Pilot Light: Board to Meet in Aberdeen
The Moore County Board of Commissioners is moving its work session meeting place to Aberdeen Thursday night for its first quarterly update with municipalities.
The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. at the new Aberdeen Recreation Station on U.S. 1.
Earlier this year, the commissioners decided to invite officials from all 11 municipalities to meet with them once a quarter to discuss mutual concerns and to get an update on activities in the towns and villages.
Also on the Thursday agenda is a presentation on drug awareness and prevention.
BOLES -- State House Speaker Joe Hackney has appointed Moore County's state Rep. Jamie Boles to the Joint Legislative Corrections, Crime Control and Juvenile Justice Oversight Committee. The term will end Jan. 25, 2011.
State Reps. Alice L. Bordsen and Jimmy L. Love will co-chair the committee for the House.
DEMOCRATS -- The Moore County Democratic Party will hold its monthly executive board meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, at county headquarters, 104 McNeill St. in Carthage,
On the agenda is discussion of an upcoming fundraiser luncheon featuring state Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, who recently announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate.
County party Chairman Jim Heim says all Democrats are invited to attend the Monday night meeting.
IMMIGRANTS -- State Rep. Jamie Boles distributed a news release this week expressing concern about a pending decision regarding admission of illegal immigrants to the community college system.
The State Board of Community Colleges is expected to decide next week whether to admit illegal immigrants to degree programs. A policy committee last month recommended a policy allowing illegal immigrants.
The news release quotes state Rep. Paul Stam (R-Wake), GOP leader, as follows: "Members of the State Board should thoughtfully consider the effects of admitting illegal immigrants into our community colleges. The study is clearly flawed. Taxpayer subsidies are unquestionably much higher. At a time most community college classes are enrolled to capacity, it makes no sense to allow those who are in this country illegally to displace our citizens."
COBLE -- Congressman Howard Coble was interviewed this week by the Washington News Observer, a Washington, D.C.-based broadcast news service.
In the video, the 6th District congressman says the blame should not be directed at the Republicans if health-care reform measures fail.
Coble, a Greensboro Republican, said President Obama didn't win any converts in his address to a joint session of Congress last week.
"Now I'm annoyed when some people say, well, if we don't get a health-care plan, it'll be the Republicans' fault," he said in the interview. "Well, do the mathematics on that. Democrats not only have the majority, they have the leverage...So I think it's going to be inequitable and unfair to point accusatory fingers at Republicans if in fact the plan does collapse."
Coble said opposition among his constituents in the 6th District is running about two to one.
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