Up & Coming Weekly

August 01, 2017

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 AUGUST 2 - 8, 2017 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM PUBLISHER'S PEN STAFF PUBLISHER Bill Bowman Bill@upandcomingweekly.com ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER/EDITOR Stephanie Crider editor@upandcomingweekly.com ASSISTANT EDITOR Leslie Pyo leslie@upandcomingweekly.com SENIOR REPORTER Jeff Thompson news@upandcomingweekly.com SENIOR SPORTS EDITOR Earl Vaughan Jr. GRAPHIC DESIGNER Elizabeth Long art@upandcomingweekly.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS D.G. Martin, Pitt Dickey, Margaret Dickson, John Hood, Erinn Crider, Jim Jones, Shanessa Fenner, Paul Hall SALES ADMINISTRATOR/ DISTRIBUTION MANAGER Laurel Handforth laurel@upandcomingweekly.com ACCOUNTING Paulette Naylor accounting@upandcomingweekly.com MARKETING/SALES Linda McAlister Brown linda@upandcomingweekly.com ––––––––––– Up & Coming Weekly www.upandcomingweekly.com 208 Rowan Street 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 infor- mation 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 publi- cation consideration, but assumes no responsibil- ity 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 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 outdoor locations throughout Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Pope Air Force Base, Hope Mills and Spring Lake. Readers are limited to one copy per person. ©2007 by F&B Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction or use of editorial or advertisements without permission is strictly prohibited. Cover art designed with various elements from: vecteezy.com and freepik.com. Candidates: Share Your Vision by STEPHANIE CRIDER "e difference between a politician and a statesman is that a politician thinks about the next election while the states- man thinks about the next generation." — James Freeman Clarke In a community that welcomes 1,500 new families each month, keeping the public informed requires effort. With the upcoming elections, this effort becomes even more important. Com- munity members must have access to reliable information so they can vote in ways that reflect their ideals and vision for Fayetteville. ere are many hardworking citizens currently serving in public office work- ing diligently on behalf of the greater Fayetteville area. ere are many more not yet in office who are eager to serve as well. And there is much work to do. e issues are many, as are the opportunities. July 21 was the deadline for local can- didates to file to run for public office. As citizens throw their hats into the ring, vy- ing for a chance to serve this community, there are plenty of issues to tackle: eco- nomic development, responsible growth, public safety, homelessness, stormwater issues, a tight budget, taxes, education, Hurricane Matthew recovery projects and funding, lingering issues from the Big Bang Annex — the list goes on. ese are all issues our publisher, Bill Bowman, addresses on a regular basis. ey are issues citizens deal with every day. As an advocate for the community and its best interests, this publication takes seriously the issues that face this community and seeks to be a part of the solution. And solutions can't be found unless people know about the issues and know about the options leaders in our community are brainstorming. is column is an open invitation to all the local political candidates. Now through Sept. 29, we invite you to send us your platform. In 500 – 600 words, tell your potential constituents what it is they need to know about you and your vision for the community. Share you plan, your passion, your vision. What do you bring to the table? Our readers want to know why they should vote for you and what you plan to do to make this community stronger. Candidates, this is your opportunity to get your message out. Send your comments to editor@ upandcomingweekly.com or bbow- man@upandcomingweekly.com. Readers, throughout the election pro- cess, we'll bring you insights and input from candidates. As your community newspaper, we'll keep you in the know so you can make informed decisions and do your part to contribute to Fay- etteville's future. Thank you for reading Up & Com- ing Weekly. STEPHANIE CRIDER, Associate Publisher. COMMENTS? Editor@ upandcomingweekly.com. (910) 484-6200. HIGH 85 LOW 73 HIGH 92 HIGH 88 HIGH 84 HIGH 85 HIGH 87 LOW 72 LOW 71 LOW 71 LOW 73 LOW 73 AUGUST 3 AUGUST 4 AUGUST 5 AUGUST 6 AUGUST 7 AUGUST 8 Partly Cloudy Scattered Thunderstorms Scattered Thunderstorms Scattered Thunderstorms Scattered Thunderstorms PM Thunderstorms

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