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They came for what would be the final curtain call for the first lady of Cape Fear Regional Theatre. A farewell bow, if you will, for Olga Thorp. They knew her as Bo. They knew her as Bo.

The North Carolina State Fair lights up its midway with thrill rides, game booths and agricultural exhibits. But, let’s face it, what you’re really after is all those buttered-and-fried foods the vendors are serving. The fair opens Thursday and runs through Oct. 23 at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

Six middle school students and three elementary students have been selected for all-state honors choruses, according to a Cumberland County Schools news release.

Enthusiastic fans turn out for Indigo Moon Film Fest, organizer says

Indigo Moon Film Fest had an “amazing” return to in-person screenings over the weekend, with strong attendance and enthusiastic audiences, according to festival co-founder Pat Wright.

In 1971 Don McLean in his song “American Pie’’ refers to a tragic loss to the rock and roll culture when he sings the lyrics, “the day the music died.” McLean was …

A western onstage? Guns, bars, crime and love? “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,’’ the season opener for Gilbert Theater, brings the wild American frontier to the stage through …

Musicians, artists and vendors will celebrate Hispanic culture at Fiesta Latina on Friday evening in downtown Fayetteville, a kickoff for the 44th annual International Folk Festival. Musicians who will perform live include Moises Inostroza, DJ Heaven Knows, and Jimmy Roman.

A month after classic rock fans were remembering Elvis Presley, Cape Fear Regional Theatre is celebrating the legacy of another musical legend who was gone too early. The theater will open its season on Thursday with “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” a musical tribute to the life of a rock pioneer who died in a plane crash in 1959. He was 22.

The North Carolina Symphony will perform music that celebrates African American culture in a concert Thursday night at Fayetteville State University. The Freedom Celebration Concert will be at …

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.

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 …

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