Mercer wins first place in state corn yield contest


Mariah Walton, a sixth-grader at Grandy Primary School, is seeking to hit a new sales goal, and once again take the title of top Girl Scout Cookie seller in Camden County. Last year, Mariah sold 1,555 boxes of the sweet treats, and she has set her sights even higher for 2017, with a goal to sell 2,000 boxes of cookies.


From staff reports

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Billy Mercer of Elizabeth City  recently won first place in the a non-Irrigated division of the 2016 National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Yield Contest in North Carolina. Mercer won with Pioneer® brand P1974VYHR, which yielded 260.7014 bushels per acre.

Mercer earned one of the 199 state titles won by growers planting Pioneer brand products. Growers planting Pioneer brand products led the contest, winning 58 percent of the 343 state titles awarded this year.

The NCGA Corn Yield Contest is an annual U.S. competition among corn growers with the goal of capitalizing on the high genetic yield potential of today's corn hybrids. Growers compete in six corn production classes: two for non-irrigated, two for no-till/strip till non-irrigated, one for no-till/strip till irrigated and one for irrigated acres.

Foundation taps board president

The Currituck-Dare Community Foundation has named Sheila Davies the new president of the advisory board.

Davies is the director of public health for the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services and the mayor of the Town of Kill Devil Hills. She serves or has served on numerous task forces, committees and boards for organizations, including the Outer Banks Family YMCA, the Dare Coalition Against Substance Abuse, the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce and the Healthy Carolinians of the Outer Banks Partnership. She holds a doctorate in public policy and administration, specializing in health policy, from Walden University.

"I am honored to be a part of such a rewarding organization as the Currituck Dare Community Foundation which inspires people to make lasting and meaningful contributions to our community,” Davies said.

The Currituck-Dare Community Foundation was established to help donors create and build endowments to meet their philanthropic goals, make grants to local nonprofit organizations and support community needs in Currituck and Dare counties. In 2016, the CDCF awarded more than $18,500 in community grants to area nonprofit organizations as well as provided more than $10,000 in disaster relief funds to the Hatteras United Methodist Church.

The Currituck-Dare Community Foundation is an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation. For further information, contact NCCF Regional Director Natalie Jenkins Peel at 562-9824 or npeel@nccommunityfoundation.org or visit the NCCF website at nccommunityfoundation.org .

Screenwriter starts project

Local author, screenwriter, songwriter and musician Toby Tate is working in conjunction with Orange St. Films, a Wilmington-based company, on a new movie project. The story is based on the Nell Cropsey story, and is set in Elizabeth City. The film is titled Skinwalker. The project is looking for interested patrons and businesses to invest in development funds. Information is available at www.indiegogo.com.

Camden Scout sets cookie goal

Mariah Walton, a sixth grader at Grandy Primary School is seeking to hit a new sales goal, and once again take the title of top Girl Scout Cookie seller in Camden County. Last year, Mariah sold 1,555 boxes of the sweet treats, and she has set her sights even higher for 2017, with a goal to sell 2,000 boxes of cookies.

“I have been the top cookie seller for the last couple of years,” Mariah said. “My troop relies on the cookies we sell to fund our projects for the year. We want to be able to help our community more and more each year with our cookie earnings.”

Last year, Mariah and her fellow members of Troop 5970 used their cookie money to sponsor local children during the holidays. They purchased toys and clothing for the children through an Angel Tree program. The troop members hope to be able to bring smiles to the faces of more children on Christmas this year.

Girl Scout Troop 5970 also participates in the Gift of Caring program, through which they ask customers to purchase and donate a box of cookies that Mariah and her troop members then send to military personnel serving overseas.

Cookie season is not the only busy time of year for Mariah. Last year, volunteered her time to help care for animals at the SPCA, and she collected cleaning supplies and animal food to donate to the shelter. For her efforts, she earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the third highest honor and achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouting.

Library expands children’s books

The Pasquotank County Library started the New Year with a $4,000 grant from the Dorothy Louise Kyler Foundation. The Foundation awards grants to select libraries to help fund children’s collection development. The grant will provide more checkout choices for the children.

The library will use the funds to purchase books, DVDs, and CDs for our children’s department. The grant will allow the staff to weed some of the tattered, worn books and replace them with new ones, stated Taneshia Jernigan, the children’s assistant. It will also help the library to increase their 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Early Literacy Initiative that was started last year.

“We also are ecstatic about the grant because it will allow us to spend more money of the regular operating budget for adult high demand materials,” stated library director Jackie King.

Lions honor club secretary

Sallie Miller, outgoing secretary with the Elizabeth City Lions Club, received a memory quilt from club member Rachel Bergey, new secretary. Miller served 18 years in the position.

EC Rotarians get donation

The Elizabeth City Morning Rotary Club recently received a $450 donation from Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC.  Bruce Biggs, a Rotarian with the Elizabeth City Noon Club, donated $10 for every car sold in December in honor of the Rotary Foundation’s 100th Anniversary.

In 2016-2017, the Rotary Foundation turns 100 and is celebrating a century of Rotary members changing lives and improving communities all over the world, states a Rotary news release. Through the Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, provide basic education, and grow local economies. Rotary has also been a leader in the fight to eradicate polio worldwide.

Scholarship is available

Pi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma is offering a $500 scholarship to a female college student majoring in education who lives in local area counties (Perquimans, Chowan, Camden, Currituck or Pasquotank). The student must be a junior, senior or graduate student. The deadline is March 1, 2017. Please contact Jean Newell at 252-338-8924 for an application.

Also any completed applications can be mailed to: Jean Newell, 208 Dogwood Trail, Elizabeth City, NC 27909