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Our success over the past 20 years can pretty much be attributed to the fact that we love this community and we listen to and care about our readers. Hey, you are very important to us. You are our customers and it matters to us how you feel about our publication – your community newspaper.  You are local and we are local. We promote local and shop local. We work hard to keep you up to date on all the events, news, views and issues that impact our community and your quality of life. As you know, many of the issues impacting this community linger around for a long time, like Sanderson Farms. Other events, issues and celebrations are short lived or barely fleeting moments that may sometimes escape us altogether. And, there are some issues and events that we just enjoy and want to be reminded of every now and again. That is why we are working on creating a new section in our weekly newspaper called “A PEEK at last WEEK”. This section will highlight and briefly outline a few of the most noteworthy stories and events that have taken place in our community during the past week. We have provided a sample of the format. Let us know what you think. Do you like it? Not like it? Is it relevant, helpful or entertaining? Tell us. We want to know.

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Chamber of Commerce Honors Fayetteville’s Best at Gala

The Fayetteville Regional Chamber proudly announced the winners of the 2015 annual awards at their  Annual Meeting & Awards Gala at the Crown Complex Expo Center. Taking home the honors were:

Hutchens Law Firm - Business of the Year Winner

…. advocating on behalf of the Fayetteville community for nearly 35 years. The firm boasts a team of over 30 attorneys, with more than 200 support staff throughout their five locations in Fayetteville, Southern Pines, Wilmington and Charlotte, as well as a recent expansion to Columbia, South Carolina.

Miriam Landru - Fayetteville Young Professional of the Year

Successful in her profession, involved in the community and an active member of FYP. Landru embodies the mission of the Chamber and FYP. She encourages her peers to shop local and understands the value of professional development

Tim Richardson - Chairman’s Award

Richardson, Area Vice President for First Citizens Bank, was presented this prestigious award by Chamber Chairman George Breece recognizing him as a person who has gone above and beyond in their support and participation of the Chamber and its programs during the past year. In addition, Richardson has served as chair of the Economic Development Alliance for the past year.

Linda Huff - Athena Award

A strong leader for women in a male-dominated industry, Huff did much to help H&H become an industry leader. She was recognized as a person who has demonstrated excellence, creativity and initiative in their business while contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community.

Dr. Menno Pennink - Realtor Cup

The Realtor Cup is one of the most prestigious awards to be bestowed upon a citizen of Cumberland County.  It was presented to Dr. Pennink for his outstanding contributions to the civic, economic and cultural growth of our community

Man Stabbed at Cumberland 

County Main Library

Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office responded to a stabbing at the Main Headquarters Library located at 300 Maiden Lane, Fayetteville.  The victim was transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for treatment. Sheriff’s Office detectives have a person of interest in custody. 

Debra Smith (Debbie Tanna Dismissed by Cumberland County Sheriff’s Dept..

 Debra Smith (also known as Debbie Tanna) was terminated from her job as  Public Information Officer with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. Reasons for dismissal: unbecoming conduct, truthfulness (untruthful statements), unauthorized dissemination of information, unsatisfactory performance and insubordination.

 Confirmed: Rabies Exposure after Fox Bites Child

 A fox jumped the fence at E.E. Miller Elementary School at 1361 Rim Road and bit an 8-year-old student at about 4 p.m..  Animal Control officers captured the fox.  The State Public Health Lab in Raleigh confirmed a positive case of rabies in the fox and the child has started post rabies exposure treatment. This is the fourth case of rabies in the county since Jan. 1, 2015.

 Sex Offender Arrested

 Cumberland County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested 29-year-old Andrew Edward White of 340 Moore Street, Fayetteville, a registered as a sex offender, and charged him with one count of the felony of use of a social networking website. White is being held on a $100,000 secured bond.  Sheriff Earl “Moose” Butler, thanked the public for their assistance.

Sheriff’s Detectives Search for Missing Teens

 Cumberland County Sheriff’s Detectives are searching for a 15-year-old boy who is missing.  On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 15-year-old Juan Sebastian Zabala Cando attended school but did not return home. Zabala Cando is believed to be in the company of a 14-year-old female friend Sara Archuleta.  He was last seen on March 17, 2015, in the area of Fillyaw Road, between Yadkin Road and N. Reilly Road.

Cumberland County Sheriff’s Detectives are also searching for a 14-year-old Sara Yvette Archuleta who went missing at the same time. Archuleta attended school and was present for all of her classes, but she did not return home from school. Archuleta is believed to be in the company of 15-year-old male friend Juan Sebastian Zabala.  Archuleta was last seen on March 17, 2015, in the area of Fillyaw Road, between Yadkin Road and N. Reilly Road.


Cape Fear Regional Theatre received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to place Theatre Artists in Cumberland County Schools.  The grant supports CFRT’s Artists on the Go program, which places visiting theatre artists in area schools. This year’s Artist on the Go program coincides with a joint production of Amadeus, which is produced in partnership with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and Cumberland County Schools. The Classic Theatre Series provides free theatre to over 2,000 Cumberland County students.



Appoint New Tax Administrator


The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners appointed Joe Utley as the County’s new tax administrator at last weeks board meeting. Utley has worked for the County for 23 years and will replace Aaron Donaldson on April 1. Donaldson is retiring after serving as the tax administrator for 13 years. The board approved a two-year appointment.  Mr. Utley is currently  the County’s real estate appraisal manager and  joined the Tax Administration department in 1992. He will manage a department of more than 70 employees and lead the County’s 2017 property tax revaluation.


Cumberland County & Fort Bragg Renew Army Community Covenant


Cumberland County and Fort Bragg officials signed an Army Community Covenant during a brief ceremony Monday, March 23, at the Cumberland County Courthouse. The ceremony highlighted the partnership between the Army and the County in supporting soldiers and their families. The program started in 2008 as a way to foster and sustain effective state and community partnerships with the Army. The event was attended by Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, Commanding General of the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, and Command Sgt. Maj. Isaia Vimoto, Chairman Kenneth Edge and County Manager Amy Cannon.


Buck Wilson Elected President of N.C. Health Directors Association


Congratulations to Cumberland County Health Director Buck Wilson who has been elected the president of the N. C. Association of Local Health Directors for 2015. Wilson has been a member of the association for 13 years and served in several capacities including secretary, treasurer and vice-president as well as chairman for several of the association’s sub-committees. The association is committed to ensuring the public’s health through leadership and commitment to the principles of public health practice throughout the state.


Task Force to review Chamber of Commerce


Many local business and organizations do not feel the Chamber of Commerce is operating effectively or in the best interest of its members. A special task force has been formed to review the Chamber’s structure and mission. It will be headed up by local real estate developer Jack Rostetter, CEO of H&H Homes.


Hanbin Koo, 14 , Wins National Competition

Cape Fear High School student and former Kiwanis Talent Night winner Hanbin Koo won national honors in the Music Teachers National Associations Junior Woodwind competition in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hanbin plays the flute and the piano.













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