Dunn Honors Band Of Oz With Proclamation

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By MELODY BROWN-PEYTON

Of The Record Staff

The Band of Oz was honored during the Dunn City Council meeting Tuesday night. The band has been singing for 50 years and has received a number of awards during that time.

Most recently, The Band of Oz was inducted into North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. In 1997, the group was inducted into the Beach Music Hall of Fame. They are known throughout the country for their unique style of beach music.

Dunn Mayor Oscar Harris along with council member Chuck Turnage presented band members Keith Houston and David Hicks with a proclamation from the City of Dunn. Both band members said that receiving such an award from the city they See Dunn, Page 3A

The Band Of Oz was presented with a proclamation. The band has been performing for 50 years and was recently inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. In the photo from left are Council member Chuck Turnage, whose idea it was to draw up the proclamation; David Hicks and Keith Houston with the Band of Oz; and Dunn Mayor Oscar Harris.

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call home is such a great honor.

“It is one thing to be recognized for work from other areas, but to have your hometown honor you is such a great honor and one that we don’t take likely,” Mr. Houston said.

Beach music was formed in the 1960s. People of all ages have come to enjoy the genre of music that makes everyone want to put on their dancing shoes.

In 1980 the band was named Best New Group during the Beach Music Awards for the first time. They also received Beach Music Song of The Year honors for their hit “Ocean Boulevard.”

They continued to be honored for their work over the next several years earning more awards including Best Group multiple times, Best Ballad, Album of The Year and Best Live Performance.

“They’ve really had a big influence on the beach music scene in the Southeast,” Mr. Honeycutt said. “Anyone who knows beach music knows them.”

• Another item that came before the council is installing netting to contain out-of-park balls along a portion of the West Broad Street section of Tyler Park behind Kim’s Seafood & Barbecue. For safety reasons, the Recreation Director Brian McNeill suggested purchasing netting at a cost of $30,000.

Council member Billy Barfield voiced his displeasure.

“If you have money to pay for a netting project, then you have money to fix the tennis courts that are in really bad shape,” he said.

Mr. Barfield’s other concern was that the netting would be put up to protect private property that is owned by council member Turnage. Mr. Barfield says this is a conflict of interest.

Mr. Turnage sent an email last month to council members asking them to support the budget amendment when it comes before the council. “Guys, I need your support when this budget amendment comes before the council in March. Don’t know the exact amount yet for the poles and netting. The intent of the netting is to reduce the number of baseballs that are hit over the fence during practices and games from hitting the employees and customers’ cars parked in Kim’s parking lot. It will also keep the balls from being lost since they will hit the net and return to the field.”

Mr. Turnage made a motion to take the item off the agenda for now. It was seconded by council member Frank McLean.

• The council voted to allow Lee Brown 60 days to bring the duplex he owns at 604 and 606 Fayetteville St. up to code. Mr. Brown said the project was much bigger than he thought it would be.

“I’m delighted that the city is working with me as I work to complete this project. I have invested $20,000 into this project,” Mr. Brown said.

The duplex had been before the council to be condemned, however based on City Chief Building Inspector Steven King’s statements that Mr. Brown is working in good faith, Mr. Brown was given another 60 days to work on the property.

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