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14 Rural Center grants issued in wake of audit findings

Posted August 4, 2013
Updated August 6, 2013

Rural Center, N.C. Rural Economic Development Center

— More than a dozen grants funded by the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center have been cleared to help struggling towns and counties.

A state audit last month criticized the center's management of grants and a $242,000 severance account for the center's founding president, Billy Ray Hall. He stepped down after the audit, and the center's board froze his severance.

State lawmakers cut off the group's funding and shifted rural development efforts to existing state agencies.

On Sunday, the Office of State Budget and Management determined 14 grants, totaling $734,344.18, do comply with state laws.

Among those being redistributed are a $500,000 grant for Person County, $18,582.52 to the town of Franklinton and $6,602.48 to Halifax Community College.

Over its 26-year history, the center received more than $650 million from the state. The center also receives federal money.

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  • cbuckyoung Aug 5, 2013

    99%'s perversion of my post is a perfect example of how Democrat-radical liberals work. They take what you say and turn it into a complete lie. Nice job of exposing what gutter rats you and your fellow lefties are.

  • notexactly Aug 5, 2013

    99-
    No, don't think you fixed anything. He froze the money because there was corruption. Now if Pat does do something illegal with the money, then you can complain about him with accurate reasoning. Just like I can complain about the last two winners we had as governors.

  • foodstamptrader Aug 5, 2013

    And the taxpayer money keeps flowing to political friends and hangers-on. Audit or not, fraud discovered or not, repub or dem, the payoff pipeline does not stop....

  • ripetomatoes Aug 5, 2013

    Pork fat greases the wheels of politics.

  • Karmageddon Aug 5, 2013

    What is Person county going to do with that half million dollars of taxpayer money?

  • notexactly Aug 5, 2013

    tailed
    I don't think the GOP received any of that money. Maybe but not likely. Like you say, follow the trail and we will see. I think Pat had no choice but to freeze the money until the investigation is complete.

  • GOPtakersSociety Aug 5, 2013

    ensure that the grant's were not going to the Democrats fat cat friends, but to deserving GOP PET projects. Thank-you Governor McCrory.

    cbuckyoung

    whew, fix that for ya

  • jrfergerson Aug 5, 2013

    WRAL reports in their story of ‘14 Rural Center grants issued in wake of audit findings’ On Sunday, the Office of State Budget and Management determined 14 grants, totaling $734,344.18, do comply with state laws. Among those being redistributed are a $500,000 grant for Person County, $18,582.52 to the town of Franklinton and $6,602.48 to Halifax Community College. YET HERE IN THIS N&O story reports: Grants are being awarded by the state Commerce Department with the help of a five-member Rural Center board committee. The largest grant, for $500,000, went to Person County. Other grants went to the town of Plymouth, for $108,787; the town of Bath, for $42,861; the town of Franklinton, for $11,090; and Central Carolina Community College, for $11,556. THESE WRITER NEED TO GET THEIR FACTS TOGETHER BEFORE PRINTING- Example: WRAL states- to the town of Franklinton and $6,602.48 to Halifax Community College. FIRST HALIFAX COMMUNITY COLEGE IS NOT IN FRANKLIN COUNTY AND SECOND - DID THE TOWN

  • Hill55 Aug 5, 2013

    $242,000 in a "severance account"? What does that means. There was money in an account that was set aside with his name on it or was it just an entry on the books?

    Another question, did the Executive Director have another retirement account in addition to this severance accountant.

  • aspenstreet1717 Aug 5, 2013

    Another week another example of waste by NC government.

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