Local commissioner helps to save the Myrtles
A Moore County Commissioner is given credit for an idea to save more than a hundred Crape Myrtles from the wood pile. Approximately 150 of the mature tree-like shrubs line the Route 1 Median in stands of eight for several miles along the picturesque Southern Pines Corridor. Starting on the 15th f this month a contractor hired by the state department of transportation is scheduled to begin uprooting the Crape Myrtles to make room for guard rails and a storm drainage system. This week commissioner Tim Lea proposed that the county pay to have the decorative Crape Myrtles transplanted to county-owned properties like Hillcrest Park. Rich Smith, County Property Management Director, gave Commissioner Lea credit for coming up with the idea. In bloom, Crape Myrtles are covered with showy white, pink or red flowers. A Moore County Commissioner is given credit for an idea to save more than a hundred Crape Myrtles from the wood pile.