Congressman Patrick McHenry
October 18, 2020
Congressman McHenry Weekly Update

Hearing From Those Working to Improve the Tenth District

This week I had the opportunity to hear from those who work hard every day to keep the Tenth District safe not just for us, but for future generations as well. It was great to spend time on Tuesday with officials from Cleveland County Schools, Cleveland County Public Health, and Atrium Health to hear more about their partnership that brings telemedicine to every school in the county. Telemedicine allows students to get great care for minor ailments without missing time in the classroom. Thanks to Superintendent Dr. Stephen Fisher for his leadership in this partnership. 

On Friday, I attended a grant presentation to the Catawba County Sheriff's Office and the Town of Catawba Police Department. Both departments received the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Grant, a competitive award program through the U.S. Department of Justice intended to reduce crime and advance public safety through community policing by providing direct funding for the hiring of career law enforcement officers. The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office will use the grant to fund five new school resource officer positions for Catawba County elementary schools and the Town of Catawba Police Department will use the award to fund a full time Police Chief position.

I was also proud to provide a laptop and desktop computer that had been taken out of government service to STEM West. STEM West began as a partnership between a Catawba County teacher and NC State University with the goal to support the alignment of educational and occupational objectives through the regional workforce and community partnerships here in western North Carolina.

Learn More About the Coronavirus Vaccine

Thanks to Operation Warp Speed our nation's top researchers and public health experts have come together to develop a safe and effective vaccine against the coronavirus. Check out this great video from the Department of Health and Human Services to learn more about the scientific process behind the development of the coronavirus vaccine and how top experts are working to ensure the vaccine will help us defeat the pandemic. Click here or on the image below to watch.

What I Have Been Reading

Denver teen driver makes history in Las Vegas

Denver Citizen

Recently, nineteen-year-old Denver resident Gracie Trotter celebrated her first big win at the ARCA Menards Series West race in Las Vegas. Although she was competing in just her eighth race on the circuit, she made history last month as the first female to win a Menards Series sanctioned race. Please join me in congratulating this rising star! We are all proud of you here in the Tenth District.

Burns High community rallies around longtime ‘Voice of the Bulldogs’

Gaston Gazette 

It is heartwarming to see how the Cleveland County community has come together to support Tony Beaver, the longtime Burns High public address announcer and dispatch operator at the Cleveland County E-9-1-1 Communications Center, after he was diagnosed with colon cancer. I am grateful for the Tenth District community and the many ways the people of western North Carolina are there for one another no matter what.

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