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School supply giveaway

School supplies will be available at Hairston Funeral Home, Inc., on Aug. 15 from 8 a.m. until noon. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Listings of supplies needed for each grade will be displayed.

The funeral home is accepting supplies from donors each day from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., through Aug. 14.

For more information, contact Velveeta Reid-Hairston at 704-638-6464.

Sarah Tran serves as page

Sarah Tran, a student at Salisbury High School, recently served as a page for the N.C. House of Representatives.

She is the daughter of Long Tran and Nhung Mai of Salisbury and was sponsored by Rep. Harry Warren. Speaker of the House Tim Moore appoints and introduces the pages to members during the Monday night session.

The House relies on the service of pages to assist members and their staffs during session at committee meetings, in their offices, and to run errands around the legislature, while learning about the legislative process of our state.

Upward Bound pageant

On July 22, Livingstone College’s Upward Bound program hosted its annual Mr. and Miss Upward Bound Pageant.

Fifteen contestants from North Rowan, West Rowan and Salisbury high schools participated in three categories – introduction, business wear and evening wear.

The winners of the 2015 Mr. and Miss Upward Bound Pageant are Dionne Dillard and Jibri Cowan. The runners-up are Shanadia Cowan and Keith Carroll.

Miss Rowan County Toria Mangum, Mr. Black Charlotte USA Kendal Cook, Passion Gray and Jaquan Levine judged the pageant, which was coordinated by Felecia Young and Benny Young.

VandeZande presents scientific research

Gaige VandeZande of Salisbury joined 32 other Lebanon Valley College students who presented their scientific work at the sixth annual Disappearing Boundaries Summer Research Meeting on July 17 at the college’s Neidig-Garber Science Center.

A graduate of East Rowan High School, VandeZande is pursuing a bachelor’s of science in biology.

The annual event is designed to blend students and faculty with their counterparts from other institutions and disciplines and has become a collaboration of central Pennsylvania colleges. Core to the concept is the idea that science benefits from networking, even amongst a myriad of scientific disciplines.

At the meeting, the Neidig-Garber Science Center was taken over by student and faculty research projects, much of the work recently completed. The meeting also includes guest speakers at the start and end of the day as well as discipline-specific breakout sessions.

DCCC welding tech grads get Grainger toolkits

THOMASVILLE – Grainger, a local distributor of maintenance, repair and operating supplies, recently awarded toolkits to two 2015 Davidson County Community College Welding Technology graduates to help them launch new careers.

Ronnie Crook and Todd Perry, both of Lexington, earned the toolkits as part of a Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship package. Each received a $2,000 cash scholarship from Grainger for the 2014-2015 academic year to complete their second year of study in the welding program. They were eligible to receive the toolkits upon receiving their associate degrees.

“We love partnering with community colleges such as Davidson and partnering with our scholarship recipients and students” said Casey Whitesides, market manager for Grainger’s Greensboro/Winston-Salem market. “This is a great honor for me to represent our organization and award these guys with tool sets.”

Each customized toolkit has a retail value of around $2,000.

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