Bill Kirby Jr.

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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