Fort Bragg Harley Davidson hosts Second Annual All American Weekend

Motorcycles and cars lined up and down road on Sunday May 22, for the second annual All American Weekend hosted by the Fort Bragg Harley Davidson, located in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The event was promoted during the Myrtle Beach Bike Week as well as All American Week in Fayetteville. This event was free and open to the public. There were activities and entertainment for people of all ages. There were bouncy houses, balloon animals, and face painting for the children, and a live band, motor show, and vendors for the adults. The planner of the event was Harley Davidson marketing manager, Christine Montgomery.

“I really just wanted to see everybody come out and see what we are all about. This event is for the community and to see this many people come out to enjoy themselves is great to see”, Montgomery said.

The main attraction was the Ives Brothers’ Wall of Death stunt show. The live music came from RiverMist and Jasmin Cain.

Nat Robertson, the Mayor of Fayetteville, attended the event and did a raffle drawing for a Harley Davidson T-shirt quilt.

The representatives at Harley Davidson say “if you want the real deal, come to Fort Bragg Harley Davidson”. They are the only authorized dealer on Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Cliffdale Public Library promotes Reading “Under the Sea”

On Monday, May 16 at the public library located on Cliffdale road in Fayetteville, North Carolina, a reading event was held for children in grades K-5. The event theme was “under the sea”. The theme song was “Under the Sea” from the classic movie The Little Mermaid.

The Association for Library Service to Children is the world’s largest organization. This organization focuses on the support and enhancement of library services provided for children of all ages. The ALSC’s creative programming includes more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, children’s literature experts, publishers, education and library school faculty members, and other dedicated adults that want to help children succeed in the area of reading and literacy. The events that are hosted at the North Carolina public libraries are held to promote reading in a fun and engaging way that motivates children to want to read everyday. These events help the children to learn to read through music, art and crafts and games. Youth Services Library Associate, Jaime Orsini is a part of the ALSC. She encourages children to read and create and their own stories.

“The goal is to get the children to read and understand what they are reading so that they too can create their own stories to tell” Orsini said.

The public libraries in North Carolina host events every week for children of all ages.


581 Degree’s Conferred at UNC Pembroke Commencement

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke held its 2016 Spring Commencement Ceremony on May 7 at 9 a.m. The ceremony took place on the Quad South Lawn of university’s campus. There were 581 undergraduate degrees conferred during the ceremony.  The local newspaper, The Robesonian reported that there were over 5,000 people in attendance. The speaker for the commencement was 1976 UNCP graduate, Dr. Sallie McRorie. Dr. McRorie’s message to the students was to keep moving and never give up.

Fourteen of the graduates will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S Army and U.S. Air force. This news sent the audience in to an uproar of applause.

During the ceremony, a memorial degree was given to the parents of Doris Paul,21, a former student at UNCP. Paul was killed in a car accident in April of 2015. Her parents were at the ceremony, along with her brother, Charles Paul, who accepted her degree in her honor. Emotions were stirring and the audience began to applaud Doris’s brother as he walked across stage. Doris was a biology major.

Following the ceremony, several celebration stations were set up around the campus to accommodate students and their loved ones. With over 5000 people in attendance, the 2016 UNC Pembroke Commencement Ceremony was one to remember.

Carolina Market: Back by Popular Demand

Carolina Farmers Market, located in Fayetteville, North Carolina, has been serving the community for over six years in the location it’s in today. Over the years, the customer numbers have increased significantly. Several thefts occurred during the Christmas season, which causes issues with the management, but with the help of the county, the market is back up and running with better security.

“People get desperate during the Christmas season so they feel the need to steal Christmas tree’s. It’s sad but it happens all the time. I feel bad the the market went through that because that’s money lost, customer, Debra Branam said.

Although the market faced a few losses, it didn’t stop them from coming back.  Their customers depend on them for their gardening needs. Even when the rain comes, many customers come out to get their favorite plants and flowers for the Spring.

“I only get my flowers from here. The people are friendly and help me to find what I need to find. That’s why I write to the county representatives to make sure they come back every year, loyal customer, Terry Cobb said.

Spring is the season of flowers, which make them a popular demand. Carolina Farmers Market provides the tools needed for gardener’s, nurseries, and anyone with a green thumb.

Carolina Farmers Market is located in an area of high traffic. The only disadvantage of this fact is that customers are often blocked from the entrance of the market. Customer’s are raising concerns about the location of the market.

“There are accidents on this road almost every other day. I come to the market every other day to see what’s new. One time I waited for about 45 minutes to get into the parking lot. I think relocation is a good idea”, Renee McRae said.