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What Should I Do About Road Expansion Involving My Land?

Nancy L. Fayetteville asks…  Tina, when I recently drove through the Hope Mills area, I noticed tarps and other markers in yards. I have heard about a road expansion, but how do they get the land from the current owners? Also, what should I do if this happens to me one day?  Tina Says – Hi, [...]

Employer Retirement Plans?

“Should I leave my money in my employer retirement plan?” For many, that question doesn’t arise until they separate from service or reach age 59 ½. Employees that participate in plans with in-service distributions before age 59 ½ will ask that question much sooner. This is a decision that will be very important to your retirement. The right answer will depend [...]

Primp, Polish, and Pray

What better way to start your day than to first “Primp, Polish, and Pray”?  I am sure that our featured entrepreneur, Lisa-Ann Cruz, would love for everyone to adopt this daily ritual, especially if that includes visiting her salon creatively named “P3 Salon.”  In her own words, Lisa-Ann says that one of the best parts of owning P3 Salon is the [...]

National Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month and suicide rates are on the rise. According to CDC data, suicide increased among all sexes, ages, races, and ethnic groups.   Life is and can be a struggle. Not a week goes by that you don’t hear bad news regarding a person’s life, a new medical diagnosis, or a [...]

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month 

Social Security touches the lives of every American. Hispanics make up our nation’s largest ethnic minority group with a population of 57.5 million, according to 2016 statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. In fact, Hispanic Americans form 17.8 percent of the nation’s total population.   Social Security provides retirement, disability, and other benefits to over 63 million American workers and their family members. When people hear “Social Security,” they think of retirement first, [...]

Dancing with a Purpose

Most Saturday mornings, you can find Stephanie Brown-Kegler and her loyal fitness followers at her weekly health and fitness class located at Pine Forest Recreation Center in Fayetteville, N.C. Stephanie is the owner of Dancing Without Sin Fitness, LLC (DWSF), which is a faith-based mobile health and fitness company that not only helps clients get fit, but also teaches [...]

If I Can Help Somebody

“My first job was with the 82nd Airborne. In fact, two of our sons were born in Womack Army Medical Center.” - Dr. Connelly When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. needed encouragement, according to his speechwriter, Clarence B. Jones, he would often call upon Gospel legend Mahalia Jackson; Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr., Cumberland County Schools Superintendent parallels Dr. King as he, too, finds solace [...]

Delicious Downtown Diversity

Downtown Fayetteville is a small area with quite a large personality!  Diversity spills out on to the sidewalks lining various selections of shops, entertainment, food, and so much more. Trying something new – or finding an old favorite from back home – is what lures residents from all around the city to the streets stemming from the Market House.   Many of [...]

Around the World in a Weekend!

Janet reminded us that “The International Café is one of the most popular attractions of the festival and is a huge favorite. People just LOVE the food!”  While Phileas Fogg believed he could go around the world in 80 days, did you know that you can eat your way around the world in a single weekend, right [...]

September Mayor’s column

There are many great things going on in the city of Fayetteville right now, probably more than ever. Our new downtown baseball stadium is being built. The Prince Charles Hotel is being renovated into a mixed-use facility of apartments, retail, restaurants and offices. The foundation for the nicest hotel in Fayetteville is being laid in front of the new [...]