New child advocates join 1st Judicial District

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New child advocates for the 1st Judicial District and Guardian Ad Litem officials include (front, l-r) Wendy Harvey of Currituck County and Susan Rhew of Dare County; Back: Cindy Soldal of Camden County, Jill Noe of Perquimans County, Angie Brady-Daniels, Heather Nicholson of Dare County, Honorable Eula E. Reid, Kathleen Foreman, District Administrator and Leslie Shoemaker of Dare County.

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From staff reports

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Guardian ad Litem Program for the First Judicial District recently swore in seven new Guardian ad Litem Child Advocates.

Guardian ad Litem training took place at the College of the Albemarle Aviation Center in Barco. Volunteers from Camden, Currituck, Dare & Perquimans Counties participated in the 30-hour training.

Volunteers received training on the role of government agencies in child welfare, namely the Department of Social Services, their policy and practices. Training covers an introduction to child welfare law and the child protection system within the courts. Developing cultural competence, understanding families and children are just some of the areas of study. Guardian ad Litem child advocate trainees get practical instruction on communication, court report writing and appearing in court.

Training was facilitated by Guardian ad Litem staff, Kathleen Foreman and Ricki Tillett; Jean Snider of Currituck County; Sue Kelly, Claudette Smith, Paige Spruill, Sandy and Dave Briggman all of Dare County. Samantha Hurd of Currituck County Department of Social Services and Timothy Koller, Attorney Advocate for the Guardian ad Litem Program for Currituck, Chowan, Gates and Perquimans Counties were the speakers.

AoA joins NC Arts Council celebration

Arts of the Albemarle is one of 170 organizations across North Carolina participating in a Statewide Arts Celebration to recognize the 50th anniversary of the North Carolina Arts Council. Arts and cultural organizations in all 100 North Carolina counties will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the North Carolina Arts Council in October with music, dance, exhibitions, fall festivals and more.

Splash Week Plein Air Paint-Out is scheduled in Elizabeth City beginning Oct. 27-Nov. 2. The Paint-Out will conclude with an awards ceremony at Arts of the Albemarle on Friday, Nov. 4th at 5:30 p.m. Artists and art lovers from all over will be coming to Elizabeth City to “Create, Collaborate and Cultivate the Arts” for Splash Week.

“We are delighted to pay tribute to the N.C. Arts Council with our Splash Plein Air event,” said Larry Giddens, Arts of the Albemarle’s executive director. 

About 200 arts and cultural events are slated now through late November across the state in recognition of the anniversary of the N.C. Arts Council.

“The ideal that founded the North Carolina Arts Council in 1967 was “arts for all citizens,” said Wayne Martin, executive director, North Carolina Arts Council. “Since that time, we’ve worked to create an expansive network of nonprofit arts organizations so that citizens can participate in the arts and artists can contribute to our state’s growth and development.”

The concentration of events will occur during the Statewide Arts Celebration in October, scheduled to coincide with Arts & Humanities Month, a national celebration of arts and humanities across the U.S. 

“The celebration in October is a tribute to our collective achievements the last 50 years,” Martin said.

Events are listed on a comprehensive calendar at www.NCArts50.org . Information on the Arts of the Albemarle Splash week can also be found here: www.artsaoa.com.

Marching Pirates place at contest 

The PCHS Marching Pirates under the direction of Malik Barrows, recently attended the Battle of the Bands held at John A. Holmes in Edenton. The PCHS Band kicked off the season, finishing the competition with three 1st place wins, three 2nd place wins and one 3rd place win. The final standings included 1st Place- Drum Major, 1st Place- Percussion, 1st Place- Visual, 2nd Place- Class A Overall, 2nd Place- Music, 2nd Place- General Effect and 3rd place- Marching. The Panther Band Classic is the next competition that the PCHS Marching Pirates will attend. The event will be held at Pasquotank High School on Oct. 14 at 3:20 pm.

Attorneys join EC law firm

Hornthal, Riley, Ellis & Maland LLP announce the addition of two attorneys.

After clerking for the firm in 2016, Casey L. Peaden and William P. Norrell joined the law firm as Associates in September 2017. On Oct. 3, Peaden was sworn in as a member of the North Carolina State Bar by the Honorable Cheri L. Beasley, Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. On Oct. 10, Norrell was sworn in as a member of the North Carolina State Bar by the Honorable J. Carlton Cole, Resident Superior Court Judge. Both Peaden and Norrell were admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina on Oct. 10 by the Honorable Terrence W. Boyle, U.S. District Court Judge.

Peaden is a 2014 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated magna cum laude from Campbell University School of Law in 2017. Peaden, a native of Bear Grass, N.C., will reside in Elizabeth City and her practice will focus on matters involving insurance defense, commercial and general litigation.

Norrell graduated from the College of the Albemarle, completed his undergraduate education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law in 2017. Norrell is an Elizabeth City native and his practice will focus on Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning, Education, and Local Government/Municipal law.

Peaden and Norrell will work primarily out of the firm’s Elizabeth City office.