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The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners held its first agenda session of 2024 on Thursday, with commissioners questioning county staff on issues like disaster recovery shelters, affordable housing and the canceled shipment of tons of GenX to Fayetteville.

PWC and customers face $92 million price to filter ‘forever chemicals’ from water

The Fayetteville Public Works Commission — and its customers in and around Fayetteville — face an estimated $92 million cost to design and build filtering equipment to extract “forever chemicals” out of its drinking water supplies, the PWC’s board learned during a presentation Wednesday. 

The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners will hold its first agenda session of 2024 at 1 p.m. Thursday, with commissioners scheduled to hear updates on important projects like affordable housing in Spring Lake and a new water system in the Cedar Creek area.

Fayetteville is asking residents to fill out a survey to gauge their perception and satisfaction with the city’s services, including specific questions about departmental services and broad questions about the city’s overall direction and quality-of-life for residents. 

Fay Block Materials, a family-owned masonry business with an on-site storage facility in north Fayetteville, is looking to expand its storage yard by 1.4 acres via a rezoning request to the …

GOP candidate Venus de la Cruz wants to lose the primary

Republican Cumberland County Commissioner Dist. 2 candidate Venus de la Cruz will not campaign in the GOP primary, she said on Tuesday, and instead will support three other Republican candidates in the eight-person race.

Proposed homeless support center downtown, county commissioner says, not just to get out of the cold   Pamela and Kevin Carter say they have compassion for the homeless population, but …

At its meeting Monday, the Fayetteville City Council approved a special use permit for Cumberland County’s proposed homeless shelter , paving the way for the county to begin the planning and …

The board kicked off 2024 with a closed session for a portion of the Monday meeting, after which Interim Town Manager Chancer McLaughlin read a statement confirming that a Hope Mills Police …

Spring Lake Board approves development plans

The Spring Lake Board of Aldermen approved development plans for a new professional building on Main Street and a proposed location for Starbucks at their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday night.

Hope Mills police major fired amid SBI investigation

A Hope Mills Police Department major has been fired amid a State Bureau of Investigation probe into a Dec. 12 incident at the police department, the town said Monday.  In a reply to a …

PWC to learn about filters to remove PFAS and GenX from drinking water

With federal Environmental Protection Agency regulations on the horizon to keep “forever chemicals” out of drinking water supplies, the Fayetteville Public Works Commission on Wednesday …

As Cumberland County Schools consider options for replacing the aging E.E. Smith High School, a Fort Liberty golf course has emerged as a potential site for a new facility. 

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County homeless shelter hearing to take place Monday

The Fayetteville City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall.  Here’s what’s on the agenda for Monday: Homeless shelter hearing: The council will hold an …

A North Carolina-based research study on exposure to GenX and related chemicals among people living in the Cape Fear River Basin is analyzing new blood samples from four communities with water supplies heavily contaminated with PFAS, including Fayetteville, Pittsboro, New Hanover County and Brunswick County.   

Local baker competes in ‘The Greatest Baker’ competition

Local baker Maryanne Hickson is in the running for the “Greatest Baker,” an international baking contest with a $10,000 grand prize. 

UNC-Chapel Hill professor and psychologist Dorothy Espelage doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to student suicide in North Carolina.

Village Drive earth-moving project to make land more amenable for development

A massive earth-moving project got underway in 2023 on 19 acres on Village Drive at Robeson Street in Fayetteville, near Highland Country Club, but no specific development is planned for the site, the company managing the property said.

When Aisha Wilson-Middleton was named the Cumberland County Schools’ 2023-24 School Psychologist of the Year on Dec. 9, she initially didn’t feel like she deserved the award.

Court rules: Goodyear must cover health costs for workers hurt on the job

Court rules: Goodyear must cover health costs for workers hurt on the job One man suffered hearing loss in an explosion. The other hurt his shoulder with years of heavy lifting BY PAUL …

Tuesday’s Fayetteville City Council meeting marked an eventful night of discussion. 

A bridge on East Russell Street in downtown Fayetteville is closed for an indefinite period of time, the N.C. Department of Transportation said, following a natural gas fire on Christmas Eve and Christmas day that heavily damaged the bridge and injured two people.

Members of the Fayetteville City Council collectively shut down an attempt to censure Mayor Mitch Colvin and Council Member Mario Benavente brought forth by Council Member Courtney Banks-McLaughlin at the council’s Tuesday meeting. 

The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners got off to a solemn start at its first meeting of the year Tuesday, beginning with a moment of silence for two community members who died over the holidays.

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