West Southern Pines at a Crossroads

Kim Wade – President West Southern Pines Civic Club
Rev. Dr. Paul Murphy – Pastor Trinity AME Zion Church, & member SP Town Council
Vincent Gordon – Chair Southern Pines Land & Housing Trust
Fenton Wilkinson – Land & Housing Trust Project Manager

Community leaders discuss the largely unknown history of West Southern Pines starting with the fact that in 1923 West Southern Pines was one of the first incorporated Black Towns in North Carolina, progressing to what it was like growing up in the community in the 1960’s and then to the conditions in the community today.

The initiatives by both the Land & Housing Trust and the Town of Southern Pines that engaged the current residents to describe what revitalization of West Southern Pines means to them are highlighted. The preferred path that emerged for the residents is the opportunity to improve the physical, economic and social fabric of the community while preserving their history and culture is described. The other path facing West Southern Pines at the current crossroads, gentrification, is defined and its consequences discussed. The pivotal role the fate of the currently surplused Southern Pines Primary School will play in which path is the future of West Southern Pines is explored. The show ends with very positive visions that are ahead for the community.

For more information on the redevelopment of the SP Primary School and ways to contribute visit the Land & Housing Trust website https://www.splandandhousingtrust.org/


Flint Long – A career in show business and Paying it Forward

Moore County resident Flint Long moved to the Sandhills in 2014 after a lifelong career in show business.
Today Flint has recreated a song he wrote 30 years ago and turned it into a virtual choir video with old friends and professional associates.
The sentiment of 30 years ago rings true today. 2020 has shown a steep rise in virtual video choirs due to Covid.
Flint shares some of his many experiences & perspectives over the years and Moore County is glad to have him.



Welcome to our show two new guests from a local non-profit that may be new to many of our listeners. BARB SUMMERS is the President and BARBARA KEATING is the Vice President of the Sandhills Woman’s Exchange in the Village of Pinehurst.

• You should know a little about the history of our 1810 log cabin on Azalea Road. The SWE started in 1922 in the cabin we proudly occupy today. So we are in our 98th year…and looking forward to a big celebration in 2022 when we are 100 years old. Originally located at Ray’s Grist Mill, about 2 miles from Pinehurst, after the Civil War it was bought by the Archibald McKenzie family and used as their kitchen. In 1895, James W. Tufts started Pinehurst and was charmed by the cabin. He built a new kitchen for the McKenzie family and moved the cabin log by log to its current location. The cabin was initially a museum, then home of ‘Uncle’ Jerry Mitchell, then a residence for Tom Cotton and his brother, both free slaves. With encouragement from Mrs. Tufts, who was a member, Mr. Tufts gave the cabin to the SWE. In 1924, Mrs. Charles Crocker donated the necessary funds to enlarge the building for purposes of the Exchange. When funds allowed, it was enlarged and modernized to be one of the oldest structures in Pinehurst today.

• We are a member of the Federation of Woman’s Exchanges, the oldest continuously operating woman’s charitable organization in the U.S. Prior to the Covid 19 outbreak in March, there were only 20 Exchanges operating in the U.S. Sadly, four of those have had to close completely in the past few months…they were in Texas, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland. We are proud to still be among the 16 Exchanges remaining….thanks to the hard work of our Board, volunteers and guests.

• Our mission statement is ‘Helping others help themselves.’ It began way back when a woman in the country on a farm needed a way to supplement her family’s income. By using her skills to make quilts, pottery, dolls, and baked goods, she was able to bring them to the Exchange to sell. Today our Gift Shop features the wares of 25 Artisans who retain 60% of their sales; the cabin keeps 40% for sustainability. We hope our listeners will ‘Shop Local’ at the Cabin.

15 Azalea Road – P.O. Box 215 – Pinehurst, N.C. 28370
910 295-4677 – Across from the Village Chapel

Artistic Director, Greta Zandstra is back to talk about the Encore Center’s new December production – Christmas, FL. Along with Greta is actress Morgan Piner. This one woman show is featured on Friday & Saturday evening, Dec. 11th & 12th at 9 p.m., along with a 4 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Dec. 13th. Seating is limited to 25 guests per show. All Social distancing guidelines to be observed. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased at www.EncoreCenter.net or by calling the box office at 910 725-0603.



Southern Pines Songwriter/Singer – Annelle Staal

Southern Pines Songwriter/Singer - Annelle Staal

Following Annelle’s career since 2014 has been a joy for All Things Moore County.
Annelle is ready to roll out her new song, Mr. Christmas, as she prepares for a local stint at the Wine Cellar in Southern Pines on the 27th as well as a December date.


Annelle is joined by 13 year old Charlize McKinney, an 8th grader at West Pine.
Their conversation is full of coachable moments for Charlize, an aspiring actress and singer and show Annelle ‘paying it forward’.