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Moore schools boss: Christian questionnaire NOT MEANT to go public

The superintendent of Moore County Public Schools has spoken up in response to reports from Lady Liberty and THIS site about an apparent Christian-hunt within the school system.  (Here are the documents that sparked the controversy.) Here’s Dr. Bob Grimesey responding to a query from a Moore County resident about Lady Liberty’s post: Thanks for coming right to the source.  The blog post is partially correct.  At my request, Board Attorney…

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A Christian-hunt in Moore County Schools?

Our pal Lady Liberty clued us in on this one:  Apparently, in March of 2015, a letter was sent from staff board attorney Neal Ramee  to Superintendent Grimesey. The topic of this letter was religious prayer in schools, specifically the laws governing participation by staff or coaches in religious activities. Along with the letter was a survey titled “Staff Prayer Questionnaire”.  This questionnaire has three sections with a main question and…

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#ncga: Boles v. Zumwalt heating up in House District 52

Richard Morgan has been gone from this seat for TEN YEARS now.  Just as we were getting use to the quiet and civility, things had to BLOW UP. Republican state Rep. Jamie Boles showed a lot of promise when he won a three-way primary outright in 2008.  But since then, he’s had a series of uncontested races.  And a lot of folks in the district — which is, basically, rock-ribbed Republican…

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#ncpol: A Little Moore scandal?

McClatchy’s Insider has some reporting today that may be of special interest to some of our readers here in Moore County: […] DMV Employee The Division of Motor Vehicles still hasn’t released the name of an employee who, according to a recent state audit, has engaged in side business with companies he regulates for the state and subsequently faces disciplinary action. But an information trail leads to the son of…

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#ncga: Last (political) rites for Jamie Boles?

Some well-plugged in observers in this yellow-dog Republican county say state Rep. Jamie Boles (R) is an incumbent who very well can lose his renomination bid in March. Boles is a well-liked, well-respected funeral home director in Moore County.  He was elected to the House in 2008 — winning a three way primary outright against a troubled incumbent and another candidate.  Boles was celebrated as a local hero then. Since…

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Moore, Montgomery taxpayers to EAT $100K in economic development #FAIL?

That’s what we’re hearing.  Influential folks in high places are telling us that Moore County Partners in Progress — the county’s economic development group — and Montgomery County are planning to “forgive” the $50,000 loans they bestowed upon the Heart of Carolina Mega Park in 2011.   (First Bank, headquartered in Southern Pines, loaned the project $150,000.  We have no information on whether the bank plans to follow the lead…

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Lawsuit against Moore County schools administrator moves forward

Edward Pruden was hired in August on an interim basis to fill the vacancy at the Moore County central office left by Kathy Kennedy. According to Wilmington’s Port City Daily, Pruden has some unfinished business from his old job in Brunswick County that will likely involve a person in a black robe armed with a gavel and 12 of his peers: A defamation lawsuit from a local charter school management company…

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Pinehurst 2015: The smoke clears. Bouldry, Cashion and Fiorillo left standing.

It’s over.  (Thank God.)   It’s been a strange campaign.  From our standpoint here at Haymaker HQ, things have been going well in the Village of Pinehurst.  This current council and mayor have been diligently working to correct and reverse missteps by previous councils.  Reforms have been made to the bureaucracy to save money and increase efficiency.  As you know, this site has NO PROBLEM with complaining about politicians and…

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Pinehurst 2015: Ambush!

Pinehurst voters are heading to the polls Tuesday to fill the mayor’s seat and two council seats.  Incumbent mayor Nancy Fiorillo has three challengers trying to replace her.  One of those challengers, councilman John Strickland, has hit Fiorillo in a last-minute letter to a large segment of Pinehurst voters: Dear Neighbor and Fellow Historic District Resident, I am proud to live in the Pinehurst Historic District as I am sure…

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Pinehurst 2015: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

We’ve got elections locally on Tuesday, Nov. 3.  At least that’s what the board of elections web site tells us.  Mayors and city council members across the state are standing for election on that date.  These guys and gals have more of a direct effect on your every day life than your US senator or president.  Yet, the drive-bys tend to ho-hum their coverage of these races. And turnout is…