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Airlie Welcomes Spring with the Announcement of Concert Series Line-up

​(New Hanover County, N.C.) - Airlie Gardens has unveiled its slate of musical performers for the 2014 Summer Concert Series. True to tradition, a concert will take place every first and third Friday of the month from May until September. Along with returning favorites, though, this year’s program will offer several new local acts, including the series’ first ever country and first ever reggae bands.

“Every year around this time, the entire Airlie staff starts getting so excited for the coming months – the warm months – particularly for these great concerts to take place,” Airlie Gardens’ Development Manager Janine Powell said. “We are even more excited this year because we know the new offerings will not only draw larger crowds, but will provide our regular concert-goers with something new and different than what they have experienced year after year from us.”

The schedule includes returning acts that most regulars now expect and demand, including L Shape Lot and The Imitations. In addition, guests will have the chance to experience several new bands. The schedule concludes with more performers that already have played against the unique backdrop that is Airlie.

The Summer Concert Series has grown to become a staple of summer fun in Wilmington, helping earn the Gardens a Top 3 win for Encore’s 2014 Best Local Tourist Attraction. According to Powell, “Every year the Concert Series grows, proving to us that families still value spreading out a blanket, eating yummy snacks and enjoying good music on summer nights in Wilmington, so let the countdown begin!”

The full schedule for the 2014 Summer Concert Series is as follows:

​May 2 ​Heartbeat of Soul ​Beach
​May 16 ​Jack Jack 180 ​Pop/rock/alternative
​June 6 ​40 East ​Country/Covers
​June 20 ​'Shine ​Soft Rock
​July 4 ​The Imitations ​Dance
​July 18 L Shape Lot ​Folk Rock
​August 1 ​BLP ​Dance
​August 15 Signal Fire ​Reggae
​September 5 ​Stardust ​Jazz/Old Standards
​September 19 ​The 360 Degrees ​Dance
 

For more information about the 2014 Summer Concert Series, or to purchase tickets closer to the concert dates, please visit www.airliegardens.org.

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Release Contact:

Janine Powell
Development Manager
(910) 798-7703

Category: News Release; Parks, Gardens and Senior Resource Center
Published: 4/16/2014 12:39 PM
Created By: Smith, CharlesNo presence information
New Hanover County Parks & Gardens Spring Kayak Demonstration Day

(New Hanover County, N.C.) - Are you interested in trying out a new water sport?  Or maybe you are in the market for a new kayak, canoe or stand up paddle board and not sure which one is right for you?  If so, join us at Smith Creek Park on Saturday, April 19 for New Hanover County Parks & Garden's Spring Kayak Demonstration Day.  The event is free to the public and runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The public is invited to try out a variety of nonmotorized kayaks, canoes and stand up paddleboards provided by Hook, Line & Paddle.  Their certified instructors will be on hand to assist participants and answer questions regarding the watercraft.  Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron will also be in attendance providing safety checks and instructional and safety materials.

Smith Creek Park is located at 633 Shenandoah Street – near the intersection of Harris and Gordon roads.  All ages and skill levels are welcome to participate in the demonstration, however children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

New Hanover County Parks & Gardens maintains over 25 safe, functional and aesthetically pleasing parks and facilities for the community.  The department manages over 2,900 acres of green space, sporting areas, boat ramps, fishing areas, public spaces, walking trails and nonpark properties, including historic Airlie Gardens and the Executive Development Center. 

Additional information may be obtained at www.nhcgov.com/parks.

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Release Contact:

Jodi Dellinger
Program Coordinator
(910) 798-7622

Category: News Release; Parks, Gardens and Senior Resource Center
Published: 4/14/2014 11:31 AM
Created By: Smith, CharlesNo presence information
Museum Receives Time Warner Cable Funding

Wilmington, N.C. – Cape Fear Museum announced today a $12,500 donation from Time Warner Cable for a series of family science events. The events reflect the Museum’s continued focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
 
The programs funded directly by Time Warner Cable are Mystery at the Museum, which took place in January, Stormfest to be held in June and Science Spooktacular in October.
 
“Our school, family and adult programs inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to be curious about the natural and human-made world around them and promote active citizenship,” Educator Pepper Hill said, “As we foster familiarity in informal learning settings, we promote confidence and excitement about our historic and scientific position in the wider world. Cape Fear Museum engages visitors with a fun, hands-on, and relaxed approach.”
 
Time Warner Cable is providing the grant for the Museum’s family events through its Connect a Million Minds philanthropic initiative. The company has earmarked $11 million in North Carolina alone toward the five-year initiative, which aims to help local organizations inspire young people to build the skills needed - in science, technology, engineering and math - to become the problem solvers of tomorrow.
 
“Through Time Warner Cable’s signature Connect a Million Minds initiative, we are proud to continue our partnership with the Cape Fear Museum to help make fun science programs available to so many kids in the area,” said Joe DiMelis, area vice president of operations, Time Warner Cable. “The family science programs are yet another way in which Connect a Million Minds is showing kids that science, technology, engineering and math can be fun by introducing them to exciting, informal learning opportunities outside the classroom.”
 
Connect a Million Minds is a $100 million cash and in-kind philanthropic initiative to address America’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which puts our children at risk of not competing successfully in a global economy. For more information, visit www.connectamillionminds.com.
 
Cape Fear Museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday Memorial Day through Labor Day. Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors, students and military with valid ID; $3 for children 6-17; and free for children 5 and under and Museum members. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. The Museum is located at 814 Market Street in downtown Wilmington, N.C. More information: www.capefearmuseum.com.
 
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Media contact:
Amy Kilgore Mangus, public relations specialist
Cape Fear Museum
910-798-4367
amangus@nhcgov.com
 

Category: Museum; News Release
Published: 4/14/2014 9:16 AM
Created By: Kilgore, AmyNo presence information
New Hanover Public Affairs continues website rollout with Register of Deeds

​(New Hanover County, N.C.) - New Hanover County Public Affairs is pleased to introduce the next phase of the New Hanover County website, www.nhcgov.com, with two new pages; the Register of Deeds and Economic Vitality.

These reimagined and redesigned pages feature the improved functionality and concept-based information sharing being developed throughout the site for all programs, services and departments of New Hanover County. A consistent and streamlined framework for quick navigation, easy to find resources and enhanced links will appear on this page and in future phases to improve the overall level of service for the site’s one to two million annual users.

“The redevelopment of the County site and its departmental pages represents many months of hard work rethinking behind the scenes processes and information sharing to optimize the way our customers receive and utilize information about our programs and services”, said Carey Disney Ricks, New Hanover County public affairs manager who initiated this project in 2013. “After all phases are introduced in 2014, the site will be innovative, comprehensive, effective and reliable. New Hanover County will have a brand new site that better organizes information and provides new and exciting tools to keep citizens engaged and informed.”

“The Register of Deeds and Economic Vitality pages in particular signal a shift in our web presence towards making the County easier and consistent to do business with,” said Ricks.

Tammy Beasley, Register of Deeds said, “I'm committed to enhancing the level of customer service and accessibility to the many services we offer.  The site improvements not only make it visually appealing, but makes it easier for users to access information more efficiently."

Upcoming phases of the site include New Hanover County Planning and Development Services, Clerk and Commissioners, Administration, and County News. Phases are timed to roll out simultaneously with enhanced online services and solutions, as well as the integration of new technologies that enable the site’s use on various devices and formats. All departments and service pages are under development and their anticipated introduction dates will be made available as soon as possible.

Check out the new look by clicking on the “new website” announcement at www.nhcgov.com.

Category: News Release; Register of Deeds
Published: 4/11/2014 11:55 AM
Created By: Smith, CharlesNo presence information
New Hanover County Seeking Applicants for Boards and Committees

(New Hanover County, NC) - Many opportunities exist for volunteer citizens who have a desire to become more involved with issues that affect the future of New Hanover County. 

The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners is seeking interested citizens to apply for appointment to the following:

  • Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority
  • New Hanover County Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee
  • New Hanover County Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee

Applications can be obtained at the Board of Commissioners office, New Hanover County Government Center, 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 175, or by calling (910) 798-7149, or on the County's website at www.nhcgov.com/Commissioners. Applications must be received by May 5, 2014 for the Board to consider at their May 19, 2014 meeting. Applicants must be a resident of New Hanover County.

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Release Contact:

Sheila Schult
Clerk to the Board
(910) 798-7149​

Category: News Release; County Commissioners
Published: 4/10/2014 10:05 AM
Created By: Smith, CharlesNo presence information
Commissioner Meeting Highlights

(New Hanover County, N.C.) - The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners met April 7, 2014 at 6 p.m. Board meetings are broadcast live on Time Warner Channel 13/16.10 and Charter Channel 5. The full agenda is available at http://www.nhcgov.com/Commissioners.

Highlights of the meeting include:

Consent Agenda
The Board of Commissioners approved the consent agenda as presented. Click here to watch this item.

Sexual Assault Activism Proclamation
At the request of Coastal Horizons Center, Inc., the Board of Commissioners proclaimed the month of April 2014 be recognized as "Sexual Assault Activism Month" in New Hanover County. Click here to watch this item.

Public Hearing: Proposed Financing of Improvement Project
A public hearing was held concerning the contract and the deed of trust for the proposed $20,000,000 improvement project that was approved at their March 24 meeting. Click here to watch this item.

Public Hearing: 2010 Community Development Block Grant Closeout
A public hearing was held in accordance to the Community Development Block Grant program regulations and requirements to closeout the 2010 CDBG Economic Recovery program. Commissioners received a short presentation on how the economic recovery funds were used in New Hanover County. Click here to watch this item.

Public Hearing: Text Amendment
The Board of Commissioners approved a request by staff to amend Section 33-1 and 32-2 of the subdivision ordinance regarding language required on final plats and preliminary plans as it relates to conservation overlay districts. Click here to watch this item.

The next regular meeting of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to be held Monday, April 21 at 9 a.m.

To view the agenda and recording of the regular meetings visit http://www.nhcgov.com/NHCLive.  For more information about the Board of County Commissioner meetings contact the Clerk to the Board's office at (910) 798-7149.

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Media Contact:

Charles Smith
Public Information Officer
(910) 798-7446​

Category: News Release; County Commissioners
Published: 4/8/2014 10:58 AM
Created By: Smith, CharlesNo presence information
New Hanover County celebrates Public Health Week April 7-13

​(New Hanover County, N.C.) – April 7 to 13 is National Public Health Week 2014, celebrating the work of public health and coming together in support of better health for all. The theme is "Public Health: Start Here" and the focus is on raising awareness about the changing world of public health and prevention in our lives. Poor health comes at a price to individuals as well as communities. The first step in achieving better health is to understand the options available and where to start.

The New Hanover County Health Department invites you to celebrate Public Health Week with us. The value of a strong public health system is quite literally all around us, it's in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and the places where we all live, learn, work and play. From maternal health and school nutrition to emergency preparedness, public health starts at home. Good health doesn't happen by chance; it is shaped and nurtured -it's connected to the environments in which we live, work and play; it's tied to the resources available in our communities; and a person's access to health care.

National Public Health Week, April 7 to 13, 2014, is the perfect time to begin thinking about the first steps toward achieving good personal health and learning how public health affects our lives. This week we have a wonderful opportunity to empower our family, friends, neighbors, and perhaps most importantly, ourselves. This is a time for the community to work together to make New Hanover County a healthier place to live, work and raise a family. Public Health: Start Here To get ideas about what you can do to celebrate public health week, visit the New Hanover County Health Department's website at www.nhcgov.com/health or go to www.nphw.org for more information.

Since 1995, communities from across the country have participated in National Public Health Week. Every April, we come together to celebrate public health and renew our commitment to promoting a healthier nation using a unique theme to center the conversation. National Public Health Week 2014 will focus on ways to guide the community through the evolving public health system with the theme: “Public Health: Start Here”

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Release Contact:
Joshua Swift
Deputy Health Director
(910) 798-6592

Category: News Release; Health
Published: 4/7/2014 8:40 AM
Created By: Smith, CharlesNo presence information
New Hanover County completes ice storm debris collection

​(New Hanover County, N.C.) - New Hanover County has completed the special curbside collection of storm debris that was initiated as a result of the February ice storm. Crews from DRC Emergency Services have been working seven days a week and 12-hour days to complete two passes through the unincorporated areas of New Hanover County.  As of 3 p.m., Friday, April 4, crews had removed 107,467 cubic yards of debris. The amount of debris collected is nearly four times more than collected in 2011 as a result of Hurricane Irene.

Collection facts:

  • Cubic yards: 107,467
  • Hanging Limbs: 1,025
  • Passes: Two completed in each zone
  • Duration: Began February 18; completed April 4
  • Estimated Cost: $1,360,000

With the debris removal operation complete, residents may still bring their yard waste to the County's landfill at 5210 Highway 421 North, Wilmington, NC 28401. The landfill is open 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 6:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday.

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Release Contact:

Charles Smith
Public Information Officer
(910) 798-7446

Category: News Release; Environmental Management
Published: 4/4/2014 4:30 PM
Created By: Smith, CharlesNo presence information
Board of Commissioners schedule Work Session to discuss solid waste

(New Hanover County, NC) - The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners will hold a Work Session to review information and discuss the future of solid waste immediately following the regular meeting of the Board on Monday, April 21, 2014.

The meeting will be held in the Assembly Room of the New Hanover County Historic Courthouse, 24 N. Third Street, Room 301, Wilmington, North Carolina.

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Release Contact:

Sheila Schult
Clerk to the Board
(910) 798-7149​

Category: News Release; County Commissioners
Published: 4/4/2014 9:25 AM
Created By: Smith, CharlesNo presence information
Board of Commissioners cancel Agenda Review meeting

(New Hanover County) - The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners has canceled their Agenda Review meeting, scheduled for Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 4:00 p.m., due to scheduling conflicts and the limited number of items on the agenda

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Media Contact:

Sheila Schult
Clerk to the Board
(910) 798-7149​
Category: News Release; County Commissioners
Published: 4/4/2014 9:21 AM
Created By: Smith, CharlesNo presence information
New Hanover Public Affairs continues website rollout with Elections

​(New Hanover County, N.C.) - New Hanover County Public Affairs is pleased to introduce the next phase of the New Hanover County website, www.nhcgov.com, with the new and improved Elections departmental pages, located a www.nhcvote.com

These reimagined and redesigned departmental pages features the improved functionality and concept-based information sharing being developed throughout the site for all programs, services and departments of New Hanover County. A consistent and streamlined framework for quick navigation, easy to find resources and enhanced links will appear on this page and in future phases to improve the overall level of service for the site’s one to two million annual users.

“The redevelopment of the County site and its departmental pages represents many months of hard work rethinking behind the scenes processes and information sharing to optimize the way our customers receive and utilize information about our programs and services”, said Carey Disney Ricks, New Hanover County public affairs manager who initiated this project in 2013. “After all phases are introduced in 2014, the site will be innovative, comprehensive, effective and reliable. New Hanover County will have a brand new site that better organizes information and provides new and exciting tools to keep citizens engaged and informed.”

Marvin McFadyen, Elections director says, “With the many changes in election laws which take effect in 2014, the opportunity to release the Board of Elections website at this time is essential for the informed voter.  Our sharing of information remains a high priority and I’m certain the new website provides a straightforward avenue for the public to guide their requests and remain informed.”

Upcoming phases of the site will also introduce brand new departmental pages for Register of Deeds and New Hanover County Development Services. Phases are timed to roll out simultaneously with enhanced online services and solutions, as well as the integration of new technologies that enable the site’s use on various devices and formats. All departments and service pages are under development and their anticipated introduction dates will be made available as soon as possible.

Check out the new look by clicking on the “new website” announcement at www.nhcgov.com.

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Release Contact:

Carey Disney Ricks
Public and Legislative Affairs Manager
(910) 798-7177

Category: News Release; Elections
Published: 4/3/2014 4:08 PM
Created By: Smith, CharlesNo presence information
NHC Library to celebrate Money Smart Week

​(New Hanover County, N.C.) - Seven hundred American libraries will be helping people become smarter about managing their money next week, April 5–12, according to the American Library Association. Money Smart Week @ your library is a partnership initiative between the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, encouraging libraries to present financial literacy programs for all ages and stages of life.

In celebration of Money Smart Week, New Hanover County Public Library (NHCPL) announces an afternoon of special programs for children, teens, and families on Saturday, April 5, at the main library, located at 201 Chestnut Street.  Events are funded by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation as part of Smart investing @ your library®, a partnership with the American Library Association (ALA). NHCPL was one of 17 public libraries nationwide chosen to receive a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation this year.

Families are invited to these Money Smart events on April 5:

  • 12:30 p.m. - Money Habitudes is a fun game about personal financial values and choices for teens ages 14-18. It is free but space is limited so please preregister on the online calendar at www.nhclibrary.org.
  • 1:30 p.m. - Stone Soup is a play based on a classic folk tale about sharing and using what you have on hand. Presented by Rags to Riches Theater, it’s suitable for young kids and their parents.
  • 2:30 p.m. - Rapping Edutainer Johnny Deas makes finances fun for ages 10 and up!
  • All afternoon -  Kids and parents can play together with puppets, costumes, and games about money. These will be available in the Children's Room on the second floor.
  • All afternoon - popcorn, pizza, and refreshments will be served in the third floor lobby.

Money Smart Week continues with a workshop for adults on Monday, April 7, titled 'The  Elephant Made Me Do It.' Syble Solomon, a popular speaker/blogger about the psychology of money and the author of Money Habitudes, will lead the workshop.  Participants will learn to recognize what motivates their personal financial choices, and get help taming any self-defeating habits that are rampaging through their credit ratings. This program will be at the Northeast Library located at 1241 Military Cutoff Road at 6 p.m. It's free but space is limited and pre-registration is required.  

Libraries across the country are partnering with community groups, financial institutions, government agencies, educational organizations and other financial experts to help consumers learn to better manage their personal finances during Money Smart Week. NHCPL is partnering with PNC Grow Up Great, which supports financial literacy for preschoolers at the library with programming, books, educational toys and games.

Find financial literacy resources provided by NHCPL, as well as details about the events described above, at http://nhcpl.libguides.com/moneysmart.  Please watch the site for future programs on personal finance to be scheduled. 

For more information about Smart Money Week and Smart investing @ your library® contact Business and Law Librarian Justine Roach at jroach@nhcgov.com or 910-798-6306 

Contact Children's Community Services Librarian Susan DeMarco at sdemarco@nhcgov.com or 910-798-6353 about financial literacy for preschoolers and PNC Grow Up Great.

NHCPL supports New Hanover County’s strategic goals in the area of intelligent growth and economic development by offering access to technology, information resources, and special collections relating to regional history and cultural heritage. To learn more about New Hanover County’s four public library buildings and extensive online resources call 910-798-6301 or visit www.nhclibrary.org.

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Release Contact:

Justine Roach
Business & Law Librarian
(910) 798-6306

Category: News Release; Library
Published: 4/1/2014 10:11 AM
Created By: Smith, CharlesNo presence information
Garner Economics Target Analysis; the Final Report

​(New Hanover County, N.C.) - New Hanover County has received the final economic development target analysis report from Jay Garner titled Pathways to Prosperity and it's critical companion piece, the Competitive Realties Report.  Both documents are available online at www.NHCgov.com.

Please join us in the Assembly Room of the New Hanover County Historic Courthouse, Room 301 in Wilmington on Wednesday April 2, 2014 at 2 p.m. as Jay Garner of Garner Economics LLC presents the details of his findings and resulting study to the New Hanover County Commissioners and members of the Wilmington City Council.

For those unable to attend, the meeting will be streamed live on the County's website at www.nhcgov.com/NHCLive and will be broadcast live on NHCTV via Time Warner Channel 13/16.10 and Charter Channel 5.

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Release Contact:

Charles Smith
Public Information Officer
(910) 798-7446

Category: News Release; County Commissioners
Published: 3/31/2014 4:24 PM
Created By: Smith, CharlesNo presence information
UPDATE: Board of Elections to meet Thursday, April 3

UPDATE: This release changes the meeting time and date.

(New Hanover County) - New Hanover County Board of Elections will meet on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 10 a.m. for discussion and action, as needed, regarding general election matters.

This meeting will be held at the New Hanover County Government Center, 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 38, Wilmington North Carolina in the office of the Board of Elections.

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Release Contact:
 
Marvin McFadyen
Director, Elections
(910) 798-7330
Category: News Release; Public Notice
Published: 3/31/2014 3:10 PM
Created By: Smith, CharlesNo presence information
New Hanover County among top 10 healthiest counties in North Carolina

(New Hanover County, N.C.) – New Hanover County is the 10th overall healthiest county in North Carolina according to a new report released today by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  The County Health Rankings are the first to rank the overall health of the counties in all 50 states – more than 3,000 total – by using a standard formula to measure how healthy people are and how long they live.

The 10 healthiest counties in NC are:  Wake #1, Watauga #2, Orange #3, Union #4, Camden #5, Mecklenburg #6, Davie #7, Dare #8, Cabarrus #9, and New Hanover #10.  In the surrounding area counties ranked are:  New Hanover #10, Pender #25, Onslow #24 Brunswick #34, Carteret #33, Robeson #97, Bladen #91 and Columbus #100.  The 2014 County Health Rankings mark the fifth year all counties across the United States have been ranked according to factors, ranging from individual behavior to quality of health care, to education and jobs, to access to healthy foods, and to quality of the air.  New Hanover ranked fifth in NC for Clinical Care, 15th for Health Behaviors, 10th for Mortality (length of life), 17th for Morbidity (quality of life), 15th for Social and Economic Factors, and 31st for Physical Environment. 

“The County Health Rankings provide a snapshot of the health of residents in New Hanover County. The rankings show us that much of what influences our health happens outside the doctor’s office,” said David Rice, New Hanover County Health Director.

The report, available online at www.countyhealthrankings.org, includes a snapshot of each county in North Carolina with a color coded map comparing each county’s overall health ranking.  The many health factors they looked at include: rates of adult smoking, adult obesity, excessive drinking, and teenage pregnancy; the number of uninsured adults, availability of primary care providers, and preventable hospital stays; rates of high school graduation, number of children in poverty, rates of violent crime, access to healthy foods and air pollution levels.

“I hope this report engages all segments of our community to identify our unhealthy habits and explore ways we can work together for better health,” Rice added. 

For more information, visit the New Hanover County Health Department’s Social Media Outlets: www.facebook.com/nhchealth and www.twitter.com/nhchealth.

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Media Contact:

Joshua Swift
Deputy Health Director
(910) 798-6500
Category: News Release; Health
Published: 3/27/2014 8:24 AM
Created By: Smith, CharlesNo presence information
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