LRCOG News & Updates
Our Mission
"In its dedication to regional excellence, the Lumber River Council of Governments is
proactive in identifying local and regional needs and the resources to address
those needs in an effective and fair manner."
Upcoming Events
June 12, 2018- June 13, 2018- NC Senior Tar Heel Legislature (NCSTHL)

June 15, 2018- World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 18, 2018- Transportation Coordinating Committee (TCC), 10:30 am
at the LRCOG Office

June 20, 2018- Procurement Training at 10:00 am
at the LRCOG Office

June 21, 2018- COG Board Meeting, 6:30 pm
at the LRCOG Office

June 26, 2018- Real World Summit
Richmond Community College/Cole Auditorium

June 28, 2018- WD Board Meeting at 8:30 am
at the LRCOG Office
Three Region N Clerks received their NC Certified County Clerk Certifications
Gwen McGougan- Hoke County Clerk
Dena Cook- Richmond County Clerk
Sonya Johnson- Lumber River COG
Clerk to the Board
Services Spotlight
Water and Sewer Infrastructure Funding – State Awards in the LRCOG Region

In March of this year, several of our municipalities received the good news that their applications for State funding assistance for water and wastewater projects had been funded. These include the Asset Inventory and Assessment (AIA) Projects in Parkton, Elizabethtown (2 projects), and Fairmont.
The Region N Clerks celebrated National Clerk’s Week (May 6-12, 2018) with a luncheon that was hosted by Lumber River COG.

Family Caregiver Retreat Group Picture
2018 Family Caregiver Retreat
“Taking Time for Me”

LRCOG held a Family Caregiver Retreat “Taking Time for Me” for caregivers on Friday, April 20, 2018 at Camp Rockfish in Parkton. This one-day retreat gave caregivers emotional, physical, spiritual and mental respite that allowed them to learn tools on how to take better care of themselves while providing care to their loved ones. They had the opportunity to release, reflect, energize and create.  Several presenters and activities were scheduled throughout the day.

Dementia Friendly Initiatives

LRCOG has been assisting Bladen and Richmond Counties' on their Dementia Friendly Initiative to create a dementia friendly community throughout their counties. A dementia friendly community is defined as one that is informed, safe and respectful of individuals with dementia and their families, provides supportive options, and fosters quality of life. LRCOG will be working with Hoke, Robeson and Scotland Counties in the coming year to roll out the initiatives in those counties as well.

NC Youth Summit

In April, youth from the Lumber River Workforce Development Board WIOA Youth program participated in the NC Youth Summit. The summit was held at the Embassy Suites in Cary, NC on April 13-14, 2018. The theme of this year’s Summit was “Fear to Fearless” facilitated by Darryl Bellamy Jr. and Inspire The Culture, LLC. Youth participated in a number of workshops including: Stop Dreaming: Start Doing!, You Define Yourself Until they Look at Your Profile (Cultivating Influence), and Preparation Creates Separation. WIOA youth learned valuable information that focused on self-esteem, motivation, and overcoming barriers. WIOA youth that attended stated, “The N.C. Youth Summit was an awesome experience, Fear to Fearless empowered us to be overcomers!”


On Thursday, May 10, 2018, about 30 WIOA graduating participants and guests within our local area came together to join us in celebrating their educational accomplishments with our Senior Celebration 2018 at the Lumber River Council of Governments. The event was in recognition of our youth participants that will be graduating this summer with their high school diploma, GED, Associate’s Degree or 4 Year Degree. We are truly proud of our graduates, their dedication and hard work, and we recognize their accomplishments on their journey to achieving success.
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Staff Development Day

On Thursday, May 24, 2018, around 65 local area staff including Workforce Development Board staff, NCWorks Career Center managers, Division of Workforce Solutions staff housed in NCWorks Career Centers, NC Works Career Center partners, Youth, Adult & Dislocated Worker Service Providers attended a staff development workshop. The workshop was held at University of North Carolina-Pembroke Regional Center from 9:00am to 4:00pm and was facilitated by Ms. Kim Pevia, Emotional Intelligence and Conflict Resolution Specialist. 
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Lumber River Council of Governments | Phone: 910-618-5533 | Fax: 910-521-7556