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Five-Star Holiday Recipes

By: Catherine Pritchard Sometimes a recipe grabs your imagination because it just seems like it should be good. Maybe it has tasty-sounding ingredients. Maybe the picture with it is pretty. Maybe its name sounds appetizing.  But if you’re cooking a special meal for the holidays, it’s good to know that the recipes you’re using have been tried and found true, over and over again.  Below, you’ll […]

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Putting Feelings on Canvas

By Kelly Twedell  Four years ago, Stephanie Bostock started painting full-time as a result of a very personal and powerful life-changing event.  “Back in 2014, I learned that I had stage IVA thyroid cancer,” she said.  After surgery and treatment, she was consumed by fear that the cancer would return.  It was an overwhelming time. “I had to get a grip and focus on […]

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A Delicious Touch Of Home

By Catherine Pritchard  Years ago, a visitor brought John and Kay Poulos a gift – a bit of root from a fig tree in the Greek village where John was born.  They planted the root in their back yard and it sprouted into a large healthy tree.  Decades later, the tree continues to thrive and […]

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BIRDFEEDERS

BIRDFEEDERS        The phone screen read “Hoose.”  When Hudson was still just a little tyke, he loved playing with Pokémon cards. He had hundreds. I never caught on to the game, so as a cursory observer, I simply noticed that all of the figures had Asian names. I told him that as many […]

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Home Again

By James Johnson There are countless little moments that add up to remind us why we do the things we do. For Tiffany Walker, who serves as director of family services for the nonprofit veteran service program Endeavors (formerly “Family Endeavors”), a very recent moment stood out to her. “There was this one little boy […]

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Get ready for Dogwood Festival fun!

By Catherine Pritchard   Baseball threw a curve ball at this year’s Fayetteville Dogwood Festival. But organizers handled it with ease and say the result will be a festival that’s bigger and better than ever. The Dogwood Festival is Fayetteville’s premier springtime event, drawing tens of thousands of people from around the region and the […]

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Fowler’s BBQ Ribbon Cutting

The fresh BBQ we all know and love, Fowler’s (Formerly The Blind Pig) has made the jump to a Brick and Mortar location! With a mouth watering menu and a cool, friendly atmosphere, the restaurant embodies the personality of their food truck with quality, made from scratch food (yes, even their ketchup!). They are currently […]

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Step Up to the Mic

By LeJuane “El’Ja” Bowens “Poetry is what happens when nothing else can.” – Charles Bukowski Whether you’ve lived in Fayetteville for years or just moved here, you’ve probably wondered at times about what there is to do here for arts and entertainment. Of course, there are parks, movies, local nightlife and more. But when it […]

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How to Decoupage Easter Eggs

This is an easy tutorial on how to Decoupage Easter Eggs! This year, make your Easter Eggs Eggs-tra Special with a little of Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue and Finish (4-Ounce), CS11305 Matte Finish, tissue paper, craft jewels, glue, scissors, and imagination! Today I am going to explain how to decoupage Easter Eggs! During the […]

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BEST BOOKS OF 2017

By Diane Parfitt I often check the BEST BOOK lists from other book clubs, The New York Times and the Washington Post for ideas for my own book clubs and my book store. I also check the literary prize winners for the year. The titles that show up again and again are the ones I […]

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Library “Geek Squad” helps seniors figure out technology

By Earl Vaughan Jr. Keeping up with the advance of technology can be a challenge for people of all ages, but it can be particularly tough for older people who never had to deal with computers or smartphones for most of their lives. The Cumberland County Public Library wants to help. It offers classes to […]

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Our Experience Growing Herbs

By Natalie and Julianna Jones We are members of the Junior Master Gardener program, which has taught us about growing herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables. Over the past month and a half, we have been growing the herbs rosemary, parsley and mint. Growing Rosemary Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is native to the Mediterranean area, a member […]

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Extra Large and In Charge: Why We Love Large Breed Dogs

By Cassandra Fossen It’s a scenario that plays out countless times when Dr. Rik Wyatt takes his dog out in public. Whether it’s a walk around the neighborhood or a trip to the office, all attention is immediately drawn to Huck, a 120-pound Great Dane. Although Huck is striking with his gold eyes and blue […]

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Heads Up! If You’re Working Under an Assumed Business Name, the Rules Have Changed!

By Cynthia Schafer Pela Are you working or engaging in business under an assumed business name? Do you intend to in the near future? If so, hopefully you already know that North Carolina law requires individuals, partnerships, companies and corporations engaging in business under an assumed business name to file an assumed business name certificate. […]

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Baby Love

By Jane Loves Local My name is Jane, I’m a new mom and I’ve learned motherhood is not for the weak. It’s grueling. It’s joyous. And it’s the most important team activity out there! Caleb, aka “Puka Shell,” is my one and only kiddo, born this past November. He was the best oops of my […]

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The School of Hope: A Dream Come True

By Ashlee Garrison Russell During Jarred Bryan Sparks’ too-brief life, his parents did whatever they could to help him deal with the challenges of autism. After his death in an accident in 2011 at age 19, Amy and Rob Sparks focused on finding ways to help other families with children with autism. Last fall, in […]

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Indoor Fun Year-Round

By Catherine Pritchard It’s cold outside. Or it’s rainy. Or it’s sweltering. Or maybe the weather’s fine but it’s dark or it’s early or you know you and your family should go out and do something active but what? And it’s just so easy to while away time indoors, playing video games, watching TV, texting […]

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Movie Night Snacks

Looking for a fun, low-stress way to spend an evening with your family? Why not have an at-home Movie Night? If you have young kids, you can tailor your movie selections to G- and PG-fare such as Cars 3 and The LEGO Batman Movie. If your kids are older or it’s just the grownups around, […]

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Pageant a stepping stone for aspiring college professor

By Earl Vaughan Jr. Recent Fayetteville State University graduate Dominique Ashley hopes participating in a beauty pageant in Atlanta will help her overcome her natural shyness and serve as a springboard to a career as a college professor. Ashley has lived in Fayetteville since her pre-school years. She completed work on a degree in political […]

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What I Would Tell My Freshman Self

By Cayce Lee With June fast approaching and graduation closing in, I look back on my high school days and wonder what I would tell myself if I could go back in time to when I was walking the halls for the first time as a freshman. My friends would tell you, I did it […]

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