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County to screen documentary on veterans’ struggles


In a 14-minute meeting Monday, the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners speedily approved its consent agenda and heard from Assistant County Manager Sally Shutt on a documentary that the county will present later this week.

The documentary, titled “The Veteran’s Battlefield,” will shed a light on the struggles veterans face in North Carolina and how counties throughout the state hope to help, Shutt said. The 67-minute film was produced by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, she said.

Cumberland County will present the documentary on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Crown Ballroom, Shutt said. The county will also host a resource information fair for veterans at 5 p.m., with a panel discussion to follow the screening.

Shutt told CityView that at least 11 organizations are set to attend the fair, including the county’s Veterans’ Services Office, Veterans Court, Fayetteville Technical Community College’s Transition Tech program and Veterans Services of the Carolinas.

“We hope that you’ll come out,” Shutt said.

The board also welcomed the county’s new communications director, Diane Rice, who began her role last week. Rice previously served as the communications and public engagement officer for the city of Roanoke in Texas. 

“We are happy to have her aboard here in Cumberland County,” said Brian Haney, an assistant county manager and the previous communications director. “It’s been a long process, and we are very excited to welcome her.” 

Rice said she was happy to join the team and get started.

“It’s really lovely to be here,” she said. “I’m learning a lot, so thank you for your patience with me.” 

Commissioners Jeannette Council, Jimmy Keefe and Veronica Jones were not present at Monday’s meeting. The board will next meet for an agenda session on Thursday at 1 p.m. 

Reporter Lexi Solomon can be reached at lsolomon@cityviewnc.com or 910-423-6500.

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