Pinecrest, Union Pines compete at states in swimming, track

Pinecrest, Union Pines compete at states in swimming, track

Girls’ basketball The Pinecrest girls’ basketball team lost both games last week, falling, 61-46, at Lee County and 57-53 against Scotland. Ava Depenbrock led the way with 14 points and 17 rebounds against Scotland. Zanodiya McNair had 22 points against Lee and 10 against Scotland. The Patriots are 6-14, 4-6 in the Sandhills, good for fifth place with two games left. Union Pines went 1-1 last week, losing at Richmond, 72-37, and winning at Hoke County, 44-36. Junior Taryn Pekala had a 19-point game at Hoke. The Vikings are now 11-10 and in third in the Sandhills at 5-5. North…
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Rep. Hudson meets with farmers, discusses ag and rural issues

Rep. Hudson meets with farmers, discusses ag and rural issues

‌SILER CITY — Congressman Richard Hudson (NC-09) joined farmers and agricultural interests for a discussion on Thursday, Feb. 8 at Bestfood Cafeteria in Siler City. In between bites of fried chicken and refills of sweet tea, Hudson talked about the importance of the agriculture industry in North Carolina. “Our farmers are backbone of our communities and in addition to providing us with the most abundant, cheapest food in the world, the food and fiber we need to survive as a country comes from our farmers,” Hudson told North State Journal. “I’ve always been committed to helping them fight off federal…
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Pinehurst approves rezoning and annexations for residential developments

Pinehurst approves rezoning and annexations for residential developments

PINEHURST – The Village of Pinehurst Council met Tuesday, Jan. 23, addressing a rezoning request, annexation petition and other business. First up was a request to rezone 32.14 acres of property, off Chicken Plant Road, from medium density residential zoning (R-30-CZ) to a low density residential and light agricultural district (R-210). “[The property] is vacant with one home now currently under construction that has been permitted,” said planning director Alex Cameron. “The development proposal would eventually be for two other residential homes along with the one that is under construction now with lots that are 10+ acres in size each.”…
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Elijah Melton

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Elijah Melton

Elijah Melton is a junior forward for the Pinecrest boys’ basketball team. Melton, who also starred for the Patriots’ football team in the fall, came up big in Pinecrest’s 62-58 win over Lee County last week. Melton hit 6-of-12 from the field for 13 points, with 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Melton leads Pinecrest in scoring (13.3 ppg), shooting (63%), rebounding (5.2 rpg) and blocks. He ranks third in the Sandhills conference in double-doubles.
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First Medicaid expansion data shared

First Medicaid expansion data shared

More than 600,000 North Carolinians are newly eligible for health coverage through a recent expansion of NC Medicaid, and the state has recently shared numbers on how many residents have enrolled in the expansion. Moore County has seen 1,980 newly eligible adults sign up for Medicaid, some 3.6 percent of the county’s 54,637 adult population between 19 and 64 years of age. This data is current as of December 1, though the data was only recently made available by the state. Numbers will be updated monthly. "Hundreds of people each day are gaining health care coverage and getting the care…
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HORZEMPA: NC crime: a need for data-driven, targeted solutions

HORZEMPA: NC crime: a need for data-driven, targeted solutions

We’ve all felt the fear as we see media coverage hyper-focusing on crime-ridden cities like Philadelphia, San Francisco, and New York City. In North Carolina, even one crime victim is too many, but the emotional fearmongering of local and national media often dominates news and public opinion. We all want to know: Are our cities safe? What are the facts? Recent reports are debunking the perception that North Carolina is a state plagued by increasing violent crime while also exposing the complex issues shouldered by some of our biggest cities. According to the most recent FBI report, The 2022 Crime…
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Ricky Betancourt

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Ricky Betancourt

North Moore, men’s soccer Ricky Betancourt is a senior on the North Moore men’s soccer team. Betancourt had a hat trick in last Monday’s win over Bartlett Yancey, adding two assists in the 10-1 win. Two days later, he had two goals in a 3-1 overtime win over Seaforth. Betancourt leads the Vikings in goals on the season and is second in assists, as North Moore has run out to an unbeaten 6-0-1 mark, 4-0-1 in conference play.
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Pinehurst approves FY24 budget with $0.23 tax rate

Pinehurst approves FY24 budget with $0.23 tax rate

PINEHURST – The Village of Pinehurst Council met Tuesday, June 13, with the passing of their FY 2024 budget ordinance and the approval of a few broader county-related matters on the agenda. The council approved the FY 2024 Budget Ordinance for the Village of Pinehurst, but before that vote took place, Mayor Pro Tem Pat Pizzella proposed an additional tax rate cut. The original proposed tax rate in the budget is $0.23, which is already $0.08 lower than the previous tax rate and $0.005 lower than the projected revenue-neutral rate. Pizzella’s request was for the lowering of the rate by…
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Pinehurst approves various policy updates

Pinehurst approves various policy updates

PINEHURST – The Village of Pinehurst Council met Tuesday, March 14, with multiple house cleaning resolutions and ordinances on the agenda. The council approved a resolution to amend terminology in the Fund Balance Policy in accordance with the Government Accounting Standards Board Statement No. 98, which changed specific language “in response to concerns raised by stakeholders that the common pronunciation of the acronym for comprehensive annual financial report sounds like a profoundly objectionable racial slur.” “This resolution is a minor change to the Fund Balance Policy just to update the reference to the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report that is currently…
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Southern Pines Country Club granted special use permit

Southern Pines Country Club granted special use permit

SOUTHERN PINES — The Southern Pines Town Council met Tuesday, February 14, with multiple property hearings on the agenda. The first action item was an architectural review for the Fort Bragg Federal Credit Union on Brucewood Road, in which the applicant had made a few deviation requests for the property.  “The first item is the access location,” said Bob Koontz of Koontz Jones Design. “The ordinance talks about entrance locations being at the front of the building, but in this case, we’ve oriented the building to fit on the site and to be as unobtrusive as possible, and orienting the…
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