Life-long residents of Carthage, Larry and Lisa Caddell have donated $15,500 to the soon-to-be-opened recreation center in Carthage.
“Larry is a former athlete and appreciates the significant positive benefits sports can have on the lives of children and desires to give back to Moore County Parks and Recreation,” according to the resolution accepting their donation Tuesday at the Moore County Board of Commissioners’ meeting.
The county will create an account with the funds, and leave it open for others that may want to make future donations. Caddell served as Chair and Vice-Chair on the Moore County Board of Commissioners during his two terms.
Moore County Schools Lottery Request
County commissioners approved a request by the board of education to use $1.1 million to help pay for cost overruns associated with new school construction. In approving the request, Commissioner Louis Gregory noted that only 30% of the money collected from the sale of lottery tickets goes to education.
Buggy Building Entrepreneurship Grant
Updated plans for an entrepreneurship hub in Carthage were discussed at the meeting. Carthage Town Manager Tom Robinson said the required 20% match for the Economic Development Administration grant will be provided by the Town of Carthage. If awarded the $800,000 grant, the buggy building in downtown Carthage will undergo extensive renovations. Plans are to lease office space to startup companies in hopes of establishing new business in northern Moore County.
The buggy building, once part of the sprawling Tyson & Jones Buggy Factory, is located one block north of the old county courthouse on N.C. 15/501. Built before the Civil War, the factory became famous around the country for manufacturing quality horse-drawn carriages. The factory operated until the advent of the automobile in the 1920s.
~ Article and photo by Sandhills Sentinel Reporter John Patota.