July 19, 2012
The Moore County Board of Commissioners has been asked by Bojangles’ Corp. to sell vacant land (background) adjacent to the county's veterans memorial in Carthage for a fast food restaurant.
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A joint committee of veterans and county officials have still not come to a resolution over the future of the veterans memorial in Carthage.
At issue is whether the county-owned land adjacent to the memorial should, in time, be subject to development or held back and preserved as a buffer to the memorial.
Robert Hayter, chairman of the Moore County Planning Board and a veteran, said a site plan should be prepared to determine how best to give the space around the memorial “dignity and seclusion” as opposed to the veteran group’s wish to keep the entire tract an open space.
What began as a progressive step toward resolving a controversy between the county commissioners and a veterans' group has hit another obstacle.
Local veterans and their supporters became upset when it was learned that the parcel being considered for sale was adjacent to the veterans’ memorial near U.S. 15-501, too close to an area that is considered “sacred ground” by many in the group.
Military veterans came to the Moore County Board of Commissioners’ meeting Tuesday, hoping for assurance that a fast food restaurant would not be constructed near the war memorial in Carthage.