Fayetteville Life

Col. John Fox: ‘The most powerful witness …’

“He was the most powerful witness I’ve ever had in my life,” said Dr. John Cook, pastor of Snyder Memorial Baptist Church. Cook was referring to Air Force Col. John Fox, who died Jan. 2 at age 82 from complications associated with COVID-19.   Cook also said that Fox’s wife of 54 years, Henrianne, told […]

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Community embraces COVID-19 Vaccines

            There was something touching and poignant on this January morning where an older segment of this community awaited their first Pfizer vaccine inoculations in the long fight with the COVID-19 health crisis.             You could see the eagerness in their eyes.             A touch of trepidation, too. Anne and Bob Matlack went about registering […]

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Move Over, Hot Chocolate Bombs

Hot chocolate bombs were a hit around the holidays and continue to delight children and adults alike. Either store-bought or homemade, they feature spheres of chocolate that burst open when immersed in hot milk to reveal surprises like marshmallows, candy and sprinkles.   Well, now we have tea bombs. And while they haven’t yet reached […]

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‘She made us all feel important:’ 1976 National Teacher of the Year Ruby Murchison Dies

It was a proud moment on that March day in 1976 when a contingent from Fayetteville traveled to Washington, D.C. to watch President Gerald Ford recognize Ruby Murchison as National Teacher of the Year.  “I was greatly impressed, of course, with one fact that I understand you are very proud of,” Ford said at the […]

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He Walked in the Footsteps of Jesus

All of his days, Owen Widman would want us to know, were gifts from God, and not the beginning of any day was without praise for his Lord and Savior. Every morning, you would find him on bended knees, his Bible open near his easy chair. “I can’t shake the image of Owen beginning each […]

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With a song in his heart and dog treats in his pocket

By: Kim Hasty Ted Miller is a man with a seemingly never-ending supply of dog treats in his pockets. As it turns out, he’s always had a song in his heart as well.   “I’d always wanted to learn to play a musical instrument,” he said. “I tried piano as a kid from my mom, […]

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Someday You’ll Thank Me: Letters to my Former Selves

BY MARY ZAHRAN Many people see a new year as an opportunity either to make resolutions for the coming year or to reflect on the previous one. But why stop at reflecting on a single year when you can reflect on your entire past? With this question in mind, I have decided to write letters […]

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Family Matters: Split Ends and Laundry Bins

BY: CLAIRE MULLEN Self-care. A concept that seems to me, a 35-year-old mother of two young children, to be a luxurious thing of the just-me past. Perhaps something to look forward to in the less chaotic future. But what self-care most certainly is not is something that I’m practicing and excelling at in the here […]

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Good Eats: Bowls, Bowls, Bowls!

BY: JANET GIBSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY: CINDY BURNHAM As many of us resolve to get healthier in 2021 – along with shedding excess pounds – could a solution lie in something round? My husky late father loved to eat. The higher the food on his plate, the happier he became. Mama, who was more fastidious about […]

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Editor’s Corner: Holding Onto Hope and Each Other

By: Kim Hasty The good doctor took a look at my bruised and puffy foot. “Let’s get an X-ray,” he said. “But either way, the treatment will probably be the same.” Two days earlier, I’d had an unfortunate encounter involving a large Rubbermaid container, the stairs in our house and my offhand decision to wear […]

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The Last Word: Life’s True Gifts

BY: TONY CHAVONNE I approached the used plastic grocery bag someone had put on my desk with cautious curiosity. In it I found a handful of sweet potatoes that someone had left for me. Also included in the bag were a few checks marked as donations, one carefully handwritten for $25. It was the final […]

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Fascinating Fayetteville

BY: KIM HASTY PHOTOGRAPHY BY: CINDY BURNHAM Fascination abounds in the people, places and events right here in Fayetteville. But another of the nice things about living here is our convenient proximity to other enjoyable destinations. For this, the first in an occasionally recurring feature on some of those destinations, we tag along with some […]

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A Bariatric Success Story

BY: KIM HASTY For Rachael Santillan, the epiphany that would lead to her nearly 100-pound weight loss came on a mountaintop in Ghana. “Everybody was passing me on the way up,” she said. “Older people, younger people, they were all passing me. When I got to the top, I said, this is going to change.” […]

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Bill Kirby Jr.: 100 Years

BY: BILL KIRBY JR. You won’t find them gathered around the luncheon table each Friday afternoon for some idle chit-chat or to catch up on this and that, and then be on their way. They are members of the Kiwanis Club of Fayetteville, with a pledge to carry on the mission of Kiwanis International, circa […]

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Good Reads: Finding Joy Building Your Own Personal Library

BY: DIANE PARFITT On TV news shows today, many of the experts and politicians are being interviewed remotely at home on Zoom or similar web conferencing.   The majority of them are sitting in their home library in front of a bookcase. I like trying to read the titles because they often reflect the political […]

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McFadyen’s Musings: The Wedding Gift

BY: BILL MCFADYEN As a concession to our whirlwind engagement, Susanna and I did not register for wedding gifts at the conventional and more elegant places that brides usually choose. Instead, we registered at a farm supply store, figuring we could guiltlessly retain a new wheelbarrow and steel-handled shovel in the event of an equally […]

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Be Stronger Than Your Excuses

BY: KIM HASTY PHOTOGRAPHY BY: CINDY BURNHAM From the start, the energy, the enthusiasm and the encouragement inside the gym were strikingly contagious. “You’re looking good, girl,” was the mantra of the day. “You’re doing great.” They are five women of all ages and all from different walks of life, facing life’s pressures from a […]

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CityView’s Photo of the Year

It was inspiring and joyful to take a look back at the faces that graced our pages in 2020. It may have been the most challenging year on record, but it also was a year that gave us so many opportunities to tell the interesting, heartwarming and beautiful stories in our community. Take a look […]

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Let Us Remember, They Walked Among Us

They were fathers and mothers, husbands and wives, sons and daughters, grandparents, our friends and neighbors and a part of our lives, and we said goodbye in 2020. Let us remember, they walked among us and may we never forget.               Paige Ledford never looked at life’s obstacles. He saw them as challenges for […]

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Community will miss Paul’s Produce and old-fashioned customer service

Betty and Paul Carter celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary in memorable fashion on Nov. 14. After many hours of discussion and more than a little waffling, they finally closed the doors of their homespun produce store, Paul’s Produce, in the familiar yellow building off Marlborough Road.    They headed off into retirement with 36½ years […]

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