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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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#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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Pinehurst: A shakedown of builders by village staff?

      A long-time village government policy has some area developers — along with at least two members of The Village Council — crying foul: The Pinehurst Village Council approved preliminary plans for a 70-unit townhome development on Midland Road near the entrance of…

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Pinehurst: Queen Nancy expanding her domain, some homeowners catching a break

      Grab a chair and some popcorn, boys and girls, the Pinehurst village council is getting together again this week.  Click HERE  and HERE for details. We were scanning the details of the regular meeting agenda and came across this: 5.     Action: Motion…

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Hi-HO HI-HO It’s off to court we go (AGAIN!)

In the wake of the 2011 Pinehurst village council elections, we were promised an end to business as usual at village hall. For years,  standard operating procedure at village hall has been to shove decisions down the throats of village residents.  If anyone objected,  it…

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Revisiting Pinehurst’s Railhouse deal

I’ve been doing some pontificating, pondering and research on the recent deal arranged by Pinehurst to bring Railhouse Brewery from Aberdeen to Pinehurst.  Prior to Railhouse securing ANY property in Pinehurst, village leaders secured $200,000 in tax dollars from the state to help with renovating the…

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John Marcum now a Fiorillo Fan

          I ran into John Marcum, two-time Pinehurst mayoral candidate and 2012 GOP candidate for NC Senate, at Saturday’s Moore County GOP candidate meet-and-greet in Southern Pines.  Judging from Marcum’s  tone, the hatchet appears to be buried with Queen Nancy of…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Pinehurst FINALLY has a queen …

The birds are singing more cheerfully.  Rainbows are decorating the sky. The Pinehurst Police have abandoned their speed traps and have actually gone back to patrolling.   Blossoms are appearing on the trees.  Cats and dogs are living together. People are happier.  England had its…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Welcome Back, Parson?

Now that the dust has settled in the local municipal races, the new topic of discussion in political circles is who will be appointed to replace Pinehurst’s Nancy Fiorillo and Southern Pines’s David McNeill.  Both were promoted by voters from their respective council seats to…