Up & Coming Weekly

July 09, 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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JULY 10-16, 2019 UCW 23 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM Hope Mills News & Views NEWS DJ King James, pictured, and five other disc jockeys will bring family-friendly music to town July 13. Top 40, Blues coming to Hope Mills park by EARL VAUGHAN JR. Hope Mills makes town history in Dixie Youth Baseball by EARL VAUGHAN JR. The sound of music is coming to Hope Mills again. The latest music makers in the town will be DJ King James and his fellow disc jockeys. Lamarco Morrison of the Hope Mills Parks and Recreation Department said he was approached by James, who specializes in top 40, rhythm and blues, and pop music that features family-friendly lyrics. James' idea was to provide music in the park free of charge to the town. Morrison said James works with a group of five DJs who have done this kind of performance at other venues. The plan is to hold the first event in Hope Mills on Saturday, July 13, setting up a stage at the basketball courts in Hope Mills Municipal Park. The performance will last from 6-8 p.m. Morrison said he also plans to coordi- nate with Chancer McLaughlin of the town administration staff to have food trucks on hand for the event. Including the free music, Morrison said he hopes to have some kind of charitable donation event taking place at the same time, but a final decision on that had not been made at press time. "It's mainly going to be about the music and giving the community something to do in the park on a Saturday,'' Morrison said. "I've done those in other cities, and it amazed me we didn't have a music in the park (event). "I think it will work perfect for us. It was perfect timing for (James) to contact me. Morrison stressed the music for the perfor- mance will feature clean lyrics with no profanity and nothing suggestive. "It will be your top 40,'' he said. "Whatever the radio is playing and what- ever the kids are dancing to. It's about (being) family-friendly.'' James has previously performed for Hope Mills events like the health fair. Hope Mills has had many Dixie Youth Baseball state champions, but last week, the Hope Mills National team made history by win- ning the town's first 8U state championship. In the championship round of the winners bracket at Lockwood Folly, they fell to Reidsville 10-7 for their only loss of the tourna- ment but rebounded to win the title with a 10-2 victory over Reidsville. Left to right: Coach Jonathan Ransom, Hunter Matthews, Dallas Lupo, Colby Cox, Tanner Parrish, Joshua Ransom, Colt Burns, Landon Lusignan, Gavin Bowen, Coach Joshua Lusignan, Noah Rivera, Coach Jesse Cox, Ziriyon Campbell, Aiden Peterson- McAlexander, Corey Cox and Coach Jonathan Lupo. Hope Mills advances to the 8U Dixie Youth World Series, which will be held July 26-30 in Ruston, Louisiana.

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