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The art of the sandwich

Brian and Staci Graybill are passionate about food and, specifically, the possibility to elevate a humble sandwich to something special. Their creativity in the kitchen — using the freshest ingredients, many from North Carolina farmers and purveyors — comes to fruition at Pan, an artful eatery that’s quickly become a lunchtime favorite in the heart of downtown Fayetteville.

Chilling out

Hafeena Ali-Martinez is as colorful as the frozen treats and bright yellow walls of her Feena’s dessert shop, an island-inspired oasis in Bronco Square just across from Fayetteville State …

Filling a need

A backpack can be a simple thing, but to hundreds of children in Cumberland and surrounding counties, it is a necessary accessory for a successful school year. With the cost of everything from groceries to gas at higher prices, some parents struggle to find their children the school supplies needed for the classroom.

Elvis’ piano man – almost

It was without a doubt the best gig a gospel pianist could dream of: On the road with Elvis Presley. But Milton Smith never got to the first stop on that concert tour. After years of declining health and personal struggles had taken their toll, Elvis had left the building.

Food for thought

The job of feeding schoolchildren has changed with the times, but the goals have remained essentially the same: Healthy meals, satisfied appetites, and a friendly face ladling the soup.The …

J.R. Rodriguez was, literally, the oldest cat on the stage, and he was struck by the conversations he overheard among his younger castmates. The result is “Remember Yesterday,” a movie he directed that was recently an award winner at a film festival in Italy. The film will be screened Aug. 16 at Cameo Art House Theatre in downtown Fayetteville.

A suitable swimsuit

For those of us who live in the city that has already logged the hottest daily temperature in the state on multiple occasions this season, it is a safe bet that by the end of each week, every spare laundry room hook, bathroom shower rod and towel bar in our home will be draped with swimsuits of various shapes and sizes.

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.

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