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La Grange Mayor Woodard Gurley Honored with Public Power Lifetime Achievement Award

8/19/2010 12:05:32 PM

Raleigh, NC, August 18, 2010 – Woodard Gurley, mayor of La Grange, recently received the Public Power Lifetime Achievement Award from ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc. The award was presented to Gurley on August 13 during ElectriCities’ Annual Meeting.
Gurley graduated from Nahunta High School and Atlantic Christian College. He worked in the Lenoir County Public School System for 30 years before retiring and is currently an entrepreneur, developing property in La Grange and Lenior and Wayne counties.
Gurley served two terms as a La Grange Town Council member and is currently serving his fifth term as mayor. At the end of his term, he will have served 28 years as a public servant of the citizens of La Grange. He’s served on the NC Eastern Carolina Transportation board and the Lenoir County Committee of 100. He was chairman of the advisory board for the Little Bank and past chairman of the La Grange Democratic Party. He’s a member of the La Grange Redevelopment Foundation, the La Grange Arts Council, the NC Jaycees and is a 40-year member of the Rotary Club.
Gurley has always been a supporter of the Town of La Grange and NC Public Power. He has been active in meeting and visiting with representatives and senators, both locally and in Raleigh. He can always be counted on to lobby the legislature when called upon, annually during Town Hall Day and most recently at the Legislative Rally.
“Woody Gurley is a true friend of public power and a dedicated grassroots supporter of NC Public Power,” said John Craft of the ElectriCities Board of Directors.
The Public Power Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individual contributions throughout a lifetime to local systems, NC public power and public power nationwide. The award is given based on leadership, public power service, innovation and creativity and longevity of service to public power. Past recipients of the award are Malcolm A. “Mack” Green from Greenville, Jack F. Neel from Albemarle, Mayor Fred Turnage from Rocky Mount, Bill Seamone from Concord and former Lexington Mayor Richard Thomas.
ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc. (ElectriCities), North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1 (NCMPA1), North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA) - More than 70 North Carolina public power communities, municipally owned and operated electric systems, serve more than 500,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in North Carolina. ElectriCities' members in NC, SC and VA serve more than one million customers. Most have been providing reliable electric service for 100 years or more. ElectriCities is the service organization that provides customer service and safety training, emergency and technical assistance, communications, government affairs and legal services to public power communities. ElectriCities provides management services to the state’s two municipal power agencies: NCMPA1 and NCEMPA. NCMPA1 has 19 member cities in the western part of North Carolina and NCEMPA has 32 member cities in eastern North Carolina. More information about ElectriCities is available at More information about the Power Agencies and NC Public Power is available at

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