Boone dispatch staff members receive certifications

BOONE — Two Boone Police Department 911 Communications employees are among 28 graduates of the first Public Safety Answering Point Manager Certification Program.

Communications Supervisor Kevin Hardy and Senior Telecommunicator Bridget Kliene — along with 26 other graduates — received their completion certificates at Richmond Community College on Jan. 26.

Richmond Community College worked with the North Carolina State 911 Board and current PSAP Managers from across the state for four years to develop the course.

The PSAP Manager Certification Program consists of five classes, each taking five weeks to complete. Students cover the history of the 911 system and the NC 911 Board, budgeting, finance, human relations, operations and technology. The North Carolina State 911 Board paid for the course tuition allowing the participants to attend at no cost to the students.

“This has been a great collaborative effort between the North Carolina 911 Board and the North Carolina Community College System to fill an educational void had by the men and women in charge of our 911 centers,” said Richard Taylor, executive director of the NC 911 Board.

“I am very proud of Kevin and Bridget for completing this senior management program,” said Boone Police Chief Dana Crawford. “This being the inaugural certification course shows their commitment to learning new methods and technology. This is another example of how our employees have dedicated themselves to providing excellent quality service to the citizens of the town of Boone.”

WCC announces fall 2017 President’s, Dean’s Lists

WILKESBORO — Wilkes Community College recognizes outstanding academic achievement of students through the President’s List and the Dean’s List each fall and spring semester. The students on the fall 2017 semester President’s and Dean’s lists are grouped by home county.

To qualify for the President’s List, full-time students must achieve a 4.0 grade point average, complete 12 or more semester hours of college-level courses (excluding credit by examination) and be awarded all A’s.

To qualify for the Dean’s List, full-time students must complete 12 or more semester hours of college-level courses (excluding credit by examination) and have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, with no grade below a B.

Watauga County students qualifying for the fall 2017 semester include:

President’s List: Nereyda Corrales-Escobar, Boone; Ryan Austin Dejonge, Boone; Marianna Laura Durfor, Boone; Addison Brinkley Fairchild, Deep Gap; Nathan Andrew Kirk, Sugar Grove; Erica Leigh Matteson, Boone; Ronald Lee Million, Deep Gap; Barrett Wayne Summey, Boone; Nicholas James Webb, Vilas; and Thomas Franklin Williams, Deep Gap.

Dean’s List: Erica Rose Cornett, Vilas; Tyler Steven Greene, Deep Gap; Emily Celeste Lawley, Boone; Amanda Lee Salmi, Boone; and Carlos Sandoval, Boone.

Area students named

for UA fall 2017 honors

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — A total of 12,594 students enrolled during the 2017 fall semester at The University of Alabama were named to the Dean’s List with an academic record of 3.5 or above or the President’s List with an academic record of 4.0 (all A’s). The UA Dean’s and President’s lists recognize full-time undergraduate students. Those students include:

Tameron Russ of Banner Elk, Dean’s List; Whitney Dunnigan of Boone (28607), President’s List; and Carrington Haas of Boone, President’s List.

Anna Lou Evans-Beasley

celebrates 100th birthday

BOONE — Anna Lou Evans-Beasley, a mother of five originally from Ida, La., celebrates her 100th birthday at Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living in Boone on Feb. 7. Joined by family and friends, Evans-Beasley and her guests enjoyed a Mardi Gras-themed party complete with cake, ice cream and plenty of conversation.

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