Pinehurst Mayor Hospitalized After Fall
Pinehurst Mayor George Lane has been hospitalized after a fall Monday at his home.
Lane underwent surgery at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital and remains sedated, according to a news release from the village.
Village Manager Andy Wilkison said Thursday morning that Lane was still sedated and under observation.
Mayor Pro Tem Ginsey Fallon has assumed the responsibilities of mayor while Lane is incapacitated. It is unknown when Lane might return to work.
"Until the council determines that there's a need to do otherwise, we'll just go forward and operate with four members, and Ginsey will fulfill the mayor's duties," Wilkison said.
Wilkison said he did not know the nature of Lane's condition or his surgery, but said it appeared to be "serious."
Lane's family has requested that friends and well-wishers not attempt to visit him at this time.
A former school superintendent, Lane was elected mayor by a wide margin in 2007 following a contentious race against John Marcum, leader of Concerned Citizens of Pinehurst. Lane is a past president of the Pinehurst Civic Group.
During his tenure, Lane has overseen the completion of the controversial Carolina Vista roundabout, much of the Pinewild involuntary annexation battle and the village's proposal to buy water and wastewater treatment plants in Scotland County.
The news release said that additional information would be made available as it becomes known.
Wilkison said he would be the best contact for any inquiries about the mayor or village business.
He added: "I know the family would appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers."
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