HAMLET — A man caught on camera allegedly stealing crab legs from a grocery store on New Year’s Eve was arrested four days later in another county.

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HAMLET — Several contributing factors will give city residents a little extra time to get their water bills paid.

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HAMLET— Additional warrants have been issued for a man previously accused of attempted burglary following another incident this week.

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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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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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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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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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