Official: Residents must work for food stamps

Additional trails planned for park

By Kitsey Burns Harrison -

Tuesday’s meeting of the Yadkin County Board of Commissioners began with an update from the Health and Human Services Department by Director Kim Harrell. During her report, Harrell recognized Mary Atkins Boles, child support agent for the county who recently made two collections which were noted in the top 20 for the state during the month of July.

“We certainly congratulate her on a job well done,” Harrell said.

Harrell also noted during her report Yadkin County will be among 23 counties in the state to require able bodied adults who are receiving food stamps to work. For the past five years there has been a federal waiver on this requirement, but due to the county’s lower unemployment rate, able bodied adults will now be required to work in order to receive food stamps. This will go into effect in January of 2016.

The board approved several contracts during the meeting including one with Appalachian District Health Department which works with the human services department for the county. A contract also was approved for a new software program which will be used to issue and track building inspections for the county. The new system will allow for online submissions of building permit applications as well as integrate items for the planning department and the environmental health department.

Also approved on Tuesday was a grant application which will be submitted in order to seek additional funding to building a trail system at the Yadkin Memorial Park. The new trail will be 1.85 miles and will include two bridges. During the commissioner comments portion of the meeting, several commissioners noted again how popular the new park is and will continue to be as new phases are implemented at the park.

The next meeting of the Yadkin County commissioners will be Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Chambers located in the Yadkin County Human Services Building at 217 E. Willow St. in Yadkinville. During his comments, Commissioner Frank Zachary mentioned he would like to see more county residents in attendance for the meetings. At the start of each meeting, the public is invited to share any comments.

Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.

Additional trails planned for park

By Kitsey Burns Harrison

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