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Pinwheels popping up across county as reminder to help children stay safe

Pinwheels representing a happy, safe and carefree childhood that every person deserves are blossoming across Cumberland County in recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Gardens of bright blue pinwheels are being “planted” in several locations, adding to the more than a million pinwheels dislayed nationwide since the campaign started in April 2008, when it was adopted by Prevent Child Abuse America.
Two cases with military medals were found in the parking lot of a gas station and turned over to the Fayetteville Police Department, according to a news release Friday.
SPRING LAKE — An executive with Cumberland County’s economic recruiting agency told county mayors on Friday that the search is on for land to build a “mega site.” Robert Patton, executive vice president of the Fayetteville-Cumberland County Economic Development Corp., said at a meeting of the Mayors Coalition that the agency is looking for 1,000 to 2,000 acres to attract mega projects such as the recently announced Toyota battery plant in the Randolph County town of Liberty.
Paratroopers of Gainey Company, activated in a provisional status with Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, uncased their guidon during a ceremony Wednesday on Fort Bragg. Gainey Company will operate as a specialty company harnessing innovation and testing, proving, and propagating technology across the division.
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Athletes bring message of positive thinking, hope to Cumberland County middle-schoolers
“It doesn’t matter how hard things get,” said Lucas Simmons, a sixth-grader at South View Middle School. “I’ve got to keep on going and not stop no matter how tough things are.” Lucas’ sentiment echoes that of hundreds of Cumberland County Schools students and parents who had the chance to hear former NFL player Keith Davis and former college football player Germard Reed during a two-day visit to local middle schools.
Cape Fear wrestler earns All American honors at tournament in Virginia Beach
Samuel Aponte didn’t get the outcome he was hoping for last weekend when he competed in the National High School Coaches Association wrestling tournament in Virginia Beach, Virginia. But he did come away with a pretty solid consolation prize, recognition as an All American wrestler.
Athletes of the Week: Gray’s Creek pitcher, Fayetteville Academy lacrosse player show up
Ty Stewart of Gray's Creek baseball and Vanni Intini or Fayetteville Academy lacrosse turned in standout performances this week.
Bill Kirby Jr.: District 9 city councilman off to a sound start as elected leader
Deno Hondros, in only 7½ months, is turning out to be quite an in-tune Fayetteville city councilman. “We had a good meeting, I felt, where we thanked them for supporting RAISE (Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity) and RAMP (Risk and Authorization Management Program) grants,” the 46-year-old councilman says of a final stop Tuesday with U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis and Tillis’ deputy chief of staff, Kyle Sanders, as Mayor Pro Tem Johnny Dawkins and the council attended the Congressional City Conference on March 26-28 in Washington, D.C.
Man charged with setting fire to girlfriend’s mattress at Kenbrian Street mobile home
A Fayetteville man is charged with attempted murder after he set his girlfriend’s mattress on fire in a home occupied by two adults and five children, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.
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All aboard the STEAM train!

If you love science and art, you don’t want to miss what Cumberland County Public Library has in store for the month of April. Join us at your favorite library branch for the 13th annual …

‘Steel Magnolias’ to be presented by FTCC Fine Arts Department
Fayetteville Technical Community College’s Fine Arts Department will present a six-show run of “Steel Magnolias” over two weekends starting Friday, according to a news release.
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Buc-ee’s bonanza!
A Sheetz marries a Tractor Supply, and they give birth to two babies: Cracker Barrel and Hobby Lobby — but only the folksy home décor and casual-clothing parts of the stores.Add in …
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Hope Mills Branch Library closed Friday because of sewer main break

The Hope Mills Branch Library at 3411 Golfview Road will be closed Friday because of a sewer main break near the library that is affecting utility services, according to a Cumberland County news release.

Former NFL player and inspirational speaker encourages students to push for success
HOPE MILLS — Before Keith Davis played linebacker for the University of Southern California’s 1985 Rose Bowl championship football team; before he graduated with the highest grade point average among his teammates; and before he could leg-press 1,800 pounds, Davis struggled as a young man growing up.
Charter schools get larger share in second round of state grant for period hygiene supplies
In the second round of a state grant aimed at helping provide students with free period supplies, charter schools got a much larger share of the funding than they did in the first round.
City Council approves appointments to boards and commissions
The Fayetteville City Council has approved appointments to several boards and commissions effective April 1, according to a city news release.
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Former Councilwoman Tisha Waddell alleges that Mayor Mitch Colvin and city bond attorney Jonathan Charleston privately pushed for a concession agreement with Bernhard Capital Partners. She says the council should have been more involved.