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The Systel Building in downtown Fayetteville, with its looming aluminum-and-glass facade, has been undergoing extensive renovations since August 2018. Now, it has a new anchor tenant. Raleigh-headquartered Dogwood State Bank has moved into the first floor of the downtown fixture, which ranks as the city center’s tallest.

Two months into a yearlong trial run of a “social district” — where people can roam while drinking alcoholic beverages — downtown boosters say it’s getting a positive response. But on a recent stroll down Hay Street, some customers — and bar workers too — said they had not heard of the option.

The Fayetteville Observer will shut down its printing press in April and move its printing operations to a sister newspaper in Gastonia, according to a report on the Observer’s website Tuesday.

The Fayetteville Public Works Commission received 10 policy recommendations designed to encourage local companies and minority- and women-owned businesses to bid for supply contracts.

In this week's Business Notebook: Methodist University named among 10 'must-watch' universities; 9 Fayetteville Tech faculty members receive awards for innovation; City marketing department adds public information specialist

The Greater Fayetteville Chamber hopes to have an announcement about its new CEO by the end of the month. If things go as planned, the new leader will soon be running the chamber at a new location …

Fayetteville PWC hopes to have new CEO hired by sometime in April

The board of Fayetteville’s public utility hopes to have a new CEO in place by April. Ronna Garrett, chairwoman of the Fayetteville Public Works Commission, said during the board’s monthly meeting on Wednesday that the utility has been working with Polyhire, an executive recruitment firm.

The Fayetteville City Council on Monday approved a special-use permit to allow a church to locate on property closer to an adult entertainment business than current zoning regulations allow.

City Council exploring ways to round up abandoned shopping carts

City officials aim to round up a problem that shoppers encounter in retail parking lots everywhere: abandoned shopping carts. The problem is not only one of safety, officials said, but one that cost the city at least $78,000 over a period of two and a half years.

EASTOVER — Another day is nearing an end at Eastover Art Works, where McLaurin has been for customers from Dunn, Clinton, Erwin, Cedar Grove, Stedman, Vander, Godwin, Wade and Fayetteville since 1971. But after 51 years, Charles McLaurin says it’s time. Eastover Art Works, at least under Charles and wife Shirley’s ownership, is closing Friday.

In this week’s notebook: White Trash & Colorful Accessories changes its name to Cursive, and Fayetteville Justice For Our Neighbors receives $12,000 for an arts event.

Fayetteville Regional Airport will provide an update on its terminal renovations and expansion in an unveiling scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Dec. 7, according to a city news release.

Shoppers are encouraged to shop small on Saturday. That’s Small Business Saturday, the day after the traditional Black Friday and two days before Cyber Monday.

Fayetteville’s first shopping center — and one of the first in the state — is undergoing renovations and seeking new tenants after being sold to a Triangle area investor. Eutaw Village Shopping Center was sold to Eutaw Village Shopping LLC, which is based in Morrisville, by the local family business that had owned it since it opened in 1955.

In this week’s notebook: Fayetteville Academy names Norman “Blair’’ Fisher as the next head of school; two are recognized for support of Cumberland County Schools; Fort Bragg job fair set for Thursday.

Cape Fear Valley Health is eliminating 200 jobs, 158 of which are open positions, according to a news release from the health care system Thursday.

Fayetteville PWC receives clean audit report in financial review

Fayetteville PWC on Wednesday received “a clean, unmodified opinion” on its annual audit report for fiscal year 2022. Members of the Public Works Commission were presented with highlights of a financial review and audit report during their monthly meeting.

In this week’s notebook: Nikeisha Waring hired as Cumberland County’s first chief diversity officer, Dominique Hall hired as Cumberland County’s new human resources director, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office recognized for its work with military law enforcement, the county Department of Social Services has merged its website with Cumberland County government, city of Fayetteville receives budget award.

Fayetteville State University Chancellor Darrell T. Allison was full of surprises Thursday morning: new retail outlets, a new home for the chamber of commerce, and a new name for its business center to reflect its growing role as a business hub.

Fayetteville police Sgt. Caleb Hudson called it “a normal day.” That was before he put his life on the line and coordinated the safe evacuation of employees out of the back door of the Taco Bell on Bragg Boulevard. Hudson, 43, was among seven people recognized Tuesday morning with the top honor at the 2022 Public Safety Valor Awards.

In this week’s notebook: Dr. James Lester to receive the 2022 North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians Community Preceptor Award; Jalisha C. Pone joins Methodist University as senior director for development; the N.C. Department of Transportation is holding workshops for small and disadvantaged business owners; Cumberland County Cooperative Extension to hold charcuterie board workshop.

Fayetteville PWC adopted changes to its whole-home and whole-business rate schedules on Wednesday with the expectation of increased savings for residential and small-business customers.

Preliminary site plans for a Costco Wholesale store in Fayetteville are posted on the Cumberland County Development Review Finder website. It would be the first Fayetteville location for the international retailer that has warehouse club stores in eight countries.

In this week’s notebook: Lisa Kennedy Geddie promoted to president of Coldwell Banker Advantage’s Sandhills region; Red Hat to be at Fayetteville Technical Community College to discuss job opportunities, training options; Methodist earns ‘Best for Vets’ ranking; Cooperative Extension to conduct Master Gardener volunteer training.

The Fayetteville City Council has narrowly rejected a plan for a 237-unit residential neighborhood on land beneath a primary flight pattern for Fayetteville Regional Airport.

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