Stories by Tom
The search for the next Aberdeen police chief is down to seven candidates, including three who are chiefs at other departments, Town Manager Bill Zell said.
The students spent Wednesday afternoon with the Southern Pines police. They and their families ate pizza with members of the department, toured the police station, observed training exercise with all five of the department's K-9 officers, and then participated in a building search by the department's Special Response Team.
The Timmel Pavilion at the Meadow is a 30-foot by 60-foot covered structure open on three sides that has rocking chairs, an outdoor patio, a fireplace, ceiling fans, tables and interior storage space. Designed and constructed to reflect the principles of Frederick Law Olmsted, the open-air pavilion is located in the upper part of the Meadow.
The Aberdeen police and fire departments are reaching out to the community to help the family of Bryan Lett, an Aberdeen police lieutenant who is battling cancer.
After serving as chief deputy for a decade, Neil Godfrey learned a great deal from his friend and mentor, Sheriff Lane Carter. Now, for at least the next 18 months, Godfrey will get to apply those lessons.
The first Pinehurst Concours d'Elegance will feature an international field of vintage automobiles with plenty of local representation.
Owner Pat Molamphy, of Citadel Development Group LLC, is proposing a development with 46 detached single family homes and 24 townhomes. The property is designed so that one- and two-story cottage homes will be on the exterior of the development and would surround the townhomes. The proposed density is 4.3 dwelling units per acre.
Moving forward in 2014 with the construction of a two-tier parking deck and the final phase of a development plan for Village Place isn't financially feasible, Assistant Village Manager Natalie Dean told the Pinehurst Village Council Tuesday.
Eric Doby's love of automobiles goes back to when he was a little boy spending time with his grandfather and his Ford Model T. "The first time he cranked it up I slid across the seat and he let me drive it," said Doby, a Union Pines senior. "I was a little kid, barely able to reach the pedal. Those were the best times."
When it comes to a proposal to streamline the review process of projects within the Pinehurst historic district, the Village Council hopes to try it before it buys it, so to speak.
The market, which features fresh local produce, pasture-raised meats, eggs, artisanal baked goods, children's activities and live music, will again be held at two locations this year.
Instead of sulking or feeling sorry for herself, Brenda Hiscott has chosen to be strong; to live life to the fullest and be a source of strength and
Flanked by a quintet of classic and muscle cars at the Pinehurst Country Club, Jay Howard, executive director of the Pinehurst Concours d'Elegance, announced Wednesday that the resort has already agreed to host the event for two more years through 2015.
UNC Hospitals police were on their way to detain an Aberdeen man with an arrest warrant Saturday, but he left the hospital minutes before police could get to him, said Tom Smith, director of the UNC Hospitals police.
A section of Pinehurst between Village Hall and downtown has development potential, but those specifics need more study, according to a village consultant.
Doctors eschewed traditional medical treatments for Hershey and referred the dog to Dr. Megan Ross, a Southern Pines veterinarian who specializes in holistic practices, including pet acupuncture.
Southern Pines police have filed additional drug and gun charges against an Aberdeen man who fled a Chapel Hill hospital this past weekend after he was involved in a shooting on Friday at Brookwood Park Apartments.
Author James Patterson talked about how he and others have changed their stories and improved their lives by finding their passion, reaching for goals and living life to the fullest.
On Saturday, police officers arrested Nico-Lechad Rickenan Monroe, 22, of 153 Hazelwood Drive, and charged him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana with intent to sell/deliver, possession of marijuana and possession of a stolen firearm.
A volunteer firefighter with the Pinehill Fire Department in Hoke County, Sarah Stonesifer received a full firefighter's burial at Bethesda Cemetery in Aberdeen.
The current 8,000-square-foot office was built in the 1950s and is the oldest and smallest of the 14 DOT district offices.
Mike Connor, who started his career with the department as a patrol officer in 1983 and moved through the ranks, has been chief for eight years. He will retire July 1.
Community members through Facebook donated $700 to offset the care for the animal, and one family even agreed to adopt the dog.
Southern Pines Police Chief Bob Temme told members of the downtown neighborhood community watch group on Wednesday that there have been 30 such incidents in town since Jan. 1. That represents more than a 50 percent increase in similar crimes over the same period in an average year.
The cost for each child to go through the entire process, from application to evaluation, to training to receiving a dog, is $60,000. That cost is covered by MIRA Foundation USA, which is the only such group in the country that provides guide dogs for children.
The total number of new workers downtown won't be huge - about 30 - but the prospect of serving top-level corporate executives and their guests has many Southern Pines businesses like Lula's excited.
Attorneys for Steve Jones, the auto dealer accused by the Division of Motor Vehicles of improper sales, say their client has been "primarily a figurehead" for the dealership for the past several years and that he had no active role due to ongoing medical issues.
The Pinehurst Village Council has rejected a request that would have allowed condominiums to be built on vacant property off Burning Tree Road and near Lake Pinehurst and the marina.
Several Aberdeen residents went before town officials and called for change Monday after they said minorities have been the victims of profiling and unnecessary use of force by town police.
For Aberdeen resident Bob Hanley, a letter written to a reporter in Charlotte set in motion a chain of events that ensured his spot in a television commercial about home and auto insurance.
The United Way is in the process of determining how it will divide the $595,129 raised. Nineteen nonprofit organizations have requested funding from the United Way. The funds will be awarded in early June, said Linda Pearson, executive director of the United Way.
After 76 years, the building that once housed Anglo Tweeds and Midland Crafters on Midland Road is being demolished.
Tickets are $20 and are available until they sell out. The library is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Moore County Schools officials are studying whether one area school should abandon the traditional nine-month school year in place of a year-round calendar.
This week, the students from Boston College are working on the home during their spring break as part of Habitat for Humanity's national alternative break program, Collegiate Challenge.
Town commissioners on Thursday instructed the staff to move forward with creating a Midway Small Area Plan. The plan, which could be used as a model for other communities, would help the town identify community needs based on input from that community's residents.
Prescribed burns reduce the buildup of vegetation that could fuel a wildfire. In addition, many plants and animals need fire to thrive. Prescribed burns can reduce competition among plants, release seeds, and add nutrients to benefit species.
Residents living near Lake Pinehurst are mounting a protest against the proposed construction of three condominiums that would be built on vacant property near the lake and the marina.
During his career, Kyran averaged 120 misdemeanor convictions and 50 felony convictions per year. He was such a high-quality dog that his work stood up in cases at the county, state and federal level.
"We have training every year so we will know what to do in those types of situations," McCormick said. "There was an instant where I wanted to panic, but then my instinct and training took over, and I knew I couldn't panic. I had to take care of my babies."
The first-ever Concours show competition at Pinehurst Resort will feature the staging of 118 prestigious cars, some valued at more than $2 million, in celebration of the 118-year-old resort.
Five Afghan children will travel to Moore County this summer and spend six weeks here. They will be accompanied by a translator. All six individuals will stay with host families. During their stay the children will receive necessary medical care provided by local doctors. In addition to the treatment, the children will be immersed in local culture and will spend time participating in a variety of activities.
Golf is a well-served market. Pinehurst is, after all, the "Home of American Golf." But the rest of the Pinehurst's rich history and unique facilities - think Harness Track, village center and the Arboretum - have been overshadowed a bit.
Pinehurst Police Chief Earl Phipps has presented a proposal to the Village Council that would lower the speed limit from 35 to 25 in neighborhoods near Lake Pinehurst, Donald Ross Drive and Monticello Road.
The Pinehurst Village Council has allocated $69,500 from this year's budget for the design of a two-deck parking structure to be located behind The Holly Inn near downtown.
The Village Council Tuesday night agreed to ask state Rep. Jamie Boles to work on a local piece of legislation that, if passed, would make the historic commission an advisory body that reports to the council.
The changes to the green will open up an area around Tufts Rock, the central point of the village. It is hoped that the more open green will be a focal point to draw people, particularly younger families, downtown.
Aberdeen officials remain convinced that the way to a thriving economic future is to foster the birth and growth of new small businesses in the community.
For more than a decade, Pastor Ben Lawson, of Calvary Chapel of the Sandhills in Aberdeen, has dreamed of using a local radio station to bring contemporary Christian music to Moore County.
Elizabeth Lyerly's next destination is more than 4,000 miles northwest of Southern Pines, where she will work as a veterinarian for the Iditarod, an eight-day, 1,200-mile sled dog race through the harsh Alaskan environment from Anchorage to Nome.