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    Cumberland County, through its membership in the National Association of Counties, is making available drug discount cards that offer average savings of 20 percent off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs.
    {mosimage}The cards, which are available at locations throughout the county, may be used by all county residents, regardless of age, income, or existing health coverage. A national network of more than 59,000 participating retail pharmacies will honor it. (To see a list of local participating pharmacies, go to the Cumberland County Web site, www.co.cumberland.nc.us or www.caremark.com/naco.)
    Among the locations where the card can be obtained immediately are the large county departments that interact with the public — Department of Social Services, the Health Department, Mental Health and all branches of the Cumberland County Library and Information System. Additionally, the cards can be obtained at the Women’s Center in Fayetteville as well as The Care Clinic. All locations have cards in English and Spanish.
    There is no cost to county taxpayers for NACo and Cumberland County to make these money-saving cards available to residents. To use the card, ardholders simply present it at a participating pharmacy. There is no enrollment form, no membership fee and no restrictions or limits on frequency of use. Cardholders and their family members may use the card any time their prescriptions are not covered by insurance.
    The discount card program is administered by CVS Caremark. For more detailed information on the program, call 1-877-321-2651 or visit www.caremark.com/naco.

Former Library Director Receives Lifetime Achievement Award; Library picks up two honors
       Former Cumberland County Public Library and Information Center Director Jerry Thrasher, who retired in December 2007, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association on Dec. 4 in Greensboro.
    Thrasher was recognized for his service to Cumberland County, as well as his contributions to the state and national public library communities. Thrasher served as library director for 28 years. Under his leadership, the Cumberland County library system experienced tremendous growth with the construction of the Headquarters Library and six branch libraries that replaced smaller facilities.
    Thrasher was recognized through the years for his defense of intellectual freedom and was named Librarian of the Year for 1999 by Library Journal.
    During its annual awards banquet, the NCPLDA also presented two awards in the large library category to the Cumberland County Public Library system. The system picked up the Best Children’s Program Award for its Caldecott Kids outreach program developed by Meg Smith, the youth services manager at Headquarters Library.
    The library also received the award for Best Promotional Project for publicity materials created by the system’s Community Relations Department for Older Americans Month in May.
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