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Monday’s ferry meeting canceled; other news from Hyde County

Hyde County Manager Bill Rich and County Commissioners Chairman Earl Pugh Jr and Ocracoke Commissioner Tom Pahl a May meeting in the Ocracoke Community Center. Photo: C. Leinbach

The monthly meeting with N.C. Ferry Division officials scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, July 10, in the Ocracoke Community Center has been canceled.  These meetings occur at 1 p.m. on the second Monday of every month. The next one will be Monday, Aug. 14.

Hyde County Manager Bill Rich said he asked that the meeting be canceled because the monthly Hyde County Commissioners meeting will be held at 6 p.m. that night–Monday, July 10–in the Hyde County Courthouse multi-purpose room and the Ocracoke Community Center using electronic conferencing equipment.

Hyde County will host a County Leadership Forum on Opioid Abuse from 10 a.m. to noon July 13 in the Hyde County Government Center, 30 Oyster Creek Rd., and the Ocracoke Community Center via teleconferencing equipment to bring together local elected leaders and other key partners to discuss ways to address opioid abuse in the community.

The meeting will include local elected officials and key internal and external stakeholders.

In recent years, North Carolina has seen a spike in opioid related overdose deaths, including the drug overdose deaths June 1 of a 23-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl in Fairfield, mainland Hyde.

According to data provided by the N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services, more than 13,000 North Carolinians have died from accidental overdose deaths since 1999.

“By convening all the local elected officials from our county, as well as representatives from key organizations, we can learn the full effect of the opioid crisis on our county’s citizens, find out what resources are available to help our families, and develop collaborative strategies for effective education, prevention, and treatment that can and will make a difference here in Hyde County,” said Hyde County Manager Bill Rich.

This forum will kick off an effort that is planned to include county-wide community meetings, an education/prevention plan as well as improved treatment options.

To register, please RSVP to Rosemary Johnson, rjohnson@hydecountync.gov, or 252.926.4178.

Hyde County Information Technology Manager, Donnie Shumate, has been appointed as the new public information officer and deputy clerk, replacing his mother, Teresa Adams, who resigned as of July 1.  Adams had served in the position since November 2015 and Shumate will continue to work in both positions.