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How state ARPA grants are helping rural communities in Southeastern NC

Last month, Gov. Roy Cooper’s office announced the recipients of the Rural Transformation Grant Fund, a program funded through state dollars received from the American Rescue Plan …

Would Cape Fear River barrier wall do enough to stop contaminants?

To help reduce PFAS groundwater contamination, Chemours has applied for a state permit to build an underground 1-mile barrier wall along the Cape Fear River near its facility in southern Cumberland County, but some advocacy groups and residents in the area say the permit doesn’t go far enough.

Pilot sexual assault nurse training program would get boost from NC budget

The state’s nearly $2 billion budget for the new fiscal year includes $1.5 million to boost Fayetteville State University’s fledgling training program for sexual assault nurse examiners, or SANE nurses.

Sustaining local farmers with creative ARPA funds application

Linda Brittain was setting up her stand at the Mills River Farm Market one Saturday morning when she saw a little boy pick up a stone from the ground and hand it to her.  He was trying …

Fuquay-Varina couple carries blood stem cells across the U.S.

Retired couple Karon and Leo Mertens, who live in Fuquay-Varina, are traveling more than they ever have. Since the beginning of 2020, they’ve gone on 48 trips, flying thousands of miles all over the United States. To Washington, Ohio, Texas and many more destinations. 

NC town set to cease existence as state treasurer calls for criminal charges

Even though the state auditor’s office released an investigative report last fall exposing financial violations of officials in the small town of East Laurinburg, an old textile mill town near …

Fayetteville approves funding for affordable housing

The Fayetteville City Council unanimously approved funding Monday night to go toward a housing trust fund that will address the lack of affordable housing in the city. The funding includes grants …

N.C. pediatricians gear up for giving COVID-19 shots to infants, toddlers

Christoph Diasio, a Southern Pines pediatrician and president of the North Carolina Pediatric Society, was thrilled on Tuesday as COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as 6 months old were being distributed across the state.

A loose coalition of community leaders has formed in hopes of bringing millions of dollars to Cumberland County to increase the number of sexual assault nurse examiners in the region.

Modular home builder expansion to bring 182 jobs to southeastern NC

A modular and manufactured home builder is expanding to southeastern North Carolina, bringing in 182 jobs over the next five years. Champion Home Builders, which is a subsidiary of Skyline …

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