Bill Kirby Jr.

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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 We’re celebrating the arts in our community

            We are excited about our annual CityView Food, Wine & Art event, which has been rescheduled to Friday October 2nd at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden in celebration of community arts. The event will feature performances by the Cape Fear Regional Theatre, the Gilbert Theater, the Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County, Cape Fear Studios, […]

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Airport has it right in Toney Coleman

    Call this a love affair with flight. And Toney Coleman has soared.             “I’ve been interested in aviation since my teenage years, when I watched the Blue Angels performing at the Smith-Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem, North Carolina,” Coleman says in a news release announcing his selection as director of Fayetteville Regional Airport. “I believed […]

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“We Came Wanting to Make a Difference”

No sooner than they were here, and now they are leaving us.             Greg Weber joined The Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County in March of 2019, replacing Deborah Martin Mintz as the nonprofit’s longtime executive director. His wife, Marge Betley, would join the Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation, another nonprofit, as its major fundraising officer […]

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A Better Community, One Concert at a Time

BY: BILL KIRBY JR. A behind-the-scenes look at bringing well-known artists to the Community Concerts stage. And the oldest arts organization in Fayetteville, circa 1935, would not have it any other way and continues, despite COVID-19, working toward its 85th consecutive season. You may be wondering how Community Concerts for the past 13 years has […]

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Mentor, Surgeon, Friend Remembered

BY: BILL KIRBY JR.  ‘I’m very proud to carry on his legacy,’ says Jonathan Piland, 18, a graduate of Cape Fear High School and now enrolled at Duke University, and, recipient of the 2020 Dr. Gerald W. Beatty Scholarship.             When it came to dental health care, Dr. Gerald Beatty was compassionate about his patients. […]

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Elizabeth Macrae

  BY: BILL KIRBY JR. Ronnie Schell, who was cast as Gomer Pyle’s sidekick on the TV hit of the 1960s, says he just adored Elizabeth MacRae, who grew up in Fayetteville and became a television, soap opera and film actress, and Gomer Pyle’s television girlfriend. “We picked up right where we left off,” Schell […]

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Frances Hasty Loved a Good Story

“She carried herself well,” Paula Smith says about her friend with a passion for gardening, the fragrance of gardenia and lilies, music, state history, literature and the written word. There was just something about Frances Hasty. And Paula Smith would say it so well about her friend.            “She was the […]

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Mirror Lake owners face vegetation issue

“As far as the lake, I am not sure we have it ‘back’ yet,” says Bryan Lake, one of eight Mirror Lake Homeowners Association members, “or when or if we ever will.” You’ll find residents enjoying summer walks along Mirror Lake Drive, and you might see some doing some fishing along the bank. The dam […]

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Bill Kirby Jr.: Dependable Ed Miller calls it a career

After 57 years, Ed Miller calls it a career ​“Those years have allowed me to forge great relationships in the community,” the respected State Farm insurance agent says, “and they are filled with wonderful memories.” If you saw a cavalcade of vehicles recently driving past the State Farm insurance office at the corner of Raeford Road and Forsyth […]

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‘It’s a boy!’ awaiting parents learn. ‘It’s a boy!’

Call it an exciting day for Meredith and Joey Short at the Merry Bee farm. Archie Joe Short is on his way, and the late Archie Thomas and the late Joe Thompson, you can be assured, are grinning from heaven. You could see the Cessna 182 single-engine air craft soaring over the Merry Bee farm […]

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