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One out of every FIVE NC drivers has No license ???

            Yep.  That’s what AAA says: UNC Charlotte student Lauren Brown says driving without a license is no good, “It’s scary though, if anything.” The 19 year old just bought her car and says if someone with no license and…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Economy Moore County Politics

DEE-NIED! Feds reject appeal of downtown Pinehurst post office closure

          In a December 12 order, The federal government’s   Postal Regulatory Commission has rejected  Pinehurst mayoral candidate John Marcum’s appeal of the decision by The U.S. Postal Service to close the downtown Pinehurst post office: On August 18, 2011, John M….

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Back to the Future for Southern Pines: Mike Fields BACK on Town Council?

    Pinehurst recently tapped a familiar face to fill out the remainder of a term for an incumbent council member who had been elected mayor.  Southern Pines may be on the verge of doing something very similar. When town councilman David McNeill was elected…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Going along to get along is not always the way to go …

  Concerned Citizens of Pinehurst, and others, have expressed concern about the reappointment of appointed incumbent Mark Parson to the Pinehurst Village Council.  Newly-elected councilman John Strickland expressed concern about rushing forward on the appointment without conducting a thorough search for potential appointees. Instead of…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Pinehurst Village Council: They’re not as old as they look

I may have overreached in my quip about Tuesday’s election knocking up the average age of Pinehurst’s governing body. I was thinking mainly about the replacement of that young whippersnapper Mark Parson with retirees John Strickland and John Cashion. A member of the council —…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Pinehurst 2011: All hail the queen!

  Pinehurst voters  made history Tuesday evening by electing the village’s first female mayor (Ginsey was appointed) and the first council member from Pinewild.   From the beginning, mayoral candidate Nancy Fiorillo and council candidate John Strickland had the best fundraising numbers and the best…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Southern Pines 2011: Progress Energy, Food Lion and Bo’s can breathe a little easier …

  The NIMBY ticket — and potential startup law firm — of Smith, Smithson and Woodruff went down in flames like the Hindenberg zeppelin on Tuesday.  Southern Pines voters rejected their platform of boycotting grocery stores and reading by candlelight and endorsed the more steady,…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Campaign 2011: IS IT OVER YET ??????

    Ah, yes.  This wonderful expression of democracy we’ve been treated to here in the county of Moore for the last few months will mercifully come to an end Tuesday evening.  In case you’ve been busy for the last few months, let me recap…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Pinehurst 2011: Is the V-A-T a B-U-S-T?

The Village Action Team took to the stage at the beginning of the campaign like a storm.  It pushed a specific agenda and endorsed the candidacies of Nancy Fiorillo, Mark Parson, and John Cashion.  The  group spent a lot of money on ads in The…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Campaign 2012 Media Politics South Carolina

Former S.C. First Lady speaks out on Herman Cain and media’s scandal fixation

    Jenny Sanford was speaking from experience when she penned her op-ed that appeared Thursday in Columbia’s State newspaper.  She was The Palmetto State’s first lady when her now ex-husband, then-Gov. Mark Sanford, was caught covering up an extramarital affair.  Ms. Sanford has seen…