Publisher’s Note

July/August 2019

I recently solved a 50-year-old conundrum and, in doing so, created a new one.  Back when I was a student at Elon College (now Elon University) outside of Burlington, I had to travel Highway 87 out of Pittsboro to get there. I spent many an hour on that lonely road between Pittsboro and Graham. During those many travels, I always took note of a small monument that sat in the middle […]

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What a Party!!! May/June 2019

Most people know that I have lived in Fayetteville my whole life which in 3 months will be 70 years. I have written about growing up in Fayetteville and the downtown area many times. When you go to a party, the fun is in seeing old friends and enjoying the atmosphere of the party. The first game at the new Segra Stadium was like a party and it marked the crowning of the revitalization […]

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Me, my son and Dean Smith April SE 2019

Spring is my favorite time of year for a reason that has nothing to do with the weather. I love March Madness – the intense college basketball tournament that closes out the month of March and opens up the month of April.  Basketball has always been a big thing at our house. Both my sons played from an early age and I coached them both. […]

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Luck or Divine Providence January/February 2019

Most people believe there is such a thing as luck or chance. The Bible teaches us otherwise – there can be no such thing if God is sovereign. The theologian Dr. R.C. Sproul used to say if there were a “maverick molecule” running around the universe then God wouldn’t be God. Sometimes the things we pray for come to pass; sometimes they don’t. But we are still supposed to pray […]

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Thanksgiving 2018 November/December 2018

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and Christmas after soon after that.  Like so many, our family holds a big feast on Thanksgiving Day, with many close kin at the table. We also gather, as many of us as can, sometime around Christmas too. Due to the demands on different members of our family, we have not had a […]

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Random Act of Kindness October F&W 2018

About the only nice thing that results from a hurricane is the kindness that is extended to people in need by those who can help. Our household was the grateful beneficiary of an extremely kind act after Hurricane Florence. Thankfully, we didn’t have the damage that we had with Hurricane Matthew two years ago, but water did get into our basement. After the storm, some members and supporters of Fayetteville Academy’s soccer team came over and helped […]

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Henry Holt, the $2 Bill Man September/October 2018

Several of my recent columns have dealt with the deaths of some of my special friends. At my age and considering that most of my friends are older than me it will happen more often in the coming days.  One of those special people is Henry Walter Holt, called Henry Walter by many, in the way of southern double names. He was my closest friend. I can’t remember a time I didn’t know […]

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A Month of Farewells July/August 2018

When you read this, I will be 69 years old. I don’t feel old except when I experience the death of an old friend. God put Mike Uzzell in my path 38 years ago when he first came to Fayetteville in the banking business. I did business with his bank and we became fast friends because the […]

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Looming Question May/June 2018

By Marshall Waren  The internet streaming service Hulu just released a series called “Looming Tower.” It had a profound effect on me. It’s a 10-episode series on how our government let the country down with petty internal politics that led up to the 9/11 disaster. This distresses me because my son died from renal cell cancer that was more than likely caused by the toxic substances that were released when the Twin Towers collapsed. He was working on Wall […]

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March/April 2018

By Marshall Waren  For 35 years Bob Caviness called me Sasquatch and I called him Banzai. These fun nicknames were derived from our years of skiing out west together. Mine was because I was so big and if I took a spill on a downhill run I would take a swatch out of the slope we were on. Sasquatch was the official name for the mythical […]

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January/February 2018

In last month’s column, I discussed a new technology call Reveel.it that we are very excited about. In this issue, you’ll be able to use the technology to access more information and photos not only with designated ads which bear the Reveel.it icon but with all of our editorial content. For example, if you want to see more photos of the events highlighted in our popular “Seen @ the Scene” […]

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