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Archive for September, 2011

Disaster Food and Nutrition Services benefits to open in Pender and Wayne Counties

Friday, September 16th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Gov. Bev Perdue announced that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will provide food assistance in the form of Disaster Food and Nutrition Services benefits (formerly called food stamps) in the following additional disaster NC counties: Pender and Wayne.

Gov. Perdue secured the food assistance through her request for a presidential disaster declaration that was approved last week. The program, through the US Department of Agriculture, is open to individuals not normally eligible for Food and Nutrition Services benefits, who were affected by Hurricane Irene.

“We have been working diligently with our federal and local partners to ensure that North Carolinians affected by Hurricane Irene get the help they need,” Gov. Perdue said. “There is no more urgent or essential need than food. State officials and local departments of social services are working to make sure that people living in the counties hit hard by the storm are able to apply for this emergency assistance.”

Residents of the affected areas of these counties who are not currently receiving Food and Nutrition Services benefits may qualify for temporary assistance for a one-month period if:
· their home was damaged or destroyed
· they have disaster-related expenses
· they lost income
· had food loss as a result of a power loss of at least eight hours from Hurricane Irene.

Eligibility to participate is based on available income and resources.

Those applying for Disaster Food and Nutrition Services benefits will be asked to provide:
· proof of their identity along with proof of residency, such as a utility bill,
· and the social security numbers, if available, and dates of birth for all members of their household.

Applicants should apply in the county where they reside. Applicants will have five consecutive days to apply for assistance beginning Monday, Sept.19.

Households living in one of these two counties may use their Disaster Food and Nutrition Services Benefits to purchase hot prepared meals from retailers that are located in these counties who are authorized to accept EBT Benefits through Sept. 30, 2011.

Households who currently receive Food and Nutrition Services Benefits, that did not request a replacement of benefits, can apply for a supplement of benefits if the household suffered a disaster- related expense other than food loss. Households that received replacement benefits do not need to apply for the Disaster Food and Nutrition Services Program.

Those needing to apply for Disaster Food and Nutrition Services may do so in person the following locations:

County Locations Service Dates Hours of Operation
Pender County Agricultural Building801 S. Walker St.Burgaw, NC 28425 Monday 9-19-11Tuesday 9-20-11Friday 9-23-11 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Pender County DSS810 S. Walker St.Burgaw, NC 28425 Wednesday 9-21-11Thursday 9-22-11 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wayne County 2001 E. Ash St.Goldsboro, NC 27530(formerly Sportsman’s World) Monday 9-19-11Tuesday 9-20-11Wednesday 9-21-11Thursday 9-22-11Friday 9-23-11 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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Ex-Duke stars Laettner, Davis face possible jail time

Friday, September 16th, 2011

DURHAM, NC (AP) — Former Duke University basketball stars Christian Laettner and Brian Davis are scheduled to be in court facing possible jail time.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the teammates on Duke’s 1991 and 1992 NCAA championship teams been ordered to a Washington, DC, courtroom Friday to tell a judge why they shouldn’t be held in contempt of court for failing to pay a real estate debt.

Laettner and Davis didn’t return calls seeking comment this week.

The hearing involves an earlier ruling that their company Blue Devil Ventures must pay more than $670,000 to California investors who loaned money to develop property in Baltimore. Attorneys for the investors say Laettner and Davis haven’t paid the judgment and ignored requests to show whether they have assets available to pay.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Plant sale to mark the fall planting season

Friday, September 16th, 2011

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Local business briefs – Study: 1 in 5 homes here under water’

Friday, September 16th, 2011

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Town of Leland settles with police officer shot in groin; Mayor says he is “out of touch”

Friday, September 16th, 2011

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The Town of Leland agreed to settle with a Leland Police Officer who was shot in the groin multiple times with training ammunition during an exercise.

The town’s insurance company will pay Sherry Lewis $18,750 and her attorney $6,250. Lewis also agrees to resign her position and neither party will admit fault or liability.

We asked Town Manager Bill Farris if the officer that shot Lewis had been disciplined. He told us he didn’t know anything about that. When asked if he was denying the shooting happened, he got up and abruptly left the interview.

We also asked Mayor Walter Futch about the incident. He said he hadn’t talked to Farris about it until yesterday and added that the hurricane had taken up most of his time lately. When asked about Police Chief Tim Jayne punching another officer, he said he hadn’t talked to Farris about that issue. Futch said he’s not involved with hiring and firing and that he left that up to Farris. We asked Futch if he wasn’t Farris’s boss? He said he wasn’t, but finally admitted that the council actually was, but that he would need at least three votes to do anything about FArris. When asked if Futch wasd “out of touch,” he admitted that he was, that the people who elected him only voted for him to set policy and not worry about personnel issues or the town’s credibility.

We asked Chief Jayne for a comment as well. He told us he needed to step out and that he would be right back, but then proceeded to get in his car and leave.

Mayor Futch has agreed to join us for a live follow-up interview on Friday during WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 5:30 p.m.

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