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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Mitchell launches new attack on veterans

  January 11th I emailed an application for the historic preservation committee to the town clerk.  One other person applied before me so the clerk emailed back to ask if I was interested in any other committees.  I knew there would be an opening on the Veterans Affairs Commission (VAC) so I told her I’d […]

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Hope Mills deserves better leadership

  Editor’s note: On occasion, Publisher Bill Bowman yields this space to allow others to discuss relevant local topics. This week’s Publisher’s Pen is by HopeMills.net founder Elizabeth Blevins. “If you want an amazing downtown, it must start with rock stars leading the way. Board members who understand their commitment.” MainStreetAmerica.org Where are the rock stars in Hope Mills? Where’s the dedication and […]

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Who’s ‘wrongdoing’ what?

As a rule I try not to name private citizens.  Elected officials are subject to scrutiny but private citizens are not.  Likewise, I don’t reference personal issues.   But when private citizens use social media to accuse their fellow citizens and respected organizations of serious crimes, they forfeit that privacy.  They become the news. Last week […]

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Hope Mills board votes denies LSF’s final offer

“We’re very disappointed with the actions of the board.  I made plans to attend the November meeting and was hoping to discuss our offer with them in person.  Of all the people I’ve spoken to, only a half dozen indicated they were opposed to this partnership, and three of them were the board members who […]

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Board denies Lone Survivor Foundation

Written by: Elizabeth Blevins By a vote of 3-2, the Board of Commissioners have voted to deny the offer made last week by Lone Survivor Foundation.  Commissioner Jessie Bellflowers lobbied the board to hold the public hearing they were promised, and said the board had an obligation to appraise the land.  He actually TRIED to […]

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Is Mitchell free to vote for LSF now?

Written by: Elizabeth Blevins   This afternoon the Hope Mills staff released the agenda packet for the October 8th meeting.  Included in the packet, are the minutes from the July 23rd meeting.  Included in the minutes, are statements from each board member about why they voted not to sell land to Lone Survivor Foundation.  This […]

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LSF makes formal offer to town

Written by: Elizabeth Blevins Earlier this week I met with Lone Survivor Foundation (LSF) Board President, Tim Byrom.   Byrom intended to be here two weeks ago, but like so many of us, his plans were altered by Hurricane Florence.  Now that he’s here, he’s wasted no time getting to business.  He walked the site of […]

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Lone Survivor volunteers clean Hope Mills cemeteries, replace flags

Written by EARL VAUGHAN JR. & Published in Up & Coming Weekly October 2, 2018 There were plenty of opportunities for cleanup in Hope Mills in the wake of Hurricane Florence, but once she determined most of the needs of the living were met, Mayor Jackie Warner sought help for a group that couldn’t help […]

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The P&R Survey is done, but will the board re-address LSF?

Written by: Elizabeth Blevins October 1st, the Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting to hear the results of the long-awaited Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan created by Rachel Cotter of the McAdams Group. The Board met in August to reschedule a Public Hearing, at which the public would be invited to give […]

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Board wants extended term limits

In the Spring of this year Hope Mills Commissioner Mike Mitchell proposed making a drastic change to the town’s charter, suggesting the Commissioners serve 4-year staggered terms instead of the current 2-year terms.  After prolonged discussions it was agreed to put the issue on the November ballot and let the citizens of Hope Mills make […]

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Mitchell & Larson live on talk radio

  Audio clip  The clip above is to the 20+ minute interview of Commissioners Meg Larson and Mike Mitchell by Goldy.  To make things easier I’m going to use abbreviations for their names. I’m also going to give you time stamps so you can zero in on exact parts of the conversation. 0:48 – Goldy- […]

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The Conflicted Commissioner Larson

Late Friday night I was sent a text message with a link.  The link was to the minutes of the October 2, 2007 Cumberland County Planing and Inspection Board meeting. Of interest, is item A on the agenda… P07-47: REZONING OF TWO PORTIONS OF A 20.26 ACRE TRACT, CONSISTING OF 9.43 ACRES AND 4.20 ACRES […]

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Support rally for LSF labeled ‘protest’ by Commissioner

Last night there was a rally for citizens who support Lone Survivor Foundation, and who want to encourage the Board of Commissioners to reconsider their stance on selling LSF a parcel of land.  The group met at Grace Place Christian Church on Main Street and spent more than an hour discussing options.  A petition has […]

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Commissioner Mitchell wanted to sell the land

The public is aware Lone Survivor Foundation made a presentation to the Board on June 4th in a closed session.  They’re aware the Board voted on June 18th to reject that offer and end negotiations. Our Board is bound by confidentiality during a closed session, they can’t discuss with the public what was said or […]

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Interview with Terry Jung, Executive Director Lone Survivor Foundation

  “Mourning is in every household, desolation written in broad characters across the whole face of their country, cities in ashes and fields laid waste, their commerce gone”  General Sherman In March of 1865, General Sherman stormed through our small town, burning the mills around which we’d built a community.  His intention was to bring […]

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No Conflict, No Interest

  This is from a post on Commissioner Mitchell’s Facebook page this weekend.   The email seems to indicate Lake Bed #2 was never part of the properties being assessed by the McAdams Group as potential recreation areas. Commissioner Larson made a motion, during the August 1st Special Meeting, to cancel the Public Hearing scheduled for […]

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Predictably, Commissioner Larson Moves to Cancel Public Hearing

  Minutes into last night’s Special Meeting, Commissioner Larson made a motion to cancel the August 20th Public Hearing.  The Board voted 4-1 to approve the motion, then disappeared into an hour-long closed session. Terry Jung, Executive Director of Lone Survivor Foundation, took the opportunity to poll the crowd, asking if we wanted him to […]

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Are Commissioners Using Delays to Manipulate the Public?

During the July 23rd Board meeting, the Commissioners voted to hold a Public Hearing on August 20th at 7pm, to give the public an opportunity to express their opinion about the sale or lease of town property to the Lone Survivor Foundation.  The town is obligated to advertise public hearings for 30 days prior to […]

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Board of Commissioners Offend Veterans’ Organization

  Commissioner Mike Mitchell posted a very-one sided and misleading diatribe about the Commissioner’s meeting that was held July 23rd.  Commissioner Mitchell accused Teddy Warner, Director of Business Development for the Fayetteville Cumberland County Economic Development Corporation of soliciting the Lone Survivor Foundation (LSF) to purchase property in Hope Mills.  He further claimed the Board […]

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