EMS Volunteer Receives NC Long Leaf Pine Recognition for 50 Years of Service

(Shelby, NC) – David Blando Clary, a fifty-four year member of the Shelby Rescue Squad was recognized for his outstanding continuous service to the community by receiving the North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine during Cleveland Community College’s annual Fire and Rescue Banquet on Saturday, November 9, at the LeGrand Center.

Clary was nominated by Brown Emergency Training Center Coordinator, Jimmy Hensley, and Emergency Medical Services Coordinator, Tommy McNeilly, for being a pioneer in the concept of emergency medical services.

Clary was born in Boiling Springs and has been a volunteer for Shelby Rescue Squad since 1959. He has devoted the greater part of his life volunteering to help those in need and provided emergency care to the ill and injured of Cleveland County and surrounding areas several years before the North Carolina or the nation had EMS legislation in place. During his fifty-plus years of service he has volunteered thousands of hours aiding in emergency response situations.

The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is presented by the Governor to individuals who have a proven record of extraordinary service to state, to their community, and for many years of service to an organization. Supporting the nomination to the Governor were 110th District House Representatives Kelly Hastings, 111th District House Representative, Tim Moore, and NC Senator, Warren Daniel.

Picture included: L-R: CCC EMS Coordinator, Tommy McNeilly; David Blando Clary, NC House Representative, Kelly Hastings; and Brown Emergency Training Center Coordinator, Jimmy Hensley.


“America’s Got Talent” Semi-Finalist Performing at CCC

(Shelby, NC) – “America’s Got Talent” semi-finalist and illusionist, Leon Etienne, will perform at Cleveland Community College on Thursday, November 14 at 7 p.m. in the Keeter Auditorium.

Etienne is an accomplished magical arts performer whose interest in the art of magic began at the age of twelve, when Etienne recalls, "My mother had grounded me and sent me to my room where I quickly became bored. I came across a book of magic tricks that I had received as a gift, and ever since that day, I have been hooked." One year later, while playing in a baseball game, Etienne was very lucky to have survived being struck by lightning.

Today, Etienne has well over a decade of professional performing experience. He has performed for thousands of audiences in hundreds of different venues. His love and passion for the art of magic has taken him all over the globe, performing nationally and internationally in Germany, Ireland, Wales, Australia, and at the world-famous magic circle in London, England. Etienne’s performances have won him several prestigious awards, including CNY Magician of the Year, and Stage Magic Champion from the Magicians’ Alliance of Eastern States.

Etienne has had the honor of performing as the opening act for several major national recording artists, including Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart #1 artist Eric Hutchinson, The Marshall Tucker Band, and platinum-selling Blue Oyster Cult.

Currently, Etienne stars in his own acclaimed illusion show. He performs publicly on industry leading cruise ships, at major resorts, casinos, and performing arts centers.

This event is sponsored by the CCC Student Government Association and is free and open to the public.


Holocaust Survivor Speaking at Cleveland Community College

(Shelby, NC) – Dr. Susan Cernyak Spatz, a UNC Professor Emeritus, Auschwitz survivor, author and expert on the Holocaust will speak on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. in the Mildred H. Keeter Auditorium on the campus of Cleveland Community College. This is a life-changing and rare opportunity. She will give her eye-witness testimony to the atrocities of the Nazi regime. She was a prisoner at Auschwitz Concentration camp for two years, the largest Nazi killing center. Over one million human beings were murdered at Auschwitz by the Nazis and their collaborators. Dr. Spatz brings shocking reality to what the Nazi’s did at Auschwitz as she shares her testimony of dehumanization and the terror she experienced at this Nazi death camp during World War II.

This event is free and open to the public.


Contact: Margo Greene, Public Information and Marketing Coordinator

Cleveland Community College