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Snowflakes, drive-by media celebrate GIRLS in the BOY SCOUTS

Another testosterone-laden American institution bites the dust, and the snowflakes and the drive-by media couldn’t be happier: The historic moment passed with little fanfare. Troop 1, the region’s oldest Boy Scout troop, welcomed its first girl members with a short ceremony and light supper on Tuesday. Chartered by the VFW Post 7318 in Southern Pines, the five young women represent the first female-only Scouts BSA troop in Moore County —…

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Moore County commissioners lash out at county’s state legislators

  It’s been rare to see something like this in collegial, get-along  Republican Moore County.  But here it is, in a prepared statement from Moore County government: Senator Tom McInnis and Representatives Jamie Boles and Allen McNeill did not inform the Moore County Board of Commissioners regarding bills they recently sponsored, Senate Bill 190 and House Bill 281, respectively, authorizing the commissioners to create a special tax district for the…

Posted in Media Moore County Pinehurst Politics The Pilot

To replace Cashion in Pinehurst: Berggren OR Campbell

The local paper says 14 folks have applied to fill out the last year of John Cashion’s unexpired term on The Village Council.  (Cashion retired on November 13th due to health issues.)   There are some Knowns, and quite a few Unknowns on that list.  We’ve got the rabble-rousers (Jack Farrell, John Strickland, and Bart Boudreaux) and we have some sensible veterans (Clark Campbell and Claire Berggren). It is our…

Posted in campaign 2018 Media Moore County Politics

For Moore County voters …

Here are our thoughts on the races that pretty much just affect the local area.  (You other folks?  We’ll get to you.  Just wait.) NC Senate 25:  Tom McInnis (R) vs. Helen Probst Mills (D).  We’ve heard a lot of nice things personally about Mrs. Mills. She’s a fellow Pinehurstian who is quite active in the community.  Yet, the whole two last names thing gets me thinking of Hillary Rodham…

Posted in campaign 2018 Media Moore County NCGOP Politics

Integrity a one-way street in Moore County D.A.’s office?

Law enforcement documents are leaked to a local newspaper in a county that has a heated primary for sheriff going on. The documents target a candidate in the sheriff’s race and indicate that he will be impacted by the precedent set by the US Supreme Court’s Giglio ruling —  officers caught lying in an investigation must have that fact disclosed in all future court testimony. This happened about 60 miles…

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Moore County: An evening with the candidates

I spent my Monday evening — roughly 2.5 hours of it — taking in a candidate’s forum at Little River Golf Club.  (*Oh, the things I do for you people* ….) We got treated to speeches and Q&A with most of the candidates who will be on the May 8th ballot.  Here are some of my takeaways: Sheriff:  Embattled incumbent Neil Godfrey and challenger Ronnie Fields jabbed at each other. …

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PROBATION for FATAL hit-and-run ???

Face it folks.  Our legal system is little more than lawyers scratching each other’s backs.  They’re all buddies in the local bar.  They get each other elected to the legislature.  They get each other appointed to the bench. And the prosecutors and defense attorneys are hardly the adversaries you see them portrayed as on TV and the movies. And all of us are left standing on the sidelines watching in…

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#ncga: *Tap! Tap!* Is this mike on? (*Crickets*)

Well, the George Little political organization hosted a fundraiser for state senator Tom McInnis here in Moore County last night.  How did it go?  Check out this pic from one of our moles and see for yourself: Yep.  That is the senator himself speaking at the front podium in this large, sparsely-populated ballroom at National Golf Club.  McInnis currently represents Anson, Richmond, Rowan, Scotland, and Stanly counties.  In  2018, his…

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For Pinehurst Village Council: Berggren & Drum

Election Day is Tuesday. We have big decisions to make.  In Pinehurst, there are EIGHT candidates fighting for TWO seats on the village council.  Someone can win four years on the council with 13% (or less) of the vote, so EVERY VOTE really does count this time.  Four of the eight are running serious enough campaigns that might get them onto the council:  Kevin Drum, Claire Berggren, Bart Boudreaux, and…

Posted in Media Moore County Politics Southern Pines

For Southern Pines Town Council: Haney & Lancaster

Election day is Tuesday. We’ve got some decisions to make.  The voters of Southern Pines have a choice between four different candidates for TWO SEATS on the town council. I am familiar with three of the four running:  Mitch Lancaster, Carol Haney and Marsh Smith.  Marsh Smith seems to be on the ballot every two years.  He comes up short every time, too.  Smith is a proud liberal who wants…