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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.


Pipeline Manufacturer To Create 44 Jobs In Columbus County PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 20 July 2021 10:30
Pipeline Plastics Holdings, LLC, a leading manufacturer of high-performance industrial pipeline systems, will create 44 new jobs in Columbus County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest $4.6 million in a new production facility in Fair Bluff.
“North Carolina’s appeal as a center for manufacturing continues to attract companies from many different industries,” said Governor Cooper. “Our focus on building a well-trained workforce, combined with North Carolina’s outstanding transportation networks and East Coast market access, offers companies like Pipeline Plastics the right ingredients for success.”
Pipeline Plastics specializes in engineered solid wall polyethylene pipe, with a size range up to 65” diameter utilized in all aspects of infrastructure construction. The company is a recognized leader to a wide variety of end uses, from municipal water and wastewater, industrial, agriculture, irrigation, and mining, to energy and natural gas distribution. With three existing production plants in Texas and South Dakota, the new facility in Fair Bluff will enable the company to expand its geographical presence on the East Coast.
“We are excited to bring our culture, reputation, and methodology as one of the safest, sustainable, and most efficient companies in the industry,” said Mike Leathers, President & COO, Pipeline Plastics. “This facility will not only create jobs and careers for this location, but be a significant multiplier for the local economy, from jobs to suppliers and transportation.”
“We welcome Pipeline Plastics to North Carolina’s growing portfolio of manufacturing companies,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “Our state remains committed to delivering the skilled workers manufacturers need, through the programs and services of the NCWorks system, one of the best workforce development systems in the country.”
The company’s new jobs will yield an average salary above the Columbus County average wage of $35,138. Once the projects’ new jobs are in place, the local region will benefit from a nearly $1.6 million payroll impact in the community, each and every year.
A performance-based grant of $125,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate Pipeline Plastics’ expansion in Columbus County. The OneNC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All OneNC grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.
Partnering with the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina on this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Duke Energy, CSX Railroad, the RJ Corman Railroad Company, Southeastern Community College, the Columbus Jobs Foundation, the Columbus County Board of Commissioners, the Town of Fair Bluff, North Carolina’s Southeast, and the Columbus County Economic Development Commission.

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