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Credit union adds Floyd to council
Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) has announced the addition of Carol Ann Floyd to its Southern Coast Advisory Council, which comprises Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties.
Floyd, who is the town clerk for the town of Leland, will be an integral part of LGFCU’s volunteer-driven initiative, not only to educate people on the benefits of credit union membership, but also to relay feedback to the board of directors regarding available/potentially available products and services, delivery of service and member needs.
Advisory council members, who represent the philosophical character of the credit union and contribute their time without compensation, function as LGFCU’s eyes and ears throughout the state, serving as liaisons between credit union members and non-members and LGFCU management.

Allstate rates Russ for high standards
Allstate Insurance Company has recognized Allstate exclusive agency owner Rusty Russ with its National Conference Award for high standards in customer satisfaction, customer retention and profitable business growth.
R&R Insurance Services Inc., in Shallotte is now one of the top Allstate agencies in the nation in auto, property, commercial, power sports insurance and financial services sales. With his team, Russ is dedicated to helping customers meet their protection and retirement needs while managing a successful small business.
“It’s a tremendous honor to earn National Conference recognition,” Russ said. “My agency’s commitment is to serve customers and the Shallotte community.”
Russ can be reached at 754-6596 or email rustyruss@allstate.com.

Chamber celebrates  National Travel and Tourism Week
The first full week of May is annually recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week, a tradition first celebrated in 1984.
Localized events are presented in cities, states and travel businesses nationwide to champion the power of travel.
It was established as National Tourism Week when the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution in 1983 designating the week to be celebrated in May. In a White House ceremony, President Ronald Reagan signed a Presidential Proclamation urging citizens to observe the week with “the appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce will have buckets filled with goodies donated by members in honor of Travel and Tourism Week.
Stop by the chamber office at 4948 Main St. in Shallotte to pick up your bucket. There are only 75 buckets, so it’s first-come, first-serve.

N.C. RV will be at Lowe’s May 16
The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ newest and biggest marketing vehicle, the Got to Be N.C. RV, will be making an appearance in Leland at Lowes Foods’ grand opening from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 16 at 1152 East Cutlar Crossing.
As part of the celebration, North Carolina product samples will be given away while supplies last. The N.C. Sweet Potato Commission will be sampling products as well.
Agriculture and agri-business represent North Carolina’s leading industry, generating $70 billion for the economy and employing nearly a fifth of the state’s workforce. Got to Be N.C. Agriculture is the official state identity program for products grown and made in North Carolina.
The RV and the Big Cart, a second traveling vehicle, are two tools to raise awareness of North Carolina commodities and locally made food products.
The 2010 Tiffin RV is wrapped with the Got to Be N.C. Agriculture logo and features North Carolina agricultural scenes, making it a rolling billboard for the state’s leading industry as it goes from stop to stop. The RV is made possible through the support of the following sponsors: House Autry, Cheerwine, Golding Farms, Malt-O-Meal, Nature’s Own, Neese’s Country Sausage, N.C. Egg Farmers, N.C. Electric Cooperatives, N.C. Green Industry, N.C. Peanut Growers Association and the N.C. Sweet Potato Commission.