Fayetteville Life

A Life-Changing Chance to Listen

We had to move the worn chair I was sitting in to allow Ms. Shelley to close the bathroom door in her cramped apartment when I first visited her in 2008. Filled with family photos and collectables, the 600 square-foot apartment had little room for much more than a bed, a kitchen table and a […]

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When the Woodpeckers Return, We’ll Be Ready

By Gray Hurley Last summer, Fayetteville experienced a revival. On April 18, 2019, people from all over the city gathered at Segra Stadium to witness history. The dream of many generations of fans, including my grandfather, had finally become a reality. Fayetteville had a baseball team. And that team had a name: The Fayetteville Woodpeckers. […]

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Red, White and Blue… and Cherished Memories Too

Emily and Corey Morgan’s Gates Four home offers so many welcoming touches, so many sweet memories and so many cozy corners that it’s difficult to pick just one inviting spot to plop down and chat for a bit. Their home, which borders the 17th green and 18th tee of the Gates Four Golf Course, is […]

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FASCINATING FAYETTEVILLE – All-American Fare with Flair

Through her Dorothy’s Catering 2 business, Jelisa Montalvo has cooked for the likes of NFL players, celebrities and politicians. But when it comes to hot dogs, she relies on recipes that have passed muster with the toughest of critics: her own family. “Hot dogs are my mother’s thing,” she said. “She doesn’t eat much meat, […]

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An End of an Era, to Say the Least

Thomas Pope, former sports editor of The Fayetteville Observer, posted that his father, the Rev. Arnold Pope, recently donated the bulk of his weightlifting gear to Walt Neubauer and the Wilmington Weightlifting Club.   “This pile of iron (and more) helped Dad win dozens of AAU state and regional heavyweight titles, a wad of Scottish […]

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Avoid These Financial Traps

Money. It’s hard to get and easy to lose. It doesn’t take long for the wealth you’ve accumulated to disappear if you don’t manage your money well or have a plan to protect your assets from sudden calamity. Snares like the ones mentioned below could easily threaten your financial security. Planning ahead can protect you […]

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The History of Fort Bragg

By Catherine Pritchard   Long before paratroopers floated from planes onto training areas on Fort Bragg, people roamed across the land.   Thousands of years ago, nomadic families of hunters and gatherers roamed through these piney sandhills, stopping to camp briefly and forage for food.   In the 18th century, the land was home to Native Americans, Highland Scots who had emigrated to […]

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Traveling by Land, Sea, or Air – or by Book 

By Diane Parfitt  During these last few months of staying home, most of us have had little chance to do any traveling. For those who love to travel, this is very difficult. Others don’t travel much but would certainly like to do more. We are finding that while we can’t travel, we can certainly read about traveling and experience these adventures around the world vicariously. Mason Cooley, a professor […]

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Young golfer is living his dream

When 11-year-old Taft Courie of Fayetteville finished third in the U.S. Kids Carolinas Invitational at Longleaf Country Club in Southern Pines, he earned a bid to the U.S. Kids World Championship for the second straight year. This year’s event is scheduled July 30. “This is an amazing event held annually in Pinehurst,” said Taft’s dad/caddie, […]

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Financial Advice for Troubling Times

  As we look ahead to the summer months, we can’t help but think what a challenging year it’s been so far. At the same time, we’re encouraged by the resiliency and accelerated innovation among U.S. businesses and the efforts by our national, state and local governments to support our communities. And we continue to […]

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Recipes

    CHEF JUDY’S POTATO SALAD   5 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes  2 cups mayonnaise (your favorite brand) 1 cup refrigerated sweet pickle relish 2 tablespoons yellow mustard, or 1 part yellow + 1 part Dijon 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon celery seeds 1/2 teaspoon paprika 4-5 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped 3 celery stalks, diced 1/2 cup sweet onion, […]

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Downtown Picnic

For Jen and James Bordelon, just about every day is a picnic that takes place right outside their backdoor. The young couple live in a downtown loft apartment and regularly head out with sons Theo, 3, and Fitz, 5 months, in tow. Well, Theo isn’t exactly in tow. Rather, he’s ahead of everyone else, zipping […]

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A City With A View For The Best Of Days To Come – Bill Kirby Jr.

By: Bill Kirby Jr.  Email: bkirby@cityviewnc.com   Mama always had nuggets of sage wisdom along her life’s way, and with age you’ll find yourself reflecting on those prophetic gems.  Her pretty blues would be firm.  “It’s a long road,” Mama would say, “that never turns.”  And so it has been, this long and winding roadway […]

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Maintaining the FTCC Rose Garden

By: Jaclyn Shambaugh Photos by Brad Losh The sweet smell of success begins with careful attention in the Fayetteville Rose Garden  Marvin Lackman, leader of the Fayetteville Rose Society, has a reminder as the calendar flips into the heart of rose-blooming season.   “Roses are meant to be shared,” Lackman says.  There’s no better place for the local community to […]

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A Quiet Spot Full of Memories

By: Kim Hasty Oh, the birds, the squirrels, the flowers and, most of all, the memories. And Sue Priest is here to enjoy them all while sitting on the porch overlooking her peaceful and lovely Clarendon House garden.  “Wherever I am, I like to try to beautify it,” she said.  When she and her late husband Larry, both Hope Mills natives, moved to this […]

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The Family Picnic

Chef Judy’s fried chicken and waffles with all the fixin’s sets the scene to make lasting memories     BY JANET GIBSON / PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATTHEW WONDERLY  One of my earliest memories is of a family picnic in a land long ago and far away. I can close my eyes and still feel that perfect day – with sunshine magically streaming through the woods – and a feast laid out on the blanket before me.    […]

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Good Reads: These titles can help you start your own family book club

  By Diane Parfitt  Whether we are still under the statewide Stay–at–Home order, summer is a good time to enjoy some family reading time when school is out. Reading at home can be even more fun as a “Family Book Club.”  Those of us already in a book club may find this alternative to be […]

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CFVH Workers Grateful for Community’s Generosity

By: Kim Hasty Over 3,000 donated masks. Over 5,000 donated meals. And those numbers are growing every day.  In the midst of a pandemic, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center staff members have been overwhelmed by the generosity of a community that regards them as heroes.  “Christina and Misty from Cape Fear Valley Pulmonary Medicine would like to thank the volunteers for our […]

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Satisfying Career Comes to a Close

By: Kim Hasty Robert Hines has always staunchly believed in getting up from behind his desk, out of his office and into the community as possible.   Yet, that office is an undeniable conversation piece.   Challenge coins that were gifts from military leaders are neatly displayed as a colorful set. Collectible toy trucks commemorate his years with Amoco Oil. Sports memorabilia items line the shelves, including souvenir […]

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Home Sweet Home

By Kim Hasty Filled with pops of cheerful color, family heirlooms, wedding gifts and repurposed pieces, Hannah and Boston Kennedy’s home is the perfect place for reclaiming a sense of calm in a world that can seem uncertain these days.   The young couple both put in long hours in their healthcare professions: Hannah is a respiratory therapist with the Harnett Health […]

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