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Board to receive several reports

Published 4:21pm Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Beaufort County Board of Commissioners are scheduled to receive several reports — from audit results related to the 2012-2013 fiscal year budget to information about Ruth’s House — during its meeting Monday.

The audit report will be presented by Matt Braswell, with Martin Starnes & Associates, the accounting firm hired by the county to conduct the audit that is required by state law. The audit, in part, determines if the county followed required accounting procedures in its financial reporting and adhered to requirements regarding federal, state and grant funds it received during the 2012-2013 fiscal year, which began July 1, 2012, and ended June 30, 2013.

Kim Etheridge, director of Ruth’s House, is scheduled to provide an update on the shelter for domestic-violence victims in Beaufort County. The shelter replaces the one operated by the now-defunct Options to Domestic Violence that once provided similar services in the county.

Tommy Roughton with the local public defender’s office is slated to provide an update on that office’s work.

Keith Letchworth is expected to provide a report on the NC 2-1-1 program offered by East Carolina Behavioral Health, which provides mental-health services in Beaufort County and 18 other counties in eastern North Carolina. ECBH is partnering with United Way of North Carolina to offer the program.

NC 2-1-1 is a statewide database of community services and resources available to North Carolina residents. Maintained by United Way of North Carolina, this database can be accessed via the Internet ( or by calling the 2-1-1 call line where available. It became available to Beaufort County residents Dec. 31, 2013. ECBH staff is updating 2-1-1 information, with that update expected to be completed by March.

For more information on 2-1-1, visit

The Board of Commissioners meets at 5 p.m. in the Beaufort County Administrative Building, 121 W. Third St., Washington. To review the entire agenda for the meeting, visit At the right side of the page, click on “Agenda” under the heading “Next regular Board of Commissioners meeting.”


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