Eleven submit their names for Waddell’s City Council seat

        Eleven people have submitted their names for consideration to replace Tisha Waddell as the District 3 representative on the Fayetteville City Council. The City Council is scheduled to meet Monday at 5 p.m. to select Waddell’s replacement. In a Nov. 9 resignation letter, Waddell alleged unethical conduct by the mayor and other members of the City Council. Waddell’s replacement will be sworn in Dec. 13 and would serve until April 2022. The following submitted their names for the District 3 seat: Mike Dobs, John Zimmerman, Antonio Jones, Kurin Keys, Kathi Harrington-Gibson, Raymond Makar, Jesse Brunson, Meleisa Lane, Guillermo Ayerbe, Cynthia Swindon Leeks and Mario Benavente.

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         Sabrina Brooks has been promoted to vice president of the Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation by CFVH Chief Executive Officer Mike Nagowski, and Brooks will not have to work too hard at adjusting to her new role. “Completing the building campaign and continuing to build support for the Medical Residency program are a couple of top priorities,” Brooks says. “As CFVH grows, so does the need for philanthropic support system wide. I will be working closely with all the communities we serve, especially in Bladen, Harnett and Hoke counties, to expand the philanthropic support for exceptional local healthcare, and help to meet the needs for expanded services in those communities. I especially look forward to working with the boards of the Bladen County Hospital Foundation and the Harnett Health Foundation to increase the impact charitable donations can have on local healthcare.” Brooks has been working with Cape Fear Valley Health since 2010 and serving as the foundation executive director since 2013. When it comes to the foundation and other philanthropic efforts for the health system, there’s none better than Brooks, and those who have come to know her fundraising efforts at the health system will tell you so.

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         Don’t forget that today and Wednesday are the final days of Giving Tuesday, as per the Cumberland Community Foundation. You can offer support to 67 local nonprofits, and your gift will be matched up to $400,000 by the Cumberland Community Foundation, the Manning family and the Fayetteville New Car Dealers Association. Visit the Giving Tuesday online catalog (www.cumberlandcf.org/giving-tuesday) to donate. Otherwise, checks can be made payable to the Cumberland Community Foundation with “Giving Tuesday” and the name of the organization you would like to donate to included either in the memo line or on an accompanying letter or note. Checks should be mailed to P.O. Box 2345, Fayetteville, N.C 28302 or dropped off in person at 308 Green St., Fayetteville, N.C. 28301. Checks must be received at the CCF offices by 5 p.m. Wednesday to be eligible for matching gift amplification. For more information, email cameron@cumberlandCF.org or call 910-483-4449, ext.107 with any questions about the Giving Tuesday campaign.

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        “Keep your family safe for the holidays and get vaccinated today,” Dr. Jennifer Green, director for Cumberland County Public Health, says in a news release, and do a little Christmas shopping, too. “First dose recipients can get $100 in prepaid cards for their holiday shopping. Our hope is that this will encourage our community to come out and get vaccinated.” Individuals who need transportation to and from the vaccination sites can call 910-678-7619 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for assistance or 910-483-6869, ext. 1017 to arrange a ride through HealthNet.

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        “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is scheduled to kick off its 30th anniversary production on Dec. 4 at the newly renovated Cape Fear Regional Theatre. It is based on the book by Barbara Robinson, directed by Mark De La Concha and features four casts of young folks. Theater folks say, “If you are looking for a chance to spend an hour of quality time with your family, take them to see The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” Tickets are $16 for adults and $11 for children under age 18. Pageant performances run through Dec. 19. Call the theater at 910-323-4234 for tickets.

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        “This drone will provide an additional way to support our community as well as our first responders before, during and after disasters,” Cumberland County Emergency Management Coordinator Garry Crumpler said in a news release about receiving a $5,000 Community Service Grant from CSX Transportation. The drone will help the county assess damage to infrastructure and homes in the wake of disasters, according to the release, and will assist first responders with search and rescue operations. The drone has a thermal imaging camera, high visibility strobe light and a loudspeaker for communicating instructions to victims or responders. “Our goal is to find new and innovative ways to respond to emergencies and improve the safety of our citizens,” Crumpler said.

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        Congratulations to Alfred M. Davenport and Alton Earl Smith Jr. on their inductions into the Cumberland County Agricultural Hall of Fame in a ceremony held Nov. 19 at the Judge E. Maurice Braswell Courthouse. Smith, a longtime Gray’s Creek farmer, is the 2021 inductee, while Davenport, a retired Cooperative Extension agent, is the 2020 inductee. Davenport helped establish the Cumberland County Farmers Market on Gillespie Street in downtown Fayetteville. Davenport’s induction was delayed in 2020 because of the COVID-19 health pandemic. The event was sponsored by the Cumberland County Cooperative Extension and the Kiwanis Club of Fayetteville.