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On a quiet Sunday morning in 2009, Robert Stewart entered a Carthage nursing home and began a slow, murderous rampage that still resonates in the small town 10 years later.
When Moore County Schools embarked on its first redistricting of school attendance lines ever, The Pilot committed to blanket coverage. Over the course of a year, that meant 192 stories, editorials and opinion columns on a subject affecting 8,500 families across the county.
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