Stories by John
The new civil rights activism in North Carolina has some roots in Moore County.
With Moore County now actively looking elsewhere to secure a future water supply, Robbins officials are back to square one to figure out their own needs.
Another NAACP member from Moore County was among four dozen protestors arrested at the General Assembly on Monday.
More than 70 volunteers from Keller Williams, Robbins, Situs Industries, the Northern Moore Family Resource Center and others swarmed over Milliken Park to begin this year's project, "To Rebuild and Restore Hope in Robbins, N.C."
Mayor Lonnie English and the Northern Moore Family Resource Center (NMFRC) had been working to get money to help clean up the old mill site. On Wednesday afternoon, he got a phone call from the EPA telling him the agency had awarded Robbins one of five communities in North Carolina Brownfield grants.
Retired Sheriff Lane Carter, longtime educator Lorna Clack and businessman Tommy Phillips joined a long line of honorees stretching back to a founding member of the service club, Luke Marion. His widow was present for the ceremony.
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx often speaks of how, when he was a young boy, his grandmother would point to a stone edifice at the historic Moore County courthouse.
The president of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was among those jailed Monday following a protest in Raleigh.
In just a couple of days, Lane Carter will end a career in law enforcement that lasted 35 years, six months and 15 days for the people of Moore County.
Daniel Keith Britt will spend the rest of his life in prison, sentenced to life without parole Friday morning after pleading guilty to first-degree murder.
A retired Marine colonel and Vietnam fighter pilot led five friends on a motorcycle trip to Carthage recently to pay respects to fallen fighters from former wars.
Former State Sen. Harris Blake, who served 10 years in Raleigh representing Moore County, stood before friends and colleagues Thursday as he was inducted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
A reawakened civil rights movement is coming to North Carolina, a key member of the 1960s movement told an enthusiastic crowd in Pinehurst.
Everybody knows the golden-dusted look of pine pollen when it coats cars, lawns and just about everything in sight. The pernicious pollen of the pine seeps in, covers and coats, painting Sandhills spring in its yellow dust.
Bob Zellner grew up in the home of a Ku Klux Klansman in what he likes to call "L.A." - by which he means "lower Alabama." When his father renounced the Klan, his mother turned his white robe into Sunday shirts for their boys.
The famous state historic site House in the Horseshoe could close, and visits to the historic scene of a Revolutionary War fight end, under a budget Gov. Pat McCrory has proposed.
Some churches in northern Moore County celebrate Easter week in a special way, uniting to help young people get college educations.
BY JOHN CHAPPELL
Bear Creek runs out of the Uwharrie mountain foothills and down through Robbins on its way to the Deep River, the Cape Fear and the Atlantic Ocean.
The oldest schoolhouse in Moore County, a log structure known as the “Thomas School,” is no more. Only a single one-room school remains, preserved at school offices.
Town commissioners proclaimed that day as a yearly event to honor the gunsmith Alexander Kennedy and his famed Kennedy rifle, the long gun commonly called a "Kentucky rifle" but made by hand in Robbins and other places in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
Southern Pines Mayor David McNeill welcomed MMIA founder Michael Dorman to the new office at 625 South Page St. The local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) made the space available, and a number of veterans and families were on hand to celebrate the opening.
Carthage officials plan to mark two birthdays this week by celebrating the 25th anniversary of the town's Buggy Festival and the 100th anniversary of Carthage's volunteer fire department.
Four test wells drilled so far have produced little water, Town Manager Jeff Sheffield told the town's board of commissioners.
Student works of art from North Moore High School and other northern Moore County schools will be on display this week. Admission is free.
The body of a Special Forces captain who'd built his home in Southern Pines was returned from Afghanistan and will probably be buried at Arlington.
Captain Andrew Michael Pedersen-Keel was believed to have been killed by a member of the Afghan security forces in an “insider attack” as Special Forces and Afghan commandos were holding an early morning meeting.
Carthage Rotarians will be flipping flapjacks Thursday, as they do every year, hoping to peddle enough pancakes to help some young people from their end of the county go to college.
An old dog has a new home. Kai, a 12-year-old chow mix seized by Animal Control officers in October from a Taylortown pen, is being worked into a new family after a lot of work from human helpers.
Every year Foothills Outdoors sponsors a March event honoring Charles Brady Jr and reminding people of the need both to protect and enjoy environmental treasures like Bear Creek and the state's freshwater resources.
Police Chief Bart Davis introduced his new hires to the Town Board at a recent meeting, and - following longstanding town traditions - they each "made the rounds" to shake hands with the commissioners.
An outspoken opponent of the death penalty will speak Tuesday night in Pinehurst.
At last week's Town Board meeting, Commissioner Pat Motz-Frazier told the other commissioners that five of Tyson's black descendants would be at the festival and staying at The Old Buggy Inn and taking part in the festivities. It's a bed-and-breakfast she operates in the restored Jones mansion in the historic district of Carthage.
The quilt, nearly complete, was spread out on a wide table in the church basement. Blocks for the principal and teachers are above and below 20 blocks - one for each of the eight boys and 12 girls who died. On each block are images and icons of their favorite things.
A recent survey by the state fire marshal upgraded the town's insurance classification. That means lower rates for properties in Robbins and its fire district.
Over 600 students from schools all over the county got a preview performance of Friday night’s symphony concert. They came to Lee Auditorium at Pinecrest High School to hear Chinese artists from both the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra and the China National Orchestra.
A middle-school librarian from Robbins was looking on from the gallery as the president delivered his State of the Union address on Tuesday before a joint session of Congress.
A video sweepstakes parlor in Robbins will likely have to close following a ruling earlier this week in Davidson County Superior Court.
Elton Turner finally had his day in court this week, pleading guilty and accepting a suspended sentence without actually admitting guilt in the assault of a handicapped person.
The residents, who live near the Village Green, had argued that the Pinehurst Resort erred when it waived a covenant barring construction. The Chapel a few years ago proposed a building project on its own land.
Fire Marshal Ken Skipper had to shut down all community center activities as soon as he became aware of it. While the building met all required codes for use as a repair shop, it didn't even come close to meeting requirements for spaces used for assemblies.
A dog seized by Animal Control officers and rescued just in time is still waiting for a "forever" home.
The congresswoman stopped in to visit with Mayor Lonnie English and Town Manager/ Police Chief Jeff Sheffield and hear firsthand about the town's struggles.
Taylortown’s police chief scheduled a special “Stranger danger” session with children and an “Active Shooter” training session for school staff following threatening text messages.
The issue of future water resources cut a bit too close to the bone for Robbins this past Sunday when the town lost its water source for almost a full day.
The water is back on in Robbins following an overnight interruption. The town is under a boil water advisory until further notice.
Motivated by the risk of new restrictions and the desire for greater personal security, buyers are jamming gun retailers and cleaning out inventory like never before.
Town Manager Carol Sparks, apologizing for acting as "a devil's advocate," reminded the board that changing the zoning laws for any single property is illegal.
The brick building is huge, well over twice the size he'd need for his repair shop. It was already walled into two sections. Matthews began to see his "accident" as a blessing and a call. Young people in the county seat needed a place to go on weekend evenings, a safe place where wholesome fun could be enjoyed.
Well-known Carthaginian Major Killian was found dead in his home on Monday.