Kayla Strayer, CBS 17

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Fayetteville, NC, United States

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Past articles by Kayla:

Fayetteville, Fort Bragg officials agree to build 70-acre sports complex near I-295

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Fort Bragg and Fayetteville officials signed an agreement Friday to build a new sports complex near Interstate 295 and McArthur Road. The complex will be built on 70 acres and will feature baseball fields, a playground, restrooms, storm water ponds, trails, parking and open areas. The project will cost about $3.6 […] → Read More

Cumberland County introduces new rent assistance program

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – More help is on the way for Cumberland County families struggling to pay their rent. Cherry-Lynn Boone is a single mom of four. She has lived in her Cumberland County home for two years and said she never had a problem paying rent — until this past year. She said she […] → Read More

Loosened restrictions could mean more blood donations at Cape Fear Valley Health

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – The FDA is opening the door for more people to donate blood by loosening travel restrictions, according to Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center Director Amy Fisher. The change means anyone who lived in Germany and other European countries from 1980 to 1996 can now donate blood. Fisher said this means […] → Read More

Homes of 5 Gold Star families in Fayetteville paid off by Tunnel to Towers Foundation

“We don’t feel forgotten, we feel like somebody cares about us,” the wife of a slain soldier said. → Read More

Many summer programs, camps available for children in Fayetteville as COVID-19 eases

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Registration for summer learning and activity programs is on the rise in Fayetteville. The City of Fayetteville reports there were 3,872 program registrations for summer camps, sports and recreation classes between March 1 and May 4. The programs will follow COVID-19 protocols including reduced capacity and social distancing. Lashonda Gough with […] → Read More

Fayetteville mom who advocates for at-risk youth writes book to encourage others

It’s a book about her life, designed to inspire and encourage others as they go through tough times. → Read More

How much do COVID-19 vaccination clinics cost to run?

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Both Cumberland County and Cape Fear Valley Health were able to vaccinate more than 1,000 people per day at mass COVID-19 vaccine clinics. How much did those sites cost to run? Cape Fear Valley Health Vice President of Professional Services Chris Tart said it cost $20,000 to $40,000 a day to […] → Read More

Pet shop owner, customers devastated after about a dozen animals die in Fayetteville fire

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — The owner of Aqua-Rama Pet Shop says about a dozen animals died, including exotic birds and snakes, after the Fayetteville store caught fire Sunday night. “All the spiders, scorpions, we lost all of them,” Joseph Spano said. “Not from the smoke, we lost them from water because they can’t swim good.” […] → Read More

‘Happy Abby’ – Mother remembers Fort Bragg paratrooper who died in training accident

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WNCN) – The smiling baby who loved animals was nicknamed “Happy Abby.” “She was always very happy and positive, and she always saw the good in everybody and everything,” Mary Jenks said about her daughter. Army Spc. Abigail Jenks, 20, was one of only a few women serving as a Fire Support […] → Read More

Some gather at Market House in Fayetteville after guilty verdict in George Floyd’s death

Myah Warren and Rakeem Jones expressed their support of the verdict. → Read More

Wake County eliminates waitlist for COVID-19 vaccine amid steady supply of doses

The county says you should be able to get a vaccine dose within a week after you schedule an appointment. → Read More

Post office tells Fayetteville man it stopped deliveries to his home because of thefts in the area

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A Fayetteville man said he’s having ongoing issues with the United States Postal Service not delivering packages to his home. “I reached out to you because we need some help,” said Paul White Jr. He said he’s been trying to get USPS to deliver to his home for the past two […] → Read More

Overturned tanker truck leaking fuel closes section of Fayetteville road, fire officials say

Officials said the tanker crashed and overturned, pinning the driver inside and rupturing the fuel tank. → Read More

Julie Eberly, slain mother of 6 laid to rest as suspected NC I-95 road rage killer is arrested

LUMBERTON, N.C. (WNCN) — On the same day a Pennsylvania mother is laid to rest, her accused killer was arrested. Dejywan Floyd was arrested early this morning at Parkview Terrace apartments in Lumberton. He is charged with first-degree murder for the death of Julie Eberly after a road rage shooting along I-95 one week ago. […] → Read More

As hospitalizations decrease in some areas, local doctors warn not to ‘let your guard up’ as Easter approaches

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — The number of people hospitalized with COVID has gone down by about 90 percent since the January spike, says Cape Fear Valley Health Chief of Emergency Services Dr. Michael Zappa, but he warns not to let your guard down yet ahead of the holiday weekend. Zappa says we need to reach […] → Read More

Plea deal gets Fayetteville man up to 13 years in prison for murdering his ex-wife

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — The Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office says a Fayetteville man will serve 10 to 13 years in prison after he agreed to show investigators where he buried his ex-wife after he shot her to death. Fayetteville police say Jimmy Proffitt ambushed Heather Carter in a gas station parking lot off Hope […] → Read More

Fayetteville rapper invites public to appear in his new music video

The family friendly event on Friday also included free food and kids activities. → Read More

Gov. Cooper tours COVID-19 vaccine clinic, encourages North Carolinians to get vaccinated

The Cumberland County Health Department says they’re working with community partners to ensure marginalized populations have access to the vaccine. → Read More

Man wanted for string of possibly connected sexual assaults in Fayetteville, police say

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Fayetteville police are looking for a man they say is possibly responsible for a rash of sexual assault incidents against women. Fayetteville police say a victim reported on Friday that she was asleep in her home before she was awoken just after 4 a.m. by a man entering her bedroom in […] → Read More

Bill proposed would arm some paramedics in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A bill being considered by North Carolina lawmakers would allow some paramedics to carry concealed weapons during specific emergency situations. Those situations are “tactical medical assistance to law enforcement in an emergency situation, including a SWAT operation.” Rep. Harry Warren said the motivation to draft the bill came at the request of one […] → Read More