Cumberland Co. in

running for facility

FAYETTEVILLE — A well-known national retail chain could bring a massive distribution center to Fayetteville that would hire more than 400 full-time workers and hundreds of part-time workers, making it one of the largest economic development projects in the past 20 years.

The city is a finalist in the competition for the distribution center, which would cost more than $100 million and have at least 1 million square feet of space. The highly automated facility would ship products that customers order online.

Workers at the distribution center are expected to make substantially more than minimum wage.

The retailer’s identity and details of the project have not been released.


Third decomposed

body is discovered

LUMBERTON — A badly decomposed body was found Saturday on East Eighth Street, two blocks from where the bodies of two women also in advanced states of decomposition were found on April 18.

The body found at 608 E. Eighth St. has only been identified as a female, according to Capt. Terry Parker, of the Lumberton Police Department. The body was found about 10:30 a.m. in bushes behind an abandoned, delapidated one-story, wood-frame home.

Anyone with information concerning the discovery of any of the bodies should contact Detective Jennifer White or Detective David Williford at 910-671-3845.


Town is under a

boil water advisory

CHADBOURN — Utility customers in Chadbourn are under a “boil water advisory” until further notice after damage done to a fire hydrant Tuesday afternoon.

Town Manager Trey Burke said that water service to the whole town was out for about two hours.

Any residents with questions or concerns should call the town hall at 910-654-4148. A notice will be posted when the boil water advisory is lifted.


Woman sentenced to

3-5 years in prison

CLINTON — A woman who dismembered the body of a female victim after an acquaintance shot and killed her has been sentenced to a minimum of three years. Her admission in January 2016, two years after the murder in Sampson County, launched an investigation that resulted in her arrest.

Betty Catherine West, now 26, of Angier, was sentenced Monday morning in Sampson County Superior Court for dismembering human remains. Judge Andrew Heath from Wake County sentenced West to a prison term of not less than 38 months or more than 58 months.

From staff and wire reports.