Bill Kirby Jr.

 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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Dairy Queen and Other Ice Cream Gems – Bill Kirby Jr.

There were those gentle Sunday evenings at the Dairy Queen along Bragg Boulevard in the late 1950s and early 1960s, where banana splits and butterscotch and cherry sundaes were such a treat. And not to forget Howard Johnson’s 28 ice cream flavors, the Scoop-Scoop and Willie Edge and John Manning with the ice-cream truck that […]

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‘My best friend,’ Shikery Fadel remembers – Bill Kirby Jr.

A vodka martini to you, Mitchell Graham, shaken and the glass lined with vermouth, with a twist of lemon on the rim.   You can be assured that Mitchell Graham embraced almost every moment of ever year and every month and every day of his life. He could, just by his presence, bring a smile […]

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Schools chief, board opt for safety of teachers, students

   “This is the most difficult situation and decision that we have had to deal with,” Donna Vann, a member of the Cumberland County Board of Education, says about principals, teachers and students and all employees returning to the classrooms amid the COVID-19 public health crisis.   COL KIRBY NEWSLETTER COLUMN – The state governor […]

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She was Dolph Berry’s heart, and he hers – Bill Kirby Jr.

He loved his family and my family, and me,’ Lynn Breeden says of the tender-hearted man she met 20 years ago on a rainy day at the Stoneybrook Steeplechase in Southern Piness. ‘I surely will miss my champion’ So many memories. So many stories. So many moments, Lynn Breeden says, she’ll treasure. “It was love […]

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A City With A View For The Best Of Days To Come – Bill Kirby Jr.

By: Bill Kirby Jr.  Email: bkirby@cityviewnc.com   Mama always had nuggets of sage wisdom along her life’s way, and with age you’ll find yourself reflecting on those prophetic gems.  Her pretty blues would be firm.  “It’s a long road,” Mama would say, “that never turns.”  And so it has been, this long and winding roadway […]

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