Family

Junior Master Gardener program provides a chance to give back 

By Anna Hiltibidal  By joining 4-H programs in Cumberland County, my family has had a wonderful opportunity to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. We have found that 4-H takes pride in leading our school-age kids to achieve progress in their own lives while learning to work well with others.  My family is a part of the Junior Master Gardener 4-H […]

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Forms of Ownership Interest in North Carolina Real Property: Your Interest Matters 

Prior to recording a deed, the buyer should discuss with their attorney how they should take title to the property. The question of ownership interest is extremely important and is posed throughout the purchase process beginning with the sales contract and loan application, if funds are being borrowed to purchase the property.  My experience as a real estate closing attorney has been that many buyers do not […]

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How to survive when birthdays and holidays collide 

By Tiffany Haywood  In a family where four of our six children have birthdays in the middle of the busiest holiday seasons of the year, survival is key. Here a few tips I’ve learned to keep my holiday cheer intact when birthdays and holidays collide.    Be Flexible  Tip: Be willing to move party dates around. Scheduling […]

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A Puppy For Christmas

By Crissy Neville  A pretty new puppy or cuddly kitten under the Christmas tree may sound like the perfect Christmas present for that someone special. However, unlike most gifts, furry friends are not so easy to return or exchange after the holidays are over if your gift idea is not the right fit.  It is […]

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Gather together- for Family Game Night

By Catherine Pritchard  The family that has fun together is more likely to want to spend time together.  One way to plan for fun is by holding regular Family Game Nights.  With a little preparation and imagination, Family Game Night can become a tradition that everyone looks forward to, whatever their age. Games can be elaborately difficult or ridiculously […]

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There through the storm- and afterwords, too

By James Johnson  ’Tis the season. Soon the entrances to supermarkets and the street corners at busy intersections will be graced with the familiar sight of members of the Salvation Army, bells in hand, asking for whatever pocket change one has available so that money can go toward helping those suffering through poverty during the coldest months of […]

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Home Away From Home

By LaShonda Sousa  Calling all juniors and seniors! I have been lucky enough to find what I believe will be my home away from home for the four years that follow my graduation from high school next June. For those of you like me, who are planning on attending a university and living on campus your first year, the stress of […]

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Haymount Cottage Christmas – Cynthia Ross Decks the Halls

By Courtney Phillips  Cynthia Ross of CP Ross Designs stays busy year-round planning and creating décor for parties, weddings and special events.  For the Christmas season, she allots time to decorate several local homes and businesses.  One home always gets particular attention at the holidays – the Haymount cottage that Cynthia shares with her husband, David, and their cat, Prancer.  Just after Halloween, Cynthia starts […]

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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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