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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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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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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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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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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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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When there are no consequences…

“When there are no consequences, being wrong is simply a diversion.”  Ian McEwan Once again, this is the video of the December 3rd Board of Commissioners meeting. 2:08:34. The Mayor opens public comments and Elizabeth Cooper addresses the board.  She speaks briefly about the new signs ordinance, then her remarks turn to the board’s actions. […]

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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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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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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 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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