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Spotlight: Fair Bluff Fire Department

While the firefighters in Columbus County were salvaging what they could from their fire station during Hurricane Matthew, they also evacuated more than 450 people from their homes. The hurricane flooded the Fair Bluff Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Inc., but $500,392 in Disaster Recovery Grant Program funding awarded by… read more

Spotlight: Benson Fire Department

Floodwaters from Hurricane Matthew damaged one of Johnston County-based Benson Fire Department fire engines. The department received $422,158.55 in Golden LEAF Disaster Recovery Grant Program funds to replace the engine. Insurance proceeds were also used toward the cost of the replacement engine. “We had three fire engines,” said Alan Johnson,… read more

Spotlight: Pine Terrace Volunteer Fire Department

Nearly two years after it was destroyed by Hurricane Matthew, Pine Terrace Volunteer Fire Department received a new fire station. The Golden LEAF Board awarded $383,315.34 in Disaster Recovery Grant Program funds to help complete the rebuilding of the station and to replace the rescue vehicle. “We actually had about… read more

2020 Year in Review – COVID-19 Response

In mid-March, the country was hit with the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of the country including North Carolina responded with a shutdown of nonessential businesses. While the pandemic was a health crisis, it also was an economic crisis. Small Business Assistance On March 24, 2020, Golden LEAF announced $15 million in… read more

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