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photo.fayobserver.com — Spc. Zach Johnson, Spc. Martin Obrecht, and Spc. Gilbert Bliss, left to right, dress up for their friend Spc. Dylan Quesada's arrival at the last homecoming of the 1,500 Troopers who were deployed in Afghanistan from the 82nd Airborne 1st Brigade Combat Team on Nov. 24, 2014.

Hoke County Sheriff's Office offers reward in teen's shooting death - Fayetteville Observer: Crime & Courts

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Nov 25, 2014

$20k REWARD offered to help Hoke cops catch killer of a teen shot dead in at birthday party a year ago fayobserver.com/news/crime_cou…

Soldier in 82nd Airborne Division killed in single-car crash - Fayetteville Observer: Local News

fayobserver.com — Killed was Spc. Nethaniel H. Wolfson, 22, of Geneseo, New York, a news release says. The crash is under investigation by the Army's Criminal Investigation Command and the military police, said Master Sgt. Teresa Coble of the 82nd Airborne Division.

Vaughan: Jack Britt wrestling squad building remarkable reputation - Fayetteville Observer: 910Preps: High School Sports

fayobserver.com — But when told some people were already whispering about this year's Buccaneers team being on a par with the 1999 and 2000 state championship squads DeWeese coached with David Culbreth at Seventy-First, he quickly applied the brakes. "Lord, don't do that to me,'' he said. "That was a unique group of kids.

Trinity Christian alum Mike Thorne named C-USA Player of the Week for Charlotte - Fayetteville Observer: College Sports

fayobserver.com — Trinity Christian alum Mike Thorne Jr. was named Conference USA Men's Basketball Player of the Week after averaging 17.3 points and 8.7 rebounds in Charlotte's three-game run in the Charleston Classic. The 6-foot-11 redshirt junior scored 23 points and pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds in a win over Penn State and then scored a game-high 19 points in a loss to Miami.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @910Preps: Trinity Christian alum Mike Thorne named C-USA Player of the Week for Charlotte bit.ly/1xPB3cb pic.twitter.com/m71pfGYY4q

Strelow: Bahamas trip now serious business for UNC - Fayetteville Observer: College Sports

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Soldiers with Fort Bragg's 1st Brigade Combat Team return from Afghanistan - Fayetteville Observer: Military & Fort Bragg News

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ACC Basketball: Duke alum Grant Hill inducted into College Basketball Hall of Fame - Fayetteville Observer: ACC Basketball

fayobserver.com — KANSAS CITY, Mo. - By now, the story of how longtime LSU coach Dale Brown discovered Shaquille O'Neal has been told many times: Brown happened upon a massive 13-year-old at an army base in Germany, stayed in touch with him and eventually became like a second father.
Nov 24, 2014

And here's the AP story on Grant Hill, others going into the College Basketball Hall of Fame: fayobserver.com/blogs/sports/a… pic.twitter.com/XB6nfhoPGP

ACC Basketball: Bret Strelow's AP Top 25 ballot, right-now ACC rankings - Fayetteville Observer: ACC Basketball

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Thanksgiving service draws worshipers from seven congregations - Fayetteville Observer: Local News

fayobserver.com — Little, pastor of Evans Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church, provided the sermon. He told the congregation that Thanksgiving is a form of bearing witness for God, showing who they are and what they believe in consistently. "We can tell God 'thank you' because we have cars to drive, homes to live in, we have jobs and careers, we have some kind of sustenance," Little said.
Nov 24, 2014

Fayetteville's downtown churches gather together to give thanks. ow.ly/EO2il

Preps Spotlight: Football field logo plays tribute to Scotland's history - Fayetteville Observer: Preps Spotlight

fayobserver.com — Scotland High School assistant football coach Sean Burnett gets credit for this classy piece of artwork on the Scotland High School football field last Friday.The Scots advanced to this week's third round of the state 4-A playoffs at Wilmington Hoggard with a 28-12 win over East Wake.Incorporated into the Scotland "S" is the flag of Scotland which features the cross of St.

Preps Spotlight: Gray's Creek's Gatlin Pate signs with Barton - Fayetteville Observer: Preps Spotlight

fayobserver.com — Gray's Creek's Gatlin Pate, center, recently signed a national letter-of-intent to play baseball for Barton College.He's pictured with Bear baseball coach Jeff Nance, left, and his father, James Pate, right.Pate was 6-4 pitching for the Bears last season with an ERA of 1.93.

Fatal house fire Sunday morning leaves one woman dead - Fayetteville Observer: Crime & Courts

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Nov 23, 2014

Woman dies as a result of Sunday morning house fire on Washington Drive. ow.ly/EKR6G

Spring Lake mayor calls for more mental health resources - Fayetteville Observer: Crime & Courts

fayobserver.com — Spring Lake Mayor Chris Rey is calling for more mental health resources after a shooting at Florida State University left three injured and the shooter, with whom Rey shares a professional connection, dead. Rey was an intended recipient of one of the packages mailed by Myron May to several Facebook friends before he went to Florida State's Strozier Library at about 12:30 a.m.
Nov 23, 2014

.@ChrisRey4NC among those sent packages by @floridastate gunman;calls for #MentalHealth resources in wake of shooting ow.ly/EKQ7r

Harnett Health System hopes its partnership with Cape Fear Valley is the cure for its ailing finances - Fayetteville Observer: Local News

fayobserver.com — Cape Fear Valley came to the rescue again this year, taking over the day-to-day management of Harnett Health System, which had lost $24 million in 2013 and was projected to lose another $16million this year. While not everyone in small towns such as Elizabethtown or Lillington may be happy about the changes, leaders realize that there was little choice.
Nov 23, 2014

.@capefearvalley looks to buy at least part of @HarnettHealth, become “true partner” in quest to cure ailing finances ow.ly/3uRlNv

More than 250 weapons collected in Fayetteville gun buyback - Fayetteville Observer: Local News

fayobserver.com — The Rev. Mark Rowden, who was a driving force behind the event, said the response was incredible. "It has exceeded my expectations," he said. Everything from old pickups to minivans to motorcycles to sports cars lined up at Second Missionary Baptist Church on Old Wilmington Road to give back guns.
Nov 22, 2014

"More than 250 weapons collected in Fayetteville gun buyback" via @FO_Devane @fayobserver : bit.ly/1HANb50 pic.twitter.com/OsBj97tiKr

Kennedy Meeks' hometown double-double leads UNC past Wildcats - Fayetteville Observer: ACC Basketball

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Strelow: UNC defense clamps down on hot-shooting Davidson - Fayetteville Observer: ACC Basketball

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Nov 22, 2014

For Davidson's Brian Sullivan, there was no CC Harrison sequel or Deividas double vs. #UNC: bit.ly/1uPui9f pic.twitter.com/nxzxsfaTsL

Nov 22, 2014

From Charlotte, a year after being torched by Brian Sullivan, UNC's D clamps down on Davidson bit.ly/1uPui9f pic.twitter.com/d29sUMxAZc