The Last Word: You Have to Take a Bus to Get There

By: Tony Chavonne On a cold winter morning recently, I saw a city bus picking up passengers at the city’s downtown transit center. It made me reflect on a few […]

The Last Word: Life’s True Gifts

BY: TONY CHAVONNE I approached the used plastic grocery bag someone had put on my desk with cautious curiosity. In it I found a handful of sweet potatoes that someone […]

An Angel of Hope

BY: TONY CHAVONNE She is easy to miss in a quick drive by of downtown’s Cross Creek Fountain. But there she stands, a childlike angel with upturned palms and outstretched […]

The Last Word: Section Q-27

BY: TONY CHAVONNE Spc. Krystal M. “Special K” Fitts, a paratrooper with Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division, was killed in Afghanistan when her combat outpost came under enemy fire in […]

The Last Word: Fed-ville Pa-per

BY: TONY CHAVONNE My earliest memories of the newspaper are of Johnny, a paper carrier who picked up his papers at The Fayetteville Observer offices on Hay Street, placing them […]

The Last Word: Service Pins Are Not Enough

BY: TONY CHAVONNE Like many of us, my mother’s family came from rural North Carolina – a far different place than where many of us reside today. And a different […]

A Life-Changing Chance to Listen

We had to move the worn chair I was sitting in to allow Ms. Shelley to close the bathroom door in her cramped apartment when I first visited her in […]