Bill Warren, owner of The Gold Mine Fine Jewelry and Gifts, was recently elected president of the Southeastern Jewelers Alliance.
The alliance is a nonprofit group formed in 2007 that teaches jewelers from the Carolinas, Virginia and Tennessee how to better run and market their businesses.
Warren is past president of the N.C. Jewelers Association and a member of the polygon jewelers network. He and his wife, Angie, opened their jewelry store in 1993 in downtown Hudson. Originally from Hiddenite, the Warrens have lived in Caldwell County for 18 years.
Roseanna Brown has been named Catawba area executive for First Citizens Bank in Hickory. She assumes overall management responsibilities for the bank's operations and commercial, business and retail banking efforts in Hickory and the Catawba area.
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Brown is a native of Bryson City and has more than 30 years of banking experience. She recently served as senior vice president and manager of retail banking for First Citizens in Hendersonville.
Champions of Education recognized nine donors for contributions to two new Balls Creek Elementary School “More at Four” classrooms at its Education Roundtable breakfast meeting on Sept. 17.
The businesses and organizations raised more than $130,000. The donations will leverage more than half a million dollars in state funds that will allow children from lower-income families in Catawba County to attend a quality preschool program at no cost to the family.
The contributing businesses are the Beaver Family Foundation; Catawba Valley Medical Center; Century Services; Concept Frames.; Marshall Steam Station/Duke Energy; Wachovia and the Rotary Clubs of Catawba Valley, Hickory and Lake Hickory.
Two teaching scholarships also were awarded at the event, to Anna Marie Clark Hicks and Katie Carson. Both received $5,000, or $2,500 a year for two years.
The scholarships will help Hicks and Carson complete the last two years of their degrees in education. In exchange they commit to teaching in any of Catawba County's school systems for two years.
Catawba County Champions of Education is a program of the Chamber of Commerce formed in 2005. For information about teaching scholarships or other programs of the Champions of Education, call Lamar Mitchell at 828-328-6000 ext. 248 .