Bogey, by one of Moore County’s congressmen, U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, for hewing to the party line instead of doing what’s best for this country.

For better or worse, the 2020 election is over and Joe Biden is president-elect. Most responsible Republicans know that but refuse to utter that, for fear they’ll offend President Trump. And so you have Hudson, recently elected by his fellow Republican congressmen to a leadership post in the caucus.

Hudson told CNN last week that the wildly loony and unsubstantiated allegations leveled by the Trump team were “breathtaking” and “serious enough that they need to be investigated.”

CIA corruption? Venezuelan communists gaming election machines? Throw in a good Area 51 theory and let’s play the trifecta, Congressman.

“I mean, it’s breathtaking to think about,” Hudson said of the allegations. “And if it’s not true, then there needs to be a reckoning on our side.”

Last week, even the White House had seen enough of the deranged theories and cut loose N.C. native Sidney Powell, the Trump team attorney who had been spinning the wild tales.

We’ll be here waiting when a statement comes out on the “reckoning,” Rep. Hudson.

Birdie, by the village of Pinehurst, for finally getting the attention of the National Park Service. The Park Service announced last week that it would spend much of the next year doing a thorough assessment of the village’s national historic landmark status and how it fits in with the village today.

The village won the historic designation in 1996 — ahead of its first U.S. Open — for its unique role in the development of golf in America and as the home base of legendary course designer Donald Ross.

But the landmark distinction has been under “threatened” status for the last few years, due in part to the construction of a roundabout on Carolina Vista and changes to the Village Green to create Tufts Memorial Park and add parking.

The NPS study will now take all that into account and give the village a better understanding of where it stands. The agency has also taken off the “threatened” tag from the village.

“To now have this productive dialogue again, we’ve done several Zoom calls with them and conference calls, and we’ve just been really pleased with how we now feel like we can work with them,” said Village Councilwoman Lydia Boesch, who had undertaken a tremendous study of her own last year of the landmark.

A thorough study will give the village clarity of how it can grow — but still honor its past and history.

Bogey, by the panicked shoppers out there who, apropos of nothing at all, are wiping out grocery store shelves again of toilet paper and other paper products.

The shortage back in March — the first signs of the pending coronavirus crisis — lasted for a few months before paper goods slowly began filling shelves again. While shortages are appearing in some other states that are having lockdowns and stay-home orders, nothing of the sort is occurring here. But nervous nellies watching the TP fly off the shelves in other states must feel the need to pad the already extraordinary caches they built up the first time.

Birdie, by Moore County Schools, for its recent ribbon-cutting of the North Moore High School expansion and unveiling of the Charles Lambert Science Wing. The school has long needed updates to meet the needs of its growing athletics program, and it has lacked adequate classroom space.

The new project, which Moore County commissioners agreed to spend about $13 million on, pays special tribute to the late Lambert, a longtime educator and principal who represented northern Moore on the Board of Education.

“Charles was a devoted servant of our students and an uncompromising advocate for our northern Moore schools,” said Pam Thompson, school board vice-chair and a North Moore graduate herself. “I am so thankful and delighted that we’re able to honor him this morning.”

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Jim Tomashoff

Peyton wrote: "It is against the law to “temporarily” move to Georgia to vote. It is also against the law to encourage such action. But leave it to the Democrats to do just about anything to cheat and attempt to win an election." Several courts have ruled that students who spend the majority of a year in a State where their school is, if not native to that state, have the right to change their voter registration to that State and are thus able to vote in elections held in that State, such as voting for a Senate or House or even President running in that State. So far, we are left with this interesting tidbit:

"Florida attorney was caught on tape outlining his plan to vote illegally in Georgia’s runoff elections and encouraging fellow Republicans to do the same.

Attorney Bill Price was recorded on a since-deleted Facebook Live video describing his plan to commit voter fraud to the Bay County Republican Party members on Nov. 7, about a half hour after the presidential election was called for Joe Biden, reported WSB-TV.

Funny how Republicans keep telling me about fraud related to elections. Republicans keep getting charged with fraud related to elections."

Mark Hayes

Jim, somewhat disappointed that a man of your background and education would be so defiant when confronted with what has become, undisputable facts that there is a problem. It is legal, for out of state students to vote in the state elections, although it does bring into question, somewhat shady voting. Most will not remain in those states when they finish college, having moved on, yet those permanent and long time residence of those states will be left to accept the elections outcome, which may alter the balance of power within that state. With mail in voting being an accepted method, why should they not vote as residence of their state of record. Many come to North Carolina for the lower cost of education, or to experience the higher elevated quality of North Carolinas colleges? This will become a problem for future election, for all parties. I come from the era where you could be too young to vote, yet old enough to serve. Since those days where Democrats and Republican politicians agreed on lowering the age, we have had a younger generation of voters impact the outcome of our elections. A vast majority have not experienced all that comes with that vote. As has been the case for the past several elections, promises of " free " has brought many younger voters into the Democrats fold, it may not be considered fraud, but it does seem to be using Flim Flam tactics when manipulating an 18 year old into voting for a particular candidate. The vast majority are living off the funding of mom and dad, most with children have had that financial burden, not the 18 year old who believes they are much older and wiser than their years, out to change the world. Enjoy the day.

Jim Tomashoff

Your argument makes no sense, as usual it is based on your assumptions, which have little, if any, evidence to make them up.

Mark Hayes

I could have " assumed " that response. Thank you for taking the time to reply.

William Dean

Rep Hudson is no worse then the democrats that bow to socialist doctrine set forth by their leaders. Remember that under socialist rule, newspapers are the first to be shut down.

Judi Rhodes

Of course there are "voting irregularities". Both major parties comment them, but the Democrats are so much better at it than the Republicans. Read today's WSJ for a description of the chicanery/cheating that is underway in Georgia. The Dems are asking college students from out of state to register to vote in Georgia and have assured them that they can recover the earlier legal domiciles later.

Jim Tomashoff

"The Dems are asking college students from out of state to register to vote in Georgia and have assured them that they can recover the earlier legal domiciles later." In other words they are asking these students to follow and abide by Georgia law. Those sneaky Dems, imagine abiding by laws. What did Georgia republicans do before the election in November? They significantly reduced the number of voting machines and poll staffs in majority minority precincts in order to create long lines to discourage these folks from voting. This tactic was defeated by early mail-in ballots. Again, following Georgia law. Yet another example of those dirty democrats practicing chicanery/cheating once again. Right Judi?

Mark Hayes

Jim, I am glad to read you are not among those Democrats who keep repeating the same lame statement of " let us come together ", what don't those people understand ? Be true to oneself, always. Looking forward to the coming years of going on the offensive for a change, it's been rough on defense.

Peyton Cook

It is against the law to “temporarily” move to Georgia to vote.It is also against the law to encourage such action. But leave it to the Democrats to do just about anything to cheat and attempt to win an election.

Sally Larson

Judi, isn't it time to realize although there were some problems they weren't enough to change the outcome. And to think democrats are better at cheating than Republicans is ridiculous. How many of Trumps cabinetmembers are under investigation for illegal activities? Why don't you check that out. We need to get over this conspiracy theorists approa3h and start doing the research before we make accusations.

Patricia Bryan

Re: Bogey for the panicked shoppers buying toilet paper and other paper products. I think this is a media driven reaction. Several weeks ago the NBC Nightly News had a segment on the "shortage" of these products. Last week it appeared on the front page of The Pilot and The Fayetteville Observer. Why print it if it did not apply to this area? People who could not find any the first time would have a normal human reaction to make sure they had plenty if indeed it was going to happen again. If there was a real shortage of available product from the manufacturer of Charmin and Bounty, why would they have put coupons in the Sunday papers to buy the products? I don't recall either article saying that the shortage might be in other states but "nothing of the sort is happening here." If people don't read, they do notice the pictures of empty shelves and may not even notice that one of them was of the really empty shelves the first time around. I don't think the people buying it deserved the bogey, and birdie to the stores for recognizing it could become a real problem and limiting the amount of product that could be purchased, probably more so by only putting out so much a day.

Sally Larson

Patricia, I'm in total agreement with you. The first time I saw the news on this I wondered why this was becoming an issue again when as you pointed out, most of us who were caught off guard have been making sure we have a good backup supply and the shelves haven't been empty for months. There's definitely something fishy about this.

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Sally Larson

Oh, brother Kent, most of us are just grateful the drama will be over. No more ridiculous tweets, no more insistence that conspiracy theories are true, no more lies, and misleading statements. Where's the proof you keep thinking is going to show up? It's not there! You, conspiracy believers, are so conned by your leader, he's stringing you along and you believe everything he says! What a bunch of losers. He's milking you for money so he can pay his bills. It's really sad to watch how he pulls you in with no facts, just theories and suspicions.

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