Marion Work Crew Praised by Officials

MARION _ The community work crew from Marion Correctional Institution's minimum-security unit drew accolades from community officials in an article printed in The McDowell News

The article chronicled Marion's total hours worked during 1999 as well as describing some of the many projects the work crews completed over the last 12 months. The four 10-man crews completed 171 projects, logging 63,417 hours. 

Among those praising the crew's efforts was County Manager Chuck Abernathy who said the program "allows us to accomplish more with less." 

A local school system official also expressed gratitude for the inmates' efforts, stating that the workers were conscientious and dedicated to their assigned tasks. 

Tuskegee Airman Speaks At Western Youth Institution

MORGANTON -- One of the original Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American aviators in America, recounted tales of wartime battles and post-war struggles against racial discrimination during a Feb. 24 presentation at Western Youth Institution.

Western Piedmont Community College sponsored the appearance by Maj. George Shade of Caldwell County in celebration of Black History Month.

Maj. Shade spoke about the difficulties he and the other Tuskegee Airmen encountered while serving their country in World War II. The elite group provided escort for bombers for various targets in Europe; the group never lost a bomber.

When the men returned home as heroes after the war, they faced the problems of segregation in the United States. Many could not find jobs flying commercially, Maj. Shade said. 

Following his presentation, Maj. Shade addressed each inmate and autographed programs, offering words of encouragement.

Moore Selected as Craven's Employee of Year

VANCEBORO — Craven Correctional Institution's Community Resource Council recently named Joyce W. Moore as its 1999 Employee of the Year. 

A DOC employee since since August 1996, Moore is an administrative assistant at the facility. Her primary areas of responsibility include supervision of the accounting department, canteens, mailroom, clotheshouse and warehouse. She can often be found troubleshooting computer problems, performing equipment control inventories and acting as site security coordinator. Because of her various duties she has to interact not only with staff but also with inmates on a daily basis. 

Her dedication and zeal in the workings of the institution and specifically, her department, has won Moore the respect and appreciation of her fellow workers, thus gaining her recognition from the Community Resource Council.

NCCA Golf Tourney Scheduled for May 24

WILLIAMSTON _ The North Carolina Correctional Association will sponsor its second annual Downeast Spring Golf Tournament on May 24.

The golf tourney will begin at 9 a.m. at Roanoke Country Club in Williamston. Rain date is May 31. The captain's choice, four-man team superball event is limited to 32 teams. Entry fees are $35 per person or $140 per team. The fee includes a buffet lunch. Entry deadline is May 19.

For more information contact Lt. Michael L. Lamonds at Hyde Correctional Institution, phone (252) 926-1810 or via email at

NCCA Retreats in Southern Pines

The North Carolina Correctional Association (NCCA) Executive Board held a training retreat on February 8-9, 2000, at the Holiday Inn, Southern Pines.

President Herman Avery, Correctional Unit Manager, Foothills Correctional Institution stated in his opening remarks the primary goal of his administration is to make better use of the remarkable range of experience and leadership skills among members.

The workshops focused on providing professional development, team building, knowing your position/role as a member of the NCCA Executive Board, Ethics in Corrections, Juvenile Justice Mentoring Program and conferences and training opportunities.

Dana Bridges, Office of Staff Development and Training, got the group of 25 participants off to an excellent start with a team building presentation. The participants found working teams are an essential part to any organization.


Volunteers Host Off-Site Religious Event

MORGANTON _ Twenty-five inmates from Western Youth Institution participated in an off-site Epiphany Ministries event Jan. 21-23.

Though inclement weather forced an early end to the first-ever such event at Salem United Methodist Church, the 58 volunteers and inmates enjoyed their time together sharing personal experiences. Burkemont Baptist Church provided the facilities for the support team.

This was the seventh such event held at WYI, but the first to be held off-site. Over the past two years, Epiphany volunteers have worked with every classification of inmate at Western. 

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