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Heart to heart

Michelle Boyd’s mother knew what to do, even if her daughter wasn’t sure.Mom called 911.Boyd was in pain and on the brink of a heart attack.“I was lying down and I started getting …

Shining like a jewel

Ruby Murray could put the Energizer Bunny to shame.The retired Army sergeant major’s stamina and ability to excel at any project — referred to as a “mission” in military …

Salad days

As temperatures soar, our appetites often crave lighter fare. A bounty from the garden comes in all the colors of the rainbow. (And maybe toss in some crumbled feta and crispy bacon, too.) Where can we find the best salads locally? Here are some options.

Chill out at Smith Lake Beach

Fort Bragg’s Smith Lake Beach has a swimming area and water activities — including paddleboarding and pedal boats — for military families and their guests. The 67-acre, man-made lake features a full beach, an inflatable in-water obstacle course, kayaking, stand-up paddleboards and pedal boats.

Sometimes, we forget the simple charms of our city and let the hubbub of daily life distract us. Photographers Melissa Sue Gerrits and Tony Wooten ventured out to send us some reminders.

‘Build your own’

Who knew that a runny fried egg on a burger could be life-changing?One bite of the creation — with melted cheddar cheese, chipotle mayo, pickles and onions on a toasted, buttered bun — …

‘We can work together’

Amid the fragrance of mountain laurel and honeysuckle, Harry Shaw leaned along the railing of the Crescent Overlook and saw in his mind’s eye those summer days of yesteryear, when he splashed in the gentle waters below what is now Cross Creek Linear Park not far from his childhood home on Hawley Lane.

Man with a vision

Menno Pennink had a vision for a downtown on the downside. Businesses were abandoned and shuttered, including the historic Prince Charles Hotel.Pennink was a man with a mission, and he was committed …

‘Good things happening’

Renaissance may be too strong a word, but the commercial core of Fayetteville — from the downtown area to the historic Haymount District — is in the process of a significant …

Kids helping kids

Nine-year-old Lanning Kistler likes helping children in need. So does his 8-year-old brother, Colton Walters. Together, they have teamed up for an annual daylong fundraiser for charitable causes that benefit other children.

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