Fayetteville Life

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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Thirty-seven years of friendship and horseshoes

By Catherine Pritchard  That first time, there was no thought of a next time.  Three young Fayetteville men, home for the summer from college, wanted to hold a get-together with other friends before school and life pulled them apart again.  They decided to center the gathering around a horseshoe tournament – mainly because one of them had […]

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Do you hear what I hear? Christmas on Echo 

By Courtney Phillips  On a warm October afternoon, Joe Quigg sat behind a stately desk in his home office, brow furrowed in concentration. A visitor might have assumed the owner of Ed’s Tire was consumed by business-related activity and she wouldn’t have been completely wrong – it was the business of Christmas. A quick scroll through Joe’s desktop computer revealed an array of snapshots he took at Christmastime last year. “It’s for planning purposes, so he can remember where […]

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Sweet Treats and Smoked Meats

By Crissy Neville    With so many great restaurants in the Fayetteville area, it can be hard to pick a place to eat. Fortunately, no matter whether you crave sweet or savory, Burney’s Sweets & More and Southern Coals have you covered.  Jason and Hollie Hairr and Chip and Jana Humphrey own and operate the two eateries, located next to each other in the Dail Center on Putte Williams Road, just off Raeford Road. The short […]

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Farmers Market Round Up

By James Johnson  Farmer’s markets are nothing new to North Carolina, as there have been farmers selling their goods directly to consumers for as long as there have been farms. But in urban areas like Fayetteville, these markets are experiencing a resurgence and are putting big chain grocery stores on notice.   For the uninitiated, a farmer’s market is a location […]

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After The Flood

By Scott Mooneyham When my oldest son returned to Fayetteville after a stay in the mountains with fellow UNC-Wilmington students who had fled Hurricane Florence, the friend who drove him home remarked to my wife and me, “I guess you all have never seen anything like this.”   I had to laugh a little.   Obviously, Hurricane Matthew, two years ago, did not bring the kind of widespread destruction of Florence, even […]

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Trivia Night

Catherine Pritchard  If it’s Tuesday night, the Already Tired Teachers are decompressing at a table at the Scrub Oaks restaurant and pub on Ramsey Street.  If it’s Thursday night or Sunday afternoon, the Ale Yeahs are yukking it up in yak shirts at Lake Gaston Brewing Co. in downtown Fayetteville or Dirtbag Ales in Hope Mills, respectively.  On other days or at other times or at other restaurants and bars around town, lots of other strangely monikered groups are gathered around […]

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Indigo Moon Film Festival

By Nathan Walls  Pat Wright’s passion for films says it best: “Film is cool because it makes the world smaller and it brings new ideas to people and it makes our community richer for it.”   That’s the call to action for people to attend the annual Indigo Moon Film Festival, which will be held for the third straight year Oct. […]

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Lafayette’s Birthday Celebration

By Crissy Neville  In September 1783, when Great Britain officially recognized the United States as an independent country, plans were already underway to rename a North Carolina city after a hero of the war that had created the new nation.  State leaders decreed the new city, which combined the towns of Cross Creek and Campbellton, would be called Fayetteville, after Gilbert […]

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Revving Up For A Good Time

By Catherine Pritchard  On a hot summer night, 18 drivers stomp on the accelerators of vehicles that look like pint-size versions of old-timey gangster cars.  A loud metallic whine of engines rises like the buzzing of hundreds of angry bees.  The cars zoom down the red-dirt straightaway, then skid sideways into the first turn.  A night of racing at Fayetteville Motor Speedway has begun.  Several hundred people of all ages are on […]

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2018 International Folk Festival

By Catherine Pritchard  Been putting off that trip around the world?  It’s time to schedule it – for the weekend of September 28. What? That doesn’t sound like nearly enough time for such a big trip?  Relax. You won’t need a passport, expensive plane tickets or even to take time off of work. Just head […]

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Historic Local Architecture

By Crissy Neville Spires dot the skyline. Arches swell upwards. Columns punctuate sidewalks, inviting passersby to walk through. It’s a landscape woven with both new and old. Could it be a far-away country, an ancient province, a famed city?  Try Fayetteville instead, and a preview of what you can see in her skies, streets and neighborhoods if you take a closer look.  Architectural styles abound in both the historic residential district of […]

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Mercer’s Daylily Garden

By Catherine Pritchard  In a quiet neighborhood near Hope Mills, a narrow street dead-ends at a tree-shrouded driveway.  A small sign promises something’s ahead.  “Welcome,” it says. “Mercers’ Garden.”  Even so, you might wonder. Enter the driveway and there’s a house and a carport. Four dogs are probably racing to meet you. Trees and bushes are the most obvious signs of vegetation.  But […]

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Swampdogs say…they’re here to stay!

By: Eddie Southards  The Fayetteville SwampDogs have a clear message to send – they don’t plan on going anywhere.  There was speculation that the Coastal Plain League team might relocate next year when the Houston Astros’ minor league baseball team moves into a new stadium in downtown Fayetteville. The theory was the team would draw too many fans away from the SwampDogs.  But SwampDogs general […]

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Play Ball! Fayetteville gets ready

By Eddie Southards  The city of Fayetteville hopes to hit a home run by building a baseball stadium downtown on Hay Street that will house a minor league affiliate of the World Series champion Houston Astros.  Construction of the $37.8 million project is well underway and on schedule to be ready for the 2019 season opener […]

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Fayetteville says hello – and goodbye – to Bill Leslie

By Catherine Pritchard  When you invite people into your home regularly, it’s usually because you trust them and like them.  That’s so even or maybe especially if they’re entering by way of your TV screen.  So you tend to miss them if they go away.  What you may not know then is they may miss […]

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A place where military families can unwind

By Alicia Banks  A one-time horse farm in the Arran Lakes area of Fayetteville has transformed into a woodsy park providing respite and recreation for military service members, their families and their friends.  In its fourth year, Rick’s Place continues to grow, adding activities and improvements to its 55-acre site.  “We work really hard to think about every family member of every age – how they can enjoy a fun experience with […]

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An artful encounter with a former president

By Crissy Neville  Vilas Tonape has taught art to thousands of people around the world for more than two decades. In March, former President George W. Bush joined that long list.  Tonape, chair of the art department at Methodist University, spent a day with Bush at his home in Texas discussing and demonstrating portraiture techniques. The experience, Tonape said, was an honor and […]

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LECLAIR’S GENERAL STORE: A Modern-Day Mercantile

LECLAIR’S GENERAL STORE: A Modern-Day Mercantile   BY KELLY TWEDELL | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATTHEW WONDERLY   There are no mule-drawn wagons parked in front of Leclair’s General Store on Fort Bragg Road in Haymount. No furs are being traded inside. And the goods that are being sold tend toward antiques, wine, coffee, one-of-a-kind housewares, gourmet treats, unique […]

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