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State Moves To Protect Poultry Industry From Bird Flu PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 12 June 2015 05:51

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Avian flu has devastated the poultry populations in several states, and North Carolina agriculture officials are doing everything they can to prevent that from happening here.

On Wednesday, Agriculture Commissioner State Troxler announced the suspension of poultry showings and competitions -- including at the State Fair -- from  mid-August to January.

North Carolina has rougly 8,000 poultry farms and is the 3rd leading producer of turkeys and the 4th leading producer of broiler chickens.

More than 47 million birds have been destroyed in other states due to the bird flu.

Backyard chicken enthusiasts are also reminded to follow safety procedures to ensure their poultry don't contract the disease.

Birds exposed to avian flu must be destroyed as the disease can spread quickly. Humans are not impacted by this type of flu.

With Stroke Of Pen, Dozen Bills Become Law in North Carolina PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 12 June 2015 05:04

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) -  As the legislative session continues, Gov. Pat McCroryis signing bills presentented to him following passage by both houses. The following are now law:


H.B. 552 – A bill creating the criminal offence of graffiti vandalism.
H.B. 574 – A bill providing that no state or local statues, rules, regulations or ordinances related to wildlife apply to the Virginia opossum between December 29 and January 2 each year.
H.B. 222 – A bill providing for the initial election and subsequent retention election of justices of the North Carolina Supreme Court.
H.B. 291 – A bill giving the State Treasurer authority in the handling of unclaimed property determined to be of hazardous nature and providing guidance for the proper disposition of these materials on the part of financial organizations.
S.B. 112 – A bill urging all coastal community colleges to offer courses on commercial fishing and aquaculture.
H.B. 274 – A bill making minor and technical changes pertaining to the various retirement systems.
H.B. 691 – A bill making it a felony to commit certain types of assaults on a member of the North Carolina National Guard who is discharging or attempting to discharge official duties.
S.B. 597 – A bill repealing references to the ABCs program because the program is no longer being used.
H.B. 340 – A bill providing that burial services shall be conducted at all state veterans cemeteries every day of the week that is not a state or federal holiday.
H.B. 346 – A bill authorizing counties to adopt ordinances to abate unreasonable restrictions of the public's right to use ocean beaches.
H.B. 352 ­– A bill increasing the protections for 911 and public safety telecommunicators by providing that in any civil action arising out of an act or omission pertaining to the defendant's job duties at a public safety answering point the plaintiff's burden of proof shall be clear and convincing evidence.
S.B. 315 – A bill authorizing local boards of education to make outdoor school property available to the public for recreational purposes.

State Flags at Half-Staff To Honor Former Lumbee Tribe Chairman Jimmy Goins PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 11 June 2015 04:53

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina flags at state facilities have been lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Thursday. This order is in memorial of former Lumbee Tribal Chairman Jimmy Goins, who passed away several days ago.

Goins served two tours of duty in Vietnam and became the leader of the Lumbee people following his service. He served ad Tribal Chairman from 2004 to 2010.

NC Commission of Indian Affairs Statement on Passing of Former Lumbee Tribe Chairman Jimmy Goins PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 June 2015 05:39

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Upon learning of the death of former Lumbee Tribe Chairman Jimmy Goins, the state's Commission on Indian Affairs issued the following statement.


Mr. Jimmy Goins was an icon among the Lumbee Indians of Robeson County, where he served as Chairman of the Tribe from 2004 to 2010. During his tenure, the Lumbee Tribe experienced major growth in terms of Indian housing development, the creation of the Tribe’s Boys and Girls Club, the creation of new community centers, and a new multi-million dollar tribal administration building – the Turtle. Prior to his success in program development, Mr. Goins was very instrumental in the formation of the Tribe’s government. His work with the historic Lumbee Self Determination Commission, between 1998 and 2000, resulted in the creation of the Tribal Constitution.  Furthermore, he was a veteran who made major sacrifices for his country. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam where he earned two Purple Hearts.

“We are saddened to hear about the death of former Chairman Jimmy Goins, a veteran, farmer, businessman and fallen warrior,” said Ruth Revels, Chair of the NC Commission of Indian Affairs.

Mr. Goins supported federal recognition for the Lumbee Tribe and presented historic testimony before both the US House and US Senate Indian Affairs Committees in 2006. During that testimony, he spoke of the many injustices that the Lumbee people have had to endure for generations as a result of not being fully recognized by the US Government. He spoke of the need for federal recognition and how recognition would bring much needed resources to the Lumbee community. He led a large delegation of tribal elders, tribal council members and others who traveled in bus-loads to Washington, DC as a show of support for federal recognition.  

“Chairman Goins was a people person, who was always willing to listen and help where he could,” said Greg Richardson, Executive Director of the NC Commission of Indian Affairs. “He had vision and compassion for his people and his country.”


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