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7th Annual Reindeer
Fun Run Held Saturday
Posted Saturday December 7, 2013 10:00 AM
The 7th Annual Reindeer Fun Run was held today with runners arriving to find chilly
wet weather for the day’s races. The weather did not seem to dampen the spirits of those
running with runners of all ages joining the events.
The 5k,12k, and Kids Egg Nog Jog began getting started at 9:00 AM and with
events scheduled to last until around 12:00 Noon today. There was a large turnout of
runners; however the damp wet weather did seem to mean fewer spectators than there
were last year.
Next Generation Art Show
Now At Penick Village
Posted Monday December 2, 2013 8:45 PM
For the second year, The Penick Village Foundation is hosting the Next Generation
Art Show to showcase art from area high school students November 17th through
Over 60 young artists will present their works for display representing North Moore,
The O’Neal School, Pinecrest and Union Pines art classes.
Penick Village Foundation Board Member Elizabeth Sugg serves as the event Co-
Chair. “As soon as construction was completed on the Village House at Penick two years
ago, we formed an art committee that would help develop and nurture art displays and
exhibits in this community building,” explained Sugg. “This committee decided to work
with the high school art teachers to put together a show for young artists and Anna
Stevens from Moore County Schools and Beth Garrison from The O’Neal School
quickly helped set the wheels in motion to get the first year’s exhibit off the ground.”
“Last year’s event brought great feedback from the students who participated,” said
Lynn Healy, Co-Chair and Penick Village Foundation Board Member. “The students
were invited to an opening day reception where they were each interviewed by Penick
CEO Jeff Hutchins. They really felt welcomed and valued.”
The second annual exhibit will be similar to last year’s successful event. Mediums
will include water colors, sketches, photography, charcoal, and sculptures. A reception
will be held for participants and their families and teachers on Sunday, November 17th to
kick-off the seven week long exhibit.
The exhibit is non-competitive which helps create an inviting environment for the
“We’ve been so struck by the appreciation and hard work put forth by both the art
teachers and their students,” said Sugg. “It’s been a lovely collaboration that is beneficial
to so many. This periodic exhibit in particular presents as a great opportunity to introduce
our young people to the vital, relevant and productive community that is Penick Village.”
The exhibit will be along the walls and throughout the first floor of the Village House
which is in the center of Penick’s campus at 500 East Rhode Island Avenue in downtown
Southern Pines. The public is welcome to view the exhibit between 8am and 8pm daily.
Penick Village is a non-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community that is a
member of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. For more information about Penick
Village please contact (910) 692-0300 or visit www.penickvillage.org.
Choral Society Sets Christmas Mood
Posted Sunday December 1, 2013 9:35 PM
Written By Ann Robson
The visions of leftover turkey from Thanksgiving quickly gave way to thoughts of
Christmas when the Moore County Choral Society presented its annual Christmas
concert December 1st
Traditional Christmas music with an acknowledgement of Hannukah through a special
song filled Owens Auditorium on the Sandhills Community College campus. Fine voices,
an accomplished pianist, superb brass and percussion, all directed by Anne Dorsey in her
usual personable and excellent manner gave the audience a much needed respite from the
pressures of the season.
Several young ‘elves’ appeared to accompany the Chorus for its final number. They
are members of the newly formed Children’s Chorus who will be performing at Brownson
Memorial Presbyterian Church, 5p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. There is no charge for this
performance. The community is encouraged to attend and support the efforts of the
The Moore County Choral Society draws from Chatham, Moore, Hoke, Lee,
Richmond and Scotland counties. There are no auditions required to join the Chorus.
Interested singers can join the group at 7 p.m. most Tuesdays at Brownson Memorial,
330 South May St., Southern Pines, 910-692-6252
Retirement Ceremony Held For
Aberdeen Deputy Police Chief
Posted Tuesday November 26, 2013 4:25 PM
Aberdeen Police Department Deputy Chief Jim Foster began his career in Law
Enforcement as a rookie in Newport News Virginia in 1979. After a brief stint in 1984 as
a Reserve Officer, in January 1985 the Town of Aberdeen was lucky enough to recruit a
seasoned and experienced patrolman to join their force.
Since that time the Deputy Chief has risen through the ranks, at one time or another
holding just about every position within the department. Also during this time Jim has
made hundreds of friends among the residents that he has served with such dedication and
the officers that he worked with.
At a retirement ceremony held Monday November 25th Aberdeen Police Chief
Wentzel presented the Deputy Chief with his badge. NC State representative Jamie Boles
presented Jim with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, and Detective Captain Colasacco
presented the Deputy Chief his firearm that he carried while on duty, which by state law
the officer is allowed to purchase for $1.00. The Deputy Chief was also presented a
plaque with the names of all of the officers that are currently on the force.
Jim Foster was a man dedicated to the service of protecting you and me. He spent a
lifetime putting his life on the line so that we as citizens may know peace. As an officer
and a friend he will be missed around the Aberdeen department. His last day on the job is
November 30, 2013
Police Chief Tim Wentzel stated that the search to fill the Deputy Chief Position
would probably take until January. Until then the two Captains will each continue to
supervise their separate divisions reporting directly to the Chief
Good Samaritan Returns
Wallet & Money Found In Highway
Posted Friday November 22, 2013 4:20 PM
When local resident Sammy Davis Wall was driving down the highway Thursday
afternoon the last thing he expected to see was a woman’s wallet in the middle of the
highway. Pulling out from a stoplight onto US Highway 1 Mr. Wall spotted just that, a
wallet lying in the roadway. A man riding with Wall jumped out of the truck and retrieved
Once the wallet was back in the truck Mr. Wall looked and realized there was a
large amount of money and cards belonging to someone he did not know. Not sure how
to get the wallet back to its owner he did the next best thing and took the wallet to turn in
at the Aberdeen Police Department.
According to Aberdeen Police Chief Tim Wentzel a member of his staff was able to
track down the wallets owner. The owner was able to retrieve her wallet with all of its
contents within hours of it being found. She had inadvertently set the wallet on the bumper
of her car when getting gas and forgot driving away causing the wallet to fall to the road.
Thank you to local resident Sammy Davis Wall for your honesty and integrity!
Local Student Launches
Local Weather Service
Posted Thursday November 21, 2013 3:00 PM
Have you ever wandered out the front door realizing that you should have grabbed
your coat, or come out of the grocery store wishing you had brought your umbrella with
you? Or perhaps you still remember how gorgeous the sky was that day you had an
outdoor cookout? Weather, whether we like it or not affects our everyday lives, and we
are all better prepared when we look at the weather forecast. Some of you do not have
the time to turn on the television or radio to listen to the weather forecast. In addition,
those forecasts are usually tailored to Raleigh, Greensboro, or Fayetteville, which are all
quite some distance away. Isn’t there a more efficient option to knowing how the
weather will affect your day? Yes in fact, there is.
The Moore County Weather Center is a new free local weather resource that was
launched by meteorology student Ryan Phillips on November 6th. Ryan has created the
page to provide the weather forecast for Moore County residents every evening at 8:30
p.m., and to alert them whenever severe weather is imminent in any areas of the Moore
When asked what inspired him to create such a page, Ryan exclaims, “The idea
actually originated after listening to a speech on leadership at a Sandhills Student
Government meeting, when I realized that there was no such service that existed
specifically for and within Moore County. Managing the page is another hobby of mine,
and its purpose is to protect and educate [about weather] the citizens of the county in
which I live!”
Ryan is your typical 18-year old American young adult; he is a recent graduate of
Union Pines High School, part-time employee at Harris Teeter, member at First Baptist
Church (Southern Pines), and a full-time student at Sandhills Community College. When
speaking to Ryan I can tell that he is a kind individual with a down-to-Earth personality.
By seeing the way his blue eyes light up when talking about the future, you can tell he is a
very motivated individual. Not only is Ryan concerned about his future, he focuses on
how to help others and be a leader in his community as well.
Ryan has had previous leadership experiences which include completing his Eagle
Scout Leadership Project two years ago, which consisted of collecting and donating more
than 13.000 books to needy children in Africa. Since then Ryan has also had experience
as a North Carolina Senate Page, and as the Secretary of the Union Pines National
Honor Society. He also has a variety of hobbies, such as “travelling, music, going to the
gym, reading the news, swimming, and spending time with family and friends.”
After completing his freshman year locally at Sandhills Ryan plans to transfer to NC
State to finish out the other three years of his Bachelor’s degree in Meteorology, with a
minor in Journalism at NC State University. He also plans on earning his Master’s
degree, but is undecided on the specific field for now. After this, Ryan hopes to start his
career as a broadcast meteorologist and begin a family. Ryan’s newest project for the
community is establishing and managing this local resource that is important in everyone’s’
day-to-day lives and schedules.
Ryan is surprised at how much support has been garnered in the past two weeks
surrounding the Moore County Weather Center community, with nearly 800 local
residents already staying in tune with the Facebook page. He encourages others to stay
informed about the local weather and to become involved as local weather reporters
when interesting weather strikes! To see what’s going on with The Moore County
Weather Center click the following link to the site:
Hospice “Light Up a Life” Ceremony
Scheduled for December 5th
Posted Wednesday November 20, 2013 1:10 PM
Barbara Fox McWilliams loved the sound of water. “It helped her to relax and think
of the Lord,” says her husband, Charles McWilliams.
The outgoing chairman of the FirstHealth Hospice Foundation Network,
McWilliams and others (family members and some “great friends”) had his late wife in
mind when they endowed a water feature highlighting a garden project that will welcome
supporters of FirstHealth Hospice & Palliative Care to the 2014 “Light Up a Life”
program next year. Those who attend the 2013 program, scheduled for Thursday, Dec.
5, will note signs of the project’s recent beginning.
“The official start date for the garden was Oct. 1,” McWilliams says, “and almost a
year of planning and discussion took place before the shovel went into the ground. Phase
I - within the circle around the center of the campus - should be complete sometime in the
first quarter of next year.”
This year’s Light Up a Life, which traditionally supports the operations of FirstHealth
Hospice, will allow members of the community also to support the Hospice Gardens,
which will be a component of the spiritual and bereavement care provided to patients and
According to McWilliams, the inspiration for the Hospice garden project came from
the Healing Garden at the Clara McLean House on the campus of FirstHealth Moore
Regional Hospital. Some of the same people who worked on the Clara’s House garden
have also been involved in the planning and design of the Hospice project.
“The Clara’s House garden, stone works and water feature were so well-received
by the community that the Hospice Committee wanted to carry it forward,” McWilliams
Moore County residents Lynda Acker (a Master Gardener and biologist) and Sally
DeWinkeleer (a landscape architect) designed the Hospice garden, which will incorporate
an existing lake into a design that will include a labyrinth and pathways as well as the
water feature. Acker and Cassie Willis co-created the Clara’s House Healing Garden on
which DeWinkeleer volunteered, helping with the initial installation and maintenance.
When the Hospice project is completed, the pathways will gravitate from a central
gazebo-like Gathering Pavilion with one pathway extending about 100 feet to the lake.
The three stages of a labyrinth path will take visitors on an “inward journey” to a
“center” or place of “meditative peace” and then to an “outward journey” with a
With additional phases of the project scheduled to get under way in 2014 and 2015,
fundraising is continuing and naming opportunities are still available.
“Having a beautiful place to walk, listen and reflect is the healing needed by everyone
who has lost a loved one,” McWilliams says. “The gardens will complement the stand-
alone chapel, and the gardens can be enjoyed by the patients staying at the Hospice
House and their families. A special consideration for the placement of the water feature
was its convenience for the staff to enjoy the beauty when walking between the Hospice
House and the Administration Building.”
As his service as chair of the Hospice Foundation Network comes to an end,
McWilliams says it has been a meaningful time for him.
“Serving on the Hospice Foundation Network was very rewarding because it meant
working with an organization whose goal is making life last the whole time,” he says.
“FirstHealth Hospice & Palliative Care is the only not-for-profit hospice organization in
Moore County, and no one is ever turned away. The continued support and love from
this community make this a reality every day.”
The 2013 FirstHealth Hospice Foundation “Light Up a Life” program will be held
Thursday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. on the campus of FirstHealth Hospice & Palliative Care, 251
Campground Road, Pinehurst. A reception will follow the tree-lighting ceremony. Anyone
interested in dedicating a light in honor or in memory of a love one can call (910) 695-
Armed Patrol Staff Education
Among Changes For Aberdeen Hotel
Posted Tuesday November 19, 2013 7:10 PM
Having an armed security patrol on site has sent a strong message that criminal
activity will not be tolerated by a local hotel caught up in the recent crime wave troubling
the Aberdeen - Southern Pines area. Country Hearth Inn & Suites has hired its own
private armed security patrol for its hotel property. “Aberdeen PD has provided
increased assistance over the past few months,” commented hotel owner Kalpesh Ram,
“but they have a lot of territory to cover and we have to make sure that our guests are
“Officer Johnson is doing a wonderful job,” added Ram. “I rest easier knowing that
our guests are protected, and that we are staying alert to potential problems before they
“Our staff has even received additional training.” Ram referred to the recent seminar
hosted by Country Hearth to educate hotel personnel of the warning signs of drug and
alcohol abuse, as well as concealed weapons, sexual crimes, and other potentially
dangerous activities. Four other hotels registered for the seminar and 18 attended the
event led by Perry Harris, Adjunct Instructor from Pitt Community College.
Carthage-Glendon Road To
Close For Bridge Replacement
Posted Tuesday November 19, 2013 6:50 PM
Bridge 59 in Moore County on Carthage-Glendon Road will close on December. 2,
2013. Closure will be for 270 days (until August 29, 2014) to replace the existing bridge.
This bridge is located about 1.2 miles north of the split of Carbonton Road and
Carthage-Glendon Road. Detour can be either Cool Springs to Putnam-Glendon Road
or Carbonton Road to NC 42. For any questions contract Ron Van Cleef at 919-776-
9623 or email email@example.com
Country Hearth Hosted
Hotel Awareness Program
Posted Sunday November 17, 2013 4:15 PM
Country Hearth Inn & Suites hosted a program designed to train hotel management
and staff in the warning signs and suspicious behaviors related to drug and alcohol
offenses. Personnel from surrounding Aberdeen hotels were invited to participate without
“Country Hearth has been the victim of several violent crimes recently, most notably
two murders within just a few weeks of each other,” commented owner Kalpesh Ram.
“This is totally unacceptable to us and cannot be tolerated. We have made changes in our
registration policy, added additional lighting to both buildings and the parking areas, hired
armed security patrol and additional staff, and will be upgrading and installing new security
cameras around the entire exterior, breezeways and stairwells.”
The November 14th Lunch & Learn style seminar was entitled “Hotel AWARE.”
AWARE is an acronym for “Assess, Witness, And Report Efficiently.” The program was
conducted by Perry R. Harris, a former law enforcement officer, now law enforcement
trainer. Harris focused on the basics of suspicious mannerisms and behaviors which
should lead hotel management and staff to contact in-house security or Aberdeen Police.
“Not all local hotels have its own armed security patrol like we now do,” added Ram,
“but this program will alert staff members to occasions when they should contact
Country Hearth attorney, Linda Reid Oldham, was not surprised by her clients’
move to implement an educational program. “My clients have been extremely proactive
in protecting the hotel and the community against further violent crime. I’m proud of the
fact that they don’t want to simply cure the problem for themselves, and shift the crime to
another location in the Aberdeen area. They want to be a part of the solution for the
Harris noted that this program is not designed to train hotel personnel to intervene in
potentially dangerous situations. “This training session is intended to make hotel personnel
aware that certain behaviors are indicators of drug and alcohol abuse, and other
potentially dangerous activities, so that this vital information can be passed on to the
Harris is a 33 year veteran in law enforcement and field training with extensive
experience in developing interactive training programs for law enforcement, military, and
industrial and commercial personnel. He is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Pitt
Red Cross Encourages Public to Send
Holiday Greetings to America’s Heroes
Posted Thursday November 14, 2013 4:40 PM
While military deployments and hospital stays may keep many of our nation’s heroes
away from their families this holiday season, the American Red Cross is collecting and
distributing cards that send words of encouragement, gratitude and cheer to members of
the Armed Forces, veterans and their families. The Red Cross is inviting the public to
send messages of thanks and holiday cheer until December 6 by mailing them to:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
Pitney Bowes Inc. receives cards at the special Holiday Mail post office box, and
screens them for hazardous materials. Pitney Bowes screens, packages and ships the
cards at no charge, and contributes thousands of volunteer hours at sites around the
country. Red Cross volunteers across the United States and on military installations
overseas then sort and deliver the cards throughout the holiday season. The Red Cross
and Pitney Bowes have received and distributed more than 6 million cards for members
of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their families since the program began in 2006.
To ensure that cards are delivered in time for the holidays, they must be postmarked
no later than December 6. Individuals are asked to refrain from sending “care packages,”
monetary donations, or using glitter or any other kinds of inserts with the cards. More
information and card requirements are at redcross.org/holidaymail.
A fun addition to the 2013 Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign is the option to send a
video card through the popular social app instagram. Sending a video will save trees,
reduce the amount of mail that needs sorting, and has a much faster delivery time than
mailed cards! The Red Cross will be hosting all of the videos on its national blog at
http://blog.redcross.org/ so that any hospital, military installation, or veteran’s center will
easily be able to display the stream of videos for our military members. Also, the stream
can be accessed at anytime from your smartphone, simply look up #HolidayMail in your
Here are some tips for creating a good video:
• Make sure you are in a well-lit room.
• Speak clearly and not too fast.
• Use a generic greeting, as we cannot guarantee a specific member of the military will
view your video.
• Send a generic holiday message like: “Thank you for serving. I hope this message brings
you a smile.”
• Tag your video with #HolidayMail before you post it.
• Get creative! Sing part of your favorite holiday song, capture snowmen and snow
angels, have a (safe) snowball fight, get your friends and family involved!
The Red Cross relies on the support of the American people to carry out its mission
of service to the 2 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces, 24 million veterans and
their families. During this holiday season, people also can support all Red Cross services
by making a financial donation at redcross.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.
Individuals can also give the gift of life by making an appointment to give blood at
redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims
of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives;
provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.
The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the
generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please
visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
About our Holiday Partners
During this holiday season, the American Red Cross is grateful for the support of our
corporate partners that generously contribute to our Holiday Giving Campaign. They
include: University of Phoenix, Circle K West Coast Division, and the Community Safety
Foundation, funded by AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah Insurance Exchange.
Thanks to the generosity of these and other sponsors, the Red Cross is able to carry out
its mission of helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies everyday
here and around the world. Each holiday season the Red Cross gives everyone the
chance to support our work by giving blood, signing a card for military heroes or buying a
gift through our holiday catalog. To support the Red Cross this Holiday Season, visit
Moore County Children’s Chorus - A Reality!
Posted Tuesday November 12, 2013 4:10 PM
A new community children’s chorus, recently formed by the Moore County Choral
Society and Conductor Anne Dorsey, is set and ready to perform its first concerts ever
for the public. The young singers are very excited as this is the beginning of something
that has been missing in this county, a starting place for young singing talent as a
The chorus is composed of students in grades 3 through 6 who perform a wide
variety of sacred and secular literature. The goal of the group is educational in nature and
gives a strong musical foundation to those involved. The children are getting legitimate
musical training with instruction in vocal technique, rhythmic accuracy, and diction.
The chorus also will be doing a public service by using their talent to perform for
others. “I am so glad and happy that this is a reality and I know my son, a 3rd grader,
will benefit tremendously from this experience for the sake of the educational experience
of the choral environment, which is very supportive in nature, and for the sake of public
service to others” says Rob Hill, a parent.
Upcoming performances include singing at Quail Haven on November 19th and the
annual tree lighting in Southern Pines on Saturday, November 23rd. They will also
participate in the Moore County Choral Society Concert on Sunday, December 1st ,and
will perform in concert on December 7th at 5:00 p.m. in the sanctuary at Brownson
Memorial Presbyterian Church.
If you are interested in getting your child involved with the group and for more
pertinent information, feel free to contact Moore County Choral Society Conductor Anne
Dorsey through the Choral Society’s website at www.moorecountychoralsociety.org.