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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 22:10

549 Richmond County Voters Cast Early Ballots

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ROCKINGHAM — Several hundred Richmond County voters cast their ballots on the first day of early voting.

Deputy Elections Director Teresa Smith said there were two people waiting in line when the doors opened at the Cooperative Extension office at 7 a.m. Wednesday, adding that the crowd had been steady throughout the morning and into the early afternoon.

Twenty had voted before 8 a.m. and more than 300 had chosen their candidates by 1:30 p.m. The last voter — No. 549 — walked in with three minutes to spare.

Raleigh, NC:  North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson announced Monday that $15 million in grant funds from the Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund will be awarded to Anson County to go towards a new Anson Middle School.

The Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund was established by the Republican-led General Assembly in 2017 to provide additional money to build school facilities in economically struggling counties.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury, as chair of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), issued temporary regulations to protect critical American technology and intellectual property from potentially harmful foreign acquisitions.

This new law effectively blocks strategic Chinese acquisition of sensitive American technology and infrastructure.

Thursday, 18 October 2018 05:02

Current Rural and Agricultural Interests

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ROCKINGHAM - As part of the ongoing mission of the Richmond Observer to provide expansive coverage of current events, we offer the following links to allow ease of access to news garnering attention across the state and/or nation.  These particular links relate to items of interest in conjunction with NC’s rural communities and agricultural developments.

Thursday, 18 October 2018 05:05

Domestic Violence Leads to Shooting, Murder Charges

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ROCKINGHAM - On October 11, the Richmond County Sheriff’s office received a call of a possible gunshot victim on Sam Richardson Road in Rockingham.

When deputies arrived, they found two females with gunshot wounds. 

Both were transported by EMS to First Health Richmond where they were evaluated and sent on to separate trauma centers.

ROCKINGHAM— A verbal altercation that turned physical resulted in one woman being killed, another injured and a third charged with murder.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies responded to call Oct. 11 of possible gunshot victims on Sam Richardson Road, north of Rockingham, where they found two women suffering from bullet wounds, according to a press release issued Wednesday.

ROCKINGHAM - “A skilled team of paranormal investigators with knowledge and expertise who help those in the Pee Dee Region and beyond who experience paranormal activity and other unexplained phenomena” took on the task of setting up a historical, informative, and at times spooky tour for the citizens of Richmond and surrounding counties of downtown Rockingham.

All of the tours that were scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights were sold out.

What's Going On

Funding Opportunities, Resources & Articles

October 2018


Grants/Funding Opportunities 

HEALing Communities Study: Developing and Testing an Integrated Approach to Address the Opioid Crisis 

The HEALing Communities Study will test the immediate impact of implementing an integrated set of evidence-based interventions across healthcare, behavioral health, justice, and other community-based settings to prevent and treat opioid misuse and Opioid Use Disorders (OUD) within highly affected communities.  


Federal Reserve System’s Connecting Communities® Webinar: The Opioid Epidemic: What We Know and How We Connect Community Practices


DATE: October 18

TIME: 3 - 4pm

Scholarship Application Period for the 2019 Winter School is Now Open

Scholarship applications for Winter School are accepted between October 1st and October 31.

Twenty (20) Foundation scholarships will be awarded to persons in the following disciplines:

·  Professionals working full-time in the treatment field.

·  Professionals working full-time in the areas of intervention, prevention, or education.

·  Retirees desiring to maintain certification status.

·  Para-professionals and substance abuse volunteers.

·  Students working towards substance abuse certification.

·  Nurses


Dose of Prevention Challenge

Help raise awareness of the dangers of prescription (Rx) drug abuse and over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine abuse during National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month in October, and take part in the Dose of Prevention Challenge.

First Place

·  Wins the prestigious Dose of Prevention Award and is honored at CADCA’s National Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.

·  Receives a $1,500 cash award for their coalition

·  A full scholarship to Forum (covers registration and travel expenses)

·  Recognition in CADCA’s publications

Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center

 This new Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center aims to provide communities, clinicians, policy-makers and others in the field with the information and tools they need to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings. The Resource Center contains a collection of scientifically-based resources for a broad range of audiences, including Treatment Improvement Protocols, toolkits, resource guides, clinical practice guidelines, and other science-based resources.  


DEA National RX Take Back Day

Partnership Toolbox

 Download posters, handouts and other materials to promote National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.  


Reports and Detailed Tables From the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

These reports and detailed tables present estimates from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).  


2017 Survey Results of College-age Youth Drug and Alcohol Use

 The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Director, Dr. Nora Volkow discusses the 2017 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey findings on substance use among college-age youth. Dr. Volkow briefly shares results on drug and alcohol use, including vaping and marijuana.  


Surgeon General Releases Spotlight on Opioids and Digital Postcard

 The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids and Digital Postcard calls for a cultural shift in the way Americans talk about the opioid crisis. Read the Spotlight and see the actions you can take. 


"What is Addiction" Video

 CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) and Addiction Policy Forum have partnered together to create “What is Addiction?” a video highlighting the nature of addiction and its effects on the human body, brain and development. The video is a “crash course” about how to prevent substance use disorders, how addiction can hijack the brain, and what can be done when faced with addiction.  



Non-Traditional Partners Help Pennsylvania Reduce Access to Prescription Opioids

Prevention practitioners in Blair County, Pennsylvania are employing new prevention efforts with “non-traditional” partners to combat the opioid crisis that has been overwhelming their communities. With funding from SAMHSA’s Partnerships for Success 2013 grant, the county’s substance misuse prevention and treatment agency, Blair Drug and Alcohol Partnerships, is forging relationships with real estate agents and funeral directors to reduce the availability of prescription drugs in the county.

Don't treat e-cigarettes like cigarettes, say experts

"We've done so much to convince our youth that cigarettes and smoking are bad, and overall, it's been a relatively successful campaign when you look at how much smoking has decreased and continued to decrease," Olonoff said. "If teens use the device and they see it differently than the rest of the nicotine products, the researchers should adopt a different philosophical belief, too." 

Teen cannabis use is not without risk to cognitive development

In a context where policies and attitudes regarding substance use are being reconsidered, this research highlights the importance of protecting youth from the adverse effects of consumption through greater investment in drug-prevention programs. 

Free Events

Release of the 2018 Youth Drug Survey Data and Community Conversation 

DATE: October 19

TIME: 8 am-12 pm

LOCATION: Charlotte, NC


Free Event in Spanish

Foro Comunitario: Nuestros jóvenes, el alcohol y las drogas 

DATE: October 20

TIME: 10 am-1 pm

LOCATION: Charlotte, NC


Free Training

Anxiety in Children

DATE: October 23

TIME: 11:30 am - 1pm

LOCATION: Sandford, NC


Free Webinar

What is the TTA Center and How to Access Online Resources

DATE: October 25

TIME: 11 am - 12 pm


Prescription Drug Take Back Day 

DATE: October 27

TIME: 10 am - 2 pm


Free Training

25 TOOLS IN 180 MINUTES: Real Tools to Raise Our Youth Engagement Game!

DATE: October 29

TIME: 12 pm - 3 pm

LOCATION: Winston-Salem, NC


The list of support groups has been moved to the NC Parent Resource Center's website.  

Include Your Event in"What's Going On"

To submit an event to be added to the "What's Going On" newsletter, your event (title, date, time, cost, website, contact information, etc) must be submitted to The NC Parent Resource Center Coordinator, Anna Godwin, no later than the 25th of each month to be included in the following month's edition.

***Please note, it will be at the discretion of The NC Parent Resource Center if the submitted event falls in line with their mission and will be included in the "What's Going On" newsletter. ***Also note, exceptions can be made to the date of delivery for time sensitive events and/or needs.

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 "What's Going On" is produced by the NC Parent

HAMLET - Backpack Pals for Richmond County, a group that provides weekend meals to children in need throughout the community, received a $1,000.00 donation from local company Enviva. 

A leading global energy company specializing in sustainable wood biomass with operations in Richmond County, Enviva's generous donation will be used to purchase food for the program.

HAMLET - The Sports Connection in Hamlet was a great place to see some creative Halloween costumes on Friday, October 12. Director Allison Story greeted those as they arrived dressed as The Crazy Cat Lady, with her hair in curlers, wearing a short purple bathrobe with a cat design, cat slippers, and cats falling out of her pockets.

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