No admission fee will be charged for the first in-person lecture of the James Holshouser Lecture Series, organizers of the new series announced.

That initial lecture is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. in the Bradshaw Performing Arts Center at Sandhills Community College, and will focus on the namesake of the series, the late Governor James Holshouser. The former Southern Pines resident and county attorney died in 2013.

The lecture will be delivered by former Governor Jim Martin, who served from 1985 to 1993. He was a close friend of Holshouser, and the pair were the only two Republican governors elected in the 20th century. George Little, a Southern Pines-based insurance businessman, served on the cabinet during Holshouser’s term as governor and will also speak on the life of the late governor.

The lecture is titled: “From Boone to Southern Pines – The Impact of Governor Jim Holshouser."

Holshouser served as governor from 1973 to 1977. He then retired to Moore County to practice law.

A free ticket for the event will be emailed to those who go on the lecture series website and sign up for future mailings at Those who walk up to the event without registering will be allowed in for free after contact information is collected.

“Hopefully our audience will be families with teenage children who can appreciate the wisdom of the governor and his impact on this area,” organizer Walter Bull said in an email.

More information on the series can be found at

Contact Jonathan Bym at (910) 693-2470 or

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Kent Misegades

These lectures are being held in a facility built and operated with our tax dollars. There is no free lunch. I knew the former Governor from church. A few years before his passing, I asked him of his opinion concerning the gradual conversion of many of our state’s vo-tec community colleges into UNC-Lites. He was very clear with his disagreement. Vo-Tecs, one of his proudest accomplishments, were created primarily to prepare area youth for careers in regional industry and agriculture. They were not intended as a less expensive first two years of a four-year liberal arts degree. And they were definitely not to become sports academies or to be infected with the same regressive liberalism that has poisoned most universities in our country.

Sally Larson

Kent, "These lectures are being held in a facility built and operated with our tax dollars." And we are so fortunate to have such a fantastic facility in our community.

What's your problem with students who, after finishing a 2 year Vo-Tech program decide to go further with their education? Or, are you suggesting an ambitious student be made to stay with their vocational training and not finish college? Honestly, your argument doesn't make sense and I'm sure the last sentence came from you.

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