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'Breakfast before Business' at JCC

The next "Breakfast before Business" is scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in the lobby of the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield.  Johnston Community College will introduce its new president, Dr. David Johnson, and it will present the 2009 Business and Industry Partner Award. JCC alumnus Timothy Britt will speak. To attend, call 209-2113 or send an e-mail to

Ann Denlinger talks diversity in Knightdale

Eastern Wake county parents will get an opportunity to weigh in on school diversity today.

Ann Denlinger, president of the Wake Regional Education Partnership is leading a roundtable discussion on the subject from noon to 1 p.m. at the Knightdale Recreation Center.

Denlinger will present the partnership position in its report “Striking A Balance: In Support of Diversity on the Wake County Public School system.”

Afterwards, eastern Wake county residents will get a chance to ask questions and voice their concerns.

Diversity is a hot topic now because of an effort by some parents in western Wake County who want to end busing and restore neighborhood schools.

Wake County Public Schools has promoted diversity for more than 30 years, first by race and then by family income.

Proponents of diversity say research has proven that students engaged in learning in a diverse population are more successful.

The event is held in conjunction with the three chambers of commerce in eastern Wake County.

The chambers chose diversity from three partnership topics used in roundtables.

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