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Before Europeans came to North Carolina, the Skarure Woccon tribe (Cape Fear Indians) sustained themselves by hunting, fishing and harvesting herbs and other plants in the lower Cape Fear River Basin.  More popularly known as Tuscarora Indians, many tribal members continue to live spread across land, including Bladen, Columbus and Pender counties, where they still follow cultural traditions. Some tribal members fish in the Cape Fear River, hunt on adjacent land, and harvest wild plants for food, healing and rituals.  However, a chemical commercially known as GenX in the river may force members of the tribe to reconsider long-held cultural practices to protect their health.

Cumberland commissioners approve concept design for $131.7 million Crown center

The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a concept design for the new Crown Event Center on Monday, completing another step toward the $131.7 million multipurpose center that will replace the Crown Theater and Arena.

Former Cumberland County substitute teacher charged with indecent liberties with student

A former substitute teacher with Cumberland County Schools was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of taking indecent liberties with a student and eight counts of felonious restraint.

Former Cumberland County District Court Judge Patricia Timmons-Goodson has been named the dean of the law school at North Carolina Central University in Durham. The university announced the news Tuesday on its website.

Paws for Reading therapy pets are great listeners

The only thing better than reading a book is reading a book with a dog. Paws for Reading at Cumberland County Public Library provides children the opportunity to read books aloud to dogs.

A contracted nurse working at the Cumberland County Detention Center has been charged with engaging in sex acts with an inmate, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. Jean Rodriguez, 32, of Hope Mills, was charged Thursday with five counts of sexual acts by a custodian, according to a news release.

Terry Sanford High School principal, assistant principal suspended during investigation

The principal and assistant principal of Terry Sanford High School have been suspended indefinitely with pay because of an ongoing investigation, according to Cumberland County Schools. The suspensions of principal John Godbolt and assistant principal Quantisha Spencer were effective May 1. The school district is conducting the investigation.

Hard to believe, but high school football season is already here as Cumberland County teams are engaged in off-season spring conditioning. There is no set schedule when teams can hold the workouts, so some have already finished while others are in progress. A few will begin later.

Cumberland County residents are invited to help fill a  truck with donations to help students who need assistance over the summer.

An unborn child was killed in a shooting into a vehicle on Interstate 95, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. The shooting was reported about 1 a.m. Saturday, according to …

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