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          Volume 30  No. 5                                                                          April/May  2019 Edition  *   (910) 323-3120                                                                             Fayetteville, NC



             The Cumberland County Expungement Clinic… an annual event



                                                                                                                           person is found not guilty.
                                                                                                                                An  expungement  is  an  important  step  in  restoring  a
                                                                                                                           person’s ability to be viewed positively by society.  We are
                                                                                                                           happy, due in large part to the efforts of North Carolina Rep-
                                                                                                                           resentative Floyd in the Legislature, these laws have changed.
                                                                                                                           People who previously were not eligible, may now be able to
                                                                                                                           receive relief.
                                                                                                                                Three information sessions were recently held in March.
                                                                                                                           A person only needed to attend one of the information ses-
                                                                                                                           sions.  At these sessions, the attendants were asked to com-
                                                                                                                           plete an application which was screened to determine if they
                                                                                                                           were eligible to receive an expungement.  The person who
                                                                                                                           applied was required to bring some form of identification.
                                                                                                                           Once it is determined that the person who applied is poten-
                                                                                                                           tially eligible, they are invited to attend the clinic held this
                                                                                                                           summer.
                                                                                                                                It  is  amazing  to  see  the  difference  that  receiving  an
                                                                                                                           expungement can make in an individual’s life.  Several past
                                                                                                                           participants from the clinics reached out and said what a dif-
                                                                                                                           ference the clinic made in their lives.


                    Mayor Mitch Colvin,  Commissioner Charles Evans, District Attorney Billy West                               The Clinic is an actual session of Court and people are

                                                 and Representative Elmer Floyd                                            matched with a local defense attorney or legal aid attorney
                                                                                                                           who assists them in filling out their paperwork.  Our Clerk of
                                                                                                                           Court, Lisa Scales, will also be there to assist people with
          Because of the tremendous successes of the Cumberland County Expungement Clinic over the past two years,         waving their filing fees.  Judges Claire Hill and Robert Stiehl
     District Attorney Billy West, Commissioner Charles Evans, Mayor Mitch Colvin, and Representative Elmer Floyd,         will conduct court.
     made the decision to make the Clinic an annual event.                                                                      It is our hope that we continue helping deserving people
          The 2019 Cumberland County Expungement Clinic was announced at this year’s Martin Luther King Breakfast          clear up their criminal records. In addition, some of these
     to an overwhelming response.  West, Evans, Colvin, Floyd also appeared on several radio shows to promote this         individuals may be your relatives, friends and neighbors. Once
     year’s Clinic; posters and flyers, publicizing the most recent information sessions, were placed around town. Several  their records are cleared, they can fully participate in our
     community and faith-based organizations, including Evans’ Project Fresh Start, utilized their Facebook page to get    community and make it a better place for all.
     the word out as well.

                                                                                                                                On behalf of District Attorney Billy West, Commissioner
          One in five individuals in North Carolina has a criminal record, and there are more than 800 consequences to     Charles  Evans,  Mayor  Mitch  Colvin,  and  Representative
     criminal convictions laid out in North Carolina’s laws.  These barriers often prevent people from finding adequate    Elmer Floyd, you are strongly encouraged to support the 2019
     employment and housing.  Oftentimes, people are even discriminated against when charges are dismissed or after the
                                                                                                                           Cumberland County Expungement Clinic.



                                            Gray’s Creek Recreation Center



                                       Renamed for John Dove ‘J.D.’ Pone






                                                                                                     FAYETTEVILLE – The Gray’s Creek Recreation Center was officially renamed the
                                                                                                John Dove “J.D.” Pone Recreation Center today in a dedication ceremony attended by
                                                                                                Pone’s family, friends, the Cumberland County Fire Chiefs’ Association, elected officials
                                                                                                and members of the Gray’s Creek community.
                                                                                                      The J.D. Pone Recreation Center is located at 2964 School Rd., Hope Mills, in the
                                                                                                heart of the Gray’s Creek community, where Pone served in many capacities of leadership,
                                                                                                service and volunteering. Pone passed away April 6, 2016.
                                                                                                      “Gray’s Creek and this county are better because of Mr. Pone’s tireless commitment.
                                                                                                He was not only a leader, but a man who rolled up his sleeves and did the work necessary
                                                                                                to help organizations become effective and serve in the best interest of the people,” said
                                                                                                Commissioner Jeannette Council, chair of the Cumberland County Board of Commission-
                                                                                                ers.
                                                                                                      The ceremony was held in front of the recreation center where the lettering for the
                                                                                                new name was installed earlier in March. A memorial plaque with Pone’s biography was
                                                                                                unveiled inside the lobby at the conclusion of the ceremony.
                                                                                                      The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved renaming
                                                                                                of the recreation center in August, following a request from the Fayetteville-Cumberland
                                                                                                Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission.
           A memorial plaque was unveiled in the John Dove “J.D.” Pone Recreation Center today in     Pone served as deputy chief of the Gray’s Creek Fire Department Station 24 and as
       a renaming ceremony. Pictured from left are Judge Ed Pone, brother of J.D. Pone; Cumberland  the chaplain for the Cumberland County Fire Chiefs’ Association. He was recognized as a
       County Board of Commissioners Chair Jeannette Council, Commissioner Glenn Adams; Steve   champion for youth who volunteered with organizations that promote youth development,
       Pone, brother of J.D. Pone, John ‘J.R.’ Pone, son of J.D. Pone; Mary Pone, wife of J.D. Pone;  including the Gray’s Creek Youth Association and the Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and
       Dachia Pone Davis, daughter of J.D. Pone; Gerald Pone, brother of J.D. Pone; Ella Hand, sister  Recreation Advisory Commission, where he served as chairman. He was also on the Board
       of J.D. Pone; and Ruthie Gordon, sister of J.D. Pone. Also pictured are niece Angelina Davis  of Directors for Communities United for Youth Development.
       and grandchildren Haden Pone, Josiah Davis and Jaden Pone.
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