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Fort Fisher Beach Day — and 5 beaches for your next 4-day weekend

The summer air sticks to me. I crank up the car’s AC and we head east. It is our first beach trip since arriving at Fort Liberty, and our map is set for Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area, …

A doctor, scholar and philanthropist who was grateful for every day of his life

His was a life through a lens of curiosity and appreciation for all of God’s creation. He was a scholar. He was one of heart with a profound sense of the gift of life. …

Midday mocktails and getting through PCS season

FROM THE HOMEFRONT | Aria Spears Midday mocktails and getting through PCS season How a sparkly glass with a foamy tangerine-coconut midday mocktail became my personal lifeline (everyone has …

Folks at the Cape Fear Regional Theatre have some news for you. “The show will have you ready to rejoice in your seat!” They’re promoting “Sister Act,” the musical currently underway at the old playhouse on Haymount Hill.

Skywarn program provides ‘ground truth’ in severe weather

Like a lot of meteorologists, Nick Petro’s fascination with the weather began early in his childhood.

A Mother’s Day Sunday of long ago to forever remember

Some of you have heard this story before of that Mother’s Day Sunday when the Rev. Leighton B. McKeithen closed his sermon at Highland Presbyterian Church in reciting “A Little Parable for Mothers” by Temple Bailey. Bailey was the gifted American novelist. McKeithen was the caring and compassionate preacher who could offer Bible scripture from the heart.

A poignant day of remembrance in Freedom Memorial Park

‘There is not enough gratitude in our hearts for Gold Star families,’ LaRue Cooke says as the Cross Creek-Briarwood Garden Club unveils the Gold Star Memorial next to the Blue Star Memorial Highway marker.

Late city schools superintendent remembered for 1985 consolidation efforts

Cumberland County Schools is mourning the passing of C. Fletcher Womble Jr., the former Fayetteville City Schools superintendent who played a pivotal role in the 1985 merger of the city and county school systems.

Democracy: Your voice matters

This is a presidential election year. While that means that Americans are subjected to a torrent of political ads, it also means we can reflect on our democracy. This reflection is important because there are many country’s whose citizens cannot chose their leaders.     

When looking for your next good book to read, you might not think about books on homes and gardens. Sure, if you are going to re-decorate your house or do new landscaping in your yard, you might look for books to help you with that. But a book about houses and gardens for pleasure reading?

Former athletes and coaches pay final respects to old coach

They came this day to remember the old football coach who always inspired them to do their best, be their best and give their best. John Daskal taught his young athletes not just under the Friday night lights of the football stadium, but in every step of their lives.

When the choir sings, the people rejoice — so get ready for some church when “Sister Act,” the final show of Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s 2023-24 Mainstage Season, opens Thursday.

City firefighter’s 2022 passing ruled line-of-duty death

The passing of Fayetteville Fire Department Battalion Chief John Bowen, who died at age 35 on April 16, 2022, six months after being diagnosed with colon cancer, has been ruled a Line-Of-Duty Death by the N.C. Industrial Commission.

Not last year’s library: Updates for improved patron experience

The Bordeaux Community Library has recently undergone an impressive transformation. If you haven’t been to the Bordeaux Library in a while, we invited you to come in and see the new experience for yourself.

Fayetteville Dogwood Festival leaders finalize plans for annual downtown event

The Fayetteville Dogwood Festival is this community’s marquee showcase that draws more than 100,000 to Festival Park and downtown city streets.

Wayne Nelson, the bassist and frontman for the Little River Band, acknowledges the obvious fact that concertgoers who hear “Reminiscing” or “Cool Change” — two of the hit songs that made LRB one of rock music’s biggest acts — might expect them to sound the same now as they did on vinyl 45 years ago.

Fayetteville High School classes of 1964-1968 to relive yesteryear

When the school bell rang along old Fort Bragg Road at Fayetteville High School, they came up under the watchful eyes of John Sasser, the tough-minded principal but with a heart for what they would become in life. And under the stern disciplinarian Percy Warren, the assistant principal who took no guff when it came to following school rules.

Study: Cumberland arts industry generated $72.2 million of economic activity in 2022

A recent study reported that the nonprofit arts industry in 2022 generated $72.2 million in economic activity in Cumberland County.

Though they be but little, they are fierce

As you may know, April is the month of the military child, and I encourage you to make the children in your life feel extra special. My, how they deserve it. When we become milspouses we …

Library’s free digital preservation lab helps users preserve life’s memories

Most of us often take pictures to remember important and special events and places — maybe even too many! Now, the library is offering a free way to preserve those.

Brown's stellar audition gets 'interim' tag removed

Tyreece Brown had about as successful an audition as possible for the head coaching job of the Fayetteville State women’s basketball team. Now that his "interim" tag has been removed, and the former men's star will work to guide the Broncos to a national championship.

'Fastest puzzler' contest set for Saturday

Think you have what it takes to be the fastest puzzler at the library? Find out during East Regional Library’s friendly jigsaw puzzle contest, coming Saturday, April 13 at 3:30 p.m. …

Fayetteville’s sister city awaits a local high school student studying French

Parlez-vous français? Are you a Cumberland County high school student learning the language and about the French culture? If you are, the Fayetteville-Saint-Avold Friendship Alliance is offering you quite the scholarship opportunity to further your studies.

Foundation fund keeps memory of Cape Fear’s Humphrey alive

I have a lot of dates saved in my calendar, most to remind me of appointments and family events. But a few are for significant memories from my 50 years in journalism.

Late coach 'Jimmy V' being remembered by N.C. State fans

N.C. State fans are paying tribute and respect to the late Jim Valvano’s grave at Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh as the Wolfpack men’s basketball team (26-14) prepares for Saturday’s Final Four appearance against Purdue (33-4) in the NCAA semifinals at State Farm Stadium in Phoenix.

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