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Chatham County Celebrates Cattle’s Important Role in the Community PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 20 September 2021 16:28
PITTSBORO, NC— In order to celebrate Chatham County’s long history with cattle and bring greater  attention to its quality beef and dairy products, the Chatham County Agriculture Advisory Board presented the Chatham County Cattle Celebration resolution to the Chatham County Board of Commissioners on August 18, 2021. The Board subsequently adopted the resolution. 
2021 is a landmark year for cattle as it is the 500th anniversary of the arrival of cattle in North America. Recorded history places cattle on the continent as early as 1521 when the appointed viceroy of New Spain, Gregorio de Villalobos, decided to take his chances and go against a Spanish law prohibiting cattle trading in Mexico. He acquired six Spanish cows and a bull from what is known today as the Dominican Republic and brought them to Veracruz, Mexico. The opportunity and its potential for growth and profit were too good to pass up. This marked the beginning of cattle cultivation in North America.
Since then, cattle have become an integral part of American agriculture – especially in Chatham County, NC. The county’s cattle production, which ranks third in North Carolina’s total cattle population, are a major part of Chatham’s community and local economy. Around 34,000 head of cattle reside on Chatham County pastures, resulting in one cow per 2-3 people. In addition to sheer numbers, Chatham ranchers produce high-quality cattle among a diversity of breeds including Brown Swiss, Pineywoods, Texas Longhorn, Belted Galloway, Hereford, Angus, Guernsey, South Poll, and Holstein to mention a few. This variety of breeds helps preserve a diversity of genetics for future farmers and land managers. Cattle can be raised as an environmentally friendly tool for maintaining pastoral, rural landscapes, while also yielding a local source of nourishing protein. Chatham cattle farmers pride themselves in producing both high quality products that focus on animal welfare and land management.
With several century farmers in Chatham County, many farmers are multi-generational and have learned the trade from their parents who learned from their parents. This deep history and appreciation for livestock creates an unmatched passion for the industry that is represented in the products they sell and the farms they operate. Chatham’s cattle farms may not all look the same or use the same practices, but they share the common goal of promoting agriculture, producing food to feed the community’s families, and seeing their way of life pass on to future generations. 
Public surveys in Chatham County have made evident that preserving rural character is the most important goal among surveyed residents. Continued support of local farms is more important now than ever. Residents can support Chatham County farmers by buying local through the Chatham County Buy Local Guide: https://growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-chathamfarms
Cooper Appoints Judge For Halifax County PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 03 September 2021 15:36
Governor Roy Cooper has appointed Norlan Graves to serve as Superior Court Judge in Judicial District 6A, serving Halifax County. He will fill the vacant seat created by the retirement of the Honorable Alma Hinton.
“Norlan Graves brings years of legal knowledge and experience to the bench,” said Governor Cooper. “I am confident that he will serve his district with honor and fairness.”
Norlan Graves is a Special Deputy Attorney General for the North Carolina Department of Justice. He previously served as an Assistant District Attorney for Prosecutorial District 7 and Prosecutorial District 8. In addition, Graves was previously an Adjunct Professor at Halifax Community College. Graves earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and his Juris Doctor at North Carolina Central University School of Law. 
Governor Cooper Appoints District Court Judge PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 01 September 2021 08:20

Governor Roy Cooper has appointed Jennifer Karpowicz Bland to serve as District Court Judge for Judicial District 1, which serves Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties.

“Jennifer Karpowicz Bland has served this community well throughout her legal career,” said Governor Cooper. “I am thankful for her willingness to step up and serve as a judge in our state.”

Jennifer Karpowicz Bland will be filling the vacant seat formerly held by the Honorable Eula Reid. Since 2008, Bland has served as an Assistant District Attorney in the District Attorney’s Office for the First Prosecutorial District. She is a Board Member for the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council and a member of the Domestic Violence Abuse Hotline Board. Bland earned her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Union County Recognized For Technology Practices PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 09:11

Union County is being recognized as a national leader in implementing the best technology practices among more than 3,000 U.S. counties.

The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties awarded Union County 10th place in its population category in the 17th annual Digital Counties Survey. The survey analyzes innovative initiatives that streamline delivery of government services, encourage collaboration and shared services, enhance cybersecurity and contribute to disaster response recovery efforts.

“Our team has worked hard to constantly evolve Union County’s technology programs and plans; enabling us to continue providing residents exceptional access to important services,” said Carl Lucas, Director of Information Systems.

Contributing factors for the County receiving this award include upgrading audio and video systems for livestreaming Board of Commissioners meetings and plans for a robust data analytics program that will store more documents digitally. In similar cost-saving measures, moving to paperless systems has saved up to $15,000.

“Union County will continue implementing strategies that improve transparency and boost resident engagement,” said County Manager Mark Watson. “These technologies improve our efficiency and lower the cost of providing public services.”

For more information about the Digital Counties Survey Awards, visit the Government Technology website.



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