5 for Friday, a Proud Grandma and Gentle Memories

 

Litter is an eyesore, which is why the City of Fayetteville and Cumberland County Solid Waste are teaming with Sustainable Sandhills in the 5 for Friday clean-up effort that kicked off on Feb. 26. “We encourage residents to post their litter pickups on social media and use the hashtags #5forFriday and #StantheCan to help spread awareness of the campaign,” Katrin Franz, program manager for Sustanainable Sandhills, says in a news release. Individuals, businesses, schools and community groups are encouraged to collect five pieces of trash and recyclable material each Friday.

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“I am a proud grandmother,” Ann Augustine says after learning that grandson Davis Watson has been accepted to attend Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and where he will be joining the Big Red football squad. Watson, at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, was selected as the 2020 Co-Lineman of the Year for his stellar play at the private Darlington School in Rome, Georgia., and also honored as a member of the Region 6-A/A All Region Team. Quite an accomplished athlete, just like his brother Cam Watson, who graduated from the Darlington School and now is a member of the Presbyterian College football squad in Clinton, South Carolina. Amy Augustine Tart is proud of her sons, and when it comes to Ann Augustine, well she’s a grandmother just beaming with pride.

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If I look out from the third floor of the CityView Magazine executive offices here on Breezewood Avenue, I can see the home of Roxie “Leona” Parnell Penland at the corner of Breezewood and Marlborough Road. Mrs. Penland lived in the home her father built in 1948 from 1952, and she became what some may describe as the “Matriarch of Breezewood,” although the home fronted Marlborough Road. She helped rear a lot of the kids who grew up along Breezewood, and she was the last of her generation there. Roxie “Leona” Parnell Penland died at age 95 on Feb. 19.

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And if I look out from Kim Hasty’s editorial office overlooking Arlington Avenue, I can see where Phyllis Crumley grew up near the woods and the railroad tracks in the days of our youth. She was the daughter of the late Rosa Meredith, and sister to Anita Johnson and Evelyn Schultz, and to her late brother James Meredith. Mrs. Crumley was devoted to her late husband, Steve Crumley, and her family and friends. She had a beautiful smile that could light up anyone in any room, and anyone will tell you so. Phyllis Meredith Crumley was 72 when she died Feb. 6, and Phyllis Meredith always will be a part of us who grew up along Arlington Avenue.

 

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For our CityView Magazine subscribers who enjoyed the February column on Turdopholus, the kitty who adopted me, and hangs out on the front porch, well, you’ll be pleased to know she’s more neurotic and spoiled than ever, and under my feet every hour of every day.

 

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Just because Gov. Roy Cooper has lifted some restrictions regarding the COVID-19 health pandemic by increasing gathering indoors and outdoors, reopening bars and taverns at 30 percent capacity and restaurants and gyms at 50 percent capacity, let us not become complacent.  Vaccines are here to immunize us from the coronavirus, but it’s not a license to be cavalier. Not yet, although there appears to be light at the end of the long and dark health pandemic tunnel.

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The inaugural flight by American Airlines from Fayetteville Regional Airport to Dallas-Fort Worth International, according to a city news release, is scheduled for departure at 7:56 a.m. Friday, and that’s good news for this city.

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Construction is scheduled to get under way next week on the Emergency Services Center at 500 Executive Place, according to a county news release, and once completed the building will be home for the the county’s Emergency Services Department that includes the 911 Call Center, the Fire Marshal’s Office and the Emergency Management and the Emergency Operations Center, all currently located in the Law Enforcement Center on Dick Street next to the Judge E. Maurice Braswell Cumberland County Courthouse. Total budget for the project is $16.5 million, the county says, and adding that it includes construction, equipment, technology and property acquisition. The county says it has received a $2.3 million grant from the N.C. 911 board and is using $1 million from the county’s 911 fund balance. The county is financing the remaining costs through Limited Obligation Bonds.

 

       Bill Kirby Jr. can be reached at bkirby@cityviewnc.com, billkirby49@gmail.com or 910-624-1961