Fayetteville Life

A Boy, His Hilanders and the Summer of ‘56 | By Thad Mumau

I have this old baseball. It has turned a yellowish color despite being wrapped in a plastic bag, but you can still make out the names even though they were signed nearly 50 years ago. The autographs of Danny Osinski and Wynn Hawkins stand out partly because both pitchers made it to the major leagues, […]

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Of Time and the Cape Fear River | By Sara WanderClute

Fayetteville may well owe its existence to the convergence of the Deep and the Haw Rivers, a bit north of us in Chatham County, near Moncure. Together, those two waterways form the beginning of the more than 200-miles long Cape Fear River, which drew the earliest settlements in this area to its banks. The river […]

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From the Wreckage, An Inspiring Tribute is Wrought

After a four-year national tour, a sculpture by renowned artist Jim Gallucci commemorating the 9-11 attack on America is being placed on exhibit at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville. “The Gates,” comprised of two massive steel sculptures fashioned from 16 tons of steel removed from the site of the World Trade Center […]

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A Veteran, A Visitor, And a Fan of Fayetteville

I have just revived a long-standing urge to revisit Fayetteville and the Airborne and Special Operations Museum, stimulated by learning there is a new display at the Museum given over to Special Operations feats. There have been two 880-mile trips to visit the city and especially the Museum in the past few years, and each […]

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Mothers And Babies – Sylvia Keller Works to Help Them All

It’s a circumstance many women in our community can’t imagine – being young, unmarried, pregnant, poor, shunned by family and friends, and with absolutely no one to turn to for help and guidance. Regrettably, this situation occurs many times in our community. One of the choices available to young women in this sad circum-stance is […]

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Our Mom “The Belle of the Ball” | By Dr. Jerry Fonke

If ever God blessed a family with an angel on earth it was ours. Eight children were born to Vincent and Belle Fonke between 1948 through 1964. Through the power of prayer and positive thinking we were raised to have deep love and respect for each other. When twin sisters were born in 1956 there […]

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Look Outside The Box For Retirement Distributions

Whenever I conduct a financial planning class for a group of 30-somethings, I usually ask them when do they plan to retire? The most common answer (besides “yesterday”) is age 50 to 55. Now, this is a laudable goal until I ask them where they are putting their funds to accomplish this early retirement goal? […]

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Reach Your Full “Age” Potential | By Lenny Salzberg, MD

Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend was born May 19, 1945. By December 1965, at 19 years of age, he had written a hit single called “My Generation.” Pete Townshend is now 61 years old. Pete’s generation, the baby boomers, are now consumed with the questions, “how can we age well and healthily”? Keep reading and (I […]

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Evans A.M.E. Zion Church

In the late 18th Century, Henry Evans, a black shoemaker and licensed Methodist preacher, passed through Fayetteville enroute to Charleston. He decided to stay and minister to the African-American community in Fayetteville. This is the traditional beginning of the Evans Metropolitan AME Zion Church and also of Methodism in Fayetteville and eastern North Carolina. The […]

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Not My Choice to Move, But It is to Stay

We’ve all seen the pictures on the news … families waiting to be rescued off their roofs, homes devastated, everything lost. Hurricane Katrina destroyed everything in its path. But, watching the news and responding to the call to help are two totally different things. What do you do when families that have been devastated by […]

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Downtown Dreamers

For those who are old enough to remember (and have lived here long enough), downtown Fayetteville holds some very special memories. From perusing the finery at The Capitol department store to having a soda at the Point News, downtown was the place to see and be seen. Then the 70s and 80s brought malls to […]

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Beaufort is Steeped in Colonial History and Charm

Crossing the bridges from Morehead City to Beaufort is always interesting. First, you are presented with a grand view of the North Carolina State Port, surrounding islands and Beaufort Inlet. Then, you can see all the way to Cape Lookout. It’s an introduction that says Beaufort, one of North Carolina’s oldest towns, has been shaped […]

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Junior Edged Out Other Athletes | By Thad Mumau

There was many a Saturday at the barber shop in Massey Hill in the late 50s when old men, and young ones too, took turns telling why they thought Junior’s talents were best suited for the gridiron, the hardwood or the diamond. The athlete they spoke about was Junior Edge, the oldest son of B. […]

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Faith In Action with Sue Byrd Of Operation Inasmuch

If you drive down a residential street in March and find it swarming with hundreds of people, all wielding heavy equip­ment and power tools, don’t panic. It’s Operation Inasmuch. “You might see people patching a roof over here, cleaning up the yard over there, fixing the locks two houses down,” says Sue Byrd. “It’s amazing […]

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