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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…

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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…

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Moore County’s Picerno rips local NCGA delegation a new one

Nick Picerno is a lot like EF Hutton in Moore County.  When the chairman of the county board of commissioners speaks, people sit up and listen. What he had to tell me Tuesday night was less-than-flattering about state senator Jerry Tillman, state Rep. Jamie Boles, and…

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‘We don’t recall.’

It seems like it was just yesterday the populace of Moore County was up in arms — Tea Party style — over shenanigans by the county board of education. Emboldened by little to no local media attention, the board ousted a popular superintendent to facilitate…

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#Pinehurst: ”You come at The Queen, you best not miss.”

“You come at the king, you best not miss.”  — Omar Little, HBO’s The Wire ____________________________ We’ve been hearing all kinds of off-the-record rumblings about this year’s mayoral race for some time.  Those rumblings have gone public in the pages of our thrice twice-weekly Pulitzer prize…

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NC Education Lottery money NOT making it to Moore County schools?

There’s been a lot of belly-aching about schools reportedly getting short-changed.  The North Carolina education lottery came into being in 2005 as a method for providing much needed funding for public schools.  Moore County’s board of commissioners is under the impression that the county is…

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Shoot birdies — instead of Bambis — in Pinehurst

We’ve got it pretty good here.  The village regularly has been recognized as one of the safest places to live in North Carolina.  We’ve got a very reasonable tax rate. And having some of the world’s best golf just outside your back door — or…

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Save the deer. Cull the politician and busybody herds.

There actually is a down side to living in a great community like Pinehurst.  The quality of life is so great that SOME busybodies create problems to, um, tackle.  Some years back, we had ONE old lady complain to the Pinehurst Village Council about how…

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#ncpol Some good news re: voter ID

I picked up some positive info about the dry run on voter ID our local board of elections here in Moore County ran in the primary.  Precinct officials made a point of reminding primary voters, when they showed up to vote, that they would need…

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NC-02: Meet some of Renee’s new friends

Somebody has told Renee Ellmers that it would be a GREAT idea to model her reelection campaign after K-HAG’s and subject us all to one big kumbaya visit-to-the-OBGYN moment.  She’s hooked up with this Women2Women group sponsored by something called Main Street Advocacy. So, what…