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Fridays are “shopping days” for Alger B. Wilkins High School students, but those shopping trips don’t involve a visit to Cross Creek Mall. 

Five of downtown Fayetteville’s largest buildings are for sale

Five large buildings are for sale along the Hay Street and Person Street corridor in downtown Fayetteville. And a sixth one almost sold in March.

After the State Board of Education learned earlier this month that North Carolina’s teacher attrition rate jumped 3.67% in a year, Cumberland County Schools officials — faced with the third-highest rate in the state — are looking at their own numbers and considering best practices to keep teachers in county schools.

Investigators discover partial skeletal remains in search for missing youths

Mum is the word from the Fayetteville Police Department, which says partial skeletal remains have been discovered in a search and investigation regarding two missing city youth, who once lived in west Fayetteville.

Study: Cumberland arts industry generated $72.2 million of economic activity in 2022

A recent study reported that the nonprofit arts industry in 2022 generated $72.2 million in economic activity in Cumberland County.

Jack Britt High School teacher Betsey Vera shed happy tears when she found out she’d been named Cumberland County Schools’ 2024 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Teacher of the Year. 

Three-fourths of the way through its first year in operation, Fayetteville’s Day Resource Center has faced some operational challenges, but city leaders and community partners are engaged in ongoing efforts to expand available services at the DRC. 

Cumberland County commissioners officially took the first step in the county’s historic partnership with the Fayetteville Public Works Commission on Monday, unanimously approving a memorandum of understanding with the PWC to build a new water system in Gray’s Creek.

Chancellor postpones controversial teaching policy at Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville State University Chancellor Darrell T. Allison has postponed a controversial new teaching workload policy at the university until January 2025.

As two former Dogwood Festival executive directors continue their legal battle over whether one libeled the other on TikTok, one legal expert says the proceedings may have violated the defendant’s constitutional rights.

Gray’s Creek community, elementary schools to get PWC water

GRAY’S CREEK — Cumberland County and the Fayetteville Public Works Commission are partnering to bring public water to Gray’s Creek and two elementary schools where residents have used specialized filters and bottled water for years to avoid exposure to toxic PFAS chemicals.

Fayetteville Dogwood Festival says its debts are paid

As the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival weathers a recent storm of controversy, difficulty and criticism, it has paid off $42,000 in debts from last year. The festival is April 26-28.

Cumberland County residents will soon be getting an app where they can pay bills, apply for county jobs and learn about county services, County Manager Clarence Grier told county commissioners Thursday. 

Cape Fear Regional Theatre wants power lines put underground

With renovations getting ready to start, leaders of the Cape Fear Regional Theatre would like the Fayetteville PWC to bury power lines around the building so they don’t obscure the view from the street.

Before getting their first preview of next year’s budget, members of the Cumberland County Board of Education took two pauses at their Tuesday meeting — one to honor a life saved, and one to honor three lives lost.

Fayetteville’s Cape Fear Regional Theatre to present big plans to PWC

Leaders from the Cape Fear Regional Theatre will make a presentation about the theater’s expansion project.

Mystery of missing youths stirs troubling memories of 60 years ago

Just like the Westerfield brothers, Blake Devin and London Deven are missing.

The Cumberland County Board of Education will receive Tuesday Superintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly Jr.’s proposed $602.3 million budget for fiscal year 2024-25.

Highly unusual: Independent candidate poised to run for Congress

Shelane Etchison did a rare thing: She gathered enough signatures to get on the ballot for the 9th Congressional District election without belonging to a political party.

Fayetteville State faculty issue ‘no confidence’ vote on provost

The Faculty Senate at Fayetteville State University on Friday approved a “no confidence” resolution regarding the leadership of Provost Monica Terrell Leach, the school’s chief academic officer.

With three weeks to go until Fayetteville’s Dogwood Festival — without an executive director — two former festival executive directors have become tangled in a legal battle surrounding accusations on social media posts.

In the latest chapter of the years-long saga surrounding E.E. Smith High School’s relocation, a local real estate investor has offered two parcels in the Murchison Road area — but Cumberland County officials don’t appear interested.

Fayetteville State faculty plan ‘no confidence’ vote on university provost

Faculty at Fayetteville State University will hold a no confidence vote on Friday regarding Provost Monica Terrell Leach, the school’s chief academic officer.

Ask Solid Waste Management Operation Supervisor Tim Middleton about the state of illegal dumping in Cumberland County, and he’ll immediately shake his head and sigh. 

During Monday’s board meeting, Hope Mills commissioners discussed the outcome of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling over public officials’ free speech rights — with a connection to Hope Mills. 

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