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HAMLET — Gloria Mask knew there was power in presence. 

And she realized that the real power was consistency, showing up and riding the bus to Moral Monday marches in Raleigh; to NAACP executive committee meetings in Richmond County; to Hamlet City Council meetings and the swearing in of the first Black fire chief in Hamlet; protesting a potential poisonous landfill in Richmond County; or calling and writing Sen. Jesse Helms to remove the carcass of the Imperial Chicken Plant in Hamlet in 1992. 

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HAMLET — Traffic came to a halt late Monday morning for a sight not often seen: a funeral procession led by a team of horses.

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019 13:50

Hamlet Police seek larceny suspect

HAMLET — Police are asking the public’s help in identifying a person of interest they believe was involved in a New Year’s Eve larceny at a grocery store.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 23:06

Hamlet teen starts race to help needy families

HAMLET — During this time of year marked by the exchanging of presents with friends, family, and neighbors alike, so too spike the campaigns by organizations of all sizes encouraging residents to open their hearts and their wallets to do some charitable giving.

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HAMLET — The “Reason for the Season” will be on full display Friday night as First Baptist Church reenacts the birth of Christ.

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 16:45

Tree-lighting kicks off Hamlet's holiday season

HAMLET — As the sun was setting Monday evening, people began to gather at Hamlet City Park to welcome in the holiday season with the lighting of the Christmas tree. 

The crowd filled the bleachers quickly while others gathered around the park, awaiting the beginning of the program. Students from Fairview Heights Elementary School went through some final warm-ups as teachers lined them up for their performance.

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HAMLET — The business of Tuesday’s City Council meeting lead off with discussion concerning the policy to regulate alcohol use in the Depot Rotunda for those renting the venue.  

It had been decided at the October meeting that instead of requests being presented to the council for approval, the request would be handled by the city manager. The request needs to be submitted at least 45 days prior to the event and applies to malt beverages and unfortified wine only.

An ordinance to demolish a residence at 405 Cheraw Road was approved. City Clerk Gail Strickland said the home had burned several years ago and the homeowner has not made any effort to clean up the property. The fact that the structure is open and unsecured also presents a concern.

The topic of Christmas bonuses was an addition to the agenda, with the motion made to give full-time employees a $250 bonus and part-time employees a $100 bonus.  

The council also approved the purchase of an excavator.

Billy Stubbs, public works director, requested an excavator to use in areas such as East Rockingham where spaces are tight for current equipment owned by the city. He said these areas are hard to work in and the larger equipment is a problem in the rainy season.

The city has been paying outside contractors who have the smaller equipment to do this work and he said the city’s purchase of the excavator would pay for itself quickly. 

Other items on the agenda were:

  • a mayoral proclamation making November National Palliative Care Month
  • the approval of tax releases
  • policy regarding the police department Tsunami camera footage access

The city manager’s report:

  • Basketball registration at city hall is Nov. 5-Dec. 7 at $35 per child, late registration is Dec. 10-14 at $45 per child
  • Nov. 26 is the Hamlet Christmas tree lighting beginning at 5:30 in the city park 
  • Dec. 6, the Christmas parade starting at 3:30
  • Dec. 8, Christmas on Main Street
  • Dec. 14, Olde Fashioned Christmas on Hamlet Avenue

Contact city hall at 910-582-2651 for more details on any of the above events. The next council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 at city hall.

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Following four successful years of touring and more than 350 performances, the “most famous reindeer of all” from the longest running and highest rated holiday television special will fly into Hamlet at the Cole Auditorium Monday, Nov. 26, live on stage with the critically acclaimed "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical."

The North American tour kicks off Nov. 16 in Dayton, Ohio, before soaring coast to coast to more than 40 cities. The world’s most famous reindeer and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster will help Santa save Christmas.

The show begins at 7 p.m. Ticket prices range from $35 to $50, depending on seating section. For tickets or other information, call the Cole Auditorium box office at (910) 410-1691. The box office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In 1964, the beloved stop-motion animated television classic, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," made its network television debut and has been delighting audiences across the country for over 50 years.

“'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical' is a wonderful new way to experience this family tradition,” says producing partner Jonathan Flom.

The national tour is a family favorite — a “holiday staple” (The Boston Globe) and an "utterly charming, top-notch production" (Orlando Sentinel).

Projections, costumes and characters are faithfully brought to the stage against a backdrop of nostalgic set designs. The 12-foot-plus-tall Abominable Snow Monster is jaw-dropping. The cast brings high energy to classic songs and dialogue, while irresistible and loveable puppets highlight the charming “roughness” from the television show’s stop-motion effects.

Flom says, “The familiar story elements from the television special are addressed with a talented cast and puppeteers who help recreate the magic on stage.”

Since the special itself is a classic musical, the stage show does not feel at all like an adaptation and audiences are surprised and delighted when they see performances of songs such as “Fame and Fortune” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” that are heard but not performed in the TV special.

The story tells the tale of a young Rudolph who, because of the appearance of his bright, shining nose, is excluded from the Reindeer Games. He flees Christmastown and meets up with new friends Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius. After finding The Island of Misfit Toys, Rudolph journeys home, where a snowstorm of epic proportions is threatening Christmas. Can Rudolph rescue his family and friends and help Santa save the holiday?

Rudolph’s partnership with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center continues this year.

The show offers a free toolkit to teachers that leverages the powerful messages from the Rudolph story to teach important character values. In addition, a portion of proceeds from venue sales of the book, T.E.A.M. Rudolph and the Reindeer Games, will be donated to PACER.

For more information, visit www.rudolphthemusical.com and follow the latest updates to the Facebook page at facebook.com/rudolphthemusicaltour.

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HAMLET — Pastor Allison Farrah, staff, and members of First Baptist Church welcomed around 500 trunk-or-treaters on Halloween evening.

More than a dozen vehicles were decorated by church members, and a wide assortment of treats were passed out to the hundreds of children and adults as they strolled through the circular driveway. It was evident that much thought and preparation had gone into getting ready for this event, which many people shared that this is their favorite place for getting into the Halloween spirit.

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HAMLET — A week after learning she had an outstanding warrant, a woman has turned herself in.

Nancy Ingram, of Hamlet, turned herself in at the Richmond County Magistrate’s office around 11 a.m. Saturday and was served by the Rockingham Police Department, according to Detective Capt. Randy Dover.

Ingram is charged with a single felony count of harboring a fugitive. Investigators believe she was helping 22-year-old Edward McNair Sloan — accused of shooting a man outside the Richmond County Soup Kitchen on Oct. 24 — hide prior to his arrest the following day. 

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