Big Ideas

Growth is the buzz word in southern Wake, and there are no signs of it slowing. Shaping that growth requires the passion and commitment of local entrepreneurs and town officials.

In our cover feature, area thought leaders share their visions for an engaged and informed community, fueled by innovations in technology, health care and media.

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Hospital Opening Delayed

UNC Rex Healthcare announced it will postpone the opening of the new Holly Springs hospital until November. Initially scheduled to open in September, the delay allows existing employees and new hires to care for patients at the main Raleigh hospital during the recent surge of COVID cases.

“This was a difficult decision, but we need... Read More

The Hospital Next Door

Big Idea: A hospital can adapt to a changing community. My conversation with Roy Tempke, COO of the new UNC Health Rex Holly Springs hospital began as do many of my interviews — discussing the rapid growth of southern Wake County and the area’s appeal to families with young children.

“Right now (residents) have to... Read More

Diving Deep in Holly Springs

Big Idea: Your life is directly, and closely, impacted by local government officials. You should know who they are.

“I did lots of ceremonial scissors lessons. They actually cut — there’s a technique to it,” says Karen Shore, marketing and social media expert and host of the Holly Springs Deep Dive Podcast.

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Food & Dining

Restaurant Spotlight: Little Portugal

Fresh, scratch-made food and exceptionally friendly service awaits you at Little Portugal, a quaint, full-service Portuguese restaurant in Fuquay-Varina that has steadily gained a devoted following.

Husband-and-wife owners Helder and Rosemary Pereira, who hail from Long Island, New York, are quick to mention they are both first generation Portuguese. The dynamic couple has lived in... Read More

Dig In & Drink Up: Macarons from Asali Desserts & Cafe

So Sweet: Hanadi Asad and Jamaal Ali, owners of Cary’s Asali Desserts & Cafe, are experts in unique, handcrafted treats. The most vibrant of their offerings are the macarons — light, rich and gluten-free in classic and inventive flavors.

Taste the Rainbow: Lemon, raspberry or vanilla are regularly available, and weekly specials in unique combos,... Read More

Life & Style

Meet & Greet Standout Students: Alisha Reid

Resume Highlights: Summa cum laude graduate of Fuquay-Varina High School, member of the Advanced Vocal Ensemble, varsity women’s basketball team, National Honor Society and Black Student Union.

Recipient of Director’s Award and Outstanding Service Awards at FVHS and Academic All-Conference for basketball. Earned a career high of 23 points.

Future Plans: Reid will attend North... Read More

Meet & Greet Standout Students: Katelyn Sheets

Resume Highlights: Graduate of Holly Springs High School with an AP Capstone Diploma. President of National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society. Founder of Mental Health Advocacy Club, four-year varsity swimmer.

Future Plans: Sheets will attend Duke University and plans to study biology and genetics. It’s interesting to learn about how the world works... Read More

Home & Garden

Grow & Bloom: Impatient? Plant Autumn Crocus

For any impatient gardener, crocuses are great bulbs to grow. Planted in the fall, their thin leaves start peeping out of the ground at the beginning of February, if the winter is mild, and bright, cup-shaped flowers soon follow, serving as extra early beacons that, indeed, another spring is on the way.

However, for the... Read More

Grow & Bloom: ‘Millenium’ Allium: More Than a Spellcheck

Millenium — if I had spelled this word that way on any of my eighth-grade English papers, a grade far south of “A” would have surely followed. But I’m a big boy now, and I can spell it any way I wanna.

Actually, ‘Millenium’ is not a spellcheck waiting to happen but rather the name... Read More


There & Back: Paddle the Cape Fear River

Meandering from Jordan Lake to Wilmington, the Cape Fear River is perfectly placed through the town of Lillington to welcome paddlers to a variety of family-friendly activities.

Angier resident Ilia Smirnov fell in love with the river and the pastimes it enables 10 years ago, after he purchased Cape Fear River Adventures paddle sports company.

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There & Back: Pinehurst

It’s no secret that the quaint village of Pinehurst built its reputation upon one thing — golf.

Located an hour southwest of Holly Springs, the “Cradle of American Golf ” is a bucket list destination for fans of the game, boasting 10 courses nestled into the scenic landscape of the Sandhills. It is well worth... Read More