Press Archive

April 2009

Samuel Hunter Receives Top Citizenship Award from Boy Scouts

Samuel Hunter received the “Distinguished Citizen Award” Monday evening before more than 175 friends, business associates and family members. The award, presented by the Tuscarora Council of the Boy Scouts of America, honors Hunter for his business leadership, community service and character.

Hunter, a resident of Goldsboro since 1971, is the president and CEO of T.A. Loving Company. He has served in leadership roles on the Associated General Contractors of America, the largest commercial construction trade organization in the U.S., and Confederated International Construction Association, an organization that advises the World Bank on their funded
construction projects in Third World countries. In addition to these roles, Hunter has also served the Tuscarora Council and community organizations such as:
• First Presbyterian Church
• Wayne Memorial Hospital Board
• Wayne Community College Foundation
• Goldsboro Committee of 100
• NC Community College Foundation
• NC Rural Economic Development Center

Hunter is married to Ann Loving. They have two children and one grandchild.
All proceeds from the event benefited the Tuscarora Council, which serves approximately 6,600 youth and their families in Duplin, Johnston, Sampson and Wayne Counties of eastern North Carolina.

About the Centennial Distinguished Citizen Award
The Distinguished Citizen Award recognizes noteworthy and extraordinary leadership of citizens in communities across the United States. Honoring distinguished citizenship delivers a message to our youth that character counts. The lives of distinguished citizens put in place guideposts that serve to inspire our youth to lead, to accept responsibility and to care about principles and causes beyond self-interest.


February 2009


Tuscarora Council Wins National Quality Award

The Tuscarora Council, Boy Scouts of America received the 2008 Centennial Quality Council Award from the national office of the Boy Scouts of America. The award is designed to recognize groups for outstanding achievement in providing quality Scouting programs for youth of all ages. In order to receive the award, the council had to meet 10 areas of achievement including increasing membership, operating within a balanced budget, increasing volunteer leadership and securing new
financial gifts.

All three of the council’s districts earned the Centennial Quality District Award as well. The districts are as follows: Coharie (Sampson and Duplin County), Neusiok (Johnston County) and Torhunta (Wayne County).



53 Eagle Scouts Honored; Boyette, Bryan and Pridgen Receive Silver Beaver Awards

The Tuscarora Council, Boy Scouts of America will honor some of its top Scouts and volunteers during its 86th annual awards presentation. The event, which will be held Feb. 8 at the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston County Community College, begins at 4 p.m. Tickets for the event are $10 each and must be purchased from the Tuscarora Council’s office by February 6. Call (919) 734-1714 or go to www.bsanc.org for details.

Eagle Scout Honors
Fifty-three young men from the council attained the rank of Eagle Scout during 2008. These young men earned the highest advancement rank in Scouting by fulfilling requirements in the areas of leadership, service and outdoor skills. Only five percent of all Scouts become Eagle Scouts.

Silver Beaver Award Recipients
The council will also honor three outstanding volunteers with highest award it can present locally, the Silver Beaver Award. The award, which is based on peer nominations, honors adult volunteers for their service to youth. Recipients are Eric Boyette, Bill Bryan and Rick Pridgen.

About Eric Boyette (Johnston County)
• As a youth, attained the rank of Eagle Scout.
• Currently serves as the chairman for Scouting programs in Neusiok District (Johnston County)
• Has served in numerous other Scouting roles such as assistant Scoutmaster, member of the council’s camping committee and others

His community service includes:
• Youth basketball and baseball coach
• PTA vice-president at Glendale-Kenly Elementary School

About Bill Bryan (Wayne County)
• As a youth, attained the rank of Eagle Scout
• Served as a member of the council’s executive board in many roles, including council president for the past two years
• Recipient of the council’s Distinguished Citizen Award
• Recipient of numerous other community honors from the National Council of Churches, Mt. Olive Jaycees, Wayne Economic Development Commission and Wayne County Chamber of Commerce

His community service includes:
• President of the Salvation Army
• Board member of numerous local charities and foundations

About Rick Pridgen (Wayne County)
• As a youth, attained the rank of Eagle Scout.
• Served in every level of adult leadership in Cub Scouting
• Served in numerous other Scouting roles such as assistant Scoutmaster, Explorer Post adviser, camp waterfront director and others
• Current vice president of the council executive board

His community service includes:
• Long time school board member for the Wayne County Board of Education
• Deacon, choir member and teacher at Madison Avenue Baptist Church



May 2008


Council Wins 3 Awards in National Marketing Competition 

The Tuscarora Council, Boy Scouts of America has won three national marketing awards for its communication program. The awards, which are part of the 10th Annual President’s Award for Marketing Excellence competition, are sponsored by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. More than 330 entries were received from councils across the country.

The Tuscarora Council won first place for its overall marketing campaign that featured an in-depth assessment of prior communications and a survey of Scout families and volunteers. Using your input, the council launched its campaign in mid-2007. The campaign included improvements to the Web site ( www.bsanc.org ), creation of an e-news system and introduction of a family-centered magazine that shared stories about Scouts in Duplin, Johnston, Sampson and Wayne Counties.

Individual awards were received for the magazine and e-news system as well.

 

March 2008


State Sen. John Kerr Receives the Tuscarora Boy Scout Council's Distinguished Citizen Award

State Sen. John Kerr will receive the Tuscarora Boy Scout Council's Distinguished Citizen Award April 14 at Walnut Creek Country Club. Tuscarora Council Executive Harold Keller said the invitations went out this week for the event, which begins with a reception at 6:30 followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The Distinguished Citizen Award banquet is one of several ways the council raises money for operations through its Friends of Scouting Campaign. He said he expects about 250 people to attend and the event to raise about $25,000.

The committee organizing the banquet each year is made up of past DCA recipients.

"We invite all the DCA recipients each year to select a new one. Kerr was chosen unanimously," Keller said. "Kerr is retiring at the end of the year, and the committee felt it more than appropriate to recognize his 20 years plus service to our local area and the state."

Kerr is a true statesman, Keller said.

The senator was first elected to the State House of Representatives in l987. After serving three terms, he was elected to the State Senate, where he has served since l993.

Currently he serves as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, is on the Finance Subcommittee for Capital and Infrastructure and is a member of the Appropriations Commit-tee, Appropriations Subcommittee-tee on Information Technology and General Government, Judiciary II Committee and the Commerce Committee. He serves as chairman of the Study Commission on Revenue Laws and serves on the Study Commission for Transportation and Highway Oversight and is a member of the Joint Select Committee on Economic Development- Incentives.

Born in Warrenton, he is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, president of the junior class, treasurer of the student body and president of the Order of the Grail. After receiving his bachelor's degree, he attended the University of North Carolina Law School, receiving a Juris Doctorate with honors in 1961.

He lives in Goldsboro and is a partner in the law firm of Warren, Kerr, Walston, Taylor, and Smith, LLP. He and his wife, Sandra, have two sons, John H. Kerr IV and James Y. Kerr II and four grandchildren.

He also serves on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association, the local Board of BB&T, the Board of Wayne Memorial Community Build-, the Board of Directors of the Wayne County Boys' and Girls' Club, and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce of Wayne County and its Military Affairs Committee, and the Rotary Club. He is a member of Madison Avenue Baptist Church. (Courtesy of the Goldsboro News Argus)


February 2008


65 Eagle Scouts Honored; J. Louis Maxwell Receives Distinguished Eagle Award;
Hardee, Ferrell and Rivenbark Receive Silver Beaver Award; and
Camp Waterfront Named in Memory of Dr. Ralph Bland


The Tuscarora Council, Boy Scouts of America honored some of its top Scouts and volunteers during its 85th annual awards presentation, which was held Feb. 1 at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, NC.Sixty-five young men from the council attained the rank of Eagle Scout during 2007. These young men attained the highest advancement rank in Scouting by fulfilling requirements in the areas of leadership, service and outdoor skills. Only five percent of all Scouts become Eagle Scouts.

The young Eagle Scouts were saluted along with J. Louis Maxwell, Jr., a local agribusiness pioneer with Goldsboro Milling, who received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. This award is a national award bestowed to an adult Eagle Scout for distinguished service in his profession and his community.

Less than 2,000 Eagles nationally have received this recognition. The Tuscarora Council has produced 2,546 Eagles in its 85-year history, but only three have been honored with this award. They are Maxwell, Wes Seegars and the late Bill Kemp.

Silver Beaver Award Recipients
The council also honored three outstanding volunteers with highest award it can present locally, the Silver Beaver Award. The award, which is based on peer nominations, honors adult volunteers for their service to youth. Winners were Bill Hardee, Dr. Frank Ferrell and George Rivenbark.

About Bill Hardee
• Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 64
• Venture Crew 64 Advisor
• Neusiok District Commissioner
• Owner of Hardee’s Septic Tank service in Smithfield, NC

About Frank Ferrell
• Cub Scout leader and Scoutmaster for Troop 258
• Instructor for numerous merit badges
• Served as medic at summer camp
• Recipient of the Torhunta District Award of Merit
• Director of the O’Berry Center

About George Rivenbark
• Founding leader of Troop 51
• Member of council’s Executive Board
• Eagle Scout
• Honorably served his country in the US Army
• Served in the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation for 30 years

Camp Area Named in Memory of Dr. Ralph Bland
The council made an additional announcement that evening about plans for the waterfront area of Camp Tuscarora, its camp in Johnston County. In memory of the late Dr. Ralph Bland, the council will rename its waterfront area the Bland Aquatics Center and is adding a new slide, beach area and other improvements. The center will open June 24, 2008. Dr. Bland was a
lifelong participant and supporter of the Tuscarora Council.


May 2007


Murphy Receives Citizen Award from Scouts

Wendell Murphy received the “Centennial Distinguished Citizen Award” May 8 before more than 300 friends, business associates and family members. The award, presented by the Tuscarora Council of the Boy Scouts of America, honors Murphy for his business leadership, community service and character.

Murphy has worn many hats in North Carolina. The Rose Hill-native revolutionized the swine production industry with the introduction of contract farming. He served three terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives, and he served in the North Carolina Senate from 1989-1993. Murphy is also a strong champion of his alma mater, North Carolina State University, where his support has benefited student athletics, facilities, academics and university governance.

During the sold-out event, which was held at the Mad Boar Restaurant in Wallace, N.C., several of Murphy’s closest friends addressed the crowd with personal anecdotes. Speakers included:

Sidney R. Lowe, head basketball coach for North Carolina State University
The Honorable James B. Hunt, Jr., governor of North Carolina (1977-1985; 1993-2001)
Dr. James L. Oblinger, chancellor of North Carolina State University
Dr. M. Terry Coffey, president of Murphy-Brown East
The Honorable Lauch Faircloth, U.S. Senator (1993-1999)

Gary Hahn, the voice of the North Carolina State University Wolfpack, served as the master of ceremonies for the event.

All proceeds from the event benefited the Tuscarora Council, which serves approximately 6,000 youth and their families in Duplin, Johnston, Sampson and Wayne Counties of eastern North Carolina.

About the Centennial Distinguished Citizen Award
In honor of the 100th anniversary of worldwide Scouting, the Centennial Distinguished Citizen Award recognizes noteworthy and extraordinary leadership of citizens in communities across the United States.  Honoring distinguished citizenship delivers a message to our youth that character counts. The lives of distinguished citizens put in place guideposts that serve to inspire our youth to lead, to accept responsibility and to care about principles and causes beyond self-interest.