Fayetteville, NC

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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'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.
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Fayetteville council approves annexation of proposed industry site on Dunn Road

Annexation requests for three properties have been approved, including an 83-acre parcel south of Dunn Road that would be developed as an industrial site. The Fayetteville City Council approved the annexations at its monthly meeting Monday night, June 27. The request for the proposed industrial site was presented by Brandy...

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.

North Carolina Man Drowns in Myrtle Beach

A 33 year old man from North Carolina drowned Sunday in Myrtle Beach. Roosevelt Robinson of Raeford died at a local hospital after being pulled from the water near 22nd Avenue South around noon. No additional information is currently available but Myrtle Beach Police are investigating.
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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...

North Carolina man drowns in Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — A 33-year-old North Carolina man drowned Sunday in Myrtle Beach, according to the Horry County Coroner’s Office. Roosevelt Robinson of Raeford, North Carolina, died at a local hospital after being pulled from the ocean near 22nd Avenue South, Deputy Coroner Michelle McSpadden said. It happened just before noon. No additional […]

What's Happening? 5 upcoming events in the Fayetteville area

As Independence Day approaches, residents in the Fayetteville area prepare for a multitude of events to celebrate the Fourth of July. The Hope Mills Independence Day Celebration kicks off at 4 p.m. Saturday with a parade at Hope Mills Municipal Park, followed by a celebration at 5 p.m. that features live entertainment from the cover band 80s Unleashed, food trucks, a petting zoo and stilt walkers and face painters. The fireworks are set to go off at 9 p.m.