Fayetteville Life

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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’Tis The Season, And Vandals Are Among Us

Vandals are lurking in the early-morning darkness, according to a Nextdoor app, and they are targeting holiday decorations on display in a number of neighborhoods throughout the community. “At least two other houses were hit early Sunday morning on December 6 between 5 and 5:30 a.m. as well,” said Lt. Col. Bryan Lake, whose Lights-On-Lakewood-At-Mirror […]

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Good Eats: A Little Something Extra @ Luigi’s Italian Chophouse & Bar

“A LITTLE SOMETHING EXTRA” BY: JANET GIBSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY: CINDY BURNHAM Luigi’s Italian Chophouse and Bar ready for the holiday season. We could tell you that Luigi’s has some of the best steaks in town, Chilean sea bass which will transport you to another dimension, perfect pasta topped with red sauce from an old family […]

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Fayetteville Area Holiday Attractions 2020

We found some of the coolest and brightest holiday attractions to do in and around Fayetteville so you didn’t have to.     Sweet Valley Ranch’s Festival of Lights November 27th – December 30th, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. Everyone is raving about the very first year of the Festival of Lights at Sweet Valley Ranch. […]

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’Tis The Season In The Cul-de-Sac

  Lights-On-Lakewood-At-Mirror Lake   “The bottom line is that I want our presentation to be not only a source of joy and happiness for others, but even more so a subtle or not so subtle reminder of what it is we are actually celebrating in the first place – CHRISTmas,” Lt. Col. Bryan Lake said […]

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Giving Tuesday Campaign Raises $1.164 Million for Local Nonprofits

At a time when the need has never been greater, our community has come through in a big way.   Cumberland Community Foundation joined with 68 nonprofit organizations to raise $1.164 million during this year’s Giving Tuesday campaign. A CCF news release reports that donors contributed $864,264. That amount, combined with matches of $200,000 through […]

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Sylvia Ray Dared to Live Her Dream

“It was her passion and love of people that always kept this place going,” says Suzy Hrabovsky, executive director of the Center for Economic Empowerment & Development. “She wanted people to bloom.” Sylvia Ray was a dreamer, and Sylvia Ray wanted others to share in her dream for their better tomorrows. If you were struggling in […]

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Singing Christmas Tree 2020: A Bit Different

BY: KIM HASTY For more than four decades, Snyder Memorial Baptist Church has offered the community a joyful celebration – a steadfast reminder of the reason for the season – in the form of a host of angelic voices emanating from an enormous, sparkling Singing Christmas Tree.   And not even a Grinch personified by […]

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An Angel of Hope

BY: TONY CHAVONNE She is easy to miss in a quick drive by of downtown’s Cross Creek Fountain. But there she stands, a childlike angel with upturned palms and outstretched wings, amidst the water spray from the fountain and under the watchful eye of the Marquis de Lafayette’s bronze statue. “The Christmas Box,” a best-selling […]

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8 Books to Put Under the Tree

BY: DIANE PARFITT Giving books for Christmas is always a good idea. For children, you will be instilling a love and respect for reading. For young adults, you will be cultivating their interest in a wide range of subjects. For the adults, a good book will give them something to dig into after all the […]

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New Center Will Offer Hope in the Storm

BY: KIM HASTY A warm and soothing environment in which patients and their parents can feel comfortable and safe. Comprehensive and critical inpatient treatment available without the necessity of an hour-long, or longer, drive. Skilled professionals on hand around the clock to help families in crisis. That’s the vision for a new, 16-bed inpatient adolescent […]

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In Search of the Perfect Pie

BY: KIM HASTY PHOTOGRAPHY BY: CINDY BURNHA For years now, Mackie Weeks has packed baskets brimful of homemade goodies to give to her four sons and their families, as well as to her sisters and other loved ones during the holiday season. She would spend months lovingly filling jars with homemade muscadine jelly, plum jelly, […]

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Family Recipes

Some are sweet. Some are savory. But either way, a handwritten recipe handed down through the years is a special legacy to generations of beloved family cooks. On these pages, our readers share some of their meaningful recipe box memories.       Clarice Stroup was born and raised in Fayetteville, worked downtown at First […]

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Bill Kirby Jr.: Joy to the World

BY: BILL KIRBY JR. Yes, Virginia will tell you, there is a Santa Claus. And neither cold nor wind nor rain nor sleet nor COVID-19 is keeping jolly old Saint Nick away this holiday season. “I’ve got to start getting our Christmas decorations down!” Virginia said, and the Butterball still was two weeks away from […]

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Someday You’ll Thank Me: The Confessions of a Reluctant Hostess

BY: MARY ZAHRAN We all know women who have a knack for entertaining. They prepare fabulous dishes. They create elaborate centerpieces. They float effortlessly from guest to guest, making conversation, and they seem to be having more fun than anyone else at their own party. I am not one of those women. I prefer a […]

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Editor’s Corner: The Light Still Shines

BY: KIM HASTY Berry Bostic had no idea his spheres of light would have so much meaning. “I just liked the way they looked,” he said. Bostic, retired now and with time for the golf course and a variety of other pursuits, had a long career as a veterinarian, the kind who cared not only […]

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