Thursday, September 29, 2005

Head Starts hosts Business After Hours

Staff Writer

ICS Head Start hosted the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours last week. ICS celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

Chamber members shared stories about the businesses they work for, beginning with Annie Moffitt, owner of Annie’s Restaurant.

“What I enjoy about the Chamber is we are open to laugh and to cry and to talk,” said Moffitt. “We talk and do it all together.”

Holly Springs School District Superintendent Cynthia Gentry shared her vision for the schools and asked for support in time and resources to raise the levels of schools to a Level 5 by year 2008.

Gentry, who is looking for a home community, said she wants to retire here - to sit on her porch and point out children who are successful.

The schools need pencil partners, and people to adopt a school, she said, so students can be the best they can be. She said the district will focus on academics.

Pointing to her head, she said, “Once you get it up here you can never be tossed away.”

Helen Oliver was welcomed back from Lincoln University where she served as chair of the department of education three years.

Oliver has revived her business Positive Attitudes, which she founded in the late 1980s. She was a participating business in the Incubator and served as principal of Holy Family.

Ishmell Edwards reported that Rust College enrollment is close to 1,000 this year as the college celebrates its 139th anniversary. He said the college had big plans for the 140th next year but the economy in the wake of coastal hurricanes may dictate different plans.

Scott Beggs, chamber president, said he is impressed at the progress “built by dedication and tremendous effort” in the Holly Springs community in 10 years. His company, American Pacific, recreated itself by producing an improved panel product when the paneling market was fading due to cheap products flooding the market.

“It starts with people who want their product to be the highest quality product on earth,” he said. “At American Pacific we went from a commodity product to a luxury product.”

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