Flashback to the Battle of Bentonville

In March 2015 Jim and I attended the 150th anniversary reenactment of the Battle of Bentonville.  This year marks the 155th anniversary and the reenactment takes place March 21-22.  Fore more information about the battle click here. On March 19, 1865, Joseph E. Johnston organized his forces into a hook-shaped line at Cole’s Plantation, blocking […]

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Bellflowers violates town communication policy

Bill Speight – Is it appropriate for a commissioner to publicly protest the decision of a majority of the board? No. On December 5th, 2019 the Board met to review policy and procedures. Part of the review included the Town of Hope Mills Communication Policy.  Section C item 1 states “The Mayor, Commissioners, Manager and […]

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January 6 Meeting(s) Recap

The newly installed Board of Commissioners continue to move forward.  January 6 they met at 5pm to hear staff comments regarding the sign ordinance.  The current sign ordinance was adopted in April 2019 after the previous board rushed it to a vote.  According to staff members that version presented several problems and they requested an […]

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Granny’s chicken coop

Granny had a chick coop Behind the weathered door and rusty hinges were the greatest wonders and eight-year-old could ever behold.  Inside, the air hung heavy with two mingling scents, the acrid ammonia of chicken poop and sweet musky corn feed.  The feed was dried corn kernels chopped into tiny slivers.  I was weirdly obsessed […]

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The Parish House

The quotes I’ve provided are all from the official minutes of the Board of Commissioner’s meetings.  They can be found on the Town of Hope Mills website here.  Simply search for the dates I provided and download the PDF to read it in it’s entirety.  And remember, the minutes are an official account of the […]

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The Other Rockefeller Estate

In February 2015 Jim and I toured the other Rockefeller estate in Carver State Park.   The home belonged to John Stillman Rockefeller, nephew of John D. Rockefeller.  Stillman bought the farm in 1937 and completed construction, on what would be his summer house, in 1938. During WWII Stillman served with the Airborne Command and developed […]

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Fayetteville’s Rockefeller Estate

In 2013 I discovered ‘urban exploring’.  I was working as a portrait photographer then and a friend asked me to do a family shoot at the Rockefeller Estate.  I had no idea there was one, much less two Rockefeller estates in the area!  Over the next few years I made dozens of trips to the […]

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Fayetteville’s historic cemeteries

It’s not often Cait wants to spend the day with me…when she does I jump on it.  We spent all afternoon tooling around the historic cemetery’s in Fayetteville.  There was lots of Spanish moss, a few homeless people and a lively discussion about grave robbing.  In general I’m opposed to it.  

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Trip to Southern Pines

Southern Pines before is one of our favorite day trips.  Jim and I drove down recently to explore and then just a short while later Candice and I made a day of it… Nestled in the Sandhills between Pinehurst and Aberdeen, is the quiet town of Southern Pines. Founded in 1887 by steel magnate John […]

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Investing in our future is a no-brainer

by BILL BOWMAN  PUBLISHER’S PEN Will Fayetteville get a new North Carolina state-operated North Carolina Civil War & Reconstruction History Center? That’s a good question. Basic logic would dictate it’s a no-brainer for a community like ours that is working hard to attract business and industry to Cumberland County. As the General Assembly readies itself […]

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Dear Sherri,

Yes! Your family should move here! Hope Mills is part of Cumberland County.  We’re the 2nd largest municipality in the county, Fayetteville is the largest.  Our population is roughly 17,000 strong. Hope Mills is known for it’s parks and recreation.  Most of the municipalities in Cumberland County rely on Fayetteville to run their programs but […]

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Guerilla marketing meets economic development

The face of retail has changed considerably since 2009 when the national recession began.  Large and small retail companies had to reevaluate their investment, and in too many cases they determined the cost of staying open far outweighed the potential revenue. With so many closures, communities of every size are facing an abundance of empty […]

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Where is Hope Mills’ history????

The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) and the Board of Commissioners met February 13th to discuss the Christ Episcopal Church Parish House on South Main Street.  Last March the board voted unanimously to destroy the house at a cost of $11,000. “I question why our commission was never informed of their decision to demolish the building,” […]

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