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Contract awarded to widen I-95 north of Lumberton

The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $247 million contract to widen an eight-mile section of Interstate 95 north of Lumberton. Flatiron Constructors Inc. of Morrisville will widen …
You can expect to hear some “booms’’ starting this weekend as the 10th Marine Regiment returns to Fort Bragg for its semi-annual training. The Camp Lejeune-based Marines will …
Gray’s Creek High School has teamed up with two community service organizations to reopen its “Bear Necessities” food pantry.
Call it a breakdown in communication. Call it, if you will, a lack of courtesy. After all, Mac Healy and Mary Lynn Bryan came to the Fayetteville City Council work session Monday to hear from Mayor Mitch Colvin and Mayor Pro Tem Johnny Dawkins about their further thoughts on the proposed $80 million N.C. Civil War & Reconstruction History Center that would be built on the grounds of the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex.
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Cumberland schools working to expand behavioral therapy to more schools
Cumberland County Schools is working to expand access to behavioral health therapy for students in more of the district’s schools. Natasha Scott, executive director of student services for the district, told committees of the Cumberland County Board of Education on Tuesday that 144 students have received written consent from their parents to participate in the therapy-services program.
Homeless man charged in series of structure fires in Spring Lake
A homeless man has been charged in connection with a string of fires in vacant buildings in Spring Lake over the past week, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said. Thomas Reilly, 50, of …
Fayetteville Beautiful volunteers to collect litter during Saturday cleanup
Volunteers are being sought for Fayetteville Beautiful, a citywide litter cleanup scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Volunteers should meet at the Cumberland County Courthouse, 117 Dick St., according to a city news release.
Domestic violence vigil set for Thursday
The “Remember My Name’’ domestic violence vigil is scheduled for Thursday at Festival Park in downtown Fayetteville. The vigil, which is meant to raise awareness of domestic …
City Council rejects plan to build 237 homes near Fayetteville Regional Airport
The Fayetteville City Council has narrowly rejected a plan for a 237-unit residential neighborhood on land beneath a primary flight pattern for Fayetteville Regional Airport.
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Five Cumberland students earn spots in High School Honors Chorus

Five Cumberland County students have qualified for the 2022 North Carolina High School Honors Chorus, according to a school system news release.

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‘The Buddy Holly Story’ is enlightening, entertaining
In 1971 Don McLean in his song “American Pie’’ refers to a tragic loss to the rock and roll culture when he sings the lyrics, “the day the music died.” McLean was …
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‘Liberty Valance’ delivers story of conflict, connections in Wild West
A western onstage? Guns, bars, crime and love? “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,’’ the season opener for Gilbert Theater, brings the wild American frontier to the stage through …
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Pinewood Lakes residents speak out against planned apartment complex

HOPE MILLS —  The Hope Mills Board of Commissioners on Monday night voted 4-1 to delay a vote on an apartment complex proposed for Elk Road. Commissioners Bryan Marley, Joanne Scarola, …

Civil War history center funding pulled from Fayetteville City Council agenda
The Fayetteville City Council was expected to revisit the issue of funding for the proposed N.C. Civil War & Reconstruction History Center on Monday. It did not.
Cumberland board applauds improved service at Ann Street Landfill
Long wait times for disposing of bulk waste are in the past with the new Ann Street Reimagined project.
Cumberland County reports first death from West Nile Virus in state
The Cumberland County Health Department has reported the first death this year from West Nile Virus in North Carolina, the department said in a news release. The Health Department did not provide …
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ASOM hosts Mogadishu Mile 5K  

The U.S. Army Airborne & Special Operations Museum (ASOM) is hosting its first annual Mogadishu Mile 5K on Oct. 1 in honor of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the Battle of Mogadishu, …
Obituaries
Lois Faye ((Phillips)) Autry
Mrs. Lois Faye Phillips Autry, 86, of Hope Mills, NC, died Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at her residence.  Mrs. Autry was born September 30, 1936, in Robeson County, to the late John Roscoe …
SGM Samson Fontanilla Descargar (Ret)
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Tom Kostas Poulos
Tom K. Poulos, 78, passed away on Monday, October 3, 2022, in Fayetteville, NC surrounded by his loving family by his side.Born in Agrinion, Greece on June 10, 1944, to the late Kostas and Argiro …
Ms. Annie Lee Stroud
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Judith Woods Ward
Judith W. (Reynolds) Ward of Fayetteville passed away on October 2, 2022. Born Cherrie Judith Woods in Waycross, GA on July 13, 1943, to the late, Josiah and Annie Woods. Judith was a follower …
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Fayetteville Councilwoman Tisha Waddell resigned abruptly in November, alleging that Mayor Mitch Colvin withheld information from the council in an attempt to bring in a private equity firm to operate the PWC.

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Former Councilwoman Tisha Waddell alleges that Mayor Mitch Colvin and city bond attorney Jonathan Charleston privately pushed for a concession agreement with Bernhard Capital Partners. She says the council should have been more involved.