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Bill Kirby Jr.: Classroom 13 will never be quite the same

On Tuesday, Debra Taft was meticulously sorting through almost every piece of her first-grade teaching literature in classroom 13 at Alma Easom Elementary School. She was in no hurry. She’s been teaching here for 30 years.

They were children.   Just kids.  Innocent and enjoying the trappings of youth as fourth-graders at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, with full lives ahead of them.

Confound COVID 19, the public health menace. About the time we think we’re getting past the coronavirus, it rears its ugly head again. “We are beginning to see an increase in …

You’ve heard about the young at heart. Well, say hello to Bob Matlack. “As 80 approached, he treated himself to something he has always wanted,” Anne Matlack says about her husband. “A Porsche 911 convertible.”

Bob Ray was one of the good guys in our community. He has been one of our longtime lawyers, and when it came to estate planning, taxes, wills and trusts, you could turn to him for the best advice …

Oh, come now, Jesse Byrd would have wanted all of us to know Tuesday —  this day of farewell. Heaven forbid, he would have us know. No grief. No tears. No need for all of this …

Jermaine “JP” Powell is a mixed media artist who has been hard at work bringing this city to visual life at the Ramsey Street and I-295 interchange in North Fayetteville. He’s …

Mark Rice got me to thinking about an old friend who was killed years ago while in his stopped vehicle at an intersection in Guilford County. A vehicle from behind plowed into my friend’s …

I’m not the mayor of the city. But I am somewhat of the self-appointed mayor of this quiet little street not far from the hustle and bustle of the fast-food restaurants just a couple of …

On this Mother’s Day some 50 years ago, the Rev. Leighton B. McKeithen Jr. was at his best before a Highland Presbyterian Church congregation that filled the sanctuary to the balcony. When …

Joy Cogswell is an icon when it comes to music in this community. Her presence is a gift to any piano. And teaching young people the notes and keys of a piano is one of the joys of her life. She has been doing that for the past 20 years as director of Snyder Music Academy at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church.

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Here’s the truth of it: The Market House at the center of downtown Fayetteville already has been repurposed. No slave ever will be sold there again. No one, no matter the color of their skin. We as a community and a nation will not stand for that kind of conduct and discrimination.

Bill Kirby Jr.: Paul Peel is a blessed man

When it comes to believing, Paul Peel needs not a single second to tell you the Lord has been his shepherd every day of his life. Not a single second, mind you. “Absolutely,” Peel, …

This was heart-wrenching. This was painful to witness. And deeply emotional. “I have loved Edward since I was 16,” Dixie Lowry Davis, 70, was saying Monday as Judge Tom Locke was …

Even in disappointment, Tammy Brocato remains steadfast in her faith. She’s not giving up on God. “God has the right kidney out there for me,” Brocato, 54, was saying this …

You might say it’s back to square one when it comes to the Market House, the historic and controversial centerpiece of downtown. Dion Lyons, a conciliation specialist with the U.S. …

‘Not just projects, but about people’

You might be thinking that our Cumberland County legislative delegation is walking around in a boastful self-promotion after Gov. Roy Cooper signed the state budget into law in November with more than $402 million heading our way.

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