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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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Simplify Your Lifestyle this Summer

From backyard barbecues and trips to the beach to baseball games and swim meets, summer is all about family fun. It’s also an ideal time to slow down and incorporate a more mindful routine at home.   This season, prioritize a “less-is-more” lifestyle by making smart swaps, like using products with better ingredients, to simplify […]

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BOOM: Ten Fireworks Fun Facts!

Sparklers. Roman candles. Smoke bombs. Ground spinners. Poppers. Snaps. Why do we love firecrackers so much? Is it just the joy of watching something explode? Or is it that feeling of waiting to see just where and when the dark sky will become a million colors? We researched the humble (and explosive!) beginnings of fireworks […]

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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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Outdoor Kitchens Add Fun, Function

If your backyard beckons when temperatures climb, an outdoor kitchen may be the perfect answer for your next construction or remodeling project. Outdoor kitchens bring color, style and design to your backyard landscape while adding a fully functional living space to your home. Whether you tend to enjoy your backyard with close family or frequently […]

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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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