FCC Launches Emergency Broadband Benefit Program on May 12

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a Federal Communication Commission (FCC) program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and more.

The FCC has announced that eligible households can apply for the program starting May 12, 2021 in three ways: 

  1. Contact your preferred participating broadband provider directly to learn about their application process.  
  2. Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online and to find participating providers near you.
  3. Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it along with proof of eligibility to: Emergency Broadband Support Center, P.O. Box 7081, London, KY 40742. 

Individuals who use videophones and are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) may call the FCC’s ASL Consumer Support Line at (844) 432-2275 (videophone).  

On April 13, the FCC and ACL hosted a webinar that provided an overview of the benefit, eligibility criteria, how to apply, and the FCC’s partner toolkit materials. Webinar materials are now available:

Notice of Construction

Rehabilitation Construction at Lift/Pump Station on North Main Street and manholes throughout town will begin, Wednesday morning, May 13, 2020. Water and Sewer functions will not be interrupted. North Main Street will continue to have access, only experiencing one lane closure at times. This project is expected to have a duration of approximately 6 (six) months and is being funded by a $1.1 million grant awarded to the town from the NC Division of Water Infrastructure – State Water Infrastructure Authority. We apologize for any inconvenience that may occur and look forward to working through them as we improve our infrastructure. For questions or concerns, please call the Town Hall Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at: 252-795-4600 or Mayor Jerry McCrary at: 252-702-9912. For updates please visit the town website: www.parmelenc.com and/or Facebook page: Facebook.com/parmelenc. Please be safe, follow the Governor’s State Phase 1 COVID-19 precautions. Thank you!

HAVE YOU COMPLETED THE 2020 CENSUS YET? If not, DO IT TODAY! It’s Important to bring resources to our town! Every Person Counts and we are counting on you! You can complete it…
- online at: my2020census.gov
- By phone at: 1-844-330-2020

Martin County COVID-19 Advisory #10 - County Facilities to Re-Open Monday, May 11th with Limited Access


Important Information from Mayor Jerry McCrary's Office:

In accordance with Executive Order 124 and modified in Executive Order 142, both issued by the Governor, the Town of Parmele will not be disconnecting water or sewer service for non-payment of water or sewer utility bills through July 29, 2020. In addition, the Town of Parmele will not charge late fees or other penalties for late payment of bills during this time. If you are having trouble making a utility payment owed to the Town of Parmele, please call the Town office at 795-4600 to discuss installment payment arrangements. If your water or sewer service was terminated prior to the Governor’s Order, please contact the Town office to inquire whether you might be eligible to have your service reconnected.

Letter from Mayor Jerry McCrary:

March 31, 2020

To: Citizens of Parmele
Re: Executive Order 121 – Stay at Home

As you are aware, we are now under the mandate of Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 121 – Stay at Home order as an effort to combat COVID-19 that has been causing incredible havoc upon our nation and state.

It is my sincere expression that we all adhere to this Order implicitly. It is extremely crucial that we limit our social mobility to only the most absolute necessary essentials as allowed in the Order. This is a critical time in our community, state and nation and with the widespread of this devastating virus we must individually and responsibly safeguard ourselves and the lives of our family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and beyond. It is imperative that we explicitly follow the Order and apply every precaution possible while encouraging others to do the same. I know this is a challenging inconvenience that has
abruptly interrupted our lives and all that we consider normal, however, if we all accept this challenge and apply all that has been and continue to be shared to protect us from this malicious, invisible enemy, we will inevitably become victors and decrease fatalities.

For the safety, health and welfare of the town, operations will continue as normal as possible during this Stay at Home Order (e.g., lawncare and maintenance, large item pick-up, etc). However, in an effort to practice Social Distancing and the safety of the staff, the Town Hall will continue to remain closed to the public until further notice. For assistance or inquiries, please call the Town Hall at: 252-795-4600. The
hours of operation is: Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. unless otherwise posted; we are closed every Friday. You may contact me as well by calling my mobile number: 252-702-9912. Additionally, the Post Office will continue to operate on a normal schedule as this is one of the Essential services listed in the Order. Updates will continue to be posted on the town’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/parmelenc). (Website currently being moved to a different platform for easier access)

Additional information pertinent to our community includes: (1) the Stay at Home Order does not impose a curfew; (2) Martin County Schools continue to provide meals for all students. The meals have now been upgraded to a hot lunch and breakfast pack. The mobile pick up site for parents and students residing in Parmele is at the Town’s Common (Caboose area), Monday through Friday from 11:55 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Parents and students, please take full advantage of this free and nutritious service; and (3) As a courtesy to our residents, I often forward important information via text
message(s) that is relevant to our community. If you and other family members are not receiving these text message(s) but would like to, send me a text saying “Yes, please text me.” Be sure to provide your first and last name. Again, my mobile phone number is: 252-702-9912.

Thank you for cooperatively joining the many citizens of this state in following the Stay at Home Order. We are Parmele! We tenaciously stand with our great State of North Carolina for a healthier, more prosperous and productive future! Through prayer and applying wisdom, cooperation and resilience, we can and will overcome this hurdle and
continue to make significant strides for the good of all citizens.
I urge and humbly solicit the continuous prayers and support for all first responders, their families and the countless thousands on the front line who sacrifice their lives and
safety to ensure ours. Together we stand, divided we fall; let us solely commit to stand unified against this horrendous plague that has taunted the lives of our fellow citizens
locally, statewide and nationally. Please be vigilant, prayerful and practice all safety precautions for the following weeks


Jerry M. McCrary,

Important Links:

Information from Martin County Governor's Executive Order 120
Martin County Declaration of a State of Emergency Frequently Asked Questions from NC DHHS
Summary of Official Declaration of a State of Emergency Public Access to all County Offices by Appointment Only
Updated County Office Hours to the Public Martin County License Plate Agency Closed to the Public
More Information on Response/County Services Summary of Governor Cooper's Executive Order 121 - Stay at Home


Welcome to the Parmele, North Carolina!


We welcome you to the Town of Parmele, located in western Martin County, North Carolina.  Established in 1893, our motto is "The Small Town That Makes a Difference!"  Home of the famous country music group "Parmalee", our quaint little town with a population of around 300 is a hidden gem with a rich history.

"This is our town and our history . We are very passionate about our community and our rich heritage.  We cherish the wonderful opportunities the town has afforded us in which to live, raise our families, worship and enjoy retirement.  We are thankful for the wisdom, courage, fortitude and resilience our elected and community leaders have provided to us.  Most importantly, we are thankful for the blessings bestowed upon each generation to thrive and succeed.  We celebrate and embrace--with great enthusiasm--our future."

- Mayor Jerry M. McCrary