Notables: May 8

May 7, 2013 

Matthews honored

Reuben Matthews, vice president of the board of directors for Wake Electric Membership Corporation has been recognized for 20 years of service to the electric cooperative. Matthews represents district nine in Wake Electric’s service territory, which includes the portions of Wake Electric’s service areas in Johnston and Nash Counties.

Matthews received his award when he attended the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives’ annual meeting, April 3.

Local students serve as pages

Gina Marie Higgins and Logan Jackson recently served as a pages in the N.C. Senate. Pages serve for one week, attending Senate sessions and committee meetings and assisting staff members with clerical duties.

Higgins, a student at East Wake High School and the daughter of Jim and Alice Higgins of Wendell, was sponsored by Sen. Neal Hunt.

Jackson, a student at East Wake High School of Health Science, is the son of Rep. Darren G. Jackson and Tina Jackson of Raleigh.

Starr becomes riverkeeper

Matthew Starr is the new upper Neuse riverkeeper for the Neuse River. Starr is responsible for protecting the Neuse and its tributaries from threats to their water quality. He is also responsible for educating the public about what they can do to preserve clean water in the Neuse River Basin.

Starr holds a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental management from the University of Maryland.

He is married with three children, coaches youth soccer, and lives just a few miles from Falls Lake in Raleigh.

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