The Week Ahead
Written by Greg Hankins   
Sunday, 07 April 2013 09:05

Sunday, April 20

• Easter

• Orthodox Easter

• Sunflix at the Sunrise – 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm, Le Weekend starring: Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum. Tickets: $8 Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines (910) 692-3611.

• West End United Methodist Church – 6:45 am, Easter Sunrise Service at West End Cemetery. Easter Breakfast at at 7:30 am, and Easter Services begin at 8:30 am and 11:00 am. West End United Methodist Church, 4015 NC Highway 73, West End.

• McDonalds Chapel Easter Sunrise Service – 7 am, attendees can also participate in the church’s annual “Flowering of the Cross” tradition (bring a flower or a flowering branch to put on the cross). Weather permitting, the service will be held outside in the church’s cemetery. Afterwards, participants will gather in the fellowship hall for a covered dish breakfast. McDonalds Chapel,1374 Foxfire Road, Aberdeen (off Linden Road from Pinehurst). Jill McCloy at (910)692-5094.

• Chapel in the Pines – 9 am, Easter Sunday service. The acolytes will lead a procession of singers entering the sanctuary, 581 Seven Lakes Drive.

• West End Presbyterian Church Easter Celebration – 10 am, the morning will begin with an Easter egg hunt for the congregation’s many young children. Worship service at 11 am in the sanctuary.

• Grace Church Seven Lakes - Living Hope - Easter Experience 2014 – 10 am, at Seven Lakes Plaza. Contemporary worship, Nursery and Children’s Ministry. (910) 639-5617.

• Seven Lakes Baptist Church Easter Service – 10:30 am, Seven Lakes Baptist Church, 1015 Seven Lakes Drive.

• Easter Egg-stravaganza – 3 pm, Join the Ranger today Sunday for an Easter egg hunt in the woods! The group will hide some of nature's tiny treasures for you to find, then gather up to learn about them after everything's been found. They'll even look at some real eggs from nature, everything from the tiny hummingbird egg to the huge ostrich egg. This program is perfect for families so bring all the kids, the grandparents, and your favorite Easter egg basket if you like. Don't miss out on the fun, the sweet treats, and a beautiful afternoon out in nature. Weymouth Woods, 1024 Fort Bragg Rd., Southern Pines, 910-692-2167. Free and open to the public.

Monday, April 21

• Weight Watchers Meeting – 5 pm to 6 pm, at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, 1145 Seven Lakes Drive, Seven Lakes. Group leader Armecia Medlock.

• Sunflix at the Sunrise – 7:30 pm, Le Weekend staring: Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum. Tickets: $8 Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines (910) 692-3611.

Tuesday, April 22

• Earth Day

• Healing Service – 11 am, St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church. 1145 Seven Lakes Dr., Seven Lakes. Intercessory prayers for the sick & trouble, those in harms way, traveling, bereaved or deceased. Reverend Carol Burgess. All are welcome.

• Moore County Board of Commissioners – 1 pm, Special Meeting in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room on the second floor of the Historic Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Square, Carthage.

• Seven Lakes West Landowners Association – 7 pm, Board meeting. West Side Park Community Center.

• Sunflix at the Sunrise – 7:30 pm, Le Weekend staring: Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum. Tickets: $8 Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines (910) 692-3611.

April 18 Times Ready to Download
Written by Greg Hankins, Editor   
Wednesday, 09 December 2009 17:00

The April 18 edition of The Seven Lakes Times is now available for download in pdf format. You can download a high-quality PDF here, or, if you have a slower internet connection, download a smaller PDF here.

Highlights of this 40-page edition include:

- After an 18-year-old was seriously injured this Winter while sledding on Sequoia Dam, the SLLA Board is considering a ban on sledding on the dam.

- The Foxfire Council approved the new Rural Estate zoning district (leaving a few details involving animals to be worked out) and applied it to large tracts of unzoned land inside the extreme eastern end of the Village.

- One Stop Voting for the May primaries begins on April 24. Two seats on the County Board of Commissioners, as well as the office of Sheriff, are likely to be decided in the GOP primary, due to lack of opposing party candidates in November.

- The mayors of Southern Pines and Aberdeen want the School Board to start its anticipated building campaign by replacing outdated schools in their towns, before addressing overcrowding at the high schools and at Pinehurst Elementary.

- The Board of Commissioners honored Moore County's top volunteers and served notice that they plan to withdraw from the Triangle J Council of Governments.

- The Seven Lakes Business Guild is planning a Derby Day and Spring Fest for Saturday, May 3.

- Kids in Bright Meadow Preschool's Zoo-phonics program are entering Kindergarten well prepared to begin reading.

- Despite being a non-native species imported originally from China, peaches are a key part of Sandhills agriculture.

- For a brief time, there was a thriving mill village community in North Moore that quarried millstones used to grind corn up and down the East Coast. Ellen has the story.

- There is a frog under the longleaf pine stump that pines for warmer, rainy nights in late winter.

- Chris wants to know why it's called "Good" Friday, and Greg thinks it's time for the Foxfire Village Council's Work Session to look like the public meetings they actually are, under state law.

Download the high-quality PDF edition (or, if you have a slower internet connection download a lower-quality pdf edition) and read it all this morning, pick up a copy at locations all over Seven Lakes this afternoon, or check your mailbox tomorrow.

Fire Damages Modular Classroom Unit at Pinecrest
Written by Greg Hankins, Editor   
Friday, 28 March 2014 08:19

MCS LogoAn early morning fire has damaged two classrooms in an eleven unit modular classroom building located at Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines.

Moore County Schools Advisor for Community Relations Tim Lussier reports that the fire was discovered at about 6:15 am, well before the normal 8:45 am start time.

No injuries were reported. The modular unit is detached from other campus buildings. Though the fire apparently damaged only two classrooms, the entire structure, which is used primarily for freshman classes, will be taken out of service; and classes will be relocated to other parts of the campus.

Fire department officials are investigating the cause of the fire.

Foxfire Council Debates New Zoning District
Written by Ellen Marcus, Times Reporter   
Thursday, 13 March 2014 19:49

Foxfire Logo"Green Acres is the place to be" for a growing number of families who want a few acres in the country, so they can raise their own vegetables and keep chickens or a couple of milk goats.

The new "Rural Estate" zoning district under consideration by the Foxfire Village Council aims to provide just such an option — within the Village limits. Rural Estate would offer a six-acre minimum lot size with fewer restrictions concerning outdoor structures, large gardens, and farm animals, providing a transition from the suburban-style density of the core Village to the open countryside that surrounds it.

Working with the Property Owner

The proposal for a "Rural Estate" district was first presented to the Foxfire Village Council during their February Work Session. Mary Gilroy, who chairs the Village’s Planning and Zoning [P&Z] Committee, introduced it as alternative zoning for a 380-acre tract located east of the Village center on Foxfire Road that was annexed but never zoned.

Gilroy worked with the owner of the property, developer Robert Edwards, to discuss crafting an alternative to the more restrictive Equestrian zoning already in the Village ordinances.

During their regular meeting on Tuesday, March 11 Council members called two public hearings for the Tuesday, April 8 Council meeting to evaluate the new district. One hearing would focus on approval of the new Rural Estate district, a second would allow input concerning the zoning of Edwards' land.

The Planning and Zoning Committee has also recommended changes to the Village's ordinances to allow additional small animal husbandry in the Rural Estate district, but those changes are under review by Village Attorney Michael Brough and will likely be the subject of a public hearing in later in the Spring.

Superintendent Seeks Increase in County Funding for Schools
Written by Greg Hankins, Editor   
Thursday, 13 March 2014 13:08

MCS LogoMoore County Schools will seek a $2.3 million increase in County funding for the coming fiscal year, if the Board of Education approves the budget proposed by Superintendent Aaron Spence. The Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget on Monday, March 24, at 6:00 pm.

"I have heard it said too often that more money can't solve your problems," Spence told the Board during its regular Monday, March 10 meeting. "We cannot move the needle without continued support. We have to have a commitment from our community if we are going to transform our schools."

The County is providing the schools with $26.6 million this year; that number includes $24.5 million in funding for operations, as well as $712,000 in capital expenses and $750,000 for the district's digital learning initiative. Also included is $680,000 that is passed through to the County's charter schools.

Not included in that total is debt service — the payments the County makes on borrowing to finance school construction. Those payments are made directly by the County, not funneled through the MCS budget and will amount to $5.6 million this year.

The amount of money the County provides to MCS has been relatively flat, at $26.3 million, since 2011. This year, the Commissioners provided an additional $375,000 to help fund the drive to put laptops or tablet computers in the hands of every student.

MCS leaders and the County's finance team have held a series of meetings in recent weeks, working toward a more coordinated approach to budgeting for the schools.

MCS Chief Finance Office Mike Griffin praised that process during the budget presentation.

"The County has shown a tremendous interest in understanding our problems," Griffin said. "We want to work with them to address a funding formula that would address a variety of issues." That includes creating a dependable formula for county operational and capital funding.

Griffin said he hoped the negotiations would bear fruit in time for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget cycle but, if not, was confident they would by the following year.

New Manager, New Horse, New Sunday Hours at Stables
Written by Greg Hankins, Editor   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 07:37

SLLA LogoThere's a new manager at Seven Lakes Stables, Director Bob Darr told members of the Seven Lakes Landowners Association Board during their Monday, March 10 Work Session.

Amanda Duggan has been hired as the new manager, replacing Kate Pennington, who resigned earlier in the year.

Darr said Duggan has added Sunday hours to the stables schedule, and the Association has acquired a new horse — a 16-hand, 1300-pound blonde gelding. The stable crew plans to ask the community's help in naming the new addition to the herd.

Darr said the jury is still out on whether to return a leased horse named "Bandit," who exhibited some unruly behavior on one occasion. "We will probably wait and see if he continues to be a good boy," Darr said.

Riding lessons are available and may be scheduled through the stables staff.

"There are currently no plans to take any horses off of the property," Darr said. "If we get to the point that our kids are competitive, that will come back to the Board."

SLLA May End Lot Combinations
Written by Greg Hankins, Editor   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 07:44

SLLA LogoLot combinations will be a thing of the past in Seven Lakes North and South if the Seven Lakes Landowners Association [SLLA] Board approves a policy change proposed during their Monday, March 10 Work Session.

Community Manager Ray Sohl told Directors that Association Attorney Roger Knight had recommended the change, because none of the Association's legal documents give the Board the Authority to permanently waive assessments. And allowing lots to be combined has the effect of permanently reducing the dues paid on the combined parcel.

Treasurer Conrad Meyer noted that combining lots had been allowed since the beginning of the Association, perhaps, in part, because the original development plan was focused on creating lots for small, weekend cottages.

When marketing of the development switched to targeting retirees building full-sized homes, some of the original lots were too small to comfortably accommodate the larger structures.

"We have done this since day one," Meyer, who supports doing away with combinations, said. "The attorney is giving us some advice that we should stop doing it."

The issue of lot combinations — and reversing them — was raised for the Board when one landowner recently wanted to subdivide two previously combined lots. SLLA policy has been to allow previously combined lots to be split, but only if the landowner backs up and pays the dues that would have been owed had the lots remained separate. The landowner in question asked to have the policy waived — a request that the Board turned down.

Schools on Two-Hour Delay Tuesday
Written by Greg Hankins   
Monday, 03 March 2014 20:04

Moore County Schools will be on a two-hour delay for all students and staff, Tuesday, March 4.

SLLA Board Approves New Bylaws
Written by Ellen Marcus, Times Reporter   
Saturday, 01 March 2014 14:02

SLLA LogoWith I’s dotted and T’s crossed, the Seven Lakes Landowners Association [SLLA] Board of Directors voted unanimously to accept the revised and updated SLLA Bylaws during the Wednesday, February 26 Open Meeting.

After months of edits, discussion, and fine tuning there was nothing left to discuss. The board and audience applauded the efforts and final draft.

SLLA Dues Payment Plans

The Association has adopted two options for monthly payment of dues. Landowners can chose up front to make monthly payments either by check or by auto draft over the course of the year, but may not use a check one month and auto draft the next.

Or landowners may choose the time-honored option of paying the entire year's dues at once. Those paying monthly will incur an annual $50 administration fee, plus interest of one percent per month on the outstanding balance.

“The fee is not to make money," SLLA President Steve Ritter said. "It is to offset the cost of the extra work and time created by processing the monthly payments. The community should clearly understand that this was an additional charge that was not paid in the past.”

[Click here for more details on the options.]

Mercedes Herdrich named Westside Treasurer
Written by Ellen Marcus, Times Reporter   
Friday, 28 February 2014 19:50

SLWLA LogoThe Westside Board is recycling talent.

Active volunteer Mercedes Herdrich has served on the Finance Committee, Judicial Panel, Beacon Ridge Committee, Safety and Security Committee, and Boat Registration Committee.

And now, she'll serve on the Board as the Treasurer of the Seven Lakes West Landowners Association [SLWLA].

The SLWLA Directors voted during its regular Tuesday, February 25 meeting to add Herdrich to the panel and appoint her Treasurer.

Prior to her retirement in 2001 Herdrich's career was in finance. She will fill the position left open by Don Freiert, who had acted as the interim treasurer after Dale Erickson’s resignation.

After the Board voted to appoint her, Herdrich presented the Treasurer’s report, noting that timely collection of dues continues to be a challenge. Currently, 54 delinquent accounts owe the Association a total of $36,595.

Jon Sheroff Arrested in Seven Lakes West Assault
Written by Greg Hankins, Editor   
Friday, 28 February 2014 19:45

The Moore County Sheriff's office has arrested 71-year-old Jon Bruce Sheroff of 202 Buckler Avenue in Aberdeen on a felony assault charge, alleging that he attacked Margaret Sheroff of Seven Lakes West.

The Sheriff's Office received a call on the evening of Tuesday, February 25, requesting that deputies respond to 105 Sheroff Lane. The caller advised that an assault had occurred at the residence, and the victim had been stabbed during the altercation.

Sheriff’s deputies and an EMS Paramedic Unit responded to the scene and found that 70-year-old Margaret Sheroff had received several lacerations to her face, arms, and chest. Mr. Sheroff, the suspect, was also at the scene when deputies arrived and was taken into custody.

Ms. Sheroff was transported to the Moore Regional Hospital Emergency Room for treatment of her injuries. She was later admitted to the hospital, but her injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Sheriff’s Office Investigators arrested Jon Bruce Sheroff on February 26, charging him with one count of felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Sheroff was placed in the Moore County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. His first court appearance is scheduled for March 11, 2014 in Moore County District Court.

Moore County records list Jon and Margaret Sheroff as co-owners of the home on Sheroff Lane.

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