Up & Coming – their red herring

  The above graphics are from June 2017, when the Board initially heard the proposal from Bill Bowman, and from July 2017 when the Board voted unanimously to accept the proposal.  But what exactly was the proposal? What was presented as the Hope Mills Initiative (HMI) was really a collaborative effort between the Hope Mills […]

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The Creative Sector: A Proven Economic Catalyst for Rural America

Today’s post is from http://www.medium.com It reinforces some of the ideas we’ve been discussing on the site this week, about the role art plays in a community and the effect art has on our economy. NGA   The National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation’s governors. Follow NGA at @NatlGovsAssoc Rural regions […]

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Editorial by Earl Vaughan, Jr.

Publisher Bill Bowman cedes his usual column space to Earl Vaughan Jr. this week. Vaughan Jr. talks from a personal perspective about an issue plaguing Hope Mills leadership. I’ve known Hope Mills Mayor Jackie Warner since she was the cheerleading coach at Douglas Byrd High School years ago. Warner was one of the first cheerleading coaches at that time who pushed the envelope for her young […]

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What good shall I do this day?

I’ve never gotten to say this before…but the Board of Commissioners impressed me tonight.  They held a special workshop meeting to discuss…for the third time…changes to the sign ordinance. All of the board members were polite to one another, they asked great questions, they sometimes contradicted one another but not in a mean spirited way.  […]

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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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Laws are the sovereigns of sovereigns

‘It was more of an introduction of interest”  Larson During the February 4th meeting the board addressed my questions regarding ordinance 2018-9 and whether or not they’d violated that ordinance. Commissioner Larson said, “I wanna address the ordinance with our attorney because there were three commissioners that were present at the meeting – but there […]

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The wheels of justice turn slowly

ACLU Responds – In July 2018, Commissioner Mike Mitchell blocked me from his social media.  I contacted the North Carolina branch of the ACLU for guidance.  This very issue was being heard by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals who only recently rendered a decision. It IS unconstitutional for elected officials to block the public […]

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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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