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Caldwell Serving Caldwell County North Carolina

Volume 4, Issue 5

Free Thursday, November 9, 2017

VETERANS DAY Honoring and Remembering All Who Served Foothills Community Workshop has a new 9 Because We Owe Them by Daniel B. 10 New Plymouth Press, LLC announces release of new book title by local author - all net proceeds are designated to support local 12 SBI Collects a Record 13 Tons of Pills for 19


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Devotional by Pastor Scott Frady VIN SCULLY AND THE CHRISTIAN LIFE Beloved Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully served as play-by-play man for the Dodgers for 67 years. Scully, now nearing 90 years of age, was broadcasting games for the Dodgers when they were still located in Brooklyn, NY. He has called games for most of the great players in Dodgers’ history: Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale and many more. In the 1970’s the Dodgers had an infield that played together through most of the decade. Steve Garvey, Dave Lopes, Ron Cey and Bill Russell comprised the best infield in the majors over that time yet their era of greatness only accounts for about 12 percent of Scully’s time in the booth. Scully called Don Larsen’s perfect game in the World Series in 1956. In short, no one has called more games or is more beloved by his fans than Vin Scully. In 2014, Scully mulled over retiring, but decided to return for a couple of more years. What interested me was what he said in announcing his return. In the announcement, Scully said, “The thought of just suddenly walking away from all these friends in the ballpark, and this great game, and this very exciting team, and this fandom that’s so thrilled with what’s going on, I thought there’s just no way,” I think Scully’s enthusiasm for what he is doing is so powerful. After all those years of baseball he has never grown tired of the game. As I apply this thought to my own Christian life, I might paraphrase Scully like this, “The thought of just suddenly walking away from all these friends in the body of Christ, the church, and my great Savior and His very exciting mission and my heart which is thrilled with who He is and what He has done, I thought there’s just no way.” I want that to always be my perspective and I pray it would be the heart of others as well. How can we turn away from so great a salvation? How can we not have at least the enthusiasm like that of one who has loved their life’s work? I am not writing to induce guilt but simply to point myself and any who are reading this back to the wonderful privilege of treasuring Jesus. Pastor Scott Frady of West Hickory Baptist Church 40 12th Street NW, Hickory, NC

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Nine Turnovers Soak Spartans by Dan O'Neal SAWMILLS, NC (November 3, 2017)...South Caldwell head coach Marc Kirkpatrick told his players recently that you can beat anybody on any given night. However, he also reminded them that the opposition can do the same to you. At the 1:49 mark of quarter number one, the scoreboard at Jack Clarke Field read like this, South Caldwell (Home) 14 Alexander Central (Visitor) 7. In a span of five minutes during that period, sophomore sensation Austin Raynor snagged two touchdown catches from two different quarterbacks, Jason Martin and senior Jesse Connor to account for the lead. Then along came the second period. Then down came the rain and up went the umbrellas in the stands occasionally blocking the view of those working in the press box. And from there, then came the fumble-bumbles. Then came the next seven Cougars scores and from there, they did not look back. The result, a 57-14 thrashing of the Spartans on Senior Night. This game also marked the return of former Spartans head coach Butch Carter. The win also sealed the Northwestern 4A/3A Conference championship for Alexander Central and their being seeded at number three in the 3AA Western Region of the state playoffs. Leading the way for the Spartans offense was Harley Sullivan, who gained fifty-nine yards on eight carries. Sullivan would also be the game's leading tackler with seven solo tackles and two assisted and Raynor also stood out on defense with an interception. With their 1-10 record, many would have thought this would be the final game for South Caldwell this season. Because all conferences with all enrollment numbers classifications (4A for the Spartans), with the win over McDowell and their losing to Freedom, South Caldwell not only qualified for the 4A state playoffs but also received a first-round bye. Hence, on November 17th, South will face the winner of Hickory Ridge/West Charlotte, whose game is this Friday night. Regarding their playoff opportunity, Coach Kirkpatrick spoke to the way South Caldwell can now put on their best "Clark Kent's". And regardless of the commentary blowing up on message boards, all the Spartans can do is go out there and give it everything they have.


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South Caldwell Spartans 5th/6th graders football team has perfect season CALDWELL COUNTY, NC (November 6, 2017)… The South Caldwell Spartans 5th/6th graders team recently won the county wide championship for the Caldwell County Youth Football League. And, they did so in an amazing fashion by having a perfect season. Not only were they undefeated, but they were never scored against this season. As far as we have been told, this has never been done in the league. “This is a hard-working group of boys that are truly passionate about this sport” stated Heather Koon.

Not in order...Players: LaShaun Going, Bobby Perry, Anderson Raynor, Landon Borders, Jack Koon, Jakson Lawing, Suan Moore, Colby Foster, Jeremie Little, Payton Church, Drew Robinson, Alex Boyles, Zach Freeman, Logan Shoemaker, Miles Lackey, Alex Engle, Ethan Clark, Dylan Huskey, Austin Perry and Brayden Helms. Coaches: Jason Huskey, Chris Robinson, Jason Borders and Darrel Moore. 9-9-17 vs. Hornets 18-0 9-16-17 vs. Panthers 20-0 9-23-17 vs. Warriors 34-0 9-30-17 vs. Hornets 34-0 10-7-17 vs. Panthers 19-0 10-14-17 vs. Warriors 20-0 10-21-17 Playoffs vs. Warriors 28-0 10-28-17 Super Bowl vs. Hornets 18-0


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“Love Brought A Miracle” Presented by Clover Baptist Church Drama Only – December 15 at 7 PM *Drama/Dinner Theatre – December 16 at 5 PM GRANITE FALLS, NC (November 1, 2017)…Set in the year 1887, the small community of Melody is coming together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. Times are hard for the people of Melody as the local factory has closed down and work is scarce. Young Tommy Hoskins goes to work at Penniworth’s store hoping to earn enough money to buy his out of work father a suit of clothes so he can attend the celebration. Unfortunately, Tommy’s father has turned to the bottle instead of turning to God. Christmas is a time for miracles and this year “Love Brought A Miracle.” All seating for the drama on Friday evening is free and no reservation is needed. *The Drama/Dinner Theatre will feature a salad bar, baked potato bar and a variety of soups along with yeast roll, dessert, coffee, tea or water. The cost will be $9 for adults and $7 for children under age 12. Reservations are required for the Drama/ Dinner Theatre and may be made by stopping by the church office or by calling 828 396 2417 between 8:30 am and 2:30 pm Monday – Thursday. Seating for this event are limited. Reservations will be accepting beginning November 1st. Brookdale Lenoir Assisted Living, 1145 Powell Rd, Lenoir NC will host it’s annual breakfast honoring Caldwell County’s Police, Fire, and Emergency Services Personnel on Friday, November 10th, from 0830 until 1030 hrs. This event is to show appreciation to the men and women who respond to crimes, emergencies and community needs in Caldwell County. The residents are always there waiting with smiles to greet emergency workers.

A Holiday Spectacular When: Saturday, December 9th, 9am-12pm Where: Caldwell Ag Center/Public Library Meeting Rooms in Lenoir Cost: Free Our holiday spectacular will include making holiday crafts, watching holiday movies, and more. 4H will have 10 different holiday crafts for kids to make. Caldwell County Public Library will be holding a holiday movie marathon. Come enjoy some holiday fun at this free joint event held by Caldwell County 4-H and Caldwell County Public Library.



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Volkswagen presents Warren Miller’s "Line of Descent"...only two showings in North Carolina with one in Hickory By Warren Miller Entertainment | August 23, 2017...This fall, the annual tradition is back to salute the start of winter as we celebrate our 68th ski and snowboard film with downhill thrills, global adventure and a nod to those that taught us to slide on snow. Snowriders are a family—one big tribe comprising of many smaller ones. Familial rites pass down through generations. Skier roots grow deep in high mountain soil. Line of Descentcelebrates just that, the lineage of legendary athletes through a multi-generational cast of skiing’s icons and fresh faces, including Tommy Moe, Jonny Moseley, JT Holmes, Lexi duPont, Seth Wescott, Kalen Thorien, Marcus Caston, Jeremy Jensen, Griffin Post, and more. This year, Volkswagen joins us as the presenting sponsor of the Line of Descent U.S. film tour. The partnership builds on the heritage and passion associated with both the Volkswagen and Warren Miller brands. Volkswagen’s partnership will grow authentically well into 2019, elevating the event experience that is the Warren Miller institution and marking the beginning of every winter season. Ride along on a stunning cinematic journey as we travel near and far, descending some of North America’s deepest lines in Jackson Hole, Montana, Silverton, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, and Steamboat. From powsurfer to splitboard, motorcycle, dogsled or snowmobile, watch as athletes chase winter along the Beartooth Pass, the French Alps, New Zealand, British Columbia, and Norway. “This season, we explore how skiers are shaped by picking up a pair of skis for the first time,” notes producer Josh Haskins. “More often than not, it’s family who introduces us to the sport or steers us on the path towards an ongoing passion—be it a ski bum lifestyle, a professional career or simply the desire to pass on the same feeling to the next generation. There is a kinship unlike any other in the ski community, and Warren Miller is the elder, bringing generations of skiers and riders together for 68 years, and this year is no different.” Since 1949, ski families have cheered the official kickoff of winter with the ski film company that started it all. As the family grows, the traditions grow richer. Volkswagen Presents Warren Miller’s Line of Descent will premiere worldwide in three locations on October 13, 2017: Salt Lake City, UT, Portland, OR and Bozeman, MT. Screenings will then sweep across the U.S. from October to January. Tickets go on sale September 12, 2017; local show dates and times can be found on November 14, 2017 7 PM at the Carolina Theater in Downtown Hickory

Presented locally by the Catawba Valley Ski Club Admission $7 and Valuable Door Prizes…Too Many To List Presented by Volkswagen “Line of Descent” by Warren Miller

BUY TICKETS LOCALLY This event is being hosted by an Independent Promoter. Please contact the Bradley Taylor, and the Catawba Valley Ski Club for more information. Volkswagen presents "Line Of Decent" by Warren Miller entertainment. Come out to the Carolina Theater in Hickory, NC to check out an amazing film shot all over the world and featuring some of the best skiing and snowboarding you will ever see. This is our annual fundraiser and door prizes will be available you don’t want to miss this. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the theater the day of the show.

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Foothills Community Workshop has a new home GRANITE FALLS, NC (November 7, 2017)‌After losing everything in the Old Shuford Mills fire this past summer, the Foothills Community Workshop took possession of their new space at 141 North Main Street in Granite Falls. They are very excited to get back to what they do! The building is 11,000 sq. ft. and has tremendous potential. Everyone is invited to attend one of their weekly meetings. Weekly meetings are resuming to their normal schedule: Tuesdays at 7PM and Saturdays at 3PM. In the coming weeks, the FCW will be working to set up their new space. Additionally, an open house is scheduled for Friday Dec. 15 from 5-9 PM and Saturday, Dec. 16 from 10AM-6PM. There will also be an official Ribbon Cutting on Friday, Dec. 15 at 4PM. Foothills Community Workshop wants to say thank you for the outpouring of support they have received over the last few months. They couldn't have recovered from July's tragedy without the contributions of the maker / hackerspace community, our members, friends and families. The crew is working to make the space usable as soon as possible. Spread the word — FCW is back!! About FCW...Foothills Community Workshop is a 501(c)3 hackerspace in Granite falls. FCW currently has over 30 members ranging in age from high school to nearly 80. The backgrounds are an eclectic mix including former and current: teachers; programmers; engineers; technicians; furniture workers; truckers; musicians; business people and others. The common desire is to learn from others, teach skills, and make projects.



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Because We Owe Them by Daniel B. Rundquist SPECIAL TO THE CALDWELL JOURNAL (November 11, 2017)…It is soon Veteran’s Day according to your calendar. My calendar looks a little different. I show 365 Veteran’s Days on it. That’s because in America every day is in fact, Veteran’s Day. So, the national news lately has been dominated by stories of overpaid athletes and others taking a knee during the presentation of the American flag and the singing of the national anthem at their games, “in protest.” The fallout of these actions has generated even more news stories and a whole lot of emotional distress on all sides. So, let me solve it for both groups right here. Let’s begin with the NFL player/protestors—after all they are the ones who started the issue to begin with. I understand their misguided desire to obnoxiously use their fame to push for a cause, but America sees it differently. What most of us see are grown men who are among the most privileged class the world has ever seen. Millionaires who wear colorful costumes and play a children’s game, responsible for nothing, thinking that what they do for a living even matters. They have no more right to express themselves than anyone else does, and the problem they have is that the target of their “free expression” is frankly misguided from the start. Never mind that they are at work, on company time and on private property during their protests—and that they insist on violating existing league rules. No, even that’s not the issue. Their problem is the American flag. At the root of this problem lies the fact that it simply does not belong to them and as a result disrespecting it—while it may be technically legal—is not an example of proper American citizenship. “What do you mean they don’t own the flag—how can that be right?” You say, incredulously. Well, neither do I, actually. Sure, I have a few flags, I fly them, keep them around and so on—but I don’t own them. Not really. Ownership of the American flag is not that complicated a thing. It does not belong to our statesmen who framed the nation, nor to the politicians and bureaucrats who today run the government. The flag does not belong to patriotic businessmen who fly the flag outside their buildings and shops. All of us are free to use and fly the flag without a doubt—but we cannot claim ownership for that unique and beautiful icon of Liberty, Justice, and Freedom. The American flag simply belongs to those who paid for it, and the only people who have done that are the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. They have won this flag time and again with their courage, commitment, discipline, and that rarest of all earthy commodities—American blood. They are selflessly committed to the service of their country, generation after generation and they graciously lend their prize—the American flag— for use by us, a grateful nation. So, all American civilians owe a debt to our servicemen. It’s a fact. We owe them for use of the flag certainly, but we owe them for so much more—even if they may not see it that way themselves. So, what do we owe them exactly? Again, this is not that difficult to discover. Think for a moment about your own life and your day to day, month to month experiences. Often our servicemen are denied these things. We owe them Thanksgiving Day with their families; Christmas mornings at home with their children; New Year’s with their spouses; birthdays and weddings; their children’s ball games, cub scouts, and school plays. We owe them so much. Continued on page 11...

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Because We Owe Them by Daniel B. Rundquist Continued from page 10...

Some veterans gave their entire careers over to service, others sacrificed their health, others gave limbs in battle, and still others will give their lives. The list of what we owe our veterans here could go on for pages and while veterans ask for little or nothing of us, they would settle for perhaps a bit of simple, quiet respect. So, to use the American flag in a “protest” is in fact to disrespect those who earned it and defend it. With all this “protesting” going on, I thought I might protest a bit on my own—starting with how veterans are mistreated in America. As civilians, we have to accept our duty as American citizens to set clear standards and high expectations to our elected representatives on how we want our veterans cared for. As taxpayers, we have a right to hold government accountable for how it spends our money. After all, we elected them—hired them to do a job—and we also help fund the government. So, I have a few policy recommendations for our politicians: 1. The words “homeless” and “veteran” should never be able to be used in the same sentence in America. This has to end. America lawmakers send billions and billions of taxpayer (and borrowed) dollars to foreign countries as aid year after year while veterans at home are often left to shift in the wind. It’s not just wrong, it is an inexcusable injustice. While a great many veterans do just fine on their own without any help at all, the ones who do need our support and assistance for whatever reason—must receive it, for as long as it takes. They don’t leave their wounded on the battlefield, and we civilians must not leave them to live on the streets. Period.

2. Either completely reform or privatize the entire VA Hospital system. Because I have little faith that those bureaucrats who run the organization today either have the desire or capacity to fix it, I’m going with privatization here. For the benefit of my fellow civilians taking this in, I want you to understand what it is often like for a veteran going to a VA hospital for treatment. What if every time you wanted to visit your doctor you had to 1. call months ahead, 2. do your taxes for the year, and then 3. on the day of your appointment drive some 45 miles and 4. stand in line at the DMV office? When your appointment is finally done, they send you to another DMV office for some reason or other and you wait there for another three hours to see some bureaucrat about more paperwork. Well, our veterans have their own DMV office and it’s called the VA hospital. 3. Lastly, it is my desire that no active duty serviceman in a forward combat position overseas should have to pay or file federal taxes for their earnings for that year. They are voluntarily putting themselves at risk in service to their country. I say, “paid in full.” Our military makes all others on the planet look like the Cleveland Browns by comparison. You see, unlike those man-children in their NFL costumes carrying a football around in a “gun-free” zone for millions of dollars, our veterans wear an actual uniform when they tread into harm’s way, carrying and defending the flag of their country proudly and they complain to no one about their circumstances. They have done this because they believe in American exceptionalism—not demanding American perfection. They understand what it means to be a part of something larger than themselves, and because of that they truly are a part of the greatest team of the finest men and women on Earth—the American Armed Forces. We thank you!


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New Plymouth Press, LLC announces release of new book title by local author – all net proceeds are designated to support local DAV CALDWELL COUNTY, NC (November 7, 2017)… New Plymouth Press, LLC is proud to announce today that a new book will be released to the public on December 1, 2017. The author, Dan Rundquist has completed work on his nonfiction title, Tears For Byzantium; The Entropic Course of American Exceptionalism. The work seeks to address the question of what exactly is the proper size, role, and scope of American government in a post-9/11 world through the prism of world history. It is told by a father, taxpayer, and ordinary American citizen. “I have wept for my nation until I am out of tears. Not from a personal depression, but with the deepest grief and sorrow as one might have for a dying loved one. The patient in this case is our nation, America, but she is not so much ill as she is being euthanized. I weep for her because I love my nation, and she is nearly lost to us. I have always loved my country, and I am not alone.” Dan Rundquist The Caldwell Journal has been awarded exclusive distribution of the e-book format… This special edition of the book will be made available exclusively by a distribution agreement with the Caldwell Journal: ▪ The publisher has set the title price at $4.99 and the author is donating ALL net proceeds for this special PDF edition to Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 6 Hudson, NC.

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Western Piedmont Symphony presents Holiday Pops! HICKORY, NC (November 2, 2017)…Kick off the holiday season once again with Western Piedmont Symphony's Holiday Pops! Under the direction of John Gordon Ross, the award-winning Western Piedmont Symphony will perform many of your holiday favorites—new and old. There will be two concerts on Saturday, November 18, 2017: one at 3 PM, the other at 7:30 PM. Both concerts will be held in the Drendel Auditorium on the SALT Block. Ticket prices are $20/Adult. One child will be admitted FREE with each paying adult. Enjoy the sounds of Frozen, Nutcracker Ballet, Here Comes Santa Claus, Polar Express and many, many more. In addition students from the Louis Nunnery School of Ballet will perform. And, of course, Santa and his Elf would not miss celebrating this wonderful season with the symphony. Bring your camera for great family photos. Tickets can be purchased online 24/7 at; through the WPS Box Office from 10am – 2 pm (weekdays only);, and at 828.324.8603. Get your tickets now! A wonderful event for the whole family! Western Piedmont Symphony is a grant recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council and a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. Business offices are located on the SALT Block at 243 Third Avenue NE, Hickory. Box office hours are 10 am until 2:00 pm daily. Visit the Symphony’s website at or contact them at 828.324.8603 or

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Chamber Trip to China 2018 LENOIR, NC (October 25, 2017)…The Caldwell Chamber of Commerce is offering a unique opportunity to experience the Chinese culture, history and business. Through a partnership with Citslinc, International, the Chamber is offering a cost effective trip to China on October 26th through November 4th 2018. The trip includes stops in Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou with opportunities to visit historic sites like the Great Wall of China and Tian An Men Square. There is also an opportunity to visit with a local Chinese business. The meeting is optional and requires filling out an inquiry form indicating what type of business or industry you are interested in learning more about. “We’re excited to organize a China Tour for our regional residents,” said Barbara Armstrong, Chamber President/CEO. “This is an excellent opportunity to be introduced to the China. It’s extremely affordable and includes visits to major cities, various economic zones and major historical sites.” The trip includes airfare from LaGuardia, hotel accommodations at 4 & 5 star hotels, three full meals a day, and professional drivers and tour operators. The cost is $2,199 for Chamber Members and $2399 for Potential Members. Just airfare alone is upwards of $800 to $1000 if priced separately. Some of the highlights include visiting the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Ming Tombs, and The Bund. The Chamber is also hosting an informational meeting on Thursday, November 16th at Blue Ridge Energy Community Room from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Leo Liu, owner of Citslinc, will be answering questions regarding the trip. Leo has been providing this great trip to Chambers across Continental America since 1983. More than 1000 Chambers have made this trip and have given this organization countless endorsements. This is the perfect and safest way to travel. Please contact the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce for more information or to register for the orientation to learn more about the great trip! 828-726-0616 or email

Testimonial from a Raleigh Chamber of Commerce traveler We went on the same trip with the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce from Oct. 25-Nov. 2, 2009. Let me tell you if anyone has the opportunity to take this trip they should. It's a trip of a lifetime. Yes the guides (you have 2 different ones for Beijing & Shanghai) take you to the factories. These are factories that are run by the Chinese Government. The idea is to buy items at the factories to offset such a cheap price that we paid for the trip. But they also show you how these products are made. There are so many bargains all around especially with the street peddlers. Don't be afraid to really offer 1/3 of the asking price. I had the best time at the Shanghai China Town market. American money can be used at most places but not at the rest area supermarkets. Make sure the money is crisp new bills and nothing over 20 dollar bills. Bring more 5's & 10's. My husband & I brought $1,000.00 (which was recommended) and came back with around $300.00. And we shopped! The 5 star hotels - the Crowne Plaza in Bejing was the best and the Crowne Plaza in Shanghai was good. The 4 star hotels in Suzhou and Hangzhou were fair but all very clean. The major complaint that we had were the hotels were very warm. The air conditioning didn't seem to work. We were told that the government turns off the air on Oct. 1st and the hotels are powerless to switch it over. Continued on page 11...

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Testimonial from a Raleigh Chamber of Commerce traveler Continued from page 10...

The food was very plentiful. Usually 8 courses if not more. The one problem is watch the soy sauce because it caused your feet to swell like crazy. The days are packed with plenty of tours. The days start very early but in order to jam it all in in only a few they have to be long days. The optional tours contrary to what some of you have posted are really optional. We were offered 4 tours and some of our group chose not to come along. They combined the people from the other buses (5 in all) who didn't want to tour and brought them either to the Shanghai market or back to the hotel. We did have 2 nights of free time after dinner. We never felt unsafe anywhere. The Citslink agents were with us from the time we arrived in the Beijing airport until we were leaving the Beijing airport. One of our passengers took ill and the one guide who was assigned to our group from start to finish took this person to the emergency room. The doctors and nurses were actually waiting for this person. He received great treatment and was released within 30 minutes. The bus even stayed with this person. You wouldn't get that here. All in all - don't miss this trip if you can make it. It was GREAT!


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SBI Collects a Record 13 Tons of Pills for Incineration RALEIGH, NC (November 3, 2017)...The State Bureau of Investigation delivered more than 13 tons of prescription pills to an incinerator Nov. 2, a record for Operation Medicine Drop, the statewide campaign to safely dispose of unused medications. “This amount, 26,991 pounds, breaks the record for a one-time event as well as for yearly totals,” said John Keane, special agent in charge of SBI’s Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit. “This was a huge success in getting dangerous opioids out of people’s medicine cabinets and away from children and those with drug addictions.” The number of pills collected equals approximately 20.2 million dosage units. The first Operation Medicine Drop started in 2007 with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and the State Bureau of Investigation. In 2009, the campaign expanded statewide. In 2013, other agencies joined including Safe Kids North Carolina and the Dept. of Insurance. The number of pounds collected and destroyed since 2013: 2013 – 20,176 2014 – 9,932 2015 – 26,238 2016 – 41,385 2017 – 48,354 Operation Medicine Drop encourages people to dispose of their unused, unwanted and expired medications by dropping them off at a local law enforcement agency or designated pharmacy. Law enforcement agencies take the collected medicines to one of eight SBI field offices where they are delivered to the SBI Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit in Raleigh for disposal. “For people who need treatment, the SBI encourages them to seek that treatment,” said SBI Director Bob Schurmeier. “For those involved in diversion activities, we have agents working day and night to address that problem. We have agents working around the clock to deal with illegal drugs that are coming to North Carolina. We are aggressive, we’re coming after people who are involved in that activity and we are relentless.” Operation Medicine Drop is held twice a year, spring and fall.

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