Featured Articles

  • 1 Community celebrates, honors veterans
  • 2 Election Day cometh
  • 3 Arts Council celebrates 45 years of tenacious belief in the arts
  • 4 Vision Resource Center’s Out of Sight Wing Fling benefits the blind and visually impaired
  • 5 Bellflowers betrayal: A trifecta of hypocrisy
  • Community celebrates, honors veterans

     Fort Bragg has sent America’s sons and daughters across the world to fight wars, keep peace, build nations, undo the damage left by Mother Nature’s wrath and other countless missions. For the past century, the citizens of Cumberland County have stood in the gap for military families as their friends and neighbors answered Uncle Sam’s call. So, it’s no surprise that proper
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  • Election Day cometh

     In just a few days the midterm elections will be history, and many of us will be overwhelmed with joy. Politics at all levels havegotten completely out of control, mean-spirited and ugly. And it’s not about the people and issues any more. It’s about power, it’s about control, and it’s about money– but mostly about power and control. And
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  • Arts Council celebrates 45 years of tenacious belief in the arts

     Longtime locals are familiar with a pair of tall, friendly red doors at 301 Hay St. in downtown Fayetteville. And new residents can’t help but notice these same doors. Above them reads a simple but stately title: “THE ARTS CENTER.” This month, the organization behind those doors, the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, turns 45. Since its founding by local visionaries in 1973, the Arts
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  • Vision Resource Center’s Out of Sight Wing Fling benefits the blind and visually impaired

    Take a moment and imagine life without the sense of sight. You would have to put your faith and trust in others and learn independent living skills to help you navigate through life’s daily routines. This is reality for hundreds of Cumberland County residents. Things like getting to medical appointments
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  • Bellflowers betrayal: A trifecta of hypocrisy

    Hope Mills elected officials cannot seem to get over their personal and political bickering long enough to do their job of serving the residents of Hope Mills. Mayor pro tem Mike Mitchell is blinded by pettiness, but it is commissioner Jesse Bellflowers, former commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars,
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Views

  • 1 A rare and precious apple
  • 2 Jason and the Golden Fleece
  • 3 This, that and the other
  • 4 Introducing the Fayetteville Woodpeckers
  • 5 Different stages
  • A rare and precious apple

     When Dr. H. G. Jones died on Oct. 14, our state lost a key connection to its history as well as a prime and positive, but all too rare, example of dedicated and unselfish public service. For many years, Jones was my neighbor. I admired the fruit tree in his front yard across the street from my house
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  • Jason and the Golden Fleece

     Look out there on the horizon. No bigger than a man’s hand, see the small, dark cloud that is the annual gathering of your Thanksgiving relatives? They are coming to your house soon. Beware. Beware. Today, we shall take a deep dive into the colorful world of Greek mythology in an effort to make
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  • This, that and the other

     My mother, and probably yours, was fond of all sorts of sayings, among them “pretty is as pretty does” and “you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” Mrs. Trump, the mother of our president, apparently was not fond of such sayings. Or, if she were, those lessons did not take with her fourth-born child, Donald, in
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  • Introducing the Fayetteville Woodpeckers

     Naming rights? You bet! And Fayetteville’s Class A Advanced baseball team President Mark Zarthar and company named it right. The Fayetteville Woodpeckers is a name that can fly with the eagles with its powerful, attractive logo that automatically evokes a sense of pride, strength and determination. That pretty much defines the Fayetteville/Cumberland County community. On Sunday, Nov. 4, more than 1,000 people and potential Woodpeckers
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  • Different stages

     Sometimes, you are on top of the world, and other times, the world is on top of you. Fall has finally arrived, and people are out there riding. With all of the crazy weather we have had this year, I am not sure how long good riding weather will actually last, but every mile is a good
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Arts

  • 1 Selwyn Birchwood and Big Ron Hunter sing the blues at Seabrook Auditorium
  • 2 Revel in the Baroque ‘Royal Court of Brandenburg’
  • 3 Michael McDonald’s ‘Season of Peace, Holiday & Hits’ opens 83rd season of Community Concerts
  • 4 New album from Casting Crowns
  • Selwyn Birchwood and Big Ron Hunter sing the blues at Seabrook Auditorium

     Fayetteville State University’s Seabrook Performance Series presents “An Evening of Blues,” featuring Selwyn Birchwood with Big Ron Hunter. The show is set for Sunday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. at J. W. Seabrook Auditorium on the campus of FSU. “The performance series was created to bring more interaction between the university and the community,” said Steve Mack, executive director of
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  • Revel in the Baroque ‘Royal Court of Brandenburg’

     If the richness and ornate detail of the 17th and 18th centuries speak to you, if Bach and Vivaldi make your heart flutter and sooth your soul, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra’s performance of “The Royal Court of Brandenburg” demands your presence for an exquisite evening of beloved masterpieces by Johann Sebastian Bach and Antonio Vivaldi. Thursday, Nov. 15, the symphony will fill
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  • Michael McDonald’s ‘Season of Peace, Holiday & Hits’ opens 83rd season of Community Concerts

     With a career that spans more than 45 years, five-time Grammy- winner Michael McDonald is prolific. The appeal of the Missouri-born musician’s distinctive vocal style and honest delivery has proven to be ageless, both in terms of longevity and the collaborators he draws – from Aretha.Franklin to Grizzly Bear. Tuesday, Nov. 27, Community Concerts kicks of its 83rd season by bringing McDonald on his “Season of Peace, Holiday
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  • New album from Casting Crowns

     Grammy Award-winning and multiplatinum selling band Casting Crowns will release its new studio album, “Only Jesus,” Nov. 16. “Nobody (ft. Matthew West)” was the second of six songs that will be released early from the new project before street date. Talking about the new album theme and idea behind it, Casting Crowns’ frontman Mark Hall asked, “What does it
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Entertainment

  • 1 ‘World’s Largest Spaghetti Dinner’ celebrates 60 years
  • 2 Historic carriage rides offer new perspective on downtown
  • 3 Oxendine makes history in winning 50th annual CCGC title
  • 4 North Carolina’s most iconic eatery
  • ‘World’s Largest Spaghetti Dinner’ celebrates 60 years

     Food. It sustains the human body, and when shared in good company, it nourishes the soul. Empires have been built and destroyed, battle plans drawn and peace accords brokered at the dinner table. In the case of the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church’s annual “World’s Largest Spaghetti Dinner,” it’s where long-lasting friendships are formed and a community is strengthened. It’s been that way
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  • Historic carriage rides offer new perspective on downtown

     There was a time when things were simpler. Slower. Hay Street was not abuzz with cars but was filled with horse-drawn carriages plodding through downtown and meandering through neighborhoods, and people stopped to greet one another as they passed on the street. Cool Spring Downtown District’s Carriage Tours of Olde Fayetteville celebrate that spirit and charm all while sharing Fayetteville’s colorful
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  • Oxendine makes history in winning 50th annual CCGC title

     Playing the 50th Cumberland County Golf Championship on his home course at Gates Four Golf and Country Club, Jack Britt High School senior Spencer Oxendine wasn’t lacking for confidence. “I told my mom if I didn’t win this thing I’m going to be pretty upset,’’ the North Carolina State University golf commit said. He had little reason to
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  • North Carolina’s most iconic eatery

     I am looking for iconic North Carolina eateries for a new book. The dictionary defines iconic as “widely recognized and well-established” or “widely known and acknowledged especially for distinctive excellence.” The iconic restaurants should be (1) widely known in North Carolina, and better yet, known throughout the country and the world; (2) have been in business for many
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