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Mountaire announces $80,000 in scholarship funds

$2,500 scholarships available to children and grandchildren of employees, growers, grain producers

MILLSBORO, Delaware — Mountaire Farms, the country’s fourth largest chicken processor, has dozens of $2,500 scholarships available for the children and grandchildren of employees, poultry growers and grain producers.

The deadline to apply is June 6.

“This is another great benefit of working for or with Mountaire Farms,” said Phillip Plylar, President of Mountaire Farms. “It’s an honor to meet these families and see the commitment these students have to their education. We are blessed to be able to help them succeed.”

To be eligible, a student’s parent or grandparent must be employed by Mountaire Farms, or grow broilers, breeders, or grain (10,000-bushel minimum) for Mountaire. Applicants must enroll as a full-time college student carrying a minimum of 12 credits per semester in the current school year.

Successful applicants must be involved in extracurricular activities at school and in their community. Preference will be given to an industry-related course of study. A copy of the student’s transcript must be attached to the application.

Students can apply online at our company website.

The company will announce scholarship winners on July 1 and host banquets for winners and their families.

Lee County health department to offer second booster shots to qualifying residents

SANFORD — The Lee County Health Department will administer the Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna COVID-19 second booster vaccines to any residents who currently qualify to receive them.

COVID-19 vaccination clinics are being provided now at the health department — located at 106 Hillcrest Drive, Sanford — each week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m. If you need special assistance to receive your COVID-19 second booster vaccine, please inform the call center when you call to register for your appointment.

The following individuals qualify to receive the second booster:

• For the Pfizer-BioNtech second booster, one must be 50-plus years of age or immunocompromised and 12 years of age or older. The vaccination must be four months out from the prior booster dose.

• For the Moderna second booster, one must be 50-plus years of age or immunocompromised and 18 years of age or older. The vaccination must be four months out from the prior booster dose.

COVID-19 PCR and/or rapid testing will be offered through Optum Serve each Monday and Friday afternoon from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are accepted.

—CN+R staff reports

CARE offering free spay surgeries through June 30

Chatham Animal Rescue and Education is offering free spay surgeries for female cats and dogs through June 30.

This free offer is available to Chatham County residents who qualify for CARE’s targeted spay/neuter program, Lillie’s Fund.

There’s a limit of three female pets per household; additional pets, female or male, require a co-pay of $20 per pet.

Call 919-542-5757 or go to CARE's website and click on Programs and Resources and then the spay/neuter link for an application.

CARE is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that promotes responsible pet ownership by educating the community, providing targeted spay/neuter programs, and fostering homeless cats and dogs until they are placed in loving, permanent homes.

E&M Sales becomes U-Haul neighborhood dealer in Siler City

SILER CITY — U-Haul Company of North Carolina is pleased to announce that E&M Sales signed on as a U-Haul® neighborhood dealer to serve the Siler City community.

E&M Sales at 1102 N. 2nd Ave. will offer essential services like U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, moving supplies and in-store pickup for boxes.

U-Haul has teamed with independent dealers to offer moving equipment since 1945. With the COVID-19 outbreak creating challenging times for small businesses, more than 20,000 dealers across the U.S. and Canada are creating supplemental income through their U-Haul partnership. When a customer rents from a U-Haul dealer, they are directly supporting an independent small business in their community.

Griffith honored for sales achievement

LIBERTY — J. B. Griffith III, a representative of Modern Woodmen of America, has been named to the Modern Woodmen’s President’s Circle.

The distinction recognizes Griffith’s high achievement in the sales of financial products to meet families’ protection, savings and retirement needs. He ranks among the organization’s top representatives nationwide.

The local Modern Woodmen office is located in Liberty. Contact Griffith at 336-622-6020 for more information.

Founded in 1883, Modern Woodmen of America is a fraternal financial services organization offering financial products and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families throughout the United States.

—CN+R staff reports

Karen Howard, Lori Carlin appointed by Gov. Cooper

RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper has announced a number of nominations and appointments to North Carolina boards and commissions, including those of two Chatham residents.

Karen Howard of Pittsboro was named to the North Carolina Oil and Gas Commission on an interim basis, pending confirmation by the General Assembly.

Howard, the chairperson of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners, is a retired attorney. She previously served on the Chatham County Board of Education and was chairperson of that board from 2013-2014.

Also appointed were Dr. William Vizuete of Chapel Hill, an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering for the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and John D. White II of Greensboro, the chief state and local government affairs manager for Dominion Energy.

Similarly, Lori M. Carlin of Pittsboro was appointed to the North Carolina Dept. of Justice’s Financial Literacy Council.

Carlin is the Section Chief for Arts Education and Social Studies for the N.C. Dept. of Public Instruction. Carlin is an academic writer and instructor with over 20 years of experience and has won multiple awards for her talents.

Also appointed were Heather B. Horton of Raleigh, the chief financial officer for the Department of Commerce and treasurer of the Justice Matters Board of Directors; Amalia Mercedes Restucha-Klem of Raleigh, an assistant attorney general at the Public Protection Section of the North Carolina Department of Justice; and Melissa Marie Hart of Raleigh, a senior lecturer at North Carolina State University. She was nominated for the Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Award in 2016.

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