The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


August 18, 2006

Local son becomes gospel sensation

Charles Hyman declared GMA solo vocalist of the year

It took a few years, but last Friday, as he was named the 2006 Gospel Music Association National Solo Vocalist, Charles Hyman was finally able to say that he'd reached the pinnacle of his profession.

"They know I'm here now," he said.

Of course in many ways he feels like he's been there for quite some time.

See, Hyman, 38, is not just a gospel music artist, he's also a minister, and for him, his music is just another tool to advance his already thriving C-LUV Ministries.

In fact, he said, the chance to advance and grow his ministry was the only reason he went to compete in GMA's Music in the Rockies Event in Estes Park, Colo.

"The main reason I went was just to contact some folks and get some help with my ministry, which has gotten too large for just me," Hyman said. "I really didn't want to go. I fought it all the way to the airport."

It wasn't that he didn't care, he continued, it's just that he was tired.

"I had done a concert the Saturday before that took a lot out of me ... I wasn't able to take my kids on a vacation this year ... I was feeling kind of guilty," he said. "Plus, at this point in my life I'm tired of the competition thing. I've been doing that for maybe 15 years off and on. It'd just gotten kind of old for me.

"But I just put it all in God's hands."

And that faith paid off.

Not only did Hyman win national solo artist of the year, he also was recognized as the 2006 Southern Gospel Artist winner and the 2006 Urban Gospel Artist runner-up.

"I was so grateful," he said. "I just began to weep and thank God for this. I've been diligent in what I do and He has rewarded me."

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  • Noble.jpg CORRECTION

    A Sept. 12, 2013, story published on the website and on the front page of The Daily Southerner about the review and analysis of the travel and expense records from July 2006 to June 2011 of former Town Manager Sam Noble incorrectly characterized the conclusion of a report produced by Jackson Investigations and provided to the Tarboro Town Council.  The headline should have read, “Report Questions Purchases by Noble”.  The report did not conclude that Noble misappropriated funds.  We apologize for the error.



    An independent certified fraud examiner hired by the Town of Tarboro has concluded that former town manager Sam Noble may have made more than 300 questionable purchases that were reimbursed by the town. The value of the items submitted for reimbursement exceeded $130,000 and took more than 30 pages to list according to a copy of the report  obtained by The Daily Southerner.
    Meeting in closed session Monday night, the town council voted 6-2 to send the report to the state auditor for further review. Council members Garland Shepheard, who did not return a phone call, and Rick Page voted against forwarding the report.

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  • Local son becomes gospel sensation

    August 18, 2006