Gardeners help cancer patients

Capital campaign receives $20,000

The Rocky Mount Family YMCA has received a $20,000 contribution from the DeLeon Carter Foundation for its capital campaign, the Rocky Mount Telegram reported April 26.

Construction is underway on the new YMCA, which will offer an eight-lane competition pool, warm-water therapy tank, teen center, after-school care center, racquetball courts, gym, rock climbing wall, indoor track, aerobics center, wellness center with weight machines and free weights and locker rooms.

The project is estimated to cost $10 million.

Myrtle Carter Henry, daughter of the late DeLeon and Mattie Edwards Carter of Nash County, established the DeLeon Carter Foundation in 1988 in memory of her father. DeLeon Carter was a prominent area businessman and owner of Carter Farms.

The foundation helps fund special education and charitable projects that contribute to the cultural enrichment and beautification of the community.

Golden LEAF grant returned

Pride of Kinston has returned a $65,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation that would have funded Phase II construction of the CSS Neuse II, the Free Press of Kinston reported May 6.

Pride, a downtown business organization, voted to return the grant and notify Golden LEAF it would be unable to comply with grant requirements for administering funds.

The board also recommended that Golden LEAF negotiate with the Last Firebase Veterans Archives Project, owners of the boat, to work out a financial agreement to finish the Confederate gunboat.

Golden LEAF assets derive from a settlement with the tobacco industry and aim to help communities adjust to the decline of the tobacco economy.

Foundation presents scholarships

More than 100 students received scholarships at Nash Community College, the Rocky Mount Telegram reported April 28.

The college’s 30th annual awards day gave students a chance to meet the donors who contribute to the Nash Community College Foundation, which enables students to receive funding for college.

The foundation, operating since 1983, has presented more than $1 million in scholarships, emergency loans and grants for faculty and staff development. The number of scholarships was 17 in 1983. The number of endowments has risen from two to 40.

Gardeners help cancer patients

Gardeners for Hope, the Joan Balch Breast Cancer Fund, raised about $17,000 to help patients at the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center in Greenville.

About 700 people attended the April 30 sale of handmade home decorations, crafts, garden items and plants. The event, held every two years, took place at the McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge for cancer patients and their families.

The event honors Balch, who died of breast cancer in 2002. The fund is part of the Medical Foundation of ECU and is used to help cancer patients buy wigs, hats, skin care and services not covered by insurance.

Global TransPark funding OK’d

The Global TransPark in Kinston is set to receive continued state funding, the Free Press of Kinston reported May 4.

The project would receive $1.6 million under the budget approved by the state Senate Appropriations committee May 2.

The budget allocates $1.6 million into the continuation budget,. meaning the appropriation would continue until the General Assembly voted to reduce or eliminate it.

There is some concern that without continued funding, there would be an obligation to return some $20 million already invested in the Lenoir County airpark, legislators say.

Drug task force funding sought

The Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Drug Task Force faces a struggle for funding, the Daily Advance reported May 3. It is unclear who will fund the program’s $200,000 annual cost and grant funding is set to end. Now in its eighth year, the program was launched with a Governor‘s Crime Commission grant.

Wayne director at conference

The director of the Wayne Boys and Girls Clubs, Mary Ann Dudley, was among 3,000 youth workers at the 99th Annual National Conference of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in San Diego, the Goldsboro News-Argus reported May 6.

Olympic Gold gymnast Dominique Dawes, the first African American to win a bronze medal in the best-all-round competition in 1996, was among the speakers. Dawes is chairman-elect of the Women’s Sports Foundation and has spent several years traveling the U.S. encouraging young people, especially girls, to “get up and move.”

Turtles for kids health

Toy turtles floating on the Tar River last year helped raise about $34,000 for the Nash Health Care Foundation and organizers hope this year’s event, set for May 14, is also a success, the Rocky Mount Telegram reported May 1.

The second annual “Turbo Turtle Trek on the Tar” was set for Sunset Park, with proceeds to benefit Wellness for Kids, a program of the foundation aimed at improving the health of children.

The program will help improve awareness and treatment for Type 2 diabetes, obesity and other health problems.

People adopt numbered toy turtles that are sent down the river. First prize is $5,000.

Partnership raising roof

The Down East Partnership for Children is raising money to replace its roof, the Rocky Mount Telegram reported April 25.

The Raise the Roof campaign has received about $173,000 toward the $300,000 cost. The Partnership plans to appeal to local professional groups to pay for capital repairs.

The Partnership reports that a fund-raising event set for the fall may feature Mary Easley, the wife of Gov. Mike Easley.

The Partnership serves about 13,000 children and families in the Nash-Edgecombe area annually.

Reading service airs

Down East Radio Reading Service in Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson counties is using volunteers to bring news to people who cannot read because of visual impairment or other difficulty, the Rocky Mount Telegram reported April 24.

The reading service broadcasts over airwaves on special receivers placed in the homes of the blind or visually impaired. The station is on the air 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through an affiliation with the Triangle Reading Service and Nash General Hospital.

Each subscriber receives a free receiver that picks up the reading service station on a special frequency.

Tourism projected to grow

A new plan for attracting tourism has been unveiled in New Bern, the Sun Journal reported May 5.

The Craven County Tourism Development Authority says tourism is the second most important economic in the county after the military, and aims to increase overall tourism impact by 15 percent.

The plan includes a year-long campaign based on area firsts called North Carolina Begins Here. The
idea derives from Tryon Palace, named the state’s first historic site 60 years ago.

— Compiled by Marion Blackburn

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