1 HOPE MILLS Citizens in Cumberland County are being told to be wary of another blue light bandit who earlier this month stopped a man presumably for speeding and then confiscated the victim s gun for a bogus violation. According to various reports, Douglas Simmons was driving on Golfview Drive two weeks ago when a gray Ford Crown Victoria came up from behind and activated blue lights on the car. Simmons reported that it was very convincing with lights in the grille like a typical unmarked patrol car. After stopping, the driver wearing plain clothes approached, wearing a sheriff s star-type badge on his belt. Simmons was compliant with the suspect, believing him to be a legitimate law officer. The impersonator spotted Simmons gun on the dash of his vehicle and told him that he would have to confiscate the weapon due to a violation. The bandit left without giving any sort of record of the stop or of the alleged violation. Simmons contacted the Cumberland County Sheriff s Department and was told that it was not one of their deputies that had stopped him. He then called the Hope Mills Police Department to report the theft of his weapon by the impersonator. Cumberland County authorities are therefore encouraging citizens to be wary of a suspect driving an unmarked, gray Crown Victoria masquerading as a law officer. Their advice is if there are any doubts about the legitimacy of a traffic stop, slow down and only stop in a populated area, and if night, well-lit. At any time, motorists can also contact 911 or the Highway Patrol at *47 to check the legitimacy of a traffic stop.
2 DUNN At 1.45 million square feet, the new Rooms To Go Distribution Center in Dunn looms suddenly from the tree line along I-95. Traveling by the new facility, gives motorists a sense of truly the immense size of the building. There is nothing subtle about the $40 million facility. Doubling as a warehouse, distribution center and showroom, the facility is brightly colored in red, green, blue and yellow, which are signature colors of the corporate brand. It has its own road off Exit 75, a giant electronic sign near the roadway and if all that isn t enough to garner attention, it s made complete with 3 huge water fountains, shooting water high in the air. MOOSE, WY Family and friends are mourning the loss of two women that, authorities say, plunged approximately 200 feet while attempting to climb a mountain in Wyoming. e incident occurred in the Grand Teton National Park around 11.a. m Saturday, according to the National Park Service. The federal agency reported that Tyler Strandberg, originally The new retail and distribution center has double the square footage of the 20,000-seat PNC Area in Raleigh. It could fit 25 football fields inside its walls! To offer incentives to the company, the City of Dunn, Harnett County and the State of North Carolina invested approximately $6 million in road improvements and the extension of water and sewer lines to the facility. According to company officials, the Rooms To Go Retail and Distribution Center will be ready for its Grand Opening sometime in October, welcoming customers into the 65,000-squarefoot showroom. Hiring efforts have been described as being productive and the initial plan is to hire about 200 employees for the Dunn location. The construction of Rooms To Go s second largest similar facility will, no doubt, be of great economic benefit for the Dunn area and likely bolstering employment with increased growth if the facility is capable of drawing additional business to the area. from Rocky Mount, NC, and Catherine Nix, both 28 years of age, were currently living in Jackson, WY. Both were killed in the fall, which took place on the 12,300-foot Teewinot Mountain. The accident occurred at an elevation of 11,500 feet. The agency reported that another female, 26-yearold Rebecca Anderson (also of Jackson) was traveling with Strandberg and Nix, but avoided the fall and was rescued from a narrow ledge unhurt. Strandberg has been reported to be the granddaughter of former Lt. Governor Jim Gardner, who is also known as having partnered with Leonard Rawls to open the first companyfranchised Hardee s restaurant in Rocky Mount, NC. The women were attempting to scale the mountain in an area that they were unfamiliar and without the use of safety equipment. PHOTO: FACEBOOK PAGE 2 CAROLINA WEEKLY NEWS August 27, 2015
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Alison Parker, a former reporter with WCTI in New Bern, was fatally wounded in a shooting at the Bridgewater Plaza on Smith Mountain Lake as she reported on tourism for her current station, WDBJ-TV. Vester Lee Flanagan AKA Bryce Williams (his on-air name) fired numerous shots at close range, taking aim at Alison Parker, photographer Adam Ward and a third victim, Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce Vicki Gardner. Eastern North Carolina viewers may remember Bryce Williams having worked at WNCT-TV in Greenville for almost two years. Soon after the shooting, law enforcement spotted F l a n a g a n (Williams real surname) and began pursuing him. As he fled, Flanagan tweeted on Twitter messages indicating distain for Alison Parker and implied Former news personality Bryce Williams stands over cameraman Adam Ward pointing a gun as Ward laid dying on a deck surface of the Bridgewater Plaza. she had made insensitive comments about him. On Twitter, he alerted anyone who was reading that he had videoed the murders (presumably on his phone camera) and had posted them to his Facebook account, which was verified to have been posted. His Twitter account was soon suspended and the disturbing video was removed quickly from his account. The disturbing video shows Flanagan walk up behind cameraman Adam Ward. He points his gun at Alison briefly, yet she either didn t see him or she ignored his presence, going on with the live interview. He lowers the weapon for 23 seconds before abruptly firing it multiple times. lanagan s video reveals that he shot at Alison first, striking her before she could get away. She runs out of view, but presumably collapses soon after. Ward was apparently shot next as Flanagan seems to become more intent on shooting than recording his crimes. Ward can be heard audibly moaning loudly and the video goes dark. The shooting happened We are looking for individuals to participate in a research study to determine the safety and efficacy of an investigational medication. If you: around 6:45 a.m. As Ward s camera lie on the floor, a shadowy figured was captured, apparently dressed in dark clothing and pointing a handgun presumably toward Ward lying on the ground. Authorities pursued Flanagan north on I-66. The chase ended after Flanagan shot himself. Flanagan later died after being transported to a hospital in critical condition. å are 40 years of age or older å are a previous or current smoker å Have a diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (includes chronic bronchitis or emphysema) You may be eligible to participate. If qualified you will receive study-related doctor s visits, EKG s, lung function tests, and study medication at no cost to you. 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Carolina Weekly News does not assume any liability to advertisers or readers as a result of errors because of this stated error policy. NOTICE TO READERS. We do not endorse any items or services advertised or assume any liability as a result of information given to us by the advertiser. NOTICE TO ADVERTISERS. Once our office receives ad copy and payment, no refunds will be issued. Contractual advertisements cancelled before first scheduled publication date may incur a $50 fee for ad preparation and office processing. A $25 service charge for returned checks will be added to account balances if applicable. Photographer Adam Ward was capturing live the interview as it was being fed back to the station. Gunfire erupts and viewers saw and heard Parker react as she screams and runs from the shooter. The camera fell to the floor on its side as it still recorded a live until the screen went black. The shooting happened around 6:45 a.m. As Ward s camera lie on the floor, a shadowy figured was captured, apparently dressed in dark clothing and pointing a handgun presumably toward the camera lying on the ground. The shooter s face is shown briefly as the camera continues to capture live images. Authorities later identify him as Flanagan who professionally had gone by the name Bryce Williams when on-air. According to reports, Flanagan had been fired from the WDBJ almost two years ago. KINSTON Due to expansion, one manufacturing facility in Lenoir County will be adding 72 jobs to the area. Ohio-based window manufacturing company, Associated Materials consider as many as three different locations to plan their expansion before deciding on their Kinston plant. With the expansion, comes a $4.5 investment The plant was built in 1989 and manufactures vinyl windows. Average salaries for the new positions will be $32,222. The expansion will take place over a period of about three years. Associated Materials is located on Farm Gate Road, Kinston. The expansion was partially made possible by a $200,000 grand from the One North Carolina Fund, along with support from community development groups. August 27, 2015 CAROLINA WEEKLY NEWS PAGE 3
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5 An estimated 1,537,643 students have kicked off a new school year this week while students at North Carolina s nearly 130 year-round schools jumped back into the swing of things earlier this month. This number of students represents an increase of 17,000 from last year and an increase of more than 61,000 from Among these students, an estimated million will attend one of North Carolina s 2,442 traditional public schools while an estimated 78,000 plan to attend one of the 160 charter schools. And so far nearly 20,000 students have enrolled to take at least one online course this fall through the nation s second largest state-supported virtual school, the North Carolina Virtual Public School. This new school year brings students more options for learning than they have ever had before, said State Superintendent June Atkinson. Technology is helping students learn from anywhere at any time. Teachers can now use handheld devices to deliver formative assessments that offer real-time results. Educators and school leaders are collaborating with colleagues across the state through Home Base. There are many exciting things happening in public schools and I am hopeful this year is going to be full of success stories for students and teachers. Other highlights for the school year include: A new required hand signal all bus drivers will use to tell students when a street is safe to cross. Drivers are receiving training in using the signal in the months to come and must start using it by January 1, An estimated 800,000 students statewide ride on one of their districts 13,500 school buses. For more information, visit www. ncbussafety.org. Use of the Standard Course of Study content adopted in 2010 and implemented for the first time in These content standards identify what students should know and be able to do as result of their educational experiences. Teachers use these standards to select or develop curriculum and to determine developmentally appropriate strategies. A new pilot study in which 9,000 5th- and 6thgrade students will take three shorter tests throughout the year and a shorter End-of-Grade assessment in math or English language arts. Some people call this "throughgrade" testing. A State Board of Education task force on testing supported the idea for the study to explore a different approach to statewide testing that would be more favorable than a single test given at the end of each year. Learn more in the PowerPoint presentation here. A 10-point grading scale for all high school students. This change addresses concerns expressed by school and district leaders, educators and parents regarding equity within classrooms and athletic eligibility. Additional changes to quality points and course weights will be phased in this year, beginning with ninth graders. Districts and charters are beginning a new school year with no state budget in place, funding for teacher salary increases, teacher assistants, textbooks, professional development, driver s education and other public school resources is uncertain at this time. "I am hopeful that our lawmakers will recognize that districts and charter schools need to make funding decisions now and that the final budget will include the resources our public schools need to provide all students and opportunity to be successful, Atkinson said. Kristen Anderson, M.Mus. Cell: Dunn, NC August 27, 2015 CAROLINA WEEKLY NEWS PAGE 5
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7 MOTIVED, BUBBLY PERSON TO DO LIGHT OFFICE AND TELEPHONE ADVERTISING SALES. Flexible hours/days, must be goal oriented and can meet deadlines. GOOD PAY! Experience preferred, but will train right person. References. The staff of the Carolina Weekly News would like to take the opportunity to remember Nelson Bland, 70, who passed away Monday afternoon at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro. Bland, a Mount Olive native and longtime resident was a diligent, well-known, award-winning newspaper photographer, reporter and columnist. He was an iconic figure in Mount Olive and Wayne County, tenaciously following news leads and having a sense of duty to report to his readers on what was happening and sharing stories of the past with folksy flair. Yet, he never met a man or woman who was a stranger and loved to carry on interesting conversation. As a career newspaper man he will be missed and will be remembered for his contribution to his community. We send our condolences to his family and simply say, God bless you, Nelson and eternal peace be yours. May your brand of newspaper journalism live on in the small towns of America! August 27, 2015 CAROLINA WEEKLY NEWS PAGE 7
8 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Rocky Mount Tractor Supply Co, 506 Sutters Creek Road 12:30 pm 2:00 pm Wilson Tractor Supply Co, 2380 Forrest Hills Road 2:30 pm 4:00 pm Goldsboro Tractor Supply Co, 1308 W. Grantham Street 8:00 am 9 am Dunn Tractor Supply Co, 2380 W. Cumberland Street Bluegill, Shellcracker, Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Fathead Minnows, Grass Carp, Hybrid Bluegill, Black Crappie & Koi. RALEIGH All current and former military service members including active-duty, reserve, National Guard, retired and veteran personnel can take advantage of the military admission price of $6 every day of the N.C. State Fair, Oct Military discount tickets, which save 40 percent off the $10 regular adult admission, are not available in advance or online. Instead, eligible fairgoers should present proof of military service at the gate on the day of their visit. Propear identification is outlined below. Active-duty service members, reservists, retirees, National Guardsmen and their dependents (ages 13-64) will receive one discounted ticket per valid identification presented. Additionally, veterans are offered the same discount for themselves, plus one discounted ticket for a guest or dependent with valid ID presented. tion Day will be held Wednesday, Oct. 21. The first 3,000 fairgoers who enter the gates will receive a small United States flag. The day will kick off with a parade at 11 a.m. featuring a Bradley Fighting Vehicle, the Athens Drive High School Band and antique Highway Patrol vehicles. The Kitchen Craft Waterfall Stage will host a Military Appreciation Program at noon, with the 440th Army Band performing at 1, 4 and 6 p.m. Also, there will be a Historical Military Uniform Revue presented by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources at 2 p.m. Rand Grandstand activities will include a static equipment display and an obstacle course with the North Carolina National Guard. For more information about the N.C. State Fair, visit Identification accepted for discount: Valid Uniformed Services ID Valid Common Access Card Valid Veterans Affairs Health Identification Card Valid North Carolina Driver s License with Veteran Designation Photocopy of valid DD- 214 Form Photocopy of valid NGB-22 Form North Carolina Education Lottery Military Apprecia-