Celebrations, May 19

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Edenton Tea Party Chapter NSDAR welcomed three members of the Elizabeth City Betsy Dowdy Chapter to the group's May meeting. Shown at the meeting are (l-r) Edenton Tea Party Chapter Parliamentarian Sandy Sperry, Betsy Dowdy Chapter Vice Regent Kathleen Ingram, Betsy Dowdy Treasurer Ann Howell, Betsy Dowdy Secretary Terry Roberts, Edenton Tea Party Regent Anne Rowe, Edenton Tea Party Registrar Candy Roth and Edenton Tea Party Historian Beth Taylor.

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

EC DAR members attend Edenton meeting

The Edenton Tea Party Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution hosted three members of the Elizabeth City Betsy Dowdy Chapter at their May meeting.

Regent Anne Rowe welcomed the visitors.

Chapter Registrar Candy Roth introduced Betsy Dowdy Chapter Vice Regent Kathleen Ingram, Secretary Terry Roberts and Treasurer Ann Howell to the Edenton Tea Party members. Over the years, many Edenton Tea Party Chapter members have worked with and shared the DAR mission of historic preservation, education, and patriotic activities with the Betsy Dowdy Chapter members.

The Betsy Dowdy Chapter was formed in April 1937 with 14 charter members. They met in the home of various members. The chapter’s namesake, according to its records, is believed to have been a young girl from Currituck County, who lived on the North Carolina banks opposite present Knotts Island, separated from the mainland by Currituck Sound.

According to early records from a chapter scrapbook, one evening in early December 1775, discussion ran high as to an expected invasion of North Carolina by the British under Lord Dunmore. He had ravaged Suffolk and was moving southward. Colonel Isaac Gregory of Camden County with his militia, Colonel Robert Howe, and Thomas Bembury of Chowan County were hurrying by forced marches to join the Virginians at Great Bridge, Virginia, and engage Lord Dunmore.

It was said that if they did not reach there in time, the Virginians would be defeated and Lord Dunmore left free to destroy the countryside. The only thing that could save them would be General Skinner of Perquiman’s County and his militia, but he was so far away there was not time and no way to get him.

Betsy Dowdy hearing this discussion slipped from the house and readied her horse, Black Bess, and turning toward the sound, rode toward General Skinner’s home on Yeopim Creek nearly a hundred miles (several other sources state it was 50 miles) distant.

Betsy Dowdy rode Black Bess through a December night across three counties, into a fourth, over a sound and wide river, through swamps, woodlands, little settlements, along Indian trails, rutted roads, and where there were no roads at all until Yeopim Creek and General Skinner’s home was reached just as the sun was rising. That day the British were met at Great Bridge and were defeated by the Americans.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country. It is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.

Any woman 18 years or older - regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background - who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership. If you believe you may be eligible for membership, you should contact Edenton Tea Party Chapter Registrar Candy Roth – 252-548-2648 or Membership Chairman Beth Taylor – 252-482-3592 for additional information. 

Dollar General awards grants for literacy programs

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation announced the award of more than $220,000 in literacy grants to North Carolina nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools.

Among the recipients are $2,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Albemarle Elizabeth City Unit, Edenton, Chowan and $600 to the Perquimans County Library.

These funds are aimed at supporting adult, family and summer literacy programs within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center across the 44 states Dollar General serves. The grants awarded to organizations are expected to positively impact the lives of more than 10,000 North Carolinians.

“In keeping with Dollar General’s mission of Serving Others, we are excited to provide grants to support literacy and education initiatives in the communities we proudly call home,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member. 

SECU Foundation supports ReCONNECT NC

SECU Foundation, in support for ReCONNECT NC, a program developed by the Institute of Emerging Issues at N.C. State University, donated a $30,000 Capacity Building grant to assist with implementation of the program in Pasquotank County.

The funding will help cover operation and programmatic support as community leaders work together to focus on the project’s topic of reconnection – to explore the root causes of the disconnect North Carolinians are experiencing and identify solutions that will re-engage citizens with the community to restore civic health for the long term. SECU Foundation Board Chair Bob Brinson presented ceremonial checks to program officials during special events held recently Elizabeth City.

47th nursing pinning ceremony held at COA

Twenty-eight Associate Degree Nursing students received their nursing pins at College of The Albemarle’s 47th annual pinning ceremony on May 7. Held in COA’s Performing Arts Center, the ceremony included the presentation of pins, the lighting of Nightingale Lamps and students reciting the International Council of Nurses’ Pledge.

The Academic Excellence Award, presented to the graduate with the highest grade point average in the class, was presented to Denetra Seeley. The Dr. L. Everett Sawyer Award, presented to the student who most exemplifies conscientiousness and zeal for learning, was awarded to Karina Pruden . Irina Langanke received the Academic Recognition award.

Students recognized for receiving the Dr. Zack D. Owens and Martha Anderson Owens Nursing Endowment Scholarship were Jhasmine Arellano, Jesse Baccus, Lindsey Bunch and Amanda Raulerson.

Mediacom awards scholarship to NEAAAT grad

Mediacom Communications presented Sarah Spencer, a 2019 graduate of Northeast Academy for Aerospace & Advanced Technologies, with a $1,000 scholarship as part of the company’s World Class Scholarship Program. The award recognizes the Edenton resident for outstanding leadership and academic accomplishments.

Mediacom annually gives $1,000 scholarships to 55 graduating seniors to provide support for the students’ post-secondary education. Mediacom’s local Director of Area Operations Kim Mason presented the scholarship to Spencer during the academy’s recent recognition program.

“As a technology company, Mediacom understands how important it is to invest in future leaders like Sarah Spencer,” Mason said. “I’m proud that my company supports talented local students with scholarship support, and we congratulate Sarah on her accomplishments.”

Stroh qualifies for CSC President's List

Caitlin Stroh of Elizabeth City, was one of 270 Chadron State College students who met requirements for the Spring 2019 President's List by earning a 4.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours of coursework during the semester to qualify.

Jackson on Dean's List at Bob Jones University

Magan Jackson, a sophomore Child Development major from Elizabeth Cty, was among over 800 Bob Jones University students named to the Spring 2019 Dean's List.

Garber on Sherman College Winter 2019 Dean's List

Selena Garber of Elizabeth City has been named to Sherman College of Chiropractic's Dean's List for grades earned during the winter 2019 academic quarter. Dean's List students have achieved a grade point average of at least 3.5 for the quarter.