Featured Articles

  • 1 Vision Resource Center’s Out of Sight Wing Fling benefits the blind and visually impaired
  • 2 Bellflowers betrayal: A trifecta of hypocrisy
  • 3 When seeking good produces a bad outcome
  • 4 Lone Survivor Foundation meeting notes
  • 5 Hanoi Jane
  • Vision Resource Center’s Out of Sight Wing Fling benefits the blind and visually impaired

    Take a moment and imagine life without the sense of sight. You would have to put your faith and trust in others and learn independent living skills to help you navigate through life’s daily routines. This is reality for hundreds of Cumberland County residents. Things like getting to medical appointments
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  • Bellflowers betrayal: A trifecta of hypocrisy

    Hope Mills elected officials cannot seem to get over their personal and political bickering long enough to do their job of serving the residents of Hope Mills. Mayor pro tem Mike Mitchell is blinded by pettiness, but it is commissioner Jesse Bellflowers, former commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars,
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  • When seeking good produces a bad outcome

    A Fayetteville Observer article by Paul Woolverton headlined “Wright critical of stadium worker numbers” troubled me. It reported, “Councilman Larry Wright is disappointed at the number of black construction workers who are building the city’s $37.8 million baseball stadium downtown.”  That article went on to report that, in a presentation
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  • Lone Survivor Foundation meeting notes

    I originally planned on doing this paper on the admissions presentation at ECU that I attended with my daughter a week or so ago. Then last night I was drawn to the Town of Hope Mills Board of Commissioners meeting because of a rezoning request of a property that is
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  • Hanoi Jane

    Jane Fonda said she’s still confronted by Vietnam War veterans over her 1970s anti-war activism and welcomes the encounters. Such moments provide an opportunity to talk, she said, which needs to be done with what Fonda called “an open mind and a soft heart.”  The actress drew bitter criticism after
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Views

  • 1 Profit before people? No thanks, Smithfield!
  • 2 Maybe, just maybe, there is hope
  • 3 Ghosts of hurricanes past
  • 4 Best of Fayetteville Celebration canceled
  • 5 A message from UNC System Board of Governors member Thom Goolsby: Silent Sam Toppling, the fix was in
  • Profit before people? No thanks, Smithfield!

    Farmers and agriculture communities are the backbone of our great state, and every time I see a billboard proclaiming, “Thank a Farmer Three Times a Day!” I wholeheartedly agree. Our farmers are the reason each of us has food to eat and clothes to wear. More specifically, hog farmers in our state work day and night,
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  • Maybe, just maybe, there is hope

    I find it more and more difficult to be hopeful regarding the future of America, this country that I love. Despite so many positive indicators, such as low unemployment, high consumer confidence, a booming economy and stock market, a greatly diminished nuclear threat from North Korea, a stand against other countries exploiting us in trade, and
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  • Ghosts of hurricanes past

    As I write this, Hurricane Florence is inching across North Carolina with the speed of oozing hair gel, as a much-diminished Category 1 storm. The extent of her damage remains unclear, perhaps even yet undone, but it is evident that parts of North Carolina are taking serious hits. As is always the case with hurricanes,
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  • Best of Fayetteville Celebration canceled

    Editor’s note: Publisher Bill Bowman and the staff at Up & Coming Weekly look forward to celebrating our Best of  Fayetteville winners every year. The excitement, the party and the memories we make each year are an integral part of our company’s identity. Hurricane Florence has other plans for us this year, though. We are still celebrating the
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  • A message from UNC System Board of Governors member Thom Goolsby: Silent Sam Toppling, the fix was in

    As law enforcement officers were order to stand-down, outside criminal radicals draped the monument with curtains. Over the course of 1 1/2 hours, criminals when to work on the statue with a blow torch and tools to detach it from its pedestal. With the monument covered and no law enforcement effort to stop the radicals, a tow rope was attached and the monument was toppled from
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Arts

  • 1 Gilbert Theater presents ‘Godspell’ – A timeless love story for the modern audience
  • 2 ‘Music City’ world premiere at Cape Fear Regional Theatre
  • 3 Givens opens season with ‘The Three Musketeers’
  • 4 The resolve of abstraction: A smoldering ember
  • Gilbert Theater presents ‘Godspell’ – A timeless love story for the modern audience

    Kicking off the Gilbert Theater’s 25th season, “Godspell” the musical tells the story of Jesus Christ as portrayed through the New Testament, with a few twists.  “The (play) is about the book of Matthew and this group of people who use creative ways to tell parable stories,” said Artistic Director
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  • ‘Music City’ world premiere at Cape Fear Regional Theatre

    Sept. 19 through Oct. 7, Cape Fear Regional Theatre debuts the world premiere of “Music City.” CFRT has enlisted the talents of a dazzling cast and crew, whose passion for the project brings the story to life.  “Music City,” written by Peter Zinn, is an authentic imagining of the perseverance
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  • Givens opens season with ‘The Three Musketeers’

    Givens Performing Arts Center will open its 2018-19 season with “The Three Musketeers” Thursday, Sept. 20, and Friday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. The show is sponsored in part by Wesley Pines Retirement Center of Lumberton and is directed by Jonathan Drahos, director of theater at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.  “The Three Musketeers” follows D’Artagnan, who
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  • The resolve of abstraction: A smoldering ember

    Dwight Smith, project director at Ellington-White Contemporary Gallery, had a specific reason to include a national abstract competition in the gallery’s 2018 exhibition year. Smith and Executive Director Calvin Mims both wanted to respond to a frequent question in the community: If representational artists paint in a way that depicts what is clearly identifiable, then what are abstract artists
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Entertainment

  • 1 Rock’n on the River revisits Campbellton Landing
  • 2 International Folk Festival turns 40
  • 3 Deep Creek ATV Park
  • 4 Step back in time at the Festival of Yesteryear
  • Rock’n on the River revisits Campbellton Landing

    For years, Campbellton Landing was home to concerts as well as Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s annual River Show. The open space, the shade trees and the Sol Rose Amphitheater nestled on the banks of the Cape Fear River give it a special feel­ing. Greg Adair intends to bring that venue
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  • International Folk Festival turns 40

    In the late 1970s, John Malzone was asked to plan a parade for a local festival that would celebrate the many ethnic and cultural groups that make up Fayetteville’s community. He did so, and he also emceed the festival hosting the parade. That event was Fayetteville’s very first International Folk
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  • Deep Creek ATV Park

    Finally, there is a place close to Fayetteville that is built for ATVs and dirt bikes.  A few weeks ago, my friend Matt put out a call to go to the new Deep Creek ATV Park.  The morning of the trip, the weatherman said it was going to be a nice, cool day. The plan was
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  • Step back in time at the Festival of Yesteryear

    Every year in early autumn, Fayetteville celebrates the birthday of its namesake, the Revolutionary War hero Gilbert du Motier – the Marquis de Lafayette. Lafayette defied French King Louis XVI’s orders and sailed the Atlantic to assist the American rebels in 1777. Though many cities have been named after him, Fayetteville is the only namesake city
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