Governor visits Eastern NC; Gives two Onslow Co. Citizens receive “Order of the Long Leaf Pine” award

HOLLY RIDGE, N.C. (WNCT) – Two Onslow county citizens received North Carolina’s most prestigious civilian award today given by Governor Pat McCrory.

Roy McElheney and Beth Howard were presented the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award Monday for their work with students.

McElheney is the CEO of Jones Onslow Electric; Howard has been a teacher for three decades. The two have worked on grants that reached more than 20 thousand students to help with critical thinking.

“Some of the original grants that we’ve awarded over the last 22 years, it’s amazing and it’s involving our most precious resource…our children,” said McElheney.

“That gets me here every day, I mean I have quite a haul from Wilmington to get up here every day but I’ve been doing it for 33 years and I wouldn’t have changed a thing,” said Howard.

McElheney will retire from Jones Onslow at the end of the month but plans to stay involved in the community.

Howard will continue working as an art teacher at Dixon Elementary.

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