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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For thee but not for me?

Today I yield my blog to Sue Moody.  Sue has been a resident of Hope Mills for more than 30 years and is a retired educator.  This is the statement Sue read to the Board of Commissioners during the October 7th meeting. 483 years ago today, William Tyndale was strangled with an iron chain and […]

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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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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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Larson leads board down rabbit hole

During the November 5 board meeting, Commissioner Larson suggested the town re-open the golf course, which has been closed to the public since spring 2014, as walking trails.  “It would give the citizens another place to walk during the day other than Municipal Park,” Larson said. Commissioner Larson was among the handful of people who […]

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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’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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The evolution of a referendum

At a February meeting, Commissioner Mike Mitchell suggested 4-year staggered terms for the entire board.  Mitchell said other municipalities in North Carolina have already switched and to great success.  A motion was made for the town attorney to research the process, and the board voted unanimously to approve it. Attorney Dan Hartzog addressed the board […]

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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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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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