Fayetteville Life

For high school coaches, uncertainty is the only certainty

By Earl Vaughan Jr.   Fall sports seasons have been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. High school coaches across North Carolina recently received new instructions from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association on how and when their 2020-21 athletic seasons would resume.    But many of the coaches felt like sculptors trying to work […]

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“We Came Wanting to Make a Difference”

No sooner than they were here, and now they are leaving us.             Greg Weber joined The Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County in March of 2019, replacing Deborah Martin Mintz as the nonprofit’s longtime executive director. His wife, Marge Betley, would join the Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation, another nonprofit, as its major fundraising officer […]

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The Last Word: Service Pins Are Not Enough

BY: TONY CHAVONNE Like many of us, my mother’s family came from rural North Carolina – a far different place than where many of us reside today. And a different time as well. My grandmother, Elsie Tyson, was a doffer at the Lakedale textile mill in Massey Hill, which meant she removed the bobbins or […]

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Cape Fear Valley Hospital aids in the crusade for a vaccine

BY: KIM HASTY Even as a little girl growing up in Germany, Judith Borger always knew she wanted to help people. For a while, that meant teaching them how to keep the tips of their skis from crossing or the importance of keeping their knees bent while snowboarding. “I was recruited to be a ski […]

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Good Reads: Found in Translation

BY: DIANE PARFITT Because there are many wonderful books originally written in English, you may feel like you need never look for a foreign book translated from its original language. Popular books by foreign authors, however, are now more readily available in English, and nothing is “lost in translation.” In reading these translations, we not […]

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Remembering Junior Edge: A legendary athlete, an exceptional man

By Earl Vaughan Jr.   Any story written about the late Junior Edge typically focuses on his athletic prowess. And with good reason. He was one of the finest athletes ever to come out of Massey Hill High School, and went on to become the Gator Bowl-winning, All-Atlantic Coast Conference quarterback for the University of […]

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Prelude to a Taste: Simply Inhale…

BY: JANET GIBSON “The Fayetteville community has supported me so much, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.” – Anila (Chef Kelly) Kishan, owner of Bombay Bistro We’ll always remember the first time we inhaled the intoxicating aromas of Bombay Bistro. The wafting of blissful curries and other authentic Indian dishes touched […]

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A Better Community, One Concert at a Time

BY: BILL KIRBY JR. A behind-the-scenes look at bringing well-known artists to the Community Concerts stage. And the oldest arts organization in Fayetteville, circa 1935, would not have it any other way and continues, despite COVID-19, working toward its 85th consecutive season. You may be wondering how Community Concerts for the past 13 years has […]

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Sooner or Later…the show must go on

BY: KIM HASTY PHOTOGRAPHY BY: MATTHEW WONDERLY Theater people call it the ghost light. It’s a light with a single bulb, usually a floor lamp of some sort, left lit on the stage when the rest of the theater is closed and dark. Across the country, theaters have gone dark because of the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

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Mentor, Surgeon, Friend Remembered

BY: BILL KIRBY JR.  ‘I’m very proud to carry on his legacy,’ says Jonathan Piland, 18, a graduate of Cape Fear High School and now enrolled at Duke University, and, recipient of the 2020 Dr. Gerald W. Beatty Scholarship.             When it came to dental health care, Dr. Gerald Beatty was compassionate about his patients. […]

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Spice up your meals with these yummy Indian dishes

BY: KIM HASTY PHOTOGRAPHY BY: MATTHEW WONDERLY The cauliflower was sizzling in a large pot in Liza Shah’s kitchen stove one recent afternoon. A tempting aroma wafted from the heap of florets. What exactly was comprising that aroma? Something nutty? Maybe. Definitely something spicy … even exotic. And whatever that fragrant something was, it was […]

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Elizabeth Macrae

  BY: BILL KIRBY JR. Ronnie Schell, who was cast as Gomer Pyle’s sidekick on the TV hit of the 1960s, says he just adored Elizabeth MacRae, who grew up in Fayetteville and became a television, soap opera and film actress, and Gomer Pyle’s television girlfriend. “We picked up right where we left off,” Schell […]

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The Corona Chronicles: Back to School Edition

BY: CLAIRE MULLEN Back–to–school is a ritual of sorts for children and parents alike.  For my family, it has become tradition since the early preschool days for each of our two kids to make a rare and much-anticipated solo Target run with mom to purchase their school supplies.    This momentous occasion is the one time a year that I say […]

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Someday You’ll Thank Me: The Flying Cake

BY: MARY ZAHRAN Have you ever seen a cake fly? I have, and let me tell you, it is a sight you will never forget. I have always considered myself to be a pretty good baker. I am not a pastry chef. I don’t make delicate, multi-layered confections with elaborate color schemes. I don’t make […]

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Frances Hasty Loved a Good Story

“She carried herself well,” Paula Smith says about her friend with a passion for gardening, the fragrance of gardenia and lilies, music, state history, literature and the written word. There was just something about Frances Hasty. And Paula Smith would say it so well about her friend.            “She was the […]

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Mirror Lake owners face vegetation issue

“As far as the lake, I am not sure we have it ‘back’ yet,” says Bryan Lake, one of eight Mirror Lake Homeowners Association members, “or when or if we ever will.” You’ll find residents enjoying summer walks along Mirror Lake Drive, and you might see some doing some fishing along the bank. The dam […]

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‘Minnie’s Miracle:’ Fourth-grader pens a heartwarming tale

By Kim Hasty   Fayetteville Academy fourth-grader Carly Reeves figured everyone could use a story with a happy ending these days. But though she never gave up on her great-grandmother’s missing little dog, no one was sure how this one could possibly turn out well.   In fact, it took a miracle.   Minnie’s miracle. […]

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To See Or To Hear? That Is The Question.

By: Dianne Parfitt I love real books, paper and ink, with beautiful designs on the front that invite me to hold them and read what’s inside. Audiobooks and e-books were an anathema to me for years. Then I discovered I could listen to a book while I commuted to work or ran errands in the […]

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Cool Beans Coffee and Ice Cream

By: Kim Hasty   The beginning of a pandemic is a tough time to try to fulfill a dream, but Adam Tavares and Tonya Tyler did just that when they began serving their lattes, espresso and unique ice cream concoctions in March in their shop in Eastover just off Dunn Road.   But there’s just […]

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DIY Mexican Fried Ice Cream

By: Kim Hasty As an expectant mother years ago, food blogger Katie Crenshaw had such a sweet tooth that she ate her dessert before she ordered her meal whenever she ate Mexican. All these years later, Crenshaw’s copycat Mexican fried ice cream is a hit with everyone who tries it. Using a recipe she posted […]

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