Fayetteville Life

Fascinating Fayetteville: A Winter Wonderland

BY: KIM HASTY PHOTOGRAPHY BY: CINDY BURNHAM AND MATTHEW WONDERLY Even in the most challenging of years, this holiday season promises to shine more brightly than ever for one local couple. And they are looking forward to sharing all that light with others. “For me, I love Christmas,” Anita Surgeon said. “It’s very special to […]

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Family Matters: Toto’s Ginger Cookies

BY: CLAIRE MULLEN Last year, on the Saturday morning before Christmas, I found myself standing with fuzzy-slippered feet in my flour-bombed kitchen, over a plate of warm-from-the-oven cookies, inexplicably weeping and laughing all at once. I remember thinking that the frenzy of the holiday season had officially done me in. A breakfast of three cups […]

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History, Tradition and Indelible Bonds

BY: KIM HASTY PHOTOGRAPHY BY: CINDY BURNHAM From the second floor, the vintage Morse Electrophonic stereo system is likely to be spinning Christmas selections this time of year from one of Randy Gregory’s collection of thousands of vinyl record albums. Downstairs, Caroline Gregory’s office features a Lucite light fixture, a leather sofa and a chair […]

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McFadyen’s Musings: Bay Rod

BY: BILL MCFADYEN In the early part of the school year in 1975, Dad purchased an oceanfront house at Emerald Isle. It had been owned by the bank as a result of someone else’s financial misfortune. I confess that I did not spend much time praying for them to have better days. All I wanted […]

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A Grateful Heart

Hunter Glass will count his blessings Thursday, when taking his place at the head of the Thanksgiving Day dinner table. And among those blessings he will be thankful for is the kindness and compassion of a dental periodontist who put a patient’s health before a paycheck.               When Hunter Glass takes his place Thursday […]

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A Message of Hope

BY: KIM HASTY William Mangum’s Honor Card Program, now in its 33rd year of helping the homeless and others in need, seems more relevant than ever in this year of unprecedented challenges. Yet, Mangum’s message has always been one of hope. “No one could have ever imagined the impact of what the coronavirus has done […]

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‘Scotty would have been so pleased’

The sun was shining, and temperatures were mild. Saturday was a perfect day for golf and the perfect day for the inaugural S. Scott Stapleton Memorial Golf Tournament.   “Scotty would have been so pleased,” said his wife of 42, Caro Lee Stapleton.   And the kind and caring local ophthalmic surgeon, who died Dec. […]

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A Salute to Our Veterans

A Salute to our Veterans … It was a cold and windy day in March of 2005, when Mama, who was frail and fragile, joined with Cross Creek Garden Club members Elaine Nunnery, Gussie Ammons, Heather Andrew, Juliet Brantley, Carolyn Campbell, Linda Chambers, Joan Elliott, Lourine Hall, Katherine Hurtado, Evolyn Joyner, Grace Henderson, Doris Lee, […]

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Bill Kirby Jr.: And Now We Wait…

And now we wait …   Some of us have voted early and others are today visiting our respective polling sites to cast our votes for the candidates of our choice. There’s anticipation and anxiousness as Election Day plays out across the nation, the state and right here at home as George Breece offers his […]

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A Miracle Recovery

  The best thing about the story of young Hunter Hedgecoe is that his is a story with a happy ending.   But as Golf Channel documented in a recent memorable segment, that happy ending at first seemed uncertain.   “When I saw that segment, I was thinking, oh gosh, It seems like a lifetime […]

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Good Reads: New Beginnings, Second Chances and Happy Endings

Serious books with weighty topics and moral lessons are often worthwhile reading, but that may not be what we need right now. Sometimes we just need a book with a happy ending – and remember, not all books with happy endings are “fluff.” There are many wellwritten books with great stories and fully developed characters […]

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Editor’s Corner: The Cherished Tradition I Love to Miss

For some people, whirlwind shopping trips and the unfurling of snarls of twinkling lights herald in the holiday season. For me, it is the annual Thanksgiving eve turkey shoot. I was horrified the first time I heard one of the men in our family refer to such an event. Turkey shoot? What? How could something […]

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Bill Kirby Jr.: When The Saints Go Marching

If you were struggling along life’s way, those who knew him well will tell you, Ritchie Smith was someone you could count on, whatever your troubles. He was just that way. “Relationships mattered to Ritchie,” the Rev. David Blackman reminded family members on Oct. 3 at LaFayette Memorial Park as they came to remember a […]

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McFadyen’s Musings: Find Yourself a Faith

For decades at Fayetteville’s First Presbyterian Church, we have fed any of the members who would come on Wednesday nights. (Or to my way of thinking, actually Wednesday late afternoons, but I am told that I will one day outlive my desire for late suppers and adopt an Early Bird Special way of life.) During […]

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Family Matters: Big Love for Tiny Babies

November. A month on the American holiday calendar that offers each of us the opportunity to spend the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving reflecting on what we are all generally most grateful for. For some families, November also heralds in an annual observance more specific in nature: Prematurity Awareness Month, with World Prematurity Day falling […]

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Fascinating Fayetteville: PWC Presents CityView’s Power of Giving Community Impact Awards

In the midst of a year like no other, the quiet heroes endure. In this, the season of giving, we salute those who go about the business of making a difference in the lives of others, often without seeking recognition in return. In this edition of our monthly Fascinating Fayetteville section, we recognize our inaugural […]

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Winners of the PWC Presents CityView’s Power of Giving Community Impact Awards

WITH LOVE AND A SMILE For Jelisa Montalvo, it all started years ago with Dorothy. That would be Dorothy McGeachern, Jelisa’s late grandmother, who was well-known as an extraordinary cook, seamless event planner and kind-hearted person. “When I was a little girl, I would ride with my grandmother, and we would deliver boxes of food […]

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“The Impossible Dream” Season

 A group of young, unproven coaches, along with a team of mostly unproven players, were coming off a disappointing season. At the time, it didn’t sound like the recipe for building a championship team. But all the usual missing ingredients were replaced by an almost magical chemistry and a community that quickly fell in love […]

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Turkey Time is Any Time

BY JANET GIBSON Rewind to Sept. 22, 2008, when Basil Hasapis, a 24-year-old son of Greek immigrants, opened his first location of The Fried Turkey Sandwich Shop in a modest strip shopping center off Cumberland Road. Basil, who grew up in the restaurant business, had the support of his family, lots of practical experience and […]

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Time, Talent, Treasure

BY KIM HASTY Sometimes, and quite possibly more often in this particular time in history, simply making it through the day feels like a supreme accomplishment. Taking care of ourselves, our own families, our own homes feels like a pretty full plate. All of which makes the five people we have selected to profile on […]

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