Stars & Stripes and Celebrities, Too

By Bill Kirby Jr.

Music lovers all know Scotty McCreery can sing since the Wake County resident took home the American Idol trophy in 2011. Apparently, the 27-year-old can play golf, too, teaming with Trey Guy, Ryan Naygy, Austin Naygy and Gary Nagy for an 18-under-par 54 to win the Stars & Stripes Celebrity Invitational on May 16 at Gates Four Golf And Country Club. “It was an amazing success for our community this year, and after four years, skipping last year for COVID-19, we have raised close to $325,000 for our military, first responders and their families,” says Richard Guy, the tournament founder. “Some of our top celebrities were Lawrence Taylor, Joe Theismann, Scotty McCreery, Phil Ford, Derick Whittenburg and Sleepy Floyd.” Retired NFL defensive back Terry Taylor, Robert Breece, Anthony Carstarphen, Will Breece and Jedidiah Fraziar shared second place at 56 with former PGA Tour pro Neal Lancaster, Patrick Bowden, Carol Lietke, Jay Campbell and Jeff Bailey. Michael E. Thornton, a former Navy Seal, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient and co-author of “By Honor Bound, was honorary guest. “We had a great event with 26 teams and celebrities,” saysKevin D. Lavertu, general manager of the club in west Fayetteville. When it comes to organizing a celebrity golf tournament, Richard Guy, aka “The Condor,” has few peers, and nobody throws a party like Richard Guy.

Richard Guy

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            “This is a win-win for Fort Bragg and for the City of Fayetteville, and we appreciate their partnership,” Col. Scott Pence, the military base garrison commander, says in a news release about Fort Bragg and the city signing an agreement on May 21 for an athletic complex on Interstate 295. “More than 70 percent of our service members and their families live in Fayetteville and the surrounding communities. Providing the land for the complex directly benefits our service members and families, as well as the 100,000-plus veterans and family members who reside here.” The sports complex is part of the 2016 $35 million voter-approved Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation bond. “We are excited to bring this project one step closer to fruition, but we are even more excited about this new partnership with Fort Bragg that will provide us with 70 acres of additional park land conveniently located along I-295,” Doug Hewett says in the release. “Once completed, this facility will provide athletic fields not only for local teams, but for hosting larger athletic tournaments and sporting events. I want to thank Lieutenant General Erik Kurilla and Colonel Scott Pence for making this partnership possible.”

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            City residents will have an opportunity this week to weigh in on revitalization development of the Murchison Road area of the city as part of a $450,000 grant to the City of Fayetteville and the Fayetteville Metropolitan Housing Authority. “We want to satisfy current residents of Murchison Road and welcome new business and educational opportunities in the area,” Mayor Mitch Colvin says in a news release. “Together, we can create a Murchison Road that is cleaner, safer and more appealing for those who live there, and for those who want to invest here.” Meetings are scheduled from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday at 1047 Murchison Road and from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at 201 Rosemary St.

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            If you have an opportunity to purchase a ticket or tickets for the Cape Fear Regional Theatre production of “Murder for Two,” do it. You never will see two more gifted actors and musicians than Mark Schenfisch, who plays the investigator, and Ben Miller, who plays all of the suspects in the musical comedy directed by Laura Josepher. The production runs through Sunday at Dobb’s Oxendine Motors at 5419 Raeford Road, as the theatre on Haymount Hill undergoes renovations. Call 910-323-4233 for tickets. You will not be disappointed in these two talented artists.

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            A postponed Fayetteville Dogwood Festival Mini-Fest scheduled for April now is scheduled for June 11-12 at Festival Park, according to a news release from Sarahgrace Snipes, the newly hired executive director of the festival. It will feature the Throwback Collaboration Band on June 11 and On The Border, an Eagles tribute band. Gates open at 5 p.m. A car and motorcycle show is scheduled for June 12. Gates open at 9 a.m. There will be arts, crafts and food vendors on both days.

            Bill Kirby Jr. can be reached at bkirby@cityviewnc.com, billkirby49@gmail.com or 910-624-1961