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Bill Kirby Jr.

The Market House is returning to all its Christmas splendor with holiday wreaths, bows, garland and colorful Christmas ornament displays, and bravo for the city and the Cool Spring Downtown District. …

THE KIRBY FILE: Retired chaplain calls for removal of slogans around the Market House in the name of community unity   “They have served their purpose,” the Rev. Archie …

"I truly appreciate every man and woman who fought so we could have freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion and freedom of liberty,” Col. (Ret.) Willie F. Wright delivers …

Mitch Colvin will join Tony Chavonne as the second longest-serving mayor in Fayetteville history while the Fayetteville City Council will have two new faces in Districts 2 and 5 in four weeks. …

When folks gather downtown Saturday for the Cumberland County Veterans Day Parade, they’ll be witnessing a soldier’s soldier in Lt. Gen. Christopher T. Donahue, commanding general of Fort Liberty and the XVIII Airborne Corps, and the last American solider to depart Afghanistan on Aug. 30, 2021, in this nation’s effort to defeat the international terrorists Al Qaeda in the 20-year war.

You never had to ask Todd Lecka about his life. Or wonder if there were regrets along the way. “I have lived a good life,’’ Lecka always would say of his days that took him …

Dr. Rakesh Gupta and his wife, Dr. Vinita Gupta, have called Fayetteville home for more than three decades. They don’t just live here. They embrace this community. “Fortunately, …

No A Dickens Holiday? Members of the Downtown Alliance beg to differ. On yes, oh yes, there will be A Dickens Holiday downtown from 1 to 8 p.m. the day after Thanksgiving, just like there has been …

Council members Shakeyla Ingram, Courtney Banks-McLaughlin and Brenda McNair did not attend an emergency meeting of the Fayetteville City Council on Sept. 2 to discuss Cumberland County Superior …

A daughter stood tall and solemn on this day of a mother’s life celebrated and remembered. “My mother was just as beautiful on the inside,” Heather Wilson Tuttle would tell those Thursday who gathered at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church in remembrance of Brenda Heath Wilson.

There’s just something about the county fair. From the candied apples to the cotton candy, to the aroma of onions and green peppers frying on the skillets to flavor a sausage dog, to the carnival hawkers tempting you to try your skills and win a teddy bear.

Call it the art of compromise. And compromise is better than controversy and polarization.

This has been that joyous weekend for the once-kids of Seventy-First High School, the classes of 1971 and 1972. And for Marshall Lovett, a 50th reunion to remember. “I’m looking …

Virginia Lilly Yarborough was a newspaper heiress who quietly gave back to her community. “We are humbled by this wonderful endowment gift to support daily assistance for the homeless of our community,” says Craig Morrison, executive director of Fayetteville Area Operation Inasmuch, about the Virginia Lilly Rankin Yarborough Endowment for his organization.

If the late king of rock ’n’ roll ever had a fan, it’s Phil Barnard. He always enjoyed seeing those wood-framed photographs of Elvis Presley hanging in the hallway of the Crown Complex arena showing Presley when he performed here Aug. 3, 4 and 5 of 1976.

Perhaps you will remember Tanesha Hendley, the former schoolteacher who found herself in the throes of May 30, 2020, when provocateurs and angry protesters damaged the downtown Market House, an issue that polarized the Fayetteville community.

You can’t exactly call it a financial windfall. But every dollar counts. Especially when you are overseeing the annual Fayetteville Dogwood Festival. And, not to mention the accompanying fall festival and those spring through summer Fayetteville After Five gatherings at Festival Park.

They gathered this night to remember what many might recall as the best of their days growing up with one another at the old Seventy-First High School along Raeford Road, just up the way from Doodle …

Some days you never forget. Or some people you meet along life’s way. Kathy Vogel still remembers that autumn afternoon in 2003 and walking along the garden trails. “We took her …

Dr. Holly Kusel is right where she wants to be. And right where Kusel wants to be is in the Cape Fear Valley Medical Center emergency department helping those who are in a health crisis.

Always give credit where credit is due. And when it comes to the historic downtown structure that has been such a point of controversy for the past 2½ years and just what to do with it, a community can take a deep breath when it comes to the Market House story.

Chances are, there will be three new faces on the Fayetteville City Council on Aug. 11, when the winners of last week’s election are sworn in at Seabrook Auditorium at Fayetteville State University.

Here’s the truth of it. As the city police chief, Gina Hawkins never quite recovered from May 30, 2020, when she held back officers while an angry crowd converged downtown and eventually …

Bill Kirby Jr.: Mama always voted, and so do I

You’ll find the old house along N.C. 690 heading into the little town of Vass in Moore County. Seems like it has been there forever and a day. “That’s Bill Smith’s …

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