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Henderson County Free Clinics Win Innovation Award PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 04 August 2020 12:46

Henderson County recently received a 2020 Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) Excellence in Innovation Award from the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC). The award recognizes an innovative new program implemented earlier this year for behavioral health navigation for inmates at Henderson County Detention Center.

The program, developed in partnership with the Henderson County Department of Public Health, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, and local nonprofit The Free Clinics (TFC), was created to address substance abuse disorder within individuals in the county detention center and implement a plan for treatment during and after their release. An in-house Navigator/Advocate, staffed by TFC, works together with the Detention Center team to assess, evaluate, and engage inmates in their needs and create discharge plans for them upon release. The Free Clinics was chosen for this contract because it had extant programming and serves as the community's "Access Network" for health, behavioral health, and social services referrals.

“The Free Clinics is honored and proud to be part of this successful collaborative project to provide person-centered care for the inmates of our county detention center, seeking to meet them where they are, address their needs, and engage them in care,” said Executive Director Judith Long. “As a community, we can always do more together, and our teammates at the health department, sheriff’s office, detention center, and county government have demonstrated their deep commitment to working together to care for all our citizens. And our Advocate, Tina LaFoy, is a tremendous blessing to us all.”

County Board of Commissioners Chairman Grady Hawkins noted that “This program was the result of months of work spent by members of a county task force identifying possible ways to address substance abuse in Henderson County. The success this collaborative program has demonstrated is a testament to the dedication of our community in battling the opioid crisis.”


Cooper Doubles Reward In Randolph County Missing Person Case PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 30 July 2020 09:51
A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the disappearance of Jimmy Lee Isom. This is an increase from the $5,000 reward initially offered by the Governor in February 2018 and comes at the request of Sheriff Gregory J. Seabolt of Randolph County.
On September 3, 2017, Jimmy Lee Isom was reported missing. Since the Governor’s reward offer in 2018, detectives with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office have investigated all available leads reported and sought additional resources to aid in the investigation. At this time, detectives continue to believe Jimmy Lee Isom was murdered but have been unable to locate his body despite multiple coordinated search efforts.Anyone with information about this case should contact the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office at (336) 318-6699, Randolph County Crime Stoppers at (336) 672-7463 or the State Bureau of Investigation at (919) 662-4500.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2020 09:54
Feds Make $6 Million Infrastructure Investment In Clayton Opportunity Zone PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 29 July 2020 08:20
The Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $6 million grant to the Town of Clayton, North Carolina, to make flood control infrastructure improvements needed to protect manufacturing and other businesses from flooding. The EDA grant, to be located in a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Opportunity Zone, will be matched with $4.7 million in local funds and is expected to retain 1,650 jobs and generate $210 million in private investment.
“President Trump is committed to helping communities that have been impacted by natural disasters improve their infrastructure to ensure that businesses can keep operating in the event of future severe storms,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “This critical sewer infrastructure improvement project will provide businesses located in the East Clayton Industrial Area, including two major pharmaceutical manufactures, with the modern infrastructure they need to maintain operations, and the project’s location in an Opportunity Zone will help drive additional private investment to Clayton.”
“The Town of Clayton and Johnston County were severely impacted by Hurricanes Florence and Michael in 2018,” said Dana Gartzke, Performing the Delegated Duties of the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. “Providing businesses located in the East Clayton Industrial Area with the sewer capacity they need to remain operational will retain local jobs and the project’s location in an Opportunity Zone will further spur growth and diversification in the regional economy.” 
“North Carolina’s communities need strong, resilient water infrastructure to support economic development,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “This funding provides water and wastewater improvements essential for clean water, public health, and a brighter economic future.”
This project was made possible by the regional planning efforts led by the Triangle J Council of Governments, which EDA funds to bring together the public and private sectors to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment and create jobs. 
The funding announced today goes to one of North Carolina’s 252 Opportunity Zones. Created by President Donald J. Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Opportunity Zones are spurring economic development in economically-distressed communities nationwide. In June 2019, EDA added Opportunity Zones as an Investment Priority, which increases the number of catalytic Opportunity Zone-related projects that EDA can fund to fuel greater public investment in these areas. To learn more about the Commerce Department’s work in Opportunity Zones, please visit EDA’s Opportunity Zones webpage. To learn more about the Opportunity Zone program, see the Opportunity Now resources webpage. To learn more about Opportunity Zone best practices, see the recently released White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council Report to President Trump. 
This project is funded by the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019 (Pub. L. 116-20), which provided EDA with $600 million in additional Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Program funds for disaster relief and recovery for areas affected by Hurricanes Florence, Michael, and Lane, Typhoons Yutu and Mangkhut, wildfires, volcanic eruptions, and other major natural disasters occurring in calendar year 2018, and tornadoes and floods occurring in calendar year 2019, under the Robert T. Stafford Act. Please visit EDA’s Disaster Supplemental webpage for more information.
District Judges Appointed To Serve Orange, Chatham And Guilford Counties PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 28 July 2020 08:56

Governor Roy Cooper announced two new judicial appointments to serve Orange, Chatham and Guilford counties.

“These appointees are valued leaders of their communities and bring a wide range of expertise to the bench,” Gov. Cooper said. “I am confident that they will serve their districts with fairness and a commitment to justice.”

Hathaway S. Pendergrass will serve as a District Court Judge in Judicial District 15B (Orange and Chatham counties), filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge James T. Bryan III. Pendergrass currently practices at Epting and Hackney Attorneys at Law, focusing on civil litigation and criminal defense. Along with volunteering his services for multiple Orange County organizations, he is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association, and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. He earned his Juris Doctor at the North Carolina Central University School of Law and his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kelvin D. Smith will serve as a District Court Judge in Judicial District 18 (Guilford County) and fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Mark T. Cummings. Smith is currently the President of the Law Office of Kelvin D. Smith, PLLC, where he focuses on civil litigation and criminal defense. He is also a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, and the Guilford County Association of Black Lawyers. He earned his Juris Doctor at the Charlotte School of Law and his Bachelor of Science degree at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2020 08:58

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