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Article Published: Feb. 10, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

NCNR is accredited"

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, announced that the National Committee for the New River (NCNR) has been awarded accredited status.

"Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever," commission executive director Tammara Van Ryn said. "The accreditation seal lets the public know that the accredited land trust has undergone an extensive, external review of the governance and management of its organization and the systems and policies it uses to protect land."

"NCNR"s accredited status demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation," NCNR executive director George Santucci said. "We are a stronger organization today having gone through the rigorous accreditation program."

NCNR envisions a permanently protected New River as a treasured natural resource. The mission of NCNR is to advocate for successful protection of the New River, to restore eroding river and stream banks, and to permanently protect land along the New River."

NCNR was awarded accreditation this February and is one of 130 land trusts from across the country that has been awarded accreditation since the fall of 2008. Accredited land trusts are able to display a seal indicating to the public that they meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent. The seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation.

NCNR works in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia"s New River watershed." The organization has protected more than 7,000 acres of land important to the New River"s water quality, scenic and natural values, and has stabilized nearly 70 miles of river and stream bank.



Linville VFD nets $38,000"

U.S. Sen. Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) announced that the Linville Volunteer Fire Department will receive $38,000 in federal funding for life-saving equipment for firefighters.

The grant is being awarded through the Department of Homeland Security"s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, which Hagan has supported in the Senate.

"This funding is critical to ensuring that our Linville firefighters have the tools they need to protect our families," Hagan said. "In a tough budget year, this grant will give the department the resources to purchase equipment that saves lives."

"The Linville Volunteer Fire Department is excited about our award from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program," Capt. Nathan Elliott said. "The $38,000 award will be used to purchase much needed life-saving equipment that the department would not be able to purchase otherwise. Linville Volunteer Fire Department is very grateful to Sen. Hagan and others who have supported the AFG program. As our department strives to make our community as safe as possible, programs like the AFG help us tremendously."



Stamey named Parkway principal

Current Watauga High School assistant principal Tamara Stamey will become principal at Parkway School, replacing Parkway"s interim principal, Donnie Johnson. Stamey"s appointment to the position is permanent, and she will transition to Parkway during the current week.

She is in her 16th year of service with the Watauga County Schools and has been an assistant principal at Watauga High School since 2005.

"Having had two daughters that attended Parkway, I am honored to serve this school and community as they continue their rich tradition of excellence," Stamey said. "I look forward to working with assistant principal Stephanie Weeks as an administrative team to support our outstanding staff and students."

Superintendent Dr. Marty Hemric said he was "very pleased and proud to announce Tamara Stamey as the new principal for Parkway School."

"She is a proven leader and educator in our system and a great fit for the excellence of Parkway School and the Parkway community," he said.

Johnson had recently been named interim principal at Parkway, but elected to step down as soon as the transition to a new permanent principal could take place. Hemric said that Johnson "was very generous, and honored to come to Parkway for as long as his leadership was needed."

Johnson had retired in June 2009 after a 32-year career in North Carolina"s public schools, including 10 and a half years as superintendent for the Ashe County Schools.

Parkway School has an enrollment of 512 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. It is rated a N.C. School of Distinction on the state"s ABC"s school accountability model and has the highest proportion of Nationally Board Certified teachers of any school in the Watauga County Schools, a system that ranks third out of 115 school districts statewide in the proportion of personnel with National Board Certification.

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