Birdie, by Moore County, for agreeing to fund a traffic study to gauge the impact a new courthouse could have on downtown Carthage.

The county has to build a new courthouse, and a proposed plan commissioners are reviewing calls for closing a portion of Dowd Road in the heart of Carthage’s downtown. Town commissioners don’t like that plan much and are worried about the impacts.

County commissioners agreed last Tuesday to pay $25,000 for the study. “As part of this contract, you’ll see some every extensive traffic patterns will be looked at, at seven different locations,” said Rich Smith, who oversees capital projects for the county. “The intersections that are going to be looked at are based on what the proposed traffic pattern could possibly be if there was a courthouse sitting in that section of Dowd Road and is closed.”

It’s good to see the county is listening and taking Carthage’s concerns seriously.

Bogey, by Save The Children Federation Inc., which won a new grant to run the important Head Start early education programs in Moore and a few other counties but has yet to open the schools.

Save the Children, based in Connecticut, is a large international nonprofit. According to its 2017 990 federal tax return, it took in more than $759 million and ended the year with almost $40 million after expenses. It spent $12 million on five organizations for “fundraising services,” and its senior staff all earn six-figure salaries. It is not running a shoe-string operation.

The organization won the federal grant for Moore County earlier this summer but might not be able to open Head Start schools in Southern Pines and Aberdeen until later this month. In addition, two other Head Start programs in Taylortown and Vass won’t open at all.

Save the Children officials say they’ll be serving 130 children, down from 150 last year. That might not seem like a big change, unless you’re one of those 20 families who won’t have access to an early education program for their child. Save the Children has some distance to go before it can live up to its name here.

Birdie, by the state Department of Transportation and its contractors, for sticking to the schedule and opening the Midland Road traffic circle when they said they would.

Road project deadlines have a way of “slipping,” but DOT managed this job well enough that the work got done without any significant slippage when it reopened Aug. 30. Few people figured the work would create the traffic headaches it did when contractors had to close the road for two months. Motorists in search of new routes clogged other routes, and the problem worsened in August as schools began reopening.

We would like to think that DOT will keep that in mind the next time a project calls for closing a road for any period of time.

Birdie, by Habitat for Humanity of the Sandhills, Community Learning Center at Pinckney, Sandhills Community College and the town of Carthage for an innovative partnership. The Pinckney Pathways Construction Program will provide hands-on trades skills and potentially prepare 10 students for employment after high school, while also building a house for a future Habitat homeowner from the ground up.

The 2019/2020 Pinckney Build will be at 103 Old Glendon Road in Carthage. A previous home on the site had burned years ago, and the land was abandoned to the town. Carthage donated the lot to Habitat.

The program will help train students who might want to learn a trade at the same time — and get college credit for it — while a house is built for a needy family.

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