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Indigo Moon Film Festival

By Nathan Walls  Pat Wright’s passion for films says it best: “Film is cool because it makes the world smaller and it brings new ideas to people and it makes our community richer for it.”   That’s the call to action for people to attend the annual Indigo Moon Film Festival, which will be held for the third straight year Oct. […]

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Lafayette’s Birthday Celebration

By Crissy Neville  In September 1783, when Great Britain officially recognized the United States as an independent country, plans were already underway to rename a North Carolina city after a hero of the war that had created the new nation.  State leaders decreed the new city, which combined the towns of Cross Creek and Campbellton, would be called Fayetteville, after Gilbert […]

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Revving Up For A Good Time

By Catherine Pritchard  On a hot summer night, 18 drivers stomp on the accelerators of vehicles that look like pint-size versions of old-timey gangster cars.  A loud metallic whine of engines rises like the buzzing of hundreds of angry bees.  The cars zoom down the red-dirt straightaway, then skid sideways into the first turn.  A night of racing at Fayetteville Motor Speedway has begun.  Several hundred people of all ages are on […]

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2018 International Folk Festival

By Catherine Pritchard  Been putting off that trip around the world?  It’s time to schedule it – for the weekend of September 28. What? That doesn’t sound like nearly enough time for such a big trip?  Relax. You won’t need a passport, expensive plane tickets or even to take time off of work. Just head […]

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Historic Local Architecture

By Crissy Neville Spires dot the skyline. Arches swell upwards. Columns punctuate sidewalks, inviting passersby to walk through. It’s a landscape woven with both new and old. Could it be a far-away country, an ancient province, a famed city?  Try Fayetteville instead, and a preview of what you can see in her skies, streets and neighborhoods if you take a closer look.  Architectural styles abound in both the historic residential district of […]

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Mercer’s Daylily Garden

By Catherine Pritchard  In a quiet neighborhood near Hope Mills, a narrow street dead-ends at a tree-shrouded driveway.  A small sign promises something’s ahead.  “Welcome,” it says. “Mercers’ Garden.”  Even so, you might wonder. Enter the driveway and there’s a house and a carport. Four dogs are probably racing to meet you. Trees and bushes are the most obvious signs of vegetation.  But […]

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Swampdogs say…they’re here to stay!

By: Eddie Southards  The Fayetteville SwampDogs have a clear message to send – they don’t plan on going anywhere.  There was speculation that the Coastal Plain League team might relocate next year when the Houston Astros’ minor league baseball team moves into a new stadium in downtown Fayetteville. The theory was the team would draw too many fans away from the SwampDogs.  But SwampDogs general […]

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Play Ball! Fayetteville gets ready

By Eddie Southards  The city of Fayetteville hopes to hit a home run by building a baseball stadium downtown on Hay Street that will house a minor league affiliate of the World Series champion Houston Astros.  Construction of the $37.8 million project is well underway and on schedule to be ready for the 2019 season opener […]

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Fayetteville says hello – and goodbye – to Bill Leslie

By Catherine Pritchard  When you invite people into your home regularly, it’s usually because you trust them and like them.  That’s so even or maybe especially if they’re entering by way of your TV screen.  So you tend to miss them if they go away.  What you may not know then is they may miss […]

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An artful encounter with a former president

By Crissy Neville  Vilas Tonape has taught art to thousands of people around the world for more than two decades. In March, former President George W. Bush joined that long list.  Tonape, chair of the art department at Methodist University, spent a day with Bush at his home in Texas discussing and demonstrating portraiture techniques. The experience, Tonape said, was an honor and […]

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LECLAIR’S GENERAL STORE: A Modern-Day Mercantile

LECLAIR’S GENERAL STORE: A Modern-Day Mercantile   BY KELLY TWEDELL | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATTHEW WONDERLY   There are no mule-drawn wagons parked in front of Leclair’s General Store on Fort Bragg Road in Haymount. No furs are being traded inside. And the goods that are being sold tend toward antiques, wine, coffee, one-of-a-kind housewares, gourmet treats, unique […]

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Refreshing Treats

By Jane Loves Local This time of year, as spring starts preparing for summer, our taste buds crave fun, refreshing, carefree food and drink. Fayetteville has plenty of delicious options to help you satisfy these longings. How about a sweet, pink vodka martini made with exotic lychee fruit? Shogun Japanese Restaurant on Ramsey Street serves […]

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Real Estate Agents Use Digital and Social Media, Video to Get Ahead and Remain Vital

By J. Kyle Foster  Real estate agent Rosemary Buerger says she prefers to text her clients. She has two websites and a third in the making and one with its own app. She was an early adopter of Facebook, uses Instagram in her business as well as Pinterest for blogs, listings and decorating tips. She […]

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Publisher’s Note- May/June

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 […]

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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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Cool Spring Group Works to Heat Things Up Downtown

By Alicia Banks Downtown Fayetteville’s new arts and entertainment district is taking shape under the guidance of a man who knows a thing or two about both. Mark Regensburger, Cool Spring Downtown District’s first president and CEO, is a skilled clarinet player and performed with the instrument as a member of U.S. Army bands throughout […]

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Ground-breaking set for N.C Civil War & Reconstruction History Center

By Catherine Pritchard   The earth will move on April 18 for the planned North Carolina Civil War and Reconstruction History Center in Fayetteville. Organizers plan to break ground at noon that day for the first phase of the $65 million project. That phase will include moving two Civil War-era houses on the north side […]

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Lining up repairs at Linear Park

By Catherine Pritchard   Flowering vines twined around tree branches and shrubs in Linear Park on a sunny day in mid-March. Wind rustled through the trees and robins scoured the ground for food. At an overlook, Cross Creek could be seen flowing tranquilly far below. The trail that runs through Linear Park in Fayetteville is […]

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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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