Fayetteville Life

Fascinating Fayetteville: Words from the Heart

By: Janet Gibson Photography by: Cindy Burnham Athina Pavlikianidis Gonzales’ life was changed in an instant at age 17 when a horrific car accident left her with a traumatic brain injury. But that hasn’t stopped her from becoming an author. Twice, in fact. The 31-year-old Fayetteville native recently self-published her second book, “Snoot! A rant […]

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Fascinating Fayetteville: Still Diving Into a Challenge

By: Michael Futch Photography by: Cindy Burnham Ten months after losing most of his left arm and nearly his life, Rick Allen returned to the calming depths of the Atlantic Ocean, scuba-diving once again in all his Aquaman-like glory. Even a devastating explosion in the garage of his home 10 years ago failed to keep […]

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A reminder of our unity

                  You may be aware of downtown’s latest art – “The Unity Bell” at the corner of Hay and Green streets near the Market House. It is the work of John Shoneman of Efland, who is the father-in-law of Bianca Shoneman, president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit Cool Spring Downtown […]

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A Little Help Stirring the Pot

By Kathryn Kelly CityView Contributing Writer Claire Mullen shared a recent struggle to her personal Facebook page that many of her friends seemed to empathize with. While perusing a gumbo recipe, she dreaded the direction that the pot was to be stirred continuously for 15 minutes. “There is literally nothing I can do for 15 […]

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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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