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Tobacco Trust Fund Awards $2.6 Million In Grants PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Monday, 08 October 2018 09:46
The N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission (NCTTFC) has awarded nearly $2.6 million through 18 new grants for agricultural and economic initiatives across the state. The grants place a high priority on projects that address ways to train people for new careers, stimulate the agricultural economy, help farmers with innovative ideas, and strengthen the sales of local foods.
"Our Commission strives to fund the very best projects that will benefit farmers and their communities across the state,” said Bill Teague, Chairman of the NCTTFC. "We are very confident that by working with our partners these projects will make a significant impact on North Carolina agriculture.” 
The $2.6 million supports projects that help farmers with facility enhancements, in addition to educational opportunities for high school and college students. These projects assist with innovative on farm projects, increase leadership skills and offer operational strategies that will help farmers increase farm income. One project this year includes a partnership with the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to study the production of malting barley. Another project partners with the NC Agromedicine institute to evaluate and develop strategies to decrease farm accidents.
In addition to the grants awarded, the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission renewed their partnerships with several cost share programs. Agricultural Reinvestment Fund, AgOptions and AgVentures provide micro grants directly to the farmers to support increasing farm profitability.
The NC General Assembly created the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission in 2000 to lessen the financial impact to farmers and tobacco-related businesses caused by the sharp decline of tobacco in the agricultural economy. The commission’s original funding was established through tobacco industry annual payments as a result of the Master Settlement Agreement. Its current funding comes from a set appropriation of funds. Since 2002, the NCTTF has awarded more than 340 grants to public and nonprofit agencies that meet the goals of strengthening the rural and tobacco-dependent economies of North Carolina.
For more information and a list of grant recipients, visit the NCTTFC website at www.tobaccotrustfund.org.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 October 2018 09:48
Wake Forest Medical Center AirCare Team Wins NC Paramedic Competition PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Monday, 08 October 2018 09:20
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s AirCare team of Roger Horton and Barry McMillian claimed the title at the 28th Annual Paramedic Competition held this week in Greensboro, marking the second time in four years that the AirCare team from Wake Forest Baptist has won the event. The victory marked the fourth in the past decade for Horton and McMillian, who also triumphed at the competition in 2009 and 2010 while working for Surry County.
Horton and McMillian were among six top teams from across the state in this year’s competition, part of the North Carolina EMS Expo, an educational conference that brings together paramedics, EMTs and county emergency services directors to sharpen their skills with presentations from faculty from across the state and the U.S. 
Tom Mitchell, chief of the N.C. Office of Emergency Medical Services, announced the winners at a banquet held Tuesday evening to cheers and applause from hundreds of the winners’ peers.
"All of the teams in this competition are winners. They are North Carolina’s best of the best in emergency medical response,” said Mitchell. “We offer our special congratulations to this year’s winners." 
In the competition, teams are sequestered, and each takes turns to assess, treat and stabilize victims in a scenario that lasts 13 minutes. They must move quickly and use their experience, education and training to provide care to the victims. Teams are judged on professionalism, communication, patient rapport, conduct, attitude, appearance and attire.
The competition is watched by hundreds of their peers from bleachers set up inside a ballroom at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center. The five victims in this scenario were at a professional wrestling match. Each paramedic team treated a total of five patients, ranging from spectators, an unresponsive child and an adult male who collapsed on the floor, and a wrestler who suffered head and neck trauma during the match. Spectators with less severe symptoms included an adult female with a laceration to her left arm and an adult male reporting a severe headache.
“This is the first time our scenario has included as many as five patients, so all of the teams had to bring their A-game to compete for the win,” added Mitchell.
The competition provides a training opportunity not only for the competitors, but also for the paramedics and emergency medical technicians who closely observe each team's analysis and reaction to the scenario. Large video screens display close-up views of procedures as each team administers care.
Through the Office of Emergency Medical Services, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services works to foster emergency medical systems, trauma systems and credentialed EMS personnel to improve in providing responses to emergencies and disasters. For more information, visit ncems.org. 
Voter Registration Extended In Hurricane Florence Ravaged Counties PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Monday, 08 October 2018 08:55

The voter registration deadline in 28 counties most affected by Hurricane Florence has been extended to 5 p.m. Monday, October 15.

The 28 counties are: Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne and Wilson.

The registration deadline remains 5 p.m. October 12 in all other North Carolina counties.

“We do not want this devastating storm to keep people from voting,” said Kim Westbrook Strach, State Board executive director.“Voters may cast ballots by mail or in person during the early voting period or on Election Day. We hope voters take advantage of the option that works best for them at this difficult time.”

Eligible individuals who miss the regular registration deadline may still register and vote in their county of residence during the in-person early voting period, which runs from October 17 through November 3. Voters who register and vote at the same time must provide proof of residence. M

The State Board also wants to remind voters of their voting options in North Carolina. Any registered voter may:

All registered voters may check their registrations and 2018 sample ballots using the State Board’s Voter Search tool.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 October 2018 08:58
Flags Lowered To Half-Staff In Honor Of Slain NC National Guardsman From Morehead City PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Monday, 08 October 2018 08:29

Governor Roy Cooper has ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Tuesday, October 9 in honor of North Carolina Army National Guard Sergeant James Allen Slape of Morehead City, who was killed in Afghanistan on October 4, 2018.

"National Guard members step up and answer the call to service wherever they are needed, whether at home to help during a natural disaster or overseas to protect our national security," said Governor Cooper. "They leave their homes, their families and their jobs and put their lives on the line for us. On behalf of the people of North Carolina, I honor the service and sacrifice of Sgt. James Slape and offer our deepest sympathy to his loved ones and his fellow soldiers."


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