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Announcements for Friday, Sept. 11
Onslow County has received new positive cases of COVID-19 as of Sept. 8. Positive cases now total 1,642, with 18 deaths, 1,401 cleared. The state positivity rate among those tested is at 6.2% overall, and Onslow County is at 5.1% overall. For specific demographic data, the state website now includes additional local demographic information at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard/cases and a local view of testing and percent positive tests at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard/testing. The total reported by the state for Onslow County is often about a day or so behind our county’s verified totals.
Onslow County Schools’ USDA summer nutrition program waiver allowing school systems to provide free meals has been extended until Dec. 31. Every school-age child 18 years or younger who lives in Onslow County will be eligible to receive meals while in school, or from any of our Student Nutrition Hub sites, at no cost. A student ID must be shown for curbside meal pickup. To receive an ID for school-age children who do not attend OCS and wish to receive meals, parents/guardians must contact the OCS School Nutrition Department at (910) 478-3470. This ID must be presented at the School Nutrition Hub site for meal distribution. Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday: Curbside pick-up from 8:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Wednesday: Curbside pick-up will be from 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. School Nutrition Hub sites: Clyde Erwin Elementary, Northwoods Elementary, Dixon Elementary, Richlands Elementary, Hunters Creek Elementary, Southwest Elementary, Jacksonville High, Southwest High, Northside High, Swansboro High.
The annual Patriot Day community observance in remembrance of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, will be held at 8:15 a.m. Sept. 11 at the Jacksonville City Hall due to the weather. Due to Covid-19, attendance is not encouraged. The observance will be presented virtually via several city and county internet and social media streams as well as the Jacksonville-Onslow Government Television Channel.
Open Door Food Bank food giveaway will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at Bethel Word Church, 1675 Halltown Road, Jacksonville.
Gospel concert held at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at Nine Mile Christian Community Church, 732 Nine Mile Road, Richlands featuring music by Four in Christ Quartet. 910-389-9672.
Blood drives will be held on Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hampton Inn, 1032 Hampton Inn Way, Jacksonville. Appointments encouraged. Visit redcross.org.
Hammocks Beach State Park, Swansboro offers “Hoof It or Woof It” at 11 a.m. Sept. 13, meet at the visitor center. Come out with your dog and enjoy this ranger-guided hike. Pets must be leashed, no longer that six feet. Weather dependent. 910-326-4881.
The NC Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Sept. 15 by webinar on proposed shellfish leases in Onslow County. The public may participate in the meeting online or by telephone. To facilitate comments, the division is asking those who wish to speak during the meeting to pre-register by 4 p.m. Sept. 15 by letter at N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, Shellfish Leases, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557 or visit https://deq.nc.gov/public-comment-proposed-shellfish-leases-onslow-county.
ExtravaGOWNza event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 15 at Marston Pavilion aboard Camp Lejeune. Open to DoD ID cardholders only. Free gowns will be available first-come, first-served. Face coverings required. Pre-cleaned gown donations will be accepted at Bldg. 1 through Sept. 11 and at Marston Pavilion on Sept 14-15. For more information, call 910-451-7908.
Onslow County Parks and Recreation offers “Yoga in the Pines” on Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m. for a four-week series beginning Sept. 17. Cost $24 or $8 drop-in fee. Registration 910-389-4357.
United Way of Onslow County CHEW Food Drive “Oodles of Noodles” will be collecting donations until Oct. 2 to support students in Onslow County Schools. Donations of soup, macaroni and cheese and ramen noodles are preferred but all items will be accepted.
Quest Diagnostics Lab will hold drive-thru testing sites from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. Tuesday/Thursdays at Walmart, 4250 Western Blvd. and Walmart Neighborhood Market, 6645 Hwy. 70 Newport. Must have a doctor’s order and an appointment, no walk-ups will be seen. Visit MyQuestCOVIDTest.com.
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