Celebrations, Sept. 9

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J. Anthony Sharp (center) and Robert Pippen, Jr., were recently sworn-in by Judge Eula Reid as the newest members of the College of the Albemarle Board of Trustees.

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Pippen, Sharp join COA board of trustees

College of The Albemarle recently announced their newest members of the college’s board of trustees.

New trustees J. Anthony Sharp and Robert Pippen, Jr., were sworn in by Judge Eula Reid on Aug. 21. The two trustees will add layers of experience and insight to programs offered at COA, according to COA officials in a release.

Sharp specializes in aviation education and consulting. He is a founding member of Professional Minority Aviation Consultants, LLC and serves as the chief executive officer. Sharp has a bachelor’s degree from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY, a master’s degree from New York University and a Ph.D. from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL.

He has worked for Elizabeth City State University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, FlightSafety International and several other colleges and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. His 35 years of experience will be instrumental to COA’s Aviation Systems Technology program.

Robert Pippen, Jr. is back where he started his studies at College of The Albemarle. After two years, he transferred to North Carolina State University and earned his Bachelor of Science in forestry. He credits COA for helping him fulfill his lifelong goal of working in the forestry industry for 50 years.

Pippen worked at Chesapeake Corporation, J.W. Jones Lumber Company, Inc. and a paper mill in Roanoke Rapids. He held positions as the area procurement manager, procurement forester, North Carolina manager of operations and as a vice president of operations and sales. COA was excited to launch its Agribusiness program this fall and having Mr. Pippen on the board will be a great addition to help grow the program.  

George E. Thomas, Jr., TowneBank senior vice president, was reappointed to serve another term on the board. Patti Kersey, lieutenant colonel, retired United States Air Force, was nominated and voted in to serve as the trustee appointment on the Foundation Board of Directors.

Currituck 4-H sharpshooters qualify for state 

Eight members of the Currituck County 4-H Sharpshooters competing at the recent 2018 Eastern Regional Shooting Sports Qualifier in Columbia qualified in four disciplines and will represent the county at the State 4-H Shooting Sports Tournament.

The tournament will be held Sept. 29 at Millstone 4-H Camp in Ellerbe.

Kaitlyn Carey, Justin Noon and Bode Fredrick placed 1st in the Senior Rifle Team (Open Sight) competition, with Kaitlyn scoring 3rd overall individual. Kaitlyn also qualified in the Small Bore Pistol discipline.

The Junior Rifle Team (Open Sight), consisting of Jacob Murray, Kilynn Brinkley, Robert Worrell and Emma Solly place third in the team competition. Jacob Murray also qualified in the junior Shotgun discipline. Tucker Melton placed first individual and first overall in the Senior Rifle (Telescopic) discipline.

The State 4-H Shooting Sports tournament is a qualifying event for senior competitors, for selection to the NC State 4-H team which will compete at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Tournament in Grand Island Nebraska in June, 2019.

If you would like more information on this and other 4-H activities and events, please contact the Currituck County 4-H Staff at 252-232-2262.

Harris named Business NC Trailblazer 

Jennifer Harriss, Executive Director of Destination Downtown Edenton, was named a NC Trailblazers, A Salute to Young Catalysts in Smaller N.C. Communities.

The nominations were sought by the state’s Business NC magazine for the “Best and Brightest under 40” who are showing significant business success and striving to make a positive impact on communities that have fewer than 100,000 residents.

Jennifer loves the authenticity of Edenton and has been instrumental in the vitality of Historic Edenton’s downtown and its many businesses, according to the magazine.

Historic preservation is at the core of Edenton’s downtown area and Jennifer’s vast knowledge in this area has contributed to much success over the 11 years she has served as DDE’s Executive Director.

Moyock UMC opens childcare center/pre-school

Foundations Child Development Center Inc., in the care of Moyock United Methodist Church, announced the opening of its Childcare center and Pre-School.

The 5,000-square-foot facility will be operated by Kari Stringer, director of both the pre-school and childcare divisions. She also heads the before/after-school programs in the main church building on the campus located at 268 Caratoke Highway, Moyock.

Stringer comes to Foundation CDC after working as a Behavior Specialist with Albemarle Smart Start Partnership, where she worked with children, identifying, preventing and addressing challenging behaviors, and also conducted training for teaching staff in the region.

To celebrate this special occasion, Foundations will have a ribbon-cutting and grand opening on Thursday, from 6:30–7:30 pm. The center is a community focused, Christian Childcare facility with well-educated staff and with an emphasis on early childhood education.

Foundations CDC is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m to 6 p.m. and can be reached at 252-435-0596, and by email at FoundationsMUMC@gmail.com.