The Weekly Lowdown: Fayetteville's Hottest Week Predicted is Upon Us

The Weekly Lowdown: Fayetteville's Hottest Week Predicted is Upon Us


The dog days of summer are just beginning.

According to a 30-year trend calculated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center, the Fayetteville area’s hottest week is predicted to last from Aug. 6-10. Forecasts already have Sunday’s high at 99 degrees and highs above 90 degrees all throughout next week.

Tim Davis, chief medical officer for the US Department of Health and Human Services, isn’t messing around. He sent The Free Weekly a press release full of helpful tips to avoid heat stroke.

His main tips were to spend time in locations with air-conditioning, drink plenty of water and diluted sport drinks (unless told otherwise by your doctor), choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours. Wearing hats and sunscreen will help protect your skin.

If you find yourself feeling weak, clammy, cold, or nauseous, Davis recommended finding the nearest cool area and apply cool, wet cloths to your body and sip — not guzzle — non-alcoholic fluids, preferably water. Stay there until it feels like normalcy has returned. If you see someone in the sun with an “altered mental status” such as agitation, confusion or unconsciousness, call 911 and help move the person to a cool area and help them with the aforementioned methods until help arrives.

Most importantly, don’t overlook drinking enough water. Cool baths may also be a good idea if needed to cool off.

Or, y’know, you could just make an ice-pack shirt.

What’s an ice-pack shirt? It’s a t-shirt, with ice packs attached. I thought that was obvious. You’re right, it would look ridiculous. But who will be laughing when you’re able to withstand the onslaught of the sun? (Note: this is obviously not real advice, but hey, could be cool)

Staff Photo Nick Brothers Raising Cane’s, a fast-casual restaurant that specializes in chicken fingers, opened Thursday at 859 East Millsap Rd.

Staff Photo Nick Brothers
Raising Cane’s, a fast-casual restaurant that specializes in chicken fingers, opened Thursday at 859 East Millsap Rd.


Fayetteville is about to get #TurntUp for chicken, specifically chicken fingers, this week.

Raising Cane’s, a Louisiana-based fast-casual restaurant that specializes in chicken fingers, opened up Thursday at 859 East Millsap Road right by the flyover on the north side of town. The restaurant only offers fried chicken tenders, a tender sandwhich, crinkle-cut french fries, coleslaw, buttered Texas toast, and its signature Cane’s dipping sauce. The sauce is said to be a unique variation of thousand island dressing.

At the time of this writing Tuesday, a press release stated that there would be “Cainiacs” camped out Wednesday night to be first in line for the 10 “free Cane’s for a year” certificates they’ll be giving out.

Founded by Todd Graves in 1996 and named for his yellow Labrador, Raising Cane’s recently earned the distinction of being among the top four quick service restaurant chains nationwide in 2014, according to a Sandelman & Associates Quick-Track study.

Another thing worth mentioning is the management plans on being involved in the local community, already having volunteered at the Yvonne Richardson Community this past weekend. From Aug. 6 through 13, customers at the new Raising Cane’s will be invited to participate in the company’s “Give Back Giveaway” tradition, in which a customer will win a $1,000 donation to his or her local charity of choice, along with free Cane’s for a year.

So, within a mile or so of each other on College Avenue, there’s going to be Raising Cane’s, Zaxby’s, Slim Chicken’s, and Chic-Fil-A. Much like Raising Cane’s, all these places sell is chicken fingers. That’s right, Fayetteville has hit a population and level of interest in fried chicken to support four fried chicken restaurants within a mile. Chicken city rivalry, y’all.


This weekend, Fayetteville rockers Dead Indian will be playing their final show this Friday at Smoke and Barrel Tavern.

If you aren’t familiar with the power trio, it’s Jeh-sea (Jesse) Wells (guitar, vox), Simon Martin (drums) and Dirk Porter (bass). They’ve been playing in venues throughout the region for about three years now, and they’ve released a total of three full-length albums. The group is far from soft. They rock out at high-octane heavy levels like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and a helping of Nirvana grunge-alternative in the mix.

I’ve seen a couple shows of theirs, and the band is nothing but raw energy — insanely talented energy. Martin is a force on the skins and just about drives the whole band forward with relentless hits while Porter tugs away at the bass, providing an aggressive low-end along with Martin’s drumming. When you add in Wells’ insane guitar solos and his gritty vocal singing style to it all, you’ve got yourself an impressive group.

Like all good things, it will come to an end this weekend.

“We’ve outgrown our old tastes,” Wells said. “We will have another band ready for you all by September, with more members and more fun.”

If you can’t make the show, consider pouring out a little bit of your drink for the rock n’ roll trio. Fayetteville is losing a good one. We’ll keep tabs on what’s next for these guys.

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