Up & Coming Weekly

October 22, 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 OCTOBER 23-29, 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 Jenna Shackelford jenna@upandcomingweekly.com HOPE MILLS AND SENIOR SPORTS EDITOR Earl Vaughan Jr. EarlUCWSports@gmail.com REPORTER Jeff Thompson news@upandcomingweekly.com GRAPHIC DESIGNER Elizabeth Baker art@upandcomingweekly.com MARKETING ASSOCIATE Linda McAlister Brown linda@upandcomingweekly.com DISTRIBUTION MANAGER/SALES ADMINISTRATOR Laurel Handforth laurel@upandcomingweekly.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS D.G. Martin, Pitt Dickey, Margaret Dickson, Karl Merritt, John Hood, Jim Jones, Shanessa Fenner, Prudence Mainor, Avery Powers, Eliza- beth Blevins, Crissy Neville ––––––––––– 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" publica- tion 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 publica- tion consideration, but assumes no responsibility for them. We cannot accept responsibility for the return of unsolicited manuscripts or mate- rial. Opinions expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher. 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 out- door 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 ele- ments from: vecteezy.com and freepik.com. Hope Mills Community Roundtables and Candidates' Forum huge success by BILL BOWMAN PUBLISHER'S PEN e political climate is changing in Hope Mills, and it is changing for the bet- ter. Why? Because residents are realizing that Hope Mills is no longer a media desert. e more informed Hope Mills residents are, the more they become involved and learn about the community and its challenges and opportunities and about the people entrusted with manag- ing the town's valuable assets. rough the citizens' engagement, the town be- comes more vibrant, relevant and livable. Of course, all the above will take a little time and effort on the part of the residents. However, as the recent series of Community Roundtables sponsored by our newspaper and the Hope Mills Chamber of Commerce and the 2019 Candidates' Forum sponsored by the ALMS HOUSE and hosted by the Hope Mills Shrine Club so aptly demonstrated, positive, constructive and open conver- sation combined with limited exposure to negative and gossipy social media out- lets will make for more trusted, healthy and effective communication. Get involved. is type of personal interaction has never failed to build rela- tionships and net positive, constructive results. Eventually, it will displace that traditional nagging cloud of negativity that hovers over Hope Mills as a result of the abundant dissemination of hate talk, misinformation, deception and just plain lies perpetrated by selfish self-serving people, people who care more about themselves than the wellbeing of 16,000 Hope Mills residents. Recently, a near-perfect example of this has been reported several times in e Fayetteville Observer. Hope Mills Commissioner Meg Larson has opted out of running for a second term because she couldn't stomach the thought of serving another term with fellow commissioner Pat Edwards and Mayor Jackie Warner. Yet, she has allowed Lisa Carter War- ing, writer for e Fayetteville Observer's Sandspur and founder and administra- tor of the Hope Mills Chatter, a private, hatemongering social media blog that encourages and bolsters the childish antics of malcontents like Larson. Waring initiated a write-in campaign to re-elect Larson. Larson, by the way, has gone on record to declare that if she is elected she will serve, but only if political compadre, Mayor pro tem Mike Mitchell defeats Jackie Warner for the mayoral spot. If Warner wins, she will not serve. is is proof positive that these people have vindictive hate agendas. is is an ex- plicit indication that the best interest and welfare of the town of Hope Mills and its residents are not being served. In closing, this is my invitation for you to join us at the next Hope Mills Com- munity Roundtable and see for yourself what a positive, progressive community Hope Mills is and meet the people who are making the difference. Hope to see you there. anks for read- ing Up & Coming Weekly. HIGH 77 LOW 59 HIGH 69 LOW 52 HIGH 70 HIGH 68 HIGH 75 LOW 60 LOW 53 LOW 62 OCTOBER 28 OCTOBER 27 OCTOBER 25 OCTOBER 26 OCTOBER 29 Mostly Sunny AM Showers Showers Cloudy Showers Showers OCTOBER 24 HIGH 69 LOW 49 Humidity 72 56 74 76 66 72 Hope Mills Community Roundtables bring citizens together to effect positive change in the community. BILL BOWMAN, Publisher, UP & COMING WEEKLY. COM- MENTS? BILL@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200.

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