Up & Coming Weekly

March 03, 2020

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM MARCH 4 -10, 2020 UCW 31 Rock Without The Hard Edge for Fayetteville. And Local News updates throughout the day. e U.S. Census Bureau still needs hundreds of workers in Cumberland County for temporary jobs in advance of the 2020 Census. e pay rate is $17 an hour. Census takers also receive reimbursement for work- related mileage and expenses. To be eligible for a 2020 Census job, applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number and pass a background check. Apply at 2020census.gov for a range of positions, including recruiting assistants, office operations supervisors, clerks, census field supervisors and census takers. Hiring for Temporary Jobs Registration for the 34th Annual Mid-Carolina Senior Games is underway. Talented athletes and artists age 50 and above are invited to participate in the games for fun, fellowship and fitness. To register, contact Local Coordinator Tracy Honeycutt at 910-321-4191, extension 27 or email thoneycutt@mccog.org. March 18 is the deadline to register. You may also register in person at the Mid-Carolina Area Agency on Aging, located on the 3rd floor of the Historic Courthouse, 130 Gillespie St., Fayetteville. Athletic contests include basketball, softball toss, badminton, table tennis, bowling, bocce, discus, shuffleboard and many more. Non-athletic silver arts events include painting, drawing, photography, sewing, needlework, woodwork, essay writing and poetry. Volunteers are also needed to set up facilities, keep score and provide medical services. Athletes, Artists Wanted for Senior Games County Fair Receives Ag Commissioner's Award e Cumberland County Fair was awarded the "Got to Be NC" Agriculture Commissioner Award for its agricultural exhibit displayed during the 2019 Fair held Aug. 30 to Sept. 8 at the Crown Complex. e award was presented at the North Carolina Association of Agricultural Fairs annual convention held Jan. 2 – 4 in Cary, N.C. e Board of Commissioners honored Cumberland County Cooperative Extension at their regular meeting Feb. 17. Cooperative Extension created a 900-square foot dairy exhibit featured a milking booth, a live cow, grain bin, early 20th century farm equipment, locally grown sorghum and pumpkins and fruits and vegetables brought in as fair entries. Cumberland County Solid Waste hauled in 15 tons of mulch to create soil for the display. Youth from the Cumberland County 4-H used garden tools to spread the mulch and make rows. e Cumberland County Fair received the Innovation Award from the N.C. Association of Agricultural Fairs for the Row Crop Agricultural Display at the 2018 Fair. Carlos Hernandez and Monica Chavez take a selfie at Cooperative Extension's award-winning agricultural display Aug. 30, 2019. Commissioners Set Goals During Special Meeting During a special meeting in February, the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners outlined short-term and long-term priorities, as well as budget considerations and items assigned to staff for follow up. Public water expansion in Gray's Creek, an Emergency Services Center and a performing arts center were listed as short-term priorities because action has already started on these projects. In January, the board approved $10.5 million for the continued exploration of extending water in the Gray's Creek district, with the first phase installing water lines to Alderman Road and Gray's Creek Elementary Schools. In a separate business item, the board approved the architect's design plans for the new Emergency Services Center that will be housed in a former Department of Defense building at 500 Executive Place. e board is awaiting a consultant's market analysis and feasibility study for a new performing arts center, or multi- functional cultural venue, to replace the Crown eatre and Arena. Spectra Venue Management, the private company that manages the Crown Complex for the County, hired the consultant. e report is expected in May. e board suggested the study look at including a children's museum in the venue footprint. Holding discussions with Cumberland County Schools and Fort Bragg officials about building a new E.E. Smith High School near the post and I-295 and conducting a feasibility study for a new governmental complex for County services were also short-term priorities. Two long-term projects over the next 10 years are countywide water expansion and construction of a new governmental complex. e board outlined school funding, mental health, public health and employee recruitment and retention as priorities for the upcoming FY2021 budget. Commissioners also directed staff to follow up with a homelessness plan, Parks and Recreation report, accessibility improvements to the Judge E. Maurice Braswell Cumberland County Courthouse and to work toward establishing a farmers' market in the county. Seated from left to right, Commissioners Charles Evans, Larry Lancaster, Jeannette Council, Chairman Marshall Faircloth, Michael Boose, Vice- Chairman Glenn Adams and Jimmy Keefe discuss the board's priorities during a meeting Feb. 13. News for Cumberland County Residents co.cumberland.nc.us Cumberland Matters

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