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September 4 business notebook

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TRP Sumner Senior Accountant Receives CPA License

Devon Parker, senior accountant at TRP Sumner, has completed his 2022 CPA license.

The North Carolina Board of Certified Public Accountants Examinations has announced the names of accounting professionals who will earn the CPA title in 2022. Parker was on the list, TRP Sumner said in a release.

The North Carolina Institute of Certified Public Accountants defines a CPA designation as a highly educated, skilled, and respected person with expertise across many areas of finance and accounting. said the release. These areas could include financial planning, taxation, auditing and assurance, consulting, and forensic accounting, the release said.

“The company is very proud of Devon, the newest member of our team to receive this license. I joined a group of certified public accountants.

“Like all certified public accountants, Devon is committed to upholding the honor and dignity of the accounting profession by adhering to the Code of Professional Ethics and Conduct and by serving with integrity, objectivity and competence. “These standards of integrity and quality of work are consistent with TRP Sumner’s philosophy and the way the entire team strives every day.”

Methodist Ranked Most Diverse College in North Carolina

Methodist University has been named the #1 most diverse university in North Carolina for 2022, according to Niche College Rankings and Reviews, the university said in a release.

Methodist is one place ahead of Duke University and ahead of all of the state’s nearly 150 large public and small private universities, the university said in a release.

According to the release, Methodist University scored highly on all factors considered in the ranking.

  • Student Racial Diversity Index
  • Percentage of international students
  • Percentage of out-of-state students
  • Student Economic Diversity Index
  • Teacher Diversity Index
  • Student questionnaire on diversity
  • Gender ratio of teachers
  • Gender ratio of students

“Methodist University is proud of its diverse student body, which reflects the growing diversity of our state and society,” said President Stanley T. Wareden in a release. “The diversity of our campus creates a stronger educational experience for all. It prepares all students for the diverse workforce that will enter them after graduation. Diversity brings diverse cultural perspectives and perspectives, enriching the university experience for all.”

The university is working to ensure that diversity and inclusion are part of everyday life on campus.

Quincy Malloy, the university’s chief diversity officer, said, “The early years that Methodist University has engaged and invested in not only making our institution more diverse, but also providing a comprehensive experience. We are very appreciative of the efforts highlighted, “We thank Niche for acknowledging our efforts and will continue our efforts for diversity and inclusive excellence at MU.”

Libraries receive $4,000 grant for digital literacy workshops

Cumberland County Public Libraries received a $4,000 grant to be used for digital literacy workshops to bridge the digital divide in the county.

The library is one of over 160 public libraries nationwide funded by the Public Library Association to conduct these workshops. The workshop will be held at the North Regional Library, 855 McArthur Road. Schedules will be posted on the library’s website,, and on the library’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, the release said.

The Public Library Association’s Digital Literacy Workshop incentive will provide support to libraries of all sizes to conduct digital literacy training in their communities and help bridge the digital divide across America, the release said.

According to 2020 U.S. Census figures, 8.7% of households in Cumberland County do not own a computer, and 14% of households do not have internet service.

“A lot of what is happening in the world right now is online, and libraries are well-positioned to help people get there and start learning about it,” said the divisional manager of community engagement. Nora Armstrong said in a release.

The workshop will cover several topics, including computer fundamentals and consumer-focused cybersecurity, the release said. Participants will receive prizes such as gift cards, wireless mice and USB flash drives. Anyone who attends at least three of his sessions will be entered into a drawing for a tablet, the release said.

For more information about the workshop, please contact Armstrong at or 910-483-7727.

Co-Chair of the Cumberland County Food Policy Council, named after Fort Bragg

Co-chairs of the Fort Bragg and Cumberland County Food Policy Councils have been named, the county said in a release.

Lieutenant Colonel Tatetra Joseph will serve as military chairman for Fort Bragg and Sandy Ammons will serve as civilian chairman for Cumberland County, the release said.

Council members and officers are appointed by the Cumberland County Commission. The council will have up to 15 appointed members serving three-year terms, the release said.

The council will also include two members who are involved in local farming and farming. His three members representing local education. Three members working in health care public health, food insecurity or food access, or child and adult care. said the release, two members from the local government.

The council has established three ad hoc committees to focus on its priorities.

  • Create a plan to expand transportation to healthy food sources.
  • Improve the transfer of food resources to residents, volunteers and food providers.
  • Consider expanding the use of WIC/EBT to farmers markets and other food markets.

Cumberland County Public Health received a $100,000 grant from the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge in June 2020 to address food insecurity and access to healthy food.

The purpose of the grant was to conduct food environmental assessments for Cumberland County and Fort Bragg and initiate local food policy councils, which implement two food policy recommendations.

The council was established in June 2021, the release said.

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