Eagle, by Bob Dedman for his recent receiving of the 2019 Historic Hotels of America Steward of History and Historic Preservation Award. The award, granted by the Historic Hotels of America, recognized and honored the owner of Pinehurst Resort and Country Club for his work preserving the hotel and its rich American golf history.

Over the last 30 years, the Dedman family has taken the resort from desperate times to a restored glory that includes extensive renovation to its properties and courses. In doing so, Dedman preserved Pinehurst’s past but invested in “new” features such as The Cradle short course, the Pinehurst Brewing Co, Thistle Dhu and restoration of the former home of Donald Ross — Dornoch Cottage — on Midland Road.

“Bob Dedman’s personal commitment to preserving the past, while enhancing the future for Pinehurst guests, will ensure that future generations of travelers will be able to create their own long, lasting memories at Pinehurst,” said Lawrence Horwitz, executive director of Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide.

Birdie, by Sandhills Community College and longtime supporters Stan and Jean Bradshaw for the beautiful renovation of Owens Auditorium and newly named Bradshaw Performing Arts Center.

The 30-year-old facility closed in the summer of 2018 to undergo a $4.4 million renovation that rehabbed the main 600-seat auditorium but also reimagined Sandhills’ role as a regional hub for the performing arts.

The center now includes not just the main performance hall but also a small “black box” theater in nearby Wellard Hall and two outdoor performance areas.

Together, the spaces work to celebrate the arts and honor the patrons who have ensured the college’s role in bringing world-class productions such as last month’s performance by Michael Feinstein.

Birdie, by the village of Pinehurst for ensuring there will be ample input from the public over what is to become of library services there. The village in the new year will begin working with a consultant hired to study the library situation. The 55-year-old Given Memorial Library, while excellent, is too small and cannot continue longterm to be operated in a manner befitting Moore County’s largest municipality.

The village, with its consultant, has ensured the public will be heard early and often in this process, beginning with a Jan. 14 “kickoff” public meeting. There will be a three-day “public engagement” process in February, followed by online survey available to residents. Then, in April, there will be a random scientific survey conducted to determine what respondents want in a library.

This is a lot more than most communities would do, but the village is nothing if not diligent in making sure that anyone who wants to be heard gets heard.

Birdie, by Pinecrest, Union Pines and North Moore high schools’ theater students for another year of award-winning performances. The three schools shone with their productions recently at the regional high school theater festival.

Two weeks ago, students from Union Pines and North Moore competed in the state festival in Greensboro, taking home some of the top awards. Union Pines took home an “honorable mention” for its production of the play “Badger,” meaning it will compete nationally if one of the top two schools can’t go.

Birdie, by Ron Maness who has announced his retirement — for a third time — as executive director of the Moore County Airport.

In his three turns as director, Maness has overseen growth at the airport and updates of critical infrastructure.

“Fuel sales are up, our hangars are full, we have received one grant for new taxiways and another grant for new LED runway lighting, and we’re operationally self-sustaining,” Maness said. “Things are just about as good as we could possibly hope.”

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Kent Misegades

Kudos to Ron Maness. The back story at the airport is why it is unable to find a manager who stays very long? Especially when taxpayers pay consultant a fortune to find new managers? Bother back story - what is going on with the flight training at the airport? Once government owned, then given up to a private company who now is perhaps leaving?

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