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Family on the go

At work, they call him doctor. At home, he’s dad. But when his family sets out on another adventure, Sanjay Shah has a different title: CTO.That’s “chief travel …

Traveling with books

You are finally going to get to go on that vacation. Whether to the beach or a faraway country or on a cruise, what are you going to read? You need a good book when you are sitting on the beach or by …

Making memories

With hashtags #growingupgronski and #icecreamSunday, Meredith Gronski’s Instagram page is full of outdoor and ice cream adventures with the goal of making lifetime memories and enjoying the …

Seaside adventure

From a seaside boardwalk to a state park to award-winning dining and, of course, relaxing beaches, visitors to Carolina Beach will find plenty to keep them busy whether it’s for a day or an …

For the birds

Sylvan Heights Bird Park, roosted in Scotland Neck, is home to the largest waterfowl collection in the world. All told, the park hosts more than 260 species of exotic birds in a mind-boggling array …

Round and round we go

We can’t help but smile and be happy at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park in Wilson. The wow factor captures us at first glance. It’s a wonderland of giant spinning works of art that are on level with a Hollywood movie set. As we stroll the 2-acre park, we discover some 30 wind-powered and whimsical whirligigs incorporating scrap metal parts as diverse as pinwheels, planes, stars and a sweet character on a bicycle.

In plane sight

Pilots have been known to fly their single-engine planes from Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia just to enjoy lunch at Low and Slow Smokehouse at Johnston Regional Airport in Smithfield.

Prehistoric beasts meet modern activities

Whether you are a kid wowed by dinosaurs or an adult who likes to relax to live music, Sweet Valley Ranch offers a variety of activities for all ages. The animal park is home to more than 350 animals from all over the world. But it’s more than just a place to see animals up close. It also has seasonal events, tours, exhibits and one of the largest outdoor inflatable venues in the state.

The great outdoors

From hiking trails to fishing, Carvers Creek State Park is the perfect place to spend the day.The main access point at Long Valley Farm in Spring Lake opened in 2013. Six years later, the Sandhills …

‘A beautiful spirit’

Demetria Washington Davis says she has had a maternal instinct since her days in college at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. That’s where she was given the nickname “Mama Dee” by a fellow track-and-field team member because of her reputation for helping others.

In 1920, Fayetteville boasted one of the largest music schools in eastern North Carolina. This school, known as The Fayetteville Conservatory of Music, occupied the Kyle House at 234 Green St. In …

Faith, hope & love and books, too!

Most Christians have heard the verse from the Bible “Faith, hope, and love — and the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). It is recited in wedding services and parts of …

It’s been almost a year since Sarahgrace Snipes came on board as executive director of the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival. In that time, she’s been busy with the Fayetteville After Five summer concert series and the Dogwood Fall Festival. But she has yet to get a spring festival under her belt. That is expected to change this month as the 40th annual Fayetteville Dogwood Festival returns to downtown for the first time since 2019.

For Parkinson’s sufferers, therapy’s close to home

Tony Cimaglia says his wife, Ann, first noticed his symptoms. Struggles with walking. Leaning forward when standing. Tony consulted doctors in Fayetteville, Chapel Hill and Durham to find out …

WIDU Anniversary Festival of Praise

Contemporary gospel music lovers have three good reasons to attend the 2022 WIDU Anniversary Festival of Praise. That’s because Fred Hammond, Hezekiah Walker and Israel Houghton – a …

Imam works to get congregation back to new normal

Among the greatest challenges facing Imam Bobby Thomas today is getting his congregation back to the norm – in this instance a new normalcy in a post-pandemic environment. While the COVID 19 …

Providing a helping hand

Fayetteville has many churches and faith-based organizations that reach out into the community to help others. Whether it is providing food to those in need or cleaning up blighted areas, stewards in Fayetteville are putting in the work to make major impacts in the community.

For Manna Church, community is key

In the past, 62-year-old Walter Green made his bed under the Person Street bridge and by a dumpster next to a Bragg Boulevard pizzeria. A native of Rome, New York, Green is a former resident of the now-defunct HOPE Center on Person Street, which has since been transformed into the Manna Dream Center men’s shelter.

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