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Bertie raises $7,000+ for tornado relief fund

Bertie County Extension staff with raffled lawnmower

Bertie County’s Cooperative Extension staff raised $7,320 for that county’s tornado relief fund through a drawing for a donated John Deere riding lawnmower.

Extension offers disaster recovery expertise

Hurricane Irene

In the wake of Hurricane Irene, news media looking for information on a variety of hurricane topics can turn to North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s disaster page at ncdisaster.com or they can directly contact key Extension experts.

Innovative civics program earns state award

Chuck Adams, Kannapolis Police Department

A North Carolina 4-H program in Cabarrus County was one of nine programs recently honored by the N.C. Association of County Commissioners. Earlier, the Cabarrus 4-H Citizenship Focus program earned 4-H agent Heather Jones the N.C. Center for Voter Education’s Outstanding Citizen Award for 2011.

Southeast Extension professionals experience Latino immersion in North Carolina

Participants listen to presentation

No international borders were crossed, but a recent journey across cultures was an eye-opening and life-changing experience for a group of Extension professionals. A spirit of “bienvenidos” permeated the week, as North Carolina’s Latino community welcomed Extension participants from five southern states for a new professional development program.

Low-impact development project wins state award

A N.C. Cooperative Extension-led educational project on development practices to protect water quality recently won a top award from the N.C. Chapter of the American Planning Association.

South Central advisors are ‘Hungry to Help’ those in need

Advisors pack meals

Children who rely on school meals for food will have an easier time getting through the weekends, thanks to the efforts of about 120 volunteers with N.C. Cooperative Extension. In late January, these advisers and extension employees gathered to package more than 3,500 meals that will provide some weekend meals for school children in extension’s South Central District.

Hawk named Extension director for Jackson and Swain counties

Robert J. Hawk, a community resource development Extension agent for a 12-county area of western North Carolina, has been named the new county Extension director for both Jackson and Swain counties.

New rural tax education website helps farmers, others

Rural Tax Education logo

Farmers, ranchers and other producers now have an online source — RuralTax.org — for reliable, up-to-date information about income tax and self-employment tax.

Cabarrus youth earn county fair honors

basket of gourds with prize ribbons

Youth incarcerated at Concord’s Stonewall Jackson Youth Development Center were able to participate in this year’s Cabarrus County Fair through projects they created with 4-H clubs on the center’s campus. 4-H Extension agent Heather Jones and Cooperative Extension of Cabarrus County partnered with Stonewall Jackson YDC to offer experiences through 4-H that to help youth learn live skills to help them become more engaged with the community.

School, local officials celebrate partnership to clean up impaired creek

Christy Perrin, Alexandra Cousteau and Patrick Beggs

Hoping to inspire changes that result in less rain down the drain, North Carolina State University, the town of Cary and the Black Creek Watershed Association recently dedicated new rain gardens at West Cary Middle School.

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