Up & Coming Weekly

December 01, 2020

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM DECEMBER 2-8, 2020 UCW 9 e N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has established a COVID-19 County Alert System to give individuals, businesses, community organizations and public officials a tool to see how their county is faring and to make decisions about actions to slow the spread of the virus. e color-coded system uses metrics provided by the White House Coronavirus Task Force and North Carolina's key metrics to categorize counties into three tiers: Yellow (significant community spread); Orange (substantial community spread); and Red (critical community spread). Cumberland County is currently Orange with a 14-day average of 259.9 cases per 100,000 and 8.7% positive cases. For more information on the COVID-19 County Alert System visit https:// governor.nc.gov/news/north-carolina-intro- duces-covid-19-county-alert-system. Cold case arrest Fayetteville Police have arrested a local man in connection with a cold case that oc- curred nine years ago. Victor Lee Cameron, 58, of Fayetteville has been charged with 2nd degree rape and kidnapping. e victim was visiting Cameron at his home in 2011 when the rape allegedly occurred. Cameron is cur- rently incarcerated at North Carolina's Greene Correctional Institute in Maury for unrelated crimes committed in 2018. He was temporarily transferred to the Cumberland County Deten- tion Center where he was charged with the sex crimes. Cameron has been returned to prison where he will remain pending trial. e ini- tial investigation in 2011 went unsolved. e sexual assault kit from this case was recently tested utilizing funding from the Bureau of Jus- tice Assistance grant obtained by the FPD, and Cameron was identified as a suspect. Grants made available to local artists e Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, in partnership with several surround- ing counties, has awarded $23,100 in art- ist support grants. Twenty-four artists from Cumberland, Robeson, Sampson and Scotland Counties received grants to fund their artistic and professional development. "During these trying times the Arts Council understands the impact the pandemic has taken on our cre- ative community," said Bob Pinson, interim President/CEO of the Arts Council. "rough the artist support grant we are able to lessen economic hardship for artists." e grants are an important tool for a community that has been hit hard by the pandemic. e grants are supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Dr. Biden commits to military families Dr. Jill Biden is vowing to continue her work in support of military families, including their children who face unique challenges relating to frequent moves, deployments and other aspects of the lifestyle. "Joe and I have al- ways believed that as a nation, we have many obligations. But we only have one truly sacred obligation — to properly prepare and equip our troops when we send them into harm's way, and to care for them and their families ... because their sacrifice deserves nothing less," Biden said speaking during a virtual confer- ence of the nonprofit Military Child Educa- tion Coalition. Dependent children don't get a choice when it comes to moving, leaving friends behind, and spending holidays without their military parents, Biden noted. According to the Military Child Education Coalition, a child in a military family typically moves six to nine times from when they're in kindergarten through high school graduation. Loose leaf pickup e annual City of Fayetteville curbside loose-leaf collection is underway and will continue through Feb. 19. During the collec- tion period, residents can rake leaves and pine straw to the curb for pickup. City crews col- lect loose leaves by zip code. Leaves and pine straw can also be bagged or containerized for regular weekly collection. During loose leaf season, free trash bags are available at recre- ation centers and fire stations. Large, brown roll-out carts can be purchased for $53 and can be delivered for a small fee. When purchased, the carts become the property of the residents. e zip code collection schedule is available at www.fcpr.us/facilities/administrative/leaf-sea- son-pickup or residents may call 910-433-1329. Governor introduces COVID-19 County Alert System by JEFF THOMPSON NEWS DIGEST JEFF THOMPSON, Reporter. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcom- ingweekly.com. 910-484-6200. Victor Lee Cameron

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