SouthWest Edgecombe Class of 1981 Basketball Star Alphelia Jenkins Mother Carrie Lee Jenkins Has Expired

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My condolences goes out to my classmate Alphelia and her siblings Angela, Bridget, Melody, Tonia and the Jenkins family.

Arrangements for Carrie Lee Jenkins can be found here.

Thanks Janice Draughn for informing me about Alphelia’s mother’s condition on last week.

Due to my cold, car problems and a very busy schedule this week, I have not had the opportunity to speak with or visit Alphelia. Also I have been through this ordeal when I lost my mother and every minute with a sick love one in the last days really matters.

I do plan on attending the viewing on Monday and I hope I will get to see the Jenkins girls.

24,000 Census Jobs Available for North Carolina

Office of Governor Bev Perdue

24,000 Census Jobs Available for North Carolina

Gov. Perdue on Wednesday announced that 24,000 Census jobs will be available throughout North Carolina and signed Executive Order No. 33 creating the North Carolina Complete Count Committee to coordinate Census activities at the state level.

“More than $400 billion in federal funds will be distributed each year based on the census count, so a complete count is critical to North Carolina,” Perdue said.  “I urge everyone to fill out and mail back their Census forms.  It’s easy, it’s important and it’s secure.”

The decennial census will take place on April 1, 2010.  It is administered by the federal government, but requires support at the state and local level.  The state’s activities are coordinated by the state’s Complete Count Committee (CCC).  Individual localities also establish complete count committees, in order to coordinate participation in the census.

The Census Bureau will be hiring for 24,000 jobs throughout North Carolina beginning in January 2010.  Job seekers can find application information at or by calling 1-866-861-2010.  The information is also available via the Employment Security Commission or  Some jobs will begin as early as January, while most will begin in February and March, and will extend until June or July.

Over $400 billion in federal funds will be allocated annually based on the 2010 Census figures.  Based on recent estimates, the state will receive approximately $14,000 in federal funding per person counted over the next 10 years.  In addition, Census data is the basis for the NC State Demographer’s projections, which are used to determine the distribution of state funds. 

The Census will also determine whether North Carolina will receive an additional seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.  North Carolina narrowly received a 13th congressional district after the 2000 Census by margin of approximately 800 people.

Governor Announces Steps to Strengthen Ethical Standards for State Boards and Commissions

Gov. Bev Perdue on Wednesday signed three executive orders to increase ethical standards for gubernatorial appointees to state boards and commissions and for certain designated employees.  These orders continue to strengthen the commitment to transparent and effective government that began with Gov. Perdue’s first day in office.

The new standards include a measure to remove gubernatorial appointees indicted for a felony or who refuse to cooperate with a state or federal investigation.

“These orders are another step forward in my commitment to enforce the highest standards of ethics, accountability and transparency in this administration,” said Perdue.  “Our citizens deserve nothing less than a transparent, effective and efficient government that works for North Carolinians.”

Additionally, the executive orders establish an attendance standard of 75% of regularly scheduled meetings for boards and commissions, and they extend the Ethics Act to an array of public servants who not otherwise be covered.

Other standards established by Executive Orders Nos. 34, 35 and 36 include:

• Governor’s appointees to boards and commissions cannot accept gifts from those who contract with their boards, and they must recues themselves from votes in which they have a financial interest.

• New conflict-of-interest disclosure requirements for 17 specific advisory boards and commissions not covered by the State Ethics Act.

Logistics Task Force Formed

Gov. Perdue on Tuesday signed Executive Order No. 32, establishing the Governor’s Logistics Task Force.  The task force will make recommendations to ensure that people and goods are able to move efficiently across North Carolina.  The order was signed at a signing ceremony at the Raleigh headquarters of Longistics, a full-service provider of global logistics services.

“We must have an efficient and effective transportation system to move our people, to create jobs, and to be sure our economy is globally competitive in the 21st century,” said Perdue.  “Transportation is a major part of why North Carolina continues to be named the #1 state in America for business.”

The Logistics Task Force will review transportation systems in North Carolina including roads and highways, airports, ports, multimodal transportation and railroads.  The review will focus on giving North Carolina a competitive advantage in economic development by maximizing existing transportation systems and defining priorities for future transportation investments.  Lt. Governor Walter Dalton will serve as Chair of the Logistics Task Force.

“The Logistics Task Force is going to preserve and create jobs,” said Dalton.  “The ability to move goods, people and information efficiently and cost effectively is crucial to existing companies and emerging industries in North Carolina.”

The Logistics Task Force is part of Gov. Perdue’s JobsNOW initiative to aggressively create jobs, train and retrain our workforce, and lay the foundation for a strong and sustainable economic future.

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

On Thursday, Gov. Perdue joined Santa Claus and hundreds of children and their families in the annual lighting of the Christmas tree on the State Capitol grounds.  The event also marked the beginning of the Holiday Open House for the Executive Mansion – which ends on Sunday, Dec. 13.  Visit our eTownhall blog for pictures, video and news of the holiday events. 

Textile Firm to Bring 66 Jobs to Burke County

Marves Industries, an international producer of non-woven textile cushioning and insulator pads for use in mattresses headquartered in Mexico, will open a new North American facility in Burke County.  The company will invest $1.75 million and create 66 jobs in Hildebran.  The announcement was made possible by a $200,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund.

“North Carolina continues to attract international manufacturing firms seeking the perfect U.S. location to invest and grow,” Gov. Perdue said.  “Our state’s trained workforce, top business climate and exceptional quality of life are spurring companies to expand here and create the good jobs our citizens have come to expect.”

North Carolina continues to have a top-ranked business climate.  Through Gov. Perdue’s JobsNOW initiative, the state continues to work aggressively to create jobs, train and retrain workers, and lay the foundation for a strong and sustainable economic future.

For more information on Marves, go to  For information about job opportunities with this company, contact:  Cindy Foster at (828) 397-4400 or send a resume to Marves Industries, Attn: Cindy Foster, P.O. Box 946, Hildebran, NC 28637.

Governor’s schedule for the coming week

Monday, December 14
– Visit Camp Lejeune
– Deutsche Bank Ribbon Cutting
– Office Time
– NC Democratic Party Holiday Reception

Tuesday, December 15
– Staff Meeting
– Office Time

Wednesday, December 16
– Office Time

Thursday, December 17
– Press Conference, Asheville
– Office Time

Friday, December 18
– Office Time

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