Fayetteville Life

Flip This Room

Re-do. Schme-do. After watching yet another homemaker TV program wherein homeowners and their design teams construct furniture out of cardboard boxes and matchsticks, sew fabulous curtains and pillows from bits of fabric and laundry lint, and make “art” from items commonly found in the desks of 5-year-olds, I am ready to throw in the towel. […]

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Not Just Another Silly Love Song . . .

Valentine’s Day looms large in February, so we at CityView decided to ask our writers what their favorite love song is. Their answers will give you some insights into the writers you’ve been reading for some months now, and reveal that there are some true romantics among them. Thad Mumau – “There are a few […]

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The Last of Something | By Sara VanderClute

For years, my friend Rhenda, who grew up in Sanford, has been my hostess at the beach cottage that belonged to her family, down on Oak Island. Hardly a summer has gone by since the ‘80s that I haven’t been there, along with one or two other of our women friends, for lazy, female-centric days […]

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Holt Oil

It is no coincidence that (1) Charlie and Henry Holt are two of the nicest guys you would ever want to meet, (2) they are brothers and (3) their family business has been very successful for a very long time. Being brothers does not guarantee a profit when it comes to sharing a business. In […]

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Upscale Elegance In Clothing, and a Concern for Women’s Health

Many of the “ladies who lunch” in Fayetteville have been quietly building tasteful wardrobes with exquisite clothing from the Carlisle Collection. Made of high-quality fabrics, with impeccable detailing in the construction of the garments, these clothes aren’t found at Belk. They’re not purchased at Saks Fifth Avenue or Neiman Marcus on out-of-town shopping jaunts. These […]

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Awakening To A Call: Former Soldier/Statesman Helps Those Who Need It | By Jason Brady

In 1999, Jim Stitt was walking in the hallway of his Devonwood home, speaking on the telephone to a friend, when without warning the world around him darkened as he crashed to the hardwood floors. He awoke at Womack Army Hospital. Stitt calls it his “awakening,” his second birth since his first in 1933. He […]

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Trending to Townhouses

The condo bug bit builder Buzz Loyd about two decades too early. Loyd’s current development is selling like hotcakes, but 20 years ago sales weren’t so sweet. Loyd admits his Westmont Oaks development on Fort Bragg Road in Haymount may have been ahead of its time. Lloyd says now his Villas on Lockwood, off Morganton […]

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I Pod, You Pod

Podcasting is a method of distributing audio or video over the Internet onto a personal computer or mobile device for replaying at one’s leisure. Pod is short for “portable on demand.” Apple computer popularized the term when they introduced the revolutionary hand held portable device called an iPod©. The iPod© is a portable device that […]

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Empty Nests Can Quickly Fill Up Again | By Eddie Waren

You’ve raised your children and provided for them to the best of your abilities. They’ve left the family nest and are now independent adults. But what happens when adult children return to live at home or come to you asking for financial assistance? How would you respond to this possibility? If you find yourself in […]

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Dangerous Diabetes – A Diagnosis You Can Avoid! | By Dr. Lenny Salzberg

A quick quiz: Which of the following statements is true? A) Eating hamburgers causes Mad Cow Disease, a fatal disease. B) Eating fried chicken causes avian flu, a fatal disease. C) Eating pork barbecue frequently causes trichinosis, a painful parasitic disease. D) Eating hamburgers, fried chicken, and pork barbecue is safe. The answer? None of […]

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A Sweet Christmas Memory Grandma’s Cakes | By Thad Mumau

I have always loved Christmas. Like many people, I look back on holiday times as a child when there was a certain magic we all try to re-capture for our own children. For me, though, there was extra magic that happened at my grandmother’s house. It had nothing to do with presents, pretty paper or […]

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Feeling Kind of Clampett | By Louis Feraca

When we pulled into our new neighborhood last August, I was driving a ten-year-old pickup that had a few dings, some scrapes with swapped paint, and more miles than the space shuttle. The truck was heaped with all of our belongings that couldn’t be trusted in the moving truck. I felt a little out of […]

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Holiday Memories Illuminate the Season A Few of Their Favorite Things

Editor’s Note: The people featured in this story represent different backgrounds, careers, races and religions. Some you may recognize, others are rising stars in our community. We hope you enjoy this compilation of their happy holiday memories. Favorite gift I’ve ever received Colonel David Fox is Fort Bragg’s Garrison Commander. His favorite gift started an […]

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Discover Our State In the Holiday Season | By Celia McGuire

It is during this wonderful season that every city and town in our beautiful state is being transformed with the most colorful and gorgeous finery, with wreaths, garlands and candles. Unfortunately, it is also the most hectic and commercialized time of the year, when the shopping malls are crowded and precious time is spent in […]

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The Tenacious Bulldogs of 1965 | By Thad Mumau

When Fayetteville High School opened its basketball season in 1965, not a whole lot of people noticed. The Bulldogs’ fans were still talking about the previous season when a tall and talented physician-to-be named Rusty Clark led the team to a 25-1 record and the state 4-A championship. With Clark in Chapel Hill, playing for […]

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Ready or Not, Kindergarten is Coming to A Child Near You by Marion Gillis-Olion, Ph.D.

Every year a major event takes place in the life of many young children – they become Kindergarteners! Kindergarten is no longer the year to get ready for school; it is filled with serious undertakings that affect success for years to come. The better prepared a child is when he or she enters kindergarten, the […]

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Embracing A Lifestyle, Building A Business

According to the US Small Business Administration, 56% of small businesses close within the first four years. That percentage rises with each passing year. So, how did Bobby and Barbara Hawley triumph over that statistic? “By taking care of the customers, always. I say we’re No. 2, because our customers are No.1,” says Bobby Hawley. […]

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A Ballerina In Water | By Olivia McDonald

Olivia McDonald has traveled a long way on water skis. They recently took her to France, and they have punched tickets to Peru and all across the United States. In July, she competed in the 2006 World Junior Waterski Championships in Moissac, France, where she finished fifth in tricks and sixth overall in the 17-and-under […]

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A Country Home – John Judd’s Cabin Reflects His Tennessee Roots

For those who cringe at the proliferation of McMansions and cookie-cutter subdivisions, the Harnett County home of John Judd is a breath of fresh air. “It’s definitely different,” says Judd. “It has what I like to call the Cracker Barrel factor. People come here and they just relax and feel at home.” That’s because Judd’s […]

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Autumn in North Carolina – A Traveler’s Delight | By Celia McGuire

When the chilly fall breezes signal an end to summer, it is time to plan a tour to the North Carolina mountains to enjoy the grand glories and the splendor of the fall, to capture the feeling of gently winding roads, the magnificent mountain scenery, distant vistas, pastoral landscapes and summit sanctuaries, all punctuated with […]

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