WILSON, N.C. – In celebration of Constitution Day 2008, the Barton College Friends of Hackney Library will present a reception and program featuring the Honorable William G. Stewart, N.C. District Court Judge, District 7. The event will be held in the Willis N. Hackney Library on Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 5 until 7 p.m. There is no charge for this event, and the community is invited to attend.

The reception will begin at 5 p.m., followed by Judge Stewart’s presentation on “The Constitution: Everyday Applications” beginning at 6 p.m.

A native of Fremont, Judge Stewart is the son of the late Jessie and Jesse Stewart. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1972 and served six years in the Army Reserve following graduation. He also was employed by the Smithfield Herald newspaper for a year before entering the classroom to teach English and French, while coaching football at Charles B. Aycock, his high school alma mater.

Upon completion of his law degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1978, Judge Stewart began his law practice with the firm Parker, Miles, and Hinson. He later served as Clerk of Superior Court for Wilson County before returning to private practice for three years with Narrron, Holdford, Babb, Harrison, and Rhodes. He later ran his own law firm until 1990, when he began service as Assistant District Attorney. Judge Stewart served in this role until his election in 2000 as District Court Judge to the 7th Judicial District for the state of North Carolina, in which he currently serves Wilson, Nash and Edgecombe counties.

Judge Stewart has a lifelong commitment to the Boy Scouts of America. As a youth, he achieved the level of Eagle Scout, and he has continued to remain actively involved with scouting over the years serving as an Assistant Scout Master and Scout Master, as well as Vice Chair and Chair of the Wilson District, Boy Scouts, in addition to serving in numerous other roles as either a member or officer.

He currently is a member and a past president of the Wide Awake Wilson Kiwanis Club, and he has been a member of the Playhouse of Wilson for over 10 years.

Judge Stewart and his wife, Vicky, make their home in Wilson where they are members of the First United Methodist Church. They have two grown children, Steven and Jessica, and two grandchildren, Beatrix and Claire.

For additional information about this program, please contact Cynthia Collins, at 252-399-6503 or email: cecollins@barton.edu.

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Questions? Please contact Kathy Daughety, director of public relations, at 252-399-6529 or email: kdaughety@barton.edu.