Town of Ahoskie awarded $705,000

Published 4:32 pm Friday, October 20, 2023

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AHOSKIE – Money from the recently approved state budget will aid Town of Ahoskie officials in several different projects.

During a brief ceremony inside the Town Hall on Oct. 14, Bill Ward presented town officials with their appropriation from the state’s biennial budget.

Ward serves District 5 (Hertford, Gates, Pasquotank, and Camden counties) in the North Carolina House of Representatives. He was elected to that position last year.

Along with the help of State Senator Bobby Hanig, Ward worked to appropriate $705,000 of state budget funds for Ahoskie.

The town will used that to purchase new police vehicles ($250,000), a new excavator ($145,000), and new computers ($40,000).

Ahoskie’s Parks and Recreation department gains the largest share of the state funding ($250,000) to use for various projects.

The Ahoskie Public Library gained $20,000 from the state budget.

“Bobby and I worked closely in the state senate and the state house to bring much-needed funding to the counties and municipalities within our districts,” Ward said. “We are honored by the fact that you trust us to advocate on your behalf in Raleigh.”

“We appreciate the work that you do for your community,” Ward added as he addressed the Ahoskie officials attending the check presentation ceremony.

“We give a huge thank-you to Representative Ward and Senator Hanig for looking out for the best interests of the Town and Ahoskie and our citizens,” said Ahoskie Mayor Weyling White. “This is what happens when elected officials have a passion and a determination to give back to their districts and make good on their campaign promises.

“Bill Ward is a fighter and an advocate for rural communities like ours,” White continued. “He has done a phenomenal job in his freshman year in the North Carolina House of Representatives and we thank him for what he is doing for his district.”

“It was one of my campaign promises that I would work within the General Assembly to ensure recognition for the wonderful people of the District and the uniqueness of our beautiful area. As we can see, that hard work has come to fruition and I will continue to work for the betterment of all of our citizens,” said Ward.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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