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'A very special day for a very special friend'

Dr. Al Hartness, John Shearer, Lyle Hall, George Whitfield, Greg Allen, Wayne Byrd, Jack McGinley, Steve Graham, Jimmy Byrd, Ray Nicholson and Paul Paschal visited the grave of old friend Bob Bryan on May 3 at Elm Street Cemetery in Goldsboro to remember Bryan on what would have been his 90th birthday.

There will be a final lesson waiting Saturday for more than 300 undergraduate and graduate students who will turn their tassels and embark on careers to come.

A season of knights, de Lafayette and Beethoven for local symphony

The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra is going all out for its 2024-25 concert season with the music of Sir Elton John, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sir Paul McCartney. 

The Kirby File: Fayetteville has a new fire chief in homegrown Kevin Dove

Kevin Dove is the new chief of the Fayetteville Fire Department. “I am overwhelmingly humbled at the opportunity to lead this world-class organization into the future,” said Dove.

Good to learn that Pam Carter will join with two members of the homeless community, according to Cumberland Board of Commissioners Vice Chairwoman Toni Stewart, as part of a six-person committee offering input for a Cumberland County Homeless Support Center.

The Kirby File: Chamber endorses proposed site for new E.E. Smith High School

A golf course by the gates of Fort Liberty is the right place for a new E.E. Smith High School.

The Kirby File: It was a morning of deadly carnage along U.S. 301

They are what you may call footnotes in Cumberland County history, 15 migrant farm workers who were among 21 casualties of a fiery wreck more than 66 years ago along U.S. 301 in Eastover.

THE KIRBY FILE: Murray, Pringle among 8 to be honored at Human Relations luncheon

Ruby Murray will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement honor and Carl Pringle with the Humanitarian Award at the Fayetteville-Cumberland County Human Relations Community Recognition awards luncheon …

The Kirby File: Despite censure fail, councilwoman says she did what was right

A three-term Fayetteville City Councilwoman found herself in a quagmire of rejection Tuesday night in Courtney Banks-McLaughlin’s failed efforts to hold the mayor and a fellow councilman …

Lenora Wiseman leaves an indelible mark on this community as the compassionate and caring matriarch of Wiseman Mortuary, circa 1970, along Cumberland Street in downtown Fayetteville.

The Kirby File: No resolutions for Bill, but plenty of ‘stuff’ to do in 2024

No New Year resolutions here. But there are plenty of personal and professional promises to keep in 2024 — starting with cleaning out the bedroom closets that have been calling out for attention for going on what seems forever.

Night Circus to celebrate arrival of 2024 at Festival Park

Grammy-award winning DJ and rapper  Spinderella and Soul Train Music award-winning Dru Hill headline the third annual Night Circus: A District New Year’s Eve Spectacular scheduled Sunday …

The Kirby File: Let us remember, they walked among us

BY BILL KIRBY JR. | Senior Columnist Second of two parts. They were fathers and mothers, husbands and wives, sons and daughters, grandparents, friends and neighbors — and a part of our …

The Kirby File: Christmas Eve … the most serene night of the year

There’s something about Christmas Eve, for some of us, the most serene night of the year. There’s a calm this night. And more than 2,000 years ago, the Bible tells us, no place …

Mary Holmes, president of the Cumberland Community Foundation, always has said this is a giving and generous community.

THE KIRBY FILE: Lovely, soft-spoken and kind of heart, and it was just her way

SOUTHERN PINES — So lovely, Chyrl Garrett-Weber was throughout her life. Lovely, with a soft and gentle way for all of her days. “We loved her so much,” Ronald Garrett would say on …

Some city residents want to know why Mayor Mitch Colvin, Mayor Pro Tem Kathy Keefe Jensen and Fayetteville City Council members Malik Davis, D.J. Haire, Lynne Bissette Greene, Derrick Thompson, …

Call it the path of least resistance.   Call it what you will, but whatever you call it, the Fayetteville City Council’s vote Monday night in authorizing a financial settlement with …

The Kirby File: Diversity is our strength, mayor says, not our weakness

Mayor Mitch Colvin would begin his fourth term Wednesday night with a pledge to address gun violence as a Fayetteville City Council priority, while reminding us that no matter our ethnicities, our differences or the color of our skin, we are a stronger community when working with one another.

The Kirby File: 18th Hope Mills mayor promises board transparency to town residents

HOPE MILLS – Thoughtful, Jessie Bellflowers was on this Monday night before his inauguration as the town’s 18 th mayor. But even with the mayoral gavel in wait, he would pay homage …

The Kirby File: Longtime news-talk radio personality signs off in emotional farewell

Your emotions can sneak up on you. And so, they did on this Friday morning before the sun was up, and Jeff Goldberg was preparing for what would be his final radio cast of “Good Morning, …

The Kirby File: Radio icon calls it a career Friday on ‘Good Morning Fayetteville’

You’ll have to be up early to catch “Goldy’s Last Hurrah!” as Jeff “Goldy” Goldberg closes out a 45-year career today with his final radio cast of “Good Morning Fayetteville” on WFNC 640 News Talk Radio.

The Kirby File: Mayor pro tem, councilwoman bid farewell to City Council

You could sense his heart in this moment of farewell. Call it, if you wish, the long goodbye. “So, today marks the end of 75 years,” Mayor Pro Tem Johnny Dawkins would say …

Joe Gillis, left to right, Jessica Gillis Lee, Cumberland County Manager Clarence Grier and Lisa Childers at the Nov. 17 induction of Joe Gillis into the Agricultural Hall of Fame and recognition of …

The Kirby File: 60 years ago today, JFK died — along with our innocence

“From Dallas, Texas, the flash apparently official, President Kennedy died at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time, 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, some 38 minutes ago,” a visibly shaken Walter …

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