Last week, the skies of our state turned a dark blue. The heavy rain and strong winds came with a vengeance. Power and cable companies worked overtime to keep the utilities going. Duke Power had to find a way to take care of all the water coming from every part of the state. If anyone thinks Duke just makes power they are badly mistaken. Flood control along their many lakes and reservoirs is a major undertaking.
As warm season pastures green up and livestock begin grazing, owners should start thinking about internal parasite control for their animals. Based on recent weather conditions, I suspect we will see heavy parasite loads in our pastures. Gastrointestinal parasites, commonly called stomach worms, thrive and reproduce in moist, mild conditions similar to what we have experienced all winter and spring.
ROCKINGHAM — Blake Altman, owner of Evolution Health Club in Rockingham, has been charged with a misdemeanor for violating Governor Roy Cooper’s executive order after prematurely reopening his business this week.
HAMLET – North Carolina is now in Phase II of the re-opening process, and many are anxious to return to their normal places of worship. Richmond Community College and the Small Business Center will be assisting local churches and places of worship in reopening in a safe manner.
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s top health official asked Friday for more details on how GOP leaders will protect attendees of a Republican National Convention this summer during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Public schools are supposed to begin the new year about 75 days from now, so I asked two teachers what to expect. “I have no idea,” one said. “I’m exhausted just trying to get this year finished. It’s been especially hard this year.” The other added, “So far as next year, if there’s a plan we don’t know it. I can’t even get back into my classroom.”
RALEIGH — Over the first two months of the coronavirus crisis, our labor-market cratered. The number of employed North Carolinians dropped by 820,000, or 17%. Only 56.3% of working-aged residents were either employed or actively looking for jobs. That’s the lowest rate of labor force participation in modern times.
ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County’s senior class of 2020 will take a “victory lap” around the Rockingham Speedway on June 12 in place of their normal graduation ceremony, the school system announced Friday.