Bill Kirby Jr.

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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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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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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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 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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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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“My Heart is Breaking…” Remembering Nu My Pham

    Nu My Pham was a woman who loved Jesus Christ with all of her heart, and she was a witnessing disciple for all who passed her way.                 This was a spring afternoon in the old Hay Street Shop, and what would be nearing the end of an era along the downtown […]

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No Time to Become COVID-19 Complacent

Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, says that with colder weather on the horizon and revelations of a surge in coronavirus cases, now is the time to be all the more vigilant in protecting ourselves and others in slowing the spread of the virus. “Low humidity and temperatures,” […]

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A Difficult 2020, but We Are Resilient

Leaders from Fayetteville, Hope Mills, Spring Lake, Fort Bragg and the county address the State of the Community, and while COVID-19 and other issues have tested all of us, we are a community strong in our resolve.               All will tell us this has been a difficult 2020, particularly with social unrest and all […]

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Jan Faircloth Pugh would say so, too

            Gladys Hill is hawking her lightbulbs for a fourth consecutive year as part of her “Light Up Fayetteville Pink!” fundraising effort for The Cancer Centers of Cape Fear Valley Health in recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And this year, Hill has set a goal of $10,000.               Breast cancer led […]

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A Friendship to Remember

A friendship is something to treasure. Dr. Gary Jones will forever cherish his friendship with Dr. Jerry Beatty. “I was first introduced to him by the Secretary of Oral Surgery at the Medical College of Virginia,” Jones said. “Later, I was in my residency in oral surgery, and I was thinking about joining the Army. […]

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‘Yes, we can!’ And, yes, a foundation did

    John Buie will tell you he was at first skeptical of joining a group of physicians and business folks with the idea 25 years ago of developing a financial support organization for Cape Fear Valley Health. “I was initially overwhelmed,” he says. But then Buie gave it a second thought as he perused […]

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