Caroline Coram. was inducted into Gamma Beta Phi at Gaston College. In order to be a member in good standing, students must have a GPA of 3.5 or better and be taking six credit hours or more. Caroline is the daughter of Marty and Bill Coram of Lincolnton.
Buncombe County Board of Education member Lisa Carpenter Baldwin, daughter of Hugh and Libby Carpenter of Lincolnton, received the James Knox Polk award for leadership in public office from the John Locke Foundation. She is the first school board member in North Carolina to be so honored.
She was given the Polk award at the organizationâ€™s 22nd annual dinner, held Jan. 21 in Raleigh.
The John Locke Foundation is a North Carolina-based nonprofit research institute.
Much of its work is devoted to examinations and recommendations about public education policy.
Crystal Gettys, business development manager and interim director of the Lincoln Economic Development Association (LEDA), graduated from the University of Oklahomaâ€™s Economic Development Institute (OU/EDI) after completing the three-year program.
The program provides a broad spectrum of advanced education for the economic development professional and is accredited by the International Economic Development Council.
Students complete 117 hours of instruction selected from more than 50 seminars, workshops and discussion groups.
Gettys was awarded the Jack Ervin EDI Scholarship in 2009 from the North Carolina Economic Development Association.
This scholarship, along with LEDAâ€™s support, enabled Gettys to attend OU/EDI as part of her professional development in economic development.