Bill Kirby Jr.

“God Needed a Special Angel in Heaven”

Forgive me, if you will, but only recently did I learn of the passing of Jill Koonce, and there is no way for me not to remember the life of this beautiful woman, who walked with such grace and with such a kind heart for others. She was such a gentle soul. “If ever there […]

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Bill Kirby Jr.: “Mama” Made Me Who and What I am

Hard for me to wrap my head around this week, particularly come Saturday.             The best of me, and the best I ever hope to be, had Marian McMillan Kirby lived, would have turned 100 on April 10.             How I wish I could hug her neck just one more time, not only on Saturday, […]

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Bill Kirby Jr.: A leap of faith onto a boxcar

By: Bill Kirby Jr. I was thinking it could be the end of us. There was a time when I gave up and said, ‘God, take me.’” But on April 21, 1966, the doors opened on the boxcar. “I just started praying when I saw the light. I fell to my knees and started praying […]

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Bill Kirby Jr.: ‘Place Their Safety First,’ Advocate Pleads

Mary P. King acknowledges she may not reside in Fayetteville, but that isn’t holding her back from joining with residents of Greenwood Homes in their effort to prevent a proposed Dismas Charities halfway house for federal inmates off Bragg Boulevard.             Call Mrs. King, if you will, a long-distance stakeholder.             “A friend in Fayetteville […]

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Bill Kirby Jr.: Residents Still Fighting Halfway House Proposal

Say hello to folks like George Turner, Rafael Rivera and Bobby Grantham.             They just want to live peacefully in their neighborhoods near Cain Road, the same Cain Road off Bragg Boulevard and where a proposal for a halfway house for federal inmates is afoot in this city under the banner of Dismas Charities, circa […]

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5 for Friday, a Proud Grandma and Gentle Memories

  Litter is an eyesore, which is why the City of Fayetteville and Cumberland County Solid Waste are teaming with Sustainable Sandhills in the 5 for Friday clean-up effort that kicked off on Feb. 26. “We encourage residents to post their litter pickups on social media and use the hashtags #5forFriday and #StantheCan to help […]

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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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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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Treat Her Like A Queen, And Him Like a King

Sunday is Valentine’s Day, that special day for your sweetheart. Wives and girlfriends always are zeroed in on this day. Husbands and boyfriends usually need a reminder. So, guys, here is your reminder. Valentine’ Day is just six days away. If you haven’t purchased that special gift, now is the time. And don’t forget the […]

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A New Look For Our Cape Fear Regional Theatre

      If you are a patron or frequent fan of the Cape Fear Regional Theatre performances, you’ve likely missed seeing Mary Kate Burke thanking theater sponsors and introducing the plays and musicals.             Burke is the bubbly artistic director with unbridled energy and enthusiasm.             The theater on Haymount Hill may be shuttered these days […]

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Bill Kirby Jr.: Hazel Green Eyes at the Front Door

All of us have a love story to tell. My latest is a little different from our theme this month of Romance and Resilience, and one I wasn’t anticipating, but the truth be told, she stole my heart. Say hello to Turdopholous. She loves me. Let there be no mistake. She absolutely loves me. “She’s […]

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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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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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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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Today Is The Day To Pay 2020 Property Taxes

There’s no getting around ‘em – paying your 2020 real estate and personal property taxes. And today is the deadline. Either pay up or you will be delinquent, and interest will be charged, according to the Cumberland County Tax Administration Office, along with enforced collections that could include bank levy, wage/rent garnishments and or foreclosure. […]

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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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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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Christmas Eve, the Most Serene Night of All

Suffice it to say, Christmas comes at you faster than a falling star.             Just four days, and old Saint Nick and Prancer, Dancer, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Dasher, Vixen and Blitzen will be on their way out of town just before dawn, with Rudolph leading ‘em back to the North Pole for a hiatus and […]

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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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’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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