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Hamlet City Manager Jonathan Blanton published an open letter to the citizens of Hamlet and the surrounding communities yesterday on the city's Facebook page, defending the city's decision to cancel July 4 festivities. Below is the complete transcript of that letter:

Wednesday, 05 July 2017 07:57

Melvin Family Establishes Scholarship

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HAMLET —Kenny and Leah Melvin recently established the Dr. R. Kenneth Melvin Memorial Scholarship in memory of Melvin’s father, who served as the third president of Richmond Community College for eight years.

HAMLET – A urogynecologist with FirstHealth Urogynecology in Hamlet, Dr. Harris-Hicks is seeking patients to participate voluntarily in a clinical trial involving a study drug for overactive bladder.

ROCKINGHAM - The Church of God of Prophecy in Rockingham celebrated 85 years of ministry the first Sunday in May and burnt its bank note to proclaim itself "free of debt".

ELLERBE - With the cancellation of Hamlet's July 4 activities, Ellerbe's 4th of July Jamboree and Fireworks becomes the only Independence Day event in the county today, and it will likely prove to be a huge turnout and success.

The City of Hamlet on Monday announced their event would be cancelled as a result of heightened security concerns related to a recent homicide in the town. City Manager Jonathan Blanton said it was an "important call" to make for the safety of those who may attend.

PINEHURST – FirstHealth of the Carolinas achieved a unique milestone in its near 90-year history with its successful July 1 conversion to Epic information systems technology. The initiative is largest in terms of dollars and resources ever to be undertaken by the 15-county health care network.

HAMLET— Richmond Community College is currently accepting nominations until August 30 for the Outstanding Alumni Award that will be presented this fall at the College’s Convocation.

Tim Pattan of Pattan’s Downtown Grille, has been around barbecue for as long as he can remember. While growing up, he remembers his dad preparing a pig picking once a year. Opening his own “BBQ joint” in April of 2014, has been 16 years in the making, with Pattan “chasing the memory” of his dad’s barbecues.

UPDATE: Hamlet City Manager Jonathan Blanton told The Richmond Observer that multiple threats had been received in relation to the recent homicide at a gas station just down the road from where Hamlet's July 4 activities were scheduled to take place, and that the city had to make this call to protect the safety of the large number of people who were expected to attend.

Monday, 03 July 2017 12:20

Ellerbe July 4 Event Still On As Planned

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Despite the cancellation of July 4 events in Hamlet, Ellerbe will still host their Jamboree and Fireworks display, all set to be held at Lions Club Park on Cemetery Road.

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