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

Massive Prayer Walk April 8th in Fayetteville, NC

7,500  expected to participate in a rolling prayer chain through downtown Fayetteville

 Fayetteville, NC – Thousands will come together on Saturday, April 8th for a silent prayer walk throughout the city of Fayetteville. This ecumenical gathering, AsONE Prayer Walk, will be comprised of people of varied ages, ethnicities, religious denominations and backgrounds gathering to unite in prayer as one body.

The walk begins at 10 a.m. in Festival Park and will include five prayer stations along the route:

  1. North Carolina Veterans Park and Airborne & Special Operations Museum – prayers will focus on support of the military and their families.
  1. Fayetteville City Hall –  prayers will support regional civil leadership and law enforcement.
  1. Cumberland County Detention Center – prayers will be offered for the incarcerated and their families.
  1. The Market House – prayers will focus on racial diversity.
  1. Cumberland County Public Library and Information Center – prayers will be offered for educational leaders, children and families.

After visiting each stop, walkers will return to Festival Park to pray for all spiritual leaders.  An AsOne Family Reunion with music, food and fun will follow the prayer walk and will last throughout the day.

Pictures and LOGO

Tweet this: The @AsOnePrayerWalk welcomes thousands to @DowntownFay to unite in prayer as one body on April 8th.  @VisitFayNC

About AsOne Fellowship, Inc.
AsONE Fellowship serves as a ministry hub connecting people in need to community resources provided by local ministries and other non-profits. The primary tool used to create this diverse unity is the AsONE Prayer Walk. The walk is an ecumenical event that focuses on prayer and inclusion, bringing believers together so as to promote unity according to Ephesians 4 .

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  or call 1-888-98-HEROES.

Published on February 27, 2017 by Melody Foote

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


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: 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  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”

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 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

9th Annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo Moves to Fayetteville

9th Annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo Moves to Fayetteville
Crown Arena to Host March 17-19

Fayetteville, NC  –   The 9th Annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo promises to be better than ever with a move to the Crown Arena in Fayetteville.  We needed additional space to offer more vendors and provide free parking for all attendees,” says event organizer WC Lanier.

Outdoor enthusiasts will find lots to enjoy during the three day show: hunting and fishing exhibitions, wildlife art, decoys, boats and accessories, truck and ATV displays, fly fishing demos, camping, guides, outfitters, contests and archery demonstrations.

A few special features during the show:

  • An interactive archery range
  • Birds of prey demonstrations
  • Appraisals of antique tackle rods and tackle boxes from Carolina Tackle Collectors
  • Fly fishing and kayaking demonstrations
  • Moon Shadow Rescue Wolves from Newell Farms (Warrenton, NC) in attendance.

Expo hours are Friday and Saturday, March 17/18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  On Sunday March 19th, hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission is $11 for adults, $8 for seniors 60 and older and military. Children 10 years and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

About the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo

The mission of the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo is to encourage youth to enjoy the great outdoors through hunting, fishing and other outdoor sports and to heighten public awareness of our natural resources and to encourage conservation of these natural resources. For more information, visit or call 910-795-0292.


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  or call 1-888-98-HEROES.



Published on February 2, 2017 by Melody Foote

What’s Happening in the CCS? (January 29 – February 4, 2017)

Pupil Holiday/Required Teacher Workday
Students, faculty, and staff at schools that follow the Traditional calendar will observe a pupil holiday/required teacher workday on Monday, January 30.

School System to Meet with the Legislative Delegation
The Cumberland County Board of Education and the Cumberland County Legislative Delegation will meet to discuss items of mutual importance. The meeting will take place on Friday, February 3 starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Board Room of the Central Services’ Building, located at 2465 Gillespie Street, Fayetteville, NC 28306. The meeting is open to the public.

Looking Ahead …

Upcoming Observances

February 5 – 11 — CCS’ Suicide Awareness Week

February 6 – 10 — National School Counseling Week


Published on January 30, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

Recognizing & Celebrating School Counselors

Fayetteville – National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from February 6–10, 2017, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

“The special week honoring school counselors provides recognition to those who implement comprehensive school counseling programs, which are a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st Century,” said Cumberland County Schools’ Counseling Coordinator Kristy Curran.

In a proclamation signed by the Cumberland County Board of Education Chair, Curran cited school counselors for (1) being actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests, and talents; (2) working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of rearing children in today’s world; (3) focusing on positive ways to enhance students’ social/personal, educational, and career development; and (4) working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic, and optimistic aspirations for themselves. Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master’s degree in guidance and counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

“School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career awareness in post-secondary options and personal/social skills,” said Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., the executive director of ASCA. “Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success.”

More than 100,000 school counselors nationwide will be participating in the week’s festivities. Many school counselors will be hosting special events and activities to call attention to the myriad benefits of a comprehensive school counseling program.


As part of its celebration for National School Counseling Week, the Cumberland County School system, as a whole, will be recognizing its school counselors with an appreciation breakfast, while individual schools will choose to recognize with different activities. Parents or community members with specific questions or concerns about school counseling programs should contact the school counselors at their local schools. Additional information can also be found on ASCA’s website,

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is a worldwide nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, Va. Founded in 1952, ASCA supports school counselors’ efforts to help students focus on academic, career and social/emotional so they not only achieve success in school but are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. The association, which is the school counseling division of the American Counseling Association, provides professional development, publications and other resources, research, and advocacy to more school counselors around the globe.


Published on January 30, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

“It’s OK 2 Ask”

Fayetteville – According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, suicide is the third leading cause of death for North Carolinians between the ages of 10 to 24.  Unfortunately, stigma, myths and misinformation about suicide prevent both adults and young people from discussing this topic.  Recognizing the signs and symptoms of suicide and knowing who to call for help is one way to prevent suicide.

To raise awareness, Cumberland County Schools (CCS) is observing Suicide Awareness Week from February 5 – 11.  CCS’ staff, students, parents, and community members are invited to join our efforts. Show your support by (1) spreading the word; (2) knowing the signs; and
(3) knowing who to call!

Help spread the word.  The Cumberland County School system joins the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services in their campaign to ensure that our youth know that “It’s OK 2 Ask.” 

  1. Let others know that “It’s OK 2 Ask” by wearing the national suicide prevention colors, turquoise and purple, on February 8.
  2. Take a ‘selfie’ or ‘usie’ holding the sign, “It’s OK 2 Ask.”
  3. Send your photo to
  4. Look for the photo gallery on the CCS’ Website (

Know the Signs and Symptoms.  Some of the common signs and symptoms of suicide are as follows: threatening and talking about wanting to hurt or kill themselves; making preparations, e.g., trying to get firearms, pills or other ways of killing themselves; talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide, hopelessness; withdrawing from friends, family, or school; and experiencing difficulty sleeping or sleeping all the time. (Note: This is not an exhaustive or definitive list. These are merely potential warning signs and a signal to get help.)  View the video from the Mayo Clinic below for more information about teen suicide prevention.

Prevent Teen Suicide

Know who to call.  If you are concerned that someone is suicidal, help is only a telephone call away. Both local and national resources are available 24/7.

  • 911 Emergency Services
  • Contact Crisis Helpline
    • 485.4134
  • Alliance Behavioral Health Care – Health & Information Line
    • 510.9132
  • Cape Fear Valley Behavioral Health – Roxie Center
    • 615.3333
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    • 273.TALK (8255)
  • Veterans’ Suicide Hotline
    • 273.8255 Select # 1
  • Hearing Impaired TTY Users
    • 799.4TTY (4889)
  • En Espanol
    • 628.9454

A school counselor, school social worker, and a school psychologist are available in all of our schools. They are also available to link parents and students to community resources.

For more information, contact Natasha Scott, the executive director of CCS’ Student Services, at 910.678.2433 or







Published on January 30, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

Spoken Word Ignites the Night during January Fourth Friday

Contact: Mary Kinney, (910) 323-1776, ext. 239
Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County
Visual Art Inspires Spoken Word for January 4th Friday

What do people think when they see Ernest Crichlow’s painting Window? Better still, what do people SAY
about it? Local artists are invited to put their impressions about visual art into words and present their poetry for a chance to win $150 in prizes.

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County is pleased to partner with OUR P.L.A.C.E., a local cultural arts non-profit that holds monthly poetry events, for special programming at the Arts Council (301 Hay St.) during 4th Friday on Jan. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. The free event, Poetry and Reflections,will feature local artists performing poems inspired by the upcoming exhibition,Reflections: African American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection. The exhibition, which opens to the public on Feb. 4, honors the lives, traditions and environments of African Americans in the 20th century.

The poetry event will be divided into two performance segments: open mic followed by competition. During the open mic portion, people are invited to speak on the topics of their choosing (no registration required). Individuals participating in the competition portion must perform original poems inspired by artwork in the upcoming Reflections exhibition. There is no fee to participate, but  space is limited and registration is required for competing artists. To sign up, go to the event on OUR P.L.A.C.E.’s Facebook page or The competition will be judged by randomly selected audience members. Winners will receive $150 in cash prizes.


Friday, Feb. 3, 7-9 p.m.
Exclusive opening premiere reception with Myrna Colley-Lee featuring a one-time showing of select costumes created by the collector, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and jazz music by Reggie Codrington. $50 per person ($45 for Arts Council members). Proceeds from this fundraiser help keep Arts Council exhibits free and open to the public. Very limited seating. (Payment due upon reservation.) Click here to purchase tickets now.

Saturday, Feb. 4, 11 a.m. – Noon
Free meet and greet with Myrna Colley-Lee and exhibit tour. Galleries remain open until 4 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 24, 7-9 p.m.
Carole Boston Weatherford shares the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, as told in her new book You Can Fly. No admission cost.

Saturday, March 4, 1-3 p.m. Youth Explosion performances of singing, dancing and more! Presented by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter, this is a free event offered to the public.


Featuring more than 50 pieces from the collection of renowned costume designer and arts patron, Myrna Colley-Lee, Reflections tells a story of heritage, community, and place. Organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C. in collaboration with Myrna Colley-Lee, Reflections is on view at the Arts Council at 301 Hay Street from Feb. 4 through March 4. Theexhibition is offered for free on Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

Leading this exploration are works on paper by prominent African-American artists including Elizabeth Catlett, Gwen Knight, Betye Saar, John Scott, and Hale Woodruff. Rural landscapes captured by Maude Schulyer Clay,Gerald DeLoach, Randy Hayes, and Tom Rankin are set in contrast with urban landscape paintings by Ernest Crichlow and Rod Ivey (“Window” by Crichlow pictured above). Studio portraits by celebrated photographerJames Van Der Zee, and the more candid photography of Roland Freeman,Milly Moorhead, and Eudora Welty, provide a glimpse into the African diaspora. Works by collage masters Romare Bearden and James Denmark, along with a haunting shadowbox construction by postmodernist Radcliffe Bailey, speak to the layered histories of a strong and spiritual people. A rare painting by famed artist Charles White concludes the transformative journey and conveys the quiet wisdom of Reflections.

The Reflections collection both represents a dialogue between the artists and the ever-evolving African-American identity, and reflects the attitude and eye of Colley-Lee — artist and cultural connoisseur with great respect and understanding for the African storytelling tradition.


Myrna Colley-Lee, collector of the works featured in the exhibition, is a leading advocate for the arts, an arts patron, and a professional artist: a pioneer costume designer in the Black Theatre Movement. Born in North Carolina, Colley-Lee has been a world traveler since the age of 17, Colley-Lee collected art from small villages in African and traditional venues, supporting artists at every level. She champions the arts from her many roles of service including creating a foundation that promotes writers and their art.

To request high-resolution images and/or interviews, contact Mary Kinney at For more information about theexhibition, collector and related programming,


Fayetteville State University’s Department of Performing & Fine Arts

Carolina Vascular Institute PA 


Piedmont Natural Gas

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter

SfL+a Architects

And generous individual community donors.

With support from: Macy’s

Media sponsors: The Fayetteville Observer, WRAL-TV and ESPN Radio

Funded in part by Cumberland County, the City of Fayetteville and NC Arts Council.


Reflections is organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC, in collaboration with Myrna Colley-Lee. IA&A is a non-profit arts service organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally through exhibitions, programs and services to artists, arts institutions and the public. Visit


The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County was founded in 1973. As a link between artists, arts and cultural organizations and the community, the nonprofit agency administers programs in partnership with a variety of local agencies to stimulate community development through the arts. The Arts Council supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development and lifelong learning through the arts.


The Arts Council’s grants, programs and services are funded in part by contributions from businesses and individuals, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

Two Renowned Cultural Events Kick Off Black History Month in Fayetteville

Two Renowned Cultural Events Kick Off Black History Month in Fayetteville

Fayetteville, NC–  Fayetteville celebrates Black History Month with nine different activities across the community.

The Museum of the Cape Fear Historic Complex hosts “Dancing Stories with April C. Turner” on February 4 at 2 p.m.   The program explores African dance and stories that affirm the community-building concepts of working together, integrity and perseverance.

“The meanings and uses of the songs and dances are demonstrated in a fun, high-energy, inspiring journey,” says Turner, who also works as a film and TV actress. The audience will have fun when Wolof, a West African language, is introduced to them. “Dancing Stories explores African folklore and demonstrates ways that African stories can bring a community together.”

Turner explores the language of African dance symbols. At the end of the presentation, audience members are invited to participate in playing the instruments as a community. The event is free and open to the public.

Picture of Ms. Turner

More about April C. Turner:

More on the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex:  or call 910-486-1330.

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County hosts Reflections: African American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection from February 4 through March 4.

The exhibit features more than 50 pieces from the collection of renowned costume designer and arts patron, Myrna Colley-Lee. It is comprised of paintings, photographs, textile pieces and works on paper. The exhibition is curated to reflect the culture and experiences of African Americans. The imagery in Reflections focuses primarily on narrative works and landscapes of everyday life, past and present.

Myrna Colley-Lee, collector of the works featured in the exhibition, is a leading advocate for the arts, an arts patron, a professional artist and a pioneer costume designer in Black Theatre.

Organized by the International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C., in collaboration with Myrna Colley-Lee, Reflections is on view at the Arts Council Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.

Pictures (w/required credit) to promote event

More on the exhibit, Myrna Colley-Lee and The Arts Council:

Tweet this:  #Reflections, an exhibit from Myrna Colley-Lee Collection & Dancing Stories from @AprilCTurner start #BlackHistory month in @VisitFayNC

Other Black History Month Events:

Ongoing/ The History of Fayetteville State University Exhibition at the Fayetteville Transportation and Local History Museum recognizes the 150th anniversary of Fayetteville State University (FSU).  FSU has the distinction of being the second state-supported school in North Carolina and the first state-sponsored institution for the education of African-American teachers in the south. (910) 433-1457

February 4/ All are welcome for a Meet & Greet with Myrna Colley Lee at The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

February 6/ The African-American Heritage Bus Tour travels through Fayetteville’s downtown landscape, noting the distinct contributions of African-Americans to Cumberland County.  $3. Registration is required. Space is limited. (910) 433-1457

February 21/ Step Afrika!, one of the top 10 African-American dance companies in the United States,  offers a performance that blends percussive dance, African traditional dance and influences from a variety of other dance art forms.  Fayetteville State University hosts this performance at 7 p.m.  Admission is $10.

February 24/ The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County  hosts Carole Boston Weatherford. Weatherford shares the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, as told in her new book You Can Fly.  7 p.m.- 9 p.m.

February 24 to April 7/ Rosenthal Gallery at Fayetteville State University offers An Invitational Exhibition of Women Artists. The works of Sonya Clark are featured, along with other acclaimed women artists of color from across the United States. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Anytime/ Tour the African-American Heritage Trail – Cumberland County’s African-American Heritage Trail provides a historical glimpse into the lives of African-Americans who resided in Cumberland County from the Revolutionary War era through the early 20th century.

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


Published on January 19, 2017 by Melody Foote

‘Lafayette in Fayetteville’ Exhibit at the Transportation and Local History Museum

(Fayetteville, N.C.) – The Fayetteville Are Transportation and Local History Museum hosts an exhibit entitled “Lafayette in Fayetteville.” Located in the main entrance space of the museum, the exhibit is filled with an array of artifacts, images and
information connecting the Marquis de Lafayette to the City of Fayetteville. As the first city in America named for Lafayette and the only one named for him that he visited, Lafayette holds a special place in the heart and history of the community.

Exhibits include letters written by Lafayette, period souvenirs from his visit to American in 1824-1825, a rosette worn at the ball held for him and other unique artifacts associated with Lafayette and his visit to Fayetteville in 1825. 

The community’s Lafayette Heritage Trail provides further insight into Lafayette’s significance and his visit to the community. The trail directs visitors to each site Lafayette visited in  Fayetteville.

The Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum is located at 325 Franklin St. in historic downtown Fayetteville.  Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit or call (910) 433-1457, 1458 or 1944.

Published on January 14, 2017 by Melody Foote

Cumberland County Schools’ ‘Amazing Acts of Character’ for November & December 2016

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.

Four 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, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of CCS’ Central Services building.

The November 2016 honoree is as follows:

Hailey Blair, a sixth grader at Gray’s Creek Middle School (GCMS)According to Patricia Brewer, Hailey’s English/Language Arts teacher, the 11 year old is a “great person who is a good example for her peers.” Recently, Hailey received a graded paper from one of her teachers. Upon reviewing the graded paper, she noticed that her teacher had incorrectly scored it. The circled grade on the front of the paper was slightly higher than what it should have been. “Hailey respectfully brought this error to the attention of her teacher,” said Brewer. “Because of Hailey’s honesty and integrity in this situation, the teacher rewarded her by letting her keep those few extra points.”

The December 2016 honorees are as follows:

Margaret “Maggie” Kane, a third grader at Long Hill Elementary School – During Maggie’s recent participation in a St. Baldrick’s Foundation event, Mary Katherine Mouton, Maggie’s third-grade teacher, said the eight year old “demonstrated courage, compassion, and empathy that is remarkable for anyone, much less an eight year old.” According to Mouton, Maggie, who has a close relative that is a cancer survivor, decided two years ago to grow her hair and donate it to a child who has lost their hair because of cancer. Through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for childhood cancer research, Maggie and her family sponsored a fundraising event at a local pizza restaurant. More than $10,000 was raised through the effort and “true to her word,” Maggie had her head shaved and donated her hair to Wigs for Kids. “Maggie is an inspiration and model for all of us!” said Mouton. “Thank you, Maggie!”


Miranda Draughon, a fourth grader at Gray’s Creek Elementary School – According to Kelly Tucker, the media coordinator at Miranda’s school, the 10 year old is “a child with exceptional character.” During the Cumberland County Schools’ annual Reading Rocks! Walk-A-Thon for literacy effort, Miranda decided to take action by helping to buy books for the school media center. Tucker said she didn’t ask her parents for money or raid her piggy bank. Instead, Miranda enlisted the help of two friends from her church to help make bookmarks to sell at church. “As a result of her leadership, caring, and sense of responsibility, Miranda raised $28 for our library,” said Tucker.

Jayden Townsend, a fifth grader at Morganton Road Elementary School – Courtney Sides, the school counselor at Jayden’s school, said that the 10 year old demonstrated an incredible amount of bravery and caring when recently, she saved her brother who was being viciously attacked by a dog. According to Sides, in November, Jayden, her mother, and little brother were visiting the home of friends in South Carolina. Jayden went outside to check on her brother when she noticed a dog [Rottweiler] on top of her brother. “She ran over, picked up the dog, and threw him,” said Sides. “Jayden picked up her brother and tried to get him into the house, but the dog attacked again.” She put her brother down and told him to run into the house while she fended off the dog. According to Sides, Jayden’s brother was hospitalized, but has since returned to school. “She thought of her brother before herself,” said Sides. “She put herself in harm’s way to rescue him. It is not every day that you see someone help others, much less put themselves at risk. Through her heroic acts, she saved her little brother. We feel as though she should be recognized for her bravery and heroism.”

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 a special trophy and certificate.


Published on January 9, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

What’s Happening in the CCS? (January 8 -14, 2017)

Board of Education Meeting and Public Forum
The Cumberland County Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, January 10 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 the recipients of the newly created CCS’ Champion of Children Award and November and December’s Amazing Acts of Character recipients.

January 2017 Get Connected TV Show: “Cumberland Polytechnic High School: The Polytech Way– During January’s edition of the Get Connected TV show, CCS’ Chief Communications Officer Renarta Clanton Moyd is joined by Cumberland Polytechnic High School Principal Dan Krumanocker, School Counselor Brittany Raines, and Students Asia Hannans and Jared Little. They are discussing the numerous learning opportunities at the school system’s newest high school that is located on the campus of Fayetteville Technical Community College. 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 (

Looking Ahead …

MLK Day Observance & Teacher Workday w/Staff Development
In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, a pupil/teacher holiday will be observed by the Cumberland County Schools on Monday, January 16. Central Services will be closed as well. A pupil holiday/required teacher workday/staff development day will be observed on Tuesday, January 17 at schools that do not follow the traditional calendar. 

Middle & High School Choice Fair & Parent Meeting
The CCS system will sponsor its 2017-2018 Secondary Choice Fair on Tuesday, January 24 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Educational Resource Center (ERC) auditorium, located at 396 Elementary Drive in Fayetteville.  The Fair will highlight booths from area middle and high schools that have information about Choice schools, academies, or programs that are accepting student applications for next school year.  Also, a Fort Bragg E.E. Smith Parent Meeting will take place from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. in Room 3 at ERC. For more information about the Secondary Choice Fair or the Fort Bragg E.E. Smith Parent Meeting, call 910.678.2407.

Published on January 9, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd

Foster Kids Treated To Pre-Screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Movie

Contact: Kirk Ferguson

The Federal Savings Bank


Fax: 910-292-6008


For Immediate Release

Foster Kids Get VIP Screening of Star Wars Rogue One

Free Movie Night An Early Christmas Gift

Fayetteville, NC, December 12, 2016:  More than 50 children from the Falcon Children’s Home will get to see the hottest movie of the year, before it opens to the general public! Two area business professionals wanted to give back to the community – so they’re hosting an exclusive premier of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and they invited the local foster kids to attend.

Brendan Rodden, financial advisor with Raymond James and Associates in Raleigh, and Kirk Ferguson, Fayetteville mortgage banker with The Federal Savings Bank, were putting together a VIP customer appreciation event for their clients, when they realized that they had some extra tickets.

Instead of leaving empty seats, they decided to cut their customer list short – and invite the kids from Falcon Children’s Home instead. 50 to 70 children are expected to attend. All attendees will be given a seat, a drink, and a bag of popcorn to fully enjoy the first new stand-alone Star Wars movie since the original in 1977.

Understanding the value of this occasion to a child, Rodden and Ferguson are thrilled to make Christmas a little brighter for some children who need it most.

The VIP pre-screening will take place this Thursday, December 15th at 6:45 pm, at Patriot 14 theatre, 4761 Lake Valley Drive, Fayetteville, NC, 28303. Two children from Falcon Children’s Home, and employees will be available for interviews. You may shoot video of the children entering the theatre, receiving their snacks and taking their seats. Please avoid recognizable images of children not authorized for interviews.



Kirk Ferguson, Mortgage Banker

           The Federal Savings Bank | 300 N. Elizabeth Street, Suite 3E, Chicago, IL 60607
           direct: (910) 292-6007
           fax: (910) 292-6008
           cell: (910) 633-3337
               NMLS# 1502065

Press release

Published on December 14, 2016 by Christi Lowe  

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