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August 2016

Hometown News Serving Chatham, Lee And Moore Counties

Sound of School Bells

Ringing-Keeping TABS By Carolyn Copelin Foxx

For all of my life, I have called Lee County home. As one of your neighbors, I have observed that our greatest gift is our children. This is true everywhere. After thirty-eight years as an educator, it is a privilege to contribute to The Hometown Magazine. This gives us an opportunity to connect around issues related to student achievement. When I was a little girl my dad would always say, “Y’all keep tabs on each other while I’m gone”. Those words have always resonated with me because it was his way of encouraging us to take on the responsibility of keeping an eye on each other and making sure that everything was alright. We build on this legacy by the uplift of each other and the preparation of our children for the journey of life. In that spirit, this column is dedicated to the mission that we must galvanize our children and to do our part to ensure that they grow, prosper and lead productive lives. Our focus is on being proactive in highlighting our collective strength by parent, school and community involvement. This space will serve as one more place to Keep TABS. I hear the distant sound of school bells ringing; the first day can’t be far off now. Are WE ready!!!


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By Lula Knotts People Loving People Unity & Prayer Walk was a big success, the event attempted to bring together different races and neighborhood and break down some of the issues that divided the community. Pastors and city leaders lead to walk as they left the Depot Park in route to the Lee County Court House with over 300 people following as the Sanford Police Department block the roads as the walkers come thought the city. When arrived at the courthouse many speakers made remarks from Pastor to City officials. “The first three letter of UNITY are U N I” Pastor Rey Krenzler Latino Pastor of Centro Cristiano Jehova Jireh Church. see UNITY, page 9

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History Unfold Before Her Eyes By CCCC

SANFORD — For obvious reasons, historians rarely find themselves at the center of the events they examine. So you can only imagine the sense of gravity Bianka Stumpf felt as she studied at the European Union while the United Kingdom voted to secede. Britain’s referendum to exit the 28-nation European Union — or “Brexit” as it’s known in journalistic shorthand — took place just weeks ago, in late June, but is already one of the notable historical events of our time. The 52- to 48-percent vote to leave the union immediately shook world economic markets and threatened political relationships throughout Europe and across the pond. And Stumpf, a world history instructor at Central Carolina Community College, was there. Not merely in Brussels, home of the European Union, but studying at the economic and political organization created to foster cooperation throughout Europe. She was participating in a weeklong summer study tour designed to help American teachers and their students understand how the European Union operates and interacts with the United States and other nations around the globe. She literally saw history unfold before her eyes. During the day, Stumpf was one of a dozen teachers ushered through the European Parliament, Council and Commission, the partnership’s three main institutions. In the European Council chamber, she sat at the desk of Slovenia Prime Minister Miro Cerar, adjacent to the space used by former United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron, who resigned from office immedi-

ately after the fateful Brexit vote. The small group met with scholars, agency directors and diplomats, who provided perspectives on European policy and answered plenty of questions about what might unfold during the historic vote just across the English Channel. In the evenings she huddled with colleagues — teachers specializing in anthropology, language, political science and more — to figure out how they could share their new insight with students studying Europe and contemporary issues. Stumpf arrived in Belgium with a particular interest in the European refugee crisis and how member nations were struggling to absorb well over 1 million people fleeing persecution, war and poverty in nearby regions. Before the Brexit vote, most thought it would be close, but Britain would stay. That’s not what happened. “The day after, people were really shocked,” Stumpf recalls. “We went to Bruegel, a think tank that collaborates with the EU, and the people making our presentation couldn’t believe what happened. They knew right away their agenda had shifted dramatically.” Brexit wasn’t her only brush with recent history. During her week in Belgium, Stumpf retreated every evening to Martin’s Brussels EU Hotel. To get around town, she walked a few blocks down Boulevard Charlemagne and around the corner to catch a train at the Maelbeek metro station. The same station where the Islamic State launched a terrorist attack in March. Makeshift memorials, Stumpf said, were slowly fading, but still remained. And then there was her journey to Paris just before traveling on to Brussels. The history teacher

managed to arrive during Euro 2016, the European soccer championships that captivate much of the world, and found lodging near Place de la République — site of another terror attack, where about 130 people were killed last November. “In locations like these, you can just feel what it means for terror and anxiety to exist in places we all should be able to enjoy freely,” she says. “But people still open their business doors, and people still use the subway station. People persist.” Though she’s been home for several weeks now, Stumpf’s European study hasn’t quite ended. She’s eight pages deep into “Examining Four Cs of Europe’s Migrant Crisis: Causes, Conditions, Cure and Care,” an instructional module helping students understand European migration and its impact on global history. When she’s finished, the unit will find its way into World Civilizations II next spring at Central Carolina Community College and will be available to teachers worldwide through the University of Pittsburgh’s European Studies Center, which sponsored the study tour. Scott Byington, CCCC’s Dean of Arts, Sciences and Advising, is thrilled that Stumpf had a chance to experience history firsthand and explore nuances of European government and policy. Not only does that enhance her own perspective, but also it allows her to bring knowledge back for students. “This was truly an exceptional opportunity for Bianka,” he says. “I have no doubt she will find creative and engaging ways of sharing this experience with her students and broadening their worldview.” For more information on Central Carolina Community College, visit

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Upward Bound Math & Science Celebrates Achievements By CCCC

LILLINGTON — Over 60 students from high schools throughout Harnett County recently completed a journey that not only enriched their lives, but also helped place them at the threshold of a college education. Central Carolina Community College’s Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program held its recognition ceremony at Campbell University on Tuesday, Aug. 2, to celebrate the accomplishments of the young scholars who successfully completed the program of intensive math and science training, counseling and mentoring, and exposure to college life. The UBMS program, one of eight TRiO programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating students. The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math

and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science, and ultimately careers in the math and science profession. CCCC’s UBMS program was launched in 2012 with grant money from the U.S. Department of Education. Each year, the college receives $249,991 to operate the program. The college also operates three other TRiO programs — a Veterans Upward Bound program, serving veterans interested in returning to college; and two Student Support Services programs, which assist current CCCC students along their journey to college graduation and university transfer. This year’s UBMS program services spanned a range of secondary grade levels. Graduated high school seniors were able to take college-credit courses in math and English at Central Carolina Community College and travel for cultural enrichment to New York City. Rising

seniors were placed in six-week internships in their communities where they consulted with professional mentors in their various fields of interest such as business, education, engineering, and medicine. Rising juniors took part in a six-week program at both CCCC and overnight at Campbell University to prepare for the college experience. The students took courses in math, science, English, and foreign language in preparation for their academic work next year, participated in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) workshops with CCCC faculty, studied for the ACT and SAT college exams, prepared for the college application process, and toured numerous colleges. In his presentation, rising senior Trezivont Woods, of Harnett Central High School, shared with the audience a reflection on this internship experience: “My internship has been truly rewarding in all

Several Upward Bound Math and Science participants received awards for outstanding academic achievement and exceptional effort in Mathematics, Literature & Composition, Science, and Foreign Language. From left to right: Alexander McArthur of Overhills High School; Jennifer Vazquez Hernandez, Brenlyn Hudson, and Sharneace Stewart, all of Western Harnett High School; Doniel Flores of Overhills High School; Gabriela Cuellar of Harnett Central High School; and Natalie Sosa of Western Harnett High School.

areas. I observed and assisted in surgeries, for instance seeing what cancer looks like in dogs, removing ears that were too long, dental cleaning, to delivering baby kittens by way of cesarean birth and putting dogs down that were in critical condition.” He said that through his internship, he has “learned how to interact in a work setting and how to create lasting interpersonal relationships between co-workers.” When asked how his internship experience will impact his future plans, he noted, “This internship has only made me want to pursue medicine more. It has ensured my belief that a career in Biotechnology is what I am destined to have and to pursue.” Alyssa Cochran-Trull, a rising junior at Western Harnett High School, also spoke during the ceremony. “The TRiO program has helped me as student grow and gain a better meaning of what and where I am taking my life,” she said. “It makes us, as

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students, strive to become more, to push past boundaries that we thought we couldn’t achieve. I know, as a student, I have grown. I have a better understanding of where I am going to take my direction in life. UBMS has helped us as students and gives us an opportunity to get a head start to achieve our dreams and go to college.” Sixty-six students participated in the UBMS program this year and five new students were inducted during the ceremony. “This is a night to celebrate our students and all of their achievements this summer,” said Ashley Tittemore, Executive Director of College Access Programs at CCCC. “We are so proud of each of them for their commitment to this program and to their own futures.” For more information about the Upward Bound Math and Science program at CCCC, visit the website at ubms, email UBMS at ubms@, or call 919-718-7463.

Ten rising seniors in Upward Bound Math and Science received awards for completing a six-week summer internship. From left to right: Trezivont Woods of Harnett Central High School; Craig Smith of Triton High School; Leslly Rivera of Overhills High School; Samantha Medina of Harnett Central High School; and Katerina Marroquin, Kiara Jones, Kayla Johnson, and Chelsea Johnson, all of Overhills High School. Not pictured: Timothy Moore of Western Harnett High School and Skye Touchet of Overhills High School.

Alyssa Cochran-Trull, rising junior at Western Harnett High School, addresses the audience to share about her experience with Upward Bound Math and Science.

Trezivont Woods, rising senior at Harnett Central High School, spoke about his internship experience at Dunn Animal Hospital.

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God’s Always Had a Remnant Radio-Personality Celebrates 22nd Anniversary By Pastor “D”

Text: Romans 11:2-5 -When Elijah pleads with God, he was physically, mentally, and spiritually exhausted. Jezebel put out a hit on him and he ran into the wilderness and sat under a juniper tree and cried out to God saying; I’m the only one left nobody else is serving “You.” God said I have seven thousand who haven’t bowed their knees to false idols. You’re not the only one left.” Many times we may think we’re the only ones going through, but the same challenges we’re going through others are also! God always has a remnant of people. The word remnant comes from the root “to remain.” A remnant is those who remain faithful, Pastor “D” committed and obedient to God, in spite of the challenges or the laws that may detour from the “Word of God”. Life has its share of challenges, setbacks and unexpected turns, and many people become discouraged and give up, but hang in there and don’t give up. God always blesses His children who stay the course and rewards us double for our faithfulness. God Bless you!

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By Hometown News Sanford’s native, Amos Marks celebrated 22 years of service as an on-air radio personality at WXKL 1290 radio station. Affectionately known as “Amos J.” to his Radio family and friends, hosted his anniversary service at Star Hope Original FWB Church Saturday, August 6. This service has become an annual date for Sanford and the surrounding areas. The guest emcee was the CCCB, Walter Hatcher. There was music for the seasoned saint as well as the young. Special guests included the host church’s Male Chorus, Tempting Travelers, Claiborne Baker & the New Gospel Winds, The Dowdy Boys, Sons of Destiny, JR & Friends, Promise and Chris& Brand New. The service concluded with remarks from the honoree, Amos J. as he thanked everyone for their love and support.

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Celebrates Legacy, Part II By Linda Horton Meme

“To God Be The Glory”, there is so much to be thankful for in this day and time and the memories of those who struggled the hardest and the longest for the freedom we have now and need to work to preserve every day.” My deepest thanks to my pastor Rev. Kenneth Brooks,

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What a great way to spend an afternoon. Artist Chris Dalton teaches the ladies how to sculpt foam into fish, hearts and even a cupcake. Old bits of foam become a work of art that will be painted and jeweled with beads and sequins. The finished art piece will be a treasure for the new crafter or a gift for that special someone.

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Circle M City Cowboy Gospel

Currently, have a non-denominational Cowboy Gospel Hour service every Thursday night at 7 p.m. with live music and a different weekly speaker. Welcome Dr. Daniel Rajan and Dr Pauline Rajan from United Kingdom. Dr. Daniel Rajan IA Trauma & Orthopedic surgeon, married Dr Pauline Rajan breast radiologist and they have 4 children. Both work as medical doctors in the United Kingdom. In our own time and at our own expense we have been taking our medical expertise to less developed parts of the world. Alongside the medical work we do also plug into the local church in the country we visit. Dr. Daniel Rajan has been doing teachings on Marriage, Family, worship and prayer. Both have a special calling to teach on prayer and we facilitate/conduct half & full night prayers in various countries in the west and eastern parts of this world! Dr. Daniel Rajan is an ordained pastor. Dr Pauline Rajan travel extensively in regard to attending our respective medical conferences and also to do mission work in countries from Bolivia to Cambodia.

The Fancy Hat Tea, Fellowship & Relaxation By Deborah Cunningham

Women of Sanford gathered Saturday, August 13, at the Enrichment Center to relax and enjoy an afternoon of fun, hosted by Mrs. Deborah Cunningham, owner of 1st Impressions Florist and Cunningham & Sons Mortuary of Sanford. I wanted to recreate the eloquence I found

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in the social gathering called a “tea� that often followed Sunday services at church as I was growing up. The ladies in attendance were quite eloquent in their fancy hats and enjoyed an afternoon of fellowship and relaxation. I plan to make this an annual community event.

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Goobye Photo ID! Welcome Back Same-Day Registration, Out-Of-Precinct Voting, & Pre-Registration On July 29, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit struck down photo ID requirements and other elections procedures enacted under S.L. 2013-381 and amended by S.L. 2015-103. The following are no longer enforceable:

• Photo ID requirement contained in Part 2 of Session Law 2013-381, as amended by Session Law 2015-103; • Removal of pre-registration contained in Part 12 of Session Law 2013-381; • Elimination of same-day registration contained in Part 16 of Session Law 2013-381; • Changes to early voting contained in Part 25 of Session Law 2013-381; and • Elimination of out-of-precinct voting contained in Part 49 of Session Law 2013-381.

It’s Easy To Vote In Lee County

If you consider yourself a good American, you probably feel that it is your obligation to vote in every election. If you care about your community, you will make it a habit to vote in local elections for your city council members, your county commissioners and your school board. You must be registered by Friday, October 14, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. in order to vote in the upcoming presidential election. If you have never registered to vote or are not registered to vote in Lee County, it is easy to stop by the Lee County Democratic Party Headquarters at 711 Carthage Street, Board of Elections office at 225 S. Steele Street or Lee County Republican Party Headquarters at 101 S. Steele Street and fill out a simple form. To vote in North Carolina, you must be a citizen of the United States, 18 years of age, have lived 30 days in the place

where you plan to vote. If you have been in prison, you are eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence (including parole) and are restored to citizenship status. Election day for the upcoming presidential is Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Your polling place on election day will depend on where you live. You can verify where you go to vote by calling the Board of Elections at 919-718-4646, the Lee County Democratic Headquarters at 919-718-4914 or the Lee County Republican Party at 101 S. Steele Street. You can avoid lines and long waiting times by voting during early voting at either the Board of Elections or the McSwain Agricultural Center, 22410 Tramway. Early voting starts on Monday, October 31st: Monday, 10/31 – Friday 11/5 from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 11/6 from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Absentee voting begins September 9, 2016. Any registered North Carolina voter may request an absentee ballot by mail. No special circumstance or excuse is needed to vote absentee. To request an absentee ballot, please complete the state absentee ballot request form. The form is available on the State Board of Elections website at A civilian absentee voter must return his or her voted ballot in the container-return envelope provided to the board of elections in enough time for the ballot to be received by 5:00 p.m. on Election Day. If mailed, the ballot is timely as long as the container-return envelope is postmarked by Election Day and received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the third day following the election. If balloting materials are returned in person, only the voter or a near relative may deliver the ballot. Civilian absentee ballots may not be returned by fax or email. Military and overseas citizens have until 7:30 p.m. EST on Election Day to return their voted ballots.

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Hometown News Magazine Pittsboro Church of God Wing Dedication By Paulette Hadley

On Sunday, June 26, 2016, members of the Pittsboro Church of God dedicated its education wing to their former long-time pastor, Reverend Dr. Peter Bell, Jr. This dedication was in recognition of Dr. Bell’s service to the church for more than 47 years. During Dr. Bell’s time at the church, much progress was made and many souls were saved. Some of the accomplishments realized under Dr. Bell’s administration were the construction of a fellowship hall, purchase of three organs for use by the choirs, purchase of a baby grand piano, and the construction of the education wing which now bears his name. Dr. Bell was always dedicated to the task assigned to him as a pastor. He could be counted on to do whatever was needed by not only his members but by anyone he came in contact with.

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Lee County High School Welcomes New Principal By Hometown News

Mr. Steven Ross was appointed as the new principal of Lee County High School. Mr. Rosser, a Moore County native, earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from North Carolina Central University and a Master of School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He completed postgraduate studies at North Carolina Central University and Fayetteville State University. He brings six year of combined experience as a high school assistant principal from Middle Creek High School in Apex, N.C. and Union Pines High School in Cameron, N.C.; 6 years, years as an athletic director; and sixteen years of experience as a teacher. Mr. Ross and his wife Tonya have three daughters. Kimberly, Stephanie who will be on their way to college soon and Danielle who is still in high school. He and his family are members of White Oak Missionary Baptist Church Apex, NC where he is also a Deacon. Mr. Ross stated that his main goals as serving as principal is to continue to promote a safe, positive learning environment for all students and staff, as we continue to build on the academic foundation with the focus being on student achievement. Mr. Ross note this will be a team effort. photo by Terry McMillian

Kiwanis Meeting Visitor Historical Days witnessed

by a Marvelous Educator By Linda Horton (Meme)

Nathan Emerson was a curious visitor at a recent Kiwanis meeting, and stopped and posed with the visiting speaker. Nathan asked, “Why do people hate?� to the speaker, Shelly Bleiwesiss. Greed, evil, power was a few words in his answer. Bleiweiss is a child of Holocaust survivors, and speaks about their journey. He is passionate about sharing the experience of his family and educating youth on the Holocaust so that history will not repeat itself. Nathan is the son of Jamie Emerson and grandson to Kiwanis member, James Emerson and wife, Regina Emerson

Wed. July 27, 2016 marked 102 years of age for Mrs. Meta Goldston Thompson. She was honored on that day by Hospice Community and Lee County Enrichment Center Staff and attendants with a beautiful Birthday cake and plenty of congratulatory conversation. Then to her surprise her niece (with whom she resides) Mrs. Vivian Goldston Graham and family, gave her a luncheon at Mrs. Lacys Tea Room on Friday July 29, 2016. She was surrounded by many family members, and friends. She was very graceful and appreciative to all activities provided for her in honor of her birthday; she strained her soft spoken voice to say Thank You, Thank You so much!

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