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Financial help is available to some city residents

10 N1910P35011CThe city of Fayetteville is assisting low- and moderate-income citizens with their rent, utilities and mortgage payments in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Qualified residents are eligible to receive up to $2,000 toward rent, utilities or mortgage payments. Call 2-1-1 and ask for COVID rental, mortgage or utility assistance, or visit https://www.nc211.org. The city of Fayetteville’s Economic and Community Development Department is charged with creating programs using CARES Act funds to help citizens during the pandemic. Applicants must provide past due notices from landlords or utility providers. This is a one-time assistance program, and applicants must live in Fayetteville. This relief effort was made possible by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Information about local relief efforts is available at https://www.fayettevillenc.gov/city-services/economic-community-development.

 

Cumberland County election workers needed

09 N1911P59005CThe Cumberland County Board of Elections is in urgent need of poll workers for the Nov. 3 general election and the early voting period in October. The Board of Elections will follow state guidelines to protect the health and safety of election workers and voters. Social distancing measures and routine cleanings will be put in place and poll workers will be provided appropriate personal protective equipment. Poll workers’ duties include staffing polling places during early voting and on Election Day, setting up and closing voting enclosures, checking in voters, issuing ballots and assisting voters upon request. Interested individuals must be U.S. citizens, registered voters in Cumberland County and available to attend required training. Poll workers are compensated for attending training and for working during early voting and on Election Day. Interested registered voters can complete the online application by going to electionready.net.

82nd Airborne Commanding General speaks out

08 Enrique Roman MartinezFort Bragg paratrooper Spc. Enrique Roman-Martinez, 21, disappeared May 22 while camping with friends at Cape Lookout National Seashore along the North Carolina Coast. His friends reported him missing the next day. During Memorial Day weekend, a body washed ashore on Shackleford Banks Island. An investigation revealed it was the remains of Roman-Martinez.

“I’ve personally spoken with his family to assure them that we will not stop in our pursuit to bring those responsible to justice, said Maj. Gen. Christopher Donahue, 82nd Airborne Division commanding officer. “We are doing everything we can to support his family and find justice for Enrique.”

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division is probing the soldier’s death as a homicide and is offering a $25,000 reward to individuals with information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. Roman-Martinez, of Chino, California, was a human resource specialist in the 82nd Airborne Division’s Headquarters Company, 37th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

Pictured: Spc. Enrique Roman-Martinez

Trump on renaming Fort Bragg

President Donald Trump says he might veto a congressional bill to change the names of military bases in the South named after Confederate generals.

“I don’t care what the military says. I’m supposed to make the decision,” Trump told Fox News about plans to change the names of bases that have stood for decades. “Fort Bragg is a big deal. We won two world wars — nobody even knows General Bragg. We won two World Wars,” Trump said in a contentious interview with Chris Wallace.

Trump mocked Wallace, asking him what he was going to rename Fort Bragg. “Are you going to name it after the Rev. Al Sharpton?” arbitrarily suggesting the name of the Black civil rights leader. “There’s a whole thing here. We won two World Wars, two World Wars, beautiful World Wars that were vicious and horrible, and we won them out of Fort Bragg,” Trump declared.

It’s time to pay past-due utility bills

07 anthony indraus Bb9jWuTMPUk unsplashA gubernatorial executive order that prohibited utility companies from charging late fees or disconnecting service for people who have not paid their bills expired at the end of July. Fayetteville’s Public Works Commission will automatically enroll customers with unpaid balances in six-month payment plans, starting with their August bills. Nearly 20 percent of PWC’s customers have past due balances. PWC estimates that it is carrying approximately $10 million of unpaid accounts. Gov. Cooper has emphasized that customers’ bills are not being forgiven under his executive orders.

“COVID-19 has impacted the Fayetteville area in ways we never imagined, and we appreciate those customers who have remained current or made partial payments over the past few months,” said PWC CEO David Trego.

Customers can visit Faypwc.com for more information about managing past due balances and how six-month payment plans are being applied. For specific account information, customers can log in to the PWC online account manager at faypwc.com or contact customer service at 910-483-1382.

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