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Fayetteville police Sgt. Caleb Hudson called it “a normal day.” That was before he put his life on the line and coordinated the safe evacuation of employees out of the back door of the Taco Bell on Bragg Boulevard. Hudson, 43, was among seven people recognized Tuesday morning with the top honor at the 2022 Public Safety Valor Awards.

In this week’s notebook: Dr. James Lester to receive the 2022 North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians Community Preceptor Award; Jalisha C. Pone joins Methodist University as senior director for development; the N.C. Department of Transportation is holding workshops for small and disadvantaged business owners; Cumberland County Cooperative Extension to hold charcuterie board workshop.

Fayetteville PWC adopted changes to its whole-home and whole-business rate schedules on Wednesday with the expectation of increased savings for residential and small-business customers.

Preliminary site plans for a Costco Wholesale store in Fayetteville are posted on the Cumberland County Development Review Finder website. It would be the first Fayetteville location for the international retailer that has warehouse club stores in eight countries.

In this week’s notebook: Lisa Kennedy Geddie promoted to president of Coldwell Banker Advantage’s Sandhills region; Red Hat to be at Fayetteville Technical Community College to discuss job opportunities, training options; Methodist earns ‘Best for Vets’ ranking; Cooperative Extension to conduct Master Gardener volunteer training.

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.

Long wait times for disposing of bulk waste are in the past with the new Ann Street Reimagined project.

In this week’s notebook: Larry Keen and Amy Cannon are recognized for their support of a local leadership program; Harnett Health completes its switch to Epic, a new electronic medical records system.

Economic study ranks Cumberland County No. 12 in visitor spending

Cumberland County ranked 12th among North Carolina’s 100 counties in travel and tourism revenue in 2021, according to a new annual report that shows visitor spending totaled nearly $610 million last year and continues to play a significant role in the Cumberland County economy.

City Council votes down request to build duplexes in neighborhood

A large contingent of residents of the Briarwood Hills-Clairway neighborhoods turned out Monday night to oppose a request for a special-use permit that would allow three duplexes to be built on Colgate Drive. The Fayetteville City Council voted 8-2 to deny the permit request after a hearing.

A nearly $3 million grant from the state will help Fayetteville Regional Airport add hangar space, beef up security — and maybe even make room for another airline to operate. Earlier this month, the Fayetteville City Council accepted the $2.97 million grant from the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Bill Kirby Jr.: A changing of the guard on Carvers Falls Road

Another business day was done at Nathan’s Auto Repair alongside Carvers Falls Road, just off of Ramsey Street in north Fayetteville. But this Sept. 15 afternoon would be different for Nathan and Cindy Page, as this would be their last day in the automotive repair business after 41 years.

The culinary arts program at Fayetteville Technical Community College is training aspiring chefs and restaurant managers in part by serving up gourmet lunches and dinners to the public, giving students hands-on experience preparing meals.

DUBLIN — Proclaiming their company to be a “good neighbor,” executives and technicians of the Chemours Co. met with people who live near its Fayetteville Works site on Tuesday night and said a planned expansion would be good for the economy and not harmful to the environment.

HOPE MILLS — The town Board of Commissioners on Monday continued its discussion of a proposed overlay zoning district. The board met an hour before its regular meeting. It marked the second …

HOPE MILLS — The town Board of Commissioners will hold a special work session an hour before its regular meeting tonight to discuss the development of an overlay zoning district. This will …

In this week’s notebook: Angie Brady selected for Southeast Tourism Society board, Steve Foley named credit union CEO of the Year, Heather Skeens named assistant Cumberland County manager, Cumberland County seeking vendors to participate in employee wellness fair and Miller-Motte College is hosting a Community Resource Open House.

Cape Fear Valley expansion underway

Motorists traveling near Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and visitors to the campus may see a few disruptions over the next few months as construction begins on a $110 million hospital expansion project.

The interim CEO of Fayetteville’s public utility, presiding at his first board meeting on Wednesday, praised his leadership team for working together during a period of transition. Mick Noland was named interim CEO and general manager of the Public Works Commission after the resignation of Elaina Ball effective Sept. 2.

In this week’s notebook: Cumberland County Schools recognize two high school counselors and three health care professionals; Cape Fear Valley receives a grant for an Arts Therapy program; an FSU professor secures funding from the National Science Foundation for her research; and Methodist University’s engineering program receives accreditation.

For more than three decades, the city of Fayetteville’s 911 call center has operated from the same space at police headquarters downtown. Updating the 911 center and several city fire stations are important keys to providing public safety in Fayetteville, city officials said Friday as they led reporters on a tour of city facilities that they hope will benefit if voters approve a three-part bond package in a November referendum.

Former City Council member recommended for PWC appointment

A City Council committee has recommended that a former council member be appointed to the Fayetteville Public Works Commissio n despite a current council member’s request that the decision be delayed. The appointments committee on Wednesday recommended that former City Councilman Chris Davis be appointed to the PWC.

Without questions or discussion, the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday moved two steps closer to building the proposed Crown Event Center. The board accepted a list of guiding …

In this week’s notebook: TRP Sumner senior accountant earns CPA license, Methodist ranked most diverse university in North Carolina, Cumberland County Public Library receives grant for digital literacy workshops and co-chairs named for Fort Bragg, Cumberland County Food Policy Council.

In this week’s roundup: City of Fayetteville receives public relations award, deadline approaching to nominate someone for ‘Local Hero’ award, Cape Fear Valley’s Langston receives Healthier Communities Award.

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