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  • 1 CFRT presents ‘Annie’
  • 2 Hope Mills deserves better leadership
  • 3 Boys to men
  • 4 Misplaced outrage is a problem
  • 5 Local statesmen memorialized
  • CFRT presents ‘Annie’

     “Annie,” the family-friendly musical based on the “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip, debuted on Broadway in 1977 and has endeared itself to audiences the world over ever since with such crowdpleasing tunes as “Tomorrow!” and “It’s a Hard Knock Life.” In the play, Orphan Annie sets out to find her parents and meets many interesting characters, including
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  • Hope Mills deserves better leadership

     Editor’s note: On occasion, Publisher Bill Bowman yields this space to allow others to discuss relevant local topics. This week’s Publisher’s Pen is by HopeMills.net founder Elizabeth Blevins. “If you want an amazing downtown, it must start with rock stars leading the way. Board members who understand their commitment.” MainStreetAmerica.org Where are the rock stars in Hope
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  • Boys to men

     Americans have absorbed a great deal over the last few years. We have learned — and not for the first time — how political divides damage personal relationships with family, friends and colleagues. Many of us can tell tales of our own experiences with toxic politics in the last several years. Some involve painful estrangements of important relationships. We have
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  • Misplaced outrage is a problem

     Outrage seems to be constantly present in today’s American society. No matter how insignificant or lacking in justification, a group of people will be outraged at almost every occurrence. Not only is there outrage at the insignificant and unjustified events; more importantly, outrage is too often misplaced. That is, it is directed at one component of
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  • Local statesmen memorialized

     The city of Fayetteville has honored the late former mayor, Bill Hurley, and the late former mayor pro tem, Harry Shaw. City Council proposed to name the plaza at the entrance to the downtown baseball stadium in Hurley’s honor. Hurley led the effort to remove beer halls and strip clubs from what used to be
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  • 1 More joy, please
  • 2 Misplaced outrage is a problem
  • 3 Boys to men
  • 4 Hope Mills deserves better leadership
  • 5 A salute to the slow loris
  • More joy, please

     On New Year’s Eve, my boss, Dorothy, laid a bright blue spiral notebook on my desk. I slipped my thumb under the front cover and turned to the first page, the quiet crack of the card stock separating from the paper it protected. “A new notebook for a new year,” she said. This was a challenge. Several
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  • Misplaced outrage is a problem

     Outrage seems to be constantly present in today’s American society. No matter how insignificant or lacking in justification, a group of people will be outraged at almost every occurrence. Not only is there outrage at the insignificant and unjustified events; more importantly, outrage is too often misplaced. That is, it is directed at one component of
    Read More
  • Boys to men

     Americans have absorbed a great deal over the last few years. We have learned — and not for the first time — how political divides damage personal relationships with family, friends and colleagues. Many of us can tell tales of our own experiences with toxic politics in the last several years. Some involve painful estrangements of important relationships. We have
    Read More
  • Hope Mills deserves better leadership

     Editor’s note: On occasion, Publisher Bill Bowman yields this space to allow others to discuss relevant local topics. This week’s Publisher’s Pen is by HopeMills.net founder Elizabeth Blevins. “If you want an amazing downtown, it must start with rock stars leading the way. Board members who understand their commitment.” MainStreetAmerica.org Where are the rock stars in Hope
    Read More
  • A salute to the slow loris

     What is so rare as a slow loris in June? Would a slow loris by any other name smell as sweet? Today, we shall journey down a zoological rabbit hole to visit our old friend, the slow loris. As we all know, Loris is a small town in South Carolina, which stands between Fayetteville and Myrtle Beach. The
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Arts

  • 1 Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s ‘Sweeney Todd’ — oh, that’s good!
  • 2 CFRT presents ‘Annie’
  • 3 Relive Motown’s glory days at ‘So Good for the Soul’
  • 4 Enjoy a magical, musical evening with Mozart
  • Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s ‘Sweeney Todd’ — oh, that’s good!

      As of this writing, seats for the remaining performances of Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” are selling fast. So, allow me to get right to the point: Call the box office at 910-420-4383 or visit www.sweetteashakespeare.com for tickets. The show runs through Feb. 3, and you don’t want
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  • CFRT presents ‘Annie’

     “Annie,” the family-friendly musical based on the “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip, debuted on Broadway in 1977 and has endeared itself to audiences the world over ever since with such crowdpleasing tunes as “Tomorrow!” and “It’s a Hard Knock Life.” In the play, Orphan Annie sets out to find her parents and meets many interesting characters, including
    Read More
  • Relive Motown’s glory days at ‘So Good for the Soul’

     The Givens Performing Arts Center presents “So Good for the Soul: A Tribute to Motown Music” Saturday, Jan. 12, at 8 p.m. in Pembroke. “We are excited to start the new year with this nostalgic concert,” said Chad Locklear, marketing director of GPAC. “It will feature a cast of about eight veteran entertainers and their
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  • Enjoy a magical, musical evening with Mozart

     Come join the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra for a magical evening of “Magical Mozart” at St. John’s Episcopal Church in downtown Fayetteville. The concert, set for Thursday, Jan. 17, is the first concert for FSO in the new year. St. John’s Episcopal Church provides an intimate venue for listening to a sampling of works by the famed composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart, a child prodigy
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Entertainment

  • 1 Trojan Athletics is changing Fayetteville Tech
  • 2 ‘Cool Spring on Ice’ at 4th Friday
  • 3 18th annual Civil War & Reconstruction Quiz Bowl features new format
  • 4 ‘The Heart and Soul of Magic’ comes to Fayetteville State University
  • Trojan Athletics is changing Fayetteville Tech

     Although the new athletics program at Fayetteville Technical Community College has existed only three years, it is already causing many changes that are positively affecting the college, both in and out of the classroom. New teams and new facilities are adding new opportunities for the college and the community. The FTCC men’s and the women’s basketball teams are in
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  • ‘Cool Spring on Ice’ at 4th Friday

     The 4th Friday of the month is a special day in in downtown Fayetteville. Galleries, bookstores and shops stay open late. Artists showcase their works and musicians entertain guests at the various activities. And it’s free to attend. The Cool Spring Downtown District has something extra special in store this month — Cool Spring on Ice. That’s right, Friday through
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  • 18th annual Civil War & Reconstruction Quiz Bowl features new format

     Whether it is Academic Decathlon or Battle of the Books or a homeschool spelling bee, the thrill of intellectual challenge and conquest in middle school and high school is sweet. It’s sweet as a grown-up, too. Thursday, Jan. 24, history buffs and trivia fans of all ages will have a chance to test their chops at the Museum of the Cape Fear’s 18th
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  • ‘The Heart and Soul of Magic’ comes to Fayetteville State University

     Prepare to be amazed at “The Heart and Soul of Magic,” hitting the Seabrook Auditorium stage Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. Fayetteville State University welcomes magicians Randy “Ran’D” Shine, Jamahl Keyes, Kid Ace and Hip Hop Juggler for this event. According to Aaron Singleton, personal relations representative for FSU’s Seabrook Performance Series, “We talked to folks at Fort Bragg … we thought
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