Eastern North Carolina roundup

Builder gives $1 million

A Garner developer donated $1 million to the Children’s Hospital in Greenville, the largest donation ever to the hospital-within-a-hospital, the Daily Reflector reported May 18.

Garner businessman Ashley Turner, 52, said he wanted to share his good fortune with others. His donation will help pay for a planned $6 million Kids Immunosuppressed Special Unit at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, part of University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina.

Grant will build Web ‘beehive’

The nonprofit One Economy Corp. plans to use a $100,000 federal grant to build a Web site for residents of Greene County, the Kinston Free Press reported May 16.

The site, to go online in English and Spanish by September, would serve as a “beehive” for residents to find information about money, health, employment and education.

The site also would offer information for farmers, including an online farmers market, with the N.C. Agricultural Extension Service supporting the agricultural information.

Businessman replaces goals

A businessman whose son plays soccer has donated $5,000 to replace stolen soccer goals, the Daily Reflector reported May 20.

Nineteen aluminum goals, valued at $10,700, were stolen from a public soccer complex in Greenville.

Bobby Gouras, owner of Gouras Walls and Ceiling, donated the money, which will allow the city to replace the goals at a discounted price.

Bike trail gets support

The state Department of Transportation approved a $21,000 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning grant for Tarboro, the Rocky Mount Telegram reported May 21.

The town is looking for a consultant to determine how to use the grant to improve bicycle trails. The grant requires the town match the amount with $9,000.

Wilson chosen for ‘incubator’

The Upper Coastal Plain Development Corp. has chosen a Wilson location as a regional business incubator, the Rocky Mount Telegram reported May 19.

The Upper Coastal Plain Business Development Center, to be housed in a former Belk store in downtown Wilson, aims to support 31 new businesses and create more than 100 medium-to-high-paying jobs during its first three years of operation.

Horse show benefits rescue group

A rescue organization will benefit from a horse show set for Jacksonville, the Sun Journal reported May 22. The Untied States Equine Rescue League raised about $155,000 last year, double the previous year’s amount.

Past weeks have brought several cruelty cases that required caring for, feeding and boarding seized animals. Expenses for foster horses total $165,000 this year, the organization says.

Kinston youth volunteer

Young people from 12 Kinston churches will volunteer in their community during an Erasing the Lines mission trip August 9-12, the Kinston Free Press reported May 23.

Students, who will stay at Rochelle Middle School, plan to work in the homeless shelter, soup kitchen, Flynn Home, Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity.

The local mission is open to students in grades six through 12. More than 70 plan to attend the mission this year, up from 26 last year.

Camden to get first park

Work on the first Camden County park is set to begin with help from a $300,000 grant from the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, the Daily Advance reported May 21.

The grant, plus about $300,000 in county funds, will create the Camden Community Park on N.C. 343. The first phase of the park project should be completed within three years. Funding for the second phase is not yet in place.

Camden’s grant was one of 36 awarded by the state Parks and Recreation Authority totaling about $10.8 million for the state.

Relay for Life brings donations

The 11th annual Relay for Life in Camden County raised an estimated $112,000 with more donations expected, the Daily Advance reported May 21.

Last year’s event included 72 teams that raised $135,000.

The annual all-night walk raises money for the American Cancer Society. In Camden County, 57 teams, with 10 members each, registered to participate.

Youth organization to stay

Plans to sell the building that houses the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia should not affect its ability to serve the community, the Daily Advance reprted May 18.

Despite plans by the school district to sell its site, the club will remain active in Elizabeth City, the club’s director said.

Museum needs support

Museum of the Albemarle officials hope donors will continue to support their project once the museum opens this fall, the Daily Advance reported May 16,

A $1 million capital fund-raising campaign plus $13 million from the state has allowed the building to open but public support is needed, organizers say.

Duplin Relay successful

The Duplin County Relay for Life raised $107,800 for cancer research, the Goldsboro News-Argus reported May 22.

About 700 people were at the opening ceremony, with many of them walking through the night in the rain at James Sprunt Community College.

Goldsboro Relay has special team

Volunteers in Goldsboro raised about $560,000 for cancer research in the Relay for Life, with funds to be used for the Wayne County Unit of the American Cancer Society, the News Argus reported May 17.

The event, at Wayne Community College, included members of the 916th Air Refueling Wing from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. The 916th ARW Team Tanker raised about $2,300. In all, 105 teams participated.

Robinson scholarships presented

Eight Wayne County students will attend college with help from the Emmet and Mary Robinson Charitable Trust, the News-Argus reported May 18.

Funds from the Robinson trust were awarded for the third year to students seeking degrees in nursing, medicine, agriculture or ministry in the Presbyterian or Episcopal faiths. Selection is based upon financial need, academic record and character.

The fund has awarded more than $109,000 to 23 students from Wayne County Public Schools to college.

ECU gets endowment

A long-time ECU nursing instructor has been honored with a scholarship in her name, the News-Argus reported May 15.

Eldean Pierce and her husband, Hal, both residents of the Rosewood area, have a scholarship at the East Carolina University School of Nursing in their names. Eldean Pierce began teaching at the school in 1974 and retired last fall. Hal Pierce received honorary alumnus status for his commitment and efforts on behalf of the school and its alumni program.

Clinic provides free care

The Caring Community Clinic is offering medical care without charge through the Onslow Community Ministries, the Jacksonville Daily News reported May 23.

It is open two nights a week for three hours and can handle 18 patients. The clinic depends on donations, grants and the volunteered time of local doctors, nurses, pharmacists and others who provide services.

It opened in downtown Jacksonville in 1999 and today Onslow Memorial Hospital furnishes the clinic with a medical office and provides overhead expenses. Qualified patients may see a doctor and receive medication without charge.

Environmental forums conclude

Civic and business leaders agreed they must work together to preserve the state’s environment at the final Horizon 2100 forum in Greenville, the Daily Reflector reported May 20.

“North Carolina’s Future: Make It Your Business” was held at the East Carolina University Murphy Center in Greenville. It was the final of four statewide forums.

< P>Pressing environmental problems facing the state are air pollution, closed shellfish waters, muddy rivers and traffic congestion, speakers said.

A report, Horizon 2100, was endorsed by more than 100 North Carolina scientists. It calls for strong measures to reach conservation goals.

Pamlico discusses Heritage Center

Plans for the Pamlico County Heritage Center were to be discussed during a meeting of the Pamlico County Historical Association, the New Bern Sun Journal reported May 22.

Work continues at the Pamlico County Visitors’ Center, where two wings are being converted to house the historic association and the Pamlico County Chamber of Commerce.

Development conference set

The Rosenwald Center for Cultural Enrichment was hosting a Community Economic Development Conference in Snow Hill, the Kinston Free Press reported May 18.

Organizers hoped the event would help raise awareness of economic issues, financial responsibility, voting rights, prison terms and other issues that can affect a community.

Marine Corps tournament set

The second annual Marine Corps Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament is set for Sept. 28-Oct. 2, the Jacksonville Daily news reported May 19.

Last year’s event brought 42 celebrities to Paradise Point Golf Course at Camp Lejeune to raise money for military charities.

It raised $7,250 for the Fallen Patriot Fund, which assists families of those military killed in action, and $14,500 for Project CARE which encourages military families to stay in Onslow County when a member of their family is deployed.

TransPark upbeat on future

Officials say the Global TransPark in Kinston may become more self-sufficient, the New Bern Sun Journal reported May 23.

Darlene Waddell, TransPark executive director, told the board of directors of the authority that a projected revenue increase indicated better days for the project, which has been criticized by some.

In the 2005-06 fiscal year, she said, the TransPark would receive about $831,000 in revenues, or about $200,000 more than this fiscal year.

Its operating budget next fiscal year is set to be $2.57 million, including a proposed $1.6 million from the state.

Historic building viewed

The Chesson’s Building in downtown in Elizabeth City, subject of a restoration campaign by the Pasquotank Arts Council, recently served as the tour destination for members of Preservation North Carolina, the Daily Advance reported May 23.

The Chesson’s building was erected in 1897 and may one day serve as a regional arts center and home to the Pasquotank Arts Council, which hopes to raise money to fund the project.

Preservation North Carolina purchased the building after its roof collapsed in 2001 and the arts council purchased it in 2003 for $150,000, or about what it cost Preservation North Carolina and Elizabeth City Historic Neighborhood Association to repair the structure.

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