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Board to hold swearing-in ceremony Monday


The Spring Lake Board of Aldermen will be sworn into office for another two-year term at 6 p.m. Monday.

The entire board including the mayor was re-elected in November.

Spring Lake resident Dr. Denise Payton, who also serves as the director of choral activities at Fayetteville State University, will be singing the National Anthem.

Mayor Kia Anthony will take her oath of office, which will be administered by Dr. Kenjuana McCray, the newly appointed mayor pro tem for the Town of Hope Mills.

The Honorable Marvin W. Lucas, who is retiring this year from the N.C. House of Representatives, will be swearing in Alderwoman Soña Cooper, Alderman Raul Palacios and Alderwoman Adrian Thompson.

Dr. Tamekia La’shonda Dowdy, a notary public, will swear in current Mayor Pro Tem Robyn Chadwick.

Alderman Raul Palacios will swear in Alderman Marvin Lackman.

After the board is sworn in, they will elect a new mayor pro tem.

Among recent Spring Lake boards, the chosen mayor pro tem has been the alderman who also happened to be the top vote-getter in the election. In this year’s election, that board member was Sona Cooper with 362 votes, or 15.68% of the vote.

The newly elected board is also expected to consider options for holding its next regularly scheduled meeting on Christmas Day, which falls on the fourth Monday of the month, when the board typically meets.

The board will also consider the 2024 meeting schedule including three dates, which are all on scheduled holidays when town hall will be closed, including May 26, Nov. 11 and Dec. 23.

The public is invited and refreshments will follow the ceremony.

Before the board is sworn in, they will also hear a presentation from Dymon Bryant, the CEO and founder of the Pink D.Y.M.O.N.S, a nonprofit organization focused on education and empowerment for breast cancer patients. The organization held its seventh annual 5K Cancer Walk and Community Festival on Sept. 30 and the town co-sponsored the event.

The board will meet at the Spring Lake Recreation Center at 245 Ruth St., which is across the street from the Spring Lake Municipal Complex where the board normally meets.

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