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Celebrations, Feb. 10

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Stuart Askew (left) of Gates County receives a plaque for being named statewide champion of the 2018 North Carolina Corn Yield contest in the dryland division. Making the award presentation is Dr. Ron Heiniger of N.C. State University.

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

AAUW celebrates NC 2-1-1 Day on Monday

Albemarle Area United Way will join United Ways across North Carolina and the nation in celebrating NC 2-1-1 Day on Monday.

NC2-1-2 is the free, confidential information and referral system that connects callers and web visitors to health and human services 24/7, 365 days a year.

2-1-1 helps people find resources for service needs such as food, housing, utility payment assistance, job training, information about health care providers, and more. NC 2-1-1 is also a part of the N.C. State Emergency Response Team.

When activated during a disaster, NC 2-1-1 becomes the public information portal for disaster related information. Residents who are looking for help, can simply dial 2-1-1 to reach a live, trained NC 2-1-1 call specialist who can connect them to local assistance. Calls to NC 2-1-1 are free and confidential, and information can be provided in most languages.

NC 2-1-1’s database of more than 19,000 resources is also accessible via nc211.org for anyone wishing to self-search for organizations and programs to meet their needs.

“When you dial 2-1-1 you are connected to the best information on resources right here in our region,” said Bill Blake, Executive Director. “Last year thousands of callers from our community turned to NC 2-1-1 for help finding assistance. We are proud to be a part of this statewide and national system that brings such a valuable service to our community.”

Gates farmer’s 274.55 bushels best corn yield

Stuart Askew of Gates County is the statewide champion of the 2018 North Carolina Corn Yield contest in the dryland division.

Askew won with a yield of 274.55 bushels per acre — also the highest dryland no-till entry. He received the dryland no-till award as well.

For the statewide dryland division win, Askew planted Dyna-Gro 58VC65 in 36-inch rows at a population of 32,800 seeds per acre. Askew was also the dryland yield winner for the Tidewater Region in the yield contest.

Stuart Askew, a fourth generation farmer, and his wife Laura live on the family farm. He farms with his father, Reggie Askew. Together they have 6 Purdue chicken houses, and annually grow 900 acres of row crops. He has a degree in industrial technology, is a Gates County Soil and Water Conservation Board Member, and is a member of Eure Christian Church.

Chowan foundation names president, VP

Lynne Layton was named board president of the Chowan Community Funds Foundation, according to Natalie Jenkins Peel, NCCF regional director.

Layton is a Chowan County native, J.A. Holmes High School and Peace College graduate and a local mortgage lender with BB&T. 

Dr. Robert Christian Ford was named board vice president. He is the co-owner of the Chowan Animal Hospital and a graduate of N.C. State University. He is a member of the vestry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

“We are very excited to serve the Chowan Community Funds Foundation board of advisors,” Layton said. “We look forward to working with the board to benefit our local community.”

Ellis earns communications degree at Alabama

Brittany Ellis, of Hertford, has received a bachelor of arts in communication from the University of Alabama. The university awarded 2,065 degrees during its fall 2018 commencement held Dec. 15.

Easterwood, McKenzie on President's Lists

Alan Easterwood and Alyson McKenzie of Moyock were named to the University of Alabama fall President's List with an academic record of 4.0 (all A's).

Egbert inducted into college honor society

Mary Egbert of Grandy was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Egbert was initiated at Montana State University.

Egbert is among about 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter.  

Currituck Operation Santa Claus a success

The 2018 Operation Santa Claus provided Christmas gifts to hundreds of local children in Currituck County. In addition, the program delivered food baskets to many senior citizens in the county.

Operation Santa Claus, directed by the Currituck County Department of Social Services (DSS), raised a total of $15,234.13 in Christmas assistance funding for children and an additional $1,886 for disabled adults.

Through a combination of financial contributions, donated goods, and partnership with Toys for Tots, Operation Santa provided Christmas presents to 539 children in Currituck County. Operation Santa also received enough donations from local businesses and citizens to provide food baskets for 30 senior citizens.

"DSS would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all of the local businesses and private individuals for their generous donations," said Samantha Hurd, Currituck DSS Director.  

Boys & Girls Club Has New Programs

The Elizabeth City Boys & Girls Club added new programs for members beginning in January.

On Tuesdays, local Girl Scouts teach club girls about cyber security and leadership skills that will last them a life time.

On Wednesdays, 16 club members head down to Arts of the Albemarle for a new theater program collaboration. Club members learn new theater skills, and play fun games that are bringing them out of their comfort zones. The club members will present a theater showcase later this spring.

Other new programs starting up include: Zumba, dance, choir, and music. Anyone interested in volunteering at the Club with a specialized program, contact Hashira Rodriguez at 252-335-5276.

COA Foundation to award scholarships

The College of The Albemarle Foundation is expected to award up to $10,000 in scholarships at the 2nd annual College to Career Signing Day set for May 2.

Similar to athletic signings, new students for the 2019-2020 academic year are invited to attend and sign off on their intentions to attend COA by enrolling in a Career and Technical Education. 

This event was designed as an opportunity to celebrate with family and friends and a way to honor these students who are committed to entering a career and technical field of study that will take them from College to Career. 

To register for the College-to-Career event, or to view the programs of study included, please visit https://www.albemarle.edu/c2csigning or contact Michelle Waters, Dean, Business, Industry and Applied Technologies, at michelle_waters@albemarle.edu or 252-335-0821, ext. 2407.

Sentara exceeds United Way campaign goal

The employees of Sentara Albemarle Medical Center and other Sentara divisions allocated more than $31,000, beating their participation goal for the 2019 Albemarle Area United Way campaign.

The employee campaign kicked off in late July and ran through early November of 2018. Participation by the SAMC team increased more than 50 percent.  

“That’s a huge shift and a strong foundation to build upon in 2020 and beyond,” said Bill Blake, United Way Executive Director. “It truly warms my heart to see a cadre of professionals who care about people’s health on a daily basis to demonstrate how much their care about their neighbors outside of a medical environment.”

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