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Our Community Food Drive, also known to Boy Scouts as Scouting for Food, has been a HUGE success every year and this year is no different! We want you to challenge your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and whomever else you want to collect food! Saturday, November 17th, is the day we’re collecting all of it so start now and see if you can win amongst your fellow challengers!

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Here’s how Mooresville responded to Florence – and how you can help Eastern NC victims


MOORESVILLE – With parts of Mooresville receiving between 3-4 inches of rain during the peak of what was formerly Hurricane Florence, the town – for the most part – was spared the worst of the storm that devastated the North Carolina coast.

Duke Energy reported Sept. 17 that approximately 1.5 million customers in North and South Carolina lost power. The company had restored power to 1.2 million by 1 p.m. that day.  According to the state Department of Public Safety, there were 2,600 storm-related rescues as of Monday afternoon. Gov. Roy Cooper said in a briefing Sept. 18 that, as bodies of water continued to rise, more flooding could be possible.

But Mooresville Fire Chief Curt Deaton said Iredell County is “in the clear.”

“For Iredell County residents, there is no more water coming downstream,” Deaton said. “Any kind of heavy rain could possibly lead to flash flooding in our area, and we continue keep a check on those kinds of things, but nothing else is coming from the hurricane.”

Last week, meteorologists and local officials predicted Mooresville could get as many as 12 inches of rain and gusts of wind clocked at 40 miles per hour.

But Deaton said there were no significant injuries and no homes damaged over the weekend.

“There was some flooding locally in places where creeks are and where drainage happens,” Deaton said. “And we did have some trees that fell over in places.”

He wasn’t able to count the number of trees that fell but said it was more than 10.

Fourteen Mooresville Fire-Rescue personnel were dispatched during the storm – one group was in Mooresville, and two were in the Statesville area.

“We were riding the roads, looking at places that normally flood in spring storms, and we monitored that throughout the weekend,” Deaton said. “We were well-protected in this county.”

Deaton said he thought the Mooresville area response to Hurricane Florence was “excellent.”

“We were able to work with the volunteer fire department and rescue and emergency (personnel) and also with emergency management,” Deaton said. “I think we had a really solid plan. I think if something would have happened, we would have been on top of it really quickly.”

Members of Mooresville Fire-Rescue – including Deaton – went to Kinston Sept. 18 to help with recovery efforts there.

In the wake of the storm, some other organizations and individuals in Mooresville also took steps to provide aid to North Carolinians who weren’t as lucky.

The Mooresville Soup Kitchen (MSK) began accepting donations of items – including new clothes, cleaning supplies and toiletries – Sept. 19 and will accept donations through Thursday, Sept. 27.

“MSK felt that it was important for us to be a part of the support for our North Carolina neighbors because we are an organization that believes in reaching out to care for those in need and lifting them up,” MSK Executive Director Lara Ingram said by email.

In a release from the organization, the nonprofit said it would make sure donated supplies are given to “reputable agencies who will be transporting items to those in need.”

“Our role has traditionally been local,” Ingram said, “but we have an amazing community that we knew wanted to jump into action and show love to those impacted in our state, so we are reaching our arms a little further this time.”

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Here's How NC Ranks In Number Of At-Risk Youth

Interesting information about how some of our young high school graduates are struggling with the next steps toward independence.  Our Fundamentals of Food Service program can be a great jump start for high school graduates looking for specific job training skills and ongoing support to help them make the transition from school to work!


By Kimberly Johnson, Patch Staff | Jul 18, 2018 7:18 pm ET | Updated Jul 18, 2018 7:20 pm ET

Many young people in America face a wide range of social disadvantages — lack of a stable home or positive role models, for example — that make for a rocky transition to adulthood, according to a new study that ranked the U.S. states by the number of at-risk youth. North Carolina ranked 36th in the study.

For the study, the personal finance website WalletHub looked at 14 variables affecting "disconnected youth," that is teenagers and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24. Among others, those factors include high school graduation rates, labor force participation, physical and mental health conditions, illegal drug and heavy alcohol use, poverty and homelessness, and incarceration rates.

If not addressed, those conditions can affect young people later in life, as well as society as a whole, according to the study.

Policymakers "need to get a sense of what is happening on the ground," said Antonio Garcia, an assistant professor of social policy at the University of Pennsylvania and co-director of its School of Social Policy & Practice.

"So many of our policymakers are absolutely clueless as to how their policies or inaction impacts the daily lives of many youth and families, especially for those residing in rural communities or in poverty," Garcia said in comments accompanying the study.

Parents and other adults have a role, too, he said.

"Mentorship is a key — having one adult children can emulate and depend upon can make a world of difference in engaging youth," Garcia said. "Instead of mandating more strict rules and regulations, parents could ask youth to brainstorm who they know in their life that they can depend on. Whether a next-door neighbor, coach, aunt or uncle or teacher, parents can then help facilitate a relationship."

The WalletHub study builds on published research showing that, nationally, one in nine Americans in that age group aren't working or in school. That amounts to nearly 4.9 million young people, or 11.7 percent of those falling in the 16-24 age group, according to Measure of America, a project of the Social Science Research Council.

WalletHub also cited a finding by the Pentagon that 70 percent of young adults today are ineligible to join the U.S. military because they fail academic, moral or health qualifications. Other research from the National Institutes of Health that shows when kids grow up in environments with economic problems and a lack of role models, they're more at risk for poverty, early pregnancy and violence, especially in adulthood.

These are the states with the most at-risk youth, according to the WalletHub study:

  1. District of Columbia
  2. Louisiana
  3. Mississippi
  4. Nevada
  5. West Virginia
  6. Arkansas
  7. Delaware
  8. Oregon
  9. Alabama
  10. New Mexico

Conversely, the states with the least at-risk youth are:

  1. New Jersey
  2. New Hampshire
  3. Maryland
  4. Connecticut
  5. Minnesota
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Utah
  8. North Dakota
  9. Iowa
  10. Kansas

Some specific findings:

  • Alaska, West Virginia and Louisiana have the highest share of disconnected youth, 20 percent, which is 2.9 times higher than in Iowa, the lowest at 7 percent.
  • Nevada has the highest share of youth without a high school diploma, 18.9 percent, which is 2.5 times higher than in Hawaii, the lowest at 7.7 percent.
  • Oklahoma and Missouri have the highest share of overweight or obese youth, 51.4 percent, which is 1.5 higher than in the District of Columbia, the lowest at 33.5 percent.
  • Vermont has the highest share of youth using drugs in the past month, 40.00 percent, which is 2.7 times higher than in Utah, the lowest at 15.04 percent.
  • Nevada has the highest share of homeless youth, 0.86 percent, which is 43 times higher than in Mississippi, the lowest at 0.02 percent.

Patch Editor Beth Dalbey contributed

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