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Cash withdrawals encourage vaccinations against COVID-19

RALEIGH – As part of North Carolina’s efforts to encourage more North Carolinians to receive COVID-19 vaccines, Governor Roy Cooper announced raffles of $4 million in summer money and tuition to motivate those who have not yet been vaccinated – and thank those who have. Four vaccinated North Carolinians ages 18 and older will earn $1 million each and four North Carolinians ages 12 to 17 will earn post-secondary education tuition. Executive Order 219, which has the approval of the North Carolina State Council, authorizes the designs.

North Carolinas 18 and older who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine will automatically be entered into four draws for a chance to win a $1 million cash prize. Young people aged 12 to 17 who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will automatically be entered into four draws to win $125,000 for post-secondary education. The $125,000 can be used at any post-secondary institution and is awarded in the form of an NC 529 account.

The $4 million Summer Cash and Summer Cash 4 College Drawings will run from June 23 through August 4.

Learn more about $4 Million Summer Cash and Summer Cash 4 College Drawings at SummerVaxCash.com. For more information on COVID-19 vaccines and the state’s Bringing Summer Back initiative, visit YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov or call 1-888-675-4567.

Mask mandate for at-risk environments maintained until July 30

RALEIGH — North Carolinians at airports, buses and train stations will be required to remain masked at all times until at least July 30 under a new executive order released Friday.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper extended the state of emergency, which the state has had since March 2020. As COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths have plummeted as more people have vaccinated, the governor said residents should stay safe and that his directive will help the state turn the corner on the pandemic.

Cooper also decided to expand its mask-wearing requirement in schools and health care facilities.

“Now is not the time to hang a ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner in our fight against the pandemic,” Cooper said in a press release. “We are laser-focused on getting more gunshots, boosting our economy, and protecting unvaccinated people from the virus and this executive order is critical to those efforts.”

While the governor extended many provisions of an existing directive that was set to expire at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 11, the statewide eviction moratorium is set to expire at the end of June.

The Historical Commission is looking for photographs

The Edenton Historical Commission is part of a project to digitize photos of Edenton and Chowan County from 1800 to 1939.

The scanned photos will not only be kept in a digital archive, but could also be included in an upcoming book about the region.

If you have photos of the area from 1800-1939 (including family photos) that you would like to include in the project, please message the Penelope Barker House Welcome Center for more information and to schedule an appointment digitization.

The center can be reached by phone at 252-482-7800.

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