Up & Coming Weekly

June 11, 2019

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8 UCW JUNE 12-18, 2019 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM North Carolinians participate in both major multi-state lotteries, Powerball and Mega-Millions. Charles W. Jackson Jr. of Hope Mills won the June 1 Powerball jackpot of $344,600 million. Powerball was established when then-Governor Mike Easley signed the North Carolina State Lot- tery Act. North Carolina has one of the nation's youngest lottery systems, enacted in 2005. e act created a nine-member lottery commission, which oversees all aspects of the education lottery. e law outlines how each dollar produced by the lottery is spent. Fifty percent goes as winnings to players. Seven percent goes to retailers as com- mission. All lottery net proceeds go directly to ben- efit public education, with the current figure sitting at more than $5.5 billion since its inception. By law, lottery funds go to pay for school con- struction, need-based college financial aid, trans- portation, salaries for non-instructional support staff, and pre-kindergarten for at-risk 4-year-olds. e lottery has continued to generate controversy among North Carolina constituents upset with teacher layoffs who believe the lottery should have made up the difference. Voter photo ID election requirement public seminar Beginning in 2020, North Carolina voters will be required to provide photo identification when they vote. is includes both in-person and by-mail voting, with some exceptions. In November 2018, North Carolina voters approved an amendment to the North Carolina Constitution, requiring voters to present photo ID at the polls. State law requires each county board of elections to hold at least two voter ID seminars before Sept. 1, 2019. e Cumberland County Board of Elections will hold its seminars about photo identification requirements Tuesday, June 18, at 2 p.m., at the North Regional Branch Library, 855 McArthur Rd. in Fayetteville and at 6 p.m. at the Crown Coli- seum, 1960 Coliseum Dr., Fayetteville. e seminars are free and open to the public. At- tendees also will receive information about voting options, including absentee-by-mail, early voting and Election Day voting. Information about provi- sional voting, the availability of free North Carolina voter ID cards and residency requirements for vot- ing also will be provided. For more information, contact the Cumberland County Board of Elections at 910-678-7733 or visit boardofelections@co.cumberland.nc.us. Cumberland County human trafficking court A local jurist has been selected to preside over a new human trafficking court being established in Cumberland County this month. District Court Judge Toni S. King has been chosen to spearhead the first-of-its-kind human trafficking court in North Carolina. It will seek to offer treatment to victims as well as defendants and to help achieve a common understanding of human trafficking. "e depth and breadth of the problem in Cumberland County and across North Carolina will be exposed," King said in a news release. Dr. Sharon Cooper will conduct training for court personnel and justice system stakeholders June 28 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Cumberland County Department of Social Services, 1225 Ramsey St., Fayetteville. Cooper is a nationally renowned forensic pediatrician who is an ex- pert on sexual trauma. She lives and practices in Cumberland County. is all-day opportunity consists of four sessions: 1) the vulnerabilities of victims of sex trafficking; 2) the impact of trauma; 3) the offender dynamics; and 4) internet victimization and homicide. Murchison Road farmers market open again for the season e Murchison Road Community Farmers Market is now open in Bronco Square across from Fayetteville State University. It will be open Wednes- days from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Oct. 23. is neighborhood farmers market, financially supported by the Fayetteville State University Chancellor's Office and the city of Fayetteville, was started as an initiative by four FSU students. ey received permission to apply for grants and fund- ing to start a farmers market when neighborhood grocery stores closed. When the stores closed, the Murchison Road community became a food desert since the nearest full-service grocery store is a mile-and-a-half away. FTCC designated Top Military Spouse Friendly School Fayetteville Technical Community College has earned the 2019–2020 Top Military Spouse Friendly School designation. e Military Spouse Friendly Schools list is considered a reliable re- source for military spouses and sets a standard for higher education institutions to provide the best post-secondary education experiences for spouses of service members. "Schools that are selected for the list are at the forefront of supporting the goals of military spouses," said Brian Hucik, national program manager for Military Friendly. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution's survey scores with the assessment of the institution's ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans. FTCC was established in 1961 and serves over 35,000 students annually by providing more than 280 occupational, technical, general education, college transfer and continuing education pro- grams to meet students' needs and desires as well as those of the community. More information about the designation can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com. Local wins lottery by JEFF THOMPSON NEWS DIGEST JEFF THOMPSON, Reporter. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200. Photo credit: DVIDS

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