June 24, 2008

Doctor Achieves Certification in Added Specialty


Dr. Xaje Hasanaj, a physician with Rockingham Internal Medicine in Eden, received certification in emergency medicine from the American Board of Physician Specialities.

Licensed physicians must meet strict requirements that include advanced training and successful completion of a specialty exam. Recipients must be recertified every eight years.

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Morehead Memorial Hospital's cardiopulmonary services department has again received Quality Respiratory Care Recognition.

The American Association for Respiratory Care started the program in 2003 and Morehead has received recognition each year since. Hospitals that earn the designation follow strict criteria for providing respiratory care services.

Qualifications Morehead met include having respiratory therapists available 24 hours a day and having a physician as medical director of respiratory care services.

"Our respiratory therapists take great pride in earning national recognition for the quality care they deliver every day to their patients and families in our community," said Cindy Johnson, director of cardiopulmonary services, in a news release.

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Tri-City Automotive Group honored five Rockingham County students with scholarships for their participation in the school system's Academic Challenge Competition.

Stephanie Bullins is a Morehead High School graduate and the daughter of Charles and Diana Bullins of Eden. She plans to major in English and journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill.

David Michael Mabe is a graduate of McMichael High School. He is the son of Michael and Janet Mabe of Stoneville. He plans to major in computer science at N.C. State.

Erinn Michelle Murphy is a graduate of Reidsville High School. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Murphy of Reidsville, Murphy plans to study Bible and youth ministry at Columbia International University.

Will Murphy is a graduate of Rockingham County High School. He is the son of George and Cecelia Murphy of Reidsville and plans to attend N.C. State.

Bullins received a $1,000 scholarship; the others received $500 scholarships.

Academic Challenge, a quiz-bowl style competition, is part of the Academically and Intellectually Gifted program within the Rockingham County Schools.

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Air Force Airmen James E. Clifton and James Blackstock graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

The airmen studied Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches and received training in rifle marksmanship and other skills.

Blackstock is a 2007 graduate of McMichael High School and is the grandson of James Lowe of Madison.

Clifton is a 2005 graduate of Clifton Christian School in Stoneville and is the son of Sheila Clifton and the grandson of Benjamin Hall, both of Stoneville.

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A Rockingham County High School teacher has been named 2008 Outstanding Secondary School Math Teacher by the N.C. Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Department of Public Instruction.

Janice Coffer, a 35-year teaching veteran, has received the distinction, according to a school district newsletter. Coffer received her bachelor's degree in secondary mathematics from Appalachian State and began teaching in the Guilford County Schools in 1973.

"I have always tried to treat students the way that I would want a teacher to treat my own children," Coffer said in the newsletter. "I have high expectations of my students. I love learning and I take pride in the success of my students."

Coffer will be recognized at the N.C. Council of Teachers of Mathematics state conference, to be held in Greensboro this fall.

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Peter Benjamin Weisenbeck Knowlton was named to the Dean's List with Distinction at Duke University for the spring semester.

Students named to the Dean's List with Distinction rank in the top tenth of their college. Knowlton of Reidsville was among more than 1,800 students to be named to the Dean's List, or the Dean's List with Distinction.

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The Reidsville Rotary Club on Monday presented a $500 check to Tom Robinson, Rockingham County manager. The money will benefit the World Changers organization, which rehabilitates homes for qualifying families. The Reidsville club hopes to receive a $500 match from Rotary District 7690.

Also during the meeting, club members heard from David Anderson and George Hall, financial advisers with Anderson & Associates. They spoke about investment strategies and other issues concerning the country's current economic situation.

Contact Jonnelle Davis at 627-4881, Ext. 126, or [email protected]

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