ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) -- A hometown hero returned to Bladen County. Retired NASA astronaut Curtis Brown was escorted by police into downtown Elizabethtown.
Brown returned to town to present his scholarship to a college-bound senior. He hopes the scholarship and his career as an astronaut will enspire others to follow their dreams.
"You can't tell yourself that it's impossible. It's definitely possible," Brown said. "If you have a dream, go after it. I guarantee if you never try you'll never get your dream, but if you try there's a good chance you can get them."
Besides awarding his scholarship, Brown also stopped by one of the town's popular burger joints to get a bite to eat.