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Sandhills411 The festival is held in the heart of Pinehurst's Historic Old Town area and is produced by the Pinehurst Business Partners.
40th Annual Holly Arts & Crafts Festival on October 20 - Sandhills Sentinel This annual festival combines the talents of over 100 hand-crafters in a variety of genres - from woodworking to glass, stitched art to lawn ornaments, hand-crafted jewelry to metal sculpture. Downtown shops offer sales and specials and a food court
Sandhills411 “We are excited to be adding Annelise to the Chamber's team to further enhance the membership experience," said Linda Parsons, the President and CEO. “Creating an experience and distinct relationship with all of our members is critical. Annelise brings great energy and involvement. We look forward to utilizing her various set of skills and her fresh perspective on how to serve our members and further increase the Chamber value to each of our distinct members, large or small."
Moore County Chamber of Commerce expands staff The Moore County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Annelise O’Connor has joined the Chamber staff to serve as administrative and membership support. O’Connor is a graduate of Appalachian State University and most recently working with a small business located in Richmond Hill, Georgia a...
Sandhills411 Breaking News: Sheriff Neil Godfrey announced the Drug Arrest of Durrelle R. Davis and D'brazjia Rok'l Wall. On October 15th, 2018 Moore County Sheriff’s Deputies along with the Carthage Police Department conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle operated and occupied by Davis and Wall. As a result, deputies seized: two grams of Crack Cocaine, Hand-Rolled Marijuana Cigarette’s, Items of Drug Paraphernalia and $21,008.00 in U.S. Currency.
Moore County Schools Tomorrow is the last day to weigh in on the "Name That School" campaign to select a name for the New Area I Elementary School. Visit to submit your ideas!
Village of Pinehurst Battalion Chief Randy Cox was recognized for distinguished service by the NC Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators. Randy served as the association president in 2007 and with the award became a lifetime member of the association. Congratulations Randy!
Sandhills Sentinel NEWS AROUND THE STATE for Wednesday, Oct. 17:

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — State and federal health officials found industrial compounds in the bloodstreams of people living near a North Carolina chemical plant, just not the much-debated and little-studied one they sought.

North Carolina's health agency said Tuesday 30 people living around a Chemours Co. plant south of Fayetteville were tested, and none of them showed the chemical GenX in their blood or urine. Everyone had in their blood at least four of the 16 related chemicals tested.

Scientists don't know how much may be unsafe.

Seven of the chemicals showed up in blood concentrations beyond 95 percent of the population tested by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Only one of the 17 chemicals was found in urine, and that was one person at a level almost undetectable.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A three-judge panel says changes made to North Carolina's elections board over the last year were unconstitutional, but said the board can remain in place through the November elections.

Tuesday's ruling agrees with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's argument that the Republican-controlled General Assembly went too far in limiting his authority to name the board.

However, a proposed amendment to the state constitution on the ballot would allow lawmakers to name board members. Cooper twice sued to keep it off the ballot. After it was rewritten to remove attempts to strip the governor of powers to appoint members of other boards and commissions, the lawsuit was thrown out.

Elections board spokesman Pat Gannon told The News & Observer of Raleigh the board is still reviewing the order and had no comment.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's governor is moving fast to authorize legislation spending $400 million to quickly help people and communities reeling from Hurricane Florence and setting aside another $450 million for upcoming needs.

Gov. Roy Cooper's office said Tuesday he signed into law the legislation passed late Monday.

Cooper said in a statement the emergency spending bill marked a good step toward storm recovery. The Democrat is urging the Republican-dominated legislature to spend more for affordable housing, farmers and more.

The bill's quick passage and Cooper's quick signature marked a pause in the sharp partisanship that's typified North Carolina's government for years.

Most of the money will come from the state's emergency reserves. The state has about $2 billion in rainy-day funds, and this year's state budget left $560 million unspent.

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The mayor of a North Carolina city is calling for stronger security after two deaths in the downtown area in little more than a month.

News outlets report Greenville Mayor P.J. Connelly says there will be increased police presence, a review of city ordinances dealing with downtown nightlife and additional public safety measures which he declined to identify.

Authorities say 22-year-old Raekwon Moore of Winterville was stabbed to death last Saturday after he and another person got out of an SUV and started assaulting two people. Police say one of the people being attacked stabbed Moore.

On Sept. 9, officers shot and killed 24-year-old Brandon Joyner in an alley after police said he was shooting into a crowd of people. The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the incident.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina say a man shot an off-duty police officer and then was shot by responding deputies and troopers when he tried to ram them with his car.

Citing a release from the Sampson County Sheriff's Office, news outlets report deputies received a report that an off-duty Fayetteville police officer had been shot, and found the suspect and his vehicle shortly after arriving on the scene.

Deputies and state troopers tried to talk the man into surrendering, but officials say the incident escalated. The group of officers started shooting when officials say the man tried to ram his car into them.

The unidentified suspect was hospitalized in unknown condition. The unidentified officer was hospitalized in serious condition. It's unclear what led to the initial shooting.

ROXBORO, N.C. (AP) — An Indiana company that makes outdoor furniture from recycled plastic is opening a new North Carolina manufacturing site that expects to employ about 380 workers in five years.

A committee of North Carolina officials that approves major tax breaks on Tuesday cleared Poly-Wood LLC to receive up to $5 million in state and local incentives if it meets hiring and investment targets.

The jobs will pay an average of $43,300, greater than the Person County average.

The company will produce outdoor furniture from post-consumer plastic bottles like those used to distribute milk and detergent. The Syracuse, Indiana-based company's new site near Roxboro will also process plastic for resale.

The company also considered locations in Virginia and South Carolina.

Copyright 2018, The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
Sandhills Sentinel Now on our Government page.
Southern Pines Police Department PRESS RELEASE

October 13, 2018

Southern Pines Police Department
Announces an Arrest for:
Carrying a Concealed Firearm, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Felony Possession of Cocaine, Breaking and/or Entering, Larceny After Breaking and/or Entering, Assault by Pointing a Gun and Obtaining Property by False Pretenses

The Southern Pines Police Department announces the arrest of Jaylen Malik Taylor, 21 years of age, of Southern Pines, North Carolina, for the following charges: Carrying a Concealed Firearm, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Felony Possession of Cocaine, Breaking and/or Entering, Larceny After Breaking and/or Entering, Assault by Pointing a Gun and Obtaining Property by False Pretenses.

On October 13, 2018, at approximately 2:15 am, officers from the Southern Pines Police Department observed Jaylen Malik Taylor in the 800 block of South Mechanic Street. Officers were aware that there was an outstanding arrest warrant for Jaylen Malik Taylor. As officers approached on foot, Jaylen Malik Taylor fled into a nearby apartment where he was placed into custody by the pursuing officers. Following his arrest, Jaylen Malik Taylor was found to be in possession of a loaded, stolen semi-automatic pistol, 3.8 grams of powder cocaine, and a digital scale. Jaylen Malik Taylor has a prior felony conviction which prohibits him from possessing a firearm, an offense punishable in both state and federal court.

Jaylen Malik Taylor appeared before a Moore County Magistrate, and was subsequently incarcerated in the Moore County Detention Center under a $25,000.00 secured bond, pending a hearing in Moore County District Court on October 23, 2018.

Contact: Captain Charles Campbell
(910) 692-2732
Sandhills Sentinel The agency will be at Cypress Pointe Fire Department for three days for storm victims to register, review, and discuss Hurricane Florence claims.
Moore County Schools Moore County Schools is providing free breakfasts and lunches to all Moore County Schools students for the entire month of October as a result of federal Disaster Relief and Assistance aide following Hurricane Florence.

Child Nutrition services is asking parents of children participating in this program to complete a short survey about their experience. Deadline for survey submissions is November 3.

Link to the survey:

Thank you for your participation!

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