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PHOTOS: Dobbins Heights tree-lighting ceremony

Ornaments hang from the Christmas tree in front of Dobbins Heights Town Hall. Photos by William R. Toler - Richmond Observer

DOBBINS HEIGHTS — Following a countdown from the small crowd gathered, Mayor Antonio Blue inserted the plug to light the Christmas tree in front of the Dobbins Heights Town Hall Tuesday evening.

Prior to the lighting, and after a few short songs and a prayer, Mayor Pro Tem Tyré Holloway said that the holiday season was the time to “reach deep and consider those that don’t have, those that are without.”

“Because it’s times like this where people give up hope and the reason for the season is hope … and hopes that we can all treat each other with respect and decency, we can look out for one another like we’re supposed to, where we make this world a community,” Holloway said.

“So let’s just be mindful going forward in the season to realize that we are very thankful for what we’ve got, but we’ve got to be mindful for those that are without,” he continued.

“This is not a time to be sad, this is actually a time to be joyous and grateful.”

The 15-foot tree, which was grown in the North Carolina mountains, was purchased from Lindsey’s Tire Center, as it is every year, according to Blue.

Dobbins Heights will host sleigh rides from 3-5 p.m. Dec. 22 at the town park.

The town council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday night because of Hamlet’s second annual Parade of Lights at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The Hamlet Business Development Association is again hosting its annual Old Fashioned Christmas event from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 on Main Street and Hamlet Avenue.

The Rockingham Downtown Christmas Festival, sponsored by the Rockingham Downtown Corp., is scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15.
Rockingham Speedway this weekend cranked up its month-long “Speedway Christmas” drive-thru light show, which will run the entire month of December.

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Hamlet, Rockingham and Ellerbe held their tree-lighting events last week and Hoffman’s was on Monday.

Click here to see photos from Hamlet.

Click here to see photos from Rockingham.

Click here to see photos from Ellerbe.

See more photos from Dobbins Heights below.

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