Pilot Light: Candidates Withdraw
Two withdrawals from the November municipal elections will leave one town with a dilemma and one village with just enough candidates to fill the available seats.
Incumbent Robbins Commissioner Mark Garner officially withdrew Tuesday morning, according to county Elections Director Glenda Clendenin. His withdrawal leaves Robbins with two candidates to fill three seats on the Town Board of Commissioners.
Gerald Osborne, a candidate for the Whispering Pines Village Council, withdrew late Monday afternoon. The village now has three candidates for three council seats.
Clendenin said the withdrawals were made before the printing order for ballots had been completed and before voting machines had been programmed. The municipal elections are Nov. 3.
If a write-in candidate does not emerge in Robbins, then the law may allow the Town Board to make an appointment to fill the vacancy.
AIRPORT -- Bill Bateman, an airline pilot and retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, has been appointed to the Moore County Airport Authority.
He will succeed Don Delauter, who is rotating off the authority after serving two terms.
The Board of Commissioners made the appointment at a Monday night meeting, when the board also voted unanimously to reappoint Hugh Bingham, of Whispering Pines, to another term. Bingham, who is completing his first term, is a banker and serves as treasurer of the authority.
Bateman lives in Seven Lakes North. He is a former commander of 8th Operations Support Squadron in Korea. Since 2005, has been a pilot and first officer with Southwest Airlines.
Other applications on file for the appointment are those of Bernard Capstick of Pinehurst and James Murray of Lakeview.
LIBRARY -- The commissioners have also reappointed Susan Zucchino and Peter Madsen to the Library Board of Trustees. The votes were unanimous.
Two other trustees whose terms are expiring, Martha Ippoliti and Judy Scott, advised the county that they do not wish to be reappointed.
NAACP -- The Moore County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the NAACP at 7 p.m. Friday at the John Hall Presbyterian Church in Carthage.
The historic church is at 518 Dowd St. The speaker will be the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the state NAACP. There will be many local dignitaries participating as well.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the local branch president, O'Linda W. Gillis, at 947-1422 or 603-4121. The Rev. Joseph Thompson is the pastor at John Hall Presbyterian.
COBLE -- Sixth District Congressman Howard Coble is touring the Macedonia Family Resource Center in High Point this morning.
At noon he will address the High Point Realtors Association at Colonial Country Club in Thomasville. At 2 p.m. he will speak to Syngenta in Greensboro.
After a tour of Freeman Florist in Randleman Thursday morning, Coble will spend the rest of the day in Asheboro, where he will tour the Sunbridge Rehabilitation Center, attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Cultural and Recreation Building, tour The Growing Place Childcare Center and will be interviewed by the Asheboro Courier-Tribune.
On Friday, Coble will meet with constituents with appointments and will present a Congressional Award to a student at his Greensboro office.
Contact Florence Gilkeson at 693-2479 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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