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Women Making A Difference Conference

The Women Making A Difference Conference has the mission of inspiring, educating and bringing together women of all backgrounds and ethnicities from across Cumberland County and surrounding areas, and to provide a spiritual and educational foundation for women wanting to make a difference.

The highlight of the conference will be the participation of nationally known motivational spiritual speakers such as Dr. Marilyn Hickey, as well as breakout sessions to help women in starting their own business, health & weight management, finance, education and other relevant topics. Moreover, some of the women attending the conference will have the opportunity to receive scholarships in the name of a specific donor.

Tickets for the conference are $25 per person in advance, $30 per person at the door and $20 for groups of 10 or more. Ticket purchases include: registration fees, choice of 4 breakout sessions, lunch, free parking, and access to merchandise from local conference vendors.

To purchase tickets and learn more about the “Women Making A Difference Conference”, please visit: http://womenmakingadifferenceconference.com/
For more information please contact Alexandria Brimage-Gray at 706-505-9970 or email womenmakingadifferenceconf@gmail.com.

Published on January 29, 2018 by Aurora Crowell  

Cumberland County (NC) Expands Tourism Product

Cumberland County (NC) Expands Tourism Product
Exciting new offerings for the adventurous, health conscious, food fanatics, craft beer drinkers and  history buffs.

Fayetteville , NC  – Add Fayetteville and Cumberland County to your travel plans for 2018. In the last year, the community added offerings that appeal to a wide variety of travelers.


Adventure Seekers:

The community’s first trampoline park opened in mid-December in Fayetteville.  Located in Westover Shopping Center, 40,000 square foot Defy Fayetteville features over 25 trampolines, including angled wall trampolines, launching decks and much more. The park touts a ninja obstacle course, a zipline, trapeze, battle beams, stunt fall activity and many foam pits to ensure a safe landing for all.  www.DefyParks.com . Two other trampoline parks are scheduled to come on-line in 2018, JP Jumpmasters in Fayetteville, and Surge Trampoline Park in Hope Mills.

Spring Lake Outpost is Fort Bragg’s gateway to the Lower Little River.   The veteran and family owned facility aims to merge water sports with relaxation. Canoes, kayaks and/or tubes are available for rental, and transportation back to the starting point is provided for each booked trip. Short and long routes are available 7 days a week. www.SpringLakeOutpost.com


Craft Beer Drinkers:

2017 was a busy year for breweries in Cumberland County. Two new breweries opened in downtown Fayetteville, pushing Cumberland County’s brewery total to 5. Dirt Bag Ales, a 2015 addition to our tourism product, began building a new and expanded location in Hope Mills.   Our three newest breweries are all veteran owned and veteran run.

Two veterans opened Lake Gaston Brewing and Restaurant in downtown Fayetteville in late 2017.  Each weekend they have at least four of their beers on tap, along with a variety of other beer offerings. They are also a full-service restaurant.  www.LakeGastonBrew.com

Bright Light Brewing Company, a pet and family-friendly establishment opened mid 2017 by military veterans.   They have rotating craft brews on tap and host a rotating list of Fayetteville finest food trucks.  The brewery features an open floor plan and wide open patio area.  www.Facebook.com/BrightLightBrewing

History Buffs:

The 82nd Airborne and War Memorial Museum, located on Fort Bragg, tells the history of the 82nd Airborne from its inception during the World War I era to modern military history.  Currently renovating and updating all galleries, the museum is set to re-open during All American Week in May of 2018.  http://www.82ndairbornedivisionmuseum.com/

In November 2017, a Global War on Terrorism Memorial was installed at Freedom Memorial Park in Fayetteville.   The monuments at Freedom Memorial Park honor Cumberland County’s War dead.

Health Conscious:

Floating Shanti in Fayetteville is the only location in the Piedmont region of North Carolina that offers flotation therapy.  Flotation therapy uses a combination of sensory deprivation and enriched mineral water to allow floaters to relax and renew. Flotation takes place in a sound-proof tank that holds warm, shallow water, enriched with Epsom salts. In addition to flotation therapy, this new facility offers a variety of other services. www.FloatingShanti.com

Clean Eatz, a healthy lifestyle restaurant, opened in Fayetteville’s Westwood Shopping Center in 2017.  Everything on the restaurant’s menu is a delicious, healthy option.  In addition to a restaurant, Clean Eatz offers meal plans, family meals, catering, smoothies, spices, snacks and more. www.CleanEatz.com


A local food-truck favorite, The Blind Pig NC, will open a restaurant in downtown Fayetteville in January 2018.  The Blind Pig serves quality smoked meats, presented with a fusion of homemade sauces and vinegars. A food truck favorite is The Angry Hawaiian, which features smoked chicken or pulled pork on a roll topped with hand cut pineapple marinated with sambal pepper paste. Hungry yet?  www.TheBlindPigNC.com

Crown Fried Chicken opened its doors in October of 2017. The Spring Lake establishment serves New York-style fried Chicken cooked to order, along with other delicacies. They are known for their Mumbo Sauce.  http://crown-fried-chicken-of-springlake.business.site/

For more on things to see and do in Cumberland County, or to plan your visit, head to www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com

About Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau:

Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (FACVB) is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, tournaments and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com or call 1-800-255-8217.

Published on January 12, 2018 by Melody Foote  

128th Annual Legion of Valor Convention in Fayetteville

128th Annual Legion of Valor Convention in Fayetteville
The Gathering of Extraordinary Combat Heroes to be held April 18-21, 2018

Fayetteville, NC  –  The Legion of Valor, the oldest military service organization in the United States, will hold its 128th consecutive convention in Fayetteville April 19-21 at the Ramada Plaza and Bordeaux Convention Center.  The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is proud to work with this organization for this special event.

Each member of the Legion of Valor is a recipient of the Medal of Honor, Army Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross or Air Force Cross — the nation’s highest awards for extraordinary heroism in combat. At the convention, World War II fighter aces, Korean War Marines, Vietnam Infantrymen, Iraq naval gunners and Afghanistan sharpshooters from 90+ years to 22 years of age will speak in ways only their common bond permits. All members faced extraordinary conditions in combat and were called upon to risk their lives above and beyond the call of duty — and did so without hesitation.

During their time in Fayetteville, members of the Legion will visit with active-duty military members of several different units assigned to Fort Bragg.  A solemn Memorial Service is held for Legion members who have passed on during the year. Each year the Legion says farewell to 30+ members — many from WWll, Korea, and Viet Nam — who have reached their last retreat. Members of the Legion will also participate in events in Fayetteville and honor the city’s commitment to our nation’s military.

For more information on the convention, visit www.LegionofValorConvention2018.com or contact Jerry Walden at commander@legionofvalor.org or 704-624-4144.

About Legion of Valor

The prestigious Legion of Valor is the oldest military service organization in the United States. Its members have distinguished themselves in combat by extraordinary acts of selfless heroism, and have been recognized by our nation with award of the Congressional Medal of Honor or the Armed Services Crosses, the highest award for extraordinary heroism. Our membership spans all services and all ranks from private through 4-star general and includes combat operations from WWII through the current Afghanistan insurgency.

 About Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau:

Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (FACVB) is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, tournaments and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com or call 1-800-255-8217.


Published on January 11, 2018 by Melody Foote  

Fayetteville Marksmen Hockey a Fun Family Affair

Fayetteville Marksmen Hockey a Fun Family Affair
Special Promotions and Entertainment Keep Everyone Engaged

 Tweet this: Fayetteville’s @Marksmen_Hockey is a fun family affair with fantastic hockey and off-ice entertainment to keep fans riled up and excited. Upcoming promotions: Star Wars Night Dec 22; New Year’s Eve Party Dec. 20; Pooch Party (Bring Your Dog to the Game) Jan 20. @VisitFayNC

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Greater Fayetteville, NC – When the Fayetteville Marksmen take the ice at the Crown Coliseum, fans are guaranteed fast-paced, exciting hockey action. The Marksmen also deliver promotions and off-ice entertainment that keep fans riled up and excited. This season, even the four-legged family members will be able to enjoy the hockey fun.

Upcoming promotions:
On December 22nd, attendees are invited to come to the game dressed as their favorite character for Star Wars Night. Players will wear specially-designed Star Wars jerseys to take on the Birmingham bulls.  The jerseys are auctioned off after the game. Star Wars-themed entertainment will happen throughout the game. Fans can enjoy $2 beers.

The Marksmen ring in the New Year a few days early on December 29th.  At 7 pm, they take on the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs and hold a New Year’s Party event.

Don’t eat prior to the January 13th game. Arrive early and choose cuisine from some of the region’s best food trucks and tour an array of classic cars on site. After the game the Marksmen host a Boy Scout sleepover event.

Even Fido is invited to a January 20th Marksmen Pooch Party. That’s right, its bring your dog to the game night. Everyone can enjoy $1 hot dogs throughout the game. The first 2000 lucky fans receive a free Marksmen cap.

All Marksmen home games are played at the Crown Coliseum. Tickets are $7-$25.   To purchase tickets and for a full schedule of events, visit www.MarksmenHockey.com.

For information on all things to see and do in the region, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com.   You’ll find places to eat, information on hundreds of upcoming events, hotels, stores and much more.

About The Fayetteville Marksmen

The Fayetteville Marksmen are owned and operated by Union Pro Hockey Group and play their home games at Crown Coliseum. The Marksmen are a committed community asset, designed to provide premium entertainment to families and individuals in Cumberland County and surrounding areas.

About Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau:

Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.visitfayettevillenc.com or call 1-800-255-8217.


Published on November 30, 2017 by Melody Foote  


Christmas Every Day in Cumberland County (NC)
From small gatherings to large spectaculars, a holiday event is happening every day from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve

Greater Fayetteville, NC – The day after Thanksgiving, the Christmas season is underway in Cumberland County. The season starts with the simple pleasures of Victorian Christmas celebration during Dickens Holiday, presented by the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. From 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., visitors will find the streets of downtown Fayetteville bustling with characters from A Christmas Carol, carriage rides, the Gingerbread Community of Hope, exhibits on Victorian life and musical performances.

At 5:30 p.m. lights are turned off and thousands of attendees lead a candlelight procession from the Arts Council to the Market House, where a Christmas tree is lit and fireworks color the sky.

A Dickens Holiday is just one of the events happening throughout the Christmas season. From light displays to artistic presentations, from historic endeavors and events with small town charm, locals and visitors are bound to find something to delight. We’ve highlighted a few events here. For the complete list of Christmas and holiday events, follow this link: CUMBERLAND COUNTY HOLIDAY EVENTS.

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Tweet this: From light displays to artistic endeavors and historic happenings, Christmas happens every day from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve in @cumberlandnc @visitfaync http://bit.ly/2mojNh2

Four light displays provide ample opportunity to revel in the sparkle of the season:

  • Denton Ridge in Linden hosts Christmas Lights at Denton Ridge each Friday and Saturday until December 30. Visitors take a tram to a quaint village adjoining the Lower Little River. Tickets are $10 per person.
  • At Christmas in Paradise, visitors walk through 12 acres of Christmas lights and much more. This free event, held at Paradise Acres, runs every Thursday through Saturday night from November 30 through December 23.
  • Visit Arnette Park in Fayetteville to take a ½-mile stroll through a walking trail filled with sights and sounds of the Christmas season. Christmas in the Park also includes live entertainment, marshmallow roasting, holiday movies and a Christmas Express train. Admission is $10 per family vehicle. Christmas in the Park is open every night from December 7 through 21.
  • From December 9 through December 30 on Thursday to Sunday, Cape Fear Botanical Garden hosts the annual Holiday Lights in the Garden. The display is an illuminated mile-long pathway with a synchronized show of music and lights over the Cypress Pond. Admission is $5 to $12 per person.

The community also offers plenty of artistic avenues to explore:

  • The Gilbert Theater presents It’s a Wonderful Life by James Rodgers. The show runs Friday through Sunday from November 24 to December 17. Tickets are $14 to $16.
  • A local tradition, the Cape Fear Regional Theatre hosts The Best Christmas Pageant Ever weekends November 30 to December 17. Tickets are $10 to $15.
  • On December 2, the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra offers A Carolina Holiday Concert, a concert featuring traditional and popular Christmas music. The concert is held at Methodist University. Tickets are $11 to $27.
  • The 300-member chorus at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church presents Singing Christmas Tree from November 30th to December 3rd. The chorus stands atop the largest singing tree in North Carolina- at 32 feet.
  • The Cumberland Oratorio Singers presents “We Sing to Remember” Christmas concert at First Baptist Church on December 16. The concert is $27.


Historical and small town Christmas fun:

  • Fort Bragg holds its Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 30. Attendees with visit with Santa and enjoy live entertainment and a parachute demonstration.
  • On December 2, enjoy a small-town Christmas celebration during Christmas in Hope Mills. A Christmas parade starts at 3 pm and, immediately following,  Christmas in the Village at Town hall offers entertainment, refreshments, train rides and much more.
  • The 1897 EA Poe House, part of the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, hosts Holiday Jubilee on December 3. This free event encompasses Victorian Christmas traditions, to include period cooking on the 1902 stove. Throughout the month of December, the EA Poe House is decorated for a Victorian Christmas celebration.
  • The Town of Spring Lake holds its Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 4.. The ceremony will be held at the tree adjacent to Town Hall.
  • Catch Santa and all his elves at the massive Rotary Christmas Parade in downtown Fayetteville on December 9.
  • Explore artistic, original and cutting-edge loft designs during Downtown Fayetteville’s Candlelight Loft Tours. Tickets are $10 to $12 for this December 10 event.
  • On December 16 and 17, tour the Oak Grove Plantation during its Open House for a traditional Christmas experience. The house, which was built circa 1793, was used as a hospital during the Civil War. Tickets are $5 to $12.


About Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau:

Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.visitfayettevillenc.com or call 1-800-255-8217.

Published on November 13, 2017 by Melody Foote  

Downtown Fayetteville Hosts 2nd Annual Indigo Moon Film Festival October 13-15


Fayetteville, NC – The 2nd Annual Indigo Moon Film Festival (IMFF) will feature the best in filmmaking from around the world.

Presented by GroundSwell pictures, the walkable festival screens films in four downtown Fayetteville locations throughout the weekend.  Activities include an Opening Night film and reception, awards BBQ, master classes and many great films.

“Flooding from Hurricane Matthew interrupted the inaugural IMFF and we still had some fantastic showings,” says organizer Jan Johnson. “The lineup for the second festival is even better than the first.”

The full line-up will be announced late summer. Tickets go on sale September 1st.

Connect with organizers for festival announcements:





About GroundSwell Pictures
GroundSwell Pictures, formed in 2014 by award-winning Producers/Directors/Writers Jan Johnson & Pat Wright, was created to engage and inspire diverse communities by producing films, teaching filmmaking, showing films and supporting filmmakers who can make a positive difference.

About the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB)
The FACVB is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com or call 1-888-98-HEROES.


Honoring K-9 Veterans – Airborne Museum Recognizes Dedication of Special Operations Canine Soldiers

Honoring K-9 Veterans
Airborne Museum Recognizes Dedication of Special Operations Canine Soldiers

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Fayetteville, NC – Each Memorial Day, the Special Operations Forces (SOF) K9 Memorial Foundation and the Airborne & Special Operations Museum (ASOM) Foundation hold a K9 Memorial Ceremony near “Constant Vigilance”, the world’s first memorial to SOF K9s killed in the line of duty. The 2017 ceremony will be held on Monday, May 29th at 12 noon on the grounds of the ASOM in Fayetteville.

“These truly daring and brave dogs often lead their Soldier team-members in the most dire conditions to save lives and complete the mission,” says Paul Galloway, Executive Director, ASOM Foundation.  “They’ve given their lives for their country and we are grateful to be able to honor them on this special day.”  Fittingly, Constant Vigilance overlooks “Iron Mike” – the icon of the Airborne Trooper. Both memorials are on the grounds of the ASOM.

Guest speaker Laura Miller served as a veterinary technician for 26 years in the United States Army, with the last ten years dedicated to taking care of Special Operations Forces dogs. She is Vice President of the SOF K9 Memorial Foundation, which she co-founded in 2010 to acknowledge the sacrifice and loss felt by all of the SOF community when a dog was killed or missing in action.

“Constant Vigilance,” which was dedicated in July of 2013, honors canines from around the world. Surrounding stones have the dog’s birth and date killed in action. The plaque reads “the Bond Between a SOF handler and his K9 is eternal. Trusting each other is a nameless language. Here we honor the SOF K9s that have paid the ultimate price.”

Field of Honor

Each year, Fayetteville and Cumberland County host a “Field of Honor” on the grounds of the ASOM. Each flag honors a current or past service member.  They do the same for the canine soldiers. The “K9 Field of Honor” surrounds the statue during “Field of Honor.” Large flags are placed next to the dog’s flag representing handlers that were killed alongside the dog.

For more Memorial Day activities in Cumberland County, follow THIS link.

About the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) 

The FACVB is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com or call 1-888-98-HEROES.

Local Students Receive ‘Bags of Sunshine’

Fayetteville, NC – The Cumberland County School Nutrition Association (CCSNA) is proud to announce the success of its 2nd Annual Sunshine Bag Program.
The program provides a ‘sunshine bag,’ which contains non-perishable foods and other products, to students in transition and/or need. The Bags help provide nourishment during Spring Break since the students do not have access to the support offered at school which includes school meals.  The Association distributed nearly 700 ‘Sunshine Bags’ to students this year.
“We see students come through the cafeteria lines that rely on school meals as their primary source for nourishment,” said CCSNA President and South View High School Cafeteria Manager Tina West.  “Our goal is to provide them with some resources during the Break.  It is our way of extending our care to the students beyond the cafeteria.”
CCSNA, made up of CCS’ cafeteria employees, conducted fundraisers, solicited community support, and collected donations to help fill the bags.   As students enjoyed the benefits of their bags during Spring Break 2017, CCSNA members have already begun planning for the 2018 Sunshine Bag Program.


Published on May 9, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  

Travel Means Business for Cumberland County

Travel Means Business for Cumberland County
National Tourism Week 2017 Honors Those that Keep the Tourism Industry Strong

Cumberland County  – May 7st through May 13th is National Travel & Tourism Week, the week the US Travel Association designates to champion the value of travel to the national, state and local economies.  National Travel & Tourism Week was established by a congressional resolution in 1983.

The theme for 2017 ‘Faces of Travel’ shines a spotlight on the people that make up America’s travel industry. Travel employs more than 4,400 people in Cumberland County with a payroll of $93.59 million. *

In 2015, domestic travel to Cumberland County generated over $504 million in expenditures and $37.8 million in state and local tax revenues. This represents a $116.83 tax savings to each county resident.

“There’s no better time to talk about the value of tourism to Cumberland Count than National Travel and Tourism Week,” says John Meroski, Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) President and CEO.  “Travel is a significant economic generate for our community.

FACVB staff have a few activities planned for National Tourism Week:

Throughout the week, the FACVB will share short videos of FACVB, hotel and attractions staff highlighting how they promote tourism to Cumberland County and what they love about their work. Look for videos daily on Facebook and Twitter.



For a preview, visit our Playlist on Youtube.

On Thursday and Friday, the Tourism department will visit the I95N and I95S VisitNC Welcome Centers for their National Tourism Week celebrations. At these special events, destinations along the I95 corridor set up booths and give out treats and community information. The purpose is to thank the travelers for visiting North Carolina, and encourage visitation to each community.

The FACVB works to maximize the economic impact from travel to Cumberland County. The FACVB is funded through occupancy tax collections, collected from overnight visitors at Cumberland County hotels and administered by the Tourism Development Authority.

“Although Cumberland County residents do not fund tourism promotion efforts, they receive the benefits through tax savings and expenditures in the community,” says John Meroski, FACVB president and CEO.  “Our organization works hard to maximize the number of visitors in the community, expenditures and, in turn, taxes collected.”

*Figures are from the study “The Economic Impact of Travel on North Carolina Counties” prepared for VisitNC by the US Travel Association.  Follow the above link for more information. 


Mother’s Day Sweet Art at the Sweet Palette

Fascinate-U Children’s Museum, in partnership with “The Sweet Palette” will have an activity where kids can create a cupcake sculpture in the colorful style of pop artist Romero Britto. Afterward, kids can decorate their very own cupcake and eat it too!

Members: Parent & child $12 / Additional children $5
Non-Members: Parent & child $15 / Additional children $6

Please call Fascinate-U at 910-829-9171 to register.


Published on May 3, 2017 by Aurora Crowell  

What’s Happening in the CCS? (April 30 – May 6, 2017)

**April 29 Event – Teacher Job Fair Saturday
The Cumberland County Schools’ Human Resources Department is sponsoring a teacher job fair on Saturday, April 29 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Gray’s Creek High School (5301 Celebration Drive). Prospective teachers will get the opportunity to interview with principals during the Fair with hopes of filling vacancies throughout the school system.

 Student Art Displayed at Cross Creek Mall
The Cross Creek Mall Visual Art Exhibit, which highlights the talents of CCS students, will be on display from Monday, May 1 – Monday, May 15. Artwork from elementary, middle, and high school students from 76 schools in the CCS will be on display for the community to enjoy. The artwork is displayed by attendance area throughout the mall.

May 2017 Let’s Talk Education Radio Show: “Magnet Schools in the CCS”
During the May 1 edition of Let’s Talk Education, the show’s host, CCS’ Superintendent Dr. Frank Till, will talk with Montclair Elementary School Principal Stephanie Rivers and Anne Chesnutt Middle School Assistant Principal Lakeshia Payton. They will discuss plans for the elementary and middle schools to become Magnet schools. To listen, tune in from 11:34 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on WIDU 1600 AM or visit www.widuradio.com.

Upcoming Board Committee Meetings
The Cumberland County Board of Education Auxiliary, Student Support Services, Budget/Finance, Policy, and Legislative Committees will meet on Thursday, May 4 starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Central Services’ Board Room, located at 2465 Gillespie Street.  The committee meetings, which were rescheduled from May 2, are open to the public.

Get Connected TV Show for May 2017
During May’s edition of Get Connected, CCS’ Chief Communications Officer Renarta C. Moyd is joined by CCS’ Executive Director of Secondary Education Dr. Jane Fields and Counselors Coordinator Kristy Curran. They will discuss graduation requirements and the new Latin Honors system. To watch the show, tune in to FCE-TV – Cable Channel 5 on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at noon or visit the school system’s Website (www.ccs.k12.nc.us).  

Custodial Appreciation & Awards Banquet
Approximately 400 custodians from Cumberland County schools and offices have plans to gather on Friday, May 5 at 6:00 p.m. for the CCS’ Custodial Appreciation and Awards Banquet. The event, which will salute U.S. Veterans, will take place in the Cumberland County Crown Center Arena. During the evening, recent retirees, the Neill Brown Service Award recipient, and the Charlie Wilson School of the Year Award recipient will be honored. For more information about the Banquet, call 910.829.4481.

Very Special Arts Event 2017 Celebrates “Cinco de Mayo” Style
CCS’ Exceptional Children’s program presents the 36th Annual Very Special Arts Event (VSAE) on Friday, May 5 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Cumberland County Crown Expo Center. The artistic talents of exceptional children throughout the CCS will be presented using this year’s theme: “Cinco de Mayo.” The event will feature visual arts, creative writing, music, drama, and dance. For more information about the VSAE, call CCS’ Executive Director of Exceptional Children’s Services Julie Aul at 910.678.2440.




Published on April 28, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  

Cumberland County Schools’ 2017 Governor’s School Participants Announced

Fayetteville – The Cumberland County Schools’ Academically/Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Program is pleased to announce that the following students have been selected to attend the 2017 session of the North Carolina Governor’s School:


Samantha Gephart Art East TSHS
Jaelyn Wilson Choral Music (Soprano II) East MHCHS
Portia Washington English East PFHS
Hahn Lheem Instrumental Music (Cello) West JBHS
David Li Instrumental Music(Violin) West TSHS
Daniel Soliman Math West PFHS
Nicole Delmolino Math West TSHS
Nikhil Gordon Math West TSHS
Rebecca Black Math East TSHS
Shen Chung Math West RRCHS
Andrew Esterly Natural Science West GCHS
Brianna Chan Natural Science West JBHS
Catherine Walwer Natural Science West DBHS
Kelly He Natural Science West JBHS
Selena Beal Natural Science West TSHS
Arington Duffer Social Science East PFHS
Ellin Heidgerken Social Science West PFHS
Janasia Miller Social Science East EESHS
Mary E Vorder Bruegge Spanish West MHCHS

The Governor’s School of North Carolina is a five and one-half week summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students that integrates academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses (Salem College in Winston-Salem and Meredith College in Raleigh). The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests, or grades. The Governor’s School is the oldest statewide summer residential program for academically or intellectually gifted high school students in the nation.

Published on March 31, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  

CCS’ 2017 Middle School Forensics Tournament Winners

CCS’ 2017 Middle School Forensics Tournament Winners


Fayetteville – The Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) Middle School Forensics Tournament, held March 4 at New Century International Middle School, served as the culminating event for a season of competition that also included three Fall Festivals, three Mini-Tournaments, and two District Tournaments.

Over 230 middle school students from all 16 CCS’ middle schools competed for first- through tenth-place honors in three rounds of competition.  Students participated in the Speech and Debate categories of Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Original Oratory, Extemporaneous Speaking, Duo Interpretation, Storytelling and Public Forum.

Middle school student winners in First Place in each category were as follows:


Humorous Interpretation Lilli Mikesell New Century International Middle Isaac Frazier
Dramatic Interpretation Majesty Smith South View Middle Diane Speights
Extemporaneous Speaking Cadyn Taylor Mac Williams Middle Amy Tarrillion
Original Oratory Naina Mittal Seventy First Classical Middle Valerie Israel
Storytelling Mya Bartell South View Middle Diane Speights
DUO Interpretation Hezekiah Bryant & Kenneth Ritchie Max Abbot Middle Jennifer Mullen
Public Forum Amira Gunther & Chidimma Umerah Seventy First Classical Middle Valerie Israel


First- through fourth-place Sweepstakes Awards were also given to those schools that accumulated the most points through student placement. Schools that received Sweepstakes Awards were as follows:


First Place          Seventy First Classical Middle, Valerie Israel, Head Coach

Second Place     Mac Williams Middle, Amy Tarrillion, Head Coach

Third Place        Gray’s Creek Middle, Leslie Craig, Head Coach

Fourth Place      South View Middle, Diane Speights, Head Coach


The Middle School Forensics program is an extracurricular activity designed to enhance the personal and academic growth of its participants by focusing on the use of higher order thinking in the appreciation and interpretation of literature through performance and the enhancement of research and writing skills for public speaking.           


Published on March 24, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  

Fayetteville PWC Employees Receive 11th United Way ‘s Spirit of NC Award

The United Way of North Carolina has awarded the Fayetteville Public Works Commission its Spirit of North Carolina Award  for outstanding support of the United Way.  It’s the 11th time since 2004 PWC has received the honor and  PWC was one of 29 award winners at the United Way of NC’s Annual Meeting held in Greensboro, NC in February. The awards are sponsored annually  to provide statewide recognition for outstanding commitment and support to communities through local United Way involvement.

In 2016, PWC employees pledged  $113,985 and a record high 99.1% of PWC’s 604 employees contributed to the United Way and the number of PWC employees giving at the Leadership level ($1,000+) increased to 36.

The Spirit Awards are designed to recognize companies and their employees that demonstrate campaign excellence and community commitment.   In addition to contributions made during the campaign, many PWC employees serve in volunteer roles on the United Way Board, volunteer committees and as Loaned Executives throughout the year. PWC Senior Customer Programs Officer Mark Brown, Director of Financial Planning, Rhonda Haskins and Budget Manager, Rhonda Graham currently serve on the Board.    PWC also partners with the United Way to provide NC211, a free, 24-hour multi-lingual telephone referral service.

PWC was also recognized by the United Way of Cumberland County, receiving the Chairman’s Award and the Marquis Award for having the highlight number of Leadership givers.    Graham, a United Way Board member, was also named Community Volunteer of the Year.

Published on March 8, 2017 by Carolyn Justice-Hinson  

What’s Happening in the CCS? (February 19 – 25, 2017)

Pupil Holiday/Teacher Workday
Students, faculty, and staff at schools throughout the Cumberland County School system will observe a pupil holiday/teacher workday on Monday, February 20.


CCS to Host ICL
The Cumberland County Schools (CCS) will play host to nearly 35 local future leaders on Tuesday, February 21 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the CCS’ Central Services’ Board Room. During their visit, the Institute for Community Leadership (ICL) participants will learn how to effectively serve on the School Board or on any other local board or commission. Also, the participants will engage in a panel discussion about community volunteerism and how to become mentor to a young child or teen in need. Reps from the school system and several community groups will share information with the participants about various mentor opportunities and ways they can make a difference in the life of a child.


Upcoming Board Committee Meetings
The Cumberland County Board of Education Curriculum and Personnel Committees will meet on Thursday, February 23, 2017, starting at 9:00 a.m. in the Central Services Board Room, located at 2465 Gillespie Street/Fayetteville.  The committee meetings are open to the public.


Digital Learning Day Observance
In observance of Digital Learning Day (February 23), the fifth graders at Westarea Elementary School will participate in student-led presentations and exhibitions about the various biomes of the world using digital technology. The STEM experience gets underway at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 23 in the school’s cafetorium. For additional information, call the school at 910.488.1705.


BIG Chinese New Year Celebration
CCS’ World Language Department presents its Chinese New Year Celebration on Thursday, February 23 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Seventy-First High School. The public has also been invited to attend and enjoy the numerous informational booths, games, and interactive activities from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. For more information, e-mail carmenvillalobos@ccs.k12.nc.us.


Honoring the Past to Strengthen the Future
Westarea Elementary School will be presenting its annual Black History programs on Friday, February 24. This year’s theme is the African-American Contributors Awards. The student-led performing arts program honors the contributions of current and historic African-American men and women who have made a difference, motivated a change, created new opportunities, and achieved the unachievable. The first program featuring kindergarten through second graders will begin at 9:00 a.m., while the program highlighting third through fifth graders starts at 1:00 p.m.



Published on February 21, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  

‘Amazing Acts of Character’ for January 2017

Fayetteville – Each month through Cumberland County Schools’ Amazing Acts of Character recognition program, schools are asked to nominate students who display character above and beyond expected behavior.

Three students were recently selected from individual school nominations for displaying ‘amazing acts of character’ and will be recognized and honored during the Cumberland County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, February 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of CCS’ Central Services building. The honorees are as follows:

Caleb-Michael Rogers, a seventh grader at New Century International Middle School (NCIMS)According to NCIMS Counselor Laura Moore, the 13 year old joined the wrestling team for the first time this year, and because of his positive attitude and work ethic, he has emerged as a leader on the team. She recalls at a recent home wrestling match observing Caleb make “a remarkably kind and respectful gesture.” One of Caleb’s teammates got pinned, was very upset, and refused to shake the hand of his opponent and the opponent’s coach, which is customary. “Caleb, without any word from his coaches, jumped up and went and shook the opponent’s and coach’s hands and congratulated them,” said Moore. “He truly showed great sportsmanship and represented his school very well. Caleb just instinctively knew what the right thing to do was and did it!”

Surya Munugoti, a junior at Terry Sanford High School (TSHS)Lola Widman, the school counselor at Max Abbott Middle, said that this 16 year old works as a tutor in a program where students in TSHS’ Global Studies Academy tutor students at her school in math or reading.  Widman said that Surya has “stood out from the outset for his outstanding performance.” She said that he genuinely cares about helping the students, works diligently to assist them, and checks to see if they are making progress in their math classes. According to Widman, each semester, tutors are only asked to volunteer twice a week for a set number of weeks. Surya has chosen to exceed the number of days per week and weeks than what is required. “He (Surya) has provided a great service to our students and to our school,” said Widman. “We are extremely fortunate and grateful for his help, especially considering the fact that he does not need the community service hours offered for this tutoring program. Instead, he is helping our students because he is intrinsically motivated to help others!”

Antonio Rojas, a junior at Douglas Byrd High School (DBHS) – DBHS Principal Dr. Zoletta Taylor is applauding this 17 year old’s level of compassion. Recently, Antonio wrestled an opponent from an area high school who had Down’s syndrome. According to Dr. Taylor, Antonio treated the match like any other and wrestled vigorously with his opponent; however, “because of his compassion for the student’s disability,” Antonio chose to take a personal loss to his wrestling record.

The Amazing Acts of Character Committee selects winners based on school nominations. The winners are then recognized at the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, where they are presented with a special trophy and certificate.


Published on February 13, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  

What’s Happening in the CCS? (February 12 – 18, 2017)

Board of Education Meeting and Public Forum

The Cumberland County Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, February 14 at 6:30 p.m. for its regular monthly meeting and public forum in the Board Room of the Central Services’ building, located at 2465 Gillespie Street. The Board plans to recognize January’s Amazing Acts of Character recipients, the Cape Fear High School Varsity Football Team as the 2016 NC Eastern 4-A Champs, the 2017 Wells Fargo Outstanding Educator Award recipients, local North Carolina School Public Relations Association 2016 Blue Ribbon Award winners, and members of the Board of Education. The meeting is open to the public.


Gran’daddy Junebug to Pay Visit to Elementary School
During a special assembly at Glendale Acres Elementary School, the students, faculty, and staff will get the chance to hear master storyteller Mitch ‘Gran’daddy Junebug’ Capel perform on Wednesday, February 15 at 1:15 p.m. According to event organizers, his performance promises to be high energy with lots of audience participation. The school’s PTA matched a grant with the Arts Council to bring Gran’daddy Junebug to the school for an assembly. The Arts Council’s Artist in Schools program is supported in part by the CCS, the North Carolina Arts Council, the City of Fayetteville, and Cumberland County. For more information, contact Deborah Dowd at 910.484.9031.


“At Hope Mills Middle School, We Love Our Bus Drivers!”

In observance of Love the Bus/Bus Driver Appreciation Week, 10 local officials have been invited by the staff at Hope Mills Middle School (HMMS) to see their bus drivers in action on Wednesday, February 15 from 2:20 – 3:30 p.m. Community officials will be assigned to ride one of the 10 buses leaving the middle school to drop students off at their homes. According HMMS administrators, almost three quarters of their student body (about 422 students) ride their school buses each day to and/or from school. For more information about the special appreciation observance, contact HMMS Assistant Principal Melissa Davis at 910.425.5106.


Mid-Year Celebration for a New Car

As part of the Beasley Media Group’s “Driven 2 Excel” program, CCS’ seniors and their parents will gather in the Crown Arena on Thursday, February 16 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. to celebrate being a half-a-school year closer to winning a 2016 Kia Soul. To qualify, the seniors must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher and have no more than five absences during the qualification period. In conjunction with the CCS and other community partners, Beasley Media Group has joined with Fayetteville Kia and the Fort Bragg Federal Credit Union to reward qualifying students with fantastic incentives for their academic performance. 


Cumberland County Spelling Bee Competition

Fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout Cumberland County will put their spelling skills to the test on Friday, February 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The final rounds of Cumberland County’s Spelling Bee competition will take place in Room 3 of the Educational Resource Center, located at the 396 Elementary Drive 28301/Fayetteville.




Published on February 13, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  

Run With the Nation’s Finest – 4th Annual All-American Marathon March 26 in Fayetteville/Fort Bragg

 FAYETTEVILLE, NC – February 9, 2017 – Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, NC will host the fourth annual All-American Marathon and “Mike-to-Mike” Half Marathon, on March 26th, 2017. Alongside these two popular races, the All-American Family 5K will also be offered. Each course has been certified by the USA Track and Field Association and the marathon portion is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

On race day, members of the military, wounded warriors, and runners from around the United States will being their race near the Airborne Trooper Statue “Iron Mike” at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum. They will then pass through many scenic areas in the community before heading to Fort Bragg, where they run by the Iron Mike statue at the entrance to Fort Bragg.

Each run will be lined with flag-bearing spectators cheering on the runners. The Wear Blue Mile, which honors fallen service members, is noted as one of the most moving components of the race. The Wear Blue tributes will include “Faces of the Fallen” posters which will line the course as well as volunteers holding American Flags adorned with a streamer bearing the name of a fallen service member.

To register for the marathon, half-marathon, and 5K visit: www.AllAmericanMarathon.com. Additional photos of the All-American Marathon can be found here.


The FACVB is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com  or call 1-888-98-HEROES.

Published on February 9, 2017 by Melody Foote  

The All-American Tattoo Convention Gives Back to Military

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – The Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (FACVB) welcomes The All American Tattoo Convention to the Crown Complex Friday, April 14 – Sunday, April 16, 2017. The goal of the convention is to give the brave servicemen and women of the armed forces the opportunity to be tattooed by some of the industry’s brightest stars as well as providing support to the military through donations to several organizations. Home of Fort Bragg, the largest military base in the country, Cumberland County is the ideal location to host one of the South’s most popular tattoo conventions.

Members of the armed forces and tattoos have a long history, which dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. For many service members tattoos can serve as artistic reminders of friends they’ve made and lost along the way, or a symbol of pride for their service to our country. These tattoos often tell the story that words fail to express for these veterans and servicemen.

It is estimated that over 75% of all active duty soldiers have at least one tattoo and the region around Fort Bragg has one of the largest tattoo shop per square mile ratios in the country. “This convention is another example of how Cumberland County celebrates its strong ties to the military,” explains John Meroski, FACVB President. “Tattoos offer these brave men and woman a unique form of expression that is American at its core.”

In addition to some of Cumberland County’s brightest tattoo stars, other notable artists are traveling across the country to participate in the convention. Talent includes veteran tattoo artists Peter Justice, Chris Saint Clark, Dave Clarke & Chris Blinston as well as some of the world’s most sought after tattoo artists, Kristel Oreto, Carl Grace, Pete Terranova & Marshall Bennett. Big Gus & Jasmine Rodriguez from Spike TV’s Tattoo Nightmares; Joey Tattoo from Spike TV’s Tattoo Rescue and James Vaughn, Madison Loftis and TJ Hal from Ink Master are just a few of the other tattoo artists coming to the area. Additional events and personalities include the Half Pint Brawlers, The New Olde City SideShow, Burlesque & Pin-Up show, Fayetteville Rouge Rollergirls and EmCee Dr. Carl Blasphemy.

The All American Tattoo Convention wants to recognize the sacrifices of the military by giving back to this courageous community. “The All American Tattoo Convention is currently working closely with Operation Tattooing Freedom, a non profit organization that helps veterans with PTSD.” says Ryan Harrell who is a native of Fayetteville NC. “Even though we are already working with nonprofits we are still looking for organizations to help. We want to help as many of our service members as possible. If you would like to submit your veteran or military service member non profit organization for donations please email your proposal to allamericantattooconvention@gmail.com.”

ABOUT THE FACVB: The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning the communities of Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual and group travel. For additional information about America’s First Military Sanctuary Community, visit www.visitfayettevillenc.com or call 1-800-255-8217

Published on February 7, 2017 by Melody Foote  

Cumberland County Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten Registration for 2017-2018 School Year

Parents can attend any one of the following registration sites from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on the designated dates:

Date                            Attendance Area                                          Location

Friday, Feb. 24            Douglas Byrd                                                   *ERC

Friday, March 3           Gray’s Creek/Jack Britt/South View           Gray’s Creek Recreation Center

Friday, March 10         Pine Forest/E.E. Smith                                  College Lakes Recreation Center

Friday, March 17         Seventy-First/Westover                                 Westover Recreation Center

Friday, March 24         Cape Fear                                                          Eastover Recreation Center

* ERC is CCS’ Educational Resource Center, located at 396 Elementary Drive/Fayetteville.

Applicants must be 4 years old on or before August 31, 2017, to register.
They must reside in Cumberland County.
Parents should bring the following information:
Certified birth certificate, shot record, current utility bill (gas, water, lights ONLY), proof of income, court-ordered custody papers or military special power of attorney & TDY/Deployment Orders (if applicable), and parent/guardian’s valid driver’s license/state ID.

For more information, call 910.483.7370.

Published on February 3, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  

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