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Chatham Commissioners Apologize For 1921 Lynching PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 05 October 2021 17:24

On September 20, 2021, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution formally apologizing for any participation by a Chatham County elected or appointed official in the 1921 lynching of Eugene Daniel.

On September 18, 1921, Daniel, who was 16 years old, was unlawfully taken from the Chatham County jail in Pittsboro and lynched by a mob of residents on the basis of an unsubstantiated allegation. Daniel was denied the opportunity to present his defense and his constitutional right to a fair trial.

There is evidence that a Chatham County Commissioner, the Chatham County Sheriff, the Chatham County Coroner, and the Chatham County Jail Keeper were complicit in the perpetration of Daniel’s lynching. No suspects were ever investigated or prosecuted.

The Board of Commissioners hopes to publicly acknowledge these facts and offer a formal apology for the heinous acts committed against Daniel.

“The lynching of Eugene Daniel is a painful part of Chatham County’s history, and while our apology can’t change what happened, we feel it is an important step in helping his family and our entire community heal,” said Chatham County Commissioner Karen Howard, who read the resolution. “I am deeply grateful for my fellow commissioners and our supportive staff who helped make this happen. Taking actions like this demonstrates our steadfast commitment to make the Chatham community a better place today – and welcoming to everyone.”

Lynching was a form of terrorism in the United States, practiced predominantly against African Americans, that claimed thousands of lives. Nearly all of those involved in these lynchings went unpunished. 

Henderson County Names Director Of Business And Community Development, PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 05 October 2021 17:18
Henderson County is excited to announce that Christopher Todd, Town Manager of Laurel Park, has accepted an offer to become the Director of Business and Community Development, a position that became available when John Mitchell took over the helm as Interim County Manager.
“I am excited to have Chris join our team.  High quality customer service for the citizens of our County remains our number one goal.  I know that Chris will bring experience and leadership to our Business and Community Development departments,” said John Mitchell.
Having been employed as a Planner with the Henderson County Planning Department, Mr. Todd has first-hand experience in Planning and Zoning.  He has continued to polish his skills with the knowledge that he has gained working as the Town Manager in both Sawmills, NC, and the Town of Laurel Park.  
Mr. Todd stated “I want to thank Henderson County Manager John Mitchell for this opportunity to be part of the Henderson County team.  I am looking forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Henderson County in this new role as the Business and Community Development Director. It is a privilege to work alongside such a strong group of elected officials and staff to ensure the people of Henderson County receive the highest quality services possible.  My plan is to hit the ground running.  I will work to keep vital county projects moving forward, maintain and improve our business-friendly environment, and ensure the highest quality of customer service for all residents and businesses.”  
Mr. Todd’s first day with Henderson County will be November 8, 2021.
Buncombe, Haywood Transylvania Residents Can Apply For Food Assistance After Tropical Storm PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 01 October 2021 16:52
Resident in three western counties impacted by the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred can apply for help buying food through the Disaster Food and Nutrition Services (D-FNS), or Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) beginning Monday, Oct. 4, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced. 
NCDHHS received federal authority to implement the program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Residents in Buncombe, Haywood and Transylvania counties will be able to apply for help buying food through the Disaster Food and Nutrition Services, or Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (D-SNAP) between Oct. 4-7, 2021.
The program is open to individuals not currently receiving Food and Nutrition Services benefits and who were affected by remnants of Tropical Storm Fred. Benefits may be available to individuals that would not normally be eligible for Food and Nutrition Services.
"This program will help people who have suffered losses due to Tropical Storm Fred buy food for their families," said Tara Myers, NCDHHS Deputy Secretary for Employment, Inclusion and Economic Stability. "Anyone who lives in these three counties and needs this help should apply as soon as they can."
Eligible households will receive a one-time benefit on a special debit card (called an EBT card) to help buy food. The exact amount will depend on household size, but a family of one would receive $234, a family of four would receive $782 and larger families would receive more.
To apply:
Buncombe, Haywood and Transylvania county residents who were impacted by Tropical Storm Fred and not currently receiving Food and Nutrition Service Benefits who want to apply for help buying food can use the D-SNAP Prescreener Form and submit it to a secure county email at the email address listed below. Residents can also submit the D-SNAP Prescreener Form via fax, telephone, drop-box or do so in person at designated application sites beginning Monday, Oct, 4 through Thursday, Oct.7. They can also complete their application ahead of time and bring it with them to DSS by downloading the form in English or Spanish.
Please note – All pre-screener forms must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7. Any pre-screener form or application submitted by email, fax or drop box and received after 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7 will not be a valid submission and will not be processed for payment.
Buncombe County Department of Social Services
     40 Coxe Ave.
     Asheville, NC 28801
     (828) 250-5500 telephone | (828) 250-6235 fax
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     7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday
     7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday
Haywood County Department of Social Services 
     157 Paragon Parkway
     Clyde, NC 28721
     (828) 452-6620 telephone | 828-452-6752 fax
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     7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday
Transylvania County Department of Social Services 
     106 E. Morgan St.
     Brevard, NC 28712
     828-884-3174 telephone | 828-884-3261 fax
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     8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday
To be eligible, a person must: 
Live in Buncombe, Haywood or Transylvania counties. 
Have suffered losses/damages related to remnants of Tropical Storm Fred, such as damage to property, or loss of income.
Have proof of identity and proof of residency (if available).
Meet special disaster income limits.
Not currently receiving help to buy food through the FNS program. Residents in these counties already receiving FNS can also get extra help buying food, but do not need to fill out a D-SNAP application. They can get more information about how to get the extra help here.
While Buncombe, Haywood and Transylvania county residents are encouraged to apply at the Department of Social Services in the county of their residence, they can also apply in person at any of the three eligible counties. NCDHHS will post information on locations and hours of the sites in each county. Residents in these counties can also dial 2-1-1 for information on application sites in their county.
Wait times should be anticipated, and county officials will do everything they can to process applications as quickly as possible.
Residents in these counties who need assistance with applying for D-SNAP can have an Authorized Representative apply for benefits on their behalf. These includes residents who don’t have transportation, are disabled or are physically not able to apply for D-SNAP for themselves. Persons who are elderly or who are disabled are strongly encouraged to name an Authorized Representative to complete an application for D-SNAP on their behalf. 
An authorized representative is an individual designated by the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) unit to apply for D-SNAP benefits, use D-SNAP benefits to purchase food for the D-SNAP unit or both apply and use D-SNAP benefits on behalf of the DSNAP unit. The Authorized Representative can  complete this form in English or Spanish or provide a signed statement from the applicant/head of household or an adult household member authorizing them as a representative and to make an application on their household's behalf.
Authorized Representatives must bring proof of identity and proof of identity of the applicant/head of household when they apply on site for D-SNAP benefits on behalf of the client.
To prevent the spread of COVD-19, individuals wishing to apply for DSNAP should wear face coverings in all county offices. 
Last Updated on Friday, 01 October 2021 16:55
Corning To Expand Operations In Catawba County PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 29 September 2021 10:36

Corning Incorporated will invest $150 million to expand operations in Catawba County, creating 200 jobs in Hickory.

“As we celebrate Manufacturing Week in our state, it’s exciting to see a global manufacturer like Corning expand yet again in a great rural county like Catawba,” said Governor Cooper. “Corning understands North Carolina’s strengths as a business location, thanks to their firsthand experience with our skilled workforce, customized training programs and great quality of life.”

“With this capacity expansion, Corning is addressing demand from leading network operators -- in particular AT&T, which previously announced plans to significantly expand its fiber footprint," said Michael A. Bell, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Optical Communications. "We believe the industry is in the early stages of a major growth cycle, and we’re turning once again to the highly skilled local workforce in Catawba County to help us meet the demand. We deeply appreciate the support of local and state officials, particularly Governor Roy Cooper, Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders, and state lawmakers.”

Corning's Optical Communications business operates cable facilities in Hickory, Newton and Winston-Salem, and optical fiber facilities in Wilmington and Concord. Its Optical Communications headquarters is in Charlotte.

“Corning is one of North Carolina’s flagship manufacturers, helping us maintain our number one standing for manufacturing in the Southeast,” said Secretary Sanders. “Our state’s commitment to education and workforce training remains fundamental to our ability to supply the skilled, diverse workers companies look for in a business location.”

While salaries will vary based on position, the average wage for all the new jobs will be $55,000, which is above the Catawba County average of $43,920.

Corning’s project will be facilitated by a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee earlier today. Using a formula that takes into account the tax revenues generated by the new jobs, the JDIG agreement authorizes the potential reimbursement to the company of up to $2,041,200, spread over 12 years.

State payments only occur following verification by the departments of Commerce and Revenue that the company has met its incremental job creation and investment targets. JDIG projects result in positive net tax revenue to the state treasury, even after taking into consideration the grant’s reimbursement payments to a given company.

Corning’s JDIG agreement could also move as much as $226,800 into a fund that helps rural communities across the state attract business in the future. When companies select a site located in a Tier 2 county such as Catawba, their grant agreements move some of the new tax revenue into the state’s Industrial Development Fund – Utility Account. Local communities in more economically challenged areas of the state use grants from this fund to build public infrastructure projects, which can improve a community’s ability to attract companies to their regions.

“Corning is a global company with many options when it comes to selecting a business location,” said N.C. State Senator Dean Proctor. “We’re proud of the skilled workers in Catawba County and our region who help keep us competitive and set such a high bar for excellence.”

“Many local people and organizations helped bring about today’s good news,” said N.C. Representative Mitchell Setzer. “Our community will continue to offer strong support for Corning and its employees as the company enters this next exciting phase of growth in Catawba County.”

Today’s announcement comes as the state celebrates North Carolina Manufacturing Week, September 26 – October 2. Earlier today, Governor Cooper issued a proclamation marking the importance of the state’s manufacturing sector, which employs more than 452,000 North Carolinians representing 12.5 percent of the state’s workforce. North Carolina is home to the largest manufacturing workforce in the southeastern United States.

Partnering with N.C. Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina on this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Duke Energy, Catawba County, the City of Hickory and the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation.



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