2016-B Special Recognition

Evelyn Coley - RetirementOn July 5, 2016 the Wayne County Board of Commissioners presented an engraved plaque to retiring Health Department Public Health Nursing Director Evelyn Coley in recognition of her dedicated service as a county employee.  Evelyn Coley worked for the County of Wayne from August 1, 1974-May 31, 1981 and December 1, 1987-July 31, 2016.  The Board of Commissioners wished here well in her retirement.















Wayne County Livestock Development
Vice-Chairman William H. Pate thanked the Wayne County Livestock Development Association, Inc. for its $25,000 contribution to the Maxwell Regional Agricultural and Convention Center.  The Wayne County Livestock Development Association, Inc. has been a strong supporter of agriculture for many years.  Wayne County Livestock Development Association President Curtis Shivar stated the Wayne County Cooperative Extension partners with the Association’s programs.  He looked forward to the future of agriculture in Wayne County with the construction of Maxwell Regional Agricultural and Convention Center.  Pictured with the Wayne County Board of Commissioners are Curtis Shivar, Eddie Pitzer and Mark Hood.





Wayne the Bell
Former Wayne County Building and Grounds Superintendent Shelton E. Smith presented the Board of Commissioners a book he wrote on the history of the Wayne County Courthouse bell.  The book is entitled Wayne the Bell.  The book depicts the history of the bell from the time it was cast in 1851 until it was given a place of honor for all to see in the Wayne County Courthouse Atrium in 1994.

Scott DischThe Board of Commissioners recognized Wayne County two Wayne County volunteer fire fighters, Emergency Services Systems Technician Scott Disch with New Hope Volunteer Fire Department and United States Air Force Master Sergeant Robert Poll with Little River Volunteer Fire Department, who will participate in The Stephen Stiller Tunnel to Towers 5K Run in New York City on the 15th anniversary of 9/11.  Master Sergeant Robert Poll was unable to attend the meeting.






Stephen Finch

The Board of Commissioners recognized Wayne County 4-H member Stephen Finch, a member of the 4-H Robotic Club and Junior Leader, who will participate in the Youth Voice Program at the 2016 North Carolina Association of County Commissioners annual conference later this month.



Youth Voice 2016

Wayne County participants in Youth Voice 2016 provided members of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners an opportunity to connect with the next generation of leaders.  The event brought together youth delegates from 4-H Youth Development clubs and Boys and Girls Clubs of North Carolina.  The youth gained a better understanding of what county governments do and the role of Commissioners as the governing body for counties.

Pictured left to right:  Commissioner John M. Bell, Emmanuel Scott-Persky, Xzavier Carlton, Boys & Girls Club Teen/Youth Director Raytrell Caldwell, Jason Needel, Stephen Finch and Commissioner E. Ray Mayo.


Southern Bank

Vice-Chairman William H. Pate thanked Southern Bank for its $50,000 contribution to the Plaza at the Maxwell Regional Agricultural and Convention Center.  Southern Bank has been a strong supporter of agribusiness for many years. Southern Bank Chairman of the Board J. Grey Morgan stated Southern Bank was a friend of agriculture and had always had its corporate headquarters in Wayne County.  Good things are happening in Wayne County.  It was an honor and privilege for Southern Bank to support the long awaited and much needed Maxwell Regional Agricultural and Convention Center.  The Maxwell Regional Agricultural and Convention Center is need by the farming community and citizens of Wayne County.  Also present were Senior Vice President for the South Region Greg Shackelford, Senior Vice President/Senior Executive Greg Eloshway and City Executive Scott Newton.




Grice-Lantz

Sheriff Larry M. Pierce presented Deputy Betty Harper Lantz her service weapon and an engraved plaque in appreciation of her dedicated service as a county employee.  Deputy Lantz began working with the County of Wayne on April 3, 2002 and retired on July 31, 2016.  The Board of Commissioners wished Deputy Betty Harper Lantz well in her retirement.
Sheriff Larry M. Pierce presented Deputy Kenneth Wayne Grice his service weapons and an engraved plaque in appreciation of his dedicated service as a county employee.  Deputy Grice began working with the County of Wayne on April 11, 1996 and retired on July 31, 2016.  The Board of Commissioners wished Deputy Kenneth Wayne Grice well in his retirement.