Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.
for Popular Government Vol. 47 Issue 1, Summer 1981
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Farmers Home Administration is a federal government program interested in investing in local, agricultural communities. The program offers grants and loans to viable projects aimed at constructing public facilities of all types like schools, hospitals, water and waste management. During the 1970s, this program thrived across the state, often receiving more funds than any other state in the nation for which the statistics and programs the funds were funneled into are presented here.
Caring for and managing children with behavioral problems presents the state with a complicated and delicate problem. A study was organized by the Juvenile Justice Planning Committee of the Governor's Crime Commission through the National Council on Crime and Delinquency to determine any patterns amongst troubled adolescents and propose potential solutions to aid not only state programs but the children themselves. Details of that report are presented in this article.
Rapid expansion of cable service in the 1980s grappled with the problem of supplying rural areas with this service. Moving into areas outside of towns and cities presented new legal problems considering differences between town and county cable companies. Reviewed are changes in technology to extend services, demographic shifts prompting the demand, and distinguishing legal issues created by new markets.
Regionalism means, for the purpose of this article, the grouping of the state's counties to share in mutually beneficial programs. Combining counties into cooperative regional partners streamlines development and makes federal programs more accessible to counties or cities otherwise unable to apply. In 1981 there were 18 regions across the state established between the years 1965 and 1979.
Orange County began digitizing public property records in the early 1980s. The system was housed in the Chapel Hill Municipal Building in Hillsborough, where a person could answer a series of questions on the computer to access details concerning specific properties. By using computers, the county hoped to compile records from several different agencies into one centralized and easy to access database.
Using computers to compile county records and facilitate public programs became more common throughout the 1980s. The Rockingham County Department of Social services adapted computers to administer the food stamps program. By incorporating computers into the record keeping for this program the department was able to decrease staff time and clerical errors and keep pace with changing state and federal requirements.