From behind a pulpit-turned-soundboard, Pastor Trees reflects happily on the many functions of his venue. “This is supposed to be a pulpit: this is where I’m at. So Friday and Saturday nights instead of a sermon, the pastor is serving sounds…”
The risk of a storm surge makes the threat to the industry literal, but market pressures and the possibility of stricter climate legislation—still remote in Texas, but increasingly common worldwide—are already nipping at the industry’s heels.
With increasing rates of substance abuse among parents, schools are scrambling to adapt to non-academic challenges and are striving to work with students more holistically to address behavioral and emotional needs.
With public mental health care decreasing and involuntary commitals on the upswing in recent years, law enforcement officers are now de facto first responders for many experiencing mental health crises.
More opioids are prescribed in Columbus County than anywhere else in North Carolina. Due to a lack of mental health care, faith-based initiatives and families are bearing the brunt of addressing the crisis.