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By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on June 4, 2004 1:58 PM

McNeill promotion

Dan K. McNeill of Warsaw, a former commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, returned to Fort Bragg on Thursday for a ceremony to recognize his promotion to four-star general.

McNeill, 57, spent 23 years at Fort Bragg. In May, he became commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort McPherson in Atlanta. His command oversees the Fort Bragg-based 18th Airborne Corps, which McNeill once led.

"The reason that, quite frankly, I nominated Dan for four stars and the position he's in is because he's a strategic leader," Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker said during the ceremony. "We are at a point now where strategic leadership is absolutely essential for us to move forward into the 21st century with the kind of Army and the kind of defense capability we need for this nation."

McNeill's new command oversees most combat-ready forces in the continental United States, with the exception of special operations forces. More than 1 million soldiers are in the command, making it the largest command that answers directly to Army headquarters at the Pentagon.

MDA Lockup

Local business owners, community leaders and employees are being locked up, but it's all for a good cause.

The incarcerated are being accused of having a big heart and will be sentenced to one hour of hard time behind bars to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association

It's all part of the fourth annual MDA Wayne County Lockup, to be held on June 21 at the Comfort Suites Hotel in Goldsboro from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Wayne County residents are encouraged to support those jailed by helping to raise "bail" money. All funds raised will go to provide local services for families served by the MDA in Wayne County.

For more information on the event or other services, call the district office at 910-791-8585.

Cookbook fund-raiser

Home Health and Hospice hopes that sales of its cookbook will raise money to benefit indigent patients.

"Cooking with Care" is available through 3HC and features over 600 local recipes from the kitchens of eastern North Carolina residents.

Proceeds will go to the indigent patient fund, which allows 3HC to extend care to those without financial means. Support for the fund comes from community donations, fund-raisers and general agency profits.

The cookbooks are available through the mail for $15, plus $2 for shipping. They are also available from the corporate office at 2402 Wayne Memorial Drive.

For more information, call Susan Malewich or Lee Gray at 735-1387.

GED enrollment

The Wayne Community College Basic Skills Department will start a new session of General Educational Development, or GED, program at the old Mount Olive Library on Monday, June 14.

Classes will be held 6-8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. The instructor is Tammy Keel of Mount Olive.

The GED is designed for someone who did not graduate from high school but would like to get a high school degree. A practice test determines any weakness in writing, social studies, science, literature and arts, or math, and students study those areas. The test is offered each month and students who pass that exam earn a GED diploma.

The classes are free. For more information, call 735-5151, extension 700.