A new store replaced the Rite Aid on Morganton Road

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Q: What is happening in the former Rite-Aid building on the corner of McPherson Church and Morgantown Rd? They’ve been working on it continuously for about 6 months. I see a lot of trucks there every day. Any ideas??? – LL

A: The former Rite-Aid on Morganton Road is now a Pinehurst Surgical Clinic and is open.

According to their website, Pinehurst Surgical Clinic has 7 other locations in surrounding counties, but this is their only location in Cumberland County.

The clinic’s FirstHealth Convenience Care is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and the Medical and Surgical Specialties Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Q: Will EE Smith get a new school? No mention of it in the news lately

A: According to Cumberland County School spokeswoman Lindsay Whitley, there’s still a chance there could be a new EE Smith High School, but they’re still looking for funding. The potential for a new school was discussed at several Cumberland County Board of Education meetings. The Fayetteville Observer wrote about the school board applying for a $50 million grant for the new EE Smith High School in March, and not much has changed since then.

According to school officials, the grant would not fund the entire project, which is estimated at about $95 million.

Staff writer Akira Kyles can be reached at [email protected]nnett.com.

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