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North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey announced that the Asheboro Fire District completed its routine inspection and received a 3 rating. The inspection, conducted by officials with the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal, is required on a regular basis as part of the North Carolina Response Rating System.

The NCRRS rating system ranges from one (highest) to 10 (not recognized as a certified fire department by the state), with most rural departments falling into the 9S category.


Brooks Pierce attorney Justin Outling has been selected to participate in an educational seminar in Israel. The trip, sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation and organized by The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, is April 22-30.

Outling, who serves on the Greensboro City Council, is one of a select group of African-American leaders and influencers from around the Southeast invited on the trip, which seeks to provide a better understanding of U.S. and Israeli relations.


Tara Kay Johnson, an associate attorney with Hartsoe & Associates, has been recognized by her peers for inclusion in the 2017 edition of Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite,” a listing of the top lawyers as elected by other attorneys. Johnson was honored in the “Young Guns” category.


About 60 Randolph Community College and RCC Foundation leaders, employees and supporters were present at the unveiling of the Martha Luck Comer Conference Center name at RCC’s Asheboro Campus. They included friends and family of Martha Luck Comer Johnson, who was honored for her longtime support of the college and the foundation.

Members of Johnson’s family who accompanied her to the ceremony included her daughter Elizabeth Dozier; daughter Joan and husband, Rand Johnston; and granddaughters Martha Luck Johnston and Margaret Ivey Johnston.


Benjamin Wall, assistant professor of religion and ethics at Greensboro College, has been selected to deliver the 2017 Jean Vanier Emerging Scholar Lecture at this year’s Summer Institute on Theology and Disability.

The lecture will be delivered in June at the Summer Institute at Azusa Pacific University in California. It honors Vanier, who founded L’Arche, an international nonprofit dedicated to developing homes, programs and support networks for people with intellectual disabilities.

Wall’s first book, “Welcome as a Way of Life: A Practical Theology of Jean Vanier,” was published in July.


The University of Nevada’s Las Vegas campus has named Kevin Stoker as its next director of the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies. Stoker has held an academic appointment at UNC-Greensboro.


Four attorneys from the law firm of Black, Slaughter & Black are profiled in the current edition of the North Carolina State Bar Journal. Carole Albright, Ashley Bennington, Keith Black and Barbara Morgenstern, who are all board certified specialists in family law, are the focus of an article citing the benefits of seeking representation from lawyers who specialize in their practice of law.


Heather Miller, assistant professor of chemistry at High Point University, was appointed to the Duke University Graduate Training Advisory Board. The board includes faculty, scientists and professionals from the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries who guide curriculum development and career opportunities for graduate science programs.


UNC-Chapel Hill awarded its University Diversity Award — Special Recognition Award to Christopher Wallace.

The award recognizes significant contribution to the enhancement, support and/or furtherance of diversity on the campus and in the community. The award is given annually in eight categories.

Wallace holds degrees from N.C. A&T and UNC-Greensboro. He spent more than four years as director of the Black Child Development Institute in Greensboro.

He was recognized for his Communiversity Youth Program.


The North Carolina Association of Higher Education and Disabilities honored Lisa Alley, Greensboro College’s director of academic support, with the association’s Laura Thomas Award.

The award recognizes an outstanding individual outside the field of disability services — someone who has demonstrated exemplary support of disability services within an academic setting or community, yet who is not a disability service provider.

The award was established by the association’s executive board in 1996 in memory of Laura L. D. Thomas, the director of disability services at UNC-Chapel Hill for 17 years and one of the pioneers in disability services in the state of North Carolina.


Shengmin Sang, lead scientist in the Center of Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies at N.C. A&T, won the grand prize of the inaugural SoBran/NCBiotech Innovation for Impact Contest for his research on a novel double “prodrug” that decreases aspirin toxicity in the gastrointestinal tract and increases its efficacy.

The patented medication may also be helpful in treating and/or preventing colon cancer, heart disease and other illnesses.

The prize included support for a research study of up to $10,000, as well as a cash prize of $1,000. Sang recently signed an exclusive licensing agreement for his patented aspirin-derived compounds with Sarisa Therapeutics, an Invenshure Company based in Minneapolis.

In addition to Sang, A&T professors Hye Won Kang and Perpetua Muganda were also recognized as two of four contest finalists, each receiving a $500 cash prize.


The M&A Advisor’s 11th annual Turnaround Awards honored Tuggle Duggins as a recipient of the Consumer Discretionary Deal of the Year Award for the firm’s work on the sale of Irvin Automotive Products to the Piston Group and Vinnie Johnson.

The nominations, representing more than 300 participating companies, were judged by an independent jury of industry leaders. Tuggle Duggins attorneys Michael J. Wenig, D. Ross Hamilton Jr and Jesse W. Anderson led the team for Irvin Automotive Products in this transaction.

On the move

  • Nicole Henderson has been named director of sales for Fox 8 WGHP. She will begin her position on May 1
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  • Matthew Wilcut has joined Deuterman Law Group’s veterans disability benefits practice. He has been working on behalf of disabled veterans across the state since 2014
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  • Mike A. Langford is changing from director of recruiting and marketing for Graduate School and Research at Western Carolina University to director of admissions for the university. Before joining the WCU staff, Langford was an account supervisor at Our State Magazine in Greensboro.
  • Owen George has resigned as Asheboro High School’s head football coach. He will continue teaching U.S. history and helping with the school’s athletic program.

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