BARONE: The Espionage Act of 1917 once again rears its ugly head

BARONE: The Espionage Act of 1917 once again rears its ugly head

When federal agents removed top-secret documents from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence last week, they carried with them a search warrant citing possible violations of the Espionage Act.  Ah, the Espionage Act! How that must have sounded comfortingly confirmatory to those leftists who still believe, despite the total lack of evidence, that Trump was elected and governed in collusion with Vladimir Putin’s Russia. These reports surely have some folks gleefully contemplating the prospect of the 45th president being consigned to the ten years in the slammer that is the maximum penalty for violations of the Espionage Act. But as…
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HUDSON: We will never forget

HUDSON: We will never forget

It’s been one year. But we will never forget. On August 15th, 2021, Kabul, Afghanistan, fell to the Taliban. This event marked the end of our nation’s 20-year involvement in the country. It also marked a blatant moral and national security failure that has had lasting consequences for our country, allies, and the people of Afghanistan. Kabul’s fall one year ago was tragic, it was predictable, and it could have been prevented. President Joe Biden ignored the advice of his military commanders. His rushed and disorganized effort to pull the United States out of the region cost American and Afghan…
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HUDSON: Building a better future

HUDSON: Building a better future

“The best preparation for the future is the present well seen to, and the last duty done.” This quote by the theologian George MacDonald reminds us that building a better future for ourselves and our children begins by laying a sturdy foundation for growth, security, and individual freedom in the present. Unfortunately, Democrats in Washington have largely failed to bolster this foundation or, in some cases, have caused it to erode. Today, due to misguided policy decisions by the Biden administration and Congressional Democrats, our nation finds itself in a grim state. And sadly, this condition has come to touch…
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Subterranean parking structure approved for Pinehurst resort

Subterranean parking structure approved for Pinehurst resort

PINEHURST — The Village of Pinehurst Council met Tuesday, July 26, where the council held public hearings for a potential parking structure at Pinehurst Resorts and an amendment to the USGA Economic Development Incentive Agreement. The council held a public hearing for a Zoning Map Amendment request from Resorts of Pinehurst, Inc. for 6.87 acres of land to rezone from Recreation Development District to Hotel Conditional District to allow for the development of a two-level, partially subterranean parking structure. The request also looks to preserve uses associated with the previous RD conditional zoning on the acreage for the Lodge at…
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How to afford big-ticket items for the year

How to afford big-ticket items for the year

When Brandy Baxter needed to replace her home’s entire heating and air conditioning system several years ago, she asked contractors if they offered deals at certain times of the year. She learned that if she waited until February, the slow season for such work, she could get a lower price. Baxter, a financial coach, based in Dallas, says she saved around $6,000 as a result. When it comes to saving money on big purchases, sometimes timing really is everything. Taking advantage of certain holiday weekends and seasonal discounts can lead to significant savings, which is especially helpful with inflation continuing…
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School choice expo will highlight education options

School choice expo will highlight education options

RALEIGH— A free event taking place on May 7 will offer information about a wide range of K-12 education options to Moore County parents.  The Moore County School Choice Expo and Education Summit will be an open house style event being held from 1-5 p.m. at the Pinehurst Village Hall located at 395 Magnolia Road in Pinehurst. The expo’s description says it will “bring education providers and parents under one roof so that parents can learn about the variety of educational options in our county.” One of the expo’s lead organizer is Caroline Kelly, who grew up in the United Kingdom…
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Town of Aberdeen to implement bonuses for full-time workers

Town of Aberdeen to implement bonuses for full-time workers

Police Lieutenants honored in front of board ABERDEEN – The Town of Aberdeen Board met Monday, March 28 with police department honors and multiple budget reallocations on the agenda. Newly promoted Police Lieutenant Christina Ricks was sworn in in front of the board, taking the oath of office and she was also presented an Award of Completion for her completion of the Law Enforcement Executive Program, which aims to build proactive leadership for law enforcement executives. “Lieutenant Ricks accepted the job with the town in 2008 and in 2011 she was promoted to a Master Patrol Officer and in 2014…
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State’s unemployment benefits failed to reach workers

State’s unemployment benefits failed to reach workers

RALEIGH — North Carolina's unemployment benefits office failed to distribute quickly enough $438 million in initial payments to displaced workers in 2020 and early 2021, state auditors said Monday while scrutinizing the agency's work during the pandemic. The audit blamed the claims process and poor monitoring for the delays among other issues. It's well-known that the Division of Employment Security struggled in 2020 to get payments out the door promptly. The division saw a record number of applicants for traditional unemployment programs and those created by the federal and state government during the lockdown and related business restrictions. The state…
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Local competition awards scholarships, crowns

Local competition awards scholarships, crowns

L-R: Cylee Fogleman, Julia Deserio, Emily Muse and Colleen McDermott Muse, Desario are headed to Miss North Carolina PINEHURST — Two women earned scholarships and a chance to compete for the title of Miss North Carolina — and possibly Miss America — after a competition Saturday night in Moore County. Emily Muse of Carthage was crowned Miss Moore County and Julia Deserio of Shelby was crowned Miss Sandhills. The Bradshaw Performing Arts Center at Sandhills Community College was the host site for a local preliminary competition within the Miss North Carolina system that saw 16 women compete for scholarships and…
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Vass charter school to phase out high school

Vass charter school to phase out high school

The Sandhills Theatre Arts Renaissance School of Vass, known as STARS Charter, will phase out its high school program citing declining student numbers. The school said their enrollment numbers did not meet expectations and the high school caused a budget deficit. Executive Director Wes Graner said in a January 9 letter to parents that “if things continue as they are, which I clearly believe they will, or I would not have started this process, I have the following concern for our entire school’s future.”
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