On Monday, we remember one of this nation’s great leaders, a man who effected historic change not through words of violence but the vocabulary of conscience.
Might our worst failing in the coronavirus pandemic yet be ahead of us? Here we are, with two approved COVID-19 vaccinations — developed in record time and now in full production by their manufacturers — and yet we have insufficient means of delivery. Imagine how World War II might have turn…
“Jan. 20, 2017, will be remembered,” President Donald J. Trump said in his inaugural speech, “as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.”
A family can plan its budget with utmost care, but fate will intervene. Just when you’re about to buy a new car, the water heater bursts or the roofer finds a lot of rot around that tiny leak.
Happy New Year. 2020 is now in the rear-view mirror, even if all that it wrought remains with us.
A month ago, we learned that Moore County Schools had agreed to a $200,000 settlement with a former student who accused then-school resource officer Joshua M. Evans of engaging her in sexual acts back in 2017.
“In doing this, it was survival first and foremost. I knew if I stayed doing what I was doing, it wasn’t generating enough revenue to run that business.”
From The New York Sun, Sept. 21, 1897:
From the Gospel According to Luke:
The story of Southern Pines — and much of Moore County — these last few years has been the white-hot home construction market and lack of available land.
One of Moore County’s defining characteristics has always been its residents’ spirit of service to others. Our history and tradition is replete with people who have given generously of their time and talents to make this community a better place in which to live.
Double Bogey, by U.S. Reps. Richard Hudson and Dan Bishop, in joining with seven of their fellow North Carolina congressional Republicans in supporting a nonsense lawsuit filed by the state of Texas to try to throw out the lawful 2020 presidential election.
The time is nigh for the Moore County Board of Education to decide how to dispose of the vacant — or soon to be vacant — Aberdeen Primary and Elementary and Southern Pines Primary and Elementary School buildings.
Unfortunately, the prediction health officials made prior to Thanksgiving — a post-holiday bloom in coronavirus cases — is being fully realized nationally, in the state and in Moore County.
If one thing in Pinehurst has been talked about longer — and gone as equally unfulfilled — as a new library, it’s what to do with the old service district just off the village center.
It seems hard to imagine now, but when founded 100 years ago, The Pilot and its newspaper kin were the sole form of telling folks what was going on in their world.
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.
President George Washington issued this proclamation Oct. 3, 1789:
President Abraham Lincoln issued this proclamation on Oct. 3, 1863:
Like so many other things affected by the coronavirus in 2020, college is one more paradigm that has been turned on its head. Students are more likely to “attend” classes these days via the laptop computer that sits in their childhood bedroom. Many universities have gone all fall looking lik…
Normally, we wait until after Thanksgiving to deliver our annual message of shopping local for the holidays, but, frankly, time is of the essence.
We are now eight months into the novel coronavirus pandemic and, for better or worse, adjusting our lives around the virus. There is good and bad to be found in that.
Eagle, by Moore County Board of Elections director Glenda Clendenin and all her staff for what, to date, has been a well-executed election under record turnout.
We’ve been living with this 2020 election for so long now — 11 months! — that it seems hard to grasp that it’s over.
Of all the dismaying things to come out of the coronavirus controversy, the debate about wearing masks may be the most specious.
It’s a well-worn cliche to call every presidential election “the election of a lifetime.” Every four years we are encouraged to vote because of the stakes riding on the outcome. Elections have consequences, right?
On Sunday, we kicked off our Moore County Board of Education endorsements with the District 1 and 2 seats. Voters countywide also are being asked to cast ballots for the District 4 and 5 seats on the seven-member school board.
The Moore County Board of Education has been busy the last couple of years. It had voters overwhelmingly approve a rare bond referendum in 2018 to build three new elementary schools; it built a fourth and is finishing a critical expansion at North Moore High School with conventional financing.
Once upon a time, elections for the Moore County Board of Commissioners were vigorously contested affairs, but they really haven’t been for some time now.
For the first time in memory, Moore County has not one but two Congressmen: Republicans Richard Hudson and Dan Bishop.
After winning the State House 52 seat in 2008, Republican Jamie Boles went 10 years without a Democratic challenge. That changed two years ago when businessman and former teacher Lowell Simon stepped in.
2020 has been anything but predictable, save for one thing. On the day after the 2018 election, we had a pretty good feeling we’d again see a matchup between Republican incumbent Tom McInnis and Democratic challenger Helen Probst-Mills.
We’re now just under four weeks until Election Day 2020. Ballots are flowing into boards of elections across the country.
As it turns out, the help that Robbins has been needing the last few years may have been a lot closer than anyone believed.
For many of us, fortunately, the coronavirus has remained conceptual. We’ve gone about our days, working and running errands and living lives mostly unaffected, save for where we fall on the mask-wearing, social-distancing spectrum.
There hasn’t been a lot of good news on the coronavirus front these past six months, but Gov. Roy Cooper’s recent willingness to loosen up school attendance for our youngest students is decidedly good.
Birdie, by FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, for trying to ascertain how exposed the community might be to the novel coronavirus.
Moore County officials cut the ribbon Wednesday on the new Aberdeen Elementary School, the first project completed in the $103 million bond referendum voters approved two years ago.
The coronavirus has laid bare a number of critical needs, but those needs are not limited to public health alone.
A hole-in-one is a celebratory feat, for sure. But an even rarer accomplishment is the double eagle, or albatross — a golfer scoring a “2” on a par-5 hole.
Pinehurst has been nothing if not deliberative this year in its quest to parse every single detail and opinion in the village about the future of library services.
On Sept. 6, 1936, having just returned from a trip across nine states to see the effects of the Dust Bowl and drought — two months before the next election, and with the country still in the midst of the Great Depression — President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke directly to the American people…
Birdie, by Moore County Schools, for choosing transparency when it comes to how it’s handling the coronavirus in its schools.
The enterprise of food is a keystone to any downtown community. Vibrant downtowns derive much of their verve from the varied selection and manner with which food and drink are served across neighborhoods.
Early on, the Moore County Health Department looked like it was on top of the coronavirus.
This past week was to have been the first big week of fall high school sports. Tennis, volleyball, boys’ soccer, football — they exist now only on calendars rendered worthless by the coronavirus.
Birdie, by Phil Richardson, for his recent promotion to assistant town manager in Aberdeen, while also keeping his regular job leading the town’s emergency services.
Even in common years, the first two weeks of school would have hiccups. Buses run late routes, kids go to wrong classes, kindergartners’ butterflies turn to upset stomachs. It all eventually works out and the year falls into rhythm.
Pity the lawman who takes the top job in a small Southern town. They’re almost bound to get compared at some point to the fictional Sheriff Andy Taylor.
In normal times, your average county health department works, like most of the government bureaucracy, to keep the cogs in the machine moving. Its staff inspect public swimming pools, ensure restaurants are meeting health requirements, oversee immunizations and administer a raft of health in…