of November 8th, Harrells Christian Academy welcomed two highly decorated Veterans into their midst in a celebration of service and sacrifice.  Retired Army General Dan Allyn and Retired Navy Captain Chuck Deleot shared their inspiring testimonies during HCA’s school-wide Veterans Day chapel service, an event that students and faculty always look to with reverence and utmost sincerity. Both speakers appeared on behalf of the Patriot Foundation where Captain Deleot serves as President and General Allyn serves on the Advisory Board.  READ MORE

Duke Energy helps protect and restore North Carolina’s wildlife and natural resources with $1.1 million contribution

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy is providing more than $1.1 million to support 11 North Carolina environmental nonprofit organizations to preserve, protect and enhance natural heritage across the state.  READ MORE

In Harnett County School Visit, Gov. Cooper Signs Proclamation For American Education Week

ERWIN: Today, Governor Roy Cooper proclaimed November 12-16 as American Education Week in a visit to Gentry Primary School in Harnett County. Created and sponsored by the National Education Association and the American Legion, American Education Week celebrates public schools and the role they play in providing opportunities for students and strengthening our communities.  READ MORE

Annual “A Robeson County Christmas” Show Set for December

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater’s annual holiday performance of “A Robeson County Christmas” Show will be held December 6-9 at the theater in downtown Lumberton, NC.  The show is a musical  revue for the entire family and features the best regional performers singing and dancing in the holidays.  READ MORE

Governor Cooper Proclaims Employ a Veteran Week 

RALEIGH: As part of Military Family Appreciation Month, Military Veterans Small Business Week and the observance of Veterans Day, Governor Roy Cooper declared November 12 – 16, 2018 Employ a Veteran Week in North Carolina.  READ MORE

SHP Increases Patrols During Thanksgiving Holiday

RALEIGH – As family and friends prepare for the Thanksgiving Holiday period, the State Highway Patrol is also making preparations of its own in hopes of ensuring safe travel.

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), Thanksgiving is one of the busiest holidays for travel across the country.   READ MORE

Governor Cooper Signs Proclamation Observing Veterans Day

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Cooper hosted military veterans and their families at the Executive Residence for a reception to commemorate the sacrifices military veterans have made for North Carolina and the country. READ MORE

Governor Roy Cooper Proclaims November as American Indian Heritage Month

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RALEIGH: In honor of American Indian Heritage Month, Governor Roy Cooper today proclaimed November as American Indian Heritage Month in North Carolina. READ MORE

Bridge in Randolph County to Be Named For Slain Sheriff’s Deputy

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NC DOTRALEIGH – While attempting to serve an arrest warrant 15 years ago in Randolph County, deputy sheriff Toney C. Summey was shot and killed. READ MORE

Governor Offers Reward in Robeson County

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced that the State of North Carolina is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads investigators to the location of Hania Noelia Aguilar, 13 years old. READ MORE

Governor Cooper Appoints New Members to State Boards and Commissions

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper appointed new members to 55 boards and commissions. READ MORE

 

Duke Energy utility issues historic $1 billion green bond offering

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy Carolinas, a subsidiary of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), has completed its inaugural issuance of $1 billion in green bonds that will finance eligible green energy projects – including zero-carbon solar and energy storage – in North and South Carolina. This represents one of the largest green bond transactions issued by a utility.  READ MORE

FEMA Steps for Continuing Rental Assistance

Are you a renter who was forced out of your home by Hurricane Florence and initially was eligible for rental assistance from FEMA? Do you still need FEMA’s help? If you are still eligible, you need take only two steps to get the help you need  READ MORE

Van found used in Lumberton teen’s abduction

By Erin Smith

A stolen SUV that was used in the abduction of Lumberton teen was found on Thursday morning, according to the FBI. READ MORE

Global Logistics Company Selects Rockingham County for New Facility

RALEIGH: Sanritsu Logistics will open a new warehouse and manufacturing plant in Rockingham County, creating 24 jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The international and domestic logistics services company plans to invest $9 million in Reidsville and will service clients throughout the southeastern United States.  READ MORE

Gov. Cooper’s Office Statement on Election Results

RALEIGH: Sadie Weiner, spokesperson for Governor Roy Cooper, shared the following statement after last night’s election. READ MORE

SBA Extends Physical Damage Application Deadline to Dec. 13; Columbus County Business Recovery Center Relocates

ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has extended the deadline to apply for physical disaster damages in North Carolina. Businesses and individuals with physical damages caused by Hurricane Florence on Sept. 7 – 29, 2018, should apply for SBA low-interest disaster loans before the Dec. 13, 2018 deadline.  READ MORE

Columbus Charter School Teaching Assistant Awarded Scholarship

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Whiteville – Teachers at Columbus Charter School gathered for a faculty meeting after student dismissal on
October 5, expecting to discuss the difficulties many of them and their students’ families faced in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. READ MORE

Governor Cooper Declares Military Family Appreciation Month and Military Veterans Small Business Week

RALEIGH: In advance of the Veterans Day, Governor Roy Cooper has declared November Military Family Appreciation Month and November 5 – 9, 2018 to be Veterans Small Business Week. READ MORE

North Carolina Launches New Tools to Help Veterans Find Jobs

RALEIGH: North Carolina veterans now have new tools available to help them find jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced today just ahead of Veterans Day and Employ a Veteran Week. The North Carolina Department of Commerce has developed the NCWorks Veterans Portal – located at veterans.ncworks.gov – to help both job seekers and employers.  READ MORE

10 Tips for Election Day Voters

RALEIGH, N.C. – The State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement offers the following 10 tips for voters as they head to the polls on Election Day – Tuesday, November 6.  READ MORE

Grasso Named Chairman of FCC Disaster Working Group

Raleigh, N.C. – Red Grasso of the North Carolina Department of Information Technology has been named chairman of the new Disaster Response and Recovery Working Group of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee within the Federal Communications Commission.  READ MORE

Amber Alert Issued for Missing Lumberton Teen

By Erin Smith

The Lumberton Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating a child abduction that ocurred Monday morning.  READ MORE

Governor Cooper Announces New Appointments to Boards and Commissions

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced 49 appointments to various state boards and commissions for North Carolina. READ MORE

Governor Cooper Requests Federal Help for North Carolina Fisheries

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RALEIGH: This week, Governor Roy Cooper urged the U.S. Department of Commerce to help provide additional resources and funding to help North Carolina fisheries hit hard by Hurricane Florence. READ MORE

Tree Seedling Discount Available for Active and Retired Military Personnel

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In recognition of the service of past and present members of the armed forces, the North Carolina Forest Service is offering a 20 percent discount on tree seedling orders placed by active or retired military personnel during the month of November. READ MORE

Fayetteville PD investigates shooting

Fayetteville, NC – On Thursday, November 1, 2018, at approximately 9:29 pm, officers with the Fayetteville Police Department responded to the 1700 block of Michelle Court in reference to a report of a subject suffering from a gunshot wound.  READ MORE

State Health Officials Announce First Flu-Related Death of 2018-19 Season

Officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health today announced the first reported flu-related death of the 2018-19 flu season, which occurred last week and involved an adult in the central part of the state. To protect the privacy of the family, the person’s hometown, county, age and gender will not be released.  READ MORE

State Youth Council Extending Mini Grant Application Deadline Until Mid-November

The North Carolina Department of Administration Council for Women & Youth Involvement is extending the mini grant application deadline from October 31 to November 13, giving more youth centered-organizations a chance to apply. NC Council for Women & Youth Involvement is accepting mini grant applications through its State Youth Council program.  READ MORE

Duke Energy Foundation accepting grant proposals for projects supporting K-12 education

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy Foundation is accepting grant applications for programs that support K-12 education as part of its new Powerful Communities philanthropic program, which will award strategic charitable grants to nonprofit organizations to build powerful communities by bolstering education, developing the future workforce of the energy sector and conserving and protecting our environment.  READ MORE

I-95 Closes in Johnston County Due to Downed Power Line

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NC DOTSELMA – Traffic in both directions is being diverted off Interstate 95 in Johnston County this afternoon after a power line fell across the highway. READ MORE

Gov. Cooper Announces New Judicial Appointments

RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper today announced two judicial appointments to the North Carolina Superior Court. READ MORE

Gov. Cooper Encourages North Carolinians Without Health Insurance to Enroll Before December 15

RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper today encouraged North Carolinians who do not have health insurance coverage to enroll for 2019 through the Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov. He also encouraged those who had coverage through the Marketplace in 2018 to use HealthCare.gov to take action and keep their coverage for 2019.  READ MORE

State Broadband Office Launches Broadband Grant Program

Raleigh, N.C. – Eric Boyette, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Information Technology (DIT) and State Chief Information Officer, announced today the launch of the state’s new Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (GREAT) Grant Program.  READ MORE

Department of Public Instruction Assists Hurricane-damaged Schools with $35 Million

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced today that an additional $35 million has been awarded to school districts affected by Hurricane Florence, meaning all $60 million appropriated by the General Assembly on Oct. 15 as part of the Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery Fund has been distributed to schools.  READ MORE

SCC to Host Family Movie Night

Southeastern Community College will host a free family movie night on Saturday, November 3rd, at 6:30 p.m. READ MORE

Harnett County Bridge Will Be Replaced

NC DOTLILLINGTON – A new bridge is coming to Harnett County. READ MORE

 

Updated Estimates Show Florence Caused $17 Billion in Damage

RALEIGH: The North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management has released an updated damage estimate from Hurricane Florence showing that the storm caused nearly $17 billion in damage, up from a previous estimate of $13 billion. The updated figure is based on new data from the North Carolina Department of Insurance and damage estimates may continue to change.  READ MORE

Proposed Johnston County Roundabout Would Improve Safety

NC DOTBENSON – The N.C. Department of Transportation is proposing to build a mini roundabout in downtown Benson to reduce crashes and improve pedestrian safety.

The department will hold a public meeting in November on the proposed improvement at the intersection of Wall Street (U.S. 301) and Main Street (N.C. 50).  READ MORE

State reschedules public meeting on draft swine waste management permit

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has rescheduled a meeting to obtain public input on the state’s draft swine waste management system general permit (AWG100000) for Nov. 27 in Greenville. Nearly all North Carolina swine farms are subject to the requirements of the general permit. Information shared at the event will include a summary of a technical workgroup session held earlier that day.  READ MORE

CALEA Assessors To Review N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement for National Accreditation

RALEIGH — A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. will be visiting the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcem ent Branch of the State Bureau of Investigation on Tues., Nov. 13, to inspect aspects of the agency’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.  READ MORE

2018 District Election Officer Appointed

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced today that Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Robin Pendergraft, Chief of the Criminal Division will lead the efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 6, 2018, general elections.  READ MORE

Governor Cooper Commits to Clean Energy Economy for NC to Combat Climate Change, Create Jobs

RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper today issued Executive Order No. 80 highlighting North Carolina’s commitment to fight climate change and lead North Carolina’s transition to a clean energy economy. The executive order calls for the State of North Carolina to protect North Carolina’s environment while growing clean energy technologies.  READ MORE

Cooper Statement on School Shooting in Matthews

RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper shared the following statement after a student was shot in Matthews. READ MORE

Duke Energy aims to expand solar power to non-residential customers without large upfront investment

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy wants non-residential customers to have another option to install solar power on their premises. The company recently filed to be a certified solar lessor with the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC).

Duke Energy Clean Energy Resources (DECER), a non-regulated affiliate of Duke Energy, will build, own and operate on-site solar facilities that will allow customers to access renewable energy without a large upfront investment.  READ MORE

Additional FEMA Assistance Available For Three More Counties

RALEIGH: North Carolina’s Federal Disaster declaration has been amended to include FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) for three additional counties: Chatham, Durham and Guilford. Individuals and businesses are able to apply for disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Florence.  READ MORE

Cooper Statement on Pittsburgh Shooting

RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper shared the following statement after the shooting in Pittsburgh.  READ MORE

Repaving Operations Will Require Loop Closures at I-95/I-40 in Johnston County

NC DOTBENSON – Beginning next week, drivers who use the Interstate 95/Interstate 40 interchange in Johnston County will encounter loop closures and detours that will allow workers to safely do repaving operations.

Interstate 40 East traffic will not have access to the Interstate 95 North loop, and I-95 South traffic will not have access to the I-40 East loop.  READ MORE

Fayetteville Woman Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud

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 Tamika Renee Wilson, 30, of Fayetteville, to 28 months imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release for her participation in a conspiracy to commit bank fraud. She was also ordered to pay $95,000.00 in restitution.  READ MORE

Fayetteville Man Sentenced on Drug and Gun Charges

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that in federal court today, United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced Christopher Parrish, 33, of Fayetteville, to 74 months imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release. At the time of the instant offense, Parrish was on federal supervised release for a previous federal conviction thus, Parrish received an additional consecutive sentence of 42 months imprisonment for violating the term of the federal supervised release. His total sentence of imprisonment is 116 months.  READ MORE

Watch for Me NC Provides Tips for Halloween Safety

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation, through its Watch for Me NC pedestrian and bicycle safety program, urges parents, motorists and trick-or-treaters to be safe this Halloween.

More than 2,200 pedestrians are injured or killed in collisions with motor vehicles in North Carolina each year, and more than a third of those collisions occur in the evening or at night.  READ MORE

Governor Cooper Pushes for North Carolinians to Have Fair Access to More Recovery Funding

RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper has asked President Trump for an official waiver that will allow more North Carolinians impacted by recent hurricanes to receive more funding through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster-Relief (CDBG-DR) program. READ MORE

NCDOT to Hold Public Hearing Nov. 8 on Proposed Rule Changes

NC DOTRALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing in Raleigh on Nov. 8 to solicit comments regarding 25 proposed administrative code rule changes.  READ MORE

Wyche Gallery features commercial fine art photographer

The current SCC Wyche Gallery exhibit, “Stories and Storytellers,” features the work of commercial fine art photographer Harry Taylor. READ MORE

Local Student Entrepreneurs Help with Hurricane

Leland — Stevie and Scout Chambers, 3rd and 1st grade students at Charter Day School respectively, used their entrepreneurial skills to raise hurricane relief money via an enterprising lemonade stand. READ MORE

Fayetteville Social Security Employee Indicted on Wire Fraud, Aggravated Identity Theft and Theft of Government Property

RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that a Federal grand jury in Raleigh has returned a thirteen-count indictment charging Stephanie Chavis, age 42, of Saint Pauls, North Carolina, with ten counts of Wire Fraud, two counts of Aggravated Identity Theft, and one count of Theft of Government Property.  READ MORE

Governor Cooper Announces $1.8 Million in Finish Line Grants Funding Awarded to Community Colleges

MOREHEAD CITY: In a visit to Carteret Community College today, Governor Roy Cooper announced the state has distributed more than $1.8 million in Finish Line Grants funding to community colleges across the state. READ MORE

NGA Cybersecurity Academy Sets Up in Raleigh Oct. 23-24

RALEIGH, N.C. – Local, state and federal officials will gather for a two-day policy academy to examine how to strengthen the state’s planning for cyber disruptions and make recommendations for updating cybersecurity laws.  READ MORE

Governor Cooper Signs Executive Order to Ensure Full, Accurate 2020 Census Count

RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper today signed Executive Order 79 to establish the North Carolina Complete Count Commission and named members to the Commission to help achieve the most accurate and complete count of North Carolina’s residents in the upcoming decennial census in 2020.  READ MORE

2018 N.C. State Fair sets two record attendance days

RALEIGH – The 2018 N.C. State Fair ended it’s 10-day run with a final attendance of 977,256. This included two record days. Friday, Oct. 19, set an attendance day record of 109,396 and Sunday, Oct. 21, had record attendance of 130,319.  READ MORE

Gov. Cooper Appoints Three New Judges

RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper announced today three judicial appointments to District and Superior Courts.  READ MORE

 I-95 Open House in Johnston County Rescheduled for Nov. 8

NC DOTBENSON – The N.C. Department of Transportation has rescheduled a Johnston County open house for the public to review plans to widen Interstate 95.  READ MORE

Boyette Elected Secretary/Treasurer of National Association of State CIOs

Raleigh, N.C. – Eric Boyette, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Information Technology and State Chief Information Officer, has been elected secretary/treasurer of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). READ MORE

Reminder to voters: Photographing a voted ballot is against the law

RALEIGH, N.C. – The State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement is reminding voters that North Carolina law prohibits taking photographs of voted ballots. N.C.G.S. § 163A-1133(c).

Voters are allowed to have phones or electronic devices with them while voting as long as those devices are not used to photograph a ballot or communicate with anyone via voice, text, email or any other method. READ MORE

If You Want to Make Your Pre-Winter Roof Checkup Easier, Your Attic Can Help

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If you put any stock in the Farmer’s Almanac, it’s going to be a harsh winter. Which is one of the many reasons to check the health of your roof now . By using your attic, you may save yourself a trip to the hospital. READ MORE

NCDOT at the State FairNC DOT

Fall is here, which means the North Carolina State Fair has arrived. In addition to enjoying the rides and deep fried everything, fairgoers should plan to visit the department’s booths for fun, as well as safety tips and helpful information on a number of topics. READ MORE

Governor Cooper Announces 72 New Manufacturing Jobs and $11M Investment in Rural Communities

RALEIGH: North Carolina will get 72 new jobs and $11 million in private investment from two economic development projects with manufacturing companies in Madison and Stanly counties, Governor Roy Cooper announced today.  READ MORE

Suspect in Shooting of Highway Patrol Trooper Makes First Appearance

By Erin Smith

Raheem Davis’ booking photo

The suspect in the early morning shooting of a North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper made his first appearance before Judge Scott Ussery in a Columbus County Courtroom on Wednesday afternoon. READ MORE

 

Fallen Trooper recognized 

By Erin Smith

There was an air sadness as residents, family members and friends gathered along the sidewalks of Main Street in Bladenboro to say goodbye to a favorite son.  READ MORE

Salute to Fallen NCHP Trooper Kevin Conner from Bladen to Columbus

North Carolina Bluegrass band Sweet Potato Pie to perform

North Carolina Bluegrass band Sweet Potato Pie will perform November 1 at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in Lumberton.

In partnership with the Robeson County Arts Council as part of its annual Bluegrass on the Blackwater series: Sweet Potato Pie has been entertaining audiences for over a decade with their classy blend of Americana, Bluegrass, Country and Gospel music mixed together in a style they call “sweetgrass.”  READ MORE

North Carolina Wins $27 Million in Federal Funding to Fight Opioid Misuse

RALEIGH: North Carolina will receive $27 million over the next year to fight the state’s opioid epidemic by getting people off opioids and preventing others from misusing them, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. Grants include $23 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and $4 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will administer both grants.  READ MORE

Department of Public Instruction announces $60 million to hurricane-damaged schools 

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced today that the N.C. Department of Public Instruction is disbursing $60 million in emergency capital funding for the public schools damaged by Hurricane Florence: $25 million from the N.C. Education Lottery fund and $35 million appropriated by the General Assembly Monday from the state’s rainy-day fund.  READ MORE

BB&T to Build 500-Person Facility & Donate Grants

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – BB&T Corporation today announced it will build an approximately 100,000-square-foot office facility at 301 S. James K. Powell Blvd. in downtown Whiteville, North Carolina. The new approximately $20 million building will consolidate the 500 BB&T associates who currently work in nine locations in the Whiteville area including one of its primary Client Care Centers on James B. White Highway. BB&T expects to begin site work on the project during the first quarter of 2019 with an opening date yet to be determined.  READ MORE

Governor Cooper Comments on Florence Recovery Package

RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper shared the following comment on the Hurricane Florence recovery package that passed the legislature. READ MORE

UNITED STATES ATTORNEY ROBERT J.HIGDON, JR. ANNOUNCES PROGRESS IN MAKING OUR COMMUNITIES SAFER THROUGH PROJECT SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS, “TAKE BACK NORTH CAROLINA” INITIATIVE

RALEIGH – One year ago, the Department of Justice announced the revitalization and enhancement of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which Attorney General Sessions has made the centerpiece of the Department’s violent crime reduction strategy. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  READ MORE

Help Available for North Carolina Businesses Affected By Hurricane Florence

RALEIGH: As North Carolina’s strong and coordinated response to Hurricane Florence recovery continues, Governor Roy Cooper today encouraged small business owners harmed by the storm to access loans and other programs that can help. READ MORE

NCDMV Seeking Contract Applications for Moore Co. LPA

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles is seeking applicants to operate a license plate agency (LPA) in northern Moore County.

The agency, located at 101 North Middleton Street in Robbins, is currently operated under a contract that will end following the selection of a new operator.   READ MORE

NC DIT Leader Honored for NC Tech Awards

Raleigh, N.C. – A leader in the North Carolina Department of Information Technology has been honored by NC TECH, a professional association dedicated to promoting technology and innovation in North Carolina.

Deputy State Chief Information Officer and Chief Services Officer Tracy Doaks was named Public Sector CIO of the Year by NC TECH for the organization’s annual NC TECH Awards.  READ MORE

State Highway Patrol Announces Operation Stop Arm

RALEIGH – While many schools across the state have been in operation for more than two months, the State Highway Patrol is taking proactive steps to ensure school bus safety is not overlooked.

Beginning Monday, October 15, troopers statewide will participate in Operation Stop Arm, a week-long event held each year.   READ MORE

NCDOT Seeks Vendors for Disaster Recovery Operations

NC DOTRALEIGH – As the state recovers from the effects of Hurricanes Florence and Michael, the N.C. Department of Transportation is looking for vendors that can clear debris, provide facility support services, furnish necessary supplies and much more.  READ MORE

Moores Creek National Battlefield Set to Reopen After Hurricane Florence Recovery

Currie, NC –  On Monday, October 15, 2018, Moores Creek National Battlefield will reopen to the public for the first time since Hurricane Florence hit the area nearly 1 month ago. Nearly 2/3 of the park flooded, with some parts receiving over 15′ of water in places.  READ MORE

NC Ferries Resume Normal Schedules Friday Morning After Michael Passes

NC DOTRALEIGH – North Carolina ferries resumed their normal schedules Friday morning, after heavy winds subsided and conditions were deemed safe by the state Ferry Division. READ MORE

Duke Energy restores power to 180,000 customers in Carolinas following Tropical Storm Michael

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy has restored power to 180,000 customers in North Carolina and South Carolina following Tropical Storm Michael. READ MORE

 

Trump Administration Appoints Barry Bushue to Serve as State Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Oregon

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USDATUALATIN, Ore. – October 11, 2018- The Trump Administration recently appointed Barry Bushue as the new State Executive Director (SED) for the USDA Oregon Farm Service Agency (FSA). Bushue will join the Oregon FSA team on Tuesday, October 9. READ MORE

Governor urges continued caution as Michael treks across North Carolina

RALEIGH: As Tropical Storm Michael’s punishing winds and rains sweep across North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper announced that the storm has claimed the life of a man who died this afternoon in Iredell County when a tree fell on his vehicle.  READ MORE

Student artists are invited to UNCSA Open House on Friday, Nov. 9

WINSTON-SALEM – High school and college students who are interested in careers in the arts are invited to visit the campus of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) in Winston-Salem for a day and discover why it is the place for exceptionally talented students to study and thrive.  READ MORE

Duke Energy projects Hurricane Michael could cause 300,000 to 500,000 power outages in Carolinas

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy projects Hurricane Michael could cause 300,000 to 500,000 power outages in North Carolina and South Carolina this week, based on the storm’s current forecasted track.  READ MORE

All North Carolina Disaster Recovery Centers to close Thursday

The North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will close  all Disaster Recovery Centers in North Carolina on Thursday, Oct 11, 2018. READ MORE

North Carolina Readies for Hurricane Michael

RALEIGH: With tropical storm warnings expanded to nearly half the state, Governor Roy Cooper this evening urged North Carolinians to stay alert and prepare for the incoming storm.

“Hurricane Michael hit Florida with brutal force and is quickly heading for North Carolina,” said Gov. Cooper. “Michael will lose some of its punch before it reaches us but will still pack damaging wind and flooding rain and we need to take it seriously.”  READ MORE

Gov. Cooper Appoints New District Court Judge for Judicial District 9

RALEIGH:  Governor Roy Cooper has appointed S. Katherine (Kat) Burnette to preside in Judicial District 9.

“Burnette’s commitment to serving North Carolina, along with her devotion and experience in the practice of law, makes her an ideal choice to serve Judicial District 9,” said. Gov. Cooper.  READ MORE

Governor Cooper Recommends Robust State Funding Package for Hurricane Florence Recovery and Resiliency

RALEIGH: Less than one month after Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper today shared his state budget recommendations for Florence recovery and future storm resiliency. Gov. Cooper shared that preliminary damage estimates from Florence total almost $13 billion. To cover the state portion of recovery, Cooper recommends a robust $1.5 billion package to tackle a smarter, stronger recovery.  READ MORE

I-95 Open House in Johnston County Postponed Due to Possible Bad Weather

NC DOTBENSON – Because of anticipated inclement weather, state transportation officials are postponing Thursday’s public meeting in Benson that was scheduled so people could review plans to widen Interstate 95.  READ MORE

Duke Energy to invest $500 million in battery storage in the Carolinas over the next 15 years

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy’s advancement of battery energy storage technologies in the Carolinas includes $500 million of projects in the company’s 15-year forecast – continuing the company’s industry-leading deployment of the technology.  READ MORE

North Carolina Monitoring Hurricane Michael and Preparing for Impacts

RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper today urged North Carolinians to prepare for Hurricane Michael, even as families, businesses, schools and communities continue to clean up and rebuild from Hurricane Florence.  READ MORE

Reconstitution of Six Executive Boards and Commissions

On August 31, 2018, a three-judge panel in Wake County Superior Court declared unconstitutional the statutes which provided for the appointment of members to six state boards and commissions, leaving these boards unable to operate. Those boards are the following: Clean Water Management Trust Fund Board of Trustees; Parks and Recreation Authority; Private Protective Services Board; State Building Commission; Child Care Commission; and Rural Infrastructure Authority.  READ MORE

Department of Public Instruction wins federal grant for pilot program to enhance substance abuse and mental health services

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded an $8.8 million grant to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in support of NC Project ACTIVATE, a five-year program that increases mental health awareness for students, provides training for staff in recognizing and accommodating students with mental health needs, continues research into early prevention plans for substance abuse, and more.    READ MORE

Hurricane Florence Turns Local Teacher into Hero

Tom Tarrant, a middle school EC teacher at Columbus Charter School, became one of many local heroes during Hurricane Florence. Pedaling back and forth on his bicycle, Tom delivered medical supplies to neighbors who were stranded by high water. He also volunteered with The Red Cross during and after the storm.  READ MORE

Driver License and ID Services Available at 2018 N.C. State Fair

RALEIGH – In addition to taking in the many sights and sounds of the 2018 North Carolina State Fair,attendees will be able to receive driver license services from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles. READ MORE

Columbus County and other counties receive millions in school construction grants

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announces $141 million in school construction grants to 13 districts. North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson has announced that $141 million in grant funds from the Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund will be awarded this year to school districts in READ MORE

 

Gov. Cooper Directs Funding to Reopen Schools Closed by Hurricane Florence

$25 Million in Funds Will Help Repair Damaged Schools

RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper today directed $25 million from the North Carolina Education Lottery Fund to speed repairs to K-12 public schools damaged by Hurricane Florence.

“Students need to get back to learning and educators need to get back to teaching, but many school districts can’t afford the repairs schools need,” Gov. Cooper said.  READ MORE

 Southeastern Health specialty clinics welcome new providers

Two new nurse practitioners have joined Southeastern Health. Nurse Practitioner Jessica Bell has joined the Southeastern Pulmonary and Sleep Center and Nurse Practitioner Tracy Cox has joined Southeastern Digestive Health Center. READ MORE

Statement from the family of Sgt. James Allen Slape

Photo courtesy North Carolina National Guard

We, the family and friends of North Carolina Army National Guard Sgt. James Slape, would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. There are no words to express how much we miss James already. He was a loving husband, a devoted son and a true hero to his country.  READ MORE

3 Tips to protect yourself from hackers

Facebook breach affects millions

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On Friday, September 28, 2018, Facebook announced an attack on its computer network impacting the personal information of nearly 50 million users. While Facebook has addressed the issue and informed law enforcement, you should still take steps to help protect yourself. READ MORE 

NC National Guard Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina Army National Guard Sgt. James Allen Slape, 23, of Morehead City, was killed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on October 4, 2018, as a result of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device. According to the Department of Defense, the incident is under investigation. Slape was promoted to the rank of sergeant posthumously..   READ MORE 

Bolivia Man Sentenced to 117 Months In Prison for Drug Trafficking, Firearms Offenses

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today in federal court, United States District Terrence W. Boyle sentenced Michael Montray Frink, 25, of Bolivia, North Carolina, to 117 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release. READ MORE

More NCDMV Offices to Offer Extended Hours Starting Monday

RALEIGH – Starting Monday, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at an additional 11 driver license offices as part of the ongoing effort to improve service and reduce wait times for customers. READ MORE

NCDOT Will Replace Two I-95 Business Bridges in Cumberland County

EASTOVER – The two Interstate 95 Business/U.S. 301 bridges east of Fayetteville will close Oct. 15, so they can be rebuilt.

Built in 1957, the spans have become functionally obsolete for today’s traffic.  READ MORE

Agritourism farms open up after Hurricane Florence

RALEIGH – Fall is one of the most anticipated times of year for agritourism operations, but the devastation from Hurricane Florence has left many farmers unsure if they will be able to offer pumpkin patches, corn mazes and other agritourism activities this year.  READ MORE

Current NBC’s The Voice contestant to perform at SeHealth Foundation hurricane benefit

Mikele Buck, a current contestant on NBC’s The Voice, will perform at Southeastern Health Foundation’s annual Boots & BBQ event on Thursday, Oct. 25. Proceeds will benefit the Southeastern Health Foundation’s Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Fund.  READ MORE

North Carolina Education Leaders Promote “FAST NC” Fundraising Drive to Aid NC Public Schools 

A historic storm has devastated parts of North Carolina. In response, a historic, bipartisan coalition of current and former state education leaders presented their effort to aid schools to the State Board of Education, promoting Florence Aid to Students and Teachers (FAST NC) as an drive to help North Carolina’s public schools as students and educators struggle to return to normal.  READ MORE

Governor Cooper Applauds Federal Funding For Hurricane Florence Response

RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper today applauded news that Congress passed legislation that includes critical funding for Hurricane Florence recovery. Congressional leaders have indicated that North Carolina will receive approximately $1 billion of the $1.68 billion included for disaster recovery in the bill. READ MORE

Department of Public Instruction wins federal grant to expand charter school opportunities for traditionally underserved students

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s Office of Charter Schools will receive $23.6 million over five years to help the state’s charter schools meet the needs of economically disadvantaged students. North Carolina is one of eight states to receive the Expanding Opportunities Through Quality Charter School Program grants from the U.S. Department of Education. READ MORE

UNCW Named 5th Most Innovative Public University in the South, Sets All-Time Enrollment Records

Wilmington, N.C.  – The University of North Carolina Wilmington was named the 5th most innovative public university in the South by U.S. News & World Report in September, tying with Georgia College & State University, the university announced today.  READ MORE

North Carolina Institutions Awarded Nearly $2 Million in Grants for Low-Income Students Impacted by Hurricane Florence

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today nearly $2 million in supplemental funding for financially needy students in North Carolina impacted by Hurricane Florence.  Additionally, more than $800,000 was provided for similar relief to students in South Carolina, totaling more than $2.8 million for the two states.  READ MORE

Lake Waccamaw Interchange and Overpass Proposed for U.S. 74/76

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NC DOTLAKE WACCAMAW – The N.C. Department of Transportation plans to improve U.S. 74/76 in Columbus County with the construction of an interchange and a separate overpass near the town of Lake Waccamaw.

The current proposal calls for replacing the highway’s intersection with Chauncey Town Road into an interchange and building a bridge to allow traffic on Old Lake Road to cross over U.S. 74/76. READ MORE

  

NCDOT Open House in Robeson County Rescheduled

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LUMBERTON – Last month’s postponed open house on widening Fayetteville Road in Robeson County is rescheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 23.

State transportation officials postponed the Sept. 11 meeting ahead of Hurricane Florence. The location and time for this month’s rescheduled meeting will be the same: the Bill Sapp Recreation Center, 1100 N. Cedar St. in Lumberton from 5 to 7 p.m.  READ MORE

Wireless Emergency Alert System Test occurs today – Wed. October 3

As a reminder, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will conduct a nationwide Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), today – October 3, 2018. READ MORE

Comment period extended to Oct. 12 for draft GenX report

RALEIGH – The N.C. Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board has extended the comment period for the public to provide recommendations on a draft report that provides guidance on the reference dose to be used to establish water quality standards, as well as recommendations on the derivation and calculation of the health goal for GenX.  READ MORE

Beware Flood Cars Following Harvey, Irma, Matthew, and Florence

From NC Attorney General Josh Stein

Vehicles that have been totally or partially submerged often show up for sale on new and used car lots, after extensive cleaning that makes it hard for buyers to detect damage. Under North Carolina law flood damage must be disclosed in writing, but title paperwork is sometimes unlawfully altered to remove any mention of flood damage.  READ MORE

As Recovery Moves Ahead, North Carolina Mourns Lives Lost, Works to Connect Storm Survivors with Housing

RALEIGH: Communities, families, farmers and businesses across eastern and southern North Carolina continue to dig out from deadly Hurricane Florence, which has now officially claimed 39 lives in the state.

The latest fatalities, both related to storm clean-up, include: READ MORE

Governor Cooper proclaims October Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Cooper has proclaimed October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month in North Carolina. The initiative is part of a month long campaign by the Department of Information Technology to educate people about cybersecurity threats and ways they can guard against them. READ MORE

Salvation Army Providing Much-Needed Supplies to Aid Florence Recovery

Through a partnership with New Hanover County, The Salvation Army is distributing relief supplies to Wilmington and Cape Fear area residents impacted by Hurricane Florence.

During the first day of distribution at the Community Recovery Resource Center in Wilmington, The Salvation Army provided:

–          Clean-up Kits: 961  READ MORE

Superintendent of Moores Creek National Battlefield to Retire After 46 Years of Federal Service

Currie, NC-  On Saturday, September 29, 2018, Superintendent Ricardo Perez will hang up his Park Ranger Stetson and call it a career after 46 years of Federal service. Superintendent Perez has served as a Ranger in some of the most amazing places, from California to Oregon, from Washington D.C. to Puerto Rico. He has given programs on Alcatraz Island, assisted with hurricane cleanup in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and coordinated efforts during President Barack Obama’s inauguration. READ MORE

 

Greene Becomes 28th County Eligible for Florence Disaster Assistance

RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper’s request for major federal disaster assistance for Greene County has been approved by FEMA to help individuals and communities recover from Hurricane Florence.

With the addition of Greene County, 28 counties have now been approved for federal assistance in recovering from Hurricane Florence. READ MORE

This Week at NCDOT: Hurricane Florence Response

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

Governor asks for volunteers

Sign up to Volunteer at VolunteerNC.org

RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper encouraged people in North Carolina and across the country to donate time and money to Hurricane Florence recovery efforts.

“As North Carolinians affected by Florence begin picking up the pieces, I want them to know that we’ll work diligently to keep people from being left behind,” Gov. Cooper said. READ MORE

 

Three Schools Earn Recognition as Leaders in STEM Education

The North Carolina State Board of Education recognized three public schools earlier this month for exemplary leadership and instruction in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. These schools are the latest schools to be recognized under the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s STEM Recognition Program. READ MORE

Governor Cooper Orders Mosquito Control for Disaster Counties

RALEIGH: Due to the increased populations of mosquitoes caused by flooding from Hurricane Florence, Governor Roy Cooper today ordered $4 million to fund mosquito control efforts in counties currently under a major disaster declaration. READ MORE

New Partnership Helps Keep Salvation Army Service Delivery On Track

Wilmington, NC  – A new partnership between The Salvation Army and US Fleet Tracking is enhancing service delivery for those impacted by Hurricane Florence, including those in the Cape Fear region of North Carolina, through live GPS tracking and vehicle monitoring.  READ MORE

An Evening with Brooke Simpson (with Lakota John and Layla Locklear opening) Still On Go

An evening with Brooke Simpson (with Lakota John and Layla Locklear opening) will be held at the Carolina Civic Center Historic theater at 7 pm Saturday, October 13.

From recording her first song at the age of two years old, to being a part of NBC’s The Voice, Brooke Simpson’s life story is one with her music. READ MORE

The Salvation Army Serving In Cape Fear Area and Communities Across Carolinas

Wilmington, NC  – The Salvation Army is on the ground serving people in communities impacted by Hurricane Florence. Nearly 50 mobile feeding units with crews of food service workers and emotional and spiritual care specialists are working to feed, hydrate, and give hope to people across North and South Carolina.  READ MORE

NCHSAA Extends High School Football Season to Nov. 9th

CHAPEL HILL – In a Monday morning meeting the North Carolina High School Athletic Association extended the high school football regular season by one week untilNovember 9th. Volleyball and men’s soccer play-off schedules were also altered. READ MORE

Eleven New State Capitol Police Officers Sworn In

RALEIGH – Eleven new officers with the State Capitol Police were sworn in on Monday in a formal ceremony at the Justice Building in Raleigh.

Officers Kamille Brown-Thomas, Jean Caquias, Mark Coyne, David George, James “Bryant” Gibson, Justin Guthrie, Stephen Hall, Jason Kane, Randy Nelson, Richard Taylor, and Deputy Chief Roger “Chip” Hawley were all welcomed to the agency by Chief Glen Allen, who provided opening remarks.  READ MORE

I-40 Reopens; State Focuses on Recovery

NC DOT​RALEIGH – The state’s work on Hurricane Florence is shifting from emergency response to recovery, Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday, but North Carolinians need to remain careful in areas hit hard by the storm.  READ MORE

Donate and Volunteer Wisely

RALEIGH, N.C. – The overwhelming generosity of the public in the wake of Hurricane Florence is helping affected communities to start healing from the consequences of this disaster.

However, a deluge of donated items can quickly exceed the needs of the affected communities, requiring supporting agencies to redirect manpower away from providing direct services needed by survivors to managing donated goods that may not meet survivors’ needs.  READ MORE

Gov. Cooper announes I-95 through North Carolina open

RALEIGH – Interstate 95 through North Carolina is now reopened to all traffic, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Sunday night.

Floodwaters that covered the interstate following Hurricane Florence receded quicker than expected, allowing the N.C. Department of Transportation to complete the inspections and repairs needed to reopen the road, Cooper said. READ MORE

Cape Fear River locks expected to drop below flood stage

The Cape Fear River is expected to drop below flood stage by Tuesday night at the three locks in Bladen County, according to the National Weather Service.

Rain last week from Hurricane Florence caused severe flooding along the Cape Fear River. The National Weather Service reported that Elizabethtown received almost 36 inches of rain from the slow-moving storm. READ MORE

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

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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 officials 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

 

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