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Wednesday, April 1, 2020
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Patrick Sr. Center helping seniors in need
First COVID-19 unemployment benefits will be paid this week
Even though the Patrick Senior Center is closed to participants and the general public until further notice, they are still helping seniors gain access to needed services. The staff are still working and are distributing non-perishable food items to any senior age 55 or over who needs it. Staff are also scheduling in county medical appointments through TACC for Cleveland County residents age 60 and over. Please call for more information about transportation. The center also has a limited supply of incontinence products, toiletry items and Ensure. These items are donated to the center by businesses and the community at large. Please
Sunday, Governor Roy Cooper announced that the first payments for the unemGOV. COOPER ployment claims related to coronavirus will begin going out this week. The Division of Employment Security has received an unprecedented number of unemployment insurance claims since Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order No. 118 on March 17. In the past two weeks, approximately 270,000 claims have been filed, with most of them related to COVID-19. For comparison, the state received about 7,500 claims in
call for availability. The Patrick Center also runs a Loan Equipment Program. If you need a walkerw, wheelchair, bath chair or other equipment, even on a temporary basis, please call the center to check on our availability. People can call the center during working hours (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm) to arrange a time to come pick up a bag of food and other needed items, or delivery can be arranged. If you would like to donate any of the above items, please call the center to arrange a time to drop See PATRICK, Page 7A
the first two weeks of March, before the order was issued. “Thousands of workers have lost jobs, but their bills don’t stop. My administration is working overtime to get unemployment checks out now. We’ll keep pushing every day for more state and federal help to save our workers and their families,” said Governor Cooper. On Saturday, the Governor directed the Division of Employment Security to begin implementing the unemployment insurance provisions of the federal CARES Act. The Division of Employment of Security expects to receive guidance from the federal government later this week about how to implement the changes, including the change that allows for an additional $600
in unemployment benefits. The state expects those payments to begin approximately two weeks after that guidance is provided. Workers applying for benefits must complete their weekly certifications in order to receive unemployment insurance payments. The weekly certification is a series of ‘yes or no’ questions that helps determine a person’s eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits each week. If a person does not complete a weekly certification, they will not receive a payment for that week. The weekly certification must be completed through the individual’s online account at des.nc.gov. Important information on the process For general questions
about unemployment benefits in North Carolina during the COVID-19 crisis, contact the Division of Employment Security. • Employees with questions about the application and benefits can read more about requirements and steps to get an unemployment benefit payment here: https://des.nc.gov/needhelp/covid-19-information/ covid-19-information-individuals •Employers who have questions about their role in the process can read more about what is required of them to help their workers qualify for benefits here: https://des.nc.gov/needhelp/covid-19-information/ covid-19-information-employers. See BENEFITS, Page 7A
What NC statewide Coalition collects food stay-at-home orders for people in need really mean By Loretta Cozart On Friday, March 27, Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order 121, requiring North Carolinians to remain in their homes except for performing essential work and activities such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety purposes. This Stay at Home Order will help slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent the medical system from being overwhelmed by keeping individuals from being exposed to the virus and keeping those who have the virus from spreading it to others. Below are frequently asked questions and answers. In addition, individuals should check with
local governments to determine whether additional restrictions have been imposed in their local jurisdictions to limit the spread of COVID-19. Please note that Executive Order 121 modifies some sections of previous Executive Orders, but sections not modified are still in effect. This information is subject to change in light of new CDC guidance and additional Executive Orders or local government declarations. This Order permits the following businesses to remain open: • Restaurants that provide take-out, drive-thru, or delivery • Grocery stores • ABC stores and beer and wine stores
• Doctors and other healthcare providers • Pharmacies • Hardware stores • Post offices • Office supply stores • Gas stations and convenience stores • Veterinarians and pet supply stores • Hotels, airlines, buses, taxis, and rideshare services • Places of worship • Childcare providers (that are following the required NCDHHS procedures) For a full list of essential businesses, please see the Order. See HOME, Page 7A
KM Spring Litter Sweep April 11 – April 25 By Loretta Cozart Mayor Scott Neisler declared April 13 – 27, 2020 as Kings Mountain’s Spring Litter Sweep. The North Carolina Department of Transportation encourages local government, civic and pro-
fessional groups, businesses, churches, schools, families and individual citizens to participate. “With COVID-19 and the Governor’s Stay at Home Order, we’ll all have a little more time at home to clean our property and beautify our yards. This wonderful weather invites us to spend time outdoors. We can use that free time to make our yards more attrac-
tive,” the Mayor said. “Social distancing affords us the time to work on projects we may have put off for years.” Mayor Neisler encourages local citizens to work in your yards, neighborhoods, and community to make it cleaner and more beautiful. Citizens can get trash bags for Kings Mountain’s Spring Litter Sweep at the Public Works Department located at 1013 N Piedmont Avenue.
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The Cleveland County Potato Project, Junior and Senior Civitan Clubs, and Shelby Rotary Club combined forces to help people impacted by the Coronavirus, collecting food for those in need from the Coronavirus on Saturday, March 28. “The coalition collected fruits and vegetables that have a longer shelf-life, like potatoes,” said Doug Sharp, co-founder of the Cleveland County Potato Project. “Overall, I am very pleased with the response.” Forty plus individuals fanned-out across the county, placing trucks in parking lots near grocery stores and collecting thousands of pounds of food. The items collected will be available to the general public at Crisis Assistance Ministry, the Baptist’s Association, Salvation Army, and other groups. If you’d like to donate, make checks to the Cleveland County Potato Project or contact Doug Sharp at 704 472 5128.
L-R: Jim and Peggy McSwain collect food and monetary donations for those in need at Ingles Markets located at 2111 Shelby Rd in Kings Mountain. Photos by Jake
A car full of food was collected for those impacted by COVID19 through loss of work and other financial difficulties.
City Special Events Department launches new Facebook page The City of Kings Mountain’s Special Events Department announces the creation of a new Facebook page geared toward keeping not only Kings Mountain residents, but residents statewide, up to date on all city sponsored events.
“We are always looking for new ways to market our events,” says Christy Conner, Special Events Director with the City of Kings Mountain. “With the high number of people using social media, Facebook continues to be a successful
tool we can use to promote our events more efficiently. In the coming weeks, we plan to build our social media platform to include Instagram as well.” The Special Events Department’s new Facebook See FACEBOOK, Page 3A
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