When Pigs Fly: All-American BBQ Festival Nov 18

When Pigs Fly: All-American BBQ Festival Nov 18
Teams from the Carolinas compete in 5th Annual BBQ in Festival Park in Fayetteville (NC)

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Fayetteville, NC – When Pigs Fly (WPF): An All-American BBQ Festival welcomes BBQ Pitmasters from across the Carolinas to try for a top prize in this Carolina BBQ League-sanctioned event.  Teams are judged and awards are given in Whole Hog Division (charcoal or wood only); and Pitmaster Division (any heat source): Overall, Pork Butt, Pork Ribs and Chicken.

Teams arrive and start cooking on Friday, the 17th.  The event is open to the public from 12 pm to 6 pm on Saturday, November 18th. No great BBQ competition is complete without great music, and this festival will be no exception. Local and regional favorites will play throughout the day. A vendor area and Kids Zone will keep the entire family entertained.

For a $5 general admission ticket (kids under 12 free) which includes musical entertainment, food/BBQ for purchase, Kids Zone and BBQ camp touring. A $35 VIP ticket includes all of the above plus access to the VIP tent with private restrooms, seating, snacks and close proximity to the stage.

WPF is a fundraiser for the Cumberland County affiliate of Communities in Schools (CIS), which works in schools to help at-risk children show up on time, stay in school, develop self-esteem and succeed in life. Nationwide, CIS is active in more than 3,400 schools in 24 states and Washington D.C.  CIS is the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, and the only one proven to both increase on-time graduation rates and reduced drop out rates.

About The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (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. Cumberland County is the America’s first military sanctuary.

Published on October 5, 2017 by Melody Foote  

Beat The Rush with 51st Annual Holly Day Fair

Beat The Rush with 51st Annual Holly Day Fair

Shopping Extravaganza November 2-5 in Fayetteville

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Fayetteville, NC – The largest gift and craft show in Eastern North Carolina continues its tradition of offering a variety of handmade gifts, crafts, clothes and more to shoppers hoping to get ahead of the Christmas rush.  The Holly Day Fair typically draws 22,000 attendees and over 200 vendors throughout the weekend.

Show-goers choose from an extensive collection of unique handcrafted and manufactured products that include the best in holiday decorations, handmade crafts, stylish jewelry and clothes, children’s toys, specialty food items and much more.

Tickets are $15 during “Super Shopper” hours and $10 the remainder of the show.  Strollers and rolling carts are prohibited during “Super Shopper” hours, and a limited number of tickets are sold.

  • Thursday, November 2: Super Shopper: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    General Admission: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 3: General Admission: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 4: General Admission: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 5: General Admission: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Holly Day Fair serves as the Junior League of Fayetteville’s sole fundraiser with all funds going directly back into the local community.

About the Junior League of Fayetteville

The Junior League of Fayetteville, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League of Fayetteville, Inc. reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.

About The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (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. Cumberland County is America’s first military sanctuary.

Published on October 5, 2017 by Melody Foote  

Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno at Fayetteville Comic Con

Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno at Fayetteville Comic Con
Annual Celebration of Pop Culture October 21-22 at Crown Complex in Fayetteville

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Fayetteville, NC –  Mark your Calendars!  The third annual Fayetteville Comic Con(FCC), held October 21-22, offers an impressive line-up of special guests, artists, cosplayers, collectibles, contests and more.  “We are pleased to expand our offerings again in 2017,” says planner Michael Chaudhuri. “In fact, this year, we’ve got artists and guests contacting us to appear at our con and we have the Incredible Hulk!”

Planners expect 15,000 people to attend the family-friendly con this year.

In addition to Lou Ferrigno, an actor famous for his role as the Original Hulk and Hercules, the FCC will host:

  • Veteran comic book Artist Pat Broderick will appear for the first time at FCC.  Pat has drawn an impressive list of titles, including Batman, Fury of Firestorm, Green Lantern, Micronauts and more.
  • Charlton Neo Media, making their first major con appearance. Among the well-known creators Charlton is bringing:
    • Paul Kupperberg, who has written more than one thousand comic books and novels, including the world’s first comic book miniseries.
    • Roger McKenzie, who wrote Daredevil with Frank Miller and many issues of Captain America.

Also appearing at the con:Sam Jones, the iconic star of Flash Gordon.

  • Writer, editor and comic book historian Michael Eury, who will interview Lou Ferrigno and present a talk on history of African-American superheroes.
  • Jack O’Halloran, who played iconic villain Non in two Superman movies.
  • Voice actor Chris Sa
    bat, who has provided voices for a number of Dragon Ball and Full Metal Alchemist characters.
  • Vic Mignogna, known for being the voices of Edward Elric from Full Metal Alchemist and Broly from Dragon Ball Z.

“While many cons have variant covers available for purchase, the FCC is doing something special in 2017,” says Chaudhuri.  “We’re pleased to offer an FCC limited edition comic book, produced by a group of people published by Marvel, DC, Archie, First Comics and others.”

The 2017 FCC will feature two rooms of ongoing panels.  Topics include Meet the Stars, Cosplay 101, Fabric in Cosplay, Cosplay and Disabilities, Military Science Fiction, Nerdslam, SciFi Speed Dating and The Walking Dead Reunion.

Fans are welcome to come as themselves, but organizers are expecting some attendees to dress as their favorite superhero, Star Wars or anime character.  All costumes are welcome as long as they are family friendly.  Two separate cosplay competitions will award prizes worth more than $2000.

Tickets in advance are $15 per day or $25 for a weekend pass.   Active duty military receive a $2 discount on all advance ticket purchases. Children10 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Tickets can be purchased in person without fees at the Crown Center Box Office, Fort Bragg Leisure Center, Dragons Lair on Yadkin Road,  Gamer’s Guide in Spring Lake, Hobbytown Fayetteville on Ramsey Street and Angry Comics on Bragg Blvd.  At the door, tickets are $20 for Saturday; $15 for Sunday and $32 for a weekend pass.

For more information on FCC,  call the convention organizers at 910-316-7251 or go to www.fayettevillecomiccon.com.

Need a hotel room?  Looking for a great place to have dinner after the show?  www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com has information on hotels, restaurants and more.

About the Fayetteville Area Convention and 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. Cumberland County is the America’s first military sanctuary.

Published on September 8, 2017 by Melody Foote  

Heroes Homecoming Seeking Guinness World Record

Heroes Homecoming Seeking Guinness World Record
2017 Committee seeking to set up most Missing Man Tables in one Community

Cumberland County, NC – Heroes Homecoming, a county-wide initiative developed to recognize and appreciate veterans for their courage and sacrifice, will honor Vietnam Veterans from November 4 through 11, 2017.   A range of events is planned, including a Veterans Day Parade, the installation of The Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial and a Heroes Homecoming bike rally.

The 2017 Heroes Homecoming committee is asking all Cumberland County businesses to participate by setting a Missing Man Table at their place of business.  The committee is working alongside Rolling Thunder – Chapter 1 to ensure proper protocol is met with each table setup.  With this county-wide display, Cumberland County will secure a spot in the Guinness World Records.

All Cumberland County businesses are invited to participate in this initiative.  The Heroes Homecoming committee will provide all materials needed and protocol for the table.  Participating businesses need to rope off or clearly indicate their table is for display only.  The table should be on display from November 1 through 12, 2017.

Business owners interested in being a part of this record-setting commemoration of those Missing in Action should contact Angie Brady at the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors  Bureau by August 2nd.    Contact Angie at 910-483-5311 or abrady@visitfayettevillenc.com.

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.

About Heroes Homecoming
The Communities of Cumberland County, created Heroes Homecoming in 2011 as a way of showing recognition and appreciation to all veterans for their courage, their sacrifice and everything they do to defend this country’s freedom – now and forever. This year the Communities of Cumberland County will host veterans and families from across the region to participate in a week-long celebration honoring the brave men and women who served our country in Vietnam.

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.

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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.


Week of Inspiration on Tap for WIDU Anniversary Events

Week of Inspiration on Tap for WIDU Anniversary Events
October 7-14 Celebration Culminates with Kirk Franklin Concert

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Cumberland County, NC – Each year, WIDU 1600 AM delivers one of the community’s largest faith-based events. This year, the week-long celebration culminates with three power-packed days at the Crown Complex. The final event is headlined by multiple GRAMMY®, Dove and Stellar Award-winning recording artist Kirk Franklin.

On Thursday, October 12th, WIDU hosts the 6th Annual Carolina’s BEST talent competition. The evening starts with a concert from judge JJ Hairston at 6:30 p.m. Following the concert, contestants take the stage for a chance to win cash and prizes. Judges Kelly Price, Kim Burrell and JJ Hairston give feedback and rank contestants. The evening ends with a concert from Travis Green.

Pastor John. P. Kee and the New Life Community Choir headline Traditional Gospel Night on Friday, October 13th. The concert includes a musical tribute to the late Gospel Music legend Joe Ligon of the Mighty Clouds of Joy. Rance Allen, Lisa Knowles, Doc McKenzie and the Hi-Lites, Harvey Watkins Jr. of the Canton Spirituals and many others are scheduled to perform that evening. The concert begins at 5 p.m. in the Crown Coliseum.

Kirk Franklin & Friends returns to the WIDU Anniversary Celebration on Saturday October 14th. The concert, which begins at 4 p.m. in the Crown Coliseum, also features Tasha Cobbs-Leonard and Tye Tribbett.

Tickets are now on sale for all three weekend events. Prices for the Kirk Franklin concert start at $20 and a limited number of package tickets are available for the entire weekend. Head to www.CapeFearTix.com or call the Crown Coliseum Box Office for details.

Other 2017 WIDU Anniversary events:

October 7 – Youth Harvest Concert at the John D. Fuller Recreation Center.

October 9 – Forget Me Not Stage Play at Kingdom Impact Global Ministries.

October 10 – WIDU Unity Service at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church.

October 11 – WIDU Together As One services throughout the community.

October 12 – WIDU Women’s Empowerment Luncheon at the Crown Complex.

October 13 –  WIDU Prayer Breakfast at the Crown Complex.

“The WIDU Anniversary Celebration is one of the largest and oldest faith-based event held in Cumberland County,” says John Meroski, FACVB President and CEO.  “For decades. the anniversary has welcomed some of the best gospel and contemporary entertainers to the area.”

Other faith-based events held in the last year in Cumberland County:

Daughters of Christ – August
Laymen’s League – October
Methodist Youth Pilgrimage – November
North Carolina Central AMEZ Conference – November
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfasts (Spring Lake and Fayetteville) – January
AsOne Prayer Walk – April
Hop In the Park – April
Plan-Purpose-Process-Promise Conference – June
Positive Direction for Youth (PDY) Conference – July
Singing Christmas Tree – December
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.


Fort Bragg, Fayetteville and the Communities of Cumberland County Roll out the Red Carpet for our Nation’s Birthday


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Cumberland County, NC –  As home to the 82nd Airborne, the US Army Special Forces and the US Army Forces Command, it’s safe to say “when the President calls 911, Fort Bragg answers.”  The residents of Fayetteville and the communities of Cumberland County call these heroes “neighbor.”  It’s no surprise that the community was recognized as one of the most patriotic in the US by NewsMax Magazine.


While this patriotism is evident 365 days a year, July 4th is a special time in the Fort Bragg region. Celebrations large and small mark July 4th, most notably a massive celebration at Fort Bragg.

July 2nd

Spend a Star Spangled Kind of Dayat the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. From 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., the entire family can enjoy bounce houses, lawn games, crafts and more. Food trucks will be on site. Dark Horse Duo performs throughout the day. Admission for active duty and veterans is free. All others are $5.   www.CapeFearBg.org

July 3rd 

Following an 7 p.m. game at  J.P. Riddle Stadium, the Fayetteville Swampdogs launch a Fireworks Extravaganza.The fireworks show is free, but game admission requires a ticket.  www.GoSwampdogs.com

July 4th  

At 7 a.m., the Firecracker 4 Miler offers an active way to celebrate the 4th of July. This four- mile course winds through the beautiful and historic parks and museums of downtown Fayetteville. A one-mile course is available. Kids, strollers and dogs are invited.MORE

Hope Mills marks the 4th of July with an Independence Day Parade at 10 a.m and a Party in the Park from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.  The Party includes entertainment, games, food, tournaments, vendors  and a fireworks show at dark.  MORE

Open to the general public,  Fort Bragg’s July 4th Celebration starts at 3 p.m. on the Main Post Parade field.  Attendees are treated to performances by North Carolina native Chase Rice, the JC Allstars, the 82nd Airborne Division Rock Band, parachute free-fall demonstrations, a flag ceremony, fireworks, and food and beverages.  MORE
For more information on planning a visit, head to www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com.

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. 


Soccer Legend Mia Hamm and others play Force Invitational Golf Tourney

Tournament is a Fundraiser for Local Soccer Club

 FAYETTEVILLE, NC –  On Friday, May 19, the Fayetteville Soccer Club (FSC) members and staff change out their cleats for spikes and hit the links with some special guests.  FSC is honored to welcome some of soccer’s greatest women players to the tournament- Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly and Tisha Venturini Hoch. Play begins following a 12 p.m. lunch at King’s Grant Golf and Country Club.

The tournament is a fundraiser for improvements of Jordan Soccer Complex.  Cost per player is $75. To register or for more information, visit www.fscforce.com or call 910-482-4313.

Hamm and the other players are hosting their “Team First” Soccer Camp May 20-21 at Jordan Soccer Complex. For more information: www.TeamFirstSoccerAcademy.com.

About Fayetteville Soccer Club (FSC): The Fayetteville Soccer Club (FSC) provides a variety of youth and adult soccer programs to the Cumberland County area.  FSC is affiliated with the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association, the United States Youth Soccer Association, and US Club Soccer.  The club is comprised of a recreation soccer program, an adult league program and three “travel team” divisions-Youth Academy, Challenge and Classic.  FSC is home to over 1,000 players.

About the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB): The FACVB 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.

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  

Positive Direction for Youth (PDY) Conference Selects Fayetteville for July 21-22 Event

Positive Direction for Youth (PDY) Conference Selects Fayetteville for July 21-22 Event

Conference features nationally-acclaimed entertainment, workshops and interactive events 

 FAYETTEVILLE, NC – The PDY Conference in Fayetteville opens Friday, July 21 with a GLOW Fun Run in downtown Fayetteville. The GLOW Fun Run is a fun 5K that focuses on entertainment and enjoyment, is not timed and is appropriate for all fitness levels.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m., the first wave of runners start at 7:00 p.m., and an after-party concert with  performances by Jor’Dan Armstrong and Christian rock band Rapture Ruckus starts at 8:30 p.m.  Everyone is invited to attend and support the empowerment of our youth.

Saturday is filled with workshops for ages 4 to adult. All workshops are geared toward youth empowerment and bridging the gap between youth and adults. A concert featuring Grammy Award Winner Tye Tribbett and Jor’Dan Armstrong close Saturday’s events.

“The destiny of our children is not to be left up to chance; it’s a matter of choice and we chose Fayetteville because of their collaborative efforts to help us with this life-changing event” says Bishop Mellette, event organizer.

Tickets are now available for each day or the entire weekend. For more information visit www.PdyNC.org or call 919-774-9462.

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About the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB): The FACVB 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 April 24, 2017 by Melody Foote  

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

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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 www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com  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 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  

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