Category Archives: Aurora

Aurora officials ‘accept’ economic recommendations

But failure to ‘adopt’ plan concerns many town residents Lavonde Hardy and her daughter Maria attended the Monday night meeting AURORA – Monday night, a huge turnout for a meeting of the Aurora Town Board signaled growing impatience among citizens over the economic plight of this small Beaufort County town. Their frustration came through loud and clear from a young mother, Lavonde Hardy. “We need a grocery store,” pleaded Hardy, while holding her one-year-old daughter Maria. “How can we call ourselves a town without a grocery store? Right now, with the closest grocery store 2…

N.C. Department of Commerce recognizes PotashCorp-Aurora

At far right, N.C. Secretary of Commerce, John E. Skvarla III, and Will Collins, Assistant Secretary of Commerce, present Kim Toler, PotashCorp-Aurora Training Manager, with the Apprenticeship Program award. AURORA — PotashCorp-Aurora recently received recognition from the North Carolina Department of Commerce for using an innovative approach to apprenticeships for workforce training. Kim Toler, site-training manager for the phosphate-mining behemoth, accepted the Outstanding Innovative Registered Apprenticeship Program award on behalf of PotashCorp-Aurora, at…

‘Aspiration For A Better Tomorrow’ issues challenge to mayor (and others)

AURORA – Give Clif Williams, mayor of this town, some credit. Saturday afternoon, he quickly accepted a challenge from Zina Ham, outreach coordinator of New Growth Unlimited Ministries. The well-publicized event, which included mime ministry artist Nick Stokes, was designed to spur citizen involvement in the lives of at-risk youngsters. Ham – quite congenially – interrupted the mayor’s remarks to ask: “If we were to identify a child over the next year or two with a GPA of at least 2.7 would you, Mr. Mayor, offer an incentive of $100 for that young person to purchase supplies and sc…

Burroughs Wellcome Fund underwrites ambitious program at Aurora Fossil Museum

AURORA – The Burroughs Wellcome Fund announced this week a generous grant to the Aurora Fossil Museum Foundation, as part of the fund’s Student Science Enrichment Program. Museum director Cindy Crane said the popular museum, located in downtown Aurora, will use the funding to partner with East Carolina University and PotashCorp-Aurora. The triumvirate — in conjunction with Burroughs Wellcome Fund — have plans to offer ‘IMAGINE-NC’ – an initiative designed to ‘Integrate Mathematics and Geology In Eastern North Carolina.’ “This is HUGE news for the Auro…

The Voice of the People for a better Aurora/Richland Township

Hello, Aurora/Richland Township! Welcome to our first issue of the “The VOICE of the People for a Better Aurora Richland Township”. My name is Eve Hemby and I serve as a Community Or- ganizer for the People for a Better Aurora/Richland Township. Our role and purpose in this community is simple. We organize activities that bring people together to help make our community better economically. The “People” are anyone in the community working toward common goals. So then, if you are a “People” mak- ing Aurora better, then you are a People for a Better Aurora/Richland Township. All th…

2016 Aurora Fossil Festival Schedule, Sponsors

Fossil Festival Field & Main St. Aurora Schedule of Events Download and print the schedule 2016 Fossil Festival Sponsors a[rel~="mtli_filesize986kB"]:after {content:" (98.6 kB)"}…

Rich Olsen: 2016 Fossil Master

Fossil Museum opens amazing new exhibit Rich Olsen, with magnificent emeralds, discovered in 2011. AURORA – Rich Olsen is our 2016 Fossil Master! A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Olsen attended Penn State University. Upon graduation, he relocated to southeastern Louisiana where he spent a 27-year career exploring for and developing oil and gas deposits in the Gulf of Mexico. In the mid-1990s the Olsen family moved to eastern North Carolina, where he became involved with various fossil and mineral groups. Olsen has served as president of North Carolina Fossil Club, and as volunteer, curator…

Community takes first step in long, long journey

  Approximately 50 people attended the meeting organized by “People for a Better Aurora & Richland Township” Eve Hemby chats with former Aurora Town Commissioner Lewis Leaming. RICHLAND TOWNSHIP – An incorporated town (Aurora) and its surrounding township are on the ropes in this rural part of Beaufort County. The area’s only grocery store closed last summer, buildings along Main Street resemble the dilapidated, vacant storefronts of some post-apocalypse, and far too many working age adults appear to be unemployed. That is the scenario confronting a group of approx…

Reuben Peed, 87, honored by Hooker clan

Ceremony marks Peed’s retirement from CMF & special relationship with four generations Reuben Peed, 87, accepts a gold watch from Joe Hooker, president of CMF, while John Hooker Sr., CEO of CMF looks on. Reuben Peed and John Hooker Sr., 80, have been friends since childhood. Peed first worked with Nathaniel Hooker, John’s father. AURORA — There are two well-known and respected families in Aurora whose lives have been intertwined for at least four generations dating back to the 1930s: The Hooker Family and the Peed Family. Though most people count the days until they are able t…

2015 Aurora Fossil Festival

AURORA – The locked, secure display case of the Aurora Fossil Museum is always packed this time of year, as various fossils show up for the hugely popular Fossil Auction, which begins at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 23rd, in downtown Aurora – a highlight of the three-day Fossil Festival. If you’ve never attended, trust us – this is one fascinating extravaganza, even if you don’t know an ancient shark’s tooth from even older dinosaur poop! Aurora Fossil Festival 22nd Anniversary May 22-24, 2015 Fossil Festival Field & Main St. Aurora, NC   Schedule of Events     &nbs…