Southern Pines Country Club expansion hearing continued to next month’s meeting

Southern Pines Country Club expansion hearing continued to next month’s meeting

SOUTHERN PINES — The Southern Pines Town Council met Tuesday, January 10, with multiple public hearings on the agenda. The first public hearing was for various text amendments to the UDO. “When we are engaging with the Unified Development Ordinance in our office, and we encounter problematic language or things that aren’t clear, we sometimes print off a page, sometimes scribble a note, throw it into a file, and set it aside. And then every so often, when we have an opportunity, we’ll run through what we refer to as a package of text amendments,” said Planning Director BJ Grieve.…
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BORTINS: Universal educational vouchers is not a winning policy

BORTINS: Universal educational vouchers is not a winning policy

Don’t believe the press releases from universal school voucher enthusiasts ― it wasn’t a winning message in the swing states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Arizona this past election. The GOP should abandon expanding taxpayer-funded school choice and focus on empowering parents, not expanding the reach of more government. The GOP will be making a big mistake if they decide to enact universal taxpayer-funded school choice policies, which will increase dependency on the government and normalize welfare for all. Exit polls show that three main groups vote for Democrats ― single women, people with advanced degrees, and welfare recipients. Those who…
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Pinehurst approves new strategic goals

Pinehurst approves new strategic goals

PINEHURST — The Village of Pinehurst Council met Tuesday, Jan. 10 with the a couple of contracts needing approval and a presentation of the Village’s revised strategic operating goals on the agenda. The council approved a contract with Oakley Collier Architects, PA for design services for renovations to the Given Memorial Library and Tuft Archives.  “Last month we met and went over the proposal that Oakley Collier gave us and this contract was in line with what the proposal was,” said Assistant Village Manager Doug Willardson. “It will be $140,000 for the schematic design services which includes the existing conditions…
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BISHOP: Accountability is coming

BISHOP: Accountability is coming

Last week in the House of Representatives, the 118th Congress kicked off in earnest. Republicans passed our first bills in the majority in more than four years. Though all of these bills will strengthen our country and economy, they were nearly universally opposed by Democrats. My top focus in Congress is breaking the Swamp’s status quo to ensure the government works for the people – not the other way around. This is just the beginning of what our Republican Conference will accomplish this Congress. The first order of business was undoing the Democrats’ $80 billion meant to fund an army…
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Appeals court restores NC law addressing farm labor

Appeals court restores NC law addressing farm labor

RALEIGH — A North Carolina law preventing legal settlements between farms and workers from requiring a farm operation to become a union employer doesn’t violate the U.S. Constitution, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday while overturning a lower court decision. The decision by a panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, restores a provision contained in a 2017 farm law that was challenged by the Farm Labor Organizing Committee — the state’s only farmworker union with several thousand members. U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs had ordered in 2021 that the provision be permanently blocked, determining…
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HUDSON: As we navigate the power outage, check on one another

HUDSON: As we navigate the power outage, check on one another

I wanted to provide an update on the power outage affecting much of our region in Moore County. Over the weekend, an unknown individual or individuals vandalized at least two power substations in Moore County with criminal intent, leaving numerous hospitals, schools, businesses, and close to 40,000 residents without power. The motive for this crime remains unknown, but law enforcement continues to investigate. I want to thank Sheriff Ronnie Fields and all local law enforcement, as well as the State Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for their quick action to respond to the incident. I have…
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Southern Pines council grants zoning exemption for existing mural

Southern Pines council grants zoning exemption for existing mural

SOUTHERN PINES — The Southern Pines Town Council met Tuesday, November 15, where they granted a zoning exemption for an existing mural and clarified sections of its UDO. The first action that the council took was to approve a zoning exemption for public art at 1012 N. May St. “The mural in tonight’s request is titled ‘Ode to the Pines,’” said Director of the Arts Council of Moore County Chris Dunn. “It depicts two scenes in Southern Pines. One is the downtown train depot, and the other one is a fox hunting scene. It was created by the Pinecrest High…
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Aberdeen Town Board approves change to UDO for Wholesale businesses in certain districts

Aberdeen Town Board approves change to UDO for Wholesale businesses in certain districts

ABERDEEN — The Aberdeen Town Board met Monday, where they approved a change to the UDO and sold property to the Department of Transportation. The board held a public hearing for a proposed text amendment to the UDO Principal Use Table to designate “Wholesale, Major” and “Wholesale, Minor” Use Types as a Permitted By-Right within the Light Industrial District, with additional Use Standards. “The proposed amendment from SiteOne Landscape Supply is asking to add Wholesale, Major and Wholesale, Minor Use Types to the LI District and amend the Use Classification of those to allow the sale of toxic chemicals or…
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GINGRICH: Balance the budget, stop inflation, create jobs

GINGRICH: Balance the budget, stop inflation, create jobs

The new Republican majority in the U.S. House will face a major challenge dealing with the Democrat-run White House and U.S. Senate. So, it is vital that Republicans offer a vision of a more successful, prosperous, safer, and freer America. The first goal is not to find a common ground with left-wing, radical Democrats who reject virtually all our values. They are already tuning their political machine to fight us in 2024. The first goal is to give the American people a sense of hope — and a belief that things can be dramatically better. (The lack of a positive…
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Board of Education approves submission of bid requests for capital projects

Board of Education approves submission of bid requests for capital projects

CARTHAGE – The Moore County Board of Education met Monday, with the main agenda items being the recommended and planned capital projects. The first action item the board took was the review of changes to certain policies. The main change discussed was a revision to policy 13-10, which states that the Board may transact business only at official meetings of the board.  Per the language of the policy, “an official meeting of the Board includes any meeting, assembly, or gathering together at any time or place or the simultaneous communication by conference telephone or other electronic means of a majority…
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