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Business Notebook for May 15, 2022

A roundup of business news in Fayetteville and Cumberland County


Holmes Security Systems moves from Hay to Ray

Holmes Security Systems announced Friday that it has moved from its Hay Street location to its new home at 407 Ray Ave. An open house ribbon-cutting is planned for later this summer.

The residential and commercial security system company had been on Hay Street for 114 years, a release said. The new location is a half-mile away.

“While the physical location in Fayetteville has changed, the same world-class service you have come to know has not,’’ the release said. “Our new facility will allow us to continue bringing you the latest technology in residential and commercial security, life safety and smart home integration.’’

Two recognized for support of Cumberland County Schools

Cumberland County Schools recently recognized two people for their longtime support of the district and its students.

Derrell Handberry Sr., the assistant foreman of general services in CCS Operations, received the May 2022 Extra Mile Award. Johnny Wilson, executive director of Fayetteville Urban Ministry, received the May 2022 Committed Community Support Award.

The Extra Mile Award acknowledges employees who demonstrate a sustained high level of performance and inspire others to do their best, the school system said in a release. Handberry was nominated by the district’s social work coordinator, Pamela Story.

“He does far more than his primary role,’’ Story said. “He assists in whatever way he can, sets the example of collaboration, always demonstrates politeness with a smile, and, this year, served as a role model and mentor to second- and third-graders at C. Wayne Collier.” 

Handberry has supported the Cumberland County Register of Deeds’ annual school supply drive for more than 10 years and has served on the school system’s Reading Rocks Walk-a-thon Committee.

Wilson was nominated by Elisa Luna, the CCS English as a Second Language liaison. The Committed Community Support Award is presented monthly to an individual or group “for selflessly supporting the school system and helping students succeed.’’

“Johnny Wilson and his staff are always very generous, kind, supportive and helpful with our district families,” Luna said. “They have helped to get them housing, food, clothes and learning opportunities. Their service has resulted in parents being able to find jobs, provide for their families and overall have a better quality of life, helping our students to be successful in school.“


Artists in Schools initiative gets boost with United Way grant

The Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County recently announced that it will be expanding its Artists in Schools initiative with the help of a grant from United Way of Cumberland County.

The Arts Council received $10,000 through the Youth Growth Stock Trust to expand access to the Artists in Schools program for public and private schools in Cumberland County and Fort Bragg in the 2022-23 academic year, a release said. The money will help subsidize teaching artist fees, the release said.

“Arts education remains vital to the development of students because it provides them with the forethought to be entrepreneurial and encourages them to see opportunities in a new way by exploring the world through creative experiences,” Robert C. Pinson, interim president and CEO of the Arts Council, said in the release. “Following the legacy of Robert H. Short, the Youth Growth Stock Trust has established an impressive record of supporting important educational programs in Cumberland County since 1992. This grant allows the Arts Council to engage with more students through the AIS initiative than ever before.”

The Artists in Schools initiative has operated in partnership with Cumberland County Schools for more than two decades. Over the last decade, it has benefited more than 20,000 students each year and, in total, has reached nearly a quarter-million students in Cumberland County, the release said.

The initiative connects schools with professional teaching artists who design lessons that supplement educational goals and standards in core subject matter areas through the arts.

Fayetteville airport receives grant for summer academy

Fayetteville Regional Airport was one of five airports recently awarded $3,000 grants to help with hosting aviation and aerospace-themed summer academies for middle and high school students, the state Department of Transportation recently announced.

The awards came through the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation.

The 2022 Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy Grant Program aims to inspire and expose young people to career possibilities in the aerospace field.

Other airports to receive ACE Academy grants were: Kinston Regional Jetport in Lenoir County; Smith Reynolds Airport in Forsyth County; Washington Warren Airport in Beaufort County, which will offer two camps, with one focused on traditional aviation and another on drones; and Wilmington International Airport in New Hanover County

Academy topics include aviation history, career discovery and planning, and unmanned aircraft systems. Academies feature various activities, such as hands-on drone and airplane flight simulations and trips to aerospace fields.

The academies explore high-demand aviation and aerospace careers, such as manned and unmanned aircraft pilots, aircraft technicians, air traffic controllers and engineers. Academies also explore how students can gain education and credentials through North Carolina’s community college and university programs to pursue those professions, a release said.

Parents and students interested in participating in this year’s ACE Academies can learn more by visiting the NCDOT website and searching ACE Academies.

Mediterranean cooking workshop set for May 25

The Cumberland County Cooperative Extension Better Living Series workshop “Mediterranean Cooking…A Healthy Eating Option” is scheduled for May 25 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

The in-person workshop will be at the Cooperative Extension auditorium at 301 E. Mountain Drive. Attendees will watch a cooking demonstration and leave with recipes.

Registration and the $12 fee are due by May 20. Class size is limited. Register at the Eventbrite link:


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