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As a long time resident of Fayetteville, North Carolina, I am honored to be among the first to welcome you to your new home in the region. Many people just like you move to the area each day in search of a better job, a better home, a better education, or a better quality of life. As many before you have discovered, the Fayetteville/Fort Bragg & the Sandhills region, along with the surrounding cities and towns, offers all of this and much more. The cities and towns in this area have weathered the financial storm much better than most of the nation due to the economic diversity and large military presence at Fort Bragg. As an accolade to this fact, Fayetteville was named one of 10 All-America Cities in the United States for 2011. Things are looking positive in the Sandhills region, especially with the imminent influx of two Army installations at Fort Bragg, which will take place in September 2011. The areas economy is going to be a large beneficiary of this transition! Our detailed maps and charts are sure to make your move just a bit less stressful. The Blue Pages, located at the back of the magazine, provide important phone numbers and contact information that you will need to get settled, whether you are new to the area or just making a crosstown move. The support of our advertisers allows us to bring this magazine to you FREE of charge. Be sure to let them know you saw their advertisement in Fayetteville/Fort Bragg & the Sandills Region Relocation Guide! No matter where in the Sandhills region you have chosen to settle, you are sure to find some of the friendliest folks you have ever met. Once again welcome to our neighborhood! Sincerely,

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6 Publishers Note Sandhills Living ADVERTISERS INDEX Apartment Search Living in Fayetteville/ Cumberland County Fayetteville Live Living in Fort Bragg Living in Moore County Surrounding Counties & Towns Building or Buying a Home Education Independent Schools Health & Wellness Choosing a Physician Mature Living THE BLUE PAGES MWR Fort Bragg Information 10 14 16 18 24 26 30 34 38 42 46 50 56 60 62 64

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SANDHILLS LIvINg
The Sandhills region of North Carolina lies within the interior of the state and is the transition, as one moves west from the coast, from the Coastal Plains to the Piedmont area. Geologically speaking, the Sandhills are a strip of ancient beach dunes formed about 20 million years ago by an earlier coastline when the ocean level was higher or the land lower. The region extends into South Carolina and Georgia as well. In North Carolina, it is primarily the counties of Moore, Lee, Hoke, Richmond and Harnett occupying the Sandhills. However, Fayetteville and most of Cumberland County are also considered part of the Sandhills, isolated only from the other municipalities of this region by the Fort Bragg military reservation. Geographically well-positioned to provide easy access to the North Carolina coast, with southern beaches only a two-hour drive away, the Sandhills also offer an approach through the Piedmont to the scenic, mountainous areas of Western North Carolina. Cumberland and Moore counties are the population centers of the Sandhills and are well known for outstanding golf courses and a rich history in the sport of golf. Horse farms, resorts and many retirement communities are also found in this area. The Sandhills region enjoys a temperate climate, only slightly 10
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A Great Place to Call Home

By Sara VanderClute grow as a regional destination for employment, economic development, commerce and cultural pursuits, he said. Our future is bright with new families and businesses moving into our neighborhoods and commercial centers. One of the major factors affecting the future of the Sandhills is the 2005 action by the Base Realignment and Closure commission (BRAC) to transfer two major Army commands to Fort Bragg from Atlantas Fort McPherson, a move that is now imminent. This brings not only thousands of soldiers and family members to the region, but also many civilian employees and their families. These newcomers are looking at the entire region as they assess where they want to live. Accustomed to Atlanta commutes and traffic, these newcomers dont mind living some distance from their workplace on Fort Bragg. They have a wide choice of living situations, neighborhoods and homes throughout the region. In addition to traditional suburban living, some newcomers are evaluating the idea of living in an urban center. Downtown Fayetteville, for example, has some up-scale townhomes that are within steps of city center attractions. Downtown loft apartments are becoming quite popular, especially with the young professionals in the area. Of course, its not just military transfers that account for the population growth in the Sandhills. >

varied from the other areas of the state because of the nature of sandy soil. Researchers have established that the Sandhills receive an inch more of rain through the summer months, because of conditions created by the fast-draining soil of the region. Recreational opportunities abound in the Sandhills, with many streams, lakes and rivers to attract boaters, fishermen and swimmers. Deer hunting is a popular activity in season. Tennis, foxhunting and other equestrian sports are popular as well, especially in the Southern Pines/Pinehurst community. More daring thrill seekers may enjoy the recreational opportunities Fort Bragg has inspired skydiving schools can be found and theres even an indoor skydiving wind tunnel in Hoke County that provides daredevils with the sensations experienced by parachutists as they sail through the skies. The Sandhills is enjoying the same rapid growth that is experienced by the state of North Carolina, which grew 18 percent between the 2000 and 2010 censuses. Almost every county in the region has grown by double-digit percentages in the first decade of this century, and theres no indication that the population growth will slow. Kenneth Edge, Chairman of Cumberland Countys Board of Commissioners, relishes the growth and progress across the region, knowing that Cumberland County will be at the center of it. Cumberland Countys vision is to

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The area is a top choice for retirees, with a mild climate, access to the coast as well as the mountains, access to Interstate Highways, relatively low housing costs, and a reasonable cost of living in general. Add to that the recreational, educational and cultural opportunities that flourish in this area, and youve got a great place to spend the golden years of retirement. Pat Wheeler, along with her husband, has lived all over the Midwest and Eastern parts of the United States, and is very happy to be retired in Pinehurst.

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Of all the places weve lived, Pinehurst has given us a sense of community. We know our neighbors and I love that I can go to the market and people talk to me as if they know me.

The Wheelers are avid golfers, and, according to Pat Wheeler: We find the climate is wonderful, the scenery is wonderful, but the people are what make the Sandhills the place to live. Another important aspect of any community, to long-time residents and newcomers alike, is the medical care available. The Sandhills area is fortunate to have several excellent medical facilities, with at least one more hospital being envisioned in Hoke County. Most prominent in the Sandhills as healthcare networks are First Health of The Carolinas, in Pinehurst, which serves residents in a 15-county area or Cape Fear Valley Health in Fayetteville, the ninth largest health system in the state. The Sandhills proximity to Duke University Medical Center in Durham and the University of North Carolina Medical Center in Chapel Hill is important to those who opt for medical treatment at a university-related medical facility. Quality of life is a nebulous phrase, but most people know what they mean when they say it. A good quality of life includes a clean and attractive

appearance, the presence of such cultural fundamentals as good schools, libraries, museums, entertainment venues, and shopping centers are on everyones list, and the Sandhills offers all that and more. History buffs can explore sites of great significance from the preRevolutionary War days to the Civil War. Gardening enthusiasts will enjoy the beautiful gardens that flourish at the Weymouth Gardens, an important part of the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Moore County or the beautiful Cape Fear Botanical Gardens in Fayetteville. Those who are protective of the environment will appreciate the influence of Sustainable Sandhills, an organization devoted to the protection of the areas natural resources. For the gourmets and gourmands, an inexhaustible array of restaurants exist across the Sandhills, from upscale eateries in Pinehurst, serving up haute cuisine, to modest barbecue joints all across the region specializing in southern comfort food. The presence of so many different nationalities and ethnicities in the

Come see for yourself what a fine place it is. Whether you are a retiree, a tourist, a business professional, or a family looking for a new place to call home the Sandhills of North Carolina welcomes you! *

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The future is bright for the Sandhills. As the sun shines brightly, and the thwock of golf balls is heard across the greens, and parachutes waft gently earthward, the people of the Sandhills are glad and grateful.

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region results in an array of restaurants serving authentic ethnic food, such as Korean or Indian, Turkish or Thai. Dining out can be a delicious and memorable adventure anywhere in the Sandhills! America has felt the effects of an economic downturn in recent years, including the state of North Carolina. But the Sandhills has been fortunate. According to Cumberland County Commission Chairman Ken Edge: We have fared much better than other areas of the state and the nation thanks to Fort Bragg and the federal dollars that the installation brings to our economy. As the efforts of various economic development organizations throughout the Sandhills continue their work of recruiting new business and industry to the area, and the local chambers of commerce in the various municipalities of the Sandhills go about their work of nurturing existing business and entrepreneurship, the profile of business and industry in the region can be expected to become diversified in coming years. However, Fort Bragg will continue to be an economic engine, and its influence on local economies is expected to grow as the installation grows, and as defense-related businesses locate to the area to enjoy proximity to the major U.S. Army commands of FORSCOM and ARCOM, now moved to Fort Bragg by the BRAC process.

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By Serena Stevens hauling your favorite sofa or easy chair up three flights of stairs only to find it doesnt fit through the door! And finally interview the neighbors as if you were interviewing someone for a job. Youre going to spend just as much time with them, maybe more. Finally, the lease! Ask for a copy of the lease before the lease signing, so you have time to review it. Begin the lease negotiation after youve read the lease and asked all your questions. Write down all agreements on a piece of paper that is signed by you and the landlord. If its a change to the lease, correct it on the actual lease, or write a lease rider. Only negotiate items that are most important to you. No landlord is likely to concede to every issue, so pick your battles, and happy hunting! * As many are finding, owning a home definitely has its advantages, but it also comes with many unexpected costs and unplanned headaches. In todays world of changing jobs or even lots of travel for your current career, renting could make a lot sense for you. According to a recent University of Georgia study, there are a variety of hidden costs associated with homeownership that you might not have considered. Certain utilities, like water and trash pickup, are usually included in rent, but must be paid separately by homeowners. Plus, energy costs are generally higher for older, existing homes. Another often-misconstrued fact is that the tax deductions available to homeowners are beneficial to everyone. Along with that go the timesavings associated with less cleaning, less yard work, and less exterior and interior maintenance. You must forego a standardized deduction on your taxes to take advantage of the homeowner tax benefit, and for many the standardized deduction would be better for the overall return. Getting Serious After figuring out where you want to be, what you want, and how much you want to spend, it is time to get serious and visit some apartment communities that appeal to you. Try never to do your walkthroughs at night. Its amazing how much stuff can show up in natural light that you may miss in the evening. Do things you might not think of like flip light switches and open closet doors. Carry a tape measure with you so you can measure doorways, windows, walls and others spaces to make sure your furniture will fit in your new apartment. Theres nothing worse than

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The Villagio Set amid the beautiful city of Fayetteville, North Carolina, The Villagio is the areas newest and most luxurious apartment home community where comfort and convenience meet. Living at The Villagio, you will unwind in a bright and spacious apartment home designed to include lavish interiors and rich amenities that provide a lifestyle youve merely dreamed of. Indulge in our 2,000 square foot pool, cinematic theater room, picnic area with grill and state-ofthe-art fitness center all included in this prestigious, gated community. Choose from an exceptional one, two or three bedroom apartment home designed specifically for you. Who said you cant have it all? For more information, please see our ad on page 23. Westlake At Morganton Visit Westlake at Morganton, the ultimate in luxury living. Our beautiful year round landscaping and gated community makes coming home a pleasure. Choose from a classic selection of eight designs with numerous features and multiple options. You can take a dip in our resort style pool, exercise in the state-of-the-art fitness center, enjoy a movie in the private screening room, or simply check your e-mail in the wi-fi internet cafe. Whatever your pleasure, youll find that the special features we have designed into the homes at Westlake at Morganton make it, without a question, the finest apartment community in Fayetteville. Find out more information about us and our amenities in our ad on the adjacent page or visit us online at www.westlakeatmorganton. prospectportal.com. The Preserve At Grande Oaks Enjoy the stately elegance of southern living that is to be found at The Preserve at Grande Oaks! Choose from various floor plan designs that will excite the imagination with numerous features such as ground floor private direct access, built in computer desks and direct access garages. Relax by our resort style pool and immerse yourself in luxury while taking in the enchanting lake view. We are located near the finest shopping, dining and entertainment as well as minutes away from Pope AFB & Fort Bragg. Call today to see your new home at The Preserve at Grande Oaks. Find out more information about us and our amenities in our ad on the adjacent page or visit us online at www.morgantondev.com/Preserve.

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Speaking of downtown theres much to engage any resident or visitor who chooses to stroll down tree-lined Hay Street, the heart of the downtown, or any of the inviting side streets. Interesting one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants and coffee houses beckon, as does the beautiful Cameo Art House Theater, one of the jewels of the community. The Cameo shows independent, classical and foreign films in its beautifully restored building on Hay Street. The theater features 125 velvet-covered cast iron opera seats in its larger auditorium, and upstairs, in the cozy Loge, 38 stadium style seats make for a more intimate viewing. Downtown Fayetteville is also the setting for the administrative buildings of the City of Fayetteville, the Fayetteville Police Department and for the Cumberland County Courthouse, which houses the Countys administrative offices as well as the District Attorneys office and courtrooms. Punctuating the juncture of Hay, Person, Gillespie and Green Streets is

the Market House, a structure built on the site of the former State House, which was destroyed in a fire. The Market House was completed in 1832, and served as a market until 1906. It was placed on the National Historic Register in 1973. The Airborne & Special Operations Museum is also located in downtown Fayetteville, and this extraordinary museum attracts people from all over the world who want to learn about the feats of American airborne and special ops soldiers throughout various eras and conflicts. Architecturally imposing, the building is evocative of an open parachute and since opening in 2001, has greeted many thousands of visitors and served as the setting for many military-related events, including changes of command, and memorial services for fallen soldiers. One of the Souths premier annual festivals, the Dogwood Festival, brings huge crowds together in Fayetteville for fun, food and music each April. In 2010, attendance at the three-day event exceeded 225,000. Festival Park, a large venue in downtown Fayetteville is

the epicenter of the Festival, as it is for other community festivals throughout the year. The International Folk Festival is always a big attraction in September, with the delicious aromas of many ethnic cuisines wafting across the summer air. Other fun gatherings in Festival Park include Blues n Brews, a fundraiser for the Cape Fear Regional Theater, combining beer and good blues music and the Fayetteville After Five musical concerts, May through September, sponsored by The Dogwood Festival. Robert Antill is a newcomer to the Fayetteville scene, having moved from Ohio in 2010. He and his wife, Rebecca, both professional librarians, like the recreational opportunities and the proximity to the larger cities of Raleigh and Charlotte. I would encourage others to consider moving to the area for the temperate weather, the ease of travel to the beach, and the recreational opportunities, said Antill. The Antills recently became homeowners, and expect to stay in the area for an indefinite time. Even at a time when real estate >

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Were honored when people choose Fayetteville as their new home. Its an exciting place to be, one filled with energy and opportunity. Weve been recognized nationally for economic and image transformation, but anyone who comes here will see that its the spirit of the people that make us special.
Fayetteville has entered the second decade of the 21st century on a wave of community pride. On June 15, 2011, Fayetteville was named an All America City, winning that accolade for the third time since 1985. No empty honor, the All America City designation is awarded annually by the National Civic League based on a variety of criteria. Among the aspects considered in the award are diversity and inclusivity, civic engagement and involvement, and innovative approaches to addressing community challenges. Fayetteville shines in all those areas, and others, and with both pride and gratitude continues to merit the All America City accolade. *

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markets are slumping in other areas of the country and even in other North Carolina cities. The Antills were impressed with the variety and affordability of houses in the area. They also noted the healthy competitiveness of the local housing market. Outbid on the first three homes they made an offer on, they have bought a home that is near both their places of employment. It has a lot to offer to both young couples and families. There are lots of activities for kids to take part in, and I like the warm weather. At this point, I wouldnt consider moving back North. Fayetteville natives understand completely why newcomers embrace the area so enthusiastically. Mayor Tony Chavonne is understandably proud of the community.

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See You Downtown
By Sara VanderClute streets. New restaurants are popping up all the time, many of which now include an outside dining area. This accommodates not only North Carolinas ban on indoor smoking, but also permits diners to enjoy the al fresco experience of dining outside and enjoying the cooler evening temperatures. For dinner, an abundance of restaurants beckon from every corner of Moore County, from the smaller towns of Aberdeen and West End to the upscale choices in Pinehurst and the new Southern Prime Steakhouse on Broad Street in Southern Pines. Whatever the status of your appetite or pocketbook, youll find good food in the Sandhills! Shopping Shopping in the Sandhills can be a delightful way to get to know the area. The epicenter of shopping in the region may well be Cross Creek Mall in Fayetteville. A landmark since 1975, the enclosed mall offers the traditional anchor stores (Sears, JCPenney, Belk and Macys) with an array of boutiques, specialty stores, and kiosks. Another store that draws people from across the Sandhills is the Fresh Market, just off Morganton Road. The very freshest of produce and baked goods, the very finest of meats, fish and poultry are the draw for the shopper who needs special ingredients for an at-home celebration. * In the Sandhills, the places that often bring people together are in the very heart of the community. At least two sandhills communities set aside an evening when their downtown areas are alive with people ambling into shops, restaurants, public venues and pausing to enjoy live entertainment at various points along the way. Fayettevilles Fourth Friday is now a well-established tradition, and is centered on a four-and-a-half block segment of the citys downtown. The setting for the local Arts Council as well as for an ever-growing number of boutique shops, bookstores, bistros and restaurants the evening offers up live entertainment at a number of venues. This includes the spontaneous performances of talented artists who enjoy an enthusiastic audience; its fun and its free! Fayettevilles Fourth Friday takes place on the fourth Friday of every month through October. Fun-lovers also enjoy the summertime offerings of Fayetteville After Five, a gathering that takes place in Festival Park, an anchor of Fayettevilles downtown area. Live music of diverse genres, good food available from a number of vendors, and the pleasant atmosphere of a summertime evening in the company of friends and neighbors make the event popular with young singles, senior citizens, professionals who like an after-work celebration and families with children. This event is sponsored by the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival, who has demonstrated they certainly know how to throw a party! Over in Southern Pines, sociable funlovers look forward to First Friday, an event that brings together people from all across Moore County and elsewhere for music and refreshment. From 5 to 8:30 p.m., they gather on the grassy knoll adjacent to the Sunrise Theater on Broad Street for family-friendly music, food and beverages. From May to October, First Friday has the businesses on Broad Street enjoying the shoppers making their way up and down the street on their way to the Sunrise Theater. Its a celebration of summer, and all that makes Southern Pines and its environs such a great place to live and engage in business. Primarily sponsored by the Sunrise Preservation Group and the Southern Pines Business Association, the event also benefits from monthly sponsors. Local Cuisine Those dining out in Fayetteville need not fear being limited to the city center to find a good restaurant. An area of Fayetteville known locally as Restaurant Row on McPherson Church Road, near Cross Creek Mall, offers up a variety of dining options. Locally owned well-established restaurants such as Luigis to wellknown national chains like Outback and Carrabas line the road and nearby

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FORT BRAGG
LIVING IN FORT BRAGG
Fort Bragg is an integral part of the greater Fayetteville community and the Sandhills region of North Carolina. Named for N.C. native General Braxton Bragg, a commander in the Confederate Army in the Civil War, the post includes Pope Army Air Field and is one of the largest military complexes in the world. Spanning four counties, the post is approximately 250 square miles of training grounds, drop zones, and cantonment area. It is widely recognized as the home base of some of Americas most renowned military units, including the legendary 82d Airborne Division, among others. Not everyone knows, however, that Fort Bragg is a community unto itself, including residential areas, a major medical center, schools, chapels, shopping complexes and recreation centers. The Army sponsors an annual competition among Army posts, the Community of Excellence competition, which considers the excellence of service and facilities and the overall environment in choosing the winners. The competition began in 1989, and Fort Bragg has been the large post winner more than once, most recently in 2010. Fort Braggs history is rich and fascinating, much of it preserved today in historical districts on the

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By Sara VanderClute 2011. By that time, Fort Bragg is expected to have more general officers assigned than any place. The conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq have kept units at Fort Bragg on frequent deployments. The entire Department of Defense has been stressed with the demands of war, and at Fort Bragg it is it evident what frequent and sustained deployments can mean to military families. Fort Braggs soldiers have missed many significant family events holidays, birthdays, births and first steps of their babies. Among the families currently living in post housing on Fort Bragg are Specialist Shawn Cook, his wife, Kelly, and their three children. Expecting their fourth child soon, they find living on Fort Bragg makes for a healthy, happy lifestyle. They recommend military families consider living on post when transferring to Fort Bragg. Living on post makes me feel safer, Kelly Cook said. And Im only five minutes away from Womack Army Medical Center. And the best playgrounds for my kids are here on post! Another factor the Cooks mention is that the maintenance of the homes are contracted, so that when a spouse is deployed, the remaining spouse does not have to be totally selfreliant in maintaining the home and the yard. >

post. Founded in 1918 as an artillery training post, Fort Braggs growth accelerated with the advent of World War II. It also served as a major training center during the tumultuous years of the Vietnam War. Now, in the 21st century, Fort Bragg remains an extremely important link in Americas national defense. Troops from Fort Bragg are deployed wherever in the world Americas vital national interests are to be defended. They also respond to natural disasters throughout the world, bringing the supplies and relief that will assist victims of large-scale disasters such as earthquakes or floods. What much of America sees on the national news is really local news to people in the Fayetteville community the deployed soldiers seen in distant lands are our friends, neighbors, and customers. Fayetteville embraces the families of deployed soldiers, and as First Lady Michelle Obama has said, Fayetteville clearly does watch over those who watch over us. Fort Braggs growth has continued as a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure commission decision to transfer two major U.S. Army Commands to Fort Bragg from Fort McPherson in Atlanta. The completion of that move of U.S. Army Forces Command and the U.S. Army Reserve Command will occur in September

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Fort Bragg Population: 19,621 | Median Income: $37,034 | Median Age: 22 | Source: City-Data.com

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A major event at Fort Bragg every year, no matter how many soldiers are deployed, is the Fourth of July celebration that takes place at the Main Post Parade Field. Though other celebrations take place across the region, the Fort Bragg event is the granddaddy of Independence Day celebrations. A daylong affair featuring food, games and activities for kids, displays of military equipment, parachute jumps, and a rousing rendition of the 1812 Overture featuring real cannons at the appropriate interval is capped off with fireworks centered on the flagpole at nightfall. Thousands attend this event every year, and as one perennial attendee put it, That celebration, in that setting, never gets old to me. My patriotism is born again, every year. Some well-known names have spent time at Fort Bragg, and not just American soldiers. Many General Officers have done duty at Fort Bragg, including General David Petraeus, who is expected to be a nominee to head the CIA. Manuel Noriega, the former Panamanian

dictator, attended a psychological operations course at Fort Bragg in 1967. Carson McCullers, the writer who lived for a time in Fayetteville, is said to have written Reflections In A Golden Eye about events at Fort Bragg. And Julianne Moore, the lovely redheaded award-winning actress, was born at Fort Braggs Womack Hospital in December 1960. Shortly after the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Fort Bragg ceased to be an open post. For security reasons, access to the post is monitored at several checkpoints. Civilian visitors to the post are welcome however, whether to visit people living on post, to participate in activities or events open to civilians or to view the regularly scheduled airborne training jumps at one of the drop zones on post. Civilians are required only to provide identification and proof of insurance. In times of elevated alert status, vehicles may be searched. Fort Braggs presence in the Sandhills region inspires great pride and patriotism. One becomes accustomed to seeing helicopters flying overhead, and demonstration parachute jumps

are a frequent feature of many local events. American flags fly often and proudly, from commercial buildings and the porches of homes, as many veterans choose to become part of the civilian community when they leave military service. In 2008, Time magazine proclaimed Fayetteville to be Americas most pro-military town as evidenced by the genuine support for soldiers and their families. Theres plenty of evidence of that. In June 2011, Fayetteville Cares, a local non-profit organization, staged the second Boots and Booties the Worlds Largest Military Baby Shower for military families, with many women soldiers and Army wives, all new or expectant moms, in attendance. Fort Bragg is technically a part of the City of Fayetteville, so its no surprise that it played an important role in the recent award of All America City 2011 for which Fayetteville recently competed in Kansas City. This is the third time Fayetteville has been awarded the accolade, and everyone involved acknowledges that the participation of the 82nd Airborne is a big factor in winning. *

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MOORE COUNTY
To many folks, Moore County is synonymous with world class golf, but natives will tell you that there is more to Moore than wood and irons. Named for Alfred Moore, an officer in the American Revolutionary War, Moore County came into existence in 1784. Bordering the Piedmont section of the state, Moore and surrounding counties are referred to as the Sandhills region of North Carolina. Its central geographical position in the state puts Moore County within easy driving distance to Charlotte, Fayetteville, the Triangle region of the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. A drive of a few hours to the west leads to the mountains or east to the coast. Moore County is made up of 11 incorporated townships: Aberdeen, Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Vass, Carthage, Foxfire, Whispering Pines, Pinebluff, Robbins, Cameron and Taylortown. The moderate climate attracts a diverse population of retirees, active duty military personnel, working families and singles that are all drawn to the unique combination of small-town ambience and bigcity amenities. Leisure activities are also a big draw for hard working professionals, as well as the unparalleled availability of luscious

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By Lynne Brandon recreational options for non-golfers. With world-class tennis facilities, three championship croquet courts, lawn bowling, parks and other outdoor sports entice all to enjoy exceptional recreational opportunities. Pinehurst is also known for its active equine community. Horse enthusiasts flock to the Pinehurst Harness Track, host to equine activities ranging from dressage to jumping shows. Other special events throughout the year include the Holly Arts and Crafts Festival to the Dickensian family treelighting and sing-along at the holidays. At the end of the day, visitors can explore the walking-friendly town to boutiques, fine and casual dining, and a variety of hotels, including the fourdiamond rated Pinehurst Resort and Spa. Neighboring Southern Pines was originally known as Vineland, but took its current name due to its pine tree export industry. Climate is a draw to the town originally conceived of as a health resort. The town still courts sports and recreation with its strong equestrian community, athletic complexes, and more than a half dozen parks. The town is also home to the 900-acre Weymouth Woods natural preserve and the award-winning Pine Needles Golf Club, host to previous U.S. Womens Open tournaments. >

golf courses that lure sport lovers from across the U.S. Moore County, of all the Sandhill counties, is best known for its pristine golf courses in the towns of Southern Pines, Pinehurst and Aberdeen. Collectively they have earned the title as the home of golf. The approximately 43 golf courses between them are some of the best in the U.S. Pinehurst is the town most associated with golf and at one time it was the worlds largest golf resort community. Today, the national historic landmark retains its prestige as the only golfrelated designation. Pinehurst claims eight championship golf courses, three hotels, a spa and extensive sports and leisure facilities. In an unprecedented move, the USGA will bring both the men and womens U.S. Open to newly renovated Pinehurst No. 2 in 2014. It is the first time these two events have been scheduled at the same location in the same year by the USGA, said Claire Phillips, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Convention and Visitors Bureau for Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen. Pinehurst Resort may be the only facility in the country that has the capabilities to host them back-to-back. While Pinehurst is consistently rated one of the top three golf destinations in the world, there are plenty of

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Moore County Population: 88,247 | Median Income: $45,193 | Median Age: 41 | Source: City-Data.com

For antiques, visitors venture to Cameron also known as the Dewberry Capitol of the World. The town was voted best antiquing area by Our State Magazine and touted by Southern Living Magazine. Visitors are encouraged to try a slice of dewberry pie while browsing for antiques. Carthage is the county seat and the oldest town in Moore County. Its historic district highlights beautiful architecture and more than 50 pre-Civil War buildings. The town is home to Golf Digest award

winning Little River Golf & Resort, once a training facility for trotters and thoroughbred race horses. If water is your sport, head to Whispering Pines, a water lovers paradise with eight scenic lakes for boating, skiing, fishing, and swimming. To stay active, residents rely on excellent medical care and a wide array of healthcare choices. FirstHealth of the Carolinas Regional Health care system serves North and South Carolina with its flagship hospital, Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst. Acclaimed for its outstanding heart

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care at Reid Heart Center, the organization offers one of the largest, most comprehensive programs in the mid-Carolinas. The heart center builds upon the hospitals reputation for high-quality, personalized care combined with innovative clinical heart services, said Emily Sloan, Assistant Director, Public Relations FirstHealth of the Carolinas. Pinehurst Surgical Center, Pinehurst Medical Clinic and St. Joseph of the Pines also serve the needs of Moore County residents. Moore County attracts a diverse workforce due to the proximity to Fort Bragg, Pope Air Force Base, and Camp Mackall, and the retired military personnel who call Moore County home. The retired professionals offer unique skills and valuable experiences. The healthcare and social assistance industry is the largest private sector county employer, followed by hospitality and retail. In the public sector, Moore County Schools is the largest employer in the county. Preparation for business leaders of tomorrow starts early with a first rate education at the primary level, and proceeding through graduate level courses and degrees. More than 12,000 school aged children attend classes in the Moore County School System that are made up of 24 public schools, two charter schools, eight private schools, and a community college. Sandhill Community College, the first community college in the state, is recognized as one of the premier community colleges in the nation. Aside from its stellar curriculum offerings, the school offers a wide variety of lectures, concerts and exhibits, including one of the most popular horticultural gardens. Other colleges in the county include satellite locations of UNC Pembroke and St. Andrews Presbyterian College. Fayetteville State University is minutes away as well as access to the Triangle colleges and universities. Whether it is enjoying pine scented walks in the evening, riding horses, playing golf, or other activities, the Sandhill county knows how to enjoy it natural resources. At work or play, Moore County and its destination communities embrace and share their rich heritage with new businesses and visitors. *

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Regions Hidden Gems
By Lynne Brandon state and are in initial planning stages, and multi-use projects are already being planned around the facilities. The county excels in activities and events that are not the run of the mill such as a renowned steeple chase, wind tunnel sport, and a Turkey Festival held each September. Golf is available for those who love the Sandhill sport at two great courses, Bayonet and Upland Trace. The All American Trail is an educational and scenic recreational pathway for hikers, runners, and bicyclers opened last spring with great anticipation. A mixed terrain of hills and flat lands showcases more than 1,500 species of plants and trees, and more than 400 species of wildlife. The 11-mile trail follows Fort Braggs southern boundary in Hoke County. Carolina Horse Park in Five Points is known for its Stoney Brook Steeple Chase that marks the official rite of spring in the Sandhills. Its landmark year brought with it record breaking crowds who watched the more than $50,000 purse event. The county even boasts of a Paraclete XP wind tunnel that attracts people from all over the world. Wind moves air up in a vertical column and participants experience the sensation of flying. The recreational sport also serves as a valuable training device for skydivers and the military. > The Sandhills region of North Carolina is made up eight counties known for golf, horses, pottery, and much more. All ages are drawn to the abundance of open spaces in the Sandhill counties and the unprecedented lifestyle that goes with it. Three counties, Harnett, Hoke, and Lee, bring their own unique flavor with plenty to entice newcomers. the Sandhills counties, which benefit from a workforce that is looking for a second career. Porter is a prime example: he is a retired Army colonel now enjoying his second professional career as a civilian. The largest town in Hoke County is Raeford, a town of approximately 4,000. Like many towns, Raeford has undergone a downtown transformation. The downtown reflects the health of the county, stated Porter. At the end of the day, thats where folks want to go. In keeping with that philosophy the county gave its a downtown a facelift complete with new street lamps a few years ago. The revitalization came down to timing, funding and community support. It was the perfect storm where everything came together, said Steve Connell, Chairman of the Downtown Raeford Redevelopment Commission. We had strong City Council and community support behind us also. We have to be ready for growth, we cant wish for it to come. Downtown Raeford is pedestrian friendly with easy access and onestop shopping to government offices, hardware, feed and seed store, sandwich shops, dry cleaning, and other services, allowing more time for leisure activities. Other business expansions are on the horizon for the county. Two new hospitals have been approved by the

Hoke County Hoke County, named after Confederate General Robert F. Hoke in the 1800s, has the distinction of being North Carolinas 99th county. Like other Sandhill counties, Hoke is strategically located to access the vibrant Triangle region, as well as the states beaches and mountains. Raleigh is only 75 miles away from Raeford; Wilmington and the coast, is only two hours away. A diverse population made up of Highland Scots, Lumbee Indians, African-American and other nationalities call Hoke County home. The county continues to expand and has grown approximately 39 percent since the last census, attributed in part to its proximity to Ft. Bragg military base. With Ft. Bragg in our backyard, growth here is nonstop, said Don Porter of Hoke County Economic Development. Ft. Bragg brings retired military to 34
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Industry is alive and well in Hoke County. Major employers are Unilever, Burlington Industries, Alpla Bottling Company, Butterball, House of Raeford, Inc., Tar Heel Turkey Hatchery, among others. The future business leaders of tomorrow attend eight elementary schools, three middle and three high schools in Hoke County. High school graduates head to UNC Pembroke, Fayetteville College, Sandhills Community College, Methodist University, and Fayetteville Technical College. Easy access to Triangle colleges and universities in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill is also enjoyed by local students.

Lee County Lee County is located southeast of Harnett County and southwest of Moore County. Like its surrounding Sandhill neighbors, it is a place where traditional values are embraced and new ideas are welcomed. An easy drive from the Raleigh, Fayetteville, Southern Pines, and Chapel Hill areas, Lee County appeals to young and old for its small town charm and proximity to the Triangle region. The county is divided into eight towns including the county seat at Sanford. The self-titled mircopolitan county named after Gen. Robert E. Lee supports business, arts, and a great quality of life. Lee County is home to industries in biotech, textiles and is one of the leading brick manufacturing areas. The combination of coastal white beach sand and red Piedmont clay, gave Sanford the right ingredients to be a large producer of clay bricks. At one time, Sanford produced 10 percent of the bricks in the United States and was named Brick Capital of the USA. Today large brick production continues via manufacturers such as General Shale and Lee Brick & Tile. With approximately 30,000 residents, Sanford is Lee Countys largest community and the county seat. The destination town attracts visitors to its vibrant arts scene, professional theatre, galleries, and the renowned Sanford Pottery Festival, the largest annual pottery show in Southeast. Unique to Lee County is two 36

downtowns, one in Sanford and one in historic Jonesboro, both in the city limits of Sanford. In Sanford, restaurants reflect diversity of the population by offering everything from health conscious cuisine to Caribbean, Chinese, Latino, Japanese, Italian, TexMex, basic Southern and soul food. Diversity is also found in Lee County schools. Having an educated workforce is critical to the future of business, and Lee County offers high school students a diploma and college associate degree in five years for free at Lee Early College. Approximately 19,000 children attend 16 elementary, middle and high schools in Lee County. With its main campus in Sanford, Central Carolina Community College offers a wide array of two-year academic degrees, certificates and individual courses for more than 12,000 students. Offerings include custom-designed business and industrial training, often provided free of charge to businesses. Exceptional research universities are within an hours drive of Sanford, along with Campbell University, and Fayetteville State University nearby. For travelers, Lee County gives people the choice of beaches or mountains for a vacation getaway. Or, have a staycation at home and enjoy boating, swimming and camping at local lakes and parks. Recreation opportunities abound in the county that provides golf lovers with four internationally recognized golf courses to tee off on. Outdoor recreational choices include activities at Jordan Lake, Lee County Parks and Recreation facilities, Deep River Northview Optimist Baseball Park, Raven Rock State, and SanLee Park nature center. For recreation of a different sort, visit Deep River Sporting Clays and attend the internationally acclaimed Southern Side by Side shooting competition. Harnett County Five distinctive towns make up Harnett County, sister county to Lee and Hoke County. Dunn, the largest of five towns in Harnett County, has the All-America City designation. Lillington, on the west bank of the Cape Fear River, is the county seat. Both towns, along with others in the county offer the high quality of life that Sandhill residents have come to expect.

Each town is unique, said Sharon Stevens, Community Marketing Director for Dunn Tourism Authority. We are a mixture of different flavors with something for everyone. For an old-time feel, visitors can go to Broadstreet Deli and eat at the counter of a renovated drug store. Erwin, originally called Duke, is known for its Rail Trail Run each spring, inspired by the tracks that run partly through the old mill town. Coats has a Cotton and History Museum, and Angier boasts of the largest gourd collection. Change is on the horizon for Lillington. The town is home to Harnett County Arts Council, a historic Town Hall, specialty restaurants, coffee shops, and more, set in a small town atmosphere. A new community center that includes a fitness center has expanded recreational offerings. The town is also expanding in the healthcare industry. Lillington is strategically positioning itself for growth to come as a result of the new Harnett Health System Hospital and the new School of Osteopathic Medicine at Campbell University, said Phyllis Owens, Director of the Harnett Economic Development Group. The programs at both Central Carolina Community College and Campbell University (Physicians Assistant School and the new Osteopathic Medical School) will transform the services available to residents as to health care and offer career choices to residents locally and regionally that will also transform the economy of the area. Children attend Harnett County School System and have stellar university and college choices with Campbell University, Central Carolina Community College, as well as thirteen colleges within a one-hour drive of Harnett County. Two Bible colleges, Heritage Bible College, and Foundations Bible College, are located in Dunn. The Sandhill counties offer small town charm, first rate education and unparalleled lifestyle and recreation for all ages and backgrounds. Where else can you attend the largest pottery show in North Carolina, see a world class dressage event, fly in Paraclete wind tunnel and enjoy top rated golf? *

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Find or Build Your Dreamhome
By Monique Marshall income, with pre-qualifying they will probably want information on your income, assets and credit status. Lenders will use this information to determine a loan amount that would be approved. Pre-qualification will give you a more accurate price from which to work, as well as the assurance that once you select your house, the money will be waiting for you. When choosing a mortgage lender, it pays to do research. Look for a lender who has a reputation for providing competitive rates and listening to the buyers specific needs when it comes to applying for loans. Buyers should also look for lenders who can make the underwriting decisions and control the mortgage process from application to closing. Word of mouth can sometimes help narrow the field of lenders. Talk to your agent, bank, or credit union. When you have a few names and contact information for possible lenders, be sure to compare their rates and fees. Also, be sure to ask your lender about other fees, such as points, application fees, origination fees, broker fees, appraisal fees, and legal fees. These extra costs will affect your bottom line, so its good to know what to expect to avoid surprises at closing. Find a Realtor! Contacting a real estate agent is next on the list. A good agent can help you find what youre looking for: > is lower than the national average, resulting in typically a more-homefor-money scenario. You are going to be thrilled with the end result financially if you are considering a move here. Also, a hidden benefit of the region is the many new and existing homes available in a variety of price points. Previously owned homes are typically cheaper per square foot, but costs for building materials (drywall, lumber) are also low now, so building your own custom home might also be a smart move for you depending on your preferences. Many people enjoy the challenge and end reward in designing a custom home to suit their lifestyles and tastes. Custom builders are well represented in the area and will help you design and build the home of your dreams! First Things First The first thing to consider when buying (or building) a new home, of course, is your current financial situation. Getting your credit report up-to-date is vital. You can download a free credit report online at many web sites. Check for errors and take care of anything that is listed as outstanding. Armed with that information, the next task is getting pre-qualified for a loan. Pre-qualifying takes things a step further than simply pre-approval for a loan. Whereas with pre-approval the lenders may only look at your basic

Congratulations on making the move to the up-and-coming Sandhills region! The Fayetteville - Fort Bragg area, as well as Pinehurst, Sanford and the surrounding communities and towns, afford residents the finest in amenities ranging from healthcare and education to culture and entertainment. As such, the Sandhills region accommodating to both military and civilian life and the retired or the working professional is an excellent place to purchase an existing home or build anew. Long-term interest rates are at all time lows, and there are many bargains to be found if you do your research and explore the right areas. According to Trulia.com, the median sales price for homes in Fayetteville in June 2011 was $144,500 based on 274 home sales. Popular neighborhoods in Fayetteville include areas surrounding Terry Sanford High School and Seventy-First High Scool. In the golf mecca of Pinehurst, average home sales were $229,000 and the average list price was approximately $270,000 in June 2011, according to Zillow.com Contrarily, nearby Sanfords average sales price was $177,000 and average list price was $170,000. The Sandhills region offers convenient neighborhoods and a wide variety of housing options. The cost of living in the Sandhills region 38
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the location, the neighborhoods, schools, etc. Most folks feel that the fee you have to pay an agent for representing you is well worth the benefits you receive. These include information, advice and convenience. They do the looking for you! After, youve supplied your realtor with your likes and dislikes, the space requirements, even the communities to consider. Now, let them do their jobs and show you the homes that they think will be of most interest to you! Time is always precious but do not try to cram as many house showings into a Saturday as possible simply because youre off work. Pretty soon one property will begin to blend into another and the entire day becomes a blur. Make a short checklist or some sort of informal form to help keep track of the homes youve seen. If a property is a definite no, eliminate it at once and move on. Theres nothing wrong with shortening your list at the end of each day. After you feel you have a list of potential homes, its time to narrow the field. This may be the hardest

part of the process because youre mixing emotion and logic. Thats why having professionals like Realtors, lenders, inspectors, and appraisers on your team helps. They can help you make a logical choice that you can also fall in love with. Some of the things to consider are, of course, the structure and features of the home, but also be sure to look into the future. What about resale value? What about the surrounding property? Are there any zoning restrictions, right-of-way easements, or upcoming development that you werent aware of? Your realtor should research these aspects and provide you with these kinds of answers. Build a Custom Home With labor costs, materials and housings starts at recent lows, if you are considering building a new home, the timing is also excellent! There are many advantages to building your own home, but probably the most important is customization. Having the home tailored to suit your every whim is one of the most rewarding feelings you can have when

the job is completed. The ability to choose things like cabinetry, tiling, counter tops, and fixtures, not to mention the size of the bonus room, carries a lot of weight for most people when trying to determine whether to buy an existing home or building their own. According the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the first thing to do is to find a reputable builder with whom you have a good rapport. Places to obtain a list of local builders include your local homebuilders association or check www.move.com, the NAHBs official new homes listing Web site. You should also become familiar with your local newspapers real estate section. This will give you a good idea of the prices you can expect, the current hot neighborhoods, which builders are active in your area, etc. You might also turn to friends and relatives for recommendations, or your local real estate agent can help as well. Make a comprehensive list of the builders you want to research. Now, you can start contacting these builders and finding out more about what they have to offer. You will want

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to check the builders reputations, and the best way to do this is by visiting homes they have built and talking with their owners. Drive by on a nice Saturday morning and stop to talk to some of them. Most will be willing to share their experiences with you. They might also give you some advice about the area, the schools, the amenities in the neighborhood, etc. Custom builders work with you to create a home specific to your needs. Once youve done your homework (interviewed multiple builders, checked builder references, etc.) and chosen a suitable custom builder, then you can sit down and design your home. It may be a good idea to bring any home plans that you would like to use for ideas or as a guide to your new house. Your builder will help you make modifications where necessary. Eventually, after what might appear a long and tedious process, you will be able to take solace in the fact that you did your research, shopped around, and made wise decisions. Welcome to your new home in the Sandhills region of North Carolina! *

EDUCATION
The Sandhills region affords easy access to many excellent educational opportunities for you and your family. These range from higher education on the university level to the fine public school systems to various specialized independent schools, as well as the offerings for continuing education for careerminded professionals. The Fayetteville Fort Bragg area is literally surrounded by opportunities and pathways to advancement. The local colleges and universities include Campbell University, Fayetteville State University and Methodist University. For the finest in technical and trade schools, the region offers up Fayetteville Technical Community College, Central Carolina Community College, and Sandhills Community College. All of course which is in addition to the renowned research universities in the nearby Triangle region, which include the likes of North Carolina State, the University of North Carolina, and Duke University. The Sandhills region is also served by Cumberland County Schools, Moore County Public Schools, Hoke County Schools, Lee County Schools, Richmond County Schools, Harnett County Schools, as well as the many quality independent schools, which offer their own unique benefits and choices for families. The following is a closer look at a 42
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few of the regions providers of higher and continuing education. Many of these schools also offer continuing education classes for seniors through life enrichment programs. Campbell University Campbell University is a progressive, private university in Buies Creek. According to school officials, Campbell is a university of the liberal arts, sciences, and professions that is committed to helping students develop an integrated Christian personality characterized by a wholeness of body, mind and spirit. Campbell is a Baptist university affiliated with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Both in and out of the classroom, the University endeavors to present Christian principles to students and to foster their application to daily life. Located in Buies Creek, a rural, residential community in Harnett County, Campbell University has the ideal college setting on an 850-acre campus. Raleigh, the states capital, and Fayetteville are less than thirty miles from campus. Within about an hours driving time students can enjoy the benefits of the Research Triangle Park, the cities of Durham and Chapel Hill. Campbell is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Commission on Colleges, as a Level V Institution.

By Serena Stevens Campbell also has accredited and nationally recognized graduate programs in business, divinity, education, law and pharmacy. The student body comes from all 100 North Carolina counties, 49 other states and 50 countries. Fayetteville State University Fayetteville State University is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina and the secondoldest public institution of higher education in the state, according to the schools website. Founded in 1867 as the Howard School for the education of African Americans, today FSU serves a growing student body of more than 6,300 and ranks among the nations most diverse campus communities. FSUs enrollment has increased rapidly in the past few years while at the same time average SAT scores for entering students have also improved. A $45.5 million campus construction and renovation campaign is underway to accommodate additional students. New undergraduate degree programs have been established, including undergraduate degrees in biotechnology, communications, forensic science, management information systems, and generic nursing. In addition, there are new graduate programs that offer the masters of arts in teaching and the masters of science in criminal justice. >

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Methodist University Located in Fayetteville, Methodist University serves approximately 2,200 students1,600 in the day program and 600 in Methodist University at Night, the Universitys evening and weekend program. It is approved by the Division of Certification and Standards of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for the preparation of public school teachers. Today, the university offers bachelors degrees in more than 70 fields of study (majors and concentrations) including communications, justice studies, business administration, education, and social work. New majors and concentrations recently added include interdisciplinary studies of clandestine labs, church leadership, and radio communications. The University offers three masters degree programs: the Master of Medical Science in physician assistant studies, the Master of Business Administration in organizational management and

leadership, and the Master of Justice Administration. Fayetteville Technical Community College According to its website, Fayetteville Technical Community College (often shortened to FTCC or FayTech) is a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredited community college in Fayetteville, North Carolina. It is part of the North Carolina Community College System. FTCC is the fourth largest community college in North Carolina and boasts the largest Continuing Education program in North Carolina. Located adjacent to Fort Bragg, the satellite campus continues to provide quality education to the military. Sandhills Community College Moore Countys Sandhills Community College (SCC) is one of the top community colleges in North Carolina. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and a member of the North Carolina Community College System, SCC serves students of all ages and offers a multitude of programs

and classes for citizens with varied educational needs and backgrounds. The flexible Continuing Education Program offers courses on and off campus and via the Internet and is designed to help adults upgrade their current skills or undergo retraining.

Central Carolina Community College According to its marketing literature, Central Carolina Community College offers Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degree programs that transfer to four-year colleges and universities, two-year programs that lead to an Associate in Applied Science degree, and one-year programs that lead to a diploma and/or a certificate. Articulation agreements with fouryear colleges and universities enable its graduates to move into education. The college also offers noncurriculum courses in basic education, technical, vocational, enrichment, and general interest areas. These non-curriculum courses do not count toward a college degree or diploma, but a certificate of completion is given and continuing education units are awarded. *

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PUBLIC SCHOOLS Cumberland County | 910-678-2300 Harnett County | 910-893-8151 Hoke County | 910-875-4106 Lee County | 919-774-6226 Moore County | 910-947-2976 COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES Bladen Community College 910-879-5500 Campbell University 910-893-1200 Central Carolina Community College | 910-775-5401 Fayetteville State University 910-672-1371 Fayetteville Technical Community College | 910-678-8473 Methodist University 800-488-7110 Robeson Community College 910-272-3700 Sampson Community College 910-592-8081 Sandhills Community College 910-692-6185 Southeastern Community College 910-642-7141 St. Andrews Presbyterian 910-642-7141 University of NC at Pembroke 910-521-6000 LIBRARIES Cumberland County Public Libraries | 910-483-7727 www.cumberland.lib.nc.us Hoke County Public Library 910-875-2502 www.srls.info/hoke Harnett County Public Library 910-893-3446 www.harnett.org/library Lee County Public Library 919-718-4665 www.leecountync.gov/Departments/LibraryMain Moore County Public Library 910-947-5335 www.srls.info/moore Southern Pines Public Library 910-692-8235 www.sppl.net/Library/

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Provide Options for Newcomers
By Serena Stevens student achievement and develop habits of life long learning and community service. Every student deserves the education that best meets his or her particular needs, and those of his or her family, said one independent school administrator. Public schools are charged with accommodating all newcomers, and are challenged to do all things well. Private schools have greater freedom to offer a more specialized curriculum and culture, so that families have more options in finding a learning community that shares their values and educational goals. One of the best features of independent schools is the small class size that allows for a stronger emphasis on teacher student ratio. Students are able to learn at their own pace with individual guidance and attention from the teacher. Another advantage independent schools offer is a safe and stable environment centered on each individual students learning. When choosing an independent school, it is often helpful to ask a range of questions to prepare you for making your decision. According to NCAIS, you will find a number of options from which to choose, including various grade level ranges, co-educational, a variety of religious affiliations, and schools serving students with special needs. >

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For many newcomers, choosing a new home, a new bank, and a new physician are all at the top of the todo list when relocating. Perhaps the most important choice, however, and for good reason, is choosing a school for the kids. You will have a wealth of options to choose from in the Sandhills region, as the area boasts some of the top schools both public and independent in the state. Independent schools are popular these days, as many offer smaller classes than their public counterparts, ensuring more teacherstudent interaction and more interaction with parents as well. They are close-knit communities designed to nurture student achievement and develop habits of life-long learning and community service. A quality education is something that all parents want for their children. The problem lies in the fact that sometimes its tough to find a facility that matches the needs of parents, and, more importantly, their children. Many independent schools in the state are members of the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS), an association with more than 3,500 teachers serving approximately 35,000 students. According to NCAIS, independent schools hold students to high standards, which encourages excellence in both academics and

personal development. Also, teachers have the freedom to be creative and develop flexible teaching methods to accommodate individual learning styles. The size, quality of teaching staff, and unique mission of independent schools enable them to develop students with critical thinking and problem-solving skills, says NCAIS. The overall educational program at independent schools extends beyond the classroom to include athletics, the arts, and many opportunities for leadership. In addition, students are regularly exposed to real-life learning experiences through field trips, expert guest speakers, and the opportunity to participate in community service activities. NCAIS schools do not discriminate in their admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, educational policies, and athletic and other school administered programs. NCAIS provides numerous educational and professional development opportunities for school administrators, teachers, trustees, parents and students. Our schools vary widely in size and type of campus. Some are coeducational, others are single sex; many are non-sectarian, while some have religious affiliations; most are day schools, but some offer boarding facilities. All are close-knit communities designed to nurture

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When you consider that a child from kindergarten through high school spends about 16,000 hours in the school environment, it makes you realize the impact that the school has on our children! The following schools are just a few of the ne independent schools in the Fayetteville/Fort Bragg and the Sandhills region.

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NCAIS recommends asking the following questions of each school on your list: What are the schools mission, philosophy, and values? What is the quality of the faculty, staff and building? Does the faculty and staff hold degrees in childcare? Is the school accredited? How large are classes? What is the teacher/child ratio? Is there a climate that supports student achievement? Do they offer extracurricular activities? Is parent participation and involvement encouraged? What are the extracurricular offerings and level of student participation in them? Additionally, NCAIS recommends visiting the schoolover and above taking the formal tourincluding a visit to classes, libraries, and gyms during regular school hours. Tuition at most of the independent schools in this area is reasonable, given the value-added benefits and personalized attention that each school offers. However, many parents are concerned that they wont be able to afford tuition at a reputable independent school. However, according to NCAIS, most independent schools are committed to working with families to help them meet the costs and financial programs are widely available. By their very nature, independent schools depend to a high degree on tuition revenue to support their programs. They believe that an investment in an independent school education pays dividends over a lifetime; yet they also know that financing such an education can be a challenging and costly effort. They are therefore committed to working with families to help them meet the costs associated with an independent education to the extent that they are able. *

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One of the most important things you can do when relocating is to find quality, affordable preschool. The good news is that this region has many exceptional facilities and programs for your child.

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Residents of Fayetteville and Fort Bragg as well as the surrounding Sandhills region are blessed with readily accessible, cutting-edge healthcare right at home. The larger health systems, individual hospitals, specialty clinics, and the supporting network of physicians make up a dynamic network in support of your health and well-being. The major healthcare systems of Cape Fear Valley Health, Womack Army Medical Center, FirstHealth Moore Regional and Harnett Health Betsy Johnson Hospital do a fabulous job of providing advanced techniques with a feeling of community and support. The local specialty facilities are also of the finest quality and provide services ranging from sports medicine to cosmetic surgery. In addition, just a short drive north to the Triangle cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill provides access to world-renowned healthcare and highly ranked medical schools. If you are considering a move to the area, or if you already on your way, take great comfort in the fact that you and your family will be receiving the best healthcare available. The following is a closer look at some of the regions well-know healthcare providers. It is not a comprehensive listing, but will give you an idea of options for your 50 family.
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Cape Fear Valley Health Located in Fayetteville and serving the entire Sandhills region is Cape Fear Valley Health, the ninth largest health system in the state. With close to 1 million patient visits each year, Cape Fear Valley Healths medical staff includes more than 500 physicians from 46 different specialties. Since 1956, the system has grown from a 200-bed, one-building hospital to a regional health system with 765 beds, five hospitals, and primary care physician offices throughout Cumberland County and surrounding areas. Cape Fear Valley Health was one of just 76 hospitals nationwide to achieve Premier QUEST Top Performance status this year for meeting stringent performance goals in three areas of saving lives, safely reducing the cost of care, and delivering the most reliable and effective care. QUEST is a voluntary, three-year project created to incentivize hospitals to increase healthcare quality, while also reducing costs. We are members of the QUEST Collaborative with Premier and 230 of their member hospitals focused on improving quality, efficiency, safety and transparency, said Cape Fear Valley Health System Chief Executive Officer Mike Nagowski in a media release. Its a revolution in quality fueled by a concept called Evidence-Based

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Care. Evidence-based care is steeped in research and founded on the principle that best results are achieved when healthcare professionals make sure that each patient receives appropriate care at the right time, such as an aspirin on arrival for a heart attack and good blood sugar control for a patient going into surgery. As a Charter Member of QUEST, Cape Fear Valley Health has exhibited continual improvement over the past three years. We were recognized in December as a Top Performer for 2009 in cost of care, evidence-based care and mortality. Only one-quarter of QUEST hospital achieved this distinction. How did we accomplish these results? By being a Top Performer in EvidenceBased Care. Our physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals work to ensure that each patient receives all appropriate evidence-based care whether the patient was hospitalized for a heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia or surgery. And what does this mean for you and your family? How about a significant improvement in the likelihood you will survive a serious illness? In fact, our mortality rate has declined by 30 percent over the past three years. For the past five calendar quarters, our mortality rate index has been lower than 22 peer hospitals in North Carolina. >

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That brings us to our final award: Cost of Care. When we make sure that every patient has the best possible care, we safely reduce costs. Patients get better faster, and they have shorter hospitalizations as a result. Lower costs and better outcomes mean we provide a better value to our patients and their insurance companies. While national inpatient costs increased by almost 14 percent, costs in QUEST hospitals rose at a much slower rate. The best thing about QUEST is that our work is never done. By collaborating with the other 230 hospitals, we are all learning ways to save more lives, provide higher quality care and further reduce costs. You might just say were on a QUEST for quality. Cape Fear Valley Health, located in Fayetteville, is a 485-bed acutecare hospital offering quality care in open-heart surgery, cancer treatment, neonatal intensive care, emergency medicine, pediatric intensive care and more. Highsmith-Rainey Specialty Hospital is a 112-bed specialty hospital, specializing in acutely ill

Womack Army Medical Center The Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg is a both historic and cutting edge as it proudly serves the more than 160,000 eligible military beneficiaries in the region, the largest

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patients who require a longer hospital stay. Cape Fear Valley Rehabilitation Center is a 78-bed physical rehabilitation facility offering care for patients with brain and spinal cord injuries, stroke, orthopedic injuries and other physical impairments. Inpatient and outpatient services for adults and children include physical therapy, occupational therapy, sports therapy, therapeutic recreation, speech, audiology and psychology. A self-contained rehabilitation hospital, it offers a greenhouse and courtyards,therapeutic pool, gymnasium and model apartments where patients can practice daily living skills. Health Pavilion North offers health services to northern Cumberland County, including cancer treatment, physical and occupational therapy, urgent care, diagnostic lab, X-ray, ultrasound, EKG, a pharmacy, a pediatric practice and a family practice. For immediate care, ExpressCare facilities are located at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Highsmith-Rainey Specialty Hospital and Health Pavilion

North. All ExpressCare facilities are designed to handle urgent, but non lifethreatening health problems. Behavioral Health Care is a comprehensive 32-bed psychiatric hospital with inpatient services for adults and outpatient services for children, adolescents, adults and families. Staffed by psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, psychiatric nurses, licensed professional counselors and other mental health professionals, BHC provides a team approach to mental wellness. Bladen County Hospital, located in Elizabethtown, is a public, not-forprofit,58-bed critical access hospital that includes a 24-hour Emergency Department, 40-bed Medical/Surgical Unit, an Intensive Care Unit and an up-to-date Birthing Center.

beneficiary population in the United States Army. According to the centers website, in May, 1955, ground was broken for Womack Army Community Hospital. It was built after the Korean War in 1950-1953, replacing the sprawling Station Hospital of World War II. The hospital honored an enlisted soldier, Private First Class Bryant H. Womack from Mill Spring, North Carolina. PFC Womack posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions as a combat medic in Korea. In 1958, Womack Army Community Hospital opened with a bed-capacity of 500, in a high-rise building nine stories tall. The Womack Ambulatory Patient Care Annex opened in 1974. In 1991, Womack became the Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg . One year later, on Sept. 3, 1992, officials broke ground for a new Womack. The hospital remained the principal medical facility on Fort Bragg for more than 40 years. According to the centers website, on March 9, 2000, the new Womack Army Medical Center ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony was >

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held at the east entrance of the medical center on Reilly Road . The total cost of the hospital complex is approximately $400 million with construction and provisions. The site is a 163-acre wooded site north of Albritton Junior High School bordered by Normandy Drive to the south, Longstreet Road to the north, Reilly Road to the east and the All American Expressway to the west. The new healthcare complex has increased quality care and access to beneficiaries by bringing more medical and specialized resources to Fort Bragg. Some of the specialties added since the current facility became a medical center include cardiology, hematologyoncology and pulmonology. Womack Army Medical Center, now with more than 1 million square feet, is proud to serve the more than 160,000 eligible beneficiaries in the region, the largest beneficiary population in the Army. This facility has three connecting buildings. Building A is the clinic mall area at the All American Expressway entrance and it houses the outpatient clinics. Building B, which is the building in the middle, houses most of the ancillary clinics and departments. Building C, the inpatient tower, is located at the Reilly Road entrance. The inpatient tower is seven floors with an interstitial space between each floor that allows computer, equipment, plumbing, etc., to be repaired without interrupting patient care. FirstHealth Moore Regional Located less than an hours drive from the Fayetteville Fort Bragg area, FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital offers the scope of high quality medical treatment options typically associated with university medical centers and large urban hospitals. More than half of the patients at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital travel to Pinehurst from 15 counties, including Cumberland, to access the high quality care and wide range of services for which the hospital is known. Parent company, FirstHealth of the Carolinas, also headquartered in Pinehurst, is a private, not-for-profit health care network serving the midCarolinas, and you.

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Reid Heart Center Moore Regional, FirstHealths flagship hospital, has gained acclaim for its outstanding heart care led by expert cardiologists and surgeons who provide the region with the highest level of care and services. Reid Heart Center, the FirstHealth Cardiac and Vascular Institute located at Moore Regional, is a modern healthcare facility worthy of the professionals who practice inside its walls. The state-of-the-art Reid Heart Center combines all the elements of cardiovascular care in one area. Offering one of the largest, most comprehensive heart and vascular disease programs in the mid-Carolinas, the heart center builds upon the hospitals reputation for high-quality, personalized care that rivals treatment provided at distant academic centers. The four-story facility consists of inpatient rooms, outpatient clinics, operating rooms, cath labs and nuclear medicine. Perhaps the most unique features of the heart center are its multi-use operating rooms. Often referred to as hybrid-ORs, these specialized rooms allow medical teams to perform two or more procedures, such as cardiac and vascular, during one operation without the need to transfer a patient to a different specialized location. The rooms also allow for combined procedures with high-definition imaging within the operating room. Leading the way in the latest advancements in health care at FirstHealth are nearly 300 medical staff members. More than 90 percent of these physicians are board certified in specialties such as cardiology, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, pain management, oncology and neonatology. Many are board certified in multiple specialties. There are many excellent options for healthcare and wellness in the area. Many of the local suppotive businesses like Bordeuax Drug Company, offer family friendly care around the clock. Bordeuax Drug Company is family owned and has been serving this area since 1952. The store offers greeting cards, gifts and an old fashioned fountain, which serves breakfast and lunch. They also offer delivery service. Fayetteville prides itself on great health and wellness businesses. *

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CHOOSING A PHYSICIAN
CHOOSING A PHYSICIAN Sandhills Region Rich with Providers
By Serena Stevens medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology or geriatrics, Cape Fear Valley Health has an office to meet your needs. Fayetteville Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine At Fayetteville Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, the mission is to provide the Cape Fear region with outstanding orthopaedic health care in a personalized and professional manner. Regardless of age, illness, or injury, the facilitys orthopaedic surgeons are here to meet your needs in a friendly, patient-oriented environment. The clinic concentrates on a wide array of anatomical specialties: total joints, hips, knees, shoulders, elbows, feet, wrists and hand surgeries. Fayetteville Plastic Surgery Specialists At Fayetteville Plastic Surgery Specialists, the team is led by H.W. Mark Miller, MD, who was voted one of Americas Top Plastic Surgeons in 2007 by Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. He is a member of the American Academy Cosmetic Surgery Associate and the American Society Hair Restoration. We offer rejuvenation with facial peels, laser, Botox, injectable fillers, hair removal, Coolsculpting fatfreezing, and the traditional cosmetic procedures of facelift, breast > For top-quality, specialized healthcare, the Fayetteville / Fort Bragg area doesnt leave anything to be desired by you or your family. In the Sandhills region, there are many individualized care practitioners that can provide the appropriate level of care to match your needs, whether that be primary care, orthopaedics, cosmetic surgery or vision care. To best way to find a new practitioner who is likely to meet your medical needs is to do good research before you or a family member becomes ill. Start the process by simply asking around. Talk to your peers and ask what physicians and specialty practitioners they have seen, if they like them and why, how long it takes to get an appointment, how long they have to wait in the office, do they feel rushed during the visit, and are they satisfied with their medical care. Also, consider what type of physician is needed for each family member. The following is a closer look at just a few of the physicians and specialty health centers in and around the Fayetteville Fort Bragg area. This is by no means a comprehensive list but it should give you an idea of the options available to you. ophthalmologists, optometrists, and LASIK surgeons. Serving the Chapel Hill, Sanford, and Fayetteville areas of North Carolina, its doctors deliver advanced therapeutic and surgical solutions to problems affecting the health and appearance of the eyes. From LASIK for refractive errors to multifocal lens replacement for cataracts to blepharoplasty to treat droopy lids, the doctors of Cape Fear Eye Associates help patients of all ages maintain healthy eyes. Its esteemed team of doctors includes Dr. J. Wayne Riggins, Dr. S. Scott Stapleton, Dr. Miles Whitaker, Dr. Edward Kenshock, Dr. Sheel Patel, Dr. John Krempecki and Dr. Cynthia Toth. Together, they provide exceptional eye and vision care to families in North Carolina. Specializing in laser vision correction, its Fayetteville eye center serves residents here and surrounding areas with superior refractive surgery. Cape Fear Valley Health The Cape Fear Valley Health is a wide-ranging network of healthcare providers and services. Its physician network is rich with talented, caring practitioners who deliver high quality care. For your convenience, Cape Fear Valley offers nine primary care physician practices through the Fayetteville Fort Bragg community. Whether its pediatrics, family

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implants and breast reduction, tummy tucks, and liposuction, said Dr. Miller. We also remove suspicious lesions and tattoos. FirstHealth of the Carolinas FirstHealth of the Carolinas is a major healthcare network located in Pinehurst, N.C. In addition to FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital and the Reid Heart Center, the system includes a rehab center, three sleep disorder centers three dental clinics, six family care centers , six fitness centers, a laundry, four charitable foundations, a Hospice program, and home health services. Kids First Pediatrics of Raeford At Kids First Pediatrics of Raeford, patients are first. Providing pediatric care in a friendly and welcoming setting, Kids First Pediatrics mission is to deliver comprehensive medical care in a trustful, caring, timely and high quality manner to children. Dr. Buenaseda and the staff of Kids First believe that all children have a right to have access to quality healthcare with parental and

caregiver involvement in all medical decisions. It services Fayetteville and surrounding areas. Metrospecs Well-designed eyewear should let you see your best and look your best, and when licensed optician Richard Sheetz opened Metrospecs, an independent luxury optical shop, his mission was to provide eyewear which addresses both function and form without compromise. Richards wife, optometrist Dr. Barbara Ciampa, has provided professional eye care for the community since 1982, and as her optician, Richard has been. responsible for providing high quality eyewear for her patients Village Family Dental Village Family Dental serves the Sandhills region, offering its services at locations in Fayetteville, Eastover, Hope Mills, St. Pauls and Raeford. It offers general dentistry, sedation dentistry, pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, prosthodontics and implants,

periodontics, orthodontics, and endodontics. To learn more about dental options for you and your family, visit www.vfdental.com. Womens Care Womens Wellness Incontinence Center The Womens Wellness Incontinence Center, located in Fayetteville, is committed to compassionate, patient centered care for women. Dr. Arnold Barefoot possess a wide range of interests and skills in womens health care. He offers both non-surgical and minimally invasive options. Evaluations are painless and preformed in the office. Robotic laparoscopic surgery is also available. Valley Regional Imaging Valley Regional Imaging (VRI) is an independent outpatient imaging center providing a wide range of radiology services such as, bone density, high field and open MRI, digital mammography, ultrasound and pediatric imaging. For more information, visit us online at www.ValleyRegionalImaging.com. *

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MATURE LIVING
Looking for a way to add some sparkle to your Golden Years? Give the Sandhills region of North Carolina a try. With top-notch retirement facilities, as well as limitless recreation opportunities including some of the finest golf in the world, this region is one of the most popular retirement destinations in the country. Pinehurst is no doubt already on your radar for a round or two at some of its famed courses which have hosted both the Mens and Womens U.S. Open tournaments. Why not settle in the Sandhills region permanently and enjoy the sport year-round! Also, the areas retirement communities strive to offer all the comforts of home, as well as peerless medical care and amenities that may make you wonder why you waited so long to make the move. For retirees, choosing a place to spend their time is often a difficult decision. There are several things to take into consideration, not the least of which is proximity to family and friends. Having a mild climate and many entertainment options are also important to many. According to experts, it all comes down to that famous real estate adage, Location, location, location. And rest assured, the Sandhills area offers one of the best locations in the country, with easy access to the 60
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thriving Triangle region, as well as the North Carolina mountains to the west and the crystal clean beaches to the east. Also, youll quickly find that the Sandhills region including Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Sanford and surrounding communities is your oyster, with a variety of recreational activities, museums, shopping, and entertainment right at your fingertips. The area also includes top-notch medical facilities, and many wonderful retirement communities that offer a myriad of activities, including cribbage, croquet, chess, billiards, golf, and art classes. Remember thinking about going back to school to obtain that degree someday? A myriad of continuing educational opportunities exist for those who want to work toward a degree or take classes for the sheer enjoyment of learning. Seniors may attend any of our many colleges and universities, including Campbell University, Fayetteville State University, Methodist University, Central Carolina Community College, Sandhills Community College, and Fayetteville Technical and Community College their doors swing open to students of all ages. According to the Retirement Living Information Center: in the last few years colleges and universities have become increasingly involved

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in the development of retirement communities on or near their campuses. Also, the existing retirement communities have developed relationships with the educational institutions that allow residents to take advantage of a stimulating environment for life-long learning, and enjoy certain campus cultural, entertainment and sporting activities. Continuing Care and Assisted Living The Sandhills region offers both assisted living facilities as well continuing care retirement communities. The latest trend in retirement living is the continuing care retirement community (CCRC). These facilities offer long-term contracts that assure lifelong shelter and access to specific health care services. They feature differing levels of care, from assisted living to skilled nursing, often right on their campus and with many costs included in their entrance and maintenance fees. According the American Association of Retired Persons, the costs of living in these communities can be quite high and unaffordable to those with low or moderate incomes and assets. Most communities require an entrance fee and monthly payments. These fees can range from lows of $20,000 to highs of $400,000. Monthly payments can go from $200 to $2,500. In some communities, residents own their living space and in others the space is rented.

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Frequently three different fee schedules may be available. There are extensive contracts, which include unlimited long-term nursing care at little or no increase in monthly fee. There are modified contracts that include a specified amount of long term nursing care. Beyond that specified time, you are responsible for payments. Then there are fee-for-service contracts in which you pay full daily rates for long-term nursing care. Some CCRCs are affiliated with a specific ethnic, religious, or fraternal order and membership may be a requirement. The majority of CCRCs require potential residents to have a medical examination to assess their physical and mental status. Selected pre-existing conditions may cause a CCRC to refuse an applicant. Some CCRCs require residents to have both Medicare Part A and B. Naturally, residents must be able to meet the entrance fee and monthly payments. Assisted living facilities offer help with the activities of daily life, including personal care and things like bathing and food preparation. There are no skilled medical professionals available, however. Nursing homes, or skilled nursing facilities, on the other hand, have nurses on site and doctors on call to attend to any medical need that may arise. Oftentimes, seniors opt for continuing care retirement communities, which provide independent living with separate housing, but also have nursing home type care available as well. Many seniors choose these communities in anticipation of staying in the same location throughout their elder years. In the event that seniors require nursing home care and then become well enough to again live independently, they can move back to an independent living arrangement without leaving the community. Potential residents should perform plenty of research beforehand to make sure a retirement community fits their lifestyles and financial situations. If youre not sure what kinds of questions to ask, look up common questions online After narrowing down your choices, you should visit the facilities and meet with staff so they can answer any additional questions that you might have. *

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POLICE (NON-EMERGENCY) Aberdeen | 910-944-9721 Carthage | 910-947-2231 Fayetteville | 910-433-1529 Harnett County | 910-893-9111 Hope Mills | 910-425-4103 Lillington | 910-893-3015 Pine Hurst | 910-295-3141 Sanford | 919-775-8346 Southern Pines | 910-692-2732 Spring Lake | 910-436-0350 HOSPITALS Cape Fear Valley Health 910-615-4000 First Health of the Carolinas 800-213-3284 Harnett Health/Betsy Johnson Hospital 910-892-7161 Highsmith-Rainey Specialty Hospital 910-615-1000 Moore Regional | 910-715-1000 TRANSPORTATION

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Southern Pines Public Works 910-692-1983 Robbins, 101 North Middleton St. 910-948-2431 Sanford, 331 Wilson Rd. | 919-774-6027 Spring Lake, 316 C Spring Lake Plaza NC 210 N. | 910-497-3707 CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE Angier Chamber of Commerce 919- 639-2500 Fayetteville/Cumberland Co. | 910-483-8133 Dunn Chamber of Commerce 910-892-4113 Harnett City | 910-964-5995 Lee County | 919-775-7341 DRIVERS LICENSE OFFICES Aberdeen, 521 South Sandhills Blvd 910-944-7555 Erwin, 125 West Jackson Boulevard 910-892-1456 Fayetteville, 2439 Gillespie St. 910-486-1353 Fayetteville, 841 Elm St. 910-484-6249 Lillington, 1005 Edwards Dr. 910-893-8939 Raeford, 3144 Highway 401 910-875-2442 Robbins, 100 S. Middleton St. mobile unit, select dates Sanford, 2210 Carthage St. 919-776-1113 VEHICLE & LICENSE PLATE OFFICES Aberdeen, 1313 North Sandhills Blvd 910-944-1303 Angier, 18 East Depot St. | 919-639-9900 Clinton, 1121 Sunset Ave | 910-592-5265 Dunn, 128 North Clinton St. 910-892-6324 Fayetteville, 815 Elm St. | 910-485-1590 Hope Mills, 5537 McPhail St. 910-424-2500 Lillington, 1190 N. Main St. | 910-893-8388 Raeford, 520 West Donaldson St. 910-875-2179 Lillington | 910-893-3751 Moore County | 910-692-3926 Raeford-Hoke County | 910-875-5929 Spring Lake Chamber of Commerce 910-497-8821 PARKS & RECREATION Cumberland County | 910-433-1547 Harnett County | 910-893-7518 Hoke County | 910-875-4035 Lee County | 919-775-2107 Moore County | 910-947-2504 POST OFFICES Aberdeen, 111 South Poplar St. 910-994-1721 Dunn, 1115 South Clinton Ave 910-892-3452 Erwin, 904 South 13th St. 910-897-5481 Fayetteville, 301 Green St. #200 910-486-2360 Fayetteville, 2812 Ramsey St. 910-630-1012 Lillington, 901 South 8th St. 910-893-9478 Pinehurst, 95 Cherokee Rd. 910-295-6478 Sanford, 1200 South Horner Blvd 919-774-4926 Southern Pines, 190 Southwest Broad St. | 910-692-2431

American Airlines | 800-433-7300 Amtrak | 800-872-7245 Delta Airlines | 800-221-1212 Fayetteville Area System of Transit | 910-433-1747 Fayetteville Regional Airport 910-433-1160 Greyhound | 800-231-2222 US Airways | 800-428-4322

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Veterans Affairs Medical Center 910-488-2120 Womack Army Medical Center 910-907-6292 UTILITIES Cumberland County Public Utility 910-678-7637 Harnett County Public Utilities 910-893-7575 Hoke County Public Works 910-875-6704 Lee County Water Utilities 919-775-8247 Lumbee River Electric Membership Corp. | 910-843-4131 Moore County Public Utilities 910-947-6315 Piedmont Natural Gas | 800-752-7504 Progress Energy | 800-452-2777 Public Works Commission 910-483-1382 South River Electric Membership Corp. 910-892-8071

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