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Valentine’s Day is coming quickly. Here are some ways to treat your sweetheart:

Four bridges on Interstate 295 in the Fayetteville area will undergo preservation work this year, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.

The Systel Building in downtown Fayetteville, with its looming aluminum-and-glass facade, has been undergoing extensive renovations since August 2018. Now, it has a new anchor tenant. Raleigh-headquartered Dogwood State Bank has moved into the first floor of the downtown fixture, which ranks as the city center’s tallest.

City Council may consider PWC appointment, cost of gun violence

Fayetteville City Councilman Mario Benavente is pushing for action on two issues: the long-delayed appointment of a city representative on the Public Works Commission and the cost of gun violence locally.

Business Notebook for Feb. 5

In this week's Business Notebook: Dogwood State Bank hosts ribbon-cutting at Systel building; Economic development agency names new marketing director; Health equity agency plans eighth annual luncheon

From the basketball arenas to the broadcast booth, he became an icon in sports for 34 years along Tobacco Road and every March Madness. Billy Packer died at age 82 from kidney failure on Jan. 26.

‘The start of a new chapter’

As he finished taking the oath of office to become Fayetteville’s 25th police chief on Friday, Kemberle Braden was offered some advice. “I have one more instruction,” said Cumberland County Superior Court Judge Jim Ammons after administering the oath. “Kiss your wife, shake my hand — and get it right.” Braden is the city’s first police chief of Asian descent, succeeding retiring Chief Gina Hawkins, who was the first Black and first woman to have the job. Hawkins had been police chief for five years.

A workshop blending interactive theater, embodied performance and a multimedia production helped kick off a celebration of Black History Month on Friday at Methodist University.

Cape Fear Regional Theatre has added a performance for its production of “Matilda the Musical.” The show, which has reported multiple sold-out audiences since it opened Jan. 26, will be performed at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19, according to an email from the theater.

When it comes to fighting crime in this city, residents are expecting only the best from Kemberle Braden. Freddie de la Cruz is one of those residents.

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