Up & Coming Weekly

November 10, 2020

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM NOVEMBER 11-17, 2020 UCW 9 Members of the public entering the Cumberland County Courthouse will undergo new procedures because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone will have their temperatures checked via a thermal temperature scanner. Individuals are also required to wear masks in the building and are encouraged to practice physical distancing. "e checks are being imple- mented to help stop the spread of COV- ID-19 as jury trials resume," county officials say. Courthouse staff and visitors to the courthouse are encouraged to arrive ear- lier than normal to accommodate the new procedure. e scanners are free-standing monitors that will use non-contact infrared thermometers to provide immediate body temperature. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or above will be asked to exit the courthouse and will be given cards with information on how to contact the courts or county offices. Gunshots fired at cops A Fayetteville Police cruiser was fired upon on the night of Nov. 2. Officers had been dispatched to a report that gun shots were heard in the area of Gola Drive and Primrose Street off Murchison Road. A few minutes after their arrival numerous shots were fired and a police vehicle and a privately-owned car were struck. e police car was occupied by an officer, but he was not hurt. Detectives with the FPD's Aggra- vated Assault Unit are investigating, but no suspects have been identified according to Police Lt. Gary Womble. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective H. Vernon at (910) 758-6700 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477). Month for military families Veterans & Military Families Month was established in 1996 by the Armed Services YMCA, with the U.S. Government recog- nizing the occasion every year since. Each November, the President signs a procla- mation recognizing the sacrifices of ser- vice members and their families. From this year's message: "Our nation's service members — past and present — and their families represent the very best of America. Motivated by patriotism and love of coun- try, our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and space warfighters serve at home and abroad with profession- alism, ingenuity, integrity, and devotion. eir families always stand beside them in their missions and as they transition to civilian life. During National Veterans and Military Families Month, we celebrate the loved ones of our country's men and wom- en in uniform and recognize the sacrifices they have made in support of our nation's heroes." High School coaching awareness Gray's Creek High School is the fourth school in the nation — and second in North Carolina — to earn Level two status in the School Honor Roll program recently initiated by the National Federation of State High School Associations. e NFHS School Honor Roll is a national recogni- tion program designed to promote profes- sional development of high school coaches by completing specific online education courses through the NFHS Learning Center. In earning Level two status, more than 90 percent of the coaches at Gray's Creek High School completed courses that pertain spe- cifically to the sports they coach, along with First Aid, Health and Safety, Heat Illness Prevention and Student Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. PWC time of use rates Fayetteville's Public Works Commission has implemented winter 'peak use' hours for residential and small business electrici- ty customers. Winter peak hours during No- vember through March are 6-10 a.m., Mon. through Fri., excluding holidays. ese rates are in line with how the local util- ity purchases power from Duke Energy, at rates higher than other times of day when consumers typically use more power. PWC says customers can lower their electric bills by conserving and shifting consumption from peak to off-peak hours. Rates for elec- tricity used during off-peak hours are 30% lower than during peak times. Local courts resume activities with precautions by JEFF THOMPSON NEWS DIGEST JEFF THOMPSON, Reporter. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcom- ingweekly.com. 910-484-6200.

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