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Five North Carolinians Appointed To Seats On State Watchdog Boards PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 06:23

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Five North Carolinians will take seats on three different boards that serve as overseers of licensed occupations.

Gov. Pat McCrory made the appointments this week.

** North Carolina State Board of Barber Examiners
Steffon Sharpless of Durham County is a consultant in nonprofit management/business development.

Don Beal of Catawba County is the owner of the Hair Connection.

Valerie Willis of Wake County is a test analyst for Verisk Health as well as CEO of Metro Style, Inc.

The board regulates the practice of barbering within the state, collects and records fees for certification and protects the health, safety and welfare of the general public by ensuring that barbering services are performed by competent barbers in clean establishments. The term length is three years.
** North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board
Dr. Susan Bull of Buncombe County is a veterinarian with the Animal Hospital of Waynesville.

The board promotes the public health, safety and welfare of the people of the state by safeguarding them against unqualified or incompetent practitioners of veterinary medicine. The term length is five years.
** North Carolina Parks & Recreation Authority
Neal Lewis of New Hanover County is a former New Hanover County Parks director. This is a reappointment.

The Parks and Recreation Authority receives private and public donations, appropriations, grants and revenue for the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund. Members work to allocate funds for land acquisitions, repairs and improvements. The term length is three years.

Veterans Initiative Consolidates Consolidates Services, Expands Footprint For N.C. Vets PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 05:54

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Nearly 800,000 veterans who live in North Carolina will have an easier time finding and accessing services, thanks to a new state initiative. The establishment of NC4VETS was announced Monday as the state prepares to honor veterans on Tuesday.
Gov. Pat McCrory unveiled the program during a visit to the North Carolina Veterans Home in Salisbury.

“Veterans come to the state with a can-do spirit that will make North Carolina stronger and improve its quality of life,” the governor said in a statement. “The NC4Vets initiative will help us attract and keep more veterans so North Carolina will be more than a duty station. It will be their new home.”
NC4Vets is a “one-stop-shop” information resource being launched by the North Carolina Department of Administration’s Division of Veterans Affairs, in conjunction with the Departments of Health and Human Services, Commerce (NC Works) and other state agencies.  
The initiative  consists of:

--  the NC4Vets Resource guide, an inter-agency catalog with 2,000 data points detailing job, education benefits and health services in every region of the state. The NC4VETS Resource Guide is part of a multimedia effort that includes a website: www.NC4VETS.com and toll-free call center: (844) NC4-VETS offering knowledgeable service officers to guide veterans to services that are closest to them.

-- coordination of state and federal VA resources. The Division of Veterans Affairs has opened four new service offices inside of VA Medical centers in Asheville, Salisbury, Greenville and Wilmington. The opening of these four new offices represents a 30 percent expansion of the state’s veterans office footprint, and it was achieved at no cost to North Carolina taxpayers.

Hydraulic Fracturing Rule Revisions Readied Ahead Of Vote PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 05:39

RALEIGH (AP) - Wording changes and other final touches are being added to fracking rules before a vote by the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission.

Last week, the commission discussed changes recommended by members who oversaw the gathering of public comments on fracking. Commissioners have until the end of Wednesday to offer input on the rules before a vote expected Friday. The state Legislature will have the final say on the rules during its session that begins in January.

Commissioner James Womack said the panel generally agreed on rule revisions during last week's meetings, so the remaining work largely amounts to "wordsmithing."

Womack says the commission will discuss revisions rule-by-rule before voting on the entire set. He doesn't think the commission will need to use a backup meeting date of Nov. 17.

North Carolina State Banking Commission Welcomes New Member PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 November 2014 05:45

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Diane Gaines has been appointed to the North Carolina State Banking Commission. The Guilford County resident is the founder, president and CEO of Advanced Personnel Resources Inc.  

The commission supervises, directs and reviews all actions of the Commissioner of Banks on issues such as the establishment of new banks, the opening and closing of bank branches and mergers.

Gaines' term is for four years.

Gov. Pat McCrory made the appointment.


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