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National Night Out to have raffle for Carolina Kickoff tickets

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Visitors to National Night Out Tuesday at Halifax Community College will have a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Carolina Kickoff at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville.

The August 19 concert features Blake Shelton.

The $1 raffle, which will benefit the annual Christmas for Kids shopping spree, will entitle the winner to the two tickets — a total of value of $400 — and $100 in cash, Roanoke Rapids Police Department Deputy Chief Andy Jackson said.

WPTM is sponsoring the tickets and Mayor Emery Doughtie donated the $100.

“It’s going to make it a bigger, greater event,” Jackson said. “These tickets are worth $400 for premium seats.”

The Roanoke Rapids and Weldon police departments and the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office are joining forces for the annual night out against crime. The event will be held at The Centre on the campus of HCC from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Chief Chuck Hasty said this will be third year the three agencies have joined together to present National Night Out.

This will be the 17th year the RRPD has held the event, Jackson said.

The event will also feature Wally the Wacky Waiter and musical guests Holiday Band.

“The acts are lined up, there’ll be food vendors, Safety Pup, Ready Fox and Andy the Ambulance,” Jackson said. “It’s a combination of good community service and good entertainment. I’ve always loved to do it. I like seeing the smiles on the people’s faces.”

Said Hasty: “It’s good interaction for the police officers.”

“It gives them the opportunity to meet with the public on a different level,” Jackson said. “It’s also an opportunity to share ideas with other law enforcement agencies.”

The basic law enforcement training program of HCC is another partner in the event. “They helped us have a space to have air conditioning,” Jackson said.

Jackson said 600 attended last year. “We’d like to have 1,000.”

“Hopefully the raffle will bring more out,” Hasty said.

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