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Proposed Fayetteville budget includes no tax or major fee increases

No significant increases in taxes or fees are recommended in the 2022-23 budget presented to the Fayetteville City Council on Monday night. The total budget is $248.25 million.
SPRING LAKE — The Spring Lake Board of Aldermen heard a mostly positive financial update from the Local Government Commission Monday night during a regularly scheduled work session.
Money for schools, a countywide water system, and a possible rail link between Cumberland and Wake counties were topics discussed during a joint meeting Monday of the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners, the county Board of Education and members of the local legislative delegation.
SPRING LAKE — The Spring Lake Board of Aldermen on Monday is scheduled to hear an update on the town’s finances from the Local Government Commission. The board meets at 6 p.m. in the …
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Fayetteville City Council to receive proposed budget Monday
The Fayetteville City Council is expected to get its first look at the proposed fiscal 2022-23 budget during its regular monthly meeting Monday night. The council is also expected to schedule a …
Modular home builder expansion to bring 182 jobs to southeastern NC
A modular and manufactured home builder is expanding to southeastern North Carolina, bringing in 182 jobs over the next five years. Champion Home Builders, which is a subsidiary of Skyline …
Business Notebook for May 22, 2022
Hasty joins Fayetteville Cumberland County Economic Development Corp. Kim Hasty has been named communications director for the Fayetteville Cumberland County Economic Development Corp. The …
Bill Kirby Jr.: Bob Matlack celebrates 80 years, and he’s forever young
You’ve heard about the young at heart. Well, say hello to Bob Matlack. “As 80 approached, he treated himself to something he has always wanted,” Anne Matlack says about her husband. “A Porsche 911 convertible.”
Local, state officials expected to discuss funding for salary increases for school employees
The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners on Monday will hold a joint meeting with the county's Board of Education and the local legislative delegation. Chief among the issues expected to be …
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Day Trips: One Hour Away
Something for everyone

If you enjoy trying new restaurants and different foods, a day trip to Raleigh’s Morgan Street Food Hall will satisfy your appetite. The food hall, which opened about four years ago, has a rustic industrial look, with plenty of seating both inside and out on the terrace.

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Food, travel make for lasting friendships
Some psychologists contend that if two people are friends for seven years, they are friends forever. A group from Fayetteville has proven that assertion. The group goes by the unpretentious name …
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Family on the go
At work, they call him doctor. At home, he’s dad. But when his family sets out on another adventure, Sanjay Shah has a different title: CTO.That’s “chief travel …
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Social Services giving fans to eligible residents

The Cumberland County Department of Social Services is providing a free box fan to eligible residents starting today. The fans are being distributed through the Fan Giveaway Program, which …

Habitat dedicates home in Oakridge Estates
The Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity on Friday dedicated a new home in the Oakridge Estate community. Homeowner Kareemah Evans celebrated the occasion with family, Habitat staff and …
Mayor violated historic district policies, former commission members say
Two former members of the Fayetteville Historic Resources Commission say Mayor Mitch Colvin circumvented the commission's policies when he and a group of unidentified investors renovated the exterior …
Man charged in double homicide in Hope Mills
HOPE MILLS — A man has been charged in the deaths of a woman and her son earlier this week in Hope Mills. Rodney William McCrary, 68, was arrested early Saturday and charged in the deaths of 48-year-old Julie Camacho Smith and her 25-year-old son Desmond Miles Brewington, Hope Mills police said.
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‘Sound the Alarm’ event is rewarding way to give back

The nation’s most frequent disaster is one that rarely makes national headlines — home fires. Yet these represent most of the disasters that the American Red Cross responds to every eight minutes in the U.S. In Cumberland County alone, Red Cross volunteers responded to 139 of these devastating crises in 2021.
Obituaries
Robert Glenn Ray
Robert Glenn Ray, 79, passed away Thursday at his home surrounded by family.  He was born April 9, 1943 in Portsmouth, V.A., to Mary Irene  Wheless and Carl Nicholas Ray of Franklin …
Lester Sinclair
Lester David Sinclair, Sr., 89, of Fayetteville passed away on Friday, May 20, 2022, at his home with his beloved family by his side. Lester was born July 15, 1932, in Wadesboro, NC, to the late …
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Annie Thompson
Mrs. Annie Pierce Thompson, of 485 Harleysville Road, Rowland, North Carolina passed away Sunday, May 22, 2022 at UNC Health-Southeastern, Lumberton, North Carolina. Funeral arrangements are …
Lester David Sinclair
Lester David Sinclair, Sr., 89, of Fayetteville passed away on Friday, May 20, 2022, at his home with his beloved family by his side. Lester was born July 15, 1932, in Wadesboro, NC, to the …
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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.

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.