Mary Ellon Ballance of Hatteras village, who was sworn in
on July 20 as the School Board Representative for the Hatteras Island
district, was the guest on the Radio Hatteras interview show, "To the
Point," on Sunday, Aug. 21.
program is hosted by Irene Nolan, editor of The Island Free Press, and
the topic was Dare County's schools, especially those on Hatteras
replaces Danny Couch of Buxton, who has just completed three years
serving as the Hatteras Island Board of Education member. Couch
chose not to run again for the Board of Education and instead ran for
the Board of Commissioners. He has no competition in the November
general election and presumably will replace Allen Burrus of Hatteras
village, who chose not to run again for health reasons.
readers who are not familiar with Ballance, she works as a commercial
fisherman with her husband, Todd, is an independent sales contractor
for her own company, and also is a part-time nail technician at
Creative Ballance Salon, which she used to own. She has been active in the
community as the coordinator for the very popular Hatteras village fish
fry and a member of the Dare County Fessenden Center Advisory Board.
parents, students, and teachers at Hatteras Island's school are very
familiar with Ballance through her work with the Cape Hatteras Booster
Club. This is her fifth year as president.
seat on the Dare County School Board is her first elected office.
this interview, she talks about what she hopes to achieve on the board,
where she has been assigned to the capital improvement and the
affordable housing committees.
is very interested in seeing sports facilities improved on Hatteras
Island -- a field house and maybe a track. She sees sports as a
way to keep some students interested in staying in school and keeping
up with academic subjects.
is also very interested in technical education programs for the
listen to the interview, scroll down to the "To the Point" logo and
click on the arrow.
the Point" is broadcast on the island's community radio station,101.5
FM on southern Hatteras and 99.9 FM on northern Hatteras, at 5 p.m. on
the first and third Sunday of each month. It is repeated on the
second and fourth Sunday. Those who don't live on Hatteras can listen
to the show on Sundays through live streaming at www.radiohatteras.org.
Hatteras is Hatteras Island's community, non-profit radio station and
depends on grants, memberships, and underwriting.
broadcasts around the clock with news -- including such things as
surfing and fishing reports -- community announcements, music, and
special programs. The station is also streamed live. To listen,
go to www.radiohatteras.org.
community radio station also needs your support, and you can give that
by purchasing a membership or by underwriting the station if you are a
business or another community non-profit.
Hatteras memberships are $50 for a family, $25 for an individual and
$10 for a student. Mail memberships and other contributions to Radio
Hatteras, P.O. Box 339, Frisco, NC 27936.
or call (252) 995-6000 for information about underwriting opportunities.