Fayetteville Life

The Last Word: The Treatment

By: Tony Chavonne As a young child, I always looked forward to spring each year with the first buds of dogwoods and azaleas pushing away the memories of winter. But one family tradition of each spring continues to haunt my memories – the dreaded spring dose of castor oil. The common belief at the time […]

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Health: A Thank-You to Cape Fear Valley’s Frontline Professionals

By: Kim Hasty For decades, Tommy Arnold has been the first to pitch in whenever someone needed help. We’ll likely never know the extent to which he’s been the willing benefactor to school fundraisers, nonprofit organizations, those in need of emergency medical treatments or those simply hurting and in need of a meal. In November, […]

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Fayetteville History: Memories of Fayetteville High School

By: Weeks Parker When I was a student at Fayetteville High School, it was located on Robeson Street where the Highsmith-Rainey Specialty Hospital now stands. I fondly remember being a member of the FHS Band that was directed by George Tracey, who was the organist at the First Presbyterian Church. When I was in the […]

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This Retired Military Couple Serves Up Sweetness

By: Kim Hasty When they fell in love and married 22 years ago, the demands of dual military careers kept Marissa and Thomas Capel from thinking about things like engraved invitations and a china registry. “We never had a wedding,” Marissa Capel said. So when they celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary on March 20, 2018, […]

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Good Eats: A Taste of Home

By: Janet Gibson Photography by: Cindy Burnham There’s something special about a restaurant with cooks who learned their skills at the apron strings of their mothers or grandmothers. They embrace the old-fashioned ways, ingredients picked fresh from the garden and family recipes that have been passed down through the generations. Over a hot stove, they […]

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McFadyen’s Musings: Caramel Cake

By: Bill McFadyen My mom’s first caramel cake, according to recollection by her little-girl-to-life’s-end friend Katherine Holmes Wheeler, came from a recipe on the back of a box of cake mix. All I knew was that the first time she ever made me one, it was the best sweet thing I had ever put in […]

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Throwback Collaboration Finds Groove in Covering 1970’s, ’80s Music

By: Michael Futch Photography by: Cindy Burnham At first, the Throwback Collaboration Band wasn’t actually a band. “This collection of musicians who performed in various bands and churches would periodically get to together to do parties for friend and nonprofits,” said Adolphus Thomas, who by day serves as community development administrator for the city of […]

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Family Matters: Survival of the Littlest: One Mom’s Mission

By: Claire Mullen I’m ashamed to confess what follows, but in the interest of saving lives, here you have it: two out of two of my children have had near-drowning incidents. Our family is able to retrospectively chuckle at my son’s mishap, because it ended just about as quickly as it began, with my loafered […]

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Fascinating Fayetteville: An Outdoor Space for All Seasons

By: Kim Hasty Photography by: Cindy Burnham Colleen Wellons is always cooking up something. And though she can whip up a delicious meal with just about any ingredient anyone can name, her creativity isn’t limited to the open-concept kitchen in her Fayetteville home. She seamlessly transitions, sometimes all in one day, from dreaming up new […]

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Bill Kirby Jr.: Empty Seat at the Bar…

You’ll find an empty seat at the bar, where Reid Horne liked his glass of red wine and conversation with friends John Wilson, Ron Brewington and just about anybody else who passed Reid Horne’s way. This was his chair, the one just by the wait station leading into Chris’s Steak House & Seaford Restaurant’s main […]

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Editor’s Corner: We Were at a Disconnect For Sure

By: Kim Hasty For much of our lives, from the time my husband and I met nearly 40 years ago, disconnection rarely had been an issue. But now the signs were clearly all over the place. “No internet connection” and “We’re sorry, something went wrong.“ “Please try again later,” “Network Error” and even “Please try […]

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Retired Army Maj. Ivan Castro, Who Lives in Total Darkness, Is An Inspiration to Others

By: Michael Futch Photography by: Cindy Burnham The Pacific Crest Trail spans 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. It crosses over 57 major mountain passes. It’s a beautiful, grueling, treacherous trek through scorching desert and rocky terrain. It was against that backdrop that Ivan Castro faced the latest in a […]

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Fascinating Fayetteville: The Zen of Beautiful Outdoor Spaces

By: Kim Hasty Photography by: Matthew Wonderly and Cindy Burnham In this month’s Fascinating Fayetteville, we invite you to take a walk through a traditional garden steeped in history. And then to pull up a comfortable chair in front of a roaring fire with the soothing sounds of a waterfall as a backdrop. And, finally, […]

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Earl’s Pearls 2/26

By Earl Vaughan Jr. In my early days covering high school sports in Fayetteville and Cumberland County, few high schools were in the headlines more often than Douglas Byrd. No team dominated the high school football scene like the Eagles did under Bob Paroli through much of the 1990s, with multiple trips to the N.C. High School Athletic Association […]

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‘Part of the family:’ Longtime ball boy Curtis Wilkes retires from the sidelines

By Earl Vaughan Jr. As a shortened, COVID-19 delayed high school football season kicks off this week, a familiar figure who has been on the sidelines at local games for nearly 50 years is absent. Curtis Wilkes, who served as the ball boy at his alma mater South View for many seasons before shifting his loyalty to Terry […]

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‘InnerWoven’ adds color, texture and meaning to downtown trees

By: Kim Hasty Be sure to check out “InnerWoven,” an urban knitting project curated, designed and executed by Fayetteville fabric artist Kia Jones, who goes by her brand name, Kia Love. The installation, inspired by the bright colors and patterns of African wax print fabrics, is a series of five large-format knits wrapped on tree […]

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Bill Kirby Jr.: For Whom the Bells Toll…

While we may not know all of the more than almost 500,000 who have lost their lives to the COVID-19 health pandemic, we do know that more than 250 have been from Cumberland County. They will be among those remembered at 11 a.m. Wednesday as six downtown churches will participate in a community ringing of […]

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Wine Pairing to Purr About

A Friday night wine pairing to purr about   Okay another Friday night has come and gone, and, like most Friday nights, we had take-out food. We had a nice jazzed up Bacon Greek Salad with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, black kalamata olives, Greek peppers and feta cheese, with a blue cheese balsamic glaze dressing. […]

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Bill Kirby Jr.: Woodpeckers Preparing for 2021 Season

Play ball!             Yes, that’s the plan for the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, according to a news release, as the Class-A affiliate team of the Houston Astros awaits word from Major League baseball about scheduling for its 2021 minor league season.             “Once a schedule is released, our front office will contact all season membership holders and […]

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“I cherish our friendship”

By: Kim Hasty Friends and family are thinking about JoLynn McDonald with love and concern this week. The well-loved Fayetteville mother of three has been there for so many during their struggles, celebrations and their everyday moments. She also has graciously shared her brave battle with cancer in the hopes of inspiring others to keep […]

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