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Congratulations to Up & Coming Weekly sports editor Earl Vaughan Jr. (1st Place - Sports Columns) and Up & Coming Weekly graphic designer Elizabeth Long (2nd Place - Best Food Ad, 2nd Place - Best Newspaper Promotion) on their North Carolina Press Association awards.

Miss (Voter confusion)

An official Cumberland County voter card many received in the mail notes citizens are registered to vote in seven different districts: 4th City Council district, 1st County Commission district, 1st School Board district, 43rd State House district, 19th State Senate district, 12th Judicial district and 8th U.S. Congressional district.

Hit (Crosswalks for the blind)

Fayetteville traffic engineers are making some intersections user-friendly for the visually impaired by installing devises that give audible instructions to the blind signaling when it’s safe to cross. Read more about it in the News Digest.

Miss (Sheriff solicitation)

The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association is soliciting for money for its members. Nearly half the group’s expenses go to pay its staff, which is one reason Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison had his name taken off the list. Cumberland County Sheriff Ennis Wright has no problem with the solicitation for money. “These are tough times for North Carolina law enforcement agencies,” said Wright.

Hit (Economic recovery)

Fayetteville and Cumberland County continue to benefit from business investment in the community. Every investment by commercial firms and small businesses reduces property taxes on Cumberland County homeowners who have the greatest tax burden of all metropolitan areas of North Carolina.

Miss (Illegal street barricades)

Two streets that connect Eastern Boulevard with B Street have been closed for about three years. They were barricaded by police as a crime prevention effort. The streets were never officially closed by city council. The city attorney said several months ago she would take the closure of Link and School Streets before city council, but to date, she hasn’t.

Hit (Open government is the law)

N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein says he is an ally of journalists in communities like ours where local government too often conducts the public’s business in private. “The law is clear,” he said, that public bodies must obey the state’s public records and open meetings statutes. Stein spoke at the annual convention of the N.C. Press Association last month.

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