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Brooke Simpson – Carolina Civic Center
October 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

An Evening with Brooke Simpson (with Charly Lowry opening)
7pm Saturday October 13

From recording her first song at the age of 2 years old, to being a part of NBC’s The Voice, Brooke Simpson’s life story is one with her music. She is a powerhouse vocalist who is passionate about songwriting and people. This past winter she received a four chair turn on The Voice, with Miley Cyrus as her coach, charting on the iTunes top 10 week after week, and ultimately getting third place on the show’s 13th season.

Robeson County native Charly Lowry will open for Brooke, bringing her authentic, soulful music to the theater’s stage. A night not to be missed!

Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater

315 North Chestnut Street
Lumberton, NC 28358

(910) 738-4339


Some of North Carolina’s greatest treasures can be found off the beaten path. You never know what you might find... an old-time general store, local artisan, or simply a picturesque view that takes your breath away. You’ll be swept away by the untouched natural landscape found on the backroads of this rural county.

In Anson County, you can discover all that and more. Come. Visit. Surround yourself with the beauty of North Carolina’s best kept secret.


Big Game Hunt

21st Annual Big Game Hunt Tournament

The Anson County Chamber of Commerce will hold its 21st Annual Big Game Hunt Tournament on November 23rd through 24th, 2018.  The Big Game Hunt Tournament is organized by the Anson County Chamber of Commerce and its membership.  The event reaches all of North Carolina with a targeted presence in the five-county area of, Anson, Montgomery, Richmond, Stanly and Union counties with exposure to 15,000+ people.  Attendance for the event is estimated at more than 500 people for the two-day event.  We recognize your company as being an aggressive, community oriented, and professionally minded company and would like to encourage you to become a sponsor of this exciting high-profile event for our area.

We are excited about the prospect of having you involved with the Big Game Hunt Tournament and hope you will agree it is a great marketing and advertising opportunity.  We believe our sponsorship opportunities will assist in name recognition and visibility for your business, as well as the possibility to increase volume through product sales.  With a sponsorship commitment your company will be associated with one of North Carolina’s largest and longest running events.

The Anson County Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization. Our success depends on the support from our community and the exceptional generosity of companies like yours.

You can find the detailed marketing and advertising information regarding levels of Big Game Hunt Tournament sponsorships attached.  Please call us at our office at (704) 694-4181 or feel free to email us at if you have any questions.  All mail correspondence can be sent to the Anson County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 305, Wadesboro, NC 28170.


Current NBC’s The Voice contestant to perform at SeHealth Foundation hurricane benefit


Mikele Buck, a current contestant on NBC’s The Voice, will perform at Southeastern Health Foundation’s annual Boots & BBQ event on Thursday, Oct. 25. Proceeds will benefit the Southeastern Health Foundation’s Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Fund.


“As our communities start to recover and rebuild from Hurricane Florence’s aftermath, the Southeastern Health Foundation Advocates are rebooting the 8th annual Boots & BBQ on Thursday, Oct. 25 with a goal to not only make a big impact on the needs of SeHealth’s Maternal/Child Health department but also support those experiencing the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence,” said SeHealth Foundation Annual Giving Specialist Heather Walters.


Proceeds raised by the Advocates prior to October 1 will benefit the 1,000 or more tiny patients that are cared for by SRMC each year.  Proceeds raised from October 1 moving forward will benefit the Southeastern Health Foundation Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Fund.


“Southeastern Health Foundation Advocates are a dedicated group of young professional leaders from throughout our area who are committed to their community,” said SeHealth Foundation Executive Director Sissy Grantham. “It is their goal to advance Southeastern Health for future generations to come.  The Advocates are hopeful that, with the help of NBC’s The Voice contestant, Mikele Buck and his band, raising funds for the Southeastern Health Foundation Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Fund will be a success,”


Mikele Buck has performed at Boots & BBQ for multiple years and was scheduled to perform on the original date of September 28, the same week he auditioned and was selected as a contestant on NBC’s The Voice.


“Although the Advocates were confident in their decision to postpone Boots & BBQ, they knew without numerous things going the right way, it would be very difficult to get Mikele Buck back this year,” said Walters. “Thankfully, Mikele made every effort to honor his commitment to the Foundation Advocates and found a date he could perform. The Advocates, along with Mikele, are hopeful that together, they can increase awareness, support and funds for those who need it most.”


Join the Southeastern Health Foundation Advocates and the Mikele Buck Band for Boots & BBQ: REBOOT on Thursday, October 25 from 7:00 pm until 10:30 pm at the Southeastern NC Agriculture Arena. 


Support the SeHealth Foundation Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Fund by visiting to purchase tickets, sponsorship opportunities or make a donation.  Contact the SeHealth Foundation at 910-671-5583 or for any additional information.


Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7:00-10:30 P.M.

Southeastern NC Agriculture Center Arena

1027 U.S. Highway 74 East, Lumberton, NC 28358

$60 for individuals, $600 reserved table for 8 guests


Caption: Mikele Buck, a 1997 graduate of Bladen County’s Tar Heel High School, is a current contestant of NBC’s The Voice and will perform at the SeHealth Foundation’s Oct. 25 Boots & BBQ event to benefit Hurricane Florence relief. Buck lives in Greenville, NC, with his wife and three daughters.



        At Bentonville, General William T. Sherman’s Union army, advancing from Fayetteville toward Goldsboro, met and battled the Confederate army of General Joseph E. Johnston. General Robert E. Lee had directed the Confederates to make a stand in North Carolina to prevent Sherman from joining General U. S. Grant in front of Lee’s army at Petersburg, Virginia.

     Johnston had been able to raise nearly 30,000 men from South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and eastern North Carolina. His army included a galaxy of generals: two full generals; fourteen major generals; and many brigadier generals. Ahead of Sherman with his force, he looked for an opportunity to strike.

     Sherman’s army of 60,000 men was divided into two wings: 30,000 men in the Left Wing marching via Averasboro and Bentonville, and 30,000 men in the Right Wing marching on a parallel route to the southeast. Sherman’s North Carolina objective was Goldsboro, where 40,000 additional troops and fresh supplies would reinforce and nourish his weary army.

     The three-day battle ended in a stalemate. After an initial success on the first day, the Confederates were unable to destroy the united Federal Left and Right Wings (60,000 men) and on the night of March 21-22 they withdrew. The Union Army, anxious to reach Goldsboro, did not pursue.

Troops involved: 85,000 to 90,000
Casualties: Killed Wounded Missing
Confederate 239 1,694 673
Union 304 1,112 221
Total 543 2,806 894
Total killed, wounded, and missing: 4,243

     The Battle of Bentonville was important because it was: 1) the only major Confederate attempt to stop Sherman after the Battle of Atlanta, August, 1864; 2) the last major Confederate offensive in which the Confederates chose the ground and made the initial attack; and 3) the largest battle ever fought on North Carolina soil.

     The Harper House, residence in which John and Amy Harper raised their eight children, has been restored on the battleground. This home was used during the battle as a Union hospital and after the battle as a Confederate hospital. In the Confederate Cemetery are buried 360 soldiers. The museum and 6,000-acre battleground are open for tours on a regular schedule.


South Mountains State Park

In one of the state’s most rugged areas, South Mountains State Park features elevations to 3,000 feet, an 80-foot waterfall, mountain streams and more than 40 miles of trails for hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers. A true backcountry experience is offered at 20 backpacking campsites at six locations. Equestrian camping is available with trailer parking and barn to complement 33 miles of bridle trails. Mountain bikers enjoy a 17-mile loop. Drive-to campsites sit beside the Jacob Fork River, with the river and its tributaries offering miles of trout fishing. There are two picnic areas and a picnic shelter for groups. A visitor center offers museum-quality exhibits on the cultural and natural history of the South Mountains.