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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.

Long wait times for disposing of bulk waste are in the past with the new Ann Street Reimagined project.

In this week’s notebook: Larry Keen and Amy Cannon are recognized for their support of a local leadership program; Harnett Health completes its switch to Epic, a new electronic medical records system.

Economic study ranks Cumberland County No. 12 in visitor spending

Cumberland County ranked 12th among North Carolina’s 100 counties in travel and tourism revenue in 2021, according to a new annual report that shows visitor spending totaled nearly $610 million last year and continues to play a significant role in the Cumberland County economy.

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