Posted in Education Moore County Politics

Moore County: schools, commissioners set to spar over spending?

As word gets around about the $2 million surplus from last year’s county budget, county leaders are bracing themselves for the stampede of beggars — with palms extended — headed to Carthage.  Many expect the bigwigs at Moore County Public Schools to be at the…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Moore County Politics

Moore County government’s slush fund

  One of our faithful readers, who happens to be a well-placed county employee, alerted me to this gem. The  Moore County budget has a “grant fund,” which is there for the sole purpose of responding to monetary requests from politicos around the county.  County…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Moore County Politics

Moore County Commissioners say the darnedest things!

Moore County Commissioner Tim Lea is running at break-neck speed across the county, preaching to anyone who will listen — stray dogs, grazing cows, and convalescent patients — about how he supposedly is the last line of defense against his colleagues’ “big spending” ways.  Is…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media Moore County Politics

Making Friends 101, with Professor Tim Lea

  Moore County Commissioner Tim Lea, who apparently believes he is the smartest person in Moore County and quite possibly North Carolina, has ruffled more than a few feathers on some politically-powerful ‘birds’ with a PowerPoint presentation he is circulating.  The PowerPoint, which (1) was…

Posted in Economy Moore County Politics

Tim Lea & his PowerPoint

Since September, Moore County Commissioner Tim Lea has been circulating a PowerPoint presentation documenting (1) how much smarter he is than EVERYONE ELSE in Moore County and (2) how — supposedly — his colleagues in county government are ignoring his warnings and are leading the…

Posted in Moore County Politics

I owe HOW MUCH ???

  Many Moore County Public Utilities customers got quite a shock in their latest bills — charges two to four times as much as the normal amount.  My bill was twice the amount I am normally charged — making me think I had accidentally missed…

Posted in Economy Moore County Politics

Why is THIS in the Moore County budget?

  Speaking of political fights, a doozy is getting ready to break loose in Carthage at the highest levels of county government.  One of our faithful readers, who happens to work on the county staff,  has been taking part in a thorough, forensic audit of…

Posted in Moore County Politics

As the dust settles in Moore County, a new political fight brews

      I was browsing through Friday’s edition of our thrice-weekly Pulitzer Prize-winning local paper, when an ad caught my eye.  (The ads are usually more interesting than the news content.)   Anyway, here is what the ad said: STOP AIRPORT WASTE of tens…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Moore County Politics Renee Ellmers

WHO ARE YOU? I’m Bob Etheridge, and I’m BACK !!!

    The guy most closely associated with the question “Who Are You?”  — besides Roger Daltrey — appears to be putting out feelers on the question of a congressional comeback: Former Rep. Bob Etheridge is in Washington today as part of a recruiting class…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Economy NC legislature Politics

Lay off Small Business

        The title of this post is the same as the title for an excellent, thought-provoking  op-ed a Moore County small business owner penned in a recent edition of our local paper: We shouldn’t tax people differently because they have more or…