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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Former teacher claims hostile work environment under Moore middle principal

Former teacher claims hostile work environment under Moore middle principal

RALEIGH — A former Moore County Public Schools teacher claims the principal of Crain’s Creek Middle School is responsible for creating a hostile work environment, particularly when it comes to student discipline issues.  The claim comes on the heels of over a dozen student fights caught on video, threats of mass violence by students attending the school, and complaints by families of students who were injured during an assault by another student. Crain’s Creek Middle School’s principal is Melonie Jones. She took over as principal of the school in July 2018. Jones is currently making $8,490 a month, or around…
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N. Carolina Rep. Hudson named to lead House campaign arm

N. Carolina Rep. Hudson named to lead House campaign arm

RALEIGH — Veteran U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson of North Carolina was elected Tuesday by fellow House Republicans as leader of their campaign and fundraising arm to help get GOP candidates elected to the chamber. Hudson was unopposed in running to become the next National Republican Congressional Committee chairman, picked by new and returning colleagues meeting in Washington. He succeeds Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., who on Tuesday was elected the House GOP caucus whip. Hudson joined the House in 2013 and got reelected last week, winning the state’s new 9th Congressional District seat. With Republicans on the cusp of majority control…
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Army probes whether troops wrongly targeted in bonus scandal

Army probes whether troops wrongly targeted in bonus scandal

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Years after about 1,900 National Guard and Reserve soldiers were swept up in a recruiting bonus scandal, U.S. Army investigators are reviewing the cases and correcting records because some individuals were wrongly blamed and punished, Army officials said Thursday. The Army’s Criminal Investigation Division said it will complete a review of the bulk of the 1,900 soldiers by the end of this year to identify and begin to fix the mistakes. CID said agents during the initial investigation may have misunderstood facts or failed to follow proper procedures and erroneously added soldiers’ names to an FBI crime…
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Parent says her middle school student was ‘choked out’ in lunchroom

Parent says her middle school student was ‘choked out’ in lunchroom

RALEIGH — A parent with multiple children attending schools in Moore County says one of her children was bullied by another student.  Brittney Jackson told North State Journal the bullying got so bad the student attempted to “choke out” her son in the lunchroom at Elise Middle School. “He literally won’t even wear a string in his sweatshirt anymore because he’s tired of this kid choking and with it,” Jackson said. She also said the student was now threatening “to kill him and bring a gun on school property.” According to Jackson, she’s gotten the runaround from the school’s principal,…
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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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Shannon Davis, Pauline Bruno, Ken Benway elected to Moore County Board of Education

Shannon Davis, Pauline Bruno, Ken Benway elected to Moore County Board of Education

With 26 of 26 precincts reporting, the North State Journal is calling the Moore County Board of Education seats for Shannon Davis, Pauline Bruno, and Ken Benway. In the district III race, Davis had 54.00% of the vote and is projected to defeat incumbent and current board chairman Pam Thompson. Moore County residents also had the chance to vote for two at-large candidates for the Board of Education, and Bruno, with 28.67% of the vote, and Benway, with 26.10% of the vote, were the two with the highest majority. This brings in three new members to the Moore County Board…
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Aberdeen Town Board approves UDO amendment to protect nonconformities

Aberdeen Town Board approves UDO amendment to protect nonconformities

ABERDEEN — The Town of Aberdeen Board met Monday, October 24, where they held two public hearings for text amendments and received updates on various town projects. The board held two public hearings, with the first being for a text amendment submitted by Hawthorne Residential Partners to amend the UDO Chapter 8 – Nonconformities to create non-conforming density standards for multi-family developments. “In our UDO, previously approved multi-dwelling use type projects that exceed current density standards currently have no protections if they were to have a catastrophic event,” said Planner Danielle Orloff. “So this request was to rewrite chapter 8,…
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