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Fayetteville man gets more than 7 years in prison on drug, weapons charges

A Fayetteville man who police say was carrying heroin, cocaine and firearms in a vehicle parked outside a Bragg Boulevard nightclub has been sentenced to 71/2 years in prison, according to the Fayetteville Police Department.
Community leaders are remembering the late Wilson Lacy for his longtime county and city service, including time with Cumberland County Schools and his three terms as chairman of the Fayetteville …
Detectives with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office are looking for a Spring Lake man in connection with a fatal shooting that happened late Monday on Belhaven Road. The Sheriff’s …
Throckmorton Library celebrated 25 years of serving the Fort Bragg community on Wednesday.  The celebration included activities, games, music and storytime. The library, located on …
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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.
Fayetteville PWC in preparation mode as Hurricane Ian batters Florida
Officials at Fayetteville’s public utility expect Hurricane Ian to weaken to a tropical depression before reaching North Carolina but still bring strong winds and heavy rains.
DOT to discuss area highway projects
People can learn more about local projects in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s draft 10-year transportation plan for 2024-2033 next week in Fayetteville. The plan, called the State …
Bill Kirby Jr.: Gladys Hill wants to bathe this community in pink again
Gladys Hill wants to bathe this community in pink lights during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This will be her sixth consecutive year selling pink lightbulbs for her Light Up …
As Hurricane Ian draws closer, Fayetteville, Cumberland County monitoring storm
The city of Fayetteville and Cumberland County are monitoring weather conditions related to Hurricane Ian, which the National Hurricane Center reported to be a major Category 3 storm on Tuesday that was expected to strengthen as it approaches Florida.
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‘Liberty Valance’ delivers story of conflict, connections in Wild West

A western onstage? Guns, bars, crime and love? “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,’’ the season opener for Gilbert Theater, brings the wild American frontier to the stage through …

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.
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City Council votes down request to build duplexes in neighborhood

A large contingent of residents of the Briarwood Hills-Clairway neighborhoods turned out Monday night to oppose a request for a special-use permit that would allow three duplexes to be built on Colgate Drive. The Fayetteville City Council voted 8-2 to deny the permit request after a hearing.

ASOM to temporarily remove Field of Honor due to Hurricane Ian
The Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation will temporarily take down the Field of Honor ahead of weather associated with Hurricane Ian. The flags will be removed on Friday and posted …
Fayetteville Regional Airport updating hangar space, security system, terminal
A nearly $3 million grant from the state will help Fayetteville Regional Airport add hangar space, beef up security — and maybe even make room for another airline to operate. Earlier this month, the Fayetteville City Council accepted the $2.97 million grant from the N.C. Department of Transportation.
Update: Sheriff’s Office IDs man killed in Monday night shooting
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man who was killed in a shooting late Monday night on Belhaven Road as 32-year-old Jermaine Hailey of Raeford.
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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, …
Robert Anthony Pronier, Sr.
To tell the story of Robert (Bob) Pronier, it’s hard to know where to begin. If you had the honor of knowing him, the man you called a friend was grounded in his love for his family, an abiding …
Carlton Wendell Marshall, Sr
Carlton Wendell Marshall, Sr, 71, of Raeford, NC passed away on Monday, September 26, 2022 Services Pending. Arrangements by Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home, 545 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, …
Ernest Milford Lamson, Jr.
Ernest Milford Lamson, Jr. 91 of Fayetteville, passed away on Monday, September 26, 2022. Mr. Lamson was born on December 3, 1930, in Syracuse, N.Y to the late Ernest Milford Lamson, Sr. and …
Odessa Carattini
Odessa Carattini passed away on September 26, 2022 at the UNC Southeastern Hospital in Lumberton, North Carolina. Colvin Funeral Home and Cremations are in charge of service arrangments.
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Untangling the twists behind a proposal to leverage the PWC for 30 years

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.

Waddell says she’ll apologize if her allegations prove unfounded

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.