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Gaston County Magistrate Chooses Religious Belief Over Gay Marriage Requirement PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Rick Martinez   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 05:01

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Gaston County magistrate Bill Stevenson has resigned his office to follow his religious belief that marriage rather than perform same-sex marriages as now required by law.

The Gaston Gazette reports that Stevenson left October 16. He reportedly joins six other magistrates who have also resigned in support of their faith.

A federal court ruled recently that North Carolina's legal definition of marriage -- between one man and woman only -- is unconstititional.

North Carolina voters passed the traditonal marriage amendment to the state constititution in May 2012.

Polls show voters continue to support traditional marriage, despite the ruling.

Jobs Watch: Kannapolis Nabs Gordon Food Service Distribution Center PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 05:23

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Gordon Food Service will build a new distribution center in Cabarrus County, bringing 275 new jobs and a $58 million investment over the next five years.

Salaries will vary by job function and experience, but the average annual payroll for the new jobs is expected to be $12.3 million when all the new jobs are added, according to the state's job announcement.

The Michigan-based company is North America's largest privately-held, family-managed broadline foodservice distributor.  Founded in 1897, Gordon Food Service distributes to foodservice operators within the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest regions of the United States and coast-to-coast in Canada.

“I am so happy to welcome Gordon Food Service to North Carolina,” said Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker in a statement. “This is the type of company we want to continue to recruit to our state; a company that offers good paying jobs and has a strong tradition of doing business the right way.”
The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $500,000. T
The N.C. Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. partnered with N.C. Community Colleges, N.C. Department of Transportation, Golden LEAF Foundation, Duke Energy, Charlotte Regional Partnership, the City of Kannapolis, Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Cabarrus Economic Development Commission to make this project possible.

Four North Carolina Airports On Board With Homeland Security's TSA Pre-Check Screening Program PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Monday, 27 October 2014 05:30

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - As they gear up for holiday travel, airports in four North Carolina cities are participating in a Department of Homeland Security program designed to move frequent, low-risk travelers through security checks at a faster pace.

The TSA Pre-Check program is operating at participating airlines at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, Piedmont Triad International Airport, Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and Wilmington International Airport.

TSA allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and keep 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels in a carry-on bag.

An applicant for pre-check must be a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) and cannot have been convicted of certain crimes. If an applicant has a record of any of the crimes identified in the eligibility requirements, they may choose not to apply, as the application fee is nonrefundable.

Interested applicants must visit an application center to provide biographic information that includes name, date of birth and address. An applicant will be fingerprinted and will be required to provide valid required identity and citizenship/immigration documentation. An applicant also has the option to pre-enroll online to provide basic information and make an appointment before visiting an application center. There is a nonrefundable application processing fee of $85.

After completing enrollment, successful applicants will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) via U.S. mail approximately 2-3 weeks following the visit to the application center. An applicant also may check status online by visiting https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/ and clicking on “Service Status.” The Known Traveler Number is valid for five years.

Once approved as eligible for TSA Pre✓™, the enrollee must enter the provided KTN in the ‘Known Traveler Number’ field when booking travel reservations on any of the ten participating airlines.  The KTN also can be added when booking reservations online via a participating airline website, via phone call to the airline reservation center, or with the travel management company making reservations.  Additionally, the KTN can be entered in participating airline frequent flyer profiles, where it will be stored for future reservations.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 October 2014 05:31
Audit: Department of Revenue-Department of Transportation-Tag and Tax Together System PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Friday, 24 October 2014 15:53


RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The State Auditor's Office has produced a Service Organization Control (SOC[1]) report on the integrated Tax and Tag Together system for the period of January 1, 2014, through June 30, 2014. 
There are one or more findings.
"This report is for counties and their external auditors to help determine the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting," according to the auditor's office. "The SOC report is considered sensitive and confidential since it lists security related controls, and it will not be released to the public as provided by North Carolina General Statute (G.S) 132 6.1(c)."
A notice listing the security issues can be found at http://www.ncauditor.net/EpsWeb/Reports/Infosystems/ISA-2014-4200.pdf

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