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Kia Walker: Making Everything Better with Music

By Cheri Todd Molter Kia Walker was seven years old when her father taught her to sing Whitney Houston’s powerful version of “Greatest Love of All.” Everyone who heard Kia knew she had talent. She knew something, too: She knew she loved music and even at that early age she knew she wanted it to […]

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Not a garden-variety backyard

By Catherine Pritchard Just about every day, John Semmes can be found enjoying a tropical paradise. And sitting by a mountain waterfall. And tromping woodland paths. He doesn’t go far to get to these places. They’re all in his backyard – along with much more. Over the past three decades, the retired business owner and […]

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Soybeans and Scales: On track for 1 million meals

By Jane Loves Local   Love is so easily communicated through food. Grandma’s chocolate chip cookies. Mom’s chicken and dumplings. A sweet treat taken to a teacher. All give a warm, fuzzy feeling to the recipient. Imagine then the impact of a filling, nutritious meal on people who’d been unsure they would even have anything […]

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From Sauvignon to Scuppernong: Wines of the World and of Home

  For the seasoned oenophile, a stroll through an expansive wine store is a delight. For the novice sipper, navigating the wine aisle of the grocery store can be overwhelming. Luckily, even the most intimidating array is simplified with a bit of knowledge – of region, history and taste. Wine has been a part of […]

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Wine and Beer Recipes

By Katie Crenshaw   Cooking with beer and wine is almost as fun as drinking it! In the past, you may have used a splash of red wine in making spaghetti sauce or added a dark brew to enhance the flavor of a chocolate cake. For this issue, I’ve curated these special recipes to explore […]

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Sandhills Farm to Table

By James Johnson Over the past four years, Lorraine Berman has gone from being a weekly volunteer at the Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative to being its treasurer to her current post – acting general manager. Like many who are involved in the cooperative, Berman saw her participation as more than a passive hobby, but […]

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Celebrate the 4th of July with Democracy’s Defenders

Cumberland County, NC –  As home to the 82nd Airborne, the US Army Special Forces and the US Army Forces Command, it’s safe to say “when the President calls 911, Fort Bragg answers.”  The residents of Fayetteville and the communities of Cumberland County call these heroes “neighbor.”  It’s no surprise that the community was recognized […]

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82nd Airborne Soldiers to Headline City’s Independence Day Celebration

Music performances by soldiers with the 82nd Airborne Division will be entertaining the crowds during the City of Fayetteville’s Independence Day Celebration at Festival Park on Saturday, July 1. The City is starting the Fourth of July celebration early with a family-friendly concert and fireworks, featuring musical performances by the 82nd Airborne Division All American Chorus starting […]

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Scholastic News: Teacher of the Year & Principal of the Year are Announced

Dr. Lowery has been the principal at Westover High School a little over a month; however, she brings from Alger B. Wilkins High School much knowledge and experience.  “My professional successes and achievements can be demonstrated through the growth of Alger B. Wilkins High School from a small four-room school with less than 20 students […]

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City Spotlight: Taking Action

Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc on Cumberland County in October 2016. While the damage was significant so was the outpouring of local support like local volunteer Corey Brown who jumped right in to help and to lead at Second Harvest.  Julia Morales, Program Coordinator at Second Harvest said, “When I came in that Saturday, I said, […]

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Connecting Nature and LEGOs

Nature Connects® Art with LEGO® Bricks, an award-winning exhibit making its way around the country, will soon be coming to Fayetteville where the Cape Fear Botanical Garden will act as host.  This exhibit, which includes 27 larger than life sculptures, ranging in size from mere inches to a five-foot bumblebee and an eight-foot tall hummingbird, […]

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Fayetteville Urban Ministry Leader Johnny Wilson

“When I was 19, I worked in a mill,” said Johnny Wilson, Executive Director of Fayetteville Urban Ministry. “I was a fixer. I worked third shift, and all night it was my job to make these machines go. One night, I arrived at work and they were all down. I laughed and looked up and […]

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Rescue and Adoption: Straight From the Horse’s Mouth

A stone’s throw away from the Methodist University campus is a local non-profit which specializes in saving abandoned and abused horses. Located in Linden, the Leilani Mae Horse Rescue’s mission is to rescue horses from neglect, abuse and slaughter with a focus in North Carolina.  The way the community comes together to help serve these […]

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Symphony in the Spring

Music is a powerful medium that can touch the hearts and minds of everyone- no matter their race, religion or gender. Celebrating the history of music and continuing the excellence of art is the role many symphonies play in their communities. The Cape Fear region is home to the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, whose mission is […]

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The Top Five

Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Fayetteville State University Born and raised in Fayetteville, NC and fifth generation, Dr. Juanette Council is a true Fayettevillian at heart and active Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority member. She graduated from E.E. Smith High School and received her bachelors at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, masters […]

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Amazing Acts of Character

Each month through the school system’s character recognition program, Amazing Acts of Character, schools are asked to nominate students who display character above and beyond expected behavior.  Five students were recently selected from individual school nominations for displaying Amazing Acts of Character and were recognized and honored during the Cumberland County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, […]

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A Partnership with Leadership

In a modern architectural style office building off McPherson Church Road, lies a series of offices where the main focus is the first 2,000 days of a child’s life. It’s where 20 years of hard work by Partnership for Children director Eva Hanson and company turned a fledging four person and board of directors led […]

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Kia Walker: Making Everything Better with Music

By Cheri Todd Molter Kia Walker was seven years old when her father taught her to sing Whitney Houston’s powerful version of “Greatest Love of All.” Everyone who heard Kia knew she had talent. She knew something, too: She knew she loved music and even at that early age she knew she wanted it to […]

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From Sauvignon to Scuppernong: wines of the world and of home

By Courtney Philips For the seasoned oenophile, a stroll through an expansive wine store is a delight. For the novice sipper, navigating the wine aisle of the grocery store can be overwhelming. Luckily, even the most intimidating array is simplified with a bit of knowledge – of region, history and taste. Wine has been a […]

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Not a Garden-Variety Backyard

By Catherine Pritchard Just about every day, John Semmes can be found enjoying a tropical paradise. And sitting by a mountain waterfall. And tromping woodland paths. He doesn’t go far to get to these places. They’re all in his backyard – along with much more. Over the past three decades, the retired business owner and […]

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