Garner: Community

Notables: Nov. 9

Stallings joins bank advisory board

Garner economic development director Joe Stallings has been named to the advisory board for Four Oaks Bank, headquartered in Smithfield and with branches throughout the region, including Garner.

Stallings graduated from Appalachian State University where he earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. He has served as Garners economic development director since 2015. Prior to that, he was the economic development director for the town of Benson for nearly four years.

Stallings is involved in several industry organizations including the International Economic Development Council, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the North Carolina Ecomonic Developers Association and the Council for Entreprenuerial Leadership. He also serves as treasurer of the Relief Masonic Lodge.

“Joe’s municipal perspective and experience will be of great value to our advisory board,” said Four Oaks Bank Branch Manager Shannon O’Neal.

Locals pass CPA exam

Eric Brendan Murphy and Steven George Schultz, both of Garner, have successfully completed the Uniform CPA Examination.

The purpose of the exam is to provide assurance that those people who apply for licensure as Certified Public Accountants possess the level of technical knowledge and the skills necessary for initial licensure.

The men passed the exam during the State Board of Certified Public Accountants Examiner’s July-September testing window.

Hayden named to all-star band

Daniel Hayden, a student at Garner High School, has been named to the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Band.

Hayden is among 125 people selected to the band from among thousands of applicants from across the country. The all-star band will perform at halftime of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio next January.

Band selection officials will be on the Corinth Holders campus Nov. 3 to recognize Gail during a school assembly.

Mayes recognized

Marketing and Events Coordinator Kendrick Mayes was awarded the National Recreation and Park Ethnic Minority Society Young Professional Award during the 2016 National Recreation and Park Association’s annual conference.

The award is presented to a member of the organization who has a minimum of five years experience and has displayed leadership in the field of parks and recreation.

Mayes joined the Town of Garner’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources staff in 2013 as an intern and began his current role a year later.

“Kendrick’s dedication to the Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is evident in his work ethic and his ability to communicate to a wide audience,” said Debbie Dunn, who is Mayes’ supervisor.

Garner Scout earns Gold

Abigail Gargiulo, of Garner, has earned the Gold Award, Girl Scouting’s highest achievement.

The daughter of Christopher and Heather Gargiulo, she is a freshman at UNC-Greensboro. She has been in Girl Scouts since 2003 and is a member of Girl Scout Troop 1289. She graduated from Enloe High School in 2016.

As part of earning her Gold Award Gargiulo was required to plan and execute a community service project. She focused on educating young teens on the issue of mental health. She prepared a presentation about mental disorders, detailing the types of disorders, the kinds of stigma that are attached to mental illness and advice on coping with those disorders. She made her presentations at local libraries and included bookmarks with the telephone numbers for mental health hotlines and a link to her presentation. The goal of her project was to help teens better understand mental illness so they can act respectfully toward those who suffer from them.