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HOPE MILLS — With little discussion Monday evening, the town board unanimously approved the annexation of 1.198 acres on Rockfish Road and scheduled a public hearing on another annexation request for Aug. 21.

Recruit Military will host the first Fort Liberty jobs fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 17 at 2658 Rock Merritt Ave. More than 60 employers have registered to present employment opportunities for veterans, military spouses, and members of the National Guard and reserve.

Cool Spring Downtown District, the managing partner for the city of Fayetteville’s Municipal Service and Arts and Entertainment districts, has elected new members to its board and executive …

State lawmakers have repealed “Blackbeard’s Law,” a measure passed in 2015 that Fayetteville underwater photographer Rick Allen believes was an attempt to stop him from suing the state for using his videos and photographs of the notorious pirate’s shipwreck without compensation.

ELIZABETHTOWN — Fayetteville Technical Community College and Bladen Community College have partnered to increase truck-driver training in the region. The colleges made the agreement made the agreement official Wednesday in a signing ceremony at BCC. The arrangement allows students enrolled at either school to use FTCC’s truck-driving instruction facility.

Florida utility veteran named new CEO of Public Works Commission

Timothy Bryant has been named the new CEO and general manager of Fayetteville Public Works Commission, the utility announced Friday. Bryant brings more than 25 years of utility experience to PWC and is the utility's 10th CEO.  Bryant will begin work Aug. 14, according to a news release.

For brothers Joe and Jimmy Gillis, farming is just a way of life. They know the fields like the callouses on their hands. They know life on Gillis Farms out west Fayetteville way, and while those rural days of agriculture farming have changed, their love for the land remains timeless. Mornings come early on the farm for this ninth generation of farmers, and the days end late.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for the positions of detention officer, detention officer cadet, deputy sheriff and deputy sheriff cadet. A hiring fair with same-day interviews is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 19 at the NC Works at 490 N. McPherson Church Road in Fayetteville.

Metronet is handing out free ice cream in neighborhoods across Fayetteville. The internet service provider is sponsoring a branded truck that will be popping up all over town delivering free ice cream to help beat the summer heat, according to a Metronet spokeswoman.

Bees & Boards Charcuterie & Catering Co., which provides made-to-order charcuterie boards and catering, is launching a restaurant concept that will include retail, dining, private celebrations, grab-and-go food, and catering, according to a news release. The restaurant will be on the ground floor of the Dogwood State Bank building at 225 Green St. in a space formerly occupied by The Friends Table.

Fayetteville Public Works Commission and the city will host Industry Day Business Networking on Tuesday in an effort to reach out to local businesses about business opportunities.

Disabled American Veterans and RecruitMilitary will host the Fort Bragg Veterans Job Fair  from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Iron Mike Conference Center on Fort Bragg.   Registration is free and available online to all transitioning military members, veterans, military spouses and dependents. 

All of us knew where we could find that special card for a loved one, be it a birthday, an anniversary, a graduation, a get-well-soon or a condolence. A Christmas card, a Mother’s Day or …

The Cumberland County Board of Education approved the appointment of Lavette Alston-Braswell as assistant superintendentof K-12 instructional programs.

Cumberland County is accepting bids from child care center operators to serve county employees and families. The proposal number is RFP, No. 23-27-ADM Childcare Center Operator.

Bobby Jones Links, an Atlanta-based club management and advisory services company, has entered a consulting partnership with Woodlake Country Club, a privately owned country club in Vass.

Cumberland County Cooperative Extension is accepting nominations for induction into the Cumberland County Agricultural Hall of Fame for 2023, according to a county news release. The Hall of Fame …

Dick Gill is reflecting these days on more than 50 years ago, when he first installed a burglar alarm for his father’s real estate business in north Fayetteville. “He had a break-in at his office,” Gill says. “I was working at Sears Roebuck, but I made an alarm and put it in his office. It was just a rig, but it worked.” William Gill never had another break-in at his business.

RALEIGH — Carelon, the health care services subsidiary of Elevance Health, has opened a facility in Fayetteville that will be the first of its kind for the company, according to a news release.

There’s a tranquility and a calm that permeates through this place where women and men both gather throughout each week to not only strengthen and tone their bodies but to reflect and be in touch with themselves and their daily lives. There’s a serenity. You can feel it.

A grand opening will be held Saturday for 2313 Glitter Ave. Inclusive Boutique at its store off Raeford Road. The boutique sells clothing, shoes and accessories for women of all sizes, according to a news release.

Former Mayor Nat Robertson named CEO of Greater Fayetteville Chamber

The Greater Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday that its new president and CEO is former city Mayor Nat Robertson. Robertson, who served as mayor from 2013 to 2017, said in an interview that his priority for the chamber going forward is relying on what chambers are fundamentally meant to do, in his view.

Michael Fleishman says he thinks his mother and father would be glad that their family is carrying on what they started. Their legacy lives on. Fleishman’s Tiny Town, the children’s boutique off Fort Bragg Road, is now serving third- and fourth-generation customers. Fleishman and his two sisters, Marcie Justice and Minda Fleishman, will soon be carrying on that parental legacy in the Highland Centre shopping center on Raeford Road.

Business Notebook for Feb. 19

In this week’s Business Notebook:  Kimberly Leonard named director of city’s budget department; Coldwell Banker Advantage wins awards from Anywhere Leads; N.C. transit agencies, towns get federal money for transportation improvements; NC MedAssist announces keynote speaker of 2023 executive luncheon

Cape Fear Valley Health is recruiting for several job vacancies with information sessions beginning Thursday. Potential applicants can find more information and register in advance of job fairs at https://www.capefearvalley.com/careersx/events.aspx.

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