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Wrestling ‘helped shape me into who I am today,’ says ECU-bound graduate

Each year, Cumberland County Schools names a graduating senior at each high school as a Standout Senior. Karilynn Cuevas-Rodriguez will graduate from Seventy-First High School.
A mixed crowd of veterans, active-duty soldiers and other residents gathered at Freedom Memorial Park on Monday to remember those who served the country and paid the ultimate sacrifice.
In May 2020, Fayetteville native George Floyd was killed when a Minneapolis police officer knelt on the Black man’s neck for 9 minutes and 30 seconds. That racial reckoning led not only to the murder conviction of Derek Chauvin, the officer who killed Floyd, but also led to bans on police chokeholds in some states; the removal of Confederate monuments, including in Fayetteville; and eventually the decision to rename military installations honoring the Confederacy.
Each year, Cumberland County Schools names a graduating senior at each high school as a Standout Senior. Damodrick Foster will graduate from Westover High School.
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Woman shot dead in 100 block of Westwick Drive
Homicide detectives are investigating the shooting death of a woman in the 100 block of Westwick Lane, according to the Fayetteville Police Department. 
Fort Bragg’s history traced to 1918 as installation prepares to take new name
As Fort Bragg becomes Fort Liberty, it is important to remember the history of the military installation.
‘My son died for liberty’: Gold Star mother points way to embrace post’s purpose
Community leaders tasked with recommending a new name for Fort Bragg had no shortage of options as they combed through the installation’s 100 years of history. The question that plagued local leaders throughout the renaming process, which so many struggled with amid an avalanche of suggestions, was: “How could you choose just one?”
Bill Kirby Jr.: Old newspaper colleagues bid a heartfelt farewell to one of their own
Dick Blount was one of the good guys to pass our way. He was as down-to-earth as anyone could be. He saw much of life through the camera’s lens, and there are countless photographs in The Fayetteville Observer photo archives that offer testimony to his work of 25 years at the newspaper office on Whitfield Street, and Hay Street before.
3 killed, 1 critically injured in traffic collision on Murchison Road
Three people were killed in a traffic collision at Murchison and Shaw Mill roads Saturday afternoon, according to the Fayetteville Police Department.
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Robert C. Pinson named president of Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County

Robert C. “Bob” Pinson has been named the new president and CEO of the Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County. Pinson has been the interim president of the Arts Council for three years. Before that, he was director of operations for nine years, according to a news release.

Digital archive features interviews with FTCC, FSU students during Selma visit
A new digital archive will feature interviews with students of Fayetteville Technical Community College and Fayetteville State University who visited Selma, Alabama.
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Vacation planning starts at the library
Summer is just around the corner, and that means it's time to start planning your family vacation. Whether you're heading to the beach, the mountains or somewhere in between, Cumberland County Public Library has plenty of resources to help you plan the perfect trip.
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Health Department grant to improve WIC program retention, military families outreach

The Cumberland County Department of Public Health is among 36 organizations nationally to receive federal funding to help increase awareness of the WIC program among military families and reduce barriers to participation.

Dispute leads to shooting death of man in 400 block of Lynn Avenue
An ongoing dispute between two men led to the shooting death of one of them on Monday afternoon in the 400 block of Lynn Avenue, according to the Fayetteville Police Department.
Police recover multiple stolen vehicles, arrest 3
The recovery of a stolen vehicle led officers to multiple stolen vehicles and resulted in vehicle seizures and arrests. 
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Business Notebook: Howard Hall custodian recognized at schools banquet
A Mardi Gras-themed appreciation and awards banquet was held for custodial workers by Cumberland County Schools. The evening recognized the work of custodians across the district, according to a …
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Morgan Stanley Community Shredding Day

Morgan Stanley is scheduled to host a Community Shredding Day from 8 a.m. to noon May 20 at its Fayetteville office, 1990 Fordham Drive.  In addition, Fayetteville Urban Ministries volunteers …
Stephen James May
Stephen James May, 38, passed away on May 27, 2023. He was born September 14, 1984.   Stephen is survived by his daughter, Taylor-Lynn Madison May; his mother, (of the home also in Fayetteville) …
Angelo “AJ” Travis Woodell
Angelo “AJ” Travis Woodell, 53, passed away on May 23, 2023. Angela was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joe Jeffcoat and Katie Christine Jeffcoat; his father, Angelo Travis Woodell, …
Dakota Lee Johnson
Dakota Lee Johnson, 17, of Fayetteville passed away on Friday, May 19, 2023. Dakota leaves behind to cherish his memory by his mother, Brittany; father, Shane; sister, Destiny; his grandparents, …
Geraldine “Geri” Rose Anderson
Geraldine “Geri” Rose Anderson, 78, of Fayetteville, NC passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2023. She was born in Rocky Mount, NC. She is survived by daughter, Christine Jumalon and husband, Thomas …
Henry Coira
Henry Coira, 23, passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, in Valdez, Alaska. Henry was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Feb. 17, 2000, to Evelyn Diaz and Hiram Coira.
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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.