Here we go again. The ebb-and-flow cycle of the coronavirus pandemic is in flow mode again, as a result of the highly contagious “delta variant.” Across the country, the state and here in Moore County, positive test rates are on a new upswing, hospitalizations are rising, and much of the pr…
The worst thing you can do in the debate over Critical Race Theory is listen to the shrillest of voices on either side and stake your own position on that basis.
Most of us are fortunate, in that our lives and our families have not intersected with gun violence. For the prominence that shootings and deaths maintain in the media, it is still uncommon for most people to experience a personal connection to such an occurrence.
Developers are known for their visions of what could be. It’s an important skill to possess in order to take that vision to fruition.
Birdie, by the Kelley family of Southern Pines and the crew with Dave’s Tree Service in Vass for not taking the easy way out with an old tree.
If you get clever enough about it, and have the driving capacity to pull it off, you could almost play a round of golf across multiple courses and multiple communities in southern Moore.
Hello and welcome again to another edition of Dickering for Dollars, in which contestants face off in a needless argument that results in lots of money left on the table.
This is a partial text of the Declaration of Independence, adopted in Philadelphia 245 years ago yesterday, on July 4, 1776.
Sixteen in 26. That first number represents the U.S. Golf Association championships hosted in the Sandhills in the past 26 years.
Eagle, by the friends of Phil Menendian, who rallied around him and his wife after a freak accident in West End left him severely injured.
Remember the good ol’ days of two months ago when the school district seemed awash in extra money flowing through federal coronavirus relief programs?
The act of governments offering economic incentives to recruit new businesses to town is always a tricky thing.
In less than a month, Moore County and its municipalities will begin new budget years. Unlike last year, when the coronavirus left many impacts unknown, our communities are going into the new year in much better shape, aided in part by better-than-expected sales tax collections and lots of f…
It’s not every day that a hospital builds a new cancer center, and in mostly rural counties like Moore, it’s virtually never.
Birdie, by the town of Southern Pines, for its creative approach to environmental problem solving.
We’re losing them by the hundreds every day, the brave men who stormed the beaches of Normandy 77 years ago today. But remember D-Day we must.
Do you feel it? Out there, in the air. In people’s lively steps. Hugs, handshakes, heads thrown back in laughter and glee. The calendar may have us celebrating Independence Day three weeks from now, but there is no missing the palpable feel of freedom as the coronavirus continues to wane.
Congratulations, seniors. You are soon to turn your tassels and a corner in your life. The only thing left to do is post your celebration video on TikTok.
Memorial Day is an appropriate time to reread Abraham Lincoln’s sublime Gettysburg Address honoring Civil War dead.
“The nine most terrifying words in the English language,” Ronald Reagan once famously quipped, “are: I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”
Double Bogey, by school board member David Hensley and Whispering Pines Mayor Alexa Roberts, for letting their personal feuds overtake their elected roles.
Lately, you’ve had a greater chance of finding a debate about Critical Race Theory than an open gas station.
Maybe last year’s toilet paper shortage was the canary in the coal mine? A sign that we better buckle up for the new “shortage economy”?
A casino in Pinehurst? Anyone wanna give us odds on that? Yeah, we didn’t think so. Financially, North Carolina is doing quite well these days, with a projected surplus of $4 billion by June 30. But that hasn’t stopped some folks from looking at ways to generate new revenue, from legalizing…
We couldn’t let this weekend go without pausing to reflect that it’s been 25 years since the passing of Sam Ragan, one of North Carolina’s true men of letters — and poems, books and newspapers.
The Moore County Board of Education sought to bury their hatchets Monday, and for a change it wasn’t into each other’s backs.
Birdie, by the Partners in Progress organization, on the recent hire of its new executive director, Natalie Hawkins.
When it comes to health care, doctors often get the headlines. They stand out for their expertise and capabilities, and rightfully so.
Policing is an inherently dangerous business. You can give officers the best armaments and defensive gear and that won’t change the fact that their lives are at risk every shift.
We’ve gotten accustomed over the last several years to a fair amount of impassioned pleading and doomsday forecasting centered around the Moore County Board of Education’s budget request for the upcoming school year.
Popular movies about D-Day like “The Longest Day” and “Saving Private Ryan” captured, albeit with Hollywood spin, the dramatic, chaotic, terrifying and grisly moments of that day.
You needn’t have seen “Hamilton” to know that the United States was founded, largely, because King George III was a pretty indifferent ruler who didn’t take the Colonies seriously.
Eagle, by Susan Bellew, who is retiring after 22 years as the first and only executive director of Family Promise, which offers shelter for women and their children who have nowhere else to turn.
Last spring, local governments found themselves wringing their hands over what they presumed would be a budget-wrecking year caused by the global coronavirus pandemic and an upended economy.
The Easter story from Luke’s Gospel: When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots to divide his…
If a rising tide lifts all boats, what does a strong economy do for a local airport? Sends it soaring, if the current experience of the Moore County Airport is any indication.
The bed of Lake Surf remains boggy and overgrown. Amenities such as a historic old clubhouse and an Ellis Maples-designed golf course have fallen into disrepair.
It’s been a little over a year of life under the coronavirus pandemic, but finally things are trending solidly toward recovery and a return to normalcy.
Double Bogey, by several Pinehurst residents who, proclaiming to support the “Freedom Matters” movement, went before the Village Council recently and refused to comply with the governor’s order and their own mayor’s repeated requests to don a mask while at the meeting.
Going by what the state dictated, Moore County Schools has been operating these past two months under the formula of A+B = disjointed learning.
Public service is a noble endeavor, and can be a rewarding career for those who possess certain skills, whether it’s land planning, operating a water plant or serving as a first responder. The ultimate goal of these jobs is to serve your community and make a difference in the process.
It is too soon to hail Pinehurst for, after more than 20 years, finally closing the book on its longstanding library problem. But the solution announced last week to take over operations — and expansion — of the privately held Given Memorial Library is positive forward movement indeed.
It’s been a year since the toilet paper and cleaning wipes disappeared — the leading edge for what was to become the lost year of the coronavirus global pandemic.
Eagle, by the late Vergil Shamberger, for being one of those quiet heroes who leaves a lasting legacy on his community.
The case to reopen public schools for five-day in-person attendance is getting a shot in the arm, literally and figuratively.
It’s hard to remember a time when Pat Corso wasn’t trying to improve life and the local economy here in Moore County.
In a recent letter on this page, SCC President John Dempsey proffered a generous suggestion to the village of Pinehurst as it wrestles with its future library situation.
The proposition was clear three years ago for voters: Approve a $103 million bond referendum and Moore County Schools would build three new elementary schools in Aberdeen, Southern Pines and Pinehurst. The acceptance was overwhelming — 80 percent. To date, Aberdeen and Southern Pines are ope…
Moore County’s travel and tourism industry has taken a massive hit since the onset of the coronavirus last March. Our local resorts and hotels lost most of the spring and fall 2020 golf seasons — or at least those guests who would have booked rooms and stayed multiple days. And business-rela…
On this Valentine’s Day, it’s good to know that love makes the world go ’round. But more important, it’s the manifestations of love, through acts of kindness, generosity and thoughtfulness, that make a community so special. And so: