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October 22, 2019

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM OCTOBER 23-29, 2019 UCW 27 Hope Mills News & Views NEWS Moxie owners find hairstyling fun, not just a job by EARL VAUGHAN JR. Business partners Mary Susan Megill and Tara Freeman don't look at what they do as owners of Moxie Hair Studio on Legion Road as a job. "A lot of people look at it as a hobby, which kind of in a way it is, but it's a hobby that is also a job that we like,'' Freeman said. "It doesn't feel like work. I genuinely like my cli- ents and like to make them feel good about themselves.'' The two recently opened their new studio in the Coffman Commons shopping center at 4251 Legion Road. "I had previously worked in Hope Mills and had built a clien- tele out there,'' Megill said. "It's close enough to most things in Fayetteville and it wasn't too far for most of our clients.'' Freeman lives in the Gray's Creek area and saw it as a chance to add another hairstyling option for people in what is a rapidly-growing part of Cumberland County. "It's an opportunity to market this area more,'' she said. They describe the business as a full-service hair salon available to the entire family. Women, men and children are all welcome. For the time being, Megill and Freeman are the only stylists in the shop, but they have open- ings to add more stylists in the future. There are no firm hours with most business being appointment-based. Walk-ins are wel- come but depending on the appointment load, it's better to schedule something in advance. Generally, the studio is open during tradition- al business hours Tuesday through Saturdays. Freeman got her cosmetology training at a vocational high school in Ohio. Megill learned the trade at a local hairstyling school. Both took the traditional 1,500 hours of training, which for both is ongoing on the job. Between them they've got 33 years of experience on the job. "It's always changing,'' Megill said. "There's always something new, the client thing, as well. You become close to your clients. You build a rela- tionship with them. "We both have clients we've been seeing for years. (You) watch them grow with their families and their jobs and whatever else is going on in their life.'' Megill said that technique-wise there is always something cool com- ing out in the hairstyling business. "It's not boring,'' she said. "It really, truly is a fun job.'' While the main services they offer are hair cutting and coloring, they offer specialty work like rainbow hair coloring and balayage. Balayage is when dye is actually painted on to create a graduated, natural-looking effect. The procedure can take as long as two hours to perform. The two also do fashion colors and corrective colors. For further information on the business, visit their Facebook page, Moxie Hair Studio. You can contact them at 910-491-4542 or by email at moxiehairstudio19@gmail.com. Army exercise coming to Hope Mills for four weeks by STAFF REPORT Elements of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command are conducting realistic military train- ing on Fort Bragg and in the greater Fayetteville area, including Hope Mills, from Oct. 28 until Nov. 22. You may see soldiers in civilian clothes meeting at predetermined locations throughout the city as part of the training scenario. This has been coor- dinated with Fayetteville law enforcement and the city manager and the town manager of Hope Mills. This type of training is routine and gives sol- diers the opportunity to work in a more realistic environment. The military sincerely appreciates the cooperation of citizens and local businesses in the vicinity of this training and apologizes for any disturbance it may cause. Q. Are townspeople likely to notice anything? A. The soldiers taking part in this training will not be in uniform, carrying weapons or driving military vehicles. Members of the community are not likely to notice anything out of the ordinary while this training is conducted. Q. Can you share anything about the general purpose of the exercise? A. Special operations soldiers regularly conduct this type of training off of military installations because it adds an increased level of realism and greater training value for our special operations personnel. Q. Why does the exercise last as long as it does? A. Four weeks is simply the amount of time it will take to cover all of the course material and complete the practical exercises. Readiness deter- mines our ability to fight and win our nation's wars. It is the capability of our forces to conduct the full range of military operations to defeat all enemies regardless of the threats they pose. Q. Will different Fort Bragg personnel rotate in and out of the exercise from week to week or will it be the same group of participants start to finish? A. This is a single course, therefore the same personnel will be participating in this training for the entire four weeks. Q. Is this a 24/7 event or will the exercise only be in morning or evening hours? A. This training will mostly be conducted dur- ing the day, Monday through Friday. Q. How many personnel will take part? A. A total of 18 students will take part in this course. Q. What kind of things will the participants be doing? A. Special operations soldiers will be conduct- ing network enabler training. This training will certify civil affairs soldiers on their informant network-building skills, a critical skill for special operations soldiers. Small groups of soldiers in civilian clothes will conduct interviews in public places throughout the greater Fayetteville area. It is important to note that any interaction with members of the public will be secondary. Soldiers will not be interacting with members of the public to gather information for this training. All information gathering will take place between students and instructors or previous graduates of the course. Schmidt, an avid duck hunter posed for a picture with his dog, J├Ąger, after a successful day of hunting. Moxie Hair Salon is a passion and hobby of owners and business partners Mary Susan Megill and Tara Freeman.

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