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Two District Court Judges Appointed For Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Stanly And Montgomery Counties PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 24 November 2020 10:01
Governor Roy Cooper has appointed judges to Judicial Districts 13 and 20A, which serve Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties and Stanly and Montgomery counties, respectively.
“These appointees are bringing years of valuable legal experience to the bench,” Gov. Cooper said. “I know that their expertise and leadership will make them strong, fair district court judges.”
Quintin McGee will serve as a District Court Judge in Judicial District 13, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge William Fairley. He currently serves as the Chief Assistant District Attorney North Carolina’s 13th and 15th District and has experience working in criminal, civil and family law. He serves on the boards of multiple organizations including Communities in Schools of Brunswick County, Bladen County Juvenile Prevention Council and the Boy Scouts of America Cape Fear Council. McGee earned his Juris Doctor at North Carolina Central University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 
Phillip Cornett will serve as a District Court Judge in Judicial District 20A and fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge William Tucker. He has served as the Assistant District Attorney for Prosecutorial Districts 28 and 16C. Cornett has several years of experience as a private practice lawyer and previously was a Judicial Clerk on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. He earned his Juris Doctor at Elon University School of Law, his Bachelor of Arts degree at Western Carolina University and his Associate in Science degree at Stanly Community College.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2020 10:07
Two Eastern NC Agencies Awarded Crime Fighting Grants PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 03 November 2020 08:31
Two agencies received a combined $403,972.00 in Department of Justice grants to fight and prevent violent crime in the Eastern District of North Carolina. The grants, awarded by the Department’s Office of Justice Programs, are part of more than $458 million in funding to support state, local and tribal law enforcement efforts to combat violent crime in the United States.
In Eastern North Carolina, the following agencies received funding from this round of grants: 
·                     Henderson Police Department $215,919 FY 20 Crime Gun Intelligence Center
·                     North Carolina Gang Investigators Association $188,053 FY20 Project Safe Neighborhoods EDNC
 “These two grants are critical to our ongoing effort to ‘Take Back North Carolina’ from the violent criminals, drug traffickers and gangs plaguing many of our communities.”  Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina commented.  “Law enforcement in Henderson has been a strong partner with the Department of Justice for the last three years as the work to rid that community of those who use and carry guns illegally.  Funding for their Crime Gun Intelligence Center will help them to further strengthen their efforts and to know how guns are being used or by who.  And funds for the Gang Investigation Association add resources to an organization that is laser focused on one of our most wide-spread crime problems and illegal gang activity.”
Building Products Company Will Add 38 Jobs In Nash County PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 02 November 2020 09:17
Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc. a manufacturer of exterior building products, will create 38 new jobs in Nash County. The company will invest approximately $25 million over five years to establish a production facility in Rocky Mount.
“I know first hand about the dedicated workers and great quality of life in Nash County, and Cornerstone Building Brands agrees,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “This company knows that strong and steady leadership through this pandemic, combined with a well trained manufacturing workforce in eastern North Carolina is a recipe for success.”
Cornerstone Building Brands is one of the largest manufacturers of exterior building products in North America and is headquartered in Cary, North Carolina. The company is a leading manufacturer of vinyl windows, vinyl siding, insulated metal panels, metal roofing and wall systems and metal accessories. The company plans to re-open a manufacturing facility in Rocky Mount, NC to produce a new, innovative siding product. Cornerstone Building Brands employs more than 20,000 employees across North America and close to 1,400 employees in North Carolina.
“North Carolina’s growing population and resilient economy is producing exciting opportunities across industries and regions,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. “Our modern infrastructure, ready workforce and convenient market access are among the key asset that growth-minded companies like Cornerstone Building Brands seek in a destination for expansion.” 
The North Carolina Department of Commerce led a team of partners in supporting Cornerstone Building Brands’ decision to expand in North Carolina. Positions to be created include maintenance, management, and operations personnel with salaries varying for each position. The total payroll impact could be more than $2.1 million per year, with average annual salary paying significantly higher than the Nash County annual salary of $40,806.
A performance-based grant of $100,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate Cornerstone Building Brands’ expansion. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One NC grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.
“Growth is what we are about in Rocky Mount. Thirty-eight new jobs for the city is great news and we are pleased to partner with the Carolinas Gateway Partnership to help bring these jobs to our city,” said Rochelle Small-Toney, City Manager of Rocky Mount.
In addition to the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina Community College System, Carolinas Gateway Partnership, Nash County, and the City of Rocky Mount.
Last Updated on Monday, 02 November 2020 09:20
NC Electric Co-ops Get $51 Million USDA Loan For Nuclear Plant Improvements PDF Print E-mail
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By Donna Martinez   
Thursday, 29 October 2020 08:47
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted a $51.1 million loan to North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation for generation system improvements at Catawba Nuclear Station, located in York County, S.C. NCEMC owns a 61.51 percent share of the station’s Unit 1, and emissions-free nuclear currently accounts for 57 percent of its power portfolio.
“This loan will be used to fund numerous capital improvement projects at Catawba Nuclear Station to ensure it continues to operate safely and reliably for many years to come,” said Scott Brame, NCEMC’s Manager of Compliance and Jointly Owned Resources. Among the most significant projects the loan is funding are low pressure turbine replacements for both units, main step-up transformer replacements, protective relaying replacements, reactor coolant pump replacements and security upgrades.
NCEMC also received a $16.6 million USDA loan last year to fund more than 100 capital projects aimed at improving Catawba Nuclear Station’s reliability of service, security and IT capability. The single largest capital expenditure included in that loan was new control rod assemblies that regulate the nuclear chain reaction used to generate electricity.
Continued investment in nuclear power plays a prominent role in reaching voluntary sustainability goals announced by the state’s electric cooperatives this summer as part of their Brighter Future vision. These goals include achieving a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions from 2005 levels by 2030 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, while also preserving the reliability and affordability of the electricity provided to cooperative members. The vision also extends beyond power to encompass investments in education, economic development and community enrichment that contribute to a brighter future for rural North Carolina.
Similarly, USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements, business development, housing, community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care, and high-speed internet access.
Through this latest round of funding, USDA is investing in 53 projects through its Electric Loan Program that will benefit 1.4 million rural residents and businesses in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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