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Kinston Free Press (Newspaper) - August 22, 2015, Kinston, North Carolina Saturday August 22,2015 �y0ur news source since 1882 a Kinston Nam following the lord the Rev. A. Michael Singer says he does t believe god plays favourites in Blessing his children. A6kinston High sch it to takes to the Field against Farmville Central. By a Lenoir county Board of education facilities group holds first meeting committee Aims to address diversity issues in schools by Dustin George staff writer existing facilities by considering How children can receive the Best possible education while being fiscally responsible with our Public a i Felt Good about that first meeting a said Lillie Williams education chairwoman of the Kinston Lenoir county a act. A there Are obviously going to be some issues going on that we Are going to have to agree on for the betterment of Lenoir county the committee spent time going through a by school breakdown of school statement online a Btl hey to read the full statement of James Mumford president of the Kinston Lenoir county a act see . Earlier this year the Lenoir county Board of education with the help of the Lenoir county a act and friends in ministry approved the creation of a diversity committee to address issues of racial diversity in Lenoir county schools. This week the committee a now named the facilities committee a held its first meeting. Members of the committee a which comprises representatives from the Board of education the Lenoir county a act two District level administrators parents Community members and a school principal a met with Jon Sargeant chairman of the Board of education and Steve Mazingo superintendent of Lenoir county schools in closed session for an organizational meeting tuesday. During the meeting the committee was formally Given its Mission of the Board of education on the Best use of the costs and reviewing school enrolment statistics. Related to the data the committee also addressed the Issue of a Lack of student diversity. At least 80 percent of the students attending All five schools in Kinston Are Black and three of the schools populations have at least 90 percent Black students. This Lack of diversity has been an Issue of Contention in recent months and was one of the factors that led to the committees creation. Options discussed during the meeting were themed schools to encourage student migration and changes see committee a a2 Lenoir county Spca a improvements May soon become reality Puppy room possible Sherry Tripp left director of the Lenoir county Spca and Lynn Walker interact with dogs in the Puppy room at the Kinston shelter. The often Over crowded area will be Able to be expanded thanks to donations. Photo by Zach Frailey / the free press Anonymous donor agrees to match Angust donations by Jennifer Cannon staff writer _ adoptable puppies at the Lenoir county Spca will soon have a new space. All it will take is a Little support from the Community. The shelter building is almost 40 years old and is not conducive to Lon term housing of adoptable animals. A the buildings size and layout do not allow shelter staff to follow Best practice guidelines which include keeping dogs and cats separated to prevent unnecessary stress on cats and Kittens a Leanne Avery Spca Board member and Volunteer said a and also keeping puppies quarantined from the other animals until their immune systems Are developed enough to protect them from after raising Money for several years the Lenoir county Spca is moving Forward with plans for a new Puppy room addition. Adding this one room will help the staff provide better care for the shelter animals reduce medical expenses and allow potential adopters to interact with the animals in a less stressful environment. A once the puppies Are relocated there will be space for a fun cat playroom where adopters can freely interact with happier cats and get a better idea of their personalities a Avery said. An Anonymous donor heard about the project and has agreed to match up to $15,000 of donations received for the Puppy room fund. A a it a a wonderful project and a great time to donate because everyone a donations automatically double with the Matching fund a Spca president Jerry Henderson said. Spca placement coordinator Kris Petrusch is very excited about the Opportunity. A we really need the extra space a she said. A it will make the atmosphere see Spca a4 Avian flu threatens flocks Deere Dixon from Saint Martha a District 8, hands out school supplies tuesday at the former Kmart shopping Center on Queen Street. Photo by Janet s. Carter / the free press starting the school year with a smile order of Eastern Star donates free school supplies to local children by Dustin George staff writer the District 8 order of the Eastern Star held its first annual Back to school a Thon event this week. More than too families from across the county Gath a ered at the former Kmart Plaza on tuesday moving from the trunk of one vehicle to another to receive notebooks pencils paper crayons and More during the event. A is no to it wonderful to see All the Little kids out Here to see them smiling a said Imelda Pate a Volunteer at the Back to school a Thon. A the school year starts next week and we done to want them to be sad we want them to be smiling. Its a new year and we have new supplies for in addition to the free school supplies the event also featured visits from a local dance group and members of county football teams came to visit with children at the event. A i think its Nice for kids to Start off the year like this a said Rochelle Jones who was at the event with her 5-year-old grandson Jojo. See supplies�a2 partly Goudy business. A8 entertainment. B4 obits. 87/66� classified. B6 Good news. A3 sports. Forecast a4 comics. B5 lottery. A3 wire reports Bird Registrat Ion for informational purposes Only by Jennifer Cannon staff writer new Bird registration requirements have backyard flock owners in a Tizzy. A a in a getting Calls every Day a Lenoir county Extension director Tammy Kelly said. A the registration of backyard flocks is for no other purpose than Avian flu is not transferrable to humans but it is highly contagious amongst Birds. With migration season on the horizon state officials Are concerned about the possible spread of the disease and want to be Able to Contact fowl owners if the disease is detected near their flocks. A a lot of people have been concerned about the registration simply because they think the government is trying to make them report How Many animals they have Quot Extension livestock agent eve Honeycutt said a and this is not the purpose of the registration. The state stat a7 by a5 a amp Mem Chicken owners have been asked to Register their flocks for Only informational purposes. File photo by Zach Frailey / the free press the word on Birds what Bird owner informational meeting when 6 30 August 27 in Kinston 6 30 sept. I in Snow Hill where Lenoir county Extension office Greene county museum Ute that allowed the registration to take place actually spells out that it cannot be used for any other purpose besides the registration form also asks if Peoples Birds have Access to a Pond or if there is a body of water nearby. The disease is spread by migratory waterfowl so As Birds Start to Migrate this fall Down from Canada they Are going to Fly Over most of North Carolina and some Birds will overwinter Here. A these water Birds Are going to come in and take a see flocks�a2 Halifax 53101 00001 vol. Xxxiii no. 144

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