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What to know about the House of Prayer Church raided by the FBI in Fayetteville

On June 23, the FBI served simultaneous search warrants on at least six House of Prayer Christian Churches in Fayetteville, Georgia, Washington, Texas, and California. The FBI declined to say if the searches were related or if they were connected to a particular case. The church, known as HOPCC with 11 churches near U.S. military installations, has a reputation for fleecing veterans of their education and disability benefits and operating as a cult, according to a letter sent to the Veterans Administration, formerly known as Veteran's Administration, by the Veterans Education Success, a nonprofit that oversees the use of GI Bill benefits.
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Multiple people arrested in Multi-Jurisdictional Gun and Drug Task Force operation in Pembroke

PEMBROKE — Multiple people were arrested during a recent Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force operation in Pembroke. The operation by the task force took place June 24. The task force is comprised of the Lumberton, Red Springs, Maxton, Pembroke, Rowland, St. Pauls, Parkton, and Hope Mills police departments, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations, the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Division, and the United States Department of Homeland Security.
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Dr. Paul Nelson Locklear elected UNCP Alumni Board president

Dr. Paul Nelson Locklear immersed himself in campus life at UNC Pembroke as a student in the mid-1990s. He was highly engaged in co-curricular experiences, from student organizations, intramural sports and fraternity life to community service. Once dubbed the admissions office poster child, his likeness was widely used in promotional and marketing materials.

'He loves Fayetteville': NBA's Dennis Smith Jr. returns home to host basketball camp

One by one, kids stopped to take a photo and share a moment with Dennis Smith Jr. on Wednesday morning inside the gym at E.E. Smith High School. Eleven-year-old Carter Edge, 12-year-old Zion Wells and Brenton Basnight – who celebrated his 11th birthday Tuesday – were among the roughly 100 campers waiting to get a glimpse of Smith, the Fayetteville native who just completed his fifth season in the NBA.

WMPO passes resolution to ask NCDOT to explore future I-685 extension

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Members of Wilmington’s Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization voted on Wednesday night to ask NCDOT to explore expanding the future Interstate 685 into Wilmington. Their proposal would expand I-685 from Dunn into Wilmington and upgrade Hwy. 421 to interstate status. That includes widening lanes and...

FTCC receives $2 million from county for HOPE adult learner initiative

An innovative new adult-learner program at Fayetteville Technical Community College has been awarded $2 million in American Rescue Plan funding by Cumberland County. The FTCC program – HOPE, or Hope, Opportunity and Prosperity through Education – seeks to provide accelerated training in high-demand skills to county residents without a college degree, including those with some college, a high school diploma or less.

Pro-choice demonstrators take to the streets in Southern Pines

A large group of people made their voices heard in response to last week’s Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe vs. Wade. “My body, my choice” was heard through the streets of Southern Pines Tuesday evening. Some of the signs in this video contain explicit language. The pro-choice rally...
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Fayetteville approves funding for affordable housing

The Fayetteville City Council unanimously approved funding Monday night to go toward a housing trust fund that will address the lack of affordable housing in the city. The funding includes grants valued at $1 million from the state and more than $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s HOME Investment Partnerships Program, which provides funding for affordable housing, based on need, to municipalities across the country.
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NC’s “Task Force Dragon” Returning Home From Eastern Europe

Over 300 U.S. Army paratroopers from North Carolina have just touched down at Pope Army Airfield. The squad was part of ‘Task Force Dragon‘, a strategic assembly of various military forces commissioned with deterring Russian aggression in Eastern Europe’s NATO countries amid the ongoing war in Ukraine. The task force was established in South Eastern Poland, consisting of over 5,000 troops from the 82nd Airborne, 101st Airborne, and 16th Military Police Brigade.

BCS plans groundbreaking, second career fair

ELIZABETHTOWN — The second week in July will be a busy one for Bladen County Schools as the district plans a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Tar Heel School on Tuesday, July 12, and a career fair on Thursday, July 14. The Tar Heel School groundbreaking ceremony is planned...

2 lives lost in weekend crashes in Robeson County

LUMBERTON — Two people lost their lives in separate crashes during the weekend including a victim in a hit-and-run. Jimmy Locklear, 46, of Maxton, died Sunday after the 1998 Ford pickup truck he was driving on Old Red Springs Road crashed, according to 1st Sgt. S.B. Lewis, of the State Highway Patrol. The NCSHP was dispatched about 10:57 p.m. to the crash about 3.8 miles west of Pembroke.