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Douglas Byrd’s 1972 football squad celebrates 50th anniversary of premiere season

They were pulled together from two dramatically different schools, a relatively small neighborhood group that was closing its doors and a mega-school with a rich athletic history that was having a hunk of its student-athletes moved into an unknown situation. That was the circumstance that led to the birth of Douglas Byrd High School back in 1972 when the boys from Massey Hill and Seventy-First united to make history. 

Crime Scene Library program returns Oct. 28

The Cumberland County Public Library will present Crime Scene Library 2023 on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane, …

School district receives technology innovation award

Cumberland County Schools has been named a “District of Distinction” by zSpace — a company that creates virtual and augmented reality-based educational programs and technology — for its achievements in integrating AR/VR technology into high school and middle school classrooms across the district. 

Fayetteville Technical Community College will host a lecture about the history, folklore and archaeology of the Lost Colony at 1 p.m. Thursday in the multipurpose room of the Tony Rand Student Center. 

From 2017 to 2023, statewide law enforcement and school staff filed school-based complaints of disorderly conduct against Black students at four times the rate of their white counterparts, according to a new report by the ACLU of North Carolina. 

Pine Forest women’s golf standout balances volleyball, classroom achievements

Pine Forest women’s golf coach David May said he was talking to a cohort recently when the subject of Trojan senior golfer Jordan Blanton came up. “Jordan is playing with a different mantra,” May said. “She’s calm and collected. Her whole game is changing.” After a string of scores in the 80s, Blanton peaked earlier this week in the All American Conference tournament at Chicora Golf Club in Dunn, turning in a personal best of 77.

Cliffdale Regional Library to host second annual trunk-or-treat on Halloween

In 2022, Cliffdale Regional Library hosted its first trunk-or-treat. Feedback was positive, and families really appreciated having a safe place with free activities to bring their kids.

Record rushing performance, 93 golf round earn Cumberland athletes honors

A South View football standout and a Cape Fear golfer are the Athletes of the Week in Cumberland County Schools.

Cumberland schools well represented on East’s All-Star football squad

There will be a strong Cumberland County presence at the first East-West All-Star football game played in December this year. Two Fayetteville coaches are on the East staff for the game. Pine Forest’s Bill Sochovka will be head coach for the East while Terry Sanford assistant coach Jeff Morehead will be an assistant. Players from Cumberland County chosen for the game include kicker Juan Hernandez of Pine Forest, wide receiver Rico McDonald and linebacker Landon Sargent of Cape Fear, and defensive back Kamal Thames of Terry Sanford.

During National School Bus Safety Week, we go along for a ride

She’s one of about 450 drivers who take the wheel of a school bus every school morning and afternoon around Cumberland County, and on this particular afternoon, Sharron Barnhill has visitors.

Connelly’s ‘CommUNITY Chats’ aim to get discussions started 

Cumberland County Schools Superintendent Marvin Connelly Jr. is meeting with parents, families and other stakeholders through a series of Monday evening “chats” designed to engage with students' families and provide updates on the implementation of the system's strategic plan. 

The Cumberland County Board of Education approved revisions to school policies, abiding by the ‘Parents’ Bill of Rights’ — the controversial new state law regarding K-12 …

The Cumberland County Board of Education will meet Tuesday and consider changes to some of its policies to comply with the recently passed N.C. Parents’ Bill of Rights, approve the purchase of vehicles, present awards to a custodian and a parent, and more.

Fayetteville Technical Community College has been awarded $500,000 by the Golden LEAF Foundation toward construction of a driving pad at a planned regional supply chain transport complex in western Cumberland County, according to a news release. 

Schoolchildren are invited to enter the Cumberland County Board of Elections’ inaugural “I Voted” sticker design contest, with the winning design to be used in the 2024 general election, according to a news release. The contest is open to students in Cumberland County in grades six through 12 enrolled in public, private and charter schools as well as home-schooled students.

Turf-marking machine takes work out of preparing athletic fields for games

David Culbreth is always on the lookout for technological advances that will save school coaches time from certain aspects of their work so they can devote more of it to their students and families. His latest discovery is the Turf Tank Two, which tackles the arduous task of lining athletic fields for play and turns it into a job for one person and one machine.

Cape Fear tennis, Pine Forest football standouts recognized for achievements

These students are the Athletes of the Week in Cumberland County based on their standout performance in tennis and football.

General Assembly completes dismantling of High School Athletics Association

The North Carolina General Assembly has penned a 21st-century version of the Hans Christian Andersen classic “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” State Senate Bill 452 has completed the stripping of power from the N.C. High School Athletic Association that began four years ago as a personal crusade by Sen. Tom McInnis, a Republican who represents Cumberland and Moore counties, and his two top helpers, Sens. Todd Johnson, R-Union, and Vickie Sawyer, R-Mecklenberg, as well as the rest of the Republican majority in the state House and Senate.

A former state legislator and owner of a Fayetteville automotive dealership has donated $1 million to support the planned school of medicine at Methodist University, the university announced Thursday.

As Tropical Storm Ophelia showered the North Carolina Piedmont with a windy drizzle Saturday, dozens of people at High Point University gathered inside the Congdon Hall auditorium for an unusual ceremony. After several years of planning, campus leaders and guests were ready to break ground for the Workman School of Dental Medicine. The weather wasn’t cooperating, so they headed indoors, where 10 gleaming shovels on a table awaited them near a shallow dirt-filled pit on the patterned carpet.

Enrollment jumped significantly among several populations as Fayetteville State University welcomed its largest, most diverse first-year class in nearly 20 years for the fall 2023 semester. FSU also scored its highest student retention rate in recent years to nearly 78%, which is am increase of 14% in just two years. The retention rate was 63.3% in 2020, according to an FSU news release.

Even a superhero needs a sidekick to help save the day once in a while, which is why peer tutoring is a perfect resource for Methodist University students. That is the general idea of the university’s newly branded tutoring and consulting initiative called Power of Peers, which provides students with academic support from a fellow, qualified student either on campus at the Writing and Tutoring Center at Davis Memorial Library or online. 

Gov. Roy Cooper visited Fayetteville Technical Community College on Thursday to learn about its clean energy-focused program and to highlight its innovative military workforce training programs.

Village Christian cross country coach encourages personal best, teamwork

When you’re in the second year of building a cross country team like Danyl’ Bush is at Village Christian Academy, it helps to have an athletic-minded principal. Few are more supportive of high school sports that new Village principal Bob Barnes.

Cumberland schools keeping tabs on COVID-19 as cases rise countywide

With cases of Covid-19 on the rise in Cumberland County, Cumberland County School officials continue to take precautions to limit the virus’ spread among students. Cape Fear Valley Health reported 108 COVID-related visits to its children’s emergency department between Aug. 27 and Sept. 16. Before August, the reported cases were “none to two per day.” 

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