DMV unveils new, more secure license designs

DMV unveils new, more secure license designs

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) this week announced the release of new designs for driver's licenses, permits, and identification cards featuring advanced security features designed to prevent fraud. According to a DMV press release, the new credentials are the most secure in the state's history and are claimed to be among the most secure identifying documents worldwide. The new cards are made of polycarbonate and are personalized using laser engraving technology, resulting in a distinctive look, feel, and sound. The cards are stiffer than their predecessors and feature embossed and debossed patterns and lettering on the surface.…
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US 421 to become I-685 from Greensboro to Sanford

US 421 to become I-685 from Greensboro to Sanford

LIBERTY — State and local leaders gathered Monday in Randolph County to celebrate the designation of U.S. Highway 421 as the future Interstate 685. The event, held next to the under-construction Toyota Battery Manufacturing plant, featured the unveiling of new Future I-685 signs that will be going up along the route from Greensboro to Sanford. "Today's unveiling of the Future Interstate 685 sign is a true testament to the collaboration and teamwork that is fueling our economic momentum here in the Carolina Core," said Loren Hill, Carolina Core Regional Economic Development Director, at the event. I-685 will eventually run from…
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Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to Elizabeth Dole, 18 others

Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to Elizabeth Dole, 18 others

President Joe Biden on Friday bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on 19 people, including civil rights icons such as the late Medgar Evers, actor Michelle Yeoh, prominent political leaders such as former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. James Clyburn, and actor Michelle Yeoh. Also honored was North Carolina’s own Elizabeth Dole, recognized for her lifetime of public service across a variety of arenas. In a release from the White House announcing the recognition, Senator Dole’s work as a U.S. Senator, as Secretary of Transportation under President Reagan and Secretary of Labor under President George H. W. Bush, and as…
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Pinehurst warns downtown businesses on public trash cans

Pinehurst warns downtown businesses on public trash cans

PINEHURST — The Village sent a letter to the downtown business community last week to remind business owners to not use public garbage cans for commercial trash. “Village staff has noticed increased commercial trash being placed in the Village’s public receptacles scatter throughout downtown,” the message read. “This trash has included boxes, papers, food containers, etc., with the names of several downtown businesses on the garbage itself.” In some instances, the trash receptacles have been overflowing with so much commercial garbage that they aren’t able to be used by the public. The missive didn’t name names, but the message was…
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Moore courts tackle backlog with ‘DWI Week’

Moore courts tackle backlog with ‘DWI Week’

CARTHAGE — Local courts face significant backlogs in pending cases, so district attorneys are getting creative. For the third year in a row, Moore County District Attorney Mike Hardin worked with the District Court to tackle 73 DWI cases that had been pending for more than a year. The special weeklong court session, running from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, 2023, saw two courtrooms running full-tilt to bring 38 cases to a conclusion, with DA Hardin's team racking up an 89 percent conviction rate. The session, focusing on cases from November 2022 and earlier, was part of a broader effort…
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Sandhills student wins $100K Dr. Pepper Tuition Toss

Sandhills student wins $100K Dr. Pepper Tuition Toss

Thanks to some nifty passing, Andrew Jimenez, president of the Student Government Association at Sandhills Community College, earned a $100,000 scholarship from the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway at the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta’s Mercedes Benz Stadium. The soda maker holds a competition of football accuracy during halftime of the major conference title games each year. The $100,000 winner is chosen based on who can more accurately chuck footballs through a hole in the side of an enormous can of Dr. Pepper. “It was so awesome winning the Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway this weekend,” said Jimenez in a statement shared…
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