Up & Coming Weekly

October 31, 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 NOVEMBER 1 - 7, 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 Erica Walls erica@upandcomingweekly.com Linda McAlister Brown linda@upandcomingweekly.com ––––––––––– 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" 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 photograph courtesy of Bryan Meeks of Orbicular Media: https://orbicular.media/ Cover art/Various ads with art graphics designed with various elements from: vecteezy.com and freepik.com. If the town of Hope Mills were a new Wall Street stock offering, I would add it to my financial portfolio. Why? Because it has all the right indicators for growth and prosperity based on its leadership, management, policies and services. The previously small, sleepy mill town of Hope Mills is neither small nor sleepy any longer. With a population of nearly 17,000, growth and development are both evident and inevitable. During the last several years, the population has grown, schools have expanded, and more property is being designated for professional and commercial use. Yes, economic growth and development are inevitable. The leadership of Hope Mills has faced many challenges in recent years. Constructing the dam and restoring the town's signature lake after a 10-year hiatus has presented multiple herculean challenges. Yet, Hope Mills elected of- ficials and town staff have risen to the oc- casion through perseverance, dedication, hard work and love for their community. The future of Hope Mills looks bright. Hope Mills residents need to keep a good thing going. Next Tuesday, when the polls open on Election Day, they need to get out and vote for the candidates they feel will help the town to grow and prosper and take its rightful place in the 21st century. Hope Mills leadership can no longer afford to spend its time dealing with whispers, gossip and innuendo – all of which serve as a distraction and stif le progress. Distrac- tions that stif le progress and waste time. Time that could be spent expanding town services, promoting local businesses, attracting economic development and providing amenities to residents. It is unfortunate not much attention or publicity has been given to the upcoming Hope Mills mayoral race or commission- ers race. Fayetteville's municipal elec- tion has cast a shadow over all the other county wide races. And, until recently, Hope Mills residents did not have con- sistent and reliable access to informa- tion about the candidates or important issues concerning the town. In the Hope Mills section of this week's issue, Rod MacLean, a popular Hope Mills resident and community activist, writes about the value and importance of voter turnout in the upcoming Hope Mills election. Informed voters will elect, and re-elect, those people who have a positive vision for Hope Mills growth and prosperity. Up & Coming Weekly is looking for- ward to being Hope Mills' communit y newspaper. We want to tell the Hope Mills stor y, keep the residents informed of important issues and developments and introduce candidates and future leaders to the communit y. Also, we are looking for ward to being Hope Mills' positive voice to the other 300,000 resi- dents of Cumberland Count y. There is no doubt Hope Mills will become one of our area's "must-see" destinations. Thank you for reading Up & Coming Weekly, Hope Mills' community newspaper. Hope Mills: Cumberland County's best bet by BILL BOWMAN BILL BOWMAN, Publisher, UP & COMING WEEKLY. COMMENTS? BILL@upandcomingweekly.com. (910) 484-6200. The future of Hope Mills looks bright. HIGH 81 LOW 57 HIGH 79 HIGH 77 HIGH 77 HIGH 78 HIGH 81 LOW 56 LOW 55 LOW 57 LOW 58 LOW 58 NOVEMBER 2 NOVEMBER 3 NOVEMBER 4 NOVEMBER 5 NOVEMBER 6 NOVEMBER 7 AM Clouds/PM Sun Mostly Sunny Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy Sunny Partly Cloudy

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