Up & Coming Weekly

February 26, 2019

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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4 UCW FEBRUARY 27-MARCH 5, 2019 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM STAFF PUBLISHER Bill Bowman Bill@upandcomingweekly.com ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER/ EDITOR Stephanie Crider editor@upandcomingweekly.com OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Paulette Naylor accounting@upandcomingweekly. com ASSISTANT EDITOR Leslie Pyo leslie@upandcomingweekly.com SENIOR SPORTS EDITOR Earl Vaughan Jr. EarlUCWSports@gmail.com REPORTER Jeff Thompson news@upandcomingweekly.com GRAPHIC DESIGNER Elizabeth Long art@upandcomingweekly.com SALES AND MARKETING DIRECTOR Kimberly Herndon kim@upandcomingweekly.com MARKETING ASSOCIATE Linda McAlister Brown linda@upandcomingweekly.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS D.G. Martin, Pitt Dickey, Margaret Dickson, Karl Merritt, John Hood, Jim Jones, Shanessa Fenner, Prudence Mainor SALES ADMINISTRATOR/ DISTRIBUTION MANAGER Laurel Handforth laurel@upandcomingweekly.com ––––––––––– Up & Coming Weekly www.upandcomingweekly.com 208 Rowan St. P.O. Box 53461 Fayetteville, NC 28305 PHONE: (910) 484-6200 FAX: (910) 484-9218 Up & Coming Weekly is a "Quality of Life" publication with local features, news and information on what's happening in and around the Fayetteville/Cumberland County community. Up & Coming Weekly is published weekly on Wednesdays. Up & Coming Weekly welcomes manuscripts, photographs and artwork for publication consideration, but assumes no responsibility for them. We cannot accept responsibility for the return of unsolicited manuscripts or material. Opinions expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of the pub- lisher. The publisher reserves the right to edit or reject copy submitted for publication. Up & Coming Weekly is free of charge and distributed at indoor and outdoor locations throughout Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Pope Air Force Base, Hope Mills and Spring Lake. Readers are limited to one copy per person. © 2019 by F&B Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction or use of editorial or advertisements without permission is strictly prohibited. Various ads with art graphics designed with elements from: vecteezy.com and freepik.com. Helping young achievers become community leaders by BILL BOWMAN Where are Fayetteville's young professionals when it comes to public service? Only one of this year's 40 Under 40 win- ners holds a civic leadership position. Are we doing enough to engage these young people? PUBLISHER'S PEN BILL BOWMAN, Publisher, UP & COMING WEEKLY. COMMENTS? BILL@upandcomingweekly.com. 910-484-6200. Leadership comes in many forms. Friday, March 8, we will celebrate e Fayetteville Observer's 40 Under 40 winners who have achieved benchmarks of success in their personal and business lives through dedica- tion, hard work and perseverance. is is absolutely something worth celebrating. And, to their credit, the folks at e Fayetteville Observer have done an extremely good job in making sure this annual recogni- tion remains balanced, politically correct and representative of our diverse population by covering all business and socio-economic aspects of our community. e honorees include those who work in business, all levels of education, the military, the medical field, nonprofit organizations, government and entrepreneurial endeavors. ese extraordinary young people have made their mark locally and, in many ways, contribute to the personality and fabric of our community. is being the case, it does not bode well for the future of our community that all these high achievers — ex- cept Tisha Waddell, District 2 city councilwoman — seem to avoid public service as elected officials. Out of 40 young notables, one would think there would be at least a few who are politically active. is begs the question: Are we doing enough to engage these ambitious young pro- fessionals? Are we encour- aging them to get involve politically? I'm not sure we are. Or- ganizations like the Greater Fayetteville Chamber have traditionally mentored and groomed young talent for business, industry and public service. Now, not so much. Chambers of Commerce need to be fierce advocates for local business. By doing so, they should engage the people and processes that develop talented and effec- tive leaders. Millennials are the future of our community. We need to make it our highest prior- ity to get them involved and engaged. More importantly, we need to do our part in creating a community where they want to be involved and engaged. Forty Under 40 has gotten them to the starting gate. Now, we need to get them to the finish line. ank you for reading Up & Coming Weekly. HIGH 67 LOW 42 HIGH 77 LOW 44 HIGH 55 HIGH 59 HIGH 62 LOW 47 LOW 55 LOW 45 MARCH 4 MARCH 3 MARCH 1 MARCH 2 MARCH 5 PM Showers Cloudy PM Showers AM Showers Cloudy AM Rain/Snow Shower FEBRUARY 28 HIGH 73 LOW 51

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