News & Announcements


75 Years of Library Service

posted 9/1/2015

The Randolph County Public Library celebrates its 75th birthday on September 1, 2015.

On that date in 1940, the Randolph County Board of Commissioners — at the request of citizens who had established libraries in their own communities — first appropriated funding for a county library system, and appointed a Board of Trustees.

Establishment of the county library system meant support for the libraries operating in Asheboro, Franklinville and Ramseur; for those about to come into existence in Randleman and Liberty; and for those eventually to be developed in Archdale and Seagrove.

It meant professional leadership, a core collection of books shared among the libraries, and service to the entire county by bookmobile. Today, the library system consists of the seven libraries — three operated by the county with significant municipal support, and four operated by their municipalities with significant county support.

Today the citizens visit their libraries over half-a-million times each year, and check out over half-a-million items. The library has become a driving force for early childhood literacy, digital literacy, lifelong learning, workforce development and just plain reading for pleasure.

Visit the Randolph County Library Website for more information!



Randolph County Department of Social Services

posted 9/1/2015

Drug Testing Implemented for Receipt of Work First Benefits in North Carolina

North Carolina General Statue 108A-29.1, requires substance use screening and testing for the illegal use of controlled substances, if there is reasonable suspicion, for each Work First Program applicant or recipient as a condition of eligibility to receive assistance. On August 1, 2015 the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) /Division of Social Services implemented the drug testing policy for the Work First Family Assistance (WFFA) program. The policy applies to parents who receive WFFA for their children, with the exception of parents who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Here is how it works. At application, and at each review, parents are required to undergo a written substance use screening. If the score on the screening indicates that there is a reasonable suspicion of the illegal use of controlled substances, the individual will be asked to complete a urine drug test. The results of the drug test are confidential and cannot be released to law enforcement. If the individual has a criminal conviction related to illegal controlled substances within the last three years the individual will also be referred for a urine drug test.  

The test will look for the presence of the following substances: cannabinoids (marijuana, weed); cocaine (cocaine and crack); methamphetamines (meth, crystal, crank); amphetamines (speed, uppers); opiates (heroin, opium); and phencyclidine (angel dust, PCP).  

If a parent refuses to take the written screening, or to complete the urine test, or if the results of the urine test reveals the presence of one or more of the substance that is tested for, the individual is ineligible to receive WFFA. However, according to state statute, the remainder of the family may be eligible. A protective payee will be appointed to manage the WFFA payment if the parent tests positive.  

North Carolina DHHS has contracted with Fortes Laboratories to provide the testing. Fortes is certified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide drug and alcohol testing. In order to provide the testing for Work First clients in all 100 counties, Fortes has established a network of testing sites across the state.  

If you have questions about the Work First Family Assistance Program, call or visit your local county DSS. In Randolph County call 336-683-8009. You can also visit: http://www.co.randolph.nc.us/dss/  or the state web site at: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/dss.  

Click here for complete pdf version of Press Release

 


Randolph County Department of Social Services

posted 8/28/2015

The Annual Report for the fiscal year 2014 - 2015 is available online for review.

Click here to open in browser or right click to download.
 


Schedule your appointment today for the October 20th Randolph County Armed Services Blood Drive!

posted 8/21/2015

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

 

 

 


NOTICE OF MEETING CHANGE

posted 8/3/2015

The Historic Landmark Preservation Commission’s regularly scheduled August meeting has been changed to Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. due to scheduling conflicts the following week. It will be held at the 1909 Historic Courthouse located at 145-C Worth St., Asheboro, NC 27205

This the 3rd day of August, 2015.
 


4.25 Million Spent on Non-Smart Start Child Care Subsidy in Randolph County
Press Release from Randolph County Department of Social Services

posted 7/24/2015

Randolph County Department of Social Services (DSS) administers child care subsidy funds for the citizens of Randolph County using a combination of state and federal funds allocated by the North Carolina Division of Child Development. North Carolina has one of the highest rates of working mothers with young children and across the state 85% of the children receiving services are because their parents are working. North Carolina currently provides subsidized child care to 70,916 children of which 1,103 live in Randolph County.

The goal is to serve as many eligible children as possible with the funds available. As of October 2104, Randolph County had 19,210 children potentially eligible for child care subsidy services. The $4.25 million spent on child care last fiscal year only served about 6% of the potentially eligible population in Randolph County. Funding for the current fiscal year is expected to be a little over $4 million, or slightly less than last year. 

The provision of subsidized child care services means that some families with poverty-level incomes can afford child care services which offer a high quality early childhood education while the parent or caregiver continues to work. This critical support increases the chances for children to be healthy and succeed socially and academically while allowing the parents to be more focused on the job and become better employees. 

To qualify for the child care subsidy program, a family must meet both situational and financial criteria. Parents are required to pay a portion of the child care cost based on the income that the family earns. 

NC legislative action during fiscal year 2014-2015 required the implementation of several recent policy changes in the Child Care Subsidy Program. Some of the changes included definition of the family income unit, parental fee changes; and elimination of prorated fees for part time care. 

If you have questions about the Child Care Subsidy Program, call or visit your local county DSS. In Randolph County call 336-683-8010. You can also visit: http://www.co.randolph.nc.us/dss/  or the state web site at: http://ncchildcare.dhhs.state.nc.us

 


Penalties for Public Assistance Fraud Can Be Severe
Press Release from Randolph County Department of Social Services

posted 6/23/2015

Public assistance for Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), Medicaid, and Work First programs are intended to help low income individuals and families to meet basic needs. In North Carolina, the local county Department of Social Services (DSS) accepts applications, collects information, and determines eligibility for these programs.

DSS Income Maintenance Caseworkers vigorously work to collect accurate and truthful information from applicants when determining eligibility for benefits. However, with over $3 million a month in FNS benefits in Randolph County alone, there is a risk of fraudulent activity. Randolph County DSS has a Program Integrity Unit that works diligently to ensure individual fraud is identified and prevented. The state investigates reports of fraud by vendors and providers.

Penalties for public assistance fraud can be severe. A person found guilty of public assistance fraud can be fined, placed in jail, or both. People guilty of Food and Nutrition Services fraud may get an even stiffer penalty. In addition to all of the above, one may not be allowed to get Food and Nutrition Services for:  

  • 1 year for 1st offense or 2 years for 1st time court finding of purchasing illegal drugs with FNS
  • 2 years for 2nd offense.
  • Permanently for 3rd offense.
  • 10 years for misrepresenting identity or residence to get FNS in more than one place

In February 2015, DSS issued a press release that talked about a current investigation involving a FNS trafficking case. In this case, a lo cal vendor had been determined, by the state, to have actively engaged in trafficking of FNS benefits. In June 2014, the stat e reported a list of Food and Nutrition Service (Food Stamp) recipient names that frequented the vendor to Randolph County DSS. Between June 2014 and June 2015 DSS Program Integrity staff investigated. Here are the results:

  • 3 individuals were permanently disqualified from the FNS program for trafficking ·
  • 281 individuals were disqualified from the FNS program for at least 12 months ·
  • 21 individuals were referred to 6 different counties for investigation ·
  • Randolph County is working to reclaim $161,504 from the 281 individuals

Randolph County DSS takes public assistance fraud seriously. Please report instances of fraud to your local DSS. In Randolph County, call the Fraud Prevention Hotline at (336) 683-8198.
 


Stopping Elder Abuse is Everyone's Business; June 15, 2015 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

posted 6/9/2015

In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Randolph County Department of Social Services (DSS) is highlighting elder abuse during the month of June and its impact in Randolph County. Elder abuse affects the disabled and elderly across all socio-economic classes. Mistreatment of the disabled and elderly can take on many forms and include physical abuse, unreasonable confinement, withholding of needed care or treatment, sexual and financial exploitation, neglect of one’s self because of illness, and limited family support and/or resources. Unfortunately, no one is immune. It occurs in every demographic, and can happen to anyone—a family member, a neighbor, even you.

Last fiscal year In Randolph County, DSS investigated 132 reports alleging abuse, neglect or exploitation. 

  • 92% were on adults living in their own homes
  • 6% of the APS reports were on individuals living in long term care facilities
  • 47% were 60 years of age or older · 58% of all reports were concerning women
  • 44% was self-neglect
  • 27% was caretaker neglect · The adult child is the most frequently named perpetrator…followed by a spouse
  • Most frequently identified services needed to address the problems are Medical or Health Care, Mental Health Services, In-Home Aide Services, Placement, and Financial Assistance  

North Carolina is a mandatory reporting state. That means that any person who believes an elderly or disabled adult is being abused, neglected or exploited is required to report the situation to the local County Department of Social Services. If you suspect abuse, neglect or exploitation of an elderly or disabled adult residing in Randolph County, please call the Randolph County DSS Adult Abuse Hot Line at (336) 683-8300.  

The Piedmont Triad’s 4th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Walk, “Across the Generations” will be held on June 13, 2015, at TRIAD PARK, 9652 East Mountain Street, Kernersville, NC. Registration at 9:00am; music and entertainment at 9:45am; and walk begins at 10:00am. There is NO COST TO PARTICIPATE!

You can pre-register at kjohnson@ptrc.org or call Kim Johnson at 336-904-0300 or just show up for the walk. 

 


Flag Alert: Lowering of US and NC flags to half-staff from sunrise until noon on May 25 in recognition of Memorial Day

posted 5/22/2015

As a sign of honor and respect for the sacrifices of our armed services personnel, Governor Pat McCrory has ordered all United States and North Carolina flags to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until noon on Monday, May 25. The Governor encourages all citizens to display flags at half-staff at their homes and businesses as well.

“To know that our freedom was purchased with the lives of US service men and women is to know that liberty comes with the highest price. May our memories of those who have fallen be long and may we be quick to honor their contribution to our daily lives. Please join with me this Memorial Day in a special tribute in honor and respect of their sacrifice,” said Governor Pat McCrory.

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.pdf

 


Get to Know the Many Faces of Foster Care
Press Release from Randolph County Department of Social Services

posted 5/6/2015

May is National Foster Care Month. This year's theme is "Get to Know the Many Faces of Foster Care" and highlights the diversity of the children, youth, families, and professionals involved in child welfare.

Foster care is a temporary living arrangement for abused, neglected, and dependent children who need a safe place to live when their parents or another relative cannot take care of them. Children of all ages, from newborns to teenagers, and from all walks of life, enter the foster care system, through no fault of their own. Often their families face issues such as illness, alcohol or drug addiction, or homelessness. Many children have been victims of physical or sexual abuse. All children who are in foster care require special care, support and nurturing.

Foster parents provide temporary, loving homes for children, ensuring that each child’s physical, medical and emotional needs are met. Families are needed that can parent any child, but especially teenagers, sibling groups and medically fragile children. In Randolph County, the Department of Social Services currently has 128 children in foster care and 29 licensed foster family homes. That means many Randolph County foster children are placed outside the county. Therefore, National Foster Care Month is a time when DSS puts extra emphasis on recruiting new foster families and appreciating the ones already serving. On June 20, 2015, in coordination with Copperhead Baseball, DSS will recognize foster families in attendance at the game.

Foster families are recruited, trained, and licensed to care for abused and neglected children temporarily, while their parents work with social work professionals to resolve their family issues. Foster parents must: be at least 21 years old; have a stable home and income; be willing to be finger printed and have a criminal records check; maintain a drug free environment; complete all required training; and be licensed by the state of North Carolina.

For more information about National Foster Care Month, please visit https://www.childwelfare.gov/  or in NC http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dss/fostercare/index.htm . If you would like to serve as a foster parent, contact the Randolph County Department of Social Services at (336) 683-8062.


Immunization Update

posted 4/20/2015

New vaccine requirements and changes will become effective July 1, 2015. The rule changes affect those children ages 15 months, 4 years, 12 years and/or 17 years.

Visit www.immunize.nc.gov  for complete information.


Tick and Mosquito Information 

posted 4/20/2015

Spring has arrived, which means it’s time to get prepared for the occurrence of tick and mosquito transmitted diseases. Click on the links below for information on prevention, treatment and signs/symptoms of such diseases as Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, West Nile Virus or Eastern equine encephalitis.


April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

posted 3/31/2015

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, Randolph County Department of Social Services encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Randolph County a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities.

Children all over North Carolina are the victims of abuse and neglect every day. In fiscal year 2014, Randolph County DSS investigated 1,139 reports of child abuse, neglect, and dependency. Investigations revealed that 453 children were victims of maltreatment…or more than one for every day of the year.  

Research shows that when parents possess six protective factors, the risk for neglect and abuse diminish and optimal outcomes for children, youth, and families are promoted. The six protective factors are nurturing and attachment, knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development, parental resilience, social connections, concrete supports for parents, and social and emotional developmental well-being. Everyone’s participation is critical. Focusing on ways to build and promote the protective factors, in every interaction with children and families, is the best thing our community can do to prevent child maltreatment and promote optimal child development.  

There are many forms of child abuse including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect. When prevention fails, reporting maltreatment becomes the next step. While DSS is the local agency charged by the state of NC to investigate reports of neglect or abuse; keeping our children safe is a shared responsibility. In North Carolina, all citizens are mandated, by law, to report suspected child abuse or neglect to their local DSS. In Randolph County, contact the Randolph County Child Abuse Hotline at (336) 683-8200.  

For more information about child abuse prevention see: www.childwelfare.gov/  and for NC see the NC Department of Health and Human Services/Division of Social Services web site at: http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dss/index.htm

Download Press Release

 


Spring Litter Sweep

posted 3/31/2015

 

Help beautify your community by volunteering locally to participate in the Governor proclaimed LITTER SWEEP to remove litter from North Carolina's roadways.

Litter Sweep is a statewide roadside litter cleanup drive sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), and is administered by its Office of Beautification. Litter Sweep is usually scheduled for the last two weeks of April and September. For 2015, the Litter Sweep dates are April 18 to May 2 and Sept. 19 to Oct. 3  

Please visit http://www.ncdot.gov/doh/operations/dp_chief_eng/roadside/Beautification/LitterSweep/ for details on how to volunteer.

 


Flag Alert: Lowering of US and NC flags March 13 - March 15 in honor of eleven servicemen involved in a deadly helicopter crash in Florida .

March 13, 2015

Governor Pat McCrory ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise on Friday, March 13 until sunset on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Flags are to be lowered in honor of the eleven servicemen involved in a deadly helicopter crash, seven of which were US Marines based at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune.

“This tragedy is a somber reminder of the daily risks and dangers the men and women of our military assume in the defense of our freedom,” Governor McCrory said. “Ann and I will be praying for the families of the fallen and the men and women of Camp Lejeune and the Louisiana National Guard.”

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.pdf

  


Randolph County 2015-2016 Budget Schedule

posted 3/4/2015

Historic Courthouse Meeting Room
145-C Worth St.
Asheboro, NC

Tuesday, May 26 6:00 - 6:40 p.m.
6:40 - 7:00 p.m.
7:00 - 7:20 p.m.
7:20 - 7:40 p.m.
7:40 - 8:00 p.m.
Proposed Budget Presented to Commissioners
Asheboro City Schools
Randolph County Schools
Randolph Community College
Sandhills Mental Health
Monday, June 1  6:00 p.m. Regular June Commissioners Meeting
Note: No Budget presentations will be scheduled at this meeting
Thursday, June 4 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. All County Departments
Monday, June 8  6:00 – 6:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m. 
Community Agencies Requesting Funding
Fire Department Presentations
Public Hearing on County Budget 
Monday, June 15  6:00 p.m.  Approve Close-out Budget Amendments for FY 14-15
Budget Discussion
Adopt School and Fire District Tax Rates
Adopt Fee Schedules
Adoption of Final Budget 
NOTE: At least 10 days must pass between budget submission and budget ordinance adoption (G.S. 159-13(a))

 



Randolph County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council - Request for Proposals

posted 2/25/2015

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 2015-2016 beginning on, or after, July 1, 2015.

Download complete document

In order to apply for FY 2015-2016 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 6, 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


Your Local Health Department

posted 2/24/2015

The NC Association of Local Health Directors has created a video to explain how your local Health Department works to take care of you and your environment.

Watch the video on YouTube


NOTICE OF SPECIAL JOINT MEETING AND POSSIBLE QUORUM

RANDOLPH COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
and
ASHEBORO CITY COUNCIL
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
4:00 p.m.

Notice is hereby given that a quorum of the Randolph County Board of Commissioners may be present for an invitation to tour Kayser-Roth.

The Randolph County Board of Commissioners and the Asheboro City Council have set Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at 4:00 p.m., for a joint special meeting in order to tour the Kayser Roth facility, located at 515 West Balfour Avenue, Asheboro, NC. No formal action will be taken on any matter during this tour.  
 

This the 24th day of February, 2015

Amanda Varner, Clerk to the Board
Randolph County Board of Commissioners   


NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING  PLANNING RETREAT

posted 2/24/2015

Planning Retreat
Thursday, March 5, 2015
12:45 p.m.
RCC Foundation Conference Center
629 Industrial Park Ave.
Asheboro, NC

The Randolph County Board of Commissioners has called a special meeting for 12:45 p.m. on March 5, 2015, at the Randolph Community College Foundation Conference Center; 629 Industrial Park Ave.; Asheboro, NC. The purpose of the meeting is to hold a Planning Retreat. No formal action is anticipated at this meeting. A formal agenda, once it is finalized, will be posted and distributed prior to the meeting.
 


Randolph County Animal Shelter
Public Safety Announcement

posted 2/18/2015

The Randolph County Animal Shelter is closed today, February 18, 2015 due to treacherous weather conditions at the site.

In emergency situations please call 336-683-8235. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


2015 Rabies Clinic

posted 2/3/2015

The Quarterly Rabies Clinics scheduled for 2015 are:

  • March 31
  • June 30
  • September 29
  • December 8

Visit the Rabies Clinic page for participating veterinarians.


Department of Social Services Press Release Fact Sheet

posted 2/2/2015

“Food Stamps Help Over 25,000 Individuals in Randolph County”

“Food Stamps;” is an antiquated term replaced with Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) in North Carolina and in the United States with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In Randolph County, the FNS program assists 11,800 low income households, over 25,000 individuals, with buying the food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet. This equates to over $3 million a month and close to $40 million a year for Randolph County citizens.  

FNS is a federal entitlement program so all eligible individuals and households can receive assistance. This is where the local county Department of Social Services (DSS) steps in. DSS is the local government agency that accepts applications, collects information, and determines eligibility for the FNS program. Other agencies help with nutrition education. Funded by the USDA through NC/DHHS, UNCG’s Nutrition for New North Carolinians (Recipe for Success) project will send nutrition educational materials to FNS recipients. The Cooperative Extension has the Steps to Health program and works with the whole family, informing, empowering, and motivating adults and children alike to improve their eating and physical activity habits. Steps to Health is a SNAP-Ed program developed and administered by North Carolina State University and is also federally funded through the USDA.  

If eligible, monthly allotments of FNS benefits are issued via Electronic Benefit Transfer cards (EBT cards). The amount of the monthly allotment varies from household to household and is based on income and number of household members served. Benefits may be used to purchase most foods at participating stores. Benefits may not be used to purchase tobacco, pet food, paper products, or alcoholic beverages.  

DSS Income Maintenance Caseworkers vigorously work to collect accurate and truthful information from applicants when determining eligibility for benefits. However, with over $3 million a month in benefits, there is a risk of fraudulent activity. Randolph County DSS has a Program Integrity Unit that works diligently to ensure fraud, waste, and abuse of FNS benefits are identified and prevented. DSS is currently investigating a local FNS trafficking case and will report the summary of this investigation later. 

U. S. Citizens or immigrants admitted to the United States under a specific immigration status can apply for FNS benefits through various methods. NC residents can apply online at https://epass.nc.gov . An application can also be mailed to, or dropped off at, your local county DSS. In Randolph County there are two locations: 1512 N. Fayetteville St. Asheboro, NC or 402 Balfour Dr. Archdale, NC. The mailing address is: P.O. Box 3239 Asheboro, NC 27204. 

 


Important information regarding Randolph County's Legacy GIS system

posted 1/27/2015

  • The legacy GIS system has been in it's current format for more than a decade and has reached its End-Of-Life.
  • Industry standard features currently available to GIS users are incompatible with our legacy GIS. Some examples...
  • Interactive zoom/pan utilizing the mouse or other input device.
  • Capability to measure area and distance from the map.
  • Interaction with Google Maps and Street View functions.
  • Customized printing (printing to scale, current map view, etc.).
  • Robust search capabilities (radius, adjacent property, etc.).
  • Community information generated from a parcel or map point.  

Randolph County has completed a re-write of our online GIS system that implements these features and more. The NEW GIS system is available at the following URL: http://gis.randolphcountync.gov/randolphjs/.

The user guide for the new GIS may be found at http://gis.randolphcountync.gov/default/GISWebsiteUserGuide.pdf.

The legacy GIS will be phased out on March 2nd.

Visit GIS page.


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