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Largest crowd in Segra Stadium history watches ECU top UNC

Saturday's game was the middle one of a three-game series that began on Friday night in Chapel Hill when North Carolina won 2-1. On Sunday in Greenville, East Carolina won the series finale 10-9 in 10 innings to claim the series 2-1.
The Fayetteville Woodpeckers minor league baseball team won't start its 2024 season for another six weeks, but the Houston Astros affiliate has already set a franchise record. And they did it by …
When Cumberland County Schools personnel tell students to “talk to the llama,” they aren’t being facetious. 
Two athletes each from Fayetteville Academy and Trinity Christian will be participating in the annual N.C. Private Schools All-Star Basketball Game scheduled Saturday, March 2, at Providence Day …
They’re Golden Bulls and proud to be a part of generations of teenagers who came before them. “You can make an argument this school isn’t the worst,” Kenneth Williams, …
The golden bull on LaVar Wright’s E.E. Smith High School baseball cap seemed to be watching on as a dozen people gathered Thursday night to discuss his alma mater’s fate.
Two men from Fayetteville will remain in prison for the rest of their lives for robbing and killing a woman who sold marijuana from her home, the N.C. Court of Appeals has ruled. The Court of …
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Library's storytelling and performance festival in its 15th year
Cumberland County Public Library is excited to announce the 2024 Storytelling Festival, entitled “Jungle Jamboree.” This will be the 15th year the Library has held the free, month-long festival that celebrates and encourages storytelling through different perspectives while embracing diverse voices and cultures.
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THE KIRBY FILE: B Street resident, 2 from homeless community to have a voice in Homeless Support Center development
Good to learn that Pam Carter will join with two members of the homeless community, according to Cumberland Board of Commissioners Vice Chairwoman Toni Stewart, as part of a six-person committee offering input for a Cumberland County Homeless Support Center.
Fayetteville neighborhoods continue battle to make city bring back their lakes
RALEIGH — Four homeowner associations in western Fayetteville are trying to get the courts to force Fayetteville to repair and replace the dams that breached in their neighborhoods during …
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Weathering storms
The weather in Fort Liberty has been ever-changing and I can’t figure out if I should have my winter coat, winter jacket, or no jacket and an umbrella. 
The Environmental Working Group, a nonpartisan environmental advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., reported that the Environmental Protection Agency found that 70 million U.S. residents have drinking water that tested positive for PFAS.
Living under the shadow of PFAS: One family’s battle for clean water
Vickie Mullins recalls a traumatic moment in her 8-year-old grandson’s life. 
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Crown Event Center delay: Will it cancel concerts, comedy and other shows?

The 18-month delay in the projected opening date of the Crown Event Center planned for downtown Fayetteville creates a question: Will the concerts, comedy shows and other events that have been held at the Cumberland County Crown Complex’s Theatre and Arena on U.S. 301 cease coming to Fayetteville for more than a year and a half?

‘TRULY A JOYOUS MOMENT’
Three from Fayetteville won Grammy Awards
Three people who grew up in Fayetteville and Cumberland County — J. Harrison Ghee, NaTasha Yvette Williams and Bryce Bordone — won Grammy Awards this month. Performers Ghee and …
THE KIRBY FILE
The Kirby File: It was a morning of deadly carnage along U.S. 301
They are what you may call footnotes in Cumberland County history, 15 migrant farm workers who were among 21 casualties of a fiery wreck more than 66 years ago along U.S. 301 in Eastover.
Actress Morgan Fairchild brings her love of acting to a Pinehurst stage in March
Over the last 60 years, Morgan Fairchild has been a familiar face in afternoon soap operas like “Search for Tomorrow” and primetime dramas including “Dallas” and “Flamingo Road,” as well as guest starring in many television series. 
HOMEFRONT | Aria Spears
How to grow local roots as you work remotely at Fort Liberty
Remote work has opened up new opportunities for military-affiliated workers, as many remote jobs can travel state to state. As you build a life here in the Fort Liberty area, here are some ways to …
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Board to address budget priorities, ordinances

At the Spring Lake Board of Aldermen work session Monday, aldermen will address upcoming budget priorities and also consider revising the town’s subdivision ordinance.  The board will …

FAYETTEVILLE CITY COUNCIL 
Council to get 2023 crime numbers
The Fayetteville City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, during which council members will get a snapshot of public safety data from 2023.  Here’s what’s on the agenda …
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Davis, Gantt named Athletes of the Week
Lianna Davis, E.E. Smith, wrestling Davis was the only wrestler from Cumberland County to make the finals of the first official NCHSAA women’s wrestling championships in Greensboro. …
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NCHSAA wrestling tournament recap: Cape Fear High School makes history
Cape Fear High School wrestling coach Heath Wilson had legitimate hopes of bringing home four individual state champions from last weekend’s NCHSAA wrestling tournament in the Greensboro …
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17th annual Bread ‘n Bowls set for Thursday

“Homeless. Anything helps.” We often see these words written on cardboard, held by a person who is down on their luck. We may wonder what happened that led them to where they are today …
Obituaries
Thomas James Miller
Thomas, “Tommy” James Miller, 9, of Fayetteville, passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. Tommy was born at Cape Fear Valley Medical …
William Patterson McArthur, Sr.
William Patterson McArthur, Sr., 88, of Fayetteville passed away on Friday, February 23, 2024 at his residence,.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time, Funeral arrangements by …
Mr. Josephus Gilmore
Mr. Josephus Gilmore, of Fayetteville NC, departed this life on Friday, February 23, 2024 at the age of 74. A viewing is scheduled for Monday, March 4, 2024 from 2pm-4pm at Colvin Funeral Home …
Kenneth Antonio Williams
Kenneth Antonio Williams, 68 of Fayetteville, NC  Visitation will be held on Wednesday , February, 28 2024 from 1pm to 2pm in Cape Fear Baptist Church on Indian Drive with Funeral Service …
Mrs. Maria Bethea McLean
Mrs. Maria Bethea McLean transitioned from this earthly life on February 22, 2024 at the McLeod Hospice Facility in Florence, South Carolina. Our sincerest condolences are extended to the family at …
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‘Tis the season to savor simplicity and joy in the kitchen. Dive into the magic of the holidays with a collection of simple holiday recipes that bring the festive spirit to your table without …
As Black Friday shoppers were scurrying to cash in on post-Thanksgiving deals, Jordan Sherrod and Chris Beaty, the owners of the brand-new Haymount Truck Stop — Fayetteville’s first food …
With swimsuit season in full swing, we once again feel the urge to lighten up. Thankfully, the local pickings for healthy fare have recently gained options.
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Retired Cumberland County Schools educators were among those attending the Jan. 27 funeral service for Tyron Lancaster at Haymount United Methodist Church.
THE KIRBY FILE: Tryon Lancaster always had time to teach, preach … and listen
When it came to caring about students and teachers in Cumberland County, Tryon Lancaster left his mark a thousandfold and beyond. He was an educator. When it came to caring about the …
THE KIRBY FILE: Retired community college president honored by Greater Fayetteville Chamber
Retired Fayetteville Technical Community College President Larry Keen was presented with the Realtor’s Cup honor Tuesday night as the 125 th Anniversary Greater Chamber Awards was held at The …
The American Mosaic Database @ Your Library provides a bounty of books in time for Black History Month
As you may know, February is Black History Month. If you don’t have time to stop by the Cumberland County Public Library for books about Black historic figures and pioneers, we still have …
Make swimming safer this summer
With the new year comes the chance to take up new activities — for you and your children. While summertime beckons with the chance to cannonball into a pool or run into the ocean, the most …
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” comes alive onstage at Cape Fear Regional Theatre from Jan. 25 to Feb. 18. The musical stars Mary Mattison as Cinderella, who previously played Ariel in “The Little Mermaid,” at the Opera House Theatre Company in Wilmington.
Cape Fear Regional Theatre brings a magical Cinderella to the stage
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” will grace the Cape Fear Regional Theatre stage  Saturday with preview shows starting Thursday, having already sold out its opening …
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Tisha Waddell: Resigned from the City Council in November, leaving a five-page letter containing allegations against Mayor Mitch Colvin and others.

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.
Tisha Waddell: Resigned from the City Council in November, leaving a five-page letter containing allegations against Mayor Mitch Colvin and others.

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.
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