The Ruth Pauley Lecture Series for 2017-2018 kicks off on Tuesday evening Sept. 12th at the Owens Auditorium at the Sandhills Community College at 7:30 p.m.

This is the 31st season celebrating the groundwork laid by Ruth Pauley.

Discussing the history of the series, Ruth Pauley and this year’s lineup of guest speakers are Catherine Murphy, Director for Communication – Moore County Schools, Wilma Laney, the vice chair of the lecture series and a representative from the League of Women Voters, and John Arnold, the program chair.

The mission of the Ruth Pauley Lecture Series is to deepen society’s understanding of key issues and encourage public participation in their resolution.

Past speakers have include Maya Angelou, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Jack Nicklaus, David Gergen, Dr. Jane Goodall and Ralph Nader, to name just a few.

The Ruth Pauley Lecture Series is free to the public and this year there are 5 speakers lined up from Sept. 12th thru March 20th , 2018 discussing the most timely topics of our day.

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Bill Sahadi talks to Ellie Collins, John Arnold and Kevin Smith about Moore County’s contribution to the Occupy Wall Street movement. On December 10 at the Downtown Park in Southern Pines, Occupy Moore will consider Occupy Wall Street issues from a distinctly Moore County perspective. The event will focus on economic, election and education issues with local experts and speakers from nonpartisan groups like the NAACP, Democracy NC and The League of Women Voters. The event will also feature live acoustic music from some very talented local musicians. For more information on Occupy Moore, you can visit the website,

Communities in Schools Exec. Administrator Ashley Baker discusses the role of CIS in our community and the many benefits CIS provides to the students in our public schools. Special mention is made of the Wine Festival fundraiser to be held on Dec. 7th at Elliot’s restaurant from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., and January’s fundraiser, Dancing with the Stars to be held on Jan. 29th.