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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Commissioner Mitchell Violates the U.S. Constitution

I posted this graphic with a comment on Commissioner Mitchell’s official Facebook page at 11 AM. The comment said, “This is a lie.  You knew within ten minutes of leaving the July 23rd Board meeting that Mayor Warner was unavailable August 1-5.  You and Commissioner Larson specifically CHOSE to schedule the meeting that night.  In […]

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