Neuse News' top stories of July 2018
Publisher’s note: Neuse News began a soft launch on June 13, 2018 and two weeks later began a full digital publication to include the Neuse Newsletter, online stories, and social media links and videos. As we look back at 2018, we’re sharing the top five stories from June through December. Thank you for believing in us. Thank you for subscribing. And, thank you for allowing us to help tell our community’s story.
#5 North Lenoir Fire and Rescue receives advanced rescue certifications
by Michelle Taylor
A local volunteer fire department received several advanced rescue certifications from the North Carolina Association of Rescue and EMS. The North Lenoir Volunteer Fire Department was certified in Heavy Rescue, High Angle Rescue, and Surface Water Rescue, making it one of only a few departments in the region to be certified in these areas.
The firemen were proud to receive acknowledgement of their hard work and training, and glad to be able to help protect their community. With their new certifications in hand, the department set its sights on obtaining additional ones in Agricultural and Wilderness Rescue.
#4 Lenoir County man to wed unsuspecting woman
by Jon Dawson
Neuse News humorist Jon Dawson shares the news that one of his best friends is tying the knot, and questions his friend’s judgement in asking him to be the best man. Despite his reservations, Dawson takes his duties seriously and plans a bowling bachelor party as well as a reception toast for the ages.
The real difficulties for Dawson don’t begin until he contemplates the necessity of wearing a tuxedo for the wedding. Despite the lengthy list of injuries he anticipates from donning what he sees as a needlessly complicated garment, he has a successful fitting, and ends his column with some good natured ribbing directed at Neuse News Editor Bryan Hanks and a heartfelt congratulations to the groom-to-be.
#3 Kinston's Kam'ryn Webster looks to make most of second chance at Greensboro College
by Junious Smith III
Kinston athlete Kam’ryn Webster has a second chance to prove himself in the college classroom. The former Kinston High star reflects on the difficulties he found during the 2017 school year at Greensboro College, and shares his determination to do things differently the second time around.
The coaches he worked for during his time back in Kinston express their support, and belief that Webster will be able to succeed in college. Webster also shares his plan to change his major to sports medicine as a result of his time working with student athletes.
#2 First crematorium in Lenoir County to open soon
by Michelle Taylor
Howard-Carter Funeral Home announced plans to build the first crematorium in Lenoir County. The new construction is planned to be completed by the first of the year; it will prevent families from having to send their loved ones out of town to be cremated.
The new crematorium will be state of the art, and will offer more personalized service. Family members will also be able to purchase unique memorial items to remember their loved ones.
#1 New principals named at Southeast Elementary, Banks Elementary
by Bryan Hanks
Two elementary schools in Lenoir County received new principals. Andre Whitfield, formerly principal of the Lenoir County Learning Academy became principal at Southeast Elementary, and Susan Glover became principal of Banks Elementary. Superintendent Brent Williams was pleased with the interest in the positions.
The School Board also appointed several vice-principals to different schools, and honored former board member Jon Sargeant for his service after his appointment as a district court judge, and discussed the procedure for appointing his replacement.