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By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on December 17, 2004 1:57 PM

Two billionth dollar

A Wayne County health organization has received nearly $500,000 from the Duke Endowment over the years. And just recently, it got the endowment's "two billionth dollar."

The Duke Endowment gave its two billionth dollar as part of a $100,000 grant to try to prevent teen pregnancy in Wayne County.

The local program is administered by WATCH, or Wayne Action Team for Community Health.

"Mr. Duke directed the endowment to support health care, child care and rural churches ... and this grant serves many of those purposes," said endowment President Elizabeth Locke.

WATCH Director Sissy Lee-Elmore said the endowment has provided $475,000 over the last five years, and this is the final year of the grant.

"The grant allows us to ... affect many middle and high school students in our area," she said.

Turkey power

Goldsboro Milling and Carolina Turkeys are one step closer to being able to create "turkey power," because of a $200,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation.

Gator Pelletier at Goldsboro Milling Co. said the grant is good news for his company and for Carolina Turkeys.

Duplin County is studying whether to build a plant to turn litter into electricity. The county paid for the study with a $300,000 grant received last year from Golden LEAF. The $200,000 grant will be used to continue the study.

The project would give turkey farmers in Wayne, Duplin and surrounding counties an alternative to disposing of turkey waste.

The Golden LEAF Foundation administers half of the money received by the state from its settlement with cigarette manufacturers.


The Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross will have a Bloodmobile on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Arrington Volunteer Fire Department. Donors will receive a coupon for a free car wash.