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Fayetteville Life

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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King’s Grant working to get back on par

By Eddie Southards The King’s Grant Golf Club opened in 1990 and, for at least a decade, was one of the best-conditioned golf courses in the area. But a series of ownership changes led to a decline in playability. Fertilizer wasn’t put out when it should have been, brush and trees were allowed to overgrow […]

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Renovating a Byrd house

By Catherine Pritchard Amy and Dave Smith were having a beer at a Haymount bar one Sunday afternoon when they started talking about how nice it would be to live in the area. The couple picked up their phones and scrolled through property listings. They saw a house they liked and began calling real estate […]

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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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“I want to be a part of that”

By Catherine Pritchard The Durham police chief called Gina V. Hawkins last year to ask if her friend was applying for the chief’s job in Fayetteville. Hawkins, then deputy police chief in Clayton County, Georgia, was bemused. “I thought she was talking about Fayetteville, Georgia, which is a small community,” she recalled. Not at all, […]

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A Warm Welcome and a Rude Awakening in Downtown Fayetteville

By Alicia Banks Molly Arnold sat at a table in Rude Awakening coffee house on a Tuesday afternoon. It was a change of scenery for the owner of the downtown business. She’s usually in a back room working on day-to-day tasks. The sounds of whirring coffee machines filled the store. Customers chatted with each other […]

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Kitchen magicians

By James Johnson and Catherine Pritchard What makes good food great? The ingredients, the recipes – and the people who put it all together. Here, four local women who make their living creating tasty things for the rest of us to eat offer some insights into their crafts – and some tips. (Plus, two recipes!) […]

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Publisher’s Note – March/April

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 […]

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Kellie’s on Hay

By Courtney Phillips Kellie Clelland has deeper roots in downtown Fayetteville than the welcoming shade trees that line Hay Street. So when she moved her women’s clothing shop from Haymount to Hay Street last July, it was like coming home – especially because she moved with it. She and her two children, Tamer and Holden, […]

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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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Lafayette Memorial Park Opens First Green Burial Cemetery in Fayetteville Area

Lafayette Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Fayetteville’s premier cemetery, has officially opened Fayetteville’s first natural burial area at Lafayette Memorial Park West. Lafayette Memorial Park has dedicated approximately 1.5 acres next to a landscaped garden for green burials on its 63-acre grounds. Green, or natural burials, reduce environmental impact using nontoxic and biodegradable materials, such as […]

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Their Beach Cottage in the Mountains

By Catherine Pritchard A few years ago, Jim and Kay Jones decided they’d had enough of spending lots of time at the beach. The Fayetteville couple, both retired teachers, owned a vacation home at Holden Beach but after experiencing skin issues, they were concerned about their sun exposure. They were also tired of gritty sand. […]

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Fayetteville State University: Going strong after the first 150 years

By Catherine Pritchard In 1867, seven black residents of Fayetteville paid $136 for two lots on Gillespie Street. They did so to realize a dream – the establishment of a school to educate black children. One hundred fifty years later, David A. Bryant, Nelson Carter, Andrew J. Chestnutt, George Grainger, Matthew N. Leary, Thomas Lomax […]

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Fayetteville-based Bare Foods: Aiming for “great taste without regret”

By Nathan Walls Bob and Diana Carroll have a passion for great food. But at one time in their lives, the hustle and bustle of balancing their careers and raising children made the fast food drive-thru a frequent destination. After realizing that eating out too much was contributing to health problems, the Carrolls decided to […]

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Welcome Home

Two families moved back into fully rebuilt homes on Wednesday, December 6th. The Methodists’ disaster relief office is working to rebuild and repair several others in that neighborhood and dozens more in Cumberland County. Read CityView’s coverage of the story here.

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A Trip to Gillis Hill Farms

By: Jason Weathington As a kid, I spent a lot of time in the garden with my grandmother. Most summer days you could find us picking peas and butterbeans, digging Irish potatoes or shucking sweet corn. I can still remember watching my grandmother run her thumb down a pod of field peas as they fell […]

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What happens when a foreign-exchange student joins the family?

Parenting is challenging enough when you’re dealing with your own children. But what if you’re dealing with a child from another country who has come to live with you for weeks or even an entire school year? It’s a challenge taken on by parents of families hosting foreign-exchange students. The experience can be demanding but […]

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Top Honors Awarded

By Renarta Clanton Moyd A fourth-grade teacher at Rockfish Elementary School and the principal of New Century International Middle School have each won top honors in their professions in Cumberland County. Leslie Seals has been named the 2018 Teacher of the Year for Cumberland County Schools. And Lavette C. McMillan has been named 2018 Principal […]

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Schools try to reduce bullying with kindness programs

All kinds of kindness happened in Cumberland County’s public schools in October. The system’s elementary, middle and high schools totted up nearly 140,000 separate acts of kindness. Who’s counting? They were, as part of an initiative aimed at combating bullying behavior. For National Bullying Prevention Month, the school system chose to focus on encouraging acts […]

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Going Viral on the Importance of Clean Hands

Donna Gill Allen, a nurse who also teaches nursing fundamentals and health sciences to high school students, has seen a lot of infectious conditions over the years. But she’d never seen anything turn as ragingly viral as a Facebook post she made earlier this year about a simple science experiment that graphically proves the importance […]

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