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Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

by Joshua D. Owen                 Is Halloween a Pagan festival with roots in the Celtic celebration of Samhain? If so, the answer to the article title would be a simple no, a Christian should not celebrate Halloween. Yet, what if this backstory is an oversimplification or even a misrepresentation? What is the meaning of Halloween? […]

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Jose’s Boots

For two decades, I listened with only one ear when a church member would talk about mission trips to Reynosa, Mexico. A crowd would go down there by way of McAllen, Texas, and be gone for a week. Honestly, I did not miss them. To my perception, they were gone for a Sunday or two […]

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CityView Family Fall 2017

Feature: Kid Lit: Back to School? Good Eats: SnackLight Teen Life: D.C. Dreams City Spotlight: Bravery Kids Gym Scholastic News: Cumberland County Schools Strengthen Their Quest Academic Access: Keys to Preparation: A Look at Financial Aid Pet Corner: Brother & Sister Parenting: Ordinary Care, Extraordinary Love Senior Living: Weeks Parker Family Cents: The Partition Proceeding […]

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Kid Lit: Children’s Books by Local Authors & Illustrators

By Erin Pesut   Now that it is the back-to-school season, it is time to put your electronics away and get back to reading! Meet five local authors and illustrators who have written books for all ages to enjoy.   The Tristan Trapp Series By Martha Goetz Illustrated by Laura H. Reeves Martha Goetz and […]

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Our Favorite Pollinators!

Fabian Horton, 13 There are many different pollinators, but the monarch butterfly is different from all the rest. This butterfly has been a sight for sore eyes for generations. Monarchs had such large populations that when they migrated they were in such large groups that the sky would turn orange for hours. However, now this […]

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YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE YOUNG TO READ “YA” NOVELS

By Diane Parfitt Young Adult (YA) novels are not just for the young! While many of these books target teens from 12 to 18 years old, they are also appropriate for readers up to age 25. But how many adults in their older years have read Harry Potter, The Hunger Games or the Twilight series? […]

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The Partition Proceeding: When an Economical Option to Jointly Own Property Turns Costly

By Davis Puryear   Owning a beach house, a mountain house, or even a piece of land out in the country is a dream for many families. But due to sky-high purchase prices and maintenance costs, it can remain just that…only a dream. Buying property with someone or receiving property through a relative’s estate can […]

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Weeks Parker

By Kathryn Kelly   “I have done things all my life that people told me I was not ‘qualified’ to do. Because I refused to listen to those very negative thinking people, I have accomplished a variety of things that most people never think of doing.” This quote from Weeks Parker, a Fayetteville native and […]

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Ordinary Care, Extraordinary Love

By Jasmine Patrick   Did you know that ordinary people can do extraordinary things?   Opening your home and heart to a foster child is a wonderful life changing experience. Filled with challenges as well as opportunities to make a significant, positive impact in the lives of our most vulnerable children, fostering provide a loving, […]

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Brother & Sister

By Erin Pesut   Meet William “Wesley” and Holly Elizabeth, Priscilla & Bob Hambly’s Scottish Terriers   Q: What are the names of your dogs? A: William “Wesley” and Holly Elizabeth. He prefers Wesley, really. He does not like the name William and will not respond to any derivations, like “Bill,” “Willy,” or “Billy.”   […]

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Keys to Preparation: A Look at Financial Aid

By Dr. Belinda J. Wilkerson         Paying for college has become one of the largest household expenses for families with college-bound students. The proliferation of printed materials, online resources, and services offering assistance grew exponentially in the last decade. A Google search for “financial aid for college” offers 134,000,000 links for exploration. No wonder […]

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Cumberland County Schools Strengthen Their Quest

by Renarta Clanton Moyd,             This spring, the Cumberland County School (CCS) system proudly graduated 3,602 students who amassed nearly $63 million in scholarships. These young people crossed the stage to receive their diplomas and literally stepped into lives that will lead them to institutions of higher learning, into the military, or into the workforce. […]

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Bravery Kids Gym

By Erin Pesut Marcella Eubanks and Danielle Dixon opened Bravery Kids Gym to be a parent facilitated indoor play space for any child, whether that child has typical or special needs. Bravery Kids Gym helps improve physical, cognitive, social, and communication development in children, but it all just seems like fun and games.    Q: […]

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D.C. Dreams

By Kathryn Kelly             Erinn Foote, a senior at South View High School, is already a force to be reckoned with. At the young age of 17, she has all the makings to become a thriving politician. In her not-so-spare time outside of class, she plays tennis, practices karate, works at the Fayetteville Area Transportation […]

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Snacklight

I am a local Registered Nurse (RN) and I work for HealthKeeperz Hospice. I have four children and ever since I was a child myself, I have adored kids. My house is always full of my own children and their friends, and I love it. I was born and raised in Africa (namely, South Africa, […]

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Giving: Cape Beard: Follicles of Freedom

By Brooke Shoffner What is there to gain from growing a beard? Masculinity? Freedom? Strange looks? Whatever the reason may be, Cape Beard: Follicles of Freedom and its bearded counterparts all share the same priorities: family, local philanthropy, and redefining what it means to be a modern man. Beginning as a group of ten friends […]

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Feature: Climbing Higher

By Nathan Walls You could say that Kai Lightner is sitting on top of the world. At 6 years old, he was able to climb a 50-foot flagpole. At 14, he was a world champion rock climber. At 17 years old and with a GPA of 4.85, he’s the first black male valedictorian in the […]

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Living: Home Built by Hand

By Marcus Malek   When I was 12 or 13, I started skateboarding. I wanted to make all my own ramps and I was working with my friend Phillip to build a box, something that replicates a bench. He asked me, “What’s the biggest thing you’d like to build?” And I said, “I don’t know, […]

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Food: A History of the Summer Man Meal

A History of the Summer Man Meal By Gabriel Sistare   Chicken. Hot sauce. Beer. Loaded tater tots. I did extensive research and these few words were common among pre-civilized man. The catch is, most historians agree this wasn’t a vocabulary used to describe nouns common to humans at the time, such as rock, tree, […]

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Art: Metal Worx Inc.

By LeJuane “El’Ja” Bowens Standing for freedom and justice, the American flag is a revered symbol. It flies high, especially in our Fayetteville and Fort Bragg community. The red, white and blue are emblematic of what we’ve fought for historically, and what we continue to fight for. Flags, then, can weather the test of time. […]

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