Fayetteville Life

A place where military families can unwind

By Alicia Banks  A one-time horse farm in the Arran Lakes area of Fayetteville has transformed into a woodsy park providing respite and recreation for military service members, their families and their friends.  In its fourth year, Rick’s Place continues to grow, adding activities and improvements to its 55-acre site.  “We work really hard to think about every family member of every age – how they can enjoy a fun experience with […]

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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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Knifing Through the Air May 2018

By SFC Allan Baros They jump from airplanes and free-fall for two miles, knifing through the air. Using parachutes opened less than a mile from the ground, they aim for and hit targeted landing spots like daggers – like Black Daggers. Which is what they are. Many have heard of the Golden Knights, the U.S. […]

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Creations of a Veteran Artist

By Catherine Pritchard In the photo, a uniformed soldier stares grimly off to one side. Half his face is in shadow. But more is going on. Scratchy white lines – not part of the original photo – extend from one of his ears. More scratches cover part of his head and his torso. The soldier […]

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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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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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