Mayoral candidate Mitchell hides behind lies and accusations

This is the email I sent to Melissa Adams August 7, 2018…requesting “A list of all non-profit organizations who contacted Mike Mitchell between the dates of July 24, 2018 and August 2, 2018 inquiring about purchasing any piece of land owned by the town of Hope Mills.” This was in response to an August 2 […]

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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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There are two sides to every story

1 – Whereas the Hope Mills Town Board appreciates and supports the cultural arts within our community. 2 – Whereas the Hope Mills Town Board believes it is important for elected officials to act in an honest, ethical and transparent manner for the citizens we serve. 3 – Whereas it is important for our citizens […]

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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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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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