ACHIEVEMENTS

• Amanda Bullard, purchasing manager for Cumberland County, received the Steven C. Graham Achievement Award at the Carolinas Association of Government Purchasers conference. Bullard received the award for achieving a perfect score of 100 on the Certified Local Government Purchasing Officer certification exam, which is administered by the UNC School of Government. She has been with Cumberland County 7½ years.

• Dee Taylor, interim director of Cumberland County Community Development, has been appointed to the N.C. Interagency Council for Coordinating Homeless Programs by Gov. Roy Cooper. The 26-member council is comprised of people from various state agencies, public education systems, the faith-based community and one member each from a county and city government. Taylor joined Cumberland County Community Development in 1999.

• Janet Kenworthy, of Aberdeen, was presented the Ethel Fortner Award by St. Andrews University for her active role in the arts including music, literature and cinema. She started and runs the musical theater known as The Rooster’s Wife.

• Douglas Orr, of Asheville, was presented the Sam Ragan Arts Award by St. Andrews University. He and his wife Darcy reside in Black Mountain and perform traditional Celtic and Appalachian music. He is president emeritus of Warren Wilson College in Asheville and a former vice chancellor and faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

• Hampton Inn by Hilton Lumberton has been recognized with a Connie Award, distinguishing the hotel as one of the top performing properties within the brand. Hotels are ranked based on inspections by Hilton and surveys completed by their guests. The Connie is awarded only to the top seven hotels in the brand; Hampton Inn Lumberton ranked sixth out of 1,279 eligible hotels.

• Larry Hewett of Whiteville, former educator in Whiteville City Schools and an executive at the Boys & Girls Homes of North Carolina in Lake Waccamaw, will be presented the Key of Honor award this summer by Key Club International. He is a member of the Carolinas District Kiwanis Key Club Committee, which provides oversight and mentorship for the more than 12,000 Key Club members in North and South Carolina, and Key2Kiwanis Kiwanis Club. The award is the most prestigious accolade for an individual by Key Club International for his or her lifelong commitment to serving the children of the world. It has been presented just 145 times since the club’s founding in 1925; Hewett will be only the ninth from the Carolinas to receive it.

• Jennifer Lescaleet, program manager for KidsPeace’s foster care office in Fayetteville, recently received the organization’s highest employee honor — the Spirit of KidsPeace Award. The Spirit of KidsPeace Award is described as reflecting the dedication of the associate to the mission and vision of KidsPeace, as well as to the organizational values of integrity, human well-being, quality, compassion, respect and excellence. Lescaleet joined KidsPeace in 2007, and was named program manager for the Fayetteville office in 2012.

 

APPOINTMENTS

• H. Gerald Beaver, a Fayetteville lawyer, has been appointed by Gov. Roy Cooper to serve as a member of the N.C. Inmate Grievance Resolution Board. The Grievance Resolution Board serves within the Division of Adult Correction in the Department of Public Safety. The board consists of five members appointed by the governor to serve four-year terms. Three of the members must be attorneys chosen from a list of 10 individuals recommended by the Council of the North Carolina State Bar. The purpose of the Grievance Resolution Board is to provide North Carolina inmates the opportunity to settle their grievances through either informal communication with authorities at offending facilities, or when a formal complaint is necessary, to reduce tension and create stability for formal complaints.

• Linda Devore and Temia Weathersby have been appointed to the board of directors of the Cumberland County Coordinating Council on Older Adults. Devore is chairwoman of the finance committee and serves on the fundraising committee. Weathersby serves on the fundraising committee.

 

IN BUSINESS

• Fowler’s, the brick and mortar location of The Blind Pig food truck, has opened at 723 W. Rowan St. It is owned and operated by Wade Fowler, his sons Will and David, and David’s wife, Polly; and family friend Jeff Warfield.