Pilot Light: Romney Tops Poll at Moore GOP Convention
If the 2012 presidential preference primary were held today, most Moore County Republicans would opt for Mitt Romney.
The former Massachusetts governor soared to the top Saturday in a straw vote taken during the Moore County Republican Convention. Receiving a sprinkling of votes were Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin and Chris Christie.
The convention went off without controversy, with delegates re-electing Bob Levy to a second term as county chairman. However, delegates did elect two new officers - Linda Jarrett as vice chairwoman and Dick Kuehl as secretary. Bev Shebs was re-elected treasurer.
Delegates adopted resolutions on four subjects - the budget battle in Wisconsin, English as the state's official language, marriage as a union between a man and a woman and opposing raising the debt ceiling.
About 200 attended the convention held in Owens Auditorium on the campus of Sandhills Community College. Some observers said attendance was curtailed because of competition from the ACC tournament Saturday afternoon.
UDO - The Moore County Planning Board has made a series of changes in the first five articles of the draft of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO).
The changes were proposed during the board's regular meeting on March 10.
Deleted from the first article was the word "morals" as one of the purposes of the ordinance. Not deleted were health, safety and general welfare. Also removed was language described as overly subjective, lacking in a concise definition, or legally questionable.
Board members recommended extension of the conditional use permit validity period by 12 months to two years to give petitioners more time, as one member put it, "to deal with the woodpecker people, the candlestick makers and others."
The UDO is an ambitious effort to streamline all planning-related ordinances into one user-friendly document. Once the 18 articles have been reviewed by the board, the document will be available for public comment, probably in the summer, before the planning board makes its final recommendation to the county commissioners.
Incorporated into the UDO are such ordinances as zoning, subdivision regulations, manufactured homes, wireless communications facilities and highway corridor overlay districts.
DSS - The Moore County Board of Social Services is meeting today at 3 p.m. in the Carriage Oaks Facility board room.
DSS director John Benton will include in his report a review of performance-based budgeting goals.
COBLE - Congressman Howard Coble traveled into neighboring 8th District territory Saturday when he was the keynote speaker for a dinner meeting of the Liberty Chamber of Commerce in Siler City. The Greensboro Republican represents the 6th District.
Earlier on Saturday Coble attended the ACC Hall of Fame induction of Steve Vacendak at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro.
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