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Book ‘Em NC announces 2015 Headliners:

 

Terri Reid

 

Terri Reid represents a new generation of bestselling authors who have gone the Indie route to great success. She is the creator of the bestselling Mary O'Reilly Paranormal Mysteries.  The first book in the series, Loose Ends - A Mary O'Reilly Paranormal Mystery, was released in August 2010 and by the end of 2012, it had sold over 150,000 copies. 

She has thirteen other books in the Mary O'Reilly Series and has enjoyed Best-Seller, Top Rated and Hot New Release status for all of them in the Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Horror, Cozy, or Women Sleuths categories. Her books have been translated into Spanish and Portuguese and are also now also available in audio versions. 

Reid has been quoted in a number of books about the self-publishing industry including Let's Get Digital by David Gaughran and Interviews with Indie Authors: Top Tips from Successful Self-Published Authors by Claire and Tim Ridgway. She was honored to have some of her works included in A. J. Abbiati's book The NORTAV Method for Writers - The Secrets to Constructing Prose Like the Pros. Reid is from Northwest Illinois, near the town of Freeport, the home of her fictional characters. Her background is in marketing and public relations. She is married, the mother of seven children and the grandmother of fourteen. Her constant writing companions are Riley, a Bernese Mountain Dog-Golden Retriever mix; Hans, a German Shepard mix; Brodie, a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy; and McDuff, a Siamese cat. 

 

Terry Irving

  

Terry Irving is the winner of four National Emmy Awards, multiple Peabody, DuPont and Telly Awards and was honored at the Columbus Film Festival. He began a career in broadcast journalism in 1973 carrying news film regarding the Watergate investigation and has since covered stories around the world, including the fall of the Berlin Wall and Tiananmen Square. 

He has written and edited copy for some of the most iconic names in the industry, including Aaron Brown, Wolf Blitzer, Ted Koppel and Diane Sawyer.

He is an active member of the International Thriller Writers and the Mystery Writers of America and serves on the Board of the Foundation for Moral Courage.

He is the author of the on-going series On the Road and the self-help book, The Unemployed Guy's Guide to Unemployment. His debut thriller Courier takes place amid the scandal and drama of Watergate when a motorcycle courier unsuspectingly picks up a roll of news film and after the news correspondent and crew are killed, discovers he is next on the killer's list. 

Courier has garnered praise from Erik Sorenson, Aaron Brown, Ted Koppel, Sam Donaldson and others.

Learn more about this exciting event and view the full talks schedule at www.bookemnc.org.

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Robeson Community College 50th Anniversary

Robeson Community College in Lumberton, North Carolina, will celebrate its 50th Anniversary with several events in early 2015. On January 15, Student Government members will open a time capsule that was sealed in a sculpture during the college’s 25th year anniversary celebration. Plans are to add artifacts to the collection and reseal it for another 25 years. On March 15, the Board of Trustees, Administration and Foundation Office will host a 50th Anniversary Scholarship Celebration at the Southeastern Agricultural Center on Highway 74 in Lumberton, from 2 pm to 4 pm. This event is open to the public and tickets will be available in January. Proceeds remaining above the cost of the event will go to support scholarships at the college. For more information about the event, contact Regina Branch in the Foundation office at rbranch@robeson.edu or by calling 910-272-3236.

The community college movement in North Carolina expanded into Robeson County with the establishment of an extension unit of a nearby technical institute in 1965. The unit was established at the Barker Ten-Mile Elementary School seven miles north of Lumberton. Twenty full-time curriculum students enrolled the first year.

When the College became independent of Fayetteville Technical Institute three years later, it was named Robeson Technical Institute, and a local Board of Trustees comprised of eight members was appointed. Two more name changes have taken place since that time to its present name of Robeson Community College. However, the College remains committed to serving all sectors of the county with vocational, technical, college transfer, and continuing education programs.

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Mark Your Calendars for these upcoming free events:

February 2.  Uptown Lexington Groundhog Day
220 Main St. Lexington, NC
Miss Charlotte, The Pot-bellied Pig Prognosticator, will predict when spring will begin.
www.uptownlexington.com

February 14.  Book Signing with Dr. James Dobson and Shirley Dobson
Billy Graham Library - Charlotte, NC
The DObsons will sign copies of their books.
www.billygrahamlibrary.org

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NC Military Business Center’s Fran Perez-Wilhite Appointed to Department of Veterans Affairs Research

Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses

 

RALEIGH  – The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Fran Perez-Wilhite, MBA to the Department of Veterans Affairs Research Advisory Committee (RAC) on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses.  Appointed by the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, Ms. Perez-Wilhite will serve terms on the RAC through September 2017. 

 

“The veteran population will be excellently represented by Fran as she serves on the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses,” said Scott Dorney, NCMBC Executive Director.  “Fran demonstrates daily the leadership and tenacity necessary to improve veteran healthcare.  Furthermore, her experience as a former US Army officer in Desert Shield and with the NCMBC working closely with veteran-owned businesses will help her bring a unique perspective to the advisory committee.”

 

As a Business Development Specialist with the NCMBC since 2006, Ms. Perez-Wilhite identifies future and current federal prime and subcontracting opportunities, identifies and notifies companies of these opportunities and provides one-on-one assistance to help companies bid on and win contracts.  Specifically, Ms. Perez-Wilhite focuses on contract opportunities with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Affairs medical facilities and clinics within North Carolina and VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network (VISN 6). In this capacity, Ms. Perez-Wilhite works extensively with service-disabled and other veteran-owned small businesses throughout the state.

 

Ms. Perez-Wilhite’s office is located at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte.  For full contact information and a biography for Ms. Perez-Wilhite, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/contact-us/contact-perezf.php or email her atperezf@ncmbc.us

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Some of North Carolina’s greatest treasures can be found off the beaten path. You never know what you might find... an old-time general store, local artisan, or simply a picturesque view that takes your breath away. You’ll be swept away by the untouched natural landscape found on the backroads of this rural county.

In Anson County, you can discover all that and more. Come. Visit. Surround yourself with the beauty of North Carolina’s best kept secret.

"Historic Wadesboro and Anson County were featured on WUNC-TV's North Carolina Weekend.

Click here to watch the video

Wadesboro is the second segment."

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NC Spotlight:
Olla Belle Reed




One of thirteen children in a musical family in Lansing, North Carolina, Ola Wave Campbell (she changed her name to Ola Belle) became a prolific songwriter and performer. In 1986, she was awarded the National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts for her banjo playing and singing.

Musical influences came from both sides of her family. Grandfather Alexander Campbell, a Primitive Baptist preacher, was "notorious" for playing his fiddle. Ola Belle's father, Arthur Harrison Campbell, a schoolteacher and storekeeper, played fiddle, banjo, guitar and organ and organized a band with his brother Doc and sister Ellen. She learned her clawhammer banjo style from her Uncle Dockery Campbell before she was old enough to go to school, and later learned guitar and organ from her Aunt Ellen. Her Uncle Bob Ingraham, her mother's cousin, conducted singing schools in the mountains, and Uncle Herb Osborne sang mining songs from the coalfields of West Virginia. From her grandmother and mother, she learned many of the traditional ballads and songs of the Appalachian region.


Watch this rare footage of Olla Belle Reed on Youtube:



http://youtu.be/9dZaqSVXIW4
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Some of North Carolina’s greatest treasures can be found off the beaten path. You never know what you might find... an old-time general store, local artisan, or simply a picturesque view that takes your breath away. You’ll be swept away by the untouched natural landscape found on the backroads of this rural county.

In Anson County, you can discover all that and more. Come. Visit. Surround yourself with the beauty of North Carolina’s best kept secret.

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Fabio's Restaurant in Downtown Newland... celebrating more than 7 years in business!




Cuisine that is always "exciting and new" from the former executive chef of the Love Boat!

Wonderful Wine Tastings at Fabio's!

Visit http://www.fabioandkids.com/  for schedule

Call for reservations

Call for Details

106 Pineola St Newland, NC.
828-733-1314

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Please support our Wounded Warriors



www.woundedwarriorproject.org
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Hands Together is a nonprofit organization devoted to educating, inspiring and encouraging people to understand the importance of responding to the needs of the poor and disadvantaged. Our Mission, as we strive to build a more compassionate and human world, proceeds from the spiritual belief that we are all members of one, equal, interconnected family under a loving God.

www.handstogether.org

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