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Business Notebook for July 3

A roundup of business news in Fayetteville and Cumberland County


Ribbon-cutting for new Holmes Security location set for July 28

Holmes Security Systems has scheduled an open house ribbon-cutting with the Greater Fayetteville Chamber for July 28. The event will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 4:45 p.m.

Holmes moved from its Hay Street location to its new home at 407 Ray Ave. in May. The residential and commercial security system company had been on Hay Street for 114 years. The new location is a half-mile away. The company took two years to remodel the Ray Avenue location, a spokeswoman said.

Those who wish to attend the open house and ribbon-cutting should RSVP at:


Cumberland County EMS receives Gold Plus Mission Lifeline Award

Cape Fear Valley Mobile Integrated Healthcare: Cumberland County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) recently received the Gold Plus for 2022 Mission Lifeline award from the American Heart Association.

The award recognizes Cumberland County EMS for its commitment to offering rapid, research-based care to people experiencing the most severe form of heart attack, ultimately saving lives, Cape Fear Valley said in a release.

Cumberland County EMS is a multi-year recipient of this award, the release said. 

A release from Cape Fear Valley Health had this to say about the award: 

Each year, more than 250,000 people experience a type of heart attack known as an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it is critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible by either mechanically opening the blocked vessel or using clot-busting medication.

Mission: Lifeline is the American Heart Association's national initiative to advance the system of care for patients with high-risk, time-sensitive disease states, such as severe heart attacks. The program helps reduce barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks – starting from when 911 is called, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. Optimal care for heart attack patients takes coordination between the individual hospital, EMS and health care system. Since EMS are the first medical point of contact, they can save precious minutes of treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals to an incoming heart attack patient.

The Mission: Lifeline achievement award is earned by agencies that demonstrate a commitment to treating patients according to the most up-to-date research-based practices as outlined by the American Heart Association.

“We are honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Cumberland County EMS Director David Grovdahl. “This program recognizes the excellent continuum of care from the time of a 911 call to the Cape Fear Health System Emergency Department and finally through to our cardiology teams.”

Library system to use Summertime Kids Grant for books, bags for children

The Cumberland County Public Library is using a $4,500 Summertime Kids Grant awarded on May 25 by the Cumberland Community Foundation to provide youth with books and bags this summer.

The library will provide the items to children and teens attending summer camps offered by local nonprofits, neighborhood groups and other community organizations, the county said in a release.

Library staff will visit camps with support from the Friends of the Cumberland County Public Library to deliver two age-appropriate books and a book bag to each child. They started in June and will continue through August at the following locations:

  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Cape Fear Botanical Garden
  • Cape Fear Regional Theatre
  • Communities United for Youth Development
  • Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation
  • Fayetteville State University Astro Camp
  • Fayetteville Urban Ministry Inc.
  • The First Tee of the Sandhills
  • Greater Life of Fayetteville
  • Moore Street Foundation
  • Salvation Army
  • St. Ann Neighborhood Youth Center

 Automated book lockers to increase library access in rural community

The Cumberland County Public Library and the town of Godwin held a ribbon-cutting on June 28 for newly installed automated book lockers.

The library installed a set of automated book lockers in the Godwin Town Hall. Residents in northern areas of the county can now place holds on books, DVDs, audiobooks and portable hotspots, pick them up and return them much closer to home, the county said in a release.

Llibrary staff plan to visit Town Hall once a week to fill lockers and collect returned items, and to answer basic questions from residents about personal portable technology such as tablets and smartphones, the release said. 

"We are so excited to bring this initiative to the town of Godwin,” library Director Faith Phillips said in the release. “It’s important for our library to serve our whole community, expand access to library resources and promote digital equity, and I’m grateful for this opportunity with the Town of Godwin.”

Grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services was used to support the purchase of the lockers, the release said.

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