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Incumbent Colvin, challenger De la Cruz to vie for mayor in November

Incumbent Mayor Mitch Colvin will face challenger Freddie de la Cruz in Nov. 7’s general election after the pair led a four-person ballot in Fayetteville’s nonpartisan primary Tuesday.

Voter ID: Fayetteville voters mostly shrug off requirement 

On Fayetteville’s first primary election day under a new statewide voter ID requirement, voters at polling places largely shrugged off the new law.

Suspect who fired at officers in police custody

An armed suspect is in custody after Fayetteville police responded to gunshots reported early Tuesday morning on North Churchill Drive, the Fayetteville Police Department said.  Officers …

City Council seeks bodycam footage of in-custody shooting

The Fayetteville City Council is seeking police body camera footage of Lawrence Artis, a 29-year-old man who reportedly shot himself with a concealed weapon Oct. 2 while in custody of Fayetteville police officers and has since died. 

Your guide to Fayetteville’s primary election

Election season is under way in Fayetteville, and voters will have a final chance to cast their ballots in three races in the city’s primary election Tuesday. 

Skyrocketing teen boy suicides linked to firearms access

Suicide rates were 3.2 times higher for teenage boys than teen girls between 2018 and 2020 — with guns increasingly playing an outsize role. Boys and young men represent  80 percent …

Fayetteville Technical Community College has been awarded $500,000 by the Golden LEAF Foundation toward construction of a driving pad at a planned regional supply chain transport complex in western Cumberland County, according to a news release. 

Indigo Moon Film Fest to bring documentaries, narratives to downtown venues

“Black Barbie” will open the eighth annual Indigo Moon Film Fest in downtown Fayetteville beginning Friday and running through Sunday. More than 80 independent films from around the world will be featured, including dramas, documentaries, animation, student-directed works and films with North Carolina connections.

Do you know that you have 64 great-great-great-great grandparents? That’s a lot of ancestors who each had their own life story! The Cumberland County Public Library’s Local & State …

Bill Kirby Jr.: YMCA of the Sandhills is back in business with new CEO

A lone swimmer slowly backstroked her way in the swimming pool during a Wednesday morning exercise as a lifeguard kept vigil. Shuttered for the past year, the Fayetteville branch of the YMCA of the Sandhills is back in business, and with a new chief executive officer.

Business Notebook: Food vendors sought for planned entertainment venue

Food vendors are being sought for Fayetteville’s first food hall, an open-air food and entertainment venue being developed as Railyard FVL. Partners are being sought to operate food stalls in the entertainment venue, according to a news release. Railyard’s developers hope to recruit eight to 12 small food and beverage businesses to operate stalls.

Just four days after a shooting in the area, about 50 people of all ages gathered in the Massey Hill neighborhood Saturday morning to stand up against violent crime and show solidarity for law enforcement. 

Council to hold hearing Monday on public utility annexations

The Fayetteville City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 433 Hay St. Here's a look at what’s on the agenda. Public comments: As with each first regular meeting of the month, …

Gray’s Creek, Cape Fear, Seventy-First roll to big wins Friday night

Pine Forest defeated E.E. Smith 22-0 Friday night as Cumberland County Schools football teams took the field. Among other scores, Harnett Central topped Terry Sanford 45-28.

Early voting ends Saturday in primary races for municipal office

Only two days remain for one-stop, early voting in the municipal primary election. New election laws require that voters present photo identification. Those without a photo ID can get one free at the Cumberland County Board of Elections Office.

With Cumberland’s primary municipal elections set for Tuesday, voters will choose between four candidates seeking Fayetteville’s mayor seat: incumbent Mitch Colvin and challengers Freddie de la Cruz, Quancidine Hinson-Gribble and Charles Evans. 

Turf-marking machine takes work out of preparing athletic fields for games

David Culbreth is always on the lookout for technological advances that will save school coaches time from certain aspects of their work so they can devote more of it to their students and families. His latest discovery is the Turf Tank Two, which tackles the arduous task of lining athletic fields for play and turns it into a job for one person and one machine.

Cape Fear tennis, Pine Forest football standouts recognized for achievements

These students are the Athletes of the Week in Cumberland County based on their standout performance in tennis and football.

General Assembly completes dismantling of High School Athletics Association

The North Carolina General Assembly has penned a 21st-century version of the Hans Christian Andersen classic “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” State Senate Bill 452 has completed the stripping of power from the N.C. High School Athletic Association that began four years ago as a personal crusade by Sen. Tom McInnis, a Republican who represents Cumberland and Moore counties, and his two top helpers, Sens. Todd Johnson, R-Union, and Vickie Sawyer, R-Mecklenberg, as well as the rest of the Republican majority in the state House and Senate.

The Rev. Archie Barringer says he is heading to Monday’s meeting of the Fayetteville City Council at City Hall to plead with Mayor Mitch Colvin and the council to remove the words “Black Lives Do Matter” that encircle the historic Market House. “Every time you drive around it, it’s a throwback to the night the Market House was set on fire,” Barringer says about May 30, 2020, when provocateurs smashed windows and set fire to the building’s stairway.

Months later, Benavente still has questions about murder-suicide

Fayetteville City Councilman Mario Benavente waited nearly five months to hear back from city staff about questions he had about the April murder-suicide involving a city police officer before ultimately forcing a discussion by requesting it be on Monday’s City Council agenda.  

A former state legislator and owner of a Fayetteville automotive dealership has donated $1 million to support the planned school of medicine at Methodist University, the university announced Thursday.

A woman driver was killed when her vehicle with two children on board was struck by a man in a Jeep Cherokee who ran a red light, the Fayetteville Police Department reported.

A Fayetteville man is charged with attempted murder after police say he shot another man in the abdomen in the area of Briar Circle on Tuesday morning.

Bill Kirby Jr.: We’re old school journalists along Breezewood Avenue

Over here along Breezewood Avenue, we like hearing from our readers and subscribers. You always have a voice with us. We’re busy these days at CityView's news website and CityView magazine, where our editorial offices overlook Breezewood. Busy with a new executive editor in Bill Horner III; a new managing editor of CityView Today in Maydha Devarajan; two new full-time reporters in Evey Weisblat and Char Morrison; and a Fayetteville State University student-intern developing his skills as a journalist.  

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