April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Currituck County's Department of Social Services joins agencies across the state and country in recognizing April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. DSS hopes all county citizens will increase awareness of this important issue and join others throughout the community in helping to protect children and assist families.
An estimated 26,000 cases of confirmed child abuse or neglect occur each year in North Carolina. Help DSS by learning to recognize signs of child abuse or neglect, and by calling the DSS office, at 232-3083, to express concern for a child's well-being. More
Fact Sheet on "Recognizing Child Abuse", click here.
Currituck Still Growing, But Drops in National Ranking
A recent estimate released by the U.S. Census Bureau ranks Currituck as the 82nd fastest-growing county in America with a population of 10,000 or more. Last year at this time, Currituck ranked 72nd.
The estimate examines population growth during the time frame of April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2008, and ranks the top 100 fastest-growing counties in the nation. The new ranking drops Currituck from 4th to 5th among North Carolina counties included in the poll. More
Special Olympics Hoops Team Brings Home a Title
A Currituck County Special Olympics basketball team played in Winston-Salem on March 7-8, and brought a gold medal back to Currituck from their tournament division.
Pictured left to right: Martel Cooper, Brandon Crawford, Brandon Woodley, Dexter Dunton, Loretta Hardy, Kasey Fairly, Justin Brown, Jerry Ross and Derrick Saunders.
April 12-18 is National Telecommunicators Week
Far from public view, the 9-1-1 telecommunicators in the Communications Center serve a critical role in the emergency response to citizens' needs. To celebrate the dedication and service of this staff, Currituck County joins other public safety organizations in recognizing April 12-18 as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.
Though many go unrecognized, the telecommunicators are the initial point of contact for residents in times of crisis and do much more than simply pass along information to Sheriff's Office, EMS or Fire Department responders. They dispense emergency medical advice to callers, and often help organize a timely and efficient response involving multiple agencies. Currituck residents are assured that each 9-1-1 call will be promptly received by a highly-trained professional who will quickly activate Currituck's network of response.
To show your appreciation for the 9-1-1 telecommunicators, call 232-2216 or visit the Communications Center at 147 Courthouse Rd. Stop by, give 'em a hug, and thank them for all they do.
Alaina Kight, left, and Scott Helton, right, are two of Currituck's 9-1-1 telecommunicators.
Lower Currituck Food Drop Collects Each Month
County residents willing to help others may contribute to a local food pantry, including the Lower Currituck Mobile Food Drop. The Food Drop accepts donations on the 3rd Tuesday of each month in Grandy, in the Hardee's parking lot.
The mobile food drop is supported by several area churches, including Community of Christ, Grand Assembly of God, Hebron UMC, Mt. Zion UMC, Poplar Branch Baptist Church, Powells Point Baptist Church, Powells Point Christian Church and Sharon UMC. For more information, call 453-3559.
Additional Food Pantry locations listed within the Food Bank of the Albemarle network include Pilmoor United Methodist Church, located at 192 Courthouse Rd., and Fellowship Baptist Church, located at 871 Tulls Creek Rd.
2009 Home, Flower & Garden Show - April 24 & 25
The Cooperative Extension will host the 2009 Home, Flower & Garden Show on April 24-25, 2009 at the Extension facility in Barco. Make plans to attend the show, which is celebrating the theme of "Go Green for a Better Tomorrow."
Featured at this year's show will be garden designs, plants, herbs and vegetables for sale, vendors with a variety of garden and household items, and children's activities. The featured guest speaker will be Lena Gallitano, from Raleigh, who will present information on birding trails. More
Businesses Can Update Emergency Contact Information
The Communications Center, in cooperation with the Sheriff's Office, is collecting information from county businesses to aid emergency responders. An online form is now available on the county website. Access this form here.
This information includes business owner contact information, hours of operation, and alarm company data. By supplying this information, businesses will help emergency personnel respond in a more effective manner.
Currituck Library Observing Easter Schedule
The Currituck Library will be closed on Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11 for the Easter Holiday. The library will reopen on Monday, April 13 for normal business hours.
Tune In As Staff Discusses "Public Matters" On the Air
Listen as various Currituck County officials discuss important issues and events during a weekly radio broadcast on WCDG, 92.1. The segment, entitled "Public Matters", airs each Sunday at 7:30 a.m.
Handy Homer says ...
"Safety First!" Always lock out the electrical panel before attempting any electrical repairs or alterations."
Handy Homer provides advice on building permits, codes, inspections and construction. Contact Handy at email@example.com.