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As local law enforcement has adjusted to new restrictions and guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a marked drop in the number of people who are arrested and transported to county jails. The outbreak has also caused a noticeable shift in the types of crimes that are being committed. Despite the operational changes, authorites still want people to know they continue to respond to calls and are not turning a blind eye to crime.

As officials tells us to stay apart during the coronavirus outbreak, a unique way of connecting in Fayetteville neighborhoods has been a howling success.

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Several weeks ago, Jamie Horning began to paint messages of hope on a narrow side street in front of her home on North Fallin Avenue in Fayetteville, to countervail growing alarm due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Intermittent rains have washed away several of her brightly colored messages but when the sun emerges she simply paints fresh ones, for all who walk or cycle by. 

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The Midtown Trail Corridor is one of the transportation improvement projects identified in the Fayetteville Mobility Plan. Improvements planned for this east-west connection will facilitate safe pedestrian and bicycle transportation from Porter Road to College Avenue through street improvements, on-street bikeways, and separated bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Residents can provide feedback on the plan here.

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Before the coronavirus outbreak shuttered many small businesses for an unknown amount of time, Maxine's Taproom was yarn bombed by artist Gina Gallina for the establishment's 70th anniversary. Maxine Miller opened the bar on March 18, 1950. There was supposed to be a celebration of that today, but the managers of Maxine's decided to close temporarily in response to COVID-19. However, the crochet blanket that covers the building will remain to remind passersby of the anniversary.