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The Orchard Street Press has announced that work by Bob Wickless of Reidsville is included in the 2018 edition of “Quiet Diamonds,” the annual poetry journal from Orchard Street.

Poems for “Quiet Diamonds” were selected from entries to The Orchard Street Press annual Poetry Contest, a national competition that this year drew hundreds of submissions from 40 states. Thirty-three poets have work included in this year’s edition.

Howard Conyers, a 2004 N.C. A&T graduate and a NASA rocket scientist, is the new host of “Nourish,” a digital show all about food, culture and science in the Deep South. Conyers, as the host and one of the show’s co-producers, will travel to various places to interview food experts to further understand the culture of what people eat and the science behind it. For the pilot season of the show, there will be 10 episodes in the online series that will air every two weeks on YouTube.


Meredith Powers, assistant professor in the department of social work at UNC-Greensboro, launched her book, “Social Work Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability: A Workbook for Global Social Workers and Educators (Vol. 2),” at the Social Work and Social Development Joint World Conference held in July in Dublin. While there, Powers spent some time with the former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson.

Powers’ book explores the idea that the “oppression and marginalization of groups are often related to environmental issues — natural disasters, water quality, food access, etc.”

Earlier this year, Powers served as a keynote speaker at the United Nations on Sustainable Development Goals, Climate Change, and Social Work, held in New York as part of the 35th Annual Social Work Day.

Also, Powers has received new funding from The Junior League of Greensboro for the project. “Parks for All People: Promoting Health and Wellness by Engaging Aging Populations in Public Parks.” D. Justin T. Harmon and Benjamin D. Hickerson are co-principal investigators on the project.

The project notes that while there are more than 100 neighborhood parks in Greensboro, few of them have features important to an aging population.


The North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountant Examiners has announced that the following North Carolina candidates successfully completed the Uniform CPA Examination during the April-June 2018 testing window: J. Chase Cox of Elon, Hona Kim Moore of Greensboro, Lindsay Oreon Hancock of High Point, Cameron Elliott Smith of Jamestown, William Mills Abee of Kernersville, Meredith Parker Watson of Reidsville and Olivia Raye Moody of Staley.


Seth R. Cohen of Smith, James, Rowlett & Cohen has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in three areas: Employment law — individuals; labor law — union; and litigation — labor and employment. He has been recognized in this publication each year since 2006.


Nedra Cox, health educator with the Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Division has been selected as a fellow in the 2018-2019 North Carolina Public Health Association’s Emerging Leaders Program.

NCPHA created this training program in partnership with the Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership of the North Carolina Medical Society. The purpose of the program is to enhance individual leadership skills in order to prepare future organizational and community leaders.


The managing partners of Trinity Wealth Management — Daniel Boone, James Wilkie and Peter LaMuraglia — have announced the opening of a new financial services firm in Greensboro. The new office is at 628 Green Valley Road, Suite 303.

Trinity will continue to provide financial services through LPL Financial, the nation’s largest independent broker-dealer in the retail financial advice market.


The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro awarded the Thornton H. Brooks Leadership Award to D. Hayes Clement Jr. for his “outstanding service to the organization. The award recognizes long term leadership given in a humble, behind the scenes manner.”


Governor Roy Cooper conferred the Old North State Award to Rev. Gregory B. Drumwright for his public service as a minister, youth advocate and community leader since 1996. Also, Cooper’s administration appointed Drumwright to the State Youth Advisory Council Board and Commission.

This year Drumwright celebrates 15 years as the senior minister of the Citadel Church and Campus Ministries, home to a 98 percent collegiate congregation. He is also a candidate for Guilford County School Board District 2.


The North Carolina Association of CPAs awarded the 2017 Outstanding Seminar Speaker Award to Bert Davis Jr., founder of the Davis Forensic Group. The organization recognizes Davis’ “superior commitment to the NCACPA’s continuing professional education program as well as the field of accounting.”


Airman Apprentice Alexandra Lucas, a 2016 Northwest Guilford High School graduate, is serving with the U.S. Navy with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 on the island of Guam.

Lucas is an aviation machinist’s mate serving with HSC 25, known as the “Island Knights,” a versatile squadron that’s capable of completing a number of important missions for the Navy with the MH-60S “Seahawk” helicopter.

A Navy aviation machinist’s mate is responsible for basic mechanical support of the plane and focus on engines and blades. The auxiliary power unit of the bird and the fuel systems are also priorities of their duties.

“Being in the Navy means serving my country,” said Lucas. “I come from a long line of men that have served in all branches of the military. I am the first female in my family. I represent my family and my country and will be that first line of defense for the waters. I do what I am supposed to do knowing what is going on in the world; if I could do more I would.”

On the Move

  • Bennett College has hired LaDaniel Danny Gatling II as the new vice president for institutional advancement. Gatling comes to Bennett from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he worked as director of development for constituent programs.
  • Triad Financial Advisors has hired Nathaniel Carswell as vice president, senior financial advisor.
  • Wake Forest University Life Trustee James T. Williams, a partner with Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, died Sept. 3 in Greensboro.
  • Aaron R. Davis has joined Wyatt Early Harris Wheeler as an attorney practicing in the area of real estate.
  • Barbara Cini has been named Elon Law’s assistant dean for development following a national search. In her new role at the law school, Cini — who had been serving Elon University as assistant director of planned giving —
  • will develop and execute a comprehensive development program that includes major gifts, corporation and foundation relations, donor relations and alumni engagement.
  • Truliant Federal Credit Union has promoted Sherri Thomas to the role of chief human resources and organizational development officer.
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