Edgecombe County now has a Human Service Agency Board.
Edgecombe County Commissioners unanimously approved 21 of the 25 slots for the board Monday during their regularly scheduled meeting. The Human Service Board was a state mandate requiring counties to consolidate health and social service boards into a Human Service Agency.
Members of Edgecombe County's health and social service boards were selected for the new board with seven at-large members selected. The four unfilled positions are specialist positions, including a psychologist, optometrist, social worker and psychiatrist.
The Social Service and the health department will keep its director, however, they will work under Eric Evans who was tagged the Human Services Agency Director. Karen LaChapel is the health department director and County Manager Lorenzo Carmon the interim Social Service director. Evans will report to the county manager and the county manager will report to the commissioners.
The newly elected board will not have to deal with the ongoing saga of Marva Scott, who was fired last year. Scott won a law suit to be rehired back with past compensation and legal fees. Evans explained that personnel matters will be handled by the county manager.
"This board will have no hiring or firing capacity as the previous boards did."
Evans believes the consolidation will benefit the public.
"The change is a better way for us to serve our clients in both departments," he said. We look forward to the change.
"All the appointments bring different expertise to the table that makes will make a good agency."
Evans expects to fill the remaining positions within 30 to 60 days. The first meeting is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Human Services Building.
"This meeting is to allow each member to know one another," Evans said. "We will give them a copy of the draft bylaws for review. They probably will not have to vote on it. They may nominate and elect officers."
The public is invited to attend.
Coincidentally, Edgecombe planned to consolidate both departments in the same building before the legislation came down from the state ordering consolidation.
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ROCKY MOUNT — The Board of Commissioners of Nash Health Care has voted to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to five, pre-selected regional tertiary hospital systems for evaluation of an expanded affiliation relationship.
Nash Health Care operates a number of facilities, including five hospitals totaling 403 beds — Nash General Hospital, Nash Day Hospital, the Bryant T. Aldridge Rehabilitation Center, Community Hospital and Coastal Plain Hospital.
AIB judging under way
The America in Bloom (AIB) judges are in town, and Tarboro’s AIB committee rolled out the red carpet for them, beginning with Sunday supper at the home of AIB committee member Candis Owens.
“I am really excited about these judges,” Owens said “It looks like they have been selected specifically for Tarboro, because they’re both historic preservationists.”
James R. “Jim” Abraham is a professor of historic preservation at the Savannah College of Art and Design, while Ed Hooker, III is the historic architect and cultural resource manager for Fort Riley, Kan., according to the judges’ biography.
Brother, sister offer relief from the heat
Madelyn Gay, 9 left, pours lemonade in a cup that her brother Peyton Gay, 10, is holding in front of their St. Andrews Street home last Thursday. With the temperature reaching 96 degrees, the sister and brother tandem sold the refreshing liquid.
Summer Food Service Program for children kicks off
Edgecombe County Public Schools is working to make sure that no children in Edgecombe County go hungry while school is closed this summer by sponsoring the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) for children. Summer meals will be offered at Carver Elementary, Pattillo, Phillips Middle, Princeville Elementary and West Edgecombe Middle schools starting today. The meals will be offered from Monday through Thursday until Aug 8. Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Gun permits on the rise
The Edgecombe County Sheriff's Department reported a spike in the number of citizens applying for gun permits and carrying concealed weapons. From Dec. 1, 2011 to June 13, 2012, the sheriff's department issued 88 gun permits as well as 213 concealed weapon permits. From Dec. 1, 2012 to June 6, 2013 the sheriff's department issued 492 gun permits and 364 concealed weapon permits.
Warmest day this year reaches mid 90's
Beating the heat was the name of the game Thursday in Edgecombe County, as temperatures soared into the mid 90’s.
“Right now the temperature is 95 degrees. This is the warmest day so far across central North Carolina,” said Shawna Cokley, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, at 2 p.m. Thursday. She said the average June temperature for the Raleigh area is 86, 87 degrees.
Art Council offers summer camps
Art camps this summer will get children’s creativity flowing.
Edgecombe County Cultural Arts Council is offering several camps for children ages 3 to 12. Art teachers for the camps include Ashley Myers, Genevieve Govoni and Taylor Owens, as well as guest artists.
“It will be a chance for them to create and explore different mediums that they might not be exposed to in school,” said Joyce Turner, executive director of Edgecombe Arts. “Each camp will more or less be themed.”
Pinetops mayor satisfied with 2013-2014 $4.6 million budget
PINETOPS — The board of commissioners stayed in line with surrounding towns by adopting its budget without implementing a property tax increase, although water and sewer rates increased by an average of 6.5 percent.
"It's a good budget, said Pinetops Mayor J. Vines Cobb. "There was no tax increase, so we are holding the line,"
Drugs found on THS student at school
A Tarboro High School senior was hit with drug charges on campus three days before graduation.
According to Tarboro Police Sgt. Al Braxton, a teacher spotted Rasheen Travon Council, 18, 404 Lincoln Road,. Tarboro, engaged in suspicious activities. The teacher notified a police officer.
Upon the officer's investigation, he found Council was in possession of 29.4 grams of marijuana in small bags. Braxton said he doesn't know whether or not Council made a transaction at the school.
Rising Waters on the Tar
The Tar River has risen to 16 feet-four inches over the past four days. On Saturday, the water levels were very low, but since the rains have come, the water levels have risen. The gates at the Tar River on River Road are shut with padlocks on them, because the water has gone over the path that runs adjacent to the river.
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