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Sunrise in the Sandhills MOORE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ADOPT FY18 BUDGET Following several months of research, analysis, and meetings, the Moore County Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted the fiscal year 2018 County budget during a regular meeting on June 20, 2017. The budget is balanced at $136,181,559 and provides a fiscally sound and responsible blueprint for administering the revenues and expenditures for fiscal year 2018. Consistent with principles guiding its development, the adopted budget prioritizes education, public safety, and public health. Additionally, in response to potential financial pressures on Moore County Schools created by shortfalls in State funding, the commissioners assigned $1,700,000 to be available from the County’s fund balance to ensure the current level of services provided by the Schools is not diminished should those impacts be realized when the State adopts its budget. While the property tax rate remained $0.465 per $100 of valuation for the coming year, the County is facing numerous operational cost increases and capital projects, including a new courthouse and several new schools, and a tax rate increase will be on the table for consideration beginning in fiscal year 2019, though the commissioners are considering several mitigating factors to reduce that amount to the greatest extent possible. The commissioners strive to provide for excellent services with the least impact possible on the County’s citizens and they have succeeded in that endeavor with the adoption of the fiscal year 2018 budget, which also provides a solid foundation for subsequent years.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Aberdeen Police are looking for help in identifying the person responsible for several vehicle break-ins that took place overnight Monday into early Tuesday morning. Police say the vehicles were left unlocked in the Sun Road, Forest Hills area, and in the Wood Green area. If you have any information on who may be responsible, please contact Aberdeen Police.
Aberdeen Times The Aberdeen Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance identifying the person or persons responsible for several vehicle break-ins that occurred in town overnight Monday.

According to police officials the person or persons responsible entered vehicles that were left unlocked in the Forest Hills area and the Wood Green area of Aberdeen looking for valuables to steal.

One person was caught on a video surveillance camera which is being shared here. The suspect appears to be a younger male possibly wearing a gray or other color hoody type jacket.

If you have any information on the whereabouts or identity of the subject please contact the Aberdeen Police Department at 910-944-9721 or the Tip Line at 910-944-4561

Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Monday May 1, 2017 -- and there's a chance we could see some heavy storms late this afternoon and evening. Now here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ... Moore County Sheriff Neil Godfrey is warning county residents about a couple of phone scams – in northern Moore County, many people have reported that they've been called by someone claiming to have damaged their vehicle, and then asking for personal information to pay for damages. Another scam involves callers saying there are warrants for failing to appear in court and needing money or they'll be arrested. The targets have been primarily older people. The Southern Pines Public Works Utilities Division will be performing system maintenance this week near 500 block of North Ashe Street, and the 700 block of Connecticut Avenue... crews will be on hand for traffic control, but it may become necessary to close the roads. Drivers on those roads should be aware and adjust routes and schedules accordingly. A 20-year-old man drowned in Jordan Lake Sunday after swimming with his girlfriend... WRAL-TV reports that the couple were swimming fully clothed when they began to have trouble. Bystanders were able to rescue the woman, but couldn't reach the man in time. Warnings have been issued about high water levels in the lake because of the recent heavy rains, and people were advised not to swim... ...WRAL-TV also reports that six kayakers on the Cape Fear River were rescued Sunday afternoon by emergency crews after their boats flipped in the water. Erwin police and fire officials said the kayakers—four men and two women—were traveling down the river from Lillington. The height and speed of the water due to the recent heavy rain caused the boats to overturn. Two people were shot early Sunday morning at a Fayetteville nightlcub. When police arrived at the Dab Lounge at about 1:15 AM, they heard shooting and saw people running away... both shooting victims suffered injuries that police say are not life-threatening. Their names were not released. (AP) — The body of a man missing since November has been identified by police as a victim of flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew. A statement Fayetteville police identified the man as 49-year-old Rodney Terrell Williams was last seen during the torrential rains from the hurricane. He was reported missing on November 2. (AP) — The head of North Carolina's court system is speaking out for legislation ending the practice of 16- and 17-year-olds being automatically tried for crimes as adults. Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin will hold a news conference today to back a "raise the age" measure that has bipartisan and law enforcement group support. North Carolina will be the only state with the practice now that New York is phasing it out.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Tuesday April 25, 2017 -- and a Flood Watch is in effect until 8 this morning. At 8:15, we'll be talking with Lorraine Tweed about the upcoming Pottery Crawl. Please join us! Now here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: A flood watch remains in effect until 8 o'clock this morning for all of central North Carolina... The National Weather Service says saturated soil from heavy rainfall and occasional wind gusts up to 25 mph may result in a few downed trees and power outages. A man was found shot to death inside his Fayetteville apartment last night. Police say a family member went to the apartment on Alamance Road early in the evening and discovered the body of the man, who has not been publicly identified. Police say they don't think the shooting was a random incident. This Saturday, from 11 to 1, the Moore County Sheriff’s Office and the DEA will provide the public an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Expired medications can be taken to the Seven Lakes Fire and Rescue building: 718 Seven Lakes North, West End. Expired medications left sitting around are susceptible to misuse and abuse and contribute to the high number of accidental poisonings and overdoses. (AP) — North Carolina Senate Republicans have quickly completed their part in overriding Governor Roy Cooper's veto of a measure trying again to combine the state elections board and ethics commission. The Senate voted Monday night with no debate by a margin exceeding the three-fifths majority necessary to cancel a veto. The measure now goes to the House, where a similar vote means the bill would become law. (AP) — Republicans have unveiled legislation designed as a compromise to prevent North Carolina school districts from having to cut supplemental programs to reduce average class sizes in early grades. A bill approved by a Senate committee Monday would phase in the reductions for the maximum class sizes in kindergarten through third grades currently scheduled for next fall. Now those caps would have to be met in fall 2018. (AP) — Outside legal costs in the fight between Governor Roy Cooper and state legislative leaders have mounted quickly. A news service reported Monday that lawmakers and Cooper's office have paid or been billed more than 760=thousand dollars in attorneys' fees since January. That's in relation to litigation about laws approved just before Cooper took office that reduced his powers, used either to carry out or defend litigation filed by Cooper. (AP) — A 2009 law prohibiting Outer Banks retailers from providing plastic bags to customers would be repealed in a wide-ranging environmental measure that's gone through the state Senate. The bill approved Monday night on a mostly party-line vote favoring Republicans would do away with the program, which supporters say keeps beaches clean and protects wildlife.

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