Notables, Nov. 3

November 6, 2013 

Wake County Fire Services

Michael Wright has been selected as the director of Wake County Fire Services. Wright will be responsible for the county’s Fire Services Department and Fire Training Center. He will also act as the liaison between contracting fire departments and the county, and coordinate the county’s work with the Wake County Fire Commission. Wright currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Guilford County Department of Emergency Services. He will begin his new role Nov. 12.

Wright has achieved Executive Fire Officer status from the National Fire Academy and holds a bachelors of arts in management and ethics from John Wesley College.

First Advanced Leadership Corps

Zebulon mayor Bob Matheny was one of eight municipal officials who completed the First Advanced Leadership Corps training at the UNC School of Government. The weeklong training assessed participants’ leadership styles and provided skills to help them better their governments.

Outstanding Alumnus

Dr. F. Eugene Hester of Wendell was recognized by N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as its 2013-14 Outstanding Alumnus in the area of applied ecology. He received the award from Dr. Richard Linton, CALS dean, at the annual Alumni Awards Reception at the University Club on Oct. 11 along with winners from other CALS disciplines.

Hester is married to the former Katherine Sherron of Wendell. They have two sons, Tom, who lives near Charlotte, and Jason, who lives in Springfield, Va.

Fair winners

Rachel Lisi, a senior at East Wake School of Arts Education and Global Studies, took home first place and best in show for her decorated cake at the N.C. State Fair. DeMarco Bizzell, of the same school, won first place and a $200 prize in the “I Love Beef” competition with his Apple-Mustard burger.

The Jackson Trio, with Janet and Terry Jackson and Curtis Alford, all of Zebulon, brought home third place at the State Fair Tobacco Stringing Contest this year. The team won first place in 2011, and this year took home $100 in prize money. The tobacco tying contest was sponsored by the John Deere Ice Cream Boys, and was held in memory of Nannie Lou Carroll, who was a staple at the annual competition and died earlier this year.

Sienna Hocutt, age 11, of Zebulon, took home the first place ribbon for decorated cakes in her age category at the State Fair with her beach-themed cake.

Scholarship awarded

Alysa Vereen, of Zebulon, has received $3,586 in scholarship money from the National Association of University Women. Alysa is the daughter of Michael and Letisa Vereen, and is attending Hampton University, Hampton, VA. Alysa is one of six recipients for 2013.

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