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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

The County of Randolph (“County”) and the City of Archdale (“City”) jointly propose to appropriate and expend County and City funds for the following economic development project pursuant to Section 158-7.1 of the North Carolina General Statutes. The Randolph County Board of Commissioners and the Archdale City Council intend to consider entering into an economic development incentives contract with an unnamed corporation (the “Company”). Under the proposed arrangement, a total of sixty-six thousand ninety-eight dollars ($66,098.00), said amount to be split between the County and the City, will be paid to the Company over a five (5) year period. These payments will be conditioned on the Company satisfying certain performance requirements. In return for these economic development incentive payments, the Company must create a total of two hundred thirty-six (236) new full-time jobs and invest four million thirty thousand dollars ($4,030,000) in real and personal property within the City and County, a portion of a larger project consisting of an investment of roughly twelve million dollars ($12,000,000.00) that extends into Guilford County. The City and County will fund these payments with available revenues in their respective General Funds. The governing boards for the City and County believe this project will stimulate and stabilize the local economy and result in the creation of a significant number of new, permanent jobs in Archdale and Randolph County.

The Randolph County Board of Commissioners and the Archdale City Council will hold a joint public hearing on the proposal to appropriate and expend funds for this economic development project. The joint public hearing will be held at six-thirty o’clock (6:30) p.m. on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, in the 1909 Randolph County Historic Courthouse Meeting Room, 145-C Worth Street, Asheboro, North Carolina. All interested persons are invited to attend and present their views.

Amanda Varner
Clerk to the Board
Randolph County Board of Commissioners  
 


Schedule your appointment today for the October 8th Randolph County Armed Services Blood Drive!

posted 10/1/2014

The Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) is the official U.S. military blood program. Providing an opportunity for service members, their families, and civilians to support our military in a definitive, meaningful way, the ASBP is a direct connection between those who give and the sick and injured who need their help. You’ve got what it takes to save three lives with a single donation.

Many Randolph County citizens have served, or are serving, their country. Some of those possibly have benefited from blood donated via this program.

Blood donated directly to the ASBP equates to fewer units they have to purchase from an outside source. Yes, “purchase.” Other sources of blood are sold to agencies that need the supply, including to the military. Our military has already given so much; giving back to them is one way of saying thank-you for their service.

Schedule your appointment to donate blood between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday October 8th at the National Guard Armory on S. Fayetteville Street in Asheboro. It’s easy to save lives! By committing to give blood, you help ensure that blood is available when it is needed most. Give blood by scheduling your donation appointment online.

Download donation instructions.


STOP. THINK. CONNECT.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

posted 10/1/2014

Cybersecurity begins with a simple message everyone using the Internet can adopt: STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Take security and safety precautions, understand the consequences of your actions and behaviors online and enjoy the benefits of the Internet.

Learn more at: http://staysafeonline.org/ncsam/

 


Randolph County Residents may dispose of Hazardous Household items and Pesticides on Saturday, October 11, 2014.

posted 8/28/2014 

Hazardous household waste refers to leftover products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients. Products, such as oil-based paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides contain potentially hazardous ingredients and require special care. Properly dispose of these items at this collection. PLEASE NOTE: Latex Paint is not considered Hazardous and will not be accepted at this event! Latex paints may be dried and placed with regular trash.

Residents may also dispose of Home and Commercial pesticides at this event. These items include insect control chemicals, rodent and other vermin control chemicals, herbicides and related products. Please keep these chemicals in their original containers for proper disposal!

This collection event takes place between 8:00AM and 12:00PM Saturday October 11, 2014. The collection location is in the parking lot of the Randolph Mall at the East end (Near Dunham Sporting Goods-The old Dillard’s Store)

Sponsors for this Collection Event are The Randolph County Department of Public Works, The North Carolina Department of Agriculture, The Randolph County Office of Cooperative Extension and the Randolph County Water Quality Task Force. Contact the Randolph County Department of Public Works at 336-318- 6605 or the Randolph County Cooperative Extension Office at 336-318-6000 for more information.
 

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Health Department receives Accreditation Status

posted 7/10/2014 

The Randolph County Health Department is pleased to announce that they have achieved accreditation status with the North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation (NCLHDA) Board. The focus of Accreditation (NCLHDA) is on the capacity of the local health department to perform at a prescribed, basic level of quality the three core functions of assessment, assurance, and policy development. The program comprises three functional components:

  • An agency self-assessment, which includes 41 benchmarks and 148 activities
  • A three day site visit by a multidisciplinary team of peer volunteers, and
  • Determination of accreditation status by the North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation Board.

An accreditation site visit team assessed the Randolph County Health Department on April 29, 30 and May 1, 2014 and recommended the Department for accreditation. The NCLHDA Board voted unanimously on June 20, 2014 to award the Randolph County Health Department with an official accredited status.

Randolph County Health Director MiMi Cooper states, “I am extremely proud of our staff, our Board of Health, and our community partners for all of their valuable contributions, not only to the accreditation process, but to public health each and every day.”


Randolph County Closed Landfill

posted 6/19/2014 

Randolph County operated an unlined MSW landfill from 1973 to 1985. The County operated a second, unlined landfill for MSW, construction and demolition (C&D) debris, and land clearing and inert debris (LCID) from 1985 to December 31, 1997. A transfer station was built before final landfill closure in 1997, and remains in operation. Monitoring wells for the second unlined MSW facility have been sampled since 1987. Since this facility operated past October 9, 1993, the landfill is subject to Title 15A NCAC 13B.1630-37 of the NC Solid Waste Management Rules. Due to low-level detections of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in groundwater samples at concentrations above applicable standards, the facility has been in the Assessment Monitoring Program since 1996. As a result of this monitoring two studies of this landfill have been conducted: A Nature and Extent (NES) Study and an Assessment of Corrective Action (ACM). Both of these studies are available in the links below.

Randolph County Closed Landfill (Nature and Extent Study)

Randolph County Closed Landfill (Assessment of Corrective Measures) 
 


Save the Date! Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Schedule your appointment for the Randolph County Armed Services Blood Drive

posted 6/17/2014

The Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) is the official U.S. military blood program. Providing an opportunity for service members, their families, and civilians to support our military in a definitive, meaningful way, the ASBP is a direct connection between those who give and the sick and injured who need their help. You’ve got what it takes to save three lives with a single donation.

Many Randolph County citizens have served, or are serving, their country. Some of those possibly have benefited from blood donated via this program.

Blood donated directly to the ASBP equates to fewer units they have to purchase from an outside source. Yes, “purchase.” Other sources of blood are sold to agencies that need the supply, including to the military. Our military has already given so much; giving back to them is one way of saying thank-you for their service.

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, October 8, 2014, and schedule your appointment to donate blood between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the National Guard Armory on S. Fayetteville Street in Asheboro. It’s easy to save lives! By committing to give blood, you help ensure that blood is available when it is needed most. Give blood by scheduling your donation appointment online.

Download donation instructions.


2014 - 2015 Proposed Budget

The 2014 - 2015 Proposed Budget was presented to the Randolph County Commissioners on Tuesday, May 27th.  View the Proposed Budget


National Peace Officers Memorial Day

posted 5/14/2014 - (Download Press Release)

In recognition of President Obama’s designation of May 15th as national Peace Officers Memorial Day, Governor Pat McCrory ordered all US and North Carolina flags to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, May 15th. The Governor encourages all citizens to display flags at half-staff at their homes and businesses that day as well.

“Law enforcement officials in North Carolina prove time and time again that the safety of our citizens is their first priority,” said Governor McCrory. “We are so grateful for the bravery they show every day and the sacrifices so many have made, especially on this Peace Officer Memorial Day.”

For flag information, please contact DOA Public Information Officer Chris Mears at chris.mears@doa.nc.gov or 919-807-2340. Please click on the following highlighted links to either join the North Carolina Flag Alert list serve, or view the North Carolina State Government Flag Guide.


Governor McCrory Proclaims May Motorcycle Safety Awareness

posted 5/6/2014 from NCDOT (go to website)

RALEIGH – For many across our state, the month of May is the unofficial start of the summer travel season. The longer days and warmer temperatures mean more people are on the roads, including more than 400,000 drivers licensed in North Carolina with a motorcycle endorsement.

In North Carolina last year, nearly 3,500 people were injured in crashes involving motorcycles and 147 people lost their lives. To remind all motorists to safely share the road, Governor McCrory has proclaimed May Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

“Knowing the rules of the road and sharing the road with other users in North Carolina is very important,” said Don Nail, director of the NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program. “Drivers of all types of vehicles need to be alert for motorcyclists, and vice versa. Taking an extra second or two to check your surroundings can save lives."

The Governor's Highway Safety Program offers the following important safety tips to motorcyclists and other drivers:

Motorcycles:

  • Always wear a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218 helmet. It is the law in North Carolina. A motorcycle rider not wearing a helmet is five times more likely to sustain a critical head injury than a helmeted rider.
  • Be visible at all times. This includes wearing bright or reflective clothing.  

Other drivers:  

  • Share the road. Motorcyclists have the right to a full lane.
  • Stay alert. Be aware that motorcycles can be easily hidden in a car's blind spot; take an extra moment to thoroughly check traffic when changing lanes.
  • Keep a safe distance. Allow more following distance behind motorcycles.
  • Be cautious. Be aware that turn signals on a motorcycle are not self-canceling, thus some riders sometimes forget to turn them off after a turn or lane change.

BikeSafeNC also invites motorcyclists to participate in a free “Rider Skills Day” class that offer an assessment of current driving skills and advice to help make their experience as a motorcyclist safer and more enjoyable. For more information, including a full schedule of classes, visit the BikeSafeNC website.

For more information regarding Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and activities, visit the GHSP website.  

 


Watch for Me Campaign Urges Drivers and Bicyclist to Be Safe and Considerate Road Users During Bike Month

posted 5/6/2014  from NCDOT (go to website)

RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation, through its Watch for Me NC campaign, would like to remind drivers and bicyclists to “Make Room for Bikes” and be safe on the state’s road during Bike Month.
May is nationally recognized as Bike Month, a time to celebrate the benefits of two-wheeled transportation. A variety of events take place throughout the month, including National Bike to School Day on May 7, National Bike to Work Week May 12-16, and National Bike to Work Day on May 16. As such, NCDOT expects more bicyclists to be on the roads, and it is up to all road users to make sure our road stay safe.

The Watch for Me NC campaign, NCDOT’s statewide effort to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety through better education and enforcement of the state’s pedestrian and bicycle laws, offers the following safety tips:

For Bicyclists:

  • Wear a helmet. It could save your life. 
  • Use a light and reflectors when bicycling at night, and be as visible as possible. 
  • Ride in the direction of traffic. Drivers may not be looking for you if you are riding the wrong way. 
  • Obey all signs and signals. This includes stopping at stop signs and red lights.
  • Use all of your senses – watch and listen for cars, particularly at intersections and drive ways. 
  • Avoid distractions such as listening to headphones or answering phones when riding.

For Drivers:

  • Be watchful for bicyclists, drive at slower speeds, and avoid distraction.
  • Before making a turn, be sure the path is clear of any bicyclist, particularly those traveling in bicycle lanes.
  • Slow down in areas where you are likely to find bicyclists, such as near schools and playgrounds.
  • Keep an eye out for bicyclists at night.
  • Avoid distractions such as food, passengers and using mobile devices. Talking and texting while driving is both dangerous and illegal in many places.

Learn more bicycle and pedestrian safety tips at www.watchformenc.org.

ABOUT WATCH FOR ME NC The Watch for Me NC campaign is a collaborative effort to reduce pedestrian and bicycle crashes through enhanced education and enforcement of pedestrian safety laws. The campaign consists of pedestrian, bicyclist and driver-focused safety messages as well as concerted efforts by area police to enforce pedestrian and bicycle laws.


NCDOT Continuing Storm Debris Pick Up in Randolph County
Final pickups begin April 25

posted 4/14/2014

RALEIGHN.C. Department of Transportation crews are continuing to pick up remaining vegetative debris along state-maintained roads in Randolph County following an ice storm that caused extensive damage throughout central North Carolina in March.

Beginning April 25, NCDOT will make a final pass to remove storm debris. Any debris placed after the final pass on state roadways, inside city limits, will be the responsibility of the municipality under their normal debris pickup cycles. Any debris placed after the NCDOT final pass outside city limits shall be removed by the property owner.

Randolph County was among the nine counties in the state that President Obama declared federal disaster areas. The declaration means the state received federal funds to help pay for the removal of vegetative debris that fell in the right of way along state-maintained roads in the designated counties, as well as debris brought to the right of way by property owners along state roads.

To expedite debris cleanup, residents who live on state-maintained roads in these counties are asked to place debris along the side of the roadway as soon as possible. Do not place debris in travel lanes or in areas where it will block drainage, mailboxes or fire hydrants, or create issues for motorists and pedestrians.

Please keep the following in mind while collecting debris for removal:

  • Check your homeowners insurance as often debris cleanup is covered by insurance and arrangements for its collection would be handled by the insurance company;
  • NCDOT will only collect vegetation debris such as trees and limbs;
  • Property owners are asked to cut storm-related vegetation debris into five- or six-foot pieces, if possible; and
  • Residents in counties that were affected, but do not meet the threshold for a federal declaration, should follow their county’s debris removal plan.

Citizens can contact the Randolph County Maintenance Office at (336) 625-2078 with questions about debris removal or to determine if they live on a state-maintained road.

***NCDOT***
 


Release from NCDOT

NCDOT Expanding Storm Debris Cleanup to Granville, Person, Caswell, Randolph, Davidson, and Davie Counties; joining Orange, Guilford and Alamance counties Monday, March 24, 2014

posted 3/27/2014

Raleigh – The N.C. Department of Transportation is expanding the cleanup of vegetation debris from the March 6-7 ice storm to six additional counties. A debris assessment by North Carolina Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency indicates that in addition to the original three counties, Orange, Alamance and Guilford, the extent of damage in Granville, Person, Caswell, Randolph, Davidson and Davie counties meets the threshold for a federal disaster declaration. A damage assessment report and letter requesting the federal declaration are being prepared for Governor McCrory to send to the President.

A disaster declaration means the state would receive federal funds to help pay for the debris cleanup.

As a result of the expected declaration in those counties, the North Carolina Department of Transportation will remove debris that has fallen in the right-of-way, in addition to debris relocated to the right-of-way by property owners along state roads. NCDOT staff is determining cost estimates of the cleanup effort so it can award emergency contracts for debris removal. The Governor’s State of Emergency declaration earlier this month enables NCDOT to waive the usual contract bidding process, which would take several weeks. Once contracts are awarded, a schedule for debris pickup will be set and publicized.

In order to expedite debris cleanup, residents in the nine counties who live on state-maintained roads are asked to place debris along the side of the roadway as soon as possible. Do not place debris in travel lanes or in areas where it will block drainage, mailboxes or fire hydrants, or create issues for motorists and pedestrians.

Please keep the following in mind while collecting debris for removal:

  • Check your homeowners insurance as often debris cleanup is covered by insurance and arrangements for its collection would be handled by the insurance company.
  • NCDOT will only collect vegetation debris such as trees and limbs; and
  • Property owners are asked to cut storm-related vegetation debris into five- or six-foot pieces, if possible.
  • For residents in counties that were affected, but do not meet the threshold for a federal declaration, they should follow their county’s debris removal plan.

***NCDOT***
 


Press Release

From: Krista Lowe, Randolph County Register of Deeds

posted 3/25/2014

Some county residents are receiving a letter that looks like it may be from the government. It is titled “Deed Processing Notice”. It lists the property owner’s name, address, parcel number, amount of sale as well as other public information regarding the property. This type of scam has circulated a few times in the last several years and has started circulating again. The letter states that the Local Records Office can provide a copy of your deed (the documents that identifies you as the property owner) for $89. It indicates that you must act quickly and respond by a certain date.

The property owner’s deed is kept on file at the Register of Deeds Office in the county in which the property is located. If you need a copy, all you have to do is contact them or you can usually locate your deed online and print it for free. If you need a certified copy, it only costs a few dollars.

Most individuals pay attention to mailings that appear to have been sent by a government agency, so several variations of this scam is used on an ongoing basis. Please don’t pay an unnecessary and enormous fee for something that you can obtain from your local Register of Deeds Office at little or no cost. Over the years, the Attorney General’s Office has received several complaints regarding these types of scams and has alerted consumers and businesses about them.

The Randolph County Register of Deeds Office is located at 158 Worth Street, Asheboro, N.C. and the phone number is #336-318-6960 (press 0 to contact a staff member). You can also visit the website, www.randrod.com, to search real estate records.

 


Flood Safety Awareness Week - March 16-22, 2014

posted 3/14/2014 - from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

On average, flooding causes more property damage in the United States than any other weather related event. It is a threat to life and property that can occur in any of the fifty states or U.S. territories at any time of year. In 2013, the nation watched as deadly floods from severe storms impacted the Great Plains during May and record rainfall caused devastating flooding in Colorado in September. Last year, 85 people lost their lives to freshwater flooding. More than half of those fatalities were a result of people driving into floodwaters. On average, there are 89 fatalities and $8.3 billion in damages annually.

During National Flood Safety Awareness Week, March 16-22, 2014, NOAA and FEMA will highlight the importance of preparing for a flood before it strikes and teach the actions you should take when faced with a flooding situation. This week we ask that you Be a Force of Nature by knowing your risk, taking action and being an example where you live. Following these simple steps year round can help keep you and your loved ones safe when hazardous weather strikes. Keep tabs on the local forecast, create a disaster supplies kit, and alert others via texts and social media when a flood threat or other hazardous weather threat exists!

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/flood.html

http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/

Randolph County Emergency Services Disaster Information

 


Be a Force of Nature: Take the Next Step National Severe Weather Preparedness Week March 2-8, 2014
Know your risk. Take action. Be an example.

Posted March 3, 2014, information from National Weather Service Website

In 2013, there were seven weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States. These events included five severe weather and tornado events, a major flood event, and the western drought/heat wave. Overall, these events killed 109 people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted.

During National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 2-8, 2014, NOAA and FEMA will highlight the importance of preparing for severe weather before it strikes.

Being prepared for severe weather doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. A few simple steps, such as having a disaster supplies kit, could help save your life.

During National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, we ask that you Be a Force of Nature by knowing your risk, taking action and being an example where you live.

More Information may be found at the National Weather Service Website

 


Randolph County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council - Request for Proposals

posted 2/20/2014 - updated 3/6/2014

The Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) has studied the risk factors and needs of Juvenile Court involved youth in this county and hereby publishes this Request for Proposals. The JCPC anticipates funds from the NC Dept. of Public Safety, Division of Juvenile Justice in the amount of $319,622 to fund the needed programs. Such programs will serve delinquent and at-risk youth for the state fiscal year 2014-2015 beginning on, or after, July 1, 2014.

Download complete document

In order to apply for FY 2014-2015 JCPC funding, you must complete and submit your application online by accessing NC ALLIES. Please read and follow all instructions at the following link: http://www.ncdps.gov/index2.cfm?a=000003,002476,002483,002482,002514.

After submitting the application electronically, print and submit hard copies to:

Suzanne Dale
725 McDowell Road
Asheboro, NC 27205

The application deadline is April 7, 2014 at 1:00PM.

Private non-profits are also required to submit No Over Due Tax forms, Conflict of Interest Statements, and proof of 501(c)(3) status. 

NOTE: For further information or technical assistance about applying for JCPC funds in this county, contact Rich Smith, Area Consultant, NC Dept. of Public Safety at rich.smith@ncdps.gov

 


NOTICE OF SPECIAL JOINT MEETING

NOTICE OF SPECIAL JOINT MEETING
OF THE RANDOLPH COUNTY
HISTORIC LANDMARK PRESERVATION COMMISSION
AND THE
RANDOLPH COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
6:00 p.m. 311
Branson Mill Road, Randleman, N.C

     Hal Johnson, Chairman of the Randolph County Historic Landmark Preservation Commission, has called a special joint meeting to be held on Wednesday, March 12, 6:00 p.m., at the Richard Petty Museum, Branson Mill Road, Randleman, N.C.

    The purpose of this meeting will be to hold a joint public hearing with the Randolph County Board of Commissioners to consider Local Historic Landmark designation of the site of the 1928 Toomes- Lee Petty home place where Richard and Maurice were raised. Also included in the Local Landmark designation will be the original site of Petty Enterprises including the A-frame reaper shed and original race shop and engine rooms used and constructed from approximately 1951 to 1964. 

   This the 4th day of February, 2014.

 


Notice of Public Hearing

posted 2/06/2014

RANDOLPH COUNTY PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING A FRANCHISE FOR
CONSTUCTION AND OPERATION OF A MSW LANDFILL
7:00 p.m., Monday, March 10, 2014

In accordance with Chapter 130A-294 of the North Carolina General Statutes, Randolph County is holding a public hearing at 7:00 p.m., Monday, March 10, 2014, on the second floor of the Randolph County Historic Courthouse located at 145-C Worth Street, Asheboro, North Carolina. The meeting is being held to discuss the application by Waste Management of Carolinas, Inc. for a Franchise for the construction and operation of a MSW Landfill. The Franchise application will include the following information:  

  1. A statement of the population to be served, including a description of the geographic area.
  2. A description of the volume and characteristics of the waste stream.
  3. A projection of the useful life of the sanitary landfill.
  4. The procedures to be followed for governmental oversight and regulation of the fees and rates to be charged by facilities subject to the franchise for waste generated in the jurisdiction of the franchising entity.
  5. A facility plan for the sanitary landfill that shall include the boundaries of the proposed facility, proposed development of the facility site in five-year operational phases, the boundaries of all waste disposal units, final elevations and capacities of all waste disposal units, the amount of waste to be received per day in tons, the total waste disposal capacity of the sanitary landfill in tons, a description of environmental controls, and a description of any other waste management activities to be conducted at the facility. In addition, the facility plan shall show the proposed location of soil borrow areas, leachate facilities, and all other facilities and infrastructure, including ingress and egress to the facility.  

The public will be given the opportunity to comment on the application at the March 10, 2014, public hearing. Each speaker must give his/her name both orally and in writing before speaking. Speakers will be limited to 3 minutes. The public may also present written comments at the hearing and send written comments or materials prior to the hearing, for distribution to the Board of Commissioners, to:

Randolph County Public Works
Attn: Paxton Arthurs
725 McDowell Road
Asheboro, NC 27205  

The Franchise Application contains Waste Management’s responses to all of the information listed in items 1-5 above and includes information contained in a Preliminary Facility Plan which accompanies the franchise application. It may be examined at the Randolph Public Library at 201 Worth Street, Asheboro, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, from February 7, 2014, through March 10, 2014. Contact Paxton Arthurs at (336) 318-6605 with any questions.

  


Honor a Centenarian

posted 2/4/2014

Do you know someone who will be 100 years of age or older this year? The Randolph County Board of Commissioners needs your help to identify the county’s centenarians -- people who have lived for 100 or more years.

To request a certificate of recognition for the centenarian in your life, please click here and complete a Centenarian Recognition Request Form. We must receive your request at least 45 days in advance of the honoree’s birthday.

We will respond to you within three business days to acknowledge receipt of your request. If you have questions or do not hear from us within three business days, please contact please contact Amanda Varner at 336-318-6300 or Amanda.Varner@RandolphCountyNC.gov .

Thank you for helping us to honor the men and women who have built Randolph County’s families and communities.  

  


Driving in Winter Weather

     from NC Department of Public Safety
 

If you absolutely must travel, the North Carolina Highway Patrol recommends the following precautions:

  • Reduce your speed. Driving at the regular speed limit will reduce your ability to control the car if you begin to slide.
  • Leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles.
  • Bridges and overpasses accumulate ice first. Approach them with extreme caution and do not apply your brakes while on the bridge.
  • If you do begin to slide, take your foot off the gas and turn the steering wheel IN THE DIRECTION OF THE SLIDE. Do NOT apply the brakes as that will cause further loss of control of the car.

If you become trapped in your car:

  • Pull off the highway; stay calm and remain in your vehicle. At night, turn on the inside dome light, so work and rescue crews can see you.
  • Set your directional lights to "flashing" and hang a cloth or distress flag from the radio aerial or window. In a rural or wilderness area, spread a large cloth over the snow to attract attention of rescue crews who may be surveying the area by airplane.
  • Do not set out on foot unless you can see a building close by where you know you can take shelter.
  • If you run the engine to keep warm, open a window slightly for ventilation. This will protect you from possible carbon monoxide poisoning. Periodically clear away snow from the exhaust pipe.
  • Exercise to maintain body heat, but avoid overexertion. In extreme cold, use road maps, seat covers and floor mats for insulation. Huddle with passengers and use your coat as a blanket.
  • Never let everyone in the car sleep at once. One person should stay awake to look out for rescue crews.
  • Be careful not to use battery power. Balance electrical energy needs - the use of lights, heat and radio - with your supply.

   



Data Privacy Day

posted 1/24/2014

Data Privacy Day, held annually on January 28, encourages everyone to make protecting privacy and data a greater priority. DPD is an effort to empower and educate people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint.

Learn more at StaySafeOnLine.org



Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week
January 13-17

Tax season is almost here, and identity thieves are already scheming to get a tax refund. To help educate you about tax identity theft, we’re taking part in Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week. This week we’ll post tips to help you lessen the chance you’ll be a victim and learn what to do if you are.

The first tip? File early in the tax season — if you can — to get your refund before identity thieves do. When you file, make sure you use a secure internet connection or mail your tax return directly from the post office to make it more difficult for thieves to get their hands on your personal information.

Visit Federal Trade Commission Website for more information.



Cold Weather Safety Tips

posted 1/7/2014 From National Weather Service

  • Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.
  • Don’t forget your pets - bring them indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.
  • Protect your pipes - run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.
  • If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.
  • Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Never use a stove, grill, or oven to heat your home.
  • If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
  • For your automobile, be sure to keep the gas tank at least half full and check your antifreeze level.
  • Keep extra supplies in your car such as blankets, a flashlight, extra radiator fluid, snacks and a fully charged cell phone.
  • Remember to check on family, friends and elderly neighbors who might be susceptible to the cold.

Visit ReadyNC.org or Ready.gov for more Preparedness Tips.

Contact Information
  • County Information Line
  • 336.318.6200
  • Hours:
    8am - 5pm M-F
    Randolph County Office Building
  • 725 McDowell Rd
    Asheboro, NC 27205   map