Up & Coming Weekly

November 14, 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 15 - 21, 2017 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM PUBLISHER'S PEN STAFF STEPHANIE CRIDER, Associate Publisher. COMMENTS? Editor@ upandcomingweekly.com. (910) 484-6200 This is a time of year, with Thanksgiv- ing drawing near, when many of us spend time reflecting on our lives and counting our blessings. It's true, we live in interest- ing times; some would even say troubling times. Headlines report rising tensions around the globe with the spotlight cur- rently shining on the Middle East, North Korea, Russia and, of course, the ongoing battle against terrorism. An avalanche of sex scandals continues to break with new accusations against various high-profile personalities released almost daily. Recur- ring mass shootings and continued political strife continue to plague our country. Still, there are many reasons to give thanks. One of the things we at Up & Coming Weekly are thankful for is you, our reader. For more than two decades, we've had the privilege of bringing you good news and positive coverage of the greater Fayetteville and Cumberland County area. Because of you, we get to seek out the goodness, promote the generosity of our citizens and share the facts that counter the naysayers and prove the hat- ers wrong and misinformed. Because of you, we get to tell this community's story. We bring you the unbridled truth about the people, businesses and organiza- tions working hard to make Cumberland County a better place. It's no secret that the print media indus- try is struggling. Subscriptions are down across the country, and many publications – both nationally and locally – are fighting just to keep their doors open. Even iconic publications like Vogue and Rolling Stone have felt the change with the former losing its editor of more than 25 years and the lat- ter preparing to hang a "for sale" sign on its door. In fact, it wasn't too long ago that na- tional publishing giant Gatehouse Media bought the family-owned The Fayetteville Observer, North Carolina's oldest newspa- per. So, we are feeling it here, too. It is mostly the daily, subscription- based newspapers feeling the brunt of this trend. Up & Coming Weekly is a free weekly community publication and doesn't rely on paid subscriptions. We focus on the local community and rely on "demand" distribution at more than 500 locations in Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Hope Mills and other places in Cumberland County. This means Up & Coming Weekly readers "demand" the publication and search it out. In addition, many enjoy it conveniently online. Because you continue to pick up our paper around town and read it online, we get to continue celebrating the goodness and uniqueness of this community while discussing the most important issues that affect quality of life locally. We get to sup- port local nonprofits, engage with com- munity advocates, promote high-quality events and share the meaningful stories that make this community special. Thank you for giving us that opportunity. It feels good to serve a community that allows us the opportunity to walk on the sunny side of the street. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from the staff at Up & Coming Weekly. An early Thanksgiving message by STEPHANIE CRIDER 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 art/Various ads with art graphics designed with various elements from: vecteezy.com and freepik.com. Because you continue to pick up our paper around town and read it online, we get to continue celebrating the goodness and uniqueness of this community while discussing the most important issues that affect quality of life locally. HIGH 61 LOW 43 HIGH 68 HIGH 69 HIGH 54 HIGH 55 HIGH 59 LOW 40 LOW 42 LOW 36 LOW 39 NOVEMBER 16 NOVEMBER 17 NOVEMBER 18 NOVEMBER 19 NOVEMBER 20 NOVEMBER 21 Sunny Sunny AM Showers Sunny Sunny Partly Cloudy LOW 29

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