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Judges Appointed To District and Superior Courts PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Friday, 29 May 2020 08:57
 Governor Roy Cooper has appointed three judges to serve Brunswick, Cumberland and Duplin, Jones, Onslow and Sampson counties.
“Our superior and district courts are a critical part of the state’s justice system,” Gov. Cooper said. “These appointees are remarkable leaders in their communities, and I look forward to seeing them in these new roles.” 


The Honorable Jason C. Disbrow will serve as Superior Court judge in Judicial District 13B, which serves Brunswick County. Disbrow will fill the vacancy created by the passing of former Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis. Since 2015, he has served as a District Court Judge of North Carolina’s 13th District. Prior to being a District Court Judge, he was a partner in Stiller & Disbrow, P.C. Attorneys at Law. Disbrow is active in the Southport community and has served on the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce. He received his Juris Doctor from the North Carolina Central University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree from North Carolina State University. 


Frances McDuffie will serve as a District Court Judge in Judicial District 12, which serves Cumberland County. She will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Robert Stiehl. McDuffie has served as an assistant public defender for Cumberland County since 2013. McDuffie has held several board positions in Cumberland and Scotland counties. She received her Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University
Mario White will serve as a District Court Judge in Judicial District 4, which serves Duplin, Jones, Onslow and Sampson counties. He will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Paul Hardison. White has been a solo practitioner at Mario M. White Law Office since 1993. He also taught criminal law, criminal procedure, constitutional law and business law at Sampson Community College from 1994-1998. White is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers and the Prince Hall Free Masons. He received his Juris Doctor from the North Carolina Central University School of Law and his Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina Central University.
State Offers $5,000 Reward In Disappearance Of Newton Grove Man PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 29 May 2020 08:50

North Carolina is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the disappearance of William Jimmy Graham, age 61.

On December 15, 2019, William Jimmy Graham was reported missing to the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Graham was last seen at his residence located at 3250 Goldsboro Highway in Newton Grove, North Carolina on December 12, 2019. Mr. Graham’s Gray 1991 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck, license plate FJD-8888, is also missing. Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office believe the disappearance is due to foul play and that Mr. Graham is the victim of a homicide, however no information has come to light about the location of Mr. Graham.

Anyone having information concerning this case should contact the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 592-4141 or the State Bureau of Investigation at (919) 662-4500. 


Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2020 08:58
Federal Coronavirus Funds Distributed To NC Counties PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 26 May 2020 16:44
Governor Roy Cooper announced that $85.4 million in federal funds provided for COVID-19 relief to counties will be disbursed this week. Three large counties, Guilford, Mecklenburg and Wake, have already received funds directly from the federal government, and 59 other counties that have completed certification will receive funds this week from the state-administered Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) that was passed by Congress. Counties are encouraged to support municipalities with the funding as needed.
“Everyone is working hard to make ends meet, including county governments as they finalize their budgets,” Governor Cooper said. “These funds will help communities respond to the COVID-19 crisis with testing, personal protective equipment and more.”
Though the federal government did not require that the state share any of the $3.56 billion in the CRF to North Carolina local governments, Governor Cooper’s COVID-19 budget proposal recommended $300 million be allocated to counties and municipalities. Ultimately, the unanimously approved and bipartisan budget that Governor Cooper signed included $150 million for counties which have the flexibility to share monies with their municipalities as county
commissioners deem appropriate. The full distribution of funds is listed here by county, along with instructions to counties about how the funds may be used.
The CRF funds may be used for medical needs including the COVID-19 related expenses of public hospitals and clinics, including testing; public health expenses, such as personal protective equipment and other medical supplies, as well as the cost of cleaning public areas and facilities such as nursing homes; payroll expenses for public safety or healthcare employees dedicated to responding to the COVID-19 emergency; and expenses to comply with public health measures, including teleworking, distance learning, food delivery, paid leave for public employees, expenses for maintaining prisons, and protecting the homeless population.  
By state law, the 97 remaining counties will receive a base amount of $250,000, with more distributed by population. This quick disbursement of funds was coordinated by the state Office of State Budget and Management and the new North Carolina Pandemic Recovery Office (NC PRO).
NC PRO is a temporary office that coordinates and oversees funds made available through federal and state COVID-19 recovery legislation, including the CRF. The office offers technical assistance for entities which receive funds and ensures proper reporting and accounting of all funds. The office will also work on the state’s economic recovery and strategic plan as North Carolina rebuilds from this pandemic. Two staff members will help lead the office’s recovery efforts:
Stephanie McGarrah will serve as Executive Director of the Office. A native of western NC, McGarrah most recently worked with the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) to help identify, measure and address health care workforce shortages across the state. Prior to that, she served as Vice President of Policy at the North Carolina Healthcare Association (NCHA) and as a consultant for UNC Health and taught and conducted policy research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  From 2007 to 2013, Stephanie served as Assistant Secretary at the North Carolina Department of Commerce. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master degree in public policy from Duke University. 
Dwayne Patterson will serve as the Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer for NCPRO. A Kinston native, Patterson most recently served as Director of the Division of State Parks and Recreation. Formerly, Patterson served as the executive director for CREST, a regional non-profit agency that serves intellectually and developmentally disabled adults. His public service positions include serving as the Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Chief Deputy Secretary for the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and Chief Financial Officer for the Warren County and Durham public school systems. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from N.C. State University.
For questions about how CRF funds may be used, go to the NCPRO website for more information.
SECU Foundation Provides Grant For Veterans Program PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 07 April 2020 09:24


The SECU Foundation announced its support this week for Onslow Community Outreach (OCO), a local non-profit in Jacksonville whose mission is to help meet the basic needs of vulnerable populations in Onslow County.  The $40,000 in funding from the Foundation was awarded as a Mission Development grant, which will help the organization develop next steps to deliver a new program of services for veterans in eastern North Carolina — Veterans Emerging Toward Stability (VETS) — and achieve their goal of building a new services center.  SECU Foundation Executive Director Jama Campbell presented a ceremonial check to officials from Onslow Community Outreach during an event held in Jacksonville.


Formerly called Onslow Community Ministries, OCO began when a small group of concerned Onslow County citizens borrowed a small kitchen from a local church, put on a pot of soup, and stood ready to serve the hungry.  Services currently offered by the non-profit include a homeless shelter for individuals and families, a soup kitchen, and a free medical and dental clinic.  The addition of the VETS program will provide resources for housing, food, healthcare, and education to over 450 veterans in the region annually.  According to OCO, Onslow County has the 5th highest population of veterans in the state – roughly 70% of the county’s nearly 193,700 residents are affiliated with the military.

“Onslow Community Outreach appreciates the support given by the SECU Foundation to Veterans Emerging Towards Stability and our building campaign,” said Theo McClammy, OCO Executive Director.  “VETS is a regional program that will assist veterans and military dependents and families.  The Foundation’s grant will strengthen our ability to implement VETS and to relocate services in a sustainable manner.”

“This organization has been serving individuals and families from communities surrounding Jacksonville since 1990, providing a helping hand with food, housing, and medical resources,” stated Ms. Campbell.  “The commitment and dedication that Onslow Community Outreach, its board members, and volunteers have shown through their work is inspiring.  We take great pride in helping them move forward with increasing their capacity by building upon their strengths and developing solid strategies that will carry them far into the future.”

About SECU and the SECU Foundation
A not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members, SECU has been providing employees of the state of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for over 82 years.  The Credit Union also offers a diversified line of financial advisory services including retirement and education planning, tax preparation, insurance, trust and estate planning services, and investments through its partners and affiliated entities.  SECU serves over 2.4 million members through 267 branch offices, nearly 1,100 ATMs, 24/7 Member Services via phone, a website, www.ncsecu.org and a Mobile App.  Members can also follow and subscribe to SECU on Facebook and YouTube.  The SECU Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization funded by the contributions of SECU members, promotes local community development in North Carolina primarily through high impact projects in the areas of housing, education, healthcare and human services.  Since 2004, SECU Foundation has made a collective financial commitment of more than $169 million for initiatives to benefit North Carolinians statewide.  In addition to the website, highlights are also available on the SECU Foundation Instagram page.


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