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Business Notebook for Dec. 11

A roundup of business news in Fayetteville and Cumberland County


Metronet opens Fayetteville store

Metronet on Tuesday held a grand opening for its Fayetteville storefront at 399 Westwood Shopping Center.

The store will give people the opportunity to learn more about Metronet’s multi-gigabit, 100% fiber-optic speeds and service offerings, Metronet said in a release. People can visit the store to sign up for service plans and talk with customer care associates, the release said.

Several city officials attended the grand opening.

“Metronet’s storefront will be a valuable asset to Fayetteville,” Robert Van Geons, president and CEO of the Fayetteville Cumberland County Economic Development Corp., said in the release. “Metronet’s investment has strengthened our city’s continued economic development, providing residents and businesses with advanced fiber optic technology that will propel us forward as a growing city.”

Mayor Mitch Colvin also welcomed Metronet to the city.

“Metronet’s reliable, high-speed fiber optic internet has been a game changer for the city of Fayetteville,’’ Colvin said in the release. “As Metronet continues to rapidly expand, we look forward to seeing how their service will positively impact the lives of residents and the success of businesses throughout the city.”

Two recognized for work with Cumberland County Schools

Cumberland County Schools recently recognized two people for their commitment to the district’s students.

Natasha Vaughn, the media coordinator at Reid Ross Classical School, received the November 2022 Extra Mile Award, and Karen Mantzouris from Southern Regional AHEC received the November 2022 Committed Community Support Award.

The Extra Mile Award recognizes employees who demonstrate a sustained high level of performance and inspire others to do their best, the school system said in a release.

Vaughn was nominated by Triahnna Miles, an EC teacher at Reid Ross Classical School. Miles said Vaughn helps out wherever she is needed, whether in the front office or supporting students after school with band and orchestra concerts or sports games, the release said.

"When so many of us in CCS are struggling mentally and physically, she is always there with a smile, hug and encouragement," Miles said in the release. "Reid Ross Classical School would not be the same without her. Miss Vaughn is the epitome of 'going the extra mile' in every way."

Mantzouris received the Committed Community Support Award, which is presented monthly to an individual or group for supporting the district and helping students succeed. She was nominated by Taneka Williams, the district’s career pathways coordinator.

Mantzouris has worked with the school district in a number of capacities over the years, the release said. She is in her 23rd year as a member of the Health Sciences Academy advisory board at Westover High School. She also serves on the District Business Advisory Council and CCS Health Advisory Council through Healthful Living Services, the release said.

Williams said Mantzouris also works with students and teachers on field trips, speakers and tours through Southern Regional-AHEC, the release said.

“Karen goes ‘above and beyond’ in all that we ask of her with a willing heart to serve the students and community,’’ Williams said in the release.

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Walker named 2022 Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year

Thomas Walker was selected as the 2022 Cumberland County Farm Bureau Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year. 

Walker is a fourth-generation farmer who works alongside his father, David, in the Wade community where they produce soybeans, corn and wheat, the County Cumberland Cooperative Extension said in a release.

Walker was honored during the annual Farm City Week Luncheon, which was held on Nov. 18 and was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Fayetteville, Cumberland County Cooperative Extension, Cumberland County Farm Bureau, and Cape Fear Farm Credit. 


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