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Methodist University breaks ground for Robert J. Chaffin nursing center

Methodist University has begun construction of a state-of-the-art nursing center that will be named in honor of a longtime executive in the savings and loan industry. A ribbon-cutting was held Sept. 16 for the Robert J. Chaffin Building.
SPRING LAKE — The Spring Lake Board of Aldermen is expected to swear in Dysoaneik Spellman as the new police chief during tonight’s meeting. The town in August announced Spellman as the next police chief after a two-month search. He was appointed interim police chief when former chief Troy McDuffie retired for the second time in 2021.
Fayetteville is receiving nearly $40.5 million in federal pandemic aid to help the city recover from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and $5 million of that will go to businesses that were burdened by …
Another business day was done at Nathan’s Auto Repair alongside Carvers Falls Road, just off of Ramsey Street in north Fayetteville. But this Sept. 15 afternoon would be different for Nathan and Cindy Page, as this would be their last day in the automotive repair business after 41 years.
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City Council to revisit gunshot detection system for Police Department
The Fayetteville City Council on Monday will revisit the execution of a contract for a gunshot detection system for the Police Department. Reconsideration of the contract is listed under other business on Monday's regular meeting agenda. The council meets at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall.
‘A celebration of cultures’
The International Folk Festival shifted into high gear Saturday with just about everything that might be expected from a street fair promoting a distinctive cultural theme. The Parade of Nations …
Information session on $97M bond initiative draws small crowd
An information session to talk with residents about the three bond packages that will be on the Nov. 8 ballot for Fayetteville residents drew a small crowd Friday. The education and information …
International Folk Festival to bring music, food, fun to downtown Fayetteville
With a taste of cool autumn weather in the air, Fayetteville is taking it to the streets this weekend. Cultural artistry and cuisines from around the world will be celebrated Friday through Sunday during the 44th annual International Folk Festival at Festival Park and throughout downtown.
‘Broncos near and far are counting on you,’ new FSU chancellor told
After 19 months on the job, Darrell Allison was officially installed as the 12th chancellor in the long history of Fayetteville State University on Friday.
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Fiesta Latina to celebrate Hispanic culture with music, art, food

Musicians, artists and vendors will celebrate Hispanic culture at Fiesta Latina on Friday evening in downtown Fayetteville, a kickoff for the 44th annual International Folk Festival. Musicians who will perform live include Moises Inostroza, DJ Heaven Knows, and Jimmy Roman.

‘Buddy’ brings music, energy of rock icon to Cape Fear Regional Theatre
A month after classic rock fans were remembering Elvis Presley, Cape Fear Regional Theatre is celebrating the legacy of another musical legend who was gone too early. The theater will open its season on Thursday with “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” a musical tribute to the life of a rock pioneer who died in a plane crash in 1959. He was 22.
North Carolina Symphony to appear in concert at Fayetteville State University
The North Carolina Symphony will perform music that celebrates African American culture in a concert Thursday night at Fayetteville State University. The Freedom Celebration Concert will be at …
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Bill Kirby Jr.: Downtown holiday decorations getting $39,000 facelift

Downtown will be all dressed up for the coming Christmas season with 200 new red- and gold-trimmed bows along Person Street and an even taller holiday tree at the Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County.

Cumberland Community Foundation awards $684,060 in grants, scholarships
The Cumberland Community Foundation on Thursday evening awarded grants and scholarships totaling $684,060. One will enhance Fayetteville State University graduation rates, and the other will help two local nonprofit organizations establish and grow their own endowments.
Pair arrested in Durham, charged in shooting death in Fayetteville
Two teenagers have been arrested in Durham in connection with the shooting death of a man outside his Fayetteville apartment, according to the Fayetteville Police Department. Timothy Renae Nava, 18, and Nizer Marquise Bennett, 19, each is charged with first-degree murder,
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Board chairman: Chancellor is making an impact on FSU, the community and region
As chairman of the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners, I am fortunate to interact with various groups and entities. My fellow commissioners and I hear their needs, requests and complaints. The …
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ASOM hosts Mogadishu Mile 5K  

The U.S. Army Airborne & Special Operations Museum (ASOM) is hosting its first annual Mogadishu Mile 5K on Oct. 1 in honor of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the Battle of Mogadishu, …
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James N. Strickland
Mr. James Nathan Strickland, 85, of Fayetteville, NC, died Sunday, September 25, 2022, at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. on …
Nancy Virginia ((Beardall)) Rugg
Nancy Virginia Beardall Rugg passed peacefully surrounded by her family on September 22, 2022. Nancy was an angel to many and will be deeply missed. Nancy is preceded in death by her …
Nancy J. Capps
Nancy Jean Capps, 64, passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. Nancy was preceded in death by her father, James Edison Capps; grandmother, Laura A. Parker-Strickland; and grandfather, …
Bruce A. Darden Sr.
Bruce Allen Darden, Sr., 77, passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2022. He was born in Cumberland County in 1945. Bruce is survived by his son, Bruce A. Darden, Jr. and wife, Angela; two …
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Fayetteville Councilwoman Tisha Waddell resigned abruptly in November, alleging that Mayor Mitch Colvin withheld information from the council in an attempt to bring in a private equity firm to operate the PWC.

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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.