Two area women were recognized as Stars at the Sept. 223-24 annual state convention of Democratic Women of North Carolina in Winston-Salem. They are Mary Degree, left, of Shelby and Joyce Sheaffer, right, of Earl. They were nominated for the honor by Democratic Women of Cleveland County, the local chapter of the state organization.
Stars were recognized and thanked at a gala banquet during the convention. The award is given for outstanding community service and leadership, including the encouragement of voting by all citizens and involvement in politics as the American way to pursue needed improvements.