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Giving Bikes and Receiving Smiles – Thousands of Them

By Crissy Neville  Sometimes a smile is all the reward that’s needed for a job well done. Especially if the job is a labor of love. That’s the philosophy of Ann Mathis, the widow of Fayetteville’s legendary “Bicycle Man,” Moses Mathis, and the current chairperson of the charity that he founded 29 years ago. Since Moses Mathis’s death five years ago, Ann has lovingly, and fervently, carried on the […]

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Fayetteville Animal Protection Society

By Catherine Pritchard  Jackie Stickley wasn’t looking to adopt a dog.  Sure, she worked at the Fayetteville Animal Protection Society, a non-profit no-kill animal shelter that seeks to match homeless pets with loving owners.  And she adored animals.  But she wasn’t ready for one of her own.  Then, one day, she caught sight of Buddy in the isolation area at […]

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Volunteerism and Philanthropy Are Alive & Well 

By Kelly Twedell  Meet the Fayetteville Chapter of The Links, Incorporated  The Links, Incorporated, is one of the oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of women of color.  That’s true both nationally – the national organization was founded in 1946 – and locally. The 32nd chapter of The Links, Inc., was established in Fayetteville in 1951.  Today, the Fayetteville chapter is 61 women strong, […]

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Spreading the word about the best care for breast cancer

By Catherine Pritchard October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So when a local couple discussed holding an educational forum about breast health, they took that into consideration – and decided to hold their event at another time. “Breast cancer awareness isn’t just in October,” explained Dr. Bruce Distell of Valley Radiology. “Issues of breast health […]

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Heads Up! If You’re Working Under an Assumed Business Name, the Rules Have Changed!

By Cynthia Schafer Pela Are you working or engaging in business under an assumed business name? Do you intend to in the near future? If so, hopefully you already know that North Carolina law requires individuals, partnerships, companies and corporations engaging in business under an assumed business name to file an assumed business name certificate. […]

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The School of Hope: A Dream Come True

By Ashlee Garrison Russell During Jarred Bryan Sparks’ too-brief life, his parents did whatever they could to help him deal with the challenges of autism. After his death in an accident in 2011 at age 19, Amy and Rob Sparks focused on finding ways to help other families with children with autism. Last fall, in […]

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A Friendship House Fundraiser Makes Its Debut

By Catherine Pritchard Fans of a certain Educated Debutante will be in abundance at a February 6th fundraiser at the Cape Fear Regional Theatre. So will fans of Friendship House. And most attendees will likely love both Adrian Wood, who authors the hilarious, touching, very-real blog called Tales of an Educated Debutante, and Fayetteville’s Friendship […]

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Welcome Home

Two families moved back into fully rebuilt homes on Wednesday, December 6th. The Methodists’ disaster relief office is working to rebuild and repair several others in that neighborhood and dozens more in Cumberland County. Read CityView’s coverage of the story here.

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What happens when a foreign-exchange student joins the family?

Parenting is challenging enough when you’re dealing with your own children. But what if you’re dealing with a child from another country who has come to live with you for weeks or even an entire school year? It’s a challenge taken on by parents of families hosting foreign-exchange students. The experience can be demanding but […]

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Blind Cats have Nine Lives Too

By James Johnson Alana Miller is the living embodiment of the words “no nonsense.” As founder and director of the Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary in St. Pauls, Miller clearly has a big heart, but she is also not one to mince words. That straightforward and fearless outlook is likely what got her into the […]

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Schools try to reduce bullying with kindness programs

All kinds of kindness happened in Cumberland County’s public schools in October. The system’s elementary, middle and high schools totted up nearly 140,000 separate acts of kindness. Who’s counting? They were, as part of an initiative aimed at combating bullying behavior. For National Bullying Prevention Month, the school system chose to focus on encouraging acts […]

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Lighting a Path of Hope

By Courtney Phillips In 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Washington, unintentionally founded the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life program. To demonstrate the fight of a cancer survivor from diagnosis through treatment and to raise awareness for his local American Cancer Society office, he ran and walked around a track for […]

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