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Commissioners reveal 2024 budget information as regular meetings resume

After a break from meetings in the month of July, the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners on Monday discussed the 2024 fiscal year budget, made some appointments, and presented a national achievement award.

FTCC, Robeson Community College sign regional partnership agreement

Fayetteville Technical Community College has signed a strategic regional partnership agreement with Robeson Community College that will provide RCC students with the opportunity to train in dental hygiene, dental assisting and funeral service programs at FTCC. 

A son could not offer a higher compliment to a father. On a bright sunny day, Brian Pearce would give his late father the ultimate praise. “I wanted to be like dad,” he would say on July 23 in the First Presbyterian Church sanctuary, where family, friends and retired educators came to celebrate the life of Benny M. Pearce and to remember his 34 years as a Cumberland County Schools assistant superintendent, principal and teacher.

FTCC adds hybrid-electric automotives class

Fayetteville Technical Community College students can access the latest technology as the  automotive systems technology program gets plugged in to electric vehicle maintenance and repair. 

Former colleagues of the late Benny Pearce remember him as a man who was patient, worked well with others and wasn’t the type to criticize. Pearce, who served 34 years in a variety of roles with Cumberland County Schools, died earlier this week at the age of 83.

Each year, Methodist University's Friends of Music Guest Artist Series provides live classical and contemporary musical demonstrations and recitals for up to 500 young people and adults in Cumberland County. This season's guests include a  local guitarist,  a pianist and musical theater composer, and  a jazz bassist, according to a release.

All together now: Immigrant stories in Cumberland County

Did you know that by the 1770s, one-third of the people in Cumberland, Moore, Robeson, Harnett and Hoke counties were of Scottish descent? In fact, by 2006, North Carolina had more people of Scottish descent than any other state or county in the world, including Scotland.

Fayetteville City Council member Mario Benavente has been selected to participate in the Hunt Institute’s 2023 cohort of the State Policy Fellows program, according to a news release.

The Cumberland County Department of Public Health is reminding parents and guardians about the importance of getting their children up-to-date immunizations for the upcoming school year.

Dead periods have been a part of the summer break in the N.C. High School Athletic Association for at least 10 years, according to organization officials. The idea was to give both coaches and athletes a pause during their summer workout season while still allowing coaches to work with their own players in the offseason.

Cape Fear Botanical Garden has received a Youth Growth Stock Trust Grant from United Way of Cumberland County to support intergenerational learning, exploration, creativity and an appreciation for nature, according to a news release. 

Historically, Cumberland County schools are named for former superintendents who are remembered for their distinguished education careers. No school will be named for Bill Harrison, the superintendent from 1997 to 2009, and Harrison will tell you that’s perfectly fine with him.

Fayetteville State University’s Olympic-size swimming pool reopened to the campus community in January after a nearly three-year hiatus and almost $750,000 in restorations.

Writers’ group is back at the library

Dear writers: Your passion does not have to be a lonely ordeal. You can hang out with other creative people in one of the longest-running writers groups in the area: the Cumberland County Public Library’s Write On, Right Now (WORN): The Sequel.

Marvin Connelly Jr., superintendent of Cumberland County Schools, has received the Sandhills Regional Education Consortium's Superintendent of the Year award, according to a news release.

Finalists for principals and assistant principals of the year were announced Tuesday during Cumberland County Schools’ Summer Leadership Conference. Awards will be given in elementary, middle and high school categories.

Methodist University has named an area of campus that includes the Physician Assistant Academic Building and Medical Lecture Hall for longtime benefactor Frank P. Stout, according to a news release. 

Don't stop; keep learning over the summer

School may be out, but your child can keep on top of learning without being in the classroom. Cumberland County Public Library’s website has several digital resources to help you keep your little one’s brain active and entertained all summer without the hassle of homework.

Eight schools in the Cumberland County district will have new principals in the fall. The Board of Education has approved the following assignments: Timberly Jones is the new principal …

Members of the Class of 2023 of Cumberland Academy Virtual School leave a record of exceptional achievement as they transition from high school to the next part of life’s journey.

Reid Ross Classical High School Principal Tyson Johnson praised his students’ perseverance in difficult times during the 2023 commencement on Wednesday. Wednesday was the fourth and final day of the district’s graduation marathon.

Nearly 1,000 high school students in five Cumberland County high schools, including Jack Britt, received their diplomas Wednesday as graduation week wrapped up. Wednesday was the fourth and …

Steven Barbour agrees that there’s a lingering stigma among some in the education profession that coaches don’t make the best teachers. While he may agree with that notion, he and coaches like him are doing everything they can to erase it from everyone’s memory.

Graduates at Terry Sanford High School were encouraged “to disobey” as they pursue their dreams. Nearly 1,000 high school students in five Cumberland County high schools, including Terry Sanford, received their diplomas Wednesday as graduation week wrapped up.

Nearly 1,000 high school students in five Cumberland County high schools received their diplomas Wednesday as graduation week wrapped up. Wednesday was the fourth and final day of the district’s graduation marathon.

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