Pilot Light: Bensalem ABC Referendum Voting Begins
Two registrants in Bensalem Township cast their ballots the one-stop absentee way Thursday, the first day of the one-stop voting period.
The Moore County Elections Office has already mailed 13 absentee ballots requested by out of town registrants.
The township has 2,017 registrants eligible to vote in the Jan. 6 ABC referendum.
One-stop voting will continue through Saturday, Jan. 3. This type of absentee voting is being carried out at the county elections office on Pinehurst Avenue in Carthage, but on election day voters will visit the regular polling place at Bensalem Presbyterian Church.
The largely rural township has added about 60 registrants since registration books were closed before the general election.
HEALTH CARE -- Dr. Lori Heim, president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians, will be the featured speaker at the January luncheon meeting of the League of Women Voters of Moore County.
Her subject will be "The American Health Care System -- What we can learn from the U.S. Air Force." She lives in Vass.
The Tuesday, Jan. 20, meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Table on the Green at Midland Country Club, 2205 Midland Road. Lunch costs $12, and reservations should be called to Charlotte Gallagher at 944-9611 by Jan. 16.
STATE HOUS E -- The state House of Representatives may have to start with the Internet when it comes to broadcasting debate sessions.
A House committee studying the issue is considering Internet broadcasts rather than television, at least in the beginning, according to an item in the Under the Dome column of The News & Observer of Raleigh.
Cost is the major stumbling block, and with the state facing a revenue shortfall of 5% or higher, the project may be delayed.
"As soon as there is money for it and as soon as it can get done, the speaker wants it done," said Bill Holmes, spokesman for House Speaker Joe Hackney.
Airing House debate on television would make it possible for constituents across the state to see and hear their legislators in action.
COBLE -- Congressman Howard Coble was ringing the Salvation Army bell at Walmart in Greensboro Saturday.
Back in the 6th District for the Christmas break, Coble has followed a busy schedule punctuated by holiday activities. On Wednesday he dropped in on Christmas parties for Highway Patrol Troop D in McLeansville and senior citizens in Thomasville.
Coble toured Industries of the Blind in Greensboro Tuesday morning, addressed the Rotary Club of the Triad in High Point at noon and attended the Transportation Summit at Volvo Trucks North America in Greensboro that afternoon. He toured N.C. A&T University's renewable waste program Wednesday morning. The congressman was the speaker for the Nathanael Greene Kiwanis Club in Greensboro Thursday, then received the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence at PPG Industries in Lexington at noon. In the afternoon he attended the Grasshoppers Hoppin' Fun holiday open house in Greensboro.
Friday found the Greensboro Republican at a luncheon meeting of the 6th District Academy Selection Committee and in the afternoon at the Edward D. Jones holiday open house.
In between these engagements he met with constituents with previously scheduled appointments at his office in Greensboro.
Contact Florence Gilkeson at 947-4962 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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