Mitchell makes motion to demolish Saleeby House, Historic Commission blames mayor

This post popped up today on the Hope Mills Historical Information FaceBook page.  The post, which shows photos of the Saleeby Home being demolished, was shared from the Hope Mills Historical Society, Inc. Facebook page. The Historical Information page made a point to announce they aren’t associated with either the Historical Preservation Commission or the […]

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Signs, signs, everywhere signs

My little blog was recently dubbed…’hate fiction’ by one of the half dozen citizens who spoke in public comments about the removal of political signs.  Ironically, the woman who coined the phrase…didn’t actually have any signs removed from her lawn. In fact, FOUR of the ardent protestors didn’t have signs removed from their lawns in […]

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Board votes to condone racist remarks

Tonight we attended the Board of Commissioners meeting.  They addressed the naming of the Golf Course walking trail and town manager Melissa Adams emphasized, twice, that she added it to the agenda, not for nefarious reasons, but for safety.  She’s concerned someone will have an emergency while walking the trail and won’t know how to […]

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Historic Preservation Chair posts racist comment

In addition to running this site, I’m the Executive Director and a founding member of the Hope Mills Creative Art Council.  Jackie Warner and Pat Edwards are members of the Board of Trustees. That is the extent of any political affiliation.  We do not discuss politics, we do not discuss people.  When we’re working, meeting […]

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The beater of dead horses strikes again

September 4th Larson requested her public record request be added to the agenda for the September 9 meeting.  Anyone want to hazard a guess as to why? My theory is she’s already written a censure of Mayor Warner.  She won’t present it herself.  She’s a coward.  She’ll hand it off to one of her flunky’s […]

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Retelling a lie doesn’t make it true

Edit: There are some distinct differences between the article I wrote and the one published by Up & Coming Weekly.  All references to Goldy were added in post-editing.  Goldy didn’t know this and assumed I’d launched a full-frontal attack on him when he read the paper Wednesday morning. Which is why he launched an attack […]

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Larson shows her true colors Pt. III

“The town should have begun renovations on the historic parish hall that was donated to the town five years ago and has declined due to lack of preventative maintenance, Larson said. She also said the work at the lake park should have been completed by now, and would have been if the design plans had […]

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Larson shows her true colors Pt. I

On July 19th Commissioner Larson announced in the private group known as The Chatter she wouldn’t be seeking reelection, but would be supporting Commissioner Mitchell in his bid for the mayor’s seat.  On July 23rd the first article appeared, authored by her good friend Lisa Waring, slandering Mayor Jackie Warner. For those following the situation, […]

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Up & Coming Weekly addresses the investigation and results

Today marks the one year anniversary of the closed session and LSF’s meeting with the Board of Commissioners.  And while a lot has changed, too much remains the same.  In the past week supporters of Larson and Mitchell have launched a campaign to discredit Cauley and his investigation.  As recently as yesterday Larson used social […]

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May 20th Meeting Recap

– The Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau produced this amazing Visitors Guide for Hope Mills.   FACVB did a tremendous amount of research for the books and paid for them so they didn’t cost the tax payers anything.  And they’re really beautifully done.  They should be popping up all over town very soon, if they […]

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Have we moved forward???

Up & Coming Weekly has dedicated next week’s issue to the Hope Mills investigation.  Jeff Thompson, Earl Vaughan Jr. and I have each written an article to cover the investigation. However, this has become a developing story. Wednesday night James Cauley presented the results of his investigation to the Board of Commissioners.   He began by […]

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Creative place making Pt. II

As the creative place making initiative weaves its way across the country, big and small communities are finding unique opportunities to incorporate art into our environment.  The idea of making every-day objects decorative was a natural leap. These are examples of art covering storm drains.  They’re not only artful, but they’re an opportunity to remind […]

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Full disclosure

How much influence does Lisa Waring wield over the Board of Commissioners and specifically, over Commissioner Larson? Once again, a source has provided screen captures from inside Hope Mills Chatter, the private Facebook group owned and operated by Lisa Waring.  This conversation took place March 19…six days prior to the special meeting held by the […]

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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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Creative place making – Pt. I

The world is but a canvas to our imagination.  -Henry David Thoreau Today we’re going to continue our discussion of creative place making and bringing art into our community.  These are all ideas I’ve been stashing away for years, and to be honest, since most of the Board of Commissioners isn’t too fond of me […]

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The nice things we can’t have…

For nearly eight months I’ve talked about the Board of Commissioners…specifically about certain commissioners…and how their personal agendas and vendettas prevent the entire board from moving forward.  They are the reason we can’t have nice things.  I think I even used that as a title on an article.  But…what are the nice things we can’t […]

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The board uses lies and half-truths to justify bad behavior

During the February 18th meeting, the Commissioners spent a great deal of time discussing veteran issues.  Again.  Specifically Commissioner Mike Mitchell addressed my February 7th article ‘Mitchell launches new attack on veterans’.  (Link) MM – “I take exception to this article.  Never at any point did I separate any discussion on the veteran committee.  I […]

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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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Pot, kettle…black!

During the Board of Commissioners meeting on July 23rd, Commissioner Larson accused Mayor Warner of having prior knowledge of Lone Survivor Foundation’s June 4th presentation.  Mayor Warner clarified she knew there would be a presentation, but not what the presentation was about.  Larson’s continued suspicion spawned a formal investigation. It also spawned Ordinance 2018-9 “Whereas […]

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Larson lashes out

December 17th the board met for a regular meeting.  One hour and five minutes into the meeting, Commissioner Larson deviates from protocol and launches a one-sided attack…against me.  Larson spent 15 minutes reading from various articles I’d written and posed questions to Adams.  Adams, who seemed to know what questions were going to be asked, […]

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The reason we can’t have nice things…

    This is the video of the December 3rd meeting, posted by the Town of Hope Mills.  There are many relevant points and I’ll be posting about those at a later date.  For now, We’re going to focus on 2 key issues. Issue 1 – Roughly 11 minutes into the video, Mayor Warner announces […]

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Hope Mills Board of Commissioners lacks oversight

  In late September of 2013, the Hope Mills Board of Commissioners voted to remove Commissioner Tonzie Collins from his elected position by way of an amotion hearing.  It was a politically charged decision and detractors were quick to point out the exorbitant expense ($33,000) and poor timing; Collins was already a registered candidate and […]

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Alex Warner takes hard stance against Board of Commissioners

    Alex Warner is a political shark.  After two terms on the Cumberland County School Board he ran a record-breaking campaign for the North Carolina House of Representatives. He served nine terms representing District 45.   In person, Mr. Warner is modest about his political prowess. But when he speaks it’s evident his tenure […]

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Point of order…

The November 5 Board meeting began with several proclamations regarding Veteran’s Day.  I planned to post both of them here as a tribute to our veterans, but they weren’t included in the agenda. During Public Comments Grilley Mitchell, co-founder of the Hope Mills Citizens for Change (HMCFC) Political Action Committee (PAC),  addressed the board.  He […]

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Hope Mills Board bullies Mayor

During Monday night’s meeting, Commissioner Larson made a presentation:  she’s drafted an ordinance which states all five board members must be present for any presentation/request to buy or lease municipal property.  No member of the board can discuss the buying or leasing of land unless all five are present. Her ordinance does not include the mayor, […]

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Board blunders through baseball offer

  The October 22nd meeting began with a presentation from Jeremy Aagard, the General manager for the Fayetteville Swampdogs.  They’re proposing a partnership with Hope Mills wherein they would lease 5 acres of golf course property, plus enough for a parking lot.  They want to build a $12-15 million-dollar multi-use facility for recreation.  They’re asking […]

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Board’s actions spawn political action committee

In the twilight hours of October 21, members of Hope Mills Citizens for Change (HMCC) a new Political Action Committee (PAC) distributed signs at intersections and on major roadways.  The PAC officially formed within the last few weeks but they’ve wasted no time establishing their agenda:  Vote NO to 4-year terms. The 4-year referendum was suggested […]

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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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Vote NO to 4-year terms

Written by: Elizabeth Blevins   On November 6 the town of Hope Mills will vote on a referendum which could extend the board’s terms to 4 years.  In an effort to better understand what this board has, or hasn’t accomplished, I audited the last 10 months of meetings.  I encourage you to read them for […]

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Hope Mills Wins Award, Loses Respect

Written by: Elizabeth Blevins From the August 29 issue of Up & Coming Weekly – During the August 20 Board of Commissioner’s meeting, Hope Mills received a plaque from the City-County Joint Appearance Commission, who recognized the dam at the 10th Annual Community Appearance Awards. On September 10, Town Manager, Melissa Adams, will travel to […]

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