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North Carolina Receives Federal COVID-19 Employment and Training Grant PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 May 2020 09:46
North Carolina has received a $6 million federal grant to support jobs and workforce training to help address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Division of Workforce Solutions (DWS) requested the funds, which were awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor. North Carolina is among a number of states and territories receiving these national Dislocated Worker Grants, which are funded under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
“While our state is focused on making sure North Carolinians are healthy and safe, we also want to enhance their economic security,” N.C. Commerce Secretary Anthony Copeland said. “To support our state’s recovery, we will use these resources to help people find new jobs that provide vital services and to pay for needed job training, so that both workers and employers can thrive.”  
Through the grant, eligible North Carolina residents may receive certain employment services or workforce training for industries that are hiring workers.
Opportunities funded by the grant will vary depending on local needs, but may include: 
On-the-Job Training (OJT), in which a wage reimbursement incentive may be provided to a business to help offset the cost of training a new employee with limited skills.   
Temporary Employment, in positions that either conduct humanitarian assistance and public health duties (such as contact tracing and delivery of food and medical supplies to those in need) or assist with disaster clean-up and sanitizing areas to prevent the spread of disease. Employers for these positions must be either nonprofit organizations or government agencies. 
Occupational Skills Training and Supportive Services, including short-term training to dislocated workers, allowing them to pivot into jobs that are in-demand and services that provide transitional support to ensure jobseekers have the tools they need to be successful entering a new career.  
To administer this grant, DWS will partner with 14 participating local workforce development boards (WDBs) that, collectively, serve 59 counties. These boards include:
Cape Fear WDB (Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties);
Capital Area WDB (Wake and Johnston counties);
Centralina WDB (Anson, Cabarrus, Iredell, Lincoln, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties);
Charlotte Works WDB (Mecklenburg County);
Cumberland WDB (Cumberland County);
Eastern Carolina WDB (Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Pamlico and Wayne counties);
Gaston WDB (Gaston County);
Guilford WDB (Guilford County);
High Country WDB (Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Watauga, Yancey, Mitchell and Wilkes counties);
Kerr-Tar WDB (Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance and Warren counties);
Lumber River WDB (Bladen, Hoke, Richmond, Robeson and Scotland counties);
Mountain Area WDB (Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania counties);                                           
Piedmont Triad Regional WDB (Caswell, Davie, Forsyth, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin counties); and
Regional Partnership WDB (Alamance, Montgomery, Moore, Orange and Randolph counties).
Workers may be eligible for participation in the grant by being temporarily or permanently laid off as a consequence of COVID-19, or by meeting certain other criteria. 
Supported by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs) temporarily expand the service capacity of dislocated worker training and employment programs at the state and local levels by providing funding assistance in response to large, unexpected economic events that cause significant job losses. DWS has recent experience administering federal grants of this type, in partnership with local workforce development boards, including grants that came in the wake of Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. 
For more information about participating in the grant, employers in counties served by a participating local Workforce Development Board should contact that board, which can be found at www.ncawdb.org/local-boards/.
Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2020 09:48
Wilmington Man Gets 15 Years In Federal Prison For Drug Crimes PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 May 2020 13:34

RALEIGH– A Wilmington man was sentenced on May 23, 2020 to 150 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 1000 grams or more of heroin, possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and a quantity of cocaine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to court documents, William Gethers, 49, was involved in the importation and distribution of heroin and cocaine into Wilmington.  Between May and September 2019, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Vice Division made several undercover purchases from Gethers.   On September 10, 2019, detectives served a search warrant on a “stash house” in Wilmington where Gethers had approximately 39,000 bags of heroin, 9 ounces of cocaine and more than $10,000.00.  Additionally, detectives searched his residence on Prices Lane and found an additional $44,000.00 and two handguns.  During a follow up investigation, law enforcement seized an additional $148,050.00 that had been hidden in Gethers’ home and in banks accounts.  The total amount of drug proceeds seized was more than a quarter of a million dollars.  During the course of the investigation, law enforcement uncovered that Gethers was responsible for importation and distribution of more than 5 kilograms of heroin.

Robert J. Higdon, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III. The Drug Enforcement Administration and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Severo  prosecuted the case.  This case was part of the OCDETF investigation “White Rabbit” focusing on a drug trafficking organizations involved in the importation of Heroin and Methamphetamine into Eastern North Carolina.

Activities With Pope Francis Dominate President and Mrs. Obama's Public Schedule PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 September 2015 06:00

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - President Obama's Thursday morning will include two activities with Pope Francis. The White House public schedule for September 24 shows:

** 9:00 AM
The President, the First Lady, the Vice President, and Dr. Biden participate in the State Arrival ceremony for His Holiness Pope Francis

South Lawn Open to pre-credentialed media Pre-set 7:30AM; Final Gather 8:30AM – North Doors of the Palm Room

** 10:15 AM
The President holds a bilateral meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis

Gather Time 9:30AM – Rose Garden Pool Spray at the Top Oval Office

Commentary about the morning posted to the White House website:

"In the morning, the President and the First Lady will welcome His Holiness Pope Francis to the White House. The Vice President and Dr. Biden will also attend. The arrival ceremony on the South Lawn is open to pre-credentialed press. The deadline to request media credentials has passed.

Later in the morning, the President will hold a bilateral meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis in the Oval Office. There will be a pool spray at the top of the meeting."

The full schedule can be found at whitehouse.gov.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 September 2015 06:19

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