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As always, Fayetteville and Cumberland County had plenty of news in 2023 that caught your attention, stirred your outrage or made you happy. Below are five topics that dominated. Elections …

First, congratulations on your selection as the 2024 North Carolina Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year. What does this  honor mean to you? This honor means everything to me. It has …

Cumberland Register of Deeds Lee Warren to retire at end of 2024

One week ago today, the fourth of four political shockwaves struck Cumberland County when the 2024 election filing period ended Dec. 15 and long-time Register of Deeds Lee Warren’s name was not …

An effort to help homeless people in Fayetteville get shelter in Durham ahead of another bitter cold December night on Wednesday generated criticism from some community activists and drew three …

Appeals court upholds man’s conviction for murdering wife 

Leo George Rubenstahl will stay in prison for the rest of his life for shooting to death his wife, Enelrae Rubenstahl, in their home north of Fayetteville in February 2021, the N.C. Court of Appeals …

Having a holiday party? You can be sued if a guest drinks and drives and kills someone

With the holiday party season well underway, North Carolina law enforcement agencies are stepping up enforcement efforts to catch those who choose to make merry by getting overly intoxicated, and …

With the 2024 election cycle on the horizon, the filing period for North Carolina candidates closed Friday, and Cumberland County voters now have just under three months to decide who will get their support.

Here come the politicians: Candidate filing list for 2024 elections in Cumberland County

The following candidates are running for the legislature, the county commission and for District Court judge in Cumberland County 2024 election. The primary is March 5, 2024. The general …

Longtime Spring Lake lawmaker Marvin Lucas to retire after 47 years in politics

SPRING LAKE — Longtime Democratic state House Rep. Marvin Lucas, who represents Cumberland County’s Dist. 42, said Wednesday he is retiring from politics when he completes his term next …

Expanding the number of classifications to eight by 2025 and reviewing a troubling new report on ejections were among the major actions taken by the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s …

The 2024 elections start Monday with candidate filings for more than two dozen seats

The 2024 election season kicks off Monday when candidates begin filling their campaign paperwork to run for office. While the presidential race gets most of the attention, it’s local and …

This is a developing story and will be updated. The EPA has withdrawn its conditional consent for Chemours to export wastewater shipments containing GenX from its Dordrecht Works facility in the …

The State Board of Elections on Tuesday unanimously certified the results of the October and November 2023 municipal elections in North Carolina. On October 10, municipal elections and …

Teen sexual extortion cases rising online, NC officials warn

As teens spend more time on social media, parents need to watch for signs that they are being exploited, North Carolina officials warn. Between 2021 and 2022, the FBI saw a 600 percent increase …

The Department of Defense relies on hundreds, if not thousands, of weapons and products such as uniforms, batteries, and microelectronics that contain PFAS, a family of chemicals linked to serious …

North Carolina gears up for challenges ahead of Medicaid expansion on Dec. 1

If not for Medicaid, the majority of residents of Robeson County wouldn’t have health insurance. Fifty-four percent of people in this rural community — home to 116,530 at the  …

Cumberland County DSS preparing for Medicaid Expansion

The Cumberland County Department of Social Services (DSS) is preparing for the launch of North Carolina’s Medicaid Expansion on Dec. 1, 2023. An estimated 35,000 citizens in Cumberland …

Lawmakers: Don’t let the political aisle be a barrier to good health care policy

The drumbeat of polarized partisan rancor can be so deafening that messages of people working together in politics can easily get lost. But it’s happening, here in North Carolina — a …

James “Lucky” Deans is used to working in times of crisis. Over the years, the electrical lineman has traveled up and down the East Coast with fellow crew members in the wake of hurricanes and natural disasters, lending a hand to public power utilities and repairing downed power lines in communities left without electricity. 

Nancy Strickland Fields serves as director and curator of the Museum of the Southeast American Indian located on UNC Pembroke’s campus, working for the museum since 2017. As director and …

How will 2024 election maps change Cumberland County?

Last month, North Carolina lawmakers enacted three new maps to revise the state's district maps for both chambers of the General Assembly and Congress.

10 tips for municipal elections day voters

On Tuesday, November 7, eligible voters in 465 municipalities across 86 counties will go to the polls to cast ballots in elections for offices such as mayor and town or city council. 

Law enforcement agencies are stepping up patrols of impaired drivers as part of the annual Halloween Booze It and Lose It campaign. From now through Oct. 31, law officers statewide will be increasing saturation patrols and using checkpoints to keep impaired drivers off the road, according to a news release. 

Every year, the 6,000 people who live adjacent to the Port of Wilmington, in New Hanover County, are assaulted with hundreds of tons of air pollution: from the concrete plants spewing ultrafine dust, the fumigation facilities legally emitting neurotoxins like methyl bromide and phosphine, the ships and trains and tractor-trailers exhaling plumes of diesel fumes.

North Carolina’s six local behavioral health management companies — known as  LME-MCOs  — will see some significant restructuring soon. 

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