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Moore County Schools Charles McDowell, Director for Transportation, Retires After 25 Years

Today we say farewell to Charles McDowell, but it is by no means the last day we will feel his impact.

Charles, a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, began his career in transportation for Cumberland County Schools in 1992. For 11 years, Charles was the supervisor of transportation for students with disabilities. He made it his life mission to insure students with behavioral and special/profound disabilities were transported safely to and from schools each day. While at Cumberland County, Charles wrote a manual for his employees that won a national award, and is still in use today across the state.

For the past 14 years, we have been fortunate to have Charles lead our transportation department. While at MCS, Charles continued to insure that students with disabilities were provided with adequate transportation. He also found pride in the excellent school bus safety record help helped create, and the increased level of bus driver training that he brought our transportation program.

At a retirement celebration held in his honor yesterday, 15 of his former Cumberland County employees came to wish him well. So did 10 of his family members and dozens of MCS staff. They shared stories of Charles, shed some tears and told heart-warming stories. It was a testament to how well Charles is liked and respected.
2017-06-28T13:57:18+0000
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Aberdeen Police Department NC Aberdeen Officers being recognized at the Town Council Meeting by Chief of Police Tim Wenzel. Lt. Brian Chavis being recognized as Supervisor of the Year, Officer Adcox being recognized as Officer of the Year, and Officer Vaugn being awarded his Life Saving Medal.
2017-06-28T13:52:51+0000
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Snapchat map update raises child safety worries - BBC News bbc.com An update to Snapchat lets people search for schools and see pictures posted by children inside.
2017-06-28T13:51:01+0000
Sandhills411 Students Saving Summer Scholarship Opportunities: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is offering local high school and college students the opportunity to save lives this summer, as well as a chance to earn a $1,000 scholarship for their secondary education – and even a gift card. All students need to do? Host a successful blood drive with CBCC from June 1 to Sept. 30 as part of the local, nonprofit community blood center’s 9th Annual Students Saving Summer program. For more information on Students Saving Summer, call 1-888-59BLOOD or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More public drives can be found at Community Blood Center of the Carolinas’ website www.cbcc.us.
Non-Profit Community Blood Center | Community Blood Center of the Carolinas cbcc.us The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is an independent, locally-managed, non-profit community blood center. We are the primary blood supplier to the region's patients and hospitals.
2017-06-27T15:07:45+0000
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Aberdeen Police Department NC Aberdeen Police Department is requesting the publics assistance in helping to identify the subjects in the pictures. If you have any information on the whereabouts or identity of the subjects please contact the Aberdeen Police Department at 910-944-9721 or the Tip Line at 910-944-4561
2017-06-26T12:56:40+0000
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Aberdeen Police Department NC Aberdeen Police Department is requesting the publics assistance in helping to identify the subjects in the pictures. If you have any information on the whereabouts or identity of the subjects please contact the Aberdeen Police Department at 910-944-9721 or the Tip Line at 910-944-4561
2017-06-26T12:56:26+0000
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Aberdeen Police Department NC Aberdeen Police Department is requesting the publics assistance in helping to identify the subjects in the pictures. If you have any information on the whereabouts or identity of the subjects please contact the Aberdeen Police Department at 910-944-9721 or the Tip Line at 910-944-4561
2017-06-26T12:56:01+0000
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Boles Funeral Homes & Crematory Detective Powers from the Southern Pines Police Department came by today to talk to our group about elderly scamming. We had over 70 widows/widowers members today! Thank you Det. Powers!
2017-06-26T12:55:16+0000
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Southern Pines Police Department October 2016, 3 year old Kaleigh Graham was the victim of a gunshot wound while playing outside in Southern Pines. Kaleigh recovered, but the injury left him paralized and in a wheelchair.

On June 22nd, 2017 the Southern Pines Police Department along with Southern Pines Fire Department, Aberdeen Fire Department, Moore County EMS, New Home Church in Vass, and other members of the community came together to build a ramp for young Kaleigh and his family.
Simply an amazing show of community support. Thank you to the men and woman who made this possible.

http://www.aberdeentimes.com/local/local-news/6921-from-life-support-to-supporting-life-a-child-overcomes-obstacles-from-tragedy-with-a-little-help-from-the-community
2017-06-26T12:54:54+0000
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Moore County Sheriff's Office Moore County Sheriff’s Deputies are transitioning to outer vest carriers.
Moore County Sheriff’s deputies are in the process of increasing their safety by transitioning to an outer vest carrier system. This is a recent national trend among law enforcement agencies because of the many advantages of the outer vest carrier systems.
The outer vest carrier increases officer safety by allowing deputies to effectively carry more life-saving equipment on their person enabling the deputy to have immediate access to the equipment. This equipment includes tourniquets and Narcan drug overdose kits.
Officer back pain and health issues related to their backs including conditions such as hip or sciatic pain resulting from the weight of their duty belt and equipment are well known. Many officers have suffered back injuries from motor vehicle accidents or slips and falls. These outer vest carriers increase officer safety by helping to shift the burdensome weight of their equipment from their duty belt to the outer vest carrier.
In the event that a deputy is injured, an outer vest carrier can quickly be removed by responding officers or emergency medical personnel for assessment of the deputy’s injuries or wounds. An outer vest carrier also provides several places for the responding officers to use in order to move an injured deputy who is not able to move under his own power.
Another very important benefit is that it will be much more comfortable for the deputy to wear. It will enable the deputy to easily make adjustments to the vests while on duty. And, it will be cooler for the deputy to wear during the hot summer months helping to reduce officer fatigue.
Sheriff Godfrey said “the advantages and options provided by an outer vest carrier are simply too great to be ignored. As technology evolves, outer vest carriers become more advanced and offer even greater protection and functionality. Additionally, our deputies will be able to carry tourniquets and in response the opioid epidemic sweeping this country, they will be trained and carry Narcan. This is one more thing we’re doing to provide the best service for the citizens of Moore County.”
2017-06-26T12:53:54+0000

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