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Business Notebook for April 10, 2022

A roundup of business news in Fayetteville and Cumberland County


Holmes Security acquires alarm division of Intracoastal Communications

Holmes Security Systems last week announced the acquisition of the security alarm division of Intracoastal Communications based out of Morehead City.

Holmes Security Systems is a division of Holmes Electric Inc. which was founded in 1908. The security division was started in the 1960s and has expanded across Eastern North Carolina.

President Stephen Wheeler said the company is committed to its investment in helping keep Eastern North Carolina secure.

The company, which has operated from various Hay Street locations since its inception, will be moving into its new headquarters at 407 Ray Ave. in the coming weeks.

Tillman named outstanding assistant principal

Queesha Tillman, an assistant principal at Loyd Auman Elementary School, has been named a National Outstanding Assistant Principal.

The National Association of Elementary School Principals recently made the announcement. Tillman is one of 22 assistant principals in the 2022 class of National Outstanding Assistant Principals, Cumberland County Schools said in a release.

The award program recognizes assistant principals across the country for their dedication to ensuring the success of all children and for their contributions to their schools and communities.

“I am honored to represent the dedication and diligence of assistant principals on a national level,” Tillman said. “Words cannot express the gratefulness that comes with this accolade. I do not consider this a career, but a ministry with the ability to use my gifts, skills, and talents in school leadership.” 

Tillman is a 16-year veteran educator and the school system’s 2022 Assistant Principal of the Year. In November, she was named the 2022 North Carolina Outstanding Elementary School Assistant Principal of the Year by the North Carolina Principals & Assistant Principals Association.

State DOT accepting applications for 2022 HBCU internships, fellowships

The N.C. Department of Transportation is accepting applications for the 2022 Historically Black Colleges and Universities internship and fellowship programs.

The programs provide hands-on experience for students attending HBCUs or minority-serving institutions. Participants could learn about photogrammetry, drone technology, engineering and computations, the Transportation Department said in a release.

Applications for the summer internship program will be accepted through April 14. The internships begin on June 13.

Those who apply to the Fellows program must have graduated within the past three years with a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree from one of North Carolina’s HBCUs or minority-serving institutions. Fellows serve a two-year commitment within a selected Transportation Department business unit and assist with everyday tasks and special projects. Applications will be accepted through April 15. The fellowships begin on May 31.

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PWC recognized for electric system reliability 

The Fayetteville Public Works Commission has earned a Reliable Public Power Provider Diamond designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service, the utility said in a release.

The award was presented at the association’s annual Engineering & Operations Conference in Austin, Texas on March 28.

Although more than 275 public power utilities nationwide hold the RP3 designation, only PWC earned the award’s highest designation- Diamond Level- for the sixth time in the award’s history, the release said. PWC is one of two utilities that have earned the Diamond Level designation six or more times.

“I’m proud PWC continues to be recognized among the top performing public power utilities in the nation,” said Elaina Ball, PWC’s CEO and general manager. “This is a great testament to the dedication of our PWC team. They are your friends and neighbors who you depend on day in and day out to provide essential, award-winning service.”

The RP3 designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate outstanding practices and utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. PWC received a 100% score in the award criteria for reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement, the release said.

Food safety forum set for April 14

The Cumberland County Department of Public Health Environmental Health Division and Fayetteville Technical Community College will hold the third annual Food Safety Forum on Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 The forum will be in the Horace Sisk Building, 2201 Hull Road, on the FTCC campus.

 A panel discussion will include information on several topics, including how to prepare menus, how to start a bakery, restaurant requirements and mobile food trucks.

There will be interactive food stations following the panel. The areas of focus will be “The process of preparing sous vide,” “The art of baking desserts” and "Sustainability- what? when? and why?"

Because of the interactive nature of the forum, it will be limited to 60 participants. Participants must send an email to cdwilliams@co.cumberland.nc.us to request and confirm a space.

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