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The North Carolina Social Services Association (NCSSA), organized in 1967 and incorporated in 1969, is the only statewide professional organization representing the interest and concerns of Social Services employees in North Carolina.

In addition to working to develop the professional growth of members and to regulate policy, NCSSA members raise in excess of $50,000 each year that is devoted to community service projects in nearly all 100 counties across the state. These funds provide life-sustaining services and supplies to individuals who have fallen through the cracks of the human services system and/or provide funding for training not otherwise offered through county budgets.


As foreclosures continue to stack up in Macon County and surrounding areas, one federal government agency is reaching out to citizens to offer help. Everett Stiles, who provides Foreclosure Prevention Outreach Services for the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency, attended October’s meeting of Macon County’s Board of Commissioners to inform citizens of government funding geared toward foreclosure prevention.

According to Stiles, North Carolina homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage may be eligible to receive financial assistance through government funding. The N.C. Foreclosure Prevention Fund is now available through HUD-approved concealing agencies to help homeowners who are struggling due to job loss or temporary financial hardship caused by no fault of their own, such as divorce or illness.


A recent recipient of the N.C. Economic Developers Association’s Economic Developer of the Year award is joining the staff at AdvantageWest, the economic development partnership serving the 23 westernmost counties of the state.

Thomas L. Johnson, who has served as executive director of the Rutherford County Economic Development Commission since April 2006, will head efforts to market the region as a location for advanced manufacturing, among other responsibilities, as AdvantageWest’s new executive vice president.

With three decades of experience in economic, business and community development and planning, Johnson’s most recent accomplishments are the leadership roles he played in bringing two major companies to Rutherford County: Horsehead Corp., representing the single largest manufacturing project in the county’s history, with a $360 million facility and 250 jobs, and Facebook, the largest non-utility announcement in the county’s history, currently building a $450 million data center, with some 400 construction jobs and 45 permanent jobs.


The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is posting on its website two new driving logs that teen drivers will be required to complete under the state’s graduated licensing program beginning January 1, 2012. The logs are required by legislation passed by the General Assembly to increase behind-the-wheel experience for young drivers.

The first driving log requires new drivers to log 60 hours behind the wheel under the supervision of a parent or designated experienced driver, including 10 hours at night. No more than 10 hours per week may count toward the total driving time. The teen driver must turn in the signed log to DMV when applying for a Level 2 limited provisional driver license.


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