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Warren Co. Parks and Recreation Department Seeks Contract Instructors

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-Press Release, Warren County Government

The Warren County Parks and Recreation Department is currently looking for contract instructors to teach recreation classes.

If you or someone you know have a way with people and a flair for arts, crafts, sports clinics, exercise classes, or other specialty classes, share your special skill and become a contract instructor with Warren County Parks and Recreation. These opportunities can be conducted virtually and, when it is safe to do so, the department will offer these classes in an in-person, group setting.

Instructors can set their class schedules, title, content, and subject (with the approval of the Recreation Department and dependent upon facility availability).

Instructors enrich program diversity and contribute to the overall success of program offerings. Interested individuals must first submit a Class Instructor Proposal Form; upon approval, instructors must pass a background check.

For more information and to obtain an interest form, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (252) 257-2272.

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Warren County EDC Lists Local Commercial, Industrial Properties

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-Press Release, Warren County Government

Warren County Economic Development is now listing commercial and industrial buildings, as well as land that is zoned for commercial and industrial development, on its website at warrencountync.org.

Property owners that have eligible property and are interested in listing their property that is for sale and/or lease should contact the Warren County Economic Development office. The property search platform is paid for by Warren County and provided through the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC).

Listing eligible property is free of charge, but property owners are expected to work in partnership with Economic Development staff to submit, collect, and update the appropriate and required information. Not all property will be eligible for listing; eligibility is determined at the discretion of Warren County Economic Development staff.

Information collected for listings includes, but is not limited to size, property description, sale price or lease rate, ceiling height, and utility information.

Property owners interested in listing their property should contact Charla Duncan, Economic Development Director (Interim), at (252) 257-3114 or by email at WCGOV@warrencountync.gov.

Any questions related to Planning/Zoning and how property is zoned should be directed to Ken Krulik at (252) 257-7027 or by email at KenKrulik@warrencountync.gov.

Warren Sewer Groundbreaking

Warren County Breaks Ground on Sewer Extension Project at Wise I-85 Interchange

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-Press Release, Warren County Government

Warren County broke ground last week on the Wise I-85 interchange sewer extension project. The project was initially approved by the Warren County Board of Commissioners in May of 2018 upon the award of a $200,000 GoldenLEAF grant. The total project budget is $428,331.

Warren County Board of Commissioners voted in 2019 to fully fund the project with additional financial support. The county looks to spur development at the state’s first interchange on I-85 with this infrastructure investment.

“This project speaks to the growth of Warren County, and it speaks to how the Commissioners view economic development,” said Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Tare “T” Davis. “This infrastructure utility puts us in a place to be an asset to the region for future development.”

The contractor for the expansion is H.G. Reynolds. Construction is scheduled to be completed within 120 days. A groundbreaking ceremony took place on Friday, August 14 at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, contact the Warren County Manager’s Office at (252) 257-3115.

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Photo (L to R): Fred Stowe (Engineer and Project Manager, Rivers & Associates), Ray Spain (EDC Board Chair), Victor Hunt (Vice-Chair, Warren County Board of Commissioners), Bertadean Baker (County Commissioner), Tare Davis (Chair, Warren County Board of Commissioners), Representative Terry Garrison, Jennifer Pierce (County Commissioner), Walter Powell (County Commissioner), Vincent Jones (County Manager). (Photo courtesy Warren Co. Govt.)

 

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Warren County to Hold Groundbreaking for Wise Interchange Sewer Extension Project

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-Press Release, Warren County Government

Warren County is breaking ground this week on the Wise I-85 interchange sewer extension project. The groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Friday, August 14, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend. A quorum of Warren County Board of Commissioners will be present.

The project was initially approved by the Warren County Board of Commissioners in May of 2018 upon the award of a $200,000 GoldenLEAF grant. The total project budget is $428,331.

Warren County Board of Commissioners voted in 2019 to fully fund the project with additional financial support. The county
looks to spur development at the state’s first interchange on I-85 with this infrastructure investment. The contractor is H.G. Reynolds. Construction is scheduled to be completed within 120 days.

For more information, contact the Warren County Manager’s Office at (252) 257-3115.

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Former NFL & Warren Co. Player Sentenced on Drug, Money Laundering Charges

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-Press Release, U.S. Department of Justice

A Raleigh man was sentenced today to 168 months in prison for conspiring with others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute over 1,000 kilograms of marijuana and engaging in a money-laundering conspiracy. He was also ordered by the court to forfeit $2,708,000 in laundered drug proceeds.

According to court documents, Richard Dwight Alston, 39, engaged in a multi-year and cross-country conspiracy to traffic in large amounts of marijuana and to distribute that high-grade marijuana to associates in Raleigh.

After several years of investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Internal Revenue Service, on November 2, 2017, federal agents executed a search warrant for apartments that were suspected to be stash locations for Alston’s large-scale marijuana organization. During the search, agents located over 40 pounds of marijuana and $371,670.00 in United States currency.

Agents were then able to arrange for the delivery of Alston’s next drug shipment on November 6, 2017. On that date, agents arrested two individuals who were responsible for transporting the marijuana intended for Alston and others. A search of their vehicle revealed seven large duffel bags containing almost 200 kilograms of marijuana, along with $67,814 in United States currency. A financial investigation conducted by the IRS revealed that Alston had laundered drug proceeds of over $2.7 million through a business bank account over a period of several years.

The investigation was part of OCDETF Operation Pick Six. An Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) is a joint federal, state, and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations, and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.

Robert J. Higdon, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Myers II.  The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) led the investigation, with assistance from the Raleigh Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura S. Howard prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the U.S. Department of Justice’s website. Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 5:20-CR-00005-M.

Horse Pasture Management

Warren Co. Coop. Extension Announces Two-Part Horse Pasture Management Series

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-Information courtesy Warren County Cooperative Extension

The Warren County Cooperative Extension Center announces an upcoming Pasture Management for Horse Owners Webinar Series via Zoom platform. Sessions will be held on Thursday, August 13 and Thursday, August 20, 2020, from 12 to 1 p.m.

This two-part series will provide information on forage variety options, preparation, planting and establishment.

Please register online at https://go.ncsu.edu/equinepasturemamagement

Coley Springs COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Event in Warrenton – August 6

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-Information courtesy Warren County Government

A COVID-19 drive-thru testing event will be held on Thursday, August 6, 2020, from 4 until 7 p.m. at Coley Springs Missionary Baptist Church (224 Parktown Rd. in Warrenton, NC).

No appointments are needed. Testing is available for the uninsured and insured with no co-pay. Please bring your ID and insurance card if you have one.

To learn more, please contact:

HOPE Regional Medical Clinic (252) 517-9090

Warren County Health Department (252) 257-1185

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Warren Co. Health Dept., Vidant Health to Offer COVID Testing Event

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-Information courtesy Warren County Government

The Warren County Health Department is partnering with Vidant Health to offer a COVID-19 Community Testing Event at  Olive Grove Missionary Baptist Church (915 Eaton Ferry Road, Littleton, NC) July 27 – 29, 2020.

Testing will be held from 4 until 7 p.m. on Monday, July 27 and Wednesday, July 29, and from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28.

Appointments are not required, and no fees will be collected for the test. Testing is available for those with and without insurance. For those with coverage, Vidant will bill the insurance company; there are no co-pays.

For more information on the testing event, please contact Crystal Dempsey at (252) 702-2535. To learn more about staying safe, visit vidanthealth.com/safecommunity or call (252) 847-8000.

Ridgeway Cantaloupe Festival

Ridgeway Cantaloupe 5k Run/Walk Scheduled for July 25; Annual Festival Canceled

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-Information courtesy Tommy Tucker, Ridgeway Cantaloupe 5k

The seventh annual Ridgeway Cantaloupe 5k Run/Walk will be held this Saturday, July 25, 2020, at 8 a.m. The rural and flat 5k route, a USAT&F certified course, starts and ends at 101 Ridgeway-Drewry Road in Norlina, near the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Department.

Registration is $30, limited to 100 participants, required by July 24 and available online only at clockworkracetiming.com.

There will be no race-day registration, and packet pickup will be held on Saturday morning only beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Race day:

  • Refreshments *may be* provided, but race parking is at the finish, so bring your favorite post-race food/drink
  • Results will be based on net (chip start to chip finish) time
  • Runners will start in groups of 10 or less at intervals sufficient to space out on the course
  • Race organizers hope to have T-shirts available for pick-up at the race, but if not, an email will be sent
  • As in previous years, bib numbers will have disposable timing chips affixed to the back of them (do not remove this)
  • The festival has been canceled for this year, so the race is the only event

At this time, face coverings will be required pre-and-post event should social distancing not be possible.

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Local Agencies Partner to Provide Care to Sick and Injured Pets

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-Press Release, Warren County Government

Warren County EMS, Warren County Animal Ark and Vance County Animal Services recently partnered to ensure that all residents of Warren County are able to receive emergency care in their time of need – including four-legged residents.

Through a partnership created by Vance County Animal Services and Mona Pants Foundations, an area non-profit whose goal is to provide ballistic vests to law enforcement K-9s and oxygen masks to local first responders, Warren County EMS and Warren County Fire Departments have received 25 pet rescue oxygen mask kits. 

The 501(c)(3) organization, based in Zebulon, received a request on behalf of Warren County EMS to facilitate receiving the pet-oxygen rescue masks after noting recent animal fatalities in fires. In less than four hours, Mona Pants Foundation raised enough funds to procure the oxygen mask kits through donations only. 

A mask kit will be placed on every Warren County EMS unit as well as given to every Warren County Fire Department.