The Pilot Light: Commissioners Schedule Busy Retreat
Jobs, school budget cuts, home building and tourism are among the topics on the agenda for the all-day retreat scheduled Thursday by the Moore County Board of Commissioners.
The retreat will focus on the economic impact on the local budgeting process. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a talk by Jerry Ocheltree, president and CEO of First Bank, on perspectives from local banks. Barry Boardman, the state’s chief economic analyst, will report on the national state and local economy.
Also on the agenda are Moore County Schools Superintendent Susan Purser, Rich Gough of Sandhills Community College, Rebecca Troutman of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners, Home Builders Association President Jarrett Deerwester, Executive Director Caleb Miles of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Chairman Fred Hobbs and Executive Director Ray Ogden, both of Partners in Progress, and a FirstHealth spokesman.
The retreat will be held at the Senior Enrichment Center.
LICENSE – Jim Black’s license to practice optometry has been restored, according to The Associated Press.
The former state representative from Charlotte was released last month from a federal prison in Georgia, where he served a sentence for corruption. Black served as speaker of the state House for eight years, including one term in which the speakership was shared with then-Rep. Richard Morgan, a prominent Moore County Republican.
Black went down in infamy after his relationship with former Rep. Michael Decker became known. Black, a Democrat, reportedly bribed Decker, a Republican, to change his registration to Democrat.
The switch left the state House split down the middle between the two parties and opened the way for the co-speakership served by Black and Morgan. Black was later convicted of illegally handling contributions.
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