04Babe Ruth ProfileA commemorative exhibit recognizing Babe Ruth’s first professional home run during a 1914 visit to Fayetteville has been moved from the Crown Coliseum to Segra Stadium, home of the Fayetteville Woodpeckers.

The Babe Ruth Museum of Baltimore, Maryland, created the panel entitled “Cumberland County Celebrates the Babe” for Cumberland County’s 250th Anniversary Celebration in 2004. 

George Herman Ruth Jr. was 19 years old March 7, 1914, when he and his Baltimore Orioles teammates played an exhibition game during a layover in Fayetteville while on their way to spring training in Florida. In the last inning of the game, at the Cape Fear Fair Ground, Ruth hit a long home run.

“I hit it as I hit all the others, by taking a good gander at the pitch as it came up to the plate, twisting my body into a backswing and then hitting it as hard as I could swing,” Ruth commented. “I got to some bigger places than Fayetteville after that, but darn few as exciting.” Ruth earned his famous nickname “Babe” that day. 

Election precinct workers are needed

“The Cumberland County Board of Elections is in dire need of registered Republican poll workers for all 77 precincts in Cumberland County,” said county board of elections director Terri Robertson. Unaffiliated poll workers are also needed, she added.

State law requires balanced political representation of poll workers. Interested individuals must be U.S. citizens and registered voters in Cumberland County. Workers must be nonpartisan on the days they work and should be available to work from 5:30 a.m. until dismissed by the chief judge, usually about 9:30 p.m. on Election Day.

Poll workers are compensated for attending training and for working on Election Day. Interested residents can fill out the online application by going to www.electionready.net, or they can apply at the county board of elections office, 227 Fountainhead Ln., Fayetteville.

Elvis exhibit at Up & Coming Weekly office

Saturday, April 13, a collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia will be on display from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Gallery 208 in the Up & Coming Weekly office building, 208 Rowan St. It’s a place where local artists display their work regularly.

Photos and plaques that were once posted on a wall in the hallway of the Cumberland County Memorial Auditorium and Arena were recently recovered by former arena manager Paul Beard. The civic center commission, as the arena’s governing board is known, has authorized the Gallery 208 showing.

The public is invited, and it’s free. It will likely be the first of several local exhibitions of this material celebrating the King of Rock ‘n Roll. 

Church expansion

One of Fayetteville’s largest churches is about to become even bigger. Village Baptist Church on McPherson Church Road has acquired the former Lafayette Baptist Church property at 555 N. Reilly Rd.

“We were approached last year by some former members of the church to consider acquiring it,” said Dr. Richard Lee, Village Baptist lead pastor. He said they have been renovating the building since January and will have an activation ceremony May 30.

Lee said the Reilly Road campus will target military families, and that the congregation will meet Thursday evenings rather than Sundays. “It’s the one night of the week that isn’t connected with other events,” he said.

The church is half a mile off post and will provide a combat recovery support group. Air Force Reserve Chaplain Matthew Bryant will serve as pastor.

City of Fayetteville observes community day

Fayetteville Community Development Day will be observed April 26 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at City Hall. Community vendors will take part with free giveaways, food and information.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides annual federal funding to local communities to provide safe and affordable housing, suitable living environments and economic opportunities for low-to-moderate income citizens. “I hope the public will join city staff and our community partners to see how we are making tremendous strides to the viability of housing stock, infrastructure, public services and economic vitality to the city of Fayetteville,” said Cindy Blot, Fayetteville’s Economic and Community Development Department director.

For more information, contact the city’s Economic and Community Development Department at 910-433-1599.

Health, safety and wellness fair

The Cumberland County Health Department will host a Fun in the Sun with Public Health event Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Public Health Center parking lot on Ramsey Street. The event will bring together Health Department clinics and other county government agencies and community organizations. Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center will conduct a blood drive at the event.

“This is an opportunity to bring our community together to learn about the health department as well as other community organizations in a fun, family-oriented way,” said Duane Holder, interim health director for the county.

For additional information about the public health department’s programs and activities, call 910-433-3600 or visit co.cumberland.nc.us/health.

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