Newsletter From the Office of Sen. Angela R. Bryant

Volume 9, Issue IX

October 1, 2014




I always welcome your comments, project updates, suggestions, and visits. My office door and electronic door are always open to you!  As always, thank you for your support!




  • Around the District and More
  • Stay in the Know: Important Information about Children’s Health and Safety and more; Childcare in Warren County; Download the KnowBullying App
  • Upcoming Workshops
  • Meet our Legislative Summer Pages
  • Legislative News
  • Because You Care – We Thank you




  • Making Energy Work Conference, October 1st and 2nd 2014 at the Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte NC. You will find a network of professionals from every segment of the industry. Last year 22 states and two countries were represented at the conference. They are expecting more than 550 attendees this year.  They have secured discount hotel rates one block from the conference, but the room block is limited. Go to
  • 6th annual Making Energy Work Conference Wednesday, October 1st and Thursday, October 2nd at the Charlotte Convention Center. Hosted by the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association. NCSEA has reserved a block of rooms for $145+ per night at the Hyatt Place Charlotte Downtown– 222 S. Caldwell Street, 2 blocks from the convention center. Reservation methods can be found on the Venue page of our Making Energy Work website. Click the following link to Register for Making Energy Work 2014: Securing the Future and get involved.
  • Wilson Wellness Color and Fun Run 5K, , Oct. 4, 2014 with registration beginning at 7 a.m. and the race 8 a.m. Start/Finish at the Wilson County Recreation Center at 500 Sunset Rd. Wilson, NC. Cost: $10 per person, Kids 6 and under: Free Fun Run Registration; for kids 6 and up: $10. Late Registration (after Sept. 26) Cost: $15 per person; Kids 6 and under: Free Fun Run Registration for kids 6 and up: $10. Registration includes a t-shirt. Awards and prizes for top finishers. To register, please visit: or contact Rachel Sprecher at
  • All Together Now! Crowdfunding and Your Community, October 8, 2014. Webinar: 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. A new crowdfunding provision created in the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (JOBS Act) allows businesses to sell shares of their company to a large number of small investors without the expense and reporting requirements associated with going public. Please contact with any questions.
  • FREE Health Screenings and More! Wednesday, October 8, 2014. Screenings From: 10 AM – 6 PM at Maria Parham Medical Center 566 Ruin Creek Road Henderson, NC 27536. Screenings Offered: Cholesterol, Blood Glucose, Blood Pressure, Body Mass Index, and Vascular Ultrasound*. Receive educational materials, promotional items, refreshments and more! No appointment necessary. 8 hours fasting recommended, not required. For more information, call 919-706-4159 or contact the Vance County Farm Bureau at 252-438-4119.
  • Weldon Chargers Cheerleaders Presents: Girls Building Awareness of Breast Cancer, October 11th, at Weldon High School.  The event will be 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Open to area Middle and High School girls. There will be a variety of stations sharing literature on how to do self-examinations, someone will share what to expect during a mammogram exam, agencies to help discuss breast cancer disease, door prizes, refreshments and a balloon release at 12 noon to honor all victims and survivors of breast cancer.
  • Congress GK Butterfield’s Service Academy Day on Saturday, October 18th from 9:00AM to 12:00PM at the new Paramount Theatre located downtown Goldsboro, NC. Representatives from each of the academies (US Military Academy, US Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, US Coast Guard Academy and the Merchant Marine Academy) will provide detailed information on each academy’s programs and admissions process.  For more information call Christina Piard at 919-908-0164 or email
  • 7th Annual Early Intervention Conference Friday, October 17th, 2014 from 1:00-5:00pm Parent Conference Saturday, October 18th, 2014 from 8:30am-1pm. Monroe Center at ECU 2000 Venture Tower Drive. This event is FREE to Parents and Professionals interested in young children with special needs from ages birth to five.  For more information contact Linda Crane-Mitchell, Ph.D. at 252.737.2052 or mitchelll@ecu.ecu.
  • Health and Wellness Fair, for Northampton County Local Government Staff on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 11:to 4:00 (Please DRESS for the theme) Northampton County Cultural and Wellness Center 9536 NC HWY 305, JACKSON NC. Flu Shots, Health Screenings, Blood Pressure & Cholesterol Checks, and Fun & Fitness!!! Giveaways and door prizes!



Warren and Henderson Affordable Care Act Forum

September 4, 2014



Deltas and AKAs pictured with Sen. Bryant at the Affordable Care Act Forum






On Saturday, November 8, 2014, at Halifax Community College, the RVBCC will host the area’s second breast cancer conference: “Saving Our Sisters: Supporting Our Women Along the Breast Cancer Continuum of Care in Northeastern North Carolina”.   The Roanoke Valley Breast Cancer Coalition (RVBCC) aims to create a bold “Pink Print” across Northeastern North Carolina and boost our region’s capacity to improve breast cancer outcomes, especially among women who are medically underserved.


We need your help! There’s no special expertise required; only your willingness to bring awareness of breast cancer.  We appeal to you to come forward and help us in a big way by volunteering to assist vendors with set up and removal, registration, decorations, and parking at this one day conference


You may obtain more information about our conference from . Please complete the volunteer application or feel free to contact one of the committee members at the contact information listed below to become a volunteer at this community awareness event.  

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.

Belinda Jones-Hill

Roanoke Valley Breast Cancer Coalition Volunteer Committee Chair

Cell number: 252-678-2249


Virginia McClary

Roanoke Valley Breast Cancer Coalition Volunteer Committee Co-Chair

Work number: 252-534-5841





USDA recently published practical, science-based nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold to children at school during the school day. The standards, required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, will allow schools to offer healthier snack foods to children, while limiting junk food.


The health of today’s school environment continues to improve. Students across the country are now offered healthier school lunches with more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The Smart Snacks in School standards will build on those healthy advancements and ensure that kids are only offered tasty and nutritious foods during the school day.


Smart Snacks in School also support efforts by school food service staff, school administrators, teachers, parents and the school community, all working hard to instill healthy habits in students.


Nutrition Standards for Foods

  • Any food sold in schools must:
  • Be a “whole grain-rich” grain product; or
  • Have as the first ingredient a fruit, a vegetable, a dairy product, or a protein food; or
  • Be a combination food that contains at least ¼ cup of fruit and/or vegetable; or
  • Contain 10% of the Daily Value (DV) of one of the nutrients of public health concern in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (calcium, potassium, vitamin D, or dietary fiber).*
  • Foods must also meet several nutrient requirements:
  • Calorie limits:

° Snack items: ? 200 calories

° Entrée items: ? 350 calories


  • Sodium limits:

° Snack items: ? 230 mg**

° Entrée items: ? 480 mg

  • Fat limits:

° Total fat: ?35% of calories

° Saturated fat: < 10% of calories

° Trans fat: zero grams


  • Sugar limit:

° ? 35% of weight from total sugars in foods


*On July 1, 2016, foods may not qualify using the 10% DV criteria. **On July 1, 2016, snack items must contain ? 200 mg sodium per item


  • All schools may sell:
  • Plain water (with or without carbonation)
  • Unflavored low fat milk
  • Unflavored or flavored fat free milk and milk alternatives permitted by NSLP/SBP
  • 100% fruit or vegetable juice and
  • 100% fruit or vegetable juice diluted with water (with or without carbonation), and no added sweeteners.
  • Elementary schools may sell up to 8-ounce portions, while middle schools and high schools may sell up to 12-ounce portions of milk and juice. There is no portion size limit for plain water.
  • Beyond this, the standards allow additional “no calorie” and “lower calorie” beverage options for high school students.
  • No more than 20-ounce portions of
  • Calorie-free, flavored water (with or without carbonation); and
  • Other flavored and/or carbonated beverages that are labeled to contain < 5 calories per 8 fluid ounces or ? 10 calories per 20 fluid ounces.
  • No more than 12-ounce portions of
  • Beverages with ? 40 calories per 8 fluid ounces, or ? 60 calories per 12 fluid ounces.

Other Requirements

  • Fundraisers
  • The sale of food items that meet nutrition requirements at fundraisers are not limited in any way under the standards.
  • The standards do not apply during non-school hours, on weekends and at off-campus fundraising events.
  • The standards provide a special exemption for infrequent fundraisers that do not meet the nutrition standards. State agencies may determine the frequency with which fundraising activities take place that allow the sale of food and beverage items that do not meet the nutrition standards.
  • Accompaniments
  • Accompaniments such as cream cheese, salad dressing and butter must be included in the nutrient profile as part of the food item sold.
  • This helps control the amount of calories, fat, sugar and sodium added to foods by accompaniments, which can be significant.

You can find more information at: You’re The Cure


Childcare in Warren County


  • Approximately 693 children under the age of 6 reside with at least one working parent.
  • In March 2014, the county served 128 different children with child care subsidy and had 0 eligible children on the waiting list for subsidy.


  • Warren County has 24 licensed child care programs. 10 of which are centers and 14 are family child care homes. 70% of the centers and 21% of homes have a 4 or 5 star rating.


  • There are 255 children up to the age of 5, and 79 school-age children currently enrolled in these child care programs.


  • 88% of children in centers are in a 4-5 star licensed centers. 23% of children in daycare homes are in 4-5 star licensed homes.
  • Most families in Warren County cannot afford the full cost of child care and need a child care subsidy.


  • Low income families and families with more than 1 child have to pay a high percentage of their income for childcare.


Download the KnowBullying App

Parents and caregivers who spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with their child can build the foundation for a strong relationship, and help prevent bullying. KnowBullying, a new mobile app by SAMHSA, encourages dialogue between you and your children and helps you start a conversation.

KnowBullying by SAMHSA includes:

  • Conversation Starters: Start a meaningful discussion with your child.
  • Tips: Learn ways to prevent bullying.
  • Warning Signs: Know if your child is affected by bullying.
  • Reminders: Find the right time to connect with your child.
  • Social Media: Share tactics and useful advice.
  • Section for Educators: Prevent bullying in the classroom.

The KnowBullying app is available for Android and iPhone®. It is a free resource for mobile devices provided by SAMHSA, in conjunction with the Federal partnership.

Put the power to prevent bullying in your hand.



Congressman G. K. Butterfield: October 2014 Grants Workshop


Attend Event

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM (EDT)

Durham Armory
220 Foster St
Durham, NC 27701

Targeted to small business owners and non-profit organizations, the workshop offers access to grants experts through presentations and one on one sessions with grantors. Attendees will:

  • Learn about different proposal requirements depending on grant specifications
  • Explore the essential tools and information for grants
  • Network with representatives from federal and state agencies as well as private foundations

Continental Breakfast provided

*Registration begins at 8:30AM; program begins at 9:00AM


Click here: To Contact The Office of Congressman G. K. Butterfield for more information.



Proposal Preparation and Development Workshops


The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) is pleased to host several Advanced Proposal Preparation and Development Workshops throughout North Carolina during the calendar year 2014.



Each workshop session will consist of two days of lecture, discussion, extensive hands-on class exercises and homework. 


This training, provided by Stover & Associates, Inc., will bring Proposal Development to life in a threat-free classroom environment.  Participants will become members of a Capture and Proposal Development Team competing for a Federal Government contract. 


Participants will build on prior experience to:


Engage customers, gather intelligence, conduct competitive analysis and develop a win strategy

Make informed bid/no-bid decisions

Develop a technical proposal response to a sample solicitation

Develop a pricing estimate for a sample solicitation

Present an oral presentation of their proposal

Participate in a mock source selection – ultimately awarding a “contract” to the winning team.


Participants should arrive expecting to work hard, learn by doing and have a little fun along the way.


Upon completion of this workshop students will be able to:


Describe methods of engaging customers

Gather relevant intelligence about customers and competitors to develop a winning solution

Develop the technical volume of proposals in response to Federal Government solicitations

Develop themes using a “features and benefits” approach that separates their proposal from the competition

Develop competitive pricing strategies and cost proposals in response to the marketplace environment and Federal Government solicitations

Write specific sections of a proposal relating to capture management, technical requirements and pricing using proposal instructions and evaluation factors


WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Attendees must have working knowledge and experience with basic

acquisition processes, federal government solicitations, basics of technical and price proposal preparation, federal source selection processes and applicable Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).


2014 DATES AND LOCATIONS: December 11/12 – Wilmington, NC


COST: $425.00 per person. This price includes the cost of instruction, exercises, materials, venue and catering (am snacks, lunch, pm snacks) throughout both days.


REGISTRATION.   Limited seating will be available for each class.  Save your space, register today!  


Register today online at: 





Thank you for all of your hard work.


Kayla Dunston-

A 12th grade student at Wakefield High School. She is the daughter of Angella Dunston, of Norlina.


Jamario Williams-


A 11th grade student at Southern Vance High School. He is the son of Simika Williams of Henderson.

Jordan Ragland–

A 11th grade student at Athens Drive High School, Raleigh, NC.  She is the daugter of Kevin and Cheryl Ragland.

Makel McClain-

A 10th grade student at Garner High School, Garner, NC. He is the son of Larry and Anitra McClain. Makel says, “My experience as a Page was wonderful. I learned so much about how our state laws our constructed and where the legislative process takes place. Also, the other pages were so friendly and helpful during my first time. Paging was more than educational, it was fun and I had a great time.”

Joynazia Phillips-

A 10th grade student at Rocky Mount High School. Joynzia says, “Working as a page was such a great experience, I got a chance to see what goes on in the legislative



Kamiah L. Phillips-

A 10th grade student at Rocky Mount High School.  Kamiah says, “I was amazed to see the members of the Senate in action during the day in their long sessions and to look at the six o’clock news and see the newscast pack the sessions into sixty seconds or less of highlights of the day.”


Board of Agriculture approves fees for woodland plans

Fees were required by legislature in state budget

The N.C. Board of Agriculture recently approved fees for woodland management plans, following a directive from the state General Assembly.

The state budget approved by the General Assembly directed the N.C. Forest Service to start charging for woodland plans, commonly referred to as forest management plans. The budget bill also allowed the Board of Agriculture to review and approve the fees.

“The North Carolina Forest Service has been helping protect, manage and promote North Carolina’s forests for nearly 100 years,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “They have a lot of experience assisting woodland owners with valuable and tax-saving management advice. I believe the Board of Agriculture approved reasonable fees that will allow the N.C. Forest Service to continue delivering the professional services its customers have come to expect.”

Woodland plans will have a base fee of $45. In addition, there will be a fee of $3 per acre for forest management plans and forest stewardship plans, both of which are comprehensive plans. Practice plans, which are simpler plans that usually address just one management practice, will cost $2 per acre in addition to the base fee.

The NCFS offers a variety of forestry programs and services that are still free of charge.

There are financial and environmental benefits to having a woodland plan, said Sean Brogan, director of forest management and development for the NCFS. Certain types of plans can qualify a landowner for participation in the state’s Forestry Present Use Valuation Program, resulting in significant property tax reductions. The tax savings realized in the first year alone are usually more than enough to cover the cost of a woodland plan, Brogan said. Woodland plan preparation fees can also be considered a deductible management expense for annual tax purposes.

Woodland plans provide detailed forestry recommendations, but they can also advise landowners on wildlife habitat, soil and water protection, recreation opportunities and aesthetics. In addition, they can help qualify landowners for forestry recognition programs, including forest certification.

Landowners interested in state or federal cost-share programs typically need an approved woodland plan. Participation in many of these programs results in a cost savings of 40 percent or more, depending on the program. Cost-share payments help to reduce the initial capital investment needed for many forestry projects, which leads to higher overall financial returns to the woodland owner.


Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas select Dominion to build 550-mile

‘Atlantic Coast Pipeline’ to transport natural gas from West Virginia to eastern North Carolina


  • Pipeline will bring energy, economic, environmental benefits.
  • Estimated cost between $4.5 billion and $5 billion.
  • Four regional companies will share ownership.
  • Target in-service date of late 2018.


Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas today announced the selection of Dominion to build and operate a 550-mile interstate natural gas pipeline from West Virginia, through Virginia and into eastern North Carolina to meet the region’s rapidly growing demand for natural gas.


Called the “Atlantic Coast Pipeline,” it also is expected to serve as a key infrastructure engine to drive economic development and create jobs, helping counties on the pipeline’s route attract new, energy-dependent businesses and industries – especially along the Interstate 95 corridor in eastern North Carolina.


Duke Energy and Piedmont selected Dominion’s project after reviewing submittals by five companies in response to an April 2014 solicitation for proposals to build North Carolina’s second major interstate natural gas pipeline.


The pipeline has an estimated cost of between $4.5 billion and $5 billion, an initial capacity of 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day, and a target in-service date of late 2018. The project will require Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval, which Dominion will seek to secure by summer 2016.


The pipeline’s main customers are six utilities and related companies that collectively

will purchase a substantial majority of the pipeline’s capacity to transport natural gas –

Duke Energy Carolinas, Duke Energy Progress, Virginia Power Services Energy,

Piedmont Natural Gas, Virginia Natural Gas, and PSNC Energy.


The purchases will be made through 20-year contracts, subject to state regulatory

approval. The pipeline’s owners are negotiating with other potential customers, as well.

Gas will be carried through a 42-inch-diameter pipe in West Virginia and Virginia, and a

36-inch-diameter pipe in North Carolina.


Four regional owners

In addition to its role as builder and operator, Dominion will be one of the pipeline’s four

owners – all based in the Mid-Atlantic or Southeast U.S.:

  • ? Dominion – 45 percent ownership.
  • ? Duke Energy – 40 percent ownership.
  • ? Piedmont Natural Gas – 10 percent ownership.
  • ? AGL Resources – 5 percent ownership.

In a joint statement, the four companies’ CEOs – Dominion’s Thomas Farrell, Duke

Energy’s Lynn Good, Piedmont’s Thomas Skains and AGL Resources’ John

Somerhalder – said the pipeline represents a major step forward for the region’s energy

security, economic future and carbon reduction:


“The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a transformational project for our region. It will create thousands of construction jobs during development and significant new revenue for state and local governments throughout North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. The expanded source of gas will also help fuel economic development across the region as businesses and homes rely more on natural gas.”


Natural gas is increasingly important for advanced electricity generation, contributing to significantly lower greenhouse gas and other emissions. The project will also provide more reliable access to new sources of natural gas, keeping consumers’ energy costs down – even during the coldest and hottest weather.”


Piedmont plans to make additional utility investment

In conjunction with its investment in the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Piedmont Natural Gas

plans to make additional utility capital investments in its natural gas delivery system of

approximately $190 million in order to redeliver Atlantic Coast Pipeline gas supplies to

local North Carolina markets the company serves.


Natural gas’ growing role in North Carolina

North Carolina currently is served primarily by only one major interstate natural gas

pipeline which traverses the state’s western and central regions, transporting natural

gas largely from the Gulf of Mexico.


To enhance reliability and energy security, Duke Energy’s and Piedmont’s solicitation

sought proposals for a new, second natural gas pipeline that would transport additional

large-scale supplies – from different sources – into the state.


The Atlantic Coast Pipeline will meet those objectives by roughly paralleling the

Interstate 95 corridor in eastern North Carolina, and transporting gas from a different

natural gas source – the Utica and Marcellus shale basins located largely in West

Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.


Duke Energy increasingly relies on natural gas to generate electricity after closing half

of its 14 coal-fired power plants in North Carolina during the past three years.

The company has opened five natural gas-fired power plants in North Carolina since

2011 to replace those coal plants, and plans to open a natural gas power plant in South

Carolina in 2017.


Piedmont Natural Gas’ residential, commercial and industrial customer demand for

natural gas also continues to grow. Additionally, Piedmont is a major retail transporter of

natural gas to power plants operated by Duke Energy and other electric utilities.

Last winter’s extremely cold temperatures – which resulted in high demand and high

prices for natural gas across much of the U.S. – underscored the national need for more

natural gas pipelines.


Pipeline route

The pipeline will begin in Harrison County, W.Va., at an existing natural gas

transmission facility, then travel southeast through four other West Virginia counties and

13 Virginia counties before entering North Carolina.


A separate, 70-mile extension pipeline will split off from the main pipeline at the Virginia-

North Carolina border, traveling eastward through southeast Virginia to that state’s

Hampton Roads region, which includes Norfolk and other cities served by Virginia

Natural Gas, an AGL Resources subsidiary.


In North Carolina, the pipeline will enter the state in Northampton County, travel

southwest through six other counties, then terminate in Robeson County at existing

Piedmont Natural Gas transmission facilities.


Dominion is conducting land surveys along the proposed pipeline route. It will determine

the final route based on landowner input; community meetings in counties on the route;

consultation with government agencies and other interested stakeholders; and an

environmental, historical and cultural impact assessment.


Dominion will build and operate the pipeline through a services agreement with its

Dominion Transmission subsidiary, which will oversee siting, permitting, engineering and legal issues.





Dear Senator Bryant,


On behalf of the City of Oxford, thank you for your recent work on the Kerr Lake Regional Water System Inter Basin Transfer (IBT). As you know, Oxford, Henderson, and Warren County own the Kerr Lake Regional Water System (KLRWS).


Your action in the legislature saved the Kerr Lake Regional Water System hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional expense in the permitting process, allowing partners in the KLRWS to refocus resources that would otherwise have been spent on permitting toward plant expansion, which will provide additional water for both residential and commercial/industrial growth in our region. Thank you for preserving on our behalf with this legislation in a most difficult season in Raleigh.


Sincerely yours,


Jacqueline vdh Sergent, Mayor


Senator Bryant was here (SEPT 8).  We really enjoyed her message.  The staff and students thought she was wonderful!


Thank you!


Shirley Morton


Senator Bryant,


Thank you for joining us for our dinner and conversation around our ALIGN4NCWORKS. Your feedback about our priority list was enlightening and encouraging. We appreciate the support you have shown NC community colleges during this past year.

Best Regards,


Walter Bartlet

Piedmont Community College


Dear Sen. Bryant,


I’m writing to thank you for everything you did to help insure funding for Family Court.   You have been a veritable fireball of energy, information and commitment on so many important issues and Family Court was one of them.  There are so many families who are better off today because these courts continue to exist.    


Eliminating these courts when funding is tight may seem like an easy way to save money in the short run, but it would only have cost our state and our families more in the long run.  Thanks so much for working however you could – and at every step along the way – to insure funding for these courts.


Thanks, too, to Karon.  She is a terrific LA. I’m so grateful for your help and leadership.


Best wishes,


Lao Rubert

Carolina Justice Policy Center


Contact:  Senator Angela R. Bryant, North Carolina Senate • District 4•

North Carolina General Assembly • State Legislative Office Building • 300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 520, Raleigh, NC  27603 • 919-733-5878-P • 919-754-3289-F • or

Karon Hardy, Legislative Assistant at

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