Fayetteville Life

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

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 decorated with so many wondrous names and […]

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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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Bo’s Birthday Parade: Surprise party for theater icon is well-played   

By Janet Gibson Photos by Cindy Burnham and Matthew Wonderly There are times in our lives when we feel a palpable energy that something wonderful is about to happen. Memories are waiting to be made. And, no matter the surreal circumstances, all of us will be better for the experience.    Like a stage play […]

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Find a Little Kindness in Your Neighborhood

I used to love a lively political discussion. Now I completely steer away from it unless I know the person with whom I am speaking is of a similar political persuasion. There are so many topics we just can’t talk about with family and friends anymore. What a shame this is! Politics is defined as “a set […]

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Down on the farm… with the Rockefellers: The rustic charms of their one-time vacation home 

By: Catherine Pritchard The paint is peeling and the rooms are bare.  But there’s still plenty at Long Valley Farm to excite the imagination about the fabulously wealthy Rockefellers who owned the 1,420-acre property outside Spring Lake for nearly 70 years and vacationed there, particularly when the weather was cool.  “They usually came down the day after Christmas,” says Colleen Bowers, a ranger at Carvers Creek State Park of […]

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Pickleball

OK, everyone, have a good evening.  Hey, let’s pack up those nets, turn off the lights and go home.  Ahem. Really, you guys. It’s closing time.  Welcome to Wednesday evening pickleball at Myers Park Recreation Center, where no one seems to want to stop playing. People have been dinking and volleying for nearly three hours now. Even so, if center assistant Dominique weren’t telling everyone it’s his duty to […]

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Virtual Museum Tours

Even if you are at home stuck on your couch, you can still tour many of the top museums and destinations in the world. Explore your favorite artist’s work, see some of the most amazing paintings and sculptures all from your computer, phone or tablet.   Take a look at this list to help you […]

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Places to Watch Live Music Online

In the absence of crowds and events, musicians have turned to live streaming their craft digitally. As we cloister in our homes trying to stop the spread of COVID-19 musicians are producing content online for free. Music has the ability to bring people together even with social distancing (just look at the video from Italy […]

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Yards of Sisterhood at Mill End Store

Babette Augustin admits she didn’t know a herringbone from a houndstooth when she moseyed into The Mill End Store a few years ago after a colleague’s going–away luncheon. But as she found herself surrounded by all the brilliant bolts of brocade, damask and tweed inside the shop at Tallywood Shopping Center, she had the undeniable […]

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A place for friends   

By Catherine Pritchard  On a chilly evening in December, a group of people sat around a table in a home at the Friendship House campus in Haymount.  They played board games, talked, traded jokes and laughed – a lot.  “This is how I hoped it would be,” said Scott Cameron, the spark plug behind the project that will […]

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Making vital connections for homeless women and children 

By Crissy Neville   We all look to connect to something, or to someone, these days.  A connection can be who you are related to or who you know, a union of ideas, or even the way two things join together in a continuous manner. This all comes to mind when stepping into Connections of Cumberland […]

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A Rising Tide

By James Johnson  It is said that while one is experiencing flotation therapy, the mind is set free to wander without the distractions of daily life, and at times inspiration can strike.  For Fayetteville-based veteran Nicole Walcott, who sought the experimental therapy as a way of relieving the chronic pain she was suffering after a long […]

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Focused on improving healthcare in the community

By Catherine Pritchard  Mammograms for uninsured women. State-of-the-art incubators for tiny premature babies. Financial assistance for needy patients who can’t afford vital medications – or basic needs. Programs and services for diabetics. A clinic that provides diagnostic services for people at risk of lung cancer and coordinated specialized care for those suffering from the disease.  All are important aspects of care provided through Cape Fear Valley Health System.  And all – and much […]

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Haymount Cottage Christmas – Cynthia Ross Decks the Halls

By Courtney Phillips  Cynthia Ross of CP Ross Designs stays busy year-round planning and creating décor for parties, weddings and special events.  For the Christmas season, she allots time to decorate several local homes and businesses.  One home always gets particular attention at the holidays – the Haymount cottage that Cynthia shares with her husband, David, and their cat, Prancer.  Just after Halloween, Cynthia starts […]

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