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Cumberland County to participate in annual homeless count Thursday and Friday

Cumberland County will take part in the nationwide “point in time” count of the homeless on Thursday and Friday, according to a county news release. The Community Development …
Fayetteville’s incoming police chief will be installed in a ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday in the City Council chamber in City Hall, according to a news release from the city. Kemberle Braden, …
Products falsely labelled as containing CBD were seized at two smoke shops in Fayetteville in connection with a drug enforcement investigation in Mississippi, according to the Fayetteville Police Department.
The State Highway Patrol is seeking help from witnesses of a December hit-and-run collision that claimed the life of a Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office deputy, according to the sheriff’s Facebook page.
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Arts Council offers grants for culture, history programs
The Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County is offering two grant opportunities for arts, culture and history programs.
Police Chief Gina Hawkins says she’s proud of engagement, innovation
As she prepares to step down as Fayetteville’s top cop, Gina Hawkins has few regrets. “It’s not one thing I’m proud of,” said Hawkins, the first woman to serve as chief of the Fayetteville Police Department. “I’m proud of so many things, from the Police Department and from the community."
Bill Kirby Jr.: First graduating class of Fayetteville Academy celebrates 50 years
Once upon a time, they were just teenagers and settling into the single building surrounded by pine trees along Morganton Road. You might say they were a touch apprehensive.
Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation, Methodist University team for health expo
Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation and Methodist University will partner for the 2023 Step Up 4 Health and Wellness Expo. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 15 in Duggins Soccer Stadium on the Methodist campus.
Atlanta consulting firm commends PWC for race-, gender-conscious outreach
The Fayetteville Public Works Commission received 10 policy recommendations designed to encourage local companies and minority- and women-owned businesses to bid for supply contracts.
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Matilda’s revolution comes to Fayetteville in Cape Fear Regional musical

“Matilda the Musical,” which has been growing in fame and popularity since it debuted in London’s Cambridge Theatre in 2010, has come to Fayetteville. Matilda and her powerful intellect …

Cumberland County extension workshops to offer information on beekeeping
“Bees Are Amazing” is the title of a workshop planned by Cumberland County Cooperative Extension in a return of its Better Living Series for 2023, according to a news release. The …
Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra to present ‘Jubilate Deo’
The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra will perform a choral work based on Psalm 100 at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at First Presbyterian Church, 102 Ann St.
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Business Notebook for Jan. 29

In today's Business Notebook: Kyle R. Chavis appointed to Lumbee Guaranty Bank board of directors; Dogwood State Bank to cut ribbon for new location at former Systel building; Better Health executive office dedicated in memory of Judy Klinck

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Monthly book series at Cumberland County library explores North Carolina themes
This spring, Cumberland County Public Library will take part in North Carolina Reads, an annual series that features five books that explore issues of racial, social and gender equality as well as the history and culture of North Carolina.
City Council approves limits on number of people in reintegration centers
The Fayetteville City Council on Thursday voted to rename new halfway houses as “community reintegration centers” while also limiting the number of residents who can live there at one …
‘Soul & Spirit’ art exhibit celebrates Black artists at Arts Council through March 4
An opening reception for “Soul & Spirit: Celebrating Black Joy,” a national juried art exhibition, was scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County.
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Now seeking nominations: 2023 Community Awards

Do you know any residents who have made a positive impact in our community?  The Fayetteville-Cumberland Human Relations Commission is seeking nominations for the 2023 Community Awards. The Community …
Lisa ((Cornwall)) Meyers
Mrs. Lisa Meyers, 59, of Lillington, NC was called to be with the Lord, Wednesday, January 25th, 2023. She passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family. She was a devoted wife of 36 years …
James P. Roberts, Sr.
James P. Roberts, Sr., age 82, died peacefully at home on January 25, 2023.  Fondly known as Jim, he is survived by his wife, Emilia Roberts; his son, James P. Roberts, Jr., daughter and …
Michelle Renee Parker
Michelle Renee Parker, 57 years old, passed away on January 29th, 2023. Michelle is preceded in death by her father, Malcolm Parker; mother, Eunice Parker; and niece, Angela Davis. Michelle …
Olivia J. Pike
Olivia Jeanne Pike, 88, of Cameron, North Carolina died Friday, January 27, 2023, after a short illness at Sanford Health and Rehabilitation in Sanford, North Carolina. Mrs. Pike was born …
Hye S. Brown
Hye Suk Brown, 72, of Fayetteville, NC died Tuesday, January 24, 2023 surrounded by her loved ones. Hye Suk was born in Korea on March 2, 1950 daughter to the late Mun Hyen Pang and Tal Mak Chong. …
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Untangling the twists behind a proposal to leverage the PWC for 30 years

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.

Waddell says she’ll apologize if her allegations prove unfounded

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.