Hometown Heroes

Saturday 09/01/2012
Tracy Clements sees other heroes
Updated: September 01, 2012 - 11:07 am

LITTLETON — As a volunteer with the Littleton Fire Department and Littleton Dive Team, Tracy Clements doesn’t see himself as a hero.

“I see heroes,” Clements said of the team and other volunteers in the Roanoke Valley.

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Thursday 08/30/2012
Postmaster offers respect to clientele
Updated: August 30, 2012 - 5:07 pm

HALIFAX — For Postmaster Ann Parker, the day-to-day pull of running the Post Office in Halifax encompasses most of her time.

There are six employees to coordinate and customers to serve. She said it is something she enjoys.

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Monday 08/27/2012
Malcomn Perry: Pack 238 leader inspired by fun
Updated: September 01, 2012 - 2:20 pm

Malcomn Perry did not grow up around scouting and was never a Cub Scout or Boy Scout growing up. However, judging from his life today, you’d never know it.

Perry, 45, of Roanoke Rapids, is the assistant Cubmaster for Pack 238 and Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 238, both based in the city.

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Wednesday 08/22/2012
Linked with love, devotion
Updated: June 25, 2013 - 12:21 pm

A close inspection of the common chain-link fence on Tenth Street reveals a tiny measure of devotion.

Signs and flags saluting military service members fill swaths of the barrier, which begins at the corner of Tenth and Jefferson in Roanoke Rapids. Holding those mementoes are plastic zip ties.

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Friday 08/17/2012
Always on the go, always for others
Updated: September 01, 2012 - 2:18 pm

SEVERN — The butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker created a memorable trio in the old nursery rhyme. Replacing the wax with “part-time life saver” yields all three roles in one Carol Ferguson.

When Ferguson trained to become an emergency medical technician, she stood out as the oldest person in the class. Other students called her Mama Carol.

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Chief calls shots on, off field
Updated: September 01, 2012 - 2:17 pm

The return of helmets and shoulder pads signals the annual resurrection of a Friday night ritual for communities across the country. Yet freshly striped fields hold the entire crew that comprises the choreography — student athletes, chain gangs, coaches, refs.

For more than two decades, Enfield Police Chief Eddie Buffaloe Jr. has traded his police uniform for the varsity black and whites of a high school football official.

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Wednesday 08/08/2012
More than lighthouses, small boats at beach
Updated: September 01, 2012 - 2:16 pm

“When you blast out at night in a blizzard, you get out there and take risks,” said retired Coast Guard Capt. Robert Workman Jr. For saving lives, though, “there is no greater reward.”

Workman’s career reads like the best novel, but his passion for the armed forces branch he served led him to write nonfiction. The Lake Gaston resident, here since 1995, published his first book in July, “Float Planes & Flying Boats: The U.S. Coast Guard and Early Naval Aviation.”

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Friday 08/03/2012
Decades of difference in teaching
Updated: September 01, 2012 - 2:15 pm

ENFIELD — Over the river and through the woods, to school all day they go. That routine was typical when Geraldine Mitchell started first grade in 1928.

She hiked through the woods to school with her friends, and the kids even crossed a creek by balancing on a log.

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Friday 09/02/2011
Hometown HEROES: Mark Stewart
Updated: July 25, 2012 - 4:34 pm

Halifax Community College Small Business Center Director Mark Stewart is a hero of a different sort.

He said his job is to find money for people and to help them make their dreams come true. “I love it with a passion,” Stewart said, “This is more of a hobb, I get to live — the pay is a bonus.”

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Friday 08/26/2011
Thanks to my Hometown HERO
Updated: July 25, 2012 - 3:10 pm

During the month of August The Daily Herald has brought our readers a special story on Wednesdays and Fridays — Hometown HEROES. They are real stories about public servants and ordinary people who have done extraordinary things.

We have featured:

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Saturday 08/20/2011
Hometown HEROES: Earl Smith
Updated: July 25, 2012 - 4:34 pm

WELDON — There are a lot of things a person can call appointed Weldon Town Commissioner Earl Smith.

Recently, the Aviation Boatswains Mates Association called him a living legend.

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Hometown HEROES: John Young
Updated: July 25, 2012 - 4:34 pm

JACKSON — On any given day in the town of Jackson, John Young can be found doing one of two things — being police chief or being the public works director.

“They are the very definition of being a public servant,” he said. “Whether I am the police chief or public works director, I am still visible.”

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Tuesday 08/09/2011
Our View: There are many ‘Hometown HEROES’ in the Roanoke Valley
Updated: July 25, 2012 - 3:10 pm

There are many hometown heroes who work diligently, but quietly, each day in the Roanoke Valley to improve the community.

They may not save a child from a burning building or successfully end a hostage standoff, but their continued effort day in and day out changes the lives of all they come into contact with.

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Hometown HEROES: Doris Mack strengthens families in the Roanoke Valley
Updated: July 25, 2012 - 4:34 pm

When she was a teenager, she folded sheets in the laundromat on Roanoke Avenue.

Now the Valley native is back working in the small building, only this time she’s in charge.

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Thursday 08/26/2010
Hometown Hero: Giving hope to those who’ve gone astray
Updated: July 25, 2012 - 4:34 pm

ROANOKE RAPIDS — Many times those who are incarcerated fall into patterns of behavior leading them back to jail. For some, the pattern can be hard to break, and that’s where Melissa Gupton hopes to help.

Gupton, founder of Springs of Beyond Existence Recovery, was herself stuck in a pattern of self-destructive behavior, so when she seeks to help, she knows from where those she counsels come.

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Wednesday 08/11/2010
HOMETOWN HERO: ‘Just doing’ is what a local 80-year-old just does to help others in the community
Updated: July 25, 2012 - 3:10 pm

HALIFAX — She said she didn’t know what all the fuss was about, she was just doing what she’s always done, but Hometown Hero Letha King, 80, is well known and beloved in these parts as always being there for others.

“Ms. Letha always plans meals for funerals and anything that someone doesn’t volunteer to prepare, she does it herself,” said a personal friend.

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Friday 08/06/2010
HOMETOWN HERO: Helping where there’s a great need
Updated: July 25, 2012 - 3:10 pm

ROANOKE RAPIDS — Floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, these disasters devastate communities and leave people’s lives in shambles. Few can imagine just how deeply in need people can be after such a catastrophe, but a local couple knows and is prepared to help.

Herman and Ruth Moseley, who live just outside Roanoke Rapids, felt moved by seeing the television coverage of disasters and, since 2007, they have been actively helping strangers in need recover from the devastation caused by nature’s rages.

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Wednesday 08/04/2010
Hometown Hero:Gaston is destined for a ‘brighter’ holiday this year
Updated: July 25, 2012 - 3:10 pm

GASTON — Every year, Gloria Ellis watched her husband help put up the Christmas ornaments for the town of Gaston.

And every year, she noticed how worn out they were.

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Saturday 07/03/2010
Roanoke Valley, who is your Hometown Hero?
Updated: July 25, 2012 - 3:10 pm

Is there someone you know in the Roanoke Valley who doesn’t get the credit he or she has coming?

Maybe it’s a retired person who helps take care of seniors … a teenager who devotes time to the Humane Society … a volunteer who puts in hours at church events … Someone who does for others — whether putting mailed items where they can be more easily reached, making a trip to the grocery store or taking care of repairs around the house.

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Friday 12/26/2003
Hometown heroes return
Updated: July 25, 2012 - 3:10 pm

Though it's after Christmas, you could still call this trio the "Three Wise Men," because they certainly have not forgotten their roots.

Former Roanoke Valley sports standouts Cedric Jones, Delaney Rudd and Maurice Smith will hold a one-hour meet-and-greet/autograph session in the cafeteria of Northampton-West High School during the final day of the 13th Annual Daily Herald Holiday Classic.

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