▪ Khaiyah Barber, a student at Voyager Academy, was first runner-up in North Carolina in the Poetry Out Loud competition. Khaiyah performed “Ah! Why Because the Dazzling Sun” by Emily Brontë, “I'm a Fool to Love You” by Cornelius Eady and “Domestic Situation” by Ernest Hilbert.
▪ Tommy McNeill, a life member of Tuskegee Airmen Heart of Carolina Chapter, Research Triangle Park, spoke about the history of Tuskegee Airmen with students at Pearsontown Elementary during a Black History Month event in February.
▪ The Board of County Commissioners recognized Durham County’s Budget and Management Services, led by Director Claudia Odom Hager, for receiving the GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the FY 2015-2016 Budget. This is the 19th time the county has earned this award and the 12th consecutive year.
The Information Services and Technology Department earned a National Award that Demonstrates World-Class IT Effectiveness.
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Durham County Commissioners approved a resolution in honor of Assistant Fire Marshal John Gentry, Jr., for his work in public service.
▪ Sheriff Mike Andrews of Durham County graduated from the Sheriffs’ Leadership Institute earlier in March. Andrews participated in four weeks of training programs over two years.
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