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Carthage, NC – Moore County residents are invited to comment on the final draft of Moore County’s Land Use Plan at 6:00 pm on Thursday, August 8th , 2013. The meeting will be held in the Community Room located on the second floor of the Rick Rhyne Public Safety Center.

For Immediate Release
July 30, 2013
Over a period of 18 months, persons appointed by the Board of Commissioners met and examined changes in the County’s population, demographics, land development activity as well as water, sewer and transportation improvements. The final draft of the Land Use Plan is a product of the Steering Committee’s study and recommendations to Moore County Planning and Community Development Staff.
On October 1st, Moore County Planning and Community Development Staff will request another public hearing before the Board of Commissioners prior to the adoption of the plan. The second public hearing will be held on October 15th, 2013.
A copy of the final draft of the land use plan can be obtained at the Planning Department Office, located at 1048 Carriage Oaks Drive, Carthage NC, during normal business hours or on the Planning Department website (
Those needing special accommodations at the Planning Board meeting on August 8th should contact the Planning Department staff directly at 910-947-5010.  
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For Immediate Release
July 2, 2013
Rick Rhyne Public Safety and Detention Center
Carthage, N.C., The Moore County Sheriff’s Office, Moore County Public Safety and 911 Center will open its offices in the new Rick Rhyne Public Safety and Detention Center on Tuesday, July 9th at 8:00 a.m.
Important information for the Moore County citizens is as follows:
·         The location of the  Rick Rhyne Public Safety and Detention Center is: 
302 South McNeill Street in Carthage, North Carolina.
·         The Sheriff’s Offices are located on level twoof this facility.  Visitors should use the elevator in the frontlobby to access the Sheriff’s Offices.
·         The Moore County Public Safety Offices are located on level 0.  Visitors should use the elevator in the front lobby to access these offices.
·         The Sheriff’s Office will temporarily stop issuing gun permits and concealed to carry permits on Monday, July 8th.  The issuance of these permits will resume on July 9th in the new facility.
·         The Moore County Detention Center and the Magistrate’s Office will continue to operate in their current offices and will not move into the new facility until a later date.
·         There will be another Press Release around August 1st, providing information regarding tours of the facility.
For additional information contact Eli Arroyo-Allen, at the Public Information Office (910) 947-6363.


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For Immediate Release
June 12, 2013
Moore County Sheriff Department Promotions
Carthage, N.C., It is with pleasure that Moore County Government announces the following promotions:
            Neil Godfrey promoted to the position of Sheriff of the Moore County Sheriff’s Department. Neil has been a member of the department since December 2002, as the Chief Deputy. Neil retired from the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation on May 1, 2002. 
            Jerrell Seawell promoted to the position of Chief Deputy. This position is the second in command for the department. A member of the Moore County Sheriff’s Department for 24 years, most recently served as the captain over the Narcotics Unit.
Darrin Ritter promoted to the position of captain over the Narcotics Unit. He previously served as the lieutenant for the Narcotics Unit.
Wes Hart promoted to the position of lieutenant and second in command of the Narcotics Unit. He previously served as detective sergeantin the Narcotics Unit.
Ricky Whitaker promoted to the position of major over the Detention Center operations. He previously served as captain at the Detention Center.

Congratulations to the dynamic Moore County Sheriff’s department team.
For additional information contact the County Administration Offices at  (910) 947-6363.
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For Release:  Immediate                                                    Contact:  D. Scot Brooks
Date/Time:  May 24, 2013 @ 9am                                      Phone: 910-947-6317
Moore County Government has recently changed our mass notification system (Reverse 911) to CodeRED and needs the citizens to take action now in order to protect their families.
This new system allows the Department of Public Safety and the Sheriff’s Office to define specific areas of the County in order to immediately notify residents about an emergency in their area. Events such as hazardous materials spills, wildfires, recent crime sprees, and/or notification about fugitives from justice are just a few examples of when the system would be used. The system also provides weather warning notification from the National Weather Service, if desired (The user must select this option).
In case of an emergency, contact information is critical.  Moore County and CodeRED needs citizens to sign into the system (Opt-In), and enter cell phone, text number, and e-mail address.
By default, the system uses the 911 system database of phone numbers which are only landline phone numbers.  Many citizens now use cell phones as their only phone.  This contact database is for “Emergency Use” only and Moore County will never share contact information with other groups for any other purpose.
“Citizens need to get involved in disaster preparation activities and register for this very vital and potentially life saving service” says Scot Brooks, Moore County’s Emergency Manager.
Consider the recent tornados in the Midwest for just a moment; How would you have been notified that a tornado warning had been issued for your immediate area if you were not listening to the radio or watching television?  The CodeRED system has the ability to call and/or text your cell phone to notify you to take emergency actions.
For citizens interested in getting emergency and weather information, go to the Moore County Government website (, navigate to the Public Safety page, click on the CodeRED icon near the bottom of the home page, and complete the registration information. There is no charge to sign up with CodeRED.  You may also go directly to registration by clicking here.
Be sure to save your user name and password so that updates can be provided when necessary. If there are questions or problems, contact Moore County Public Safety at 910-947-6317. DSB
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May 23, 2013
Carthage, N.C., The Moore County Government Offices will be closed on Monday, May 27th, in observance of Memorial Day.
Regular Business hours will resume on Tuesday, May 28th. 
The Moore County Public Library System, all five branches and the Bookmobile along with the Senior Enrichment Center will adhere to the same schedule above mentioned.
If you require any additional information contact 910 947-6363 Eli Arroyo-Allen in the Public Information Office.

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