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Bryan Wilder has been promoted to park superintendent at Elk Knob State Park in Watauga County, the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation announced. Wilder succeeds Tracy Minton, who transferred to New River State Park earlier this year.

M. Scott Avis, the superintendent at Lake Norman State Park, has been named the new south district superintendent of North Carolina State Parks, according to the Division of Parks and Recreation. Avis succeeds Jay Greenwood, who retired in March after 27 years with the division.

The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation announced that Keith Nealson, who has been with state parks for 25 years, has been named a superintendent at Kerr Lake State Recreation Area.

The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) announced today that Clint Taylor has been named the next director of the N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.

The life of a major figure in the African American civil rights movement from North Carolina will be recognized with a North Carolina Highway Historical Marker.

The marker commemorating Robert Franklin Williams will be unveiled during a ceremony on Aug. 26 in his hometown.

Brian Strong, a 23-year veteran of the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation, has been named director of the division by the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Tracy Minton, the longtime superintendent at Elk Knob State Park, has been named superintendent of New River State Park in neighboring Alleghany and Ashe counties, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.

N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary Reid Wilson announces the appointment of Adrienne Nirdé director of the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission.

Amanda Lasley, a veteran park ranger, has been named superintendent of South Mountains State Park in Burke County, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. Lasley takes the helm after longtime superintendent Jonathan Griffith retired earlier this year.

Carolista Fletcher Baum, a fearless advocate for environmental preservation, will be recognized with a North Carolina Highway Historical Marker for her pivotal role in safeguarding the iconic Jockey's Ridge on the Outer Banks.