Up & Coming Weekly

September 19, 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 SEPTEMBER 20 - 26, 2017 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM PUBLISHER'S PEN 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 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 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 information on what's happening in and around the Fayetteville/Cumberland County community. Up & Coming Weekly is published weekly on Wednesdays. Up & Coming Weekly wel- comes 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 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. Best of the Best: The Yearlong Celebration Begins by BILL BOWMAN No doubt about it — starting today, it's an- other yearlong celebra- tion of Fayetteville and Cumberland County's best of the best. Good things last, and Up & Coming Weekly's Best of Fayetteville reader- ship survey is celebrating its 20th anniversary. It's a proud tradition of honor- ing the people, businesses and organizations that have proven themselves to be this community's finest. Each winning entity has distinguished itself within the community by reinforc- ing our values, defining our community's personality and contributing to our quality of life. You need to know these people, busi- nesses and organizations. They are the ones who will continue to impact our community. They are the ones who leave a positive and indelible impression of pride on us and future generations of residents, visitors and guests. The Up & Coming Weekly Best of Fayetteville edition you are hold- ing in your hands will serve you well throughout the year. It is a valuable visitors' guide, service directory and cultural and event resource. Every page touts the best of the best of what the Fayetteville and Cumberland County community has to offer. The rules, format and guidelines of this sanctioned, time-tested survey have been designed and audited to provide residents, local businesses and organizations the recognition they de- serve for their dedication and persever- ance in their quest for excellence. Every category winner has achieved the high- est level of excellence in what they do. For 20 years, we have successfully told their stories and revealed their secrets without a single regret or complaint. There is no ballot stuffing, pay-to-play shenanigans, presale gimmicky advertis- ing packages or dubious mischief de- signed to sway the result. Each winner is distinguished in its own way. There is no faking it when the community consen- sus selects you as the best in your field. This being the case, why not have your business or organization recognized as the best? After all, in a competitive world and tight economy, only the best (and the strongest) survive. This is why we are proud to be associated with and supported by with the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau. To build a better community, real leaders know that success comes from building on a sound foundation. Here, that foundation is this com- munity's best of the best people, businesses and organizations. So, please join me, the staff of Up & Coming Weekly and the Best of Fayetteville sponsors as we be- gin this yearlong celebration. Pick up an extra copy of this special edition of Up & Coming Weekly at any one of our 500 countywide lo- cations, or stop by our corporate offices at 208 Rowan St. For 24/7, 365-day access to the Best of Fayetteville winners list, visit www.upandcomingweekly. com. While you're there, sign up for our free electronic subscrip- tion and receive the Early Bird edition Tuesday afternoons. I promise you will be in the know and stay in the know. I also want to welcome Mark Pezzella and Five Star Entertainment as a corporate sponsor of Best of Fayetteville as well as thank Jimmy Keefe of the Trophy House and CPA Lee Utley for nearly two decades of supporting and partnering with us in this valuable endeavor. Remember, the next time you hear someone say, "There's nothing to do in Fayetteville." Hand them a copy of Up & Coming Weekly and say, "BUSTED!" Enjoy! And, as always, we sincerely thank you for reading Up & Com- ing Weekly and making us your only locally-owned newspaper. BILL BOWMAN, Publisher, UP & COMING WEEKLY. COMMENTS? BILL@upandcomingweekly.com. (910) 391-3859. You need to know these people, businesses and organizations. ey are the ones who will continue to impact our community. HIGH 86 LOW 63 HIGH 89 HIGH 84 HIGH 84 HIGH 83 HIGH 81 LOW 65 LOW 64 LOW 64 LOW 65 LOW 62 SEPTEMBER 21 SEPTEMBER 22 SEPTEMBER 23 SEPTEMBER 24 SEPTEMBER 25 SEPTEMBER 26 Mostly Sunny PM Showers Partly Cloudy Sunny Mostly Sunny Mostly Sunny

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