Paul ChavezPaul Franklin Chavez is a rarity in Seven Lakes — a native Moore Countian. He graduated from Southern Pines High School in 1962 and was drafted into the armed forces the following year. That service would evolve into a twenty year career. A "crypto technician," Chavez worked on every major piece of crypto equipment in the Army's inventory.

Chavez married Nancy Garrison, of West End, and they had two sons Paul H. and Carl. Chavez began his second career as a civilian employee for the US Army in crypto, which eventually led to becoming a computer specialist.

The family moved to Seven Lakes in 2000. “I told my wife and son that I wanted to buy a tractor and move to a place that had water,” Chavez said. He got one of the two.

Chavez has known his share of heartbreak. He and Nancy lost their eldest son in 1999. Nancy died in 2007 from breast cancer. Chavez's younger son and his two grandsons, Currie and Trevor, live with him, giving him a firsthand perspective on the interests of younger residents.

“This is a good place to raise kids," he said during the Wednesday, February 5 SLLA Candidates' Night. "I have two teenage grandsons. One loves to go fishing. He will be out there until it is time to go home. Both boys go swimming and fishing in the lakes in the summertime. Walking to McDonald's the back way seems to be popular with teens. There were some problems last year with teens, but I believe we got that cleaned up. It something to keep an eye on.”

Read more: SLLA Candidate Paul Chavez

Mary FarleySLLA Board Candidate Mary Farley traveled the world to retire in Seven Lakes. Farley was born in Wiesbaden-Bierstadt, West Germany in 1945. She graduated from the Wiesbaden School of Business in 1962 with a major in retail sales and marketing.

Mary and Jerry Farley, a United States Air Force [USAF] Command Chief Master Sergeant (Retired), have been married for almost fifty years. While in the USAF, they were assigned to numerous bases. Mary supported her husband and family during the moves as an active volunteer. Stationed in Hawaii, she was elected President of the Hickam Air Force Base Hawaii Wives Club for 1988-1990 and was the first recipient of the “Heart of Hickman” volunteer award.

When Jerry Farley retired, Mary revived her career, becoming an independent sales and marketing representative for numerous food companies working with the military commissaries in the Washington, DC area.

In 2005, the Farley's relocated to Seven Lakes. Mary went back to work as an independent Avon Representative and has received the Avon President's Award for four years running. In 2013, she was made a member of Avon’s “Honor Society.” In her free time, she is an active volunteer with the local chapter of the Red Hats and an avid amateur gardener.

Like many who moved to Seven Lakes, she was attracted by the rural setting.

Read more: SLLA Candidate Mary Farley

Sandy SackmannOf the four candidates standing for election to the SLLA Board of Directors, Sandy Sackmann has lived in Seven Lakes the longest. She and her husband John left jobs in Ohio to move to Seven Lakes to raise their children.

“In 1980, my husband John and I, and our two daughters, began to vacation at Seven Lakes," Sackmann said during the Wednesday, February 5 Candidates' Night. In 1985, we decided that we would prefer to have our children grow up in a small community.”

“When we first arrived, we worked at Seven Lakes Country Club," she said. Sandy worked in the Pro Shop and John served as business manager. While teaching in Findlay Ohio, Sandy had earned her master’s degree in education at Bowling Green State University.

“After a year at the Pro Shop, I missed teaching and applied and was accepted to teach at Aberdeen Middle School. After twenty-six years of middle school teaching, I was encouraged to go to Pinecrest [High School], where I spent my last fifteen years of teaching. I also was the golf coach at Pinecrest for the men’s and women’s teams."

After forty-one years of teaching, Sackmann retired in 2012. John is also retired.

Read more: SLLA Candidate Sandy Sackmann

Chuck LeachCharles (Chuck) Leach currently serves on the SLLA Board. He has had responsibility for the Facilities and Grounds Committee and told landowners gathered at the Wednesday, February 5 Candidates' Night that he hopes to continue in that position.

“I would like to stay where I am," he replied, when asked which job on the Board appealed to him. "I have had three years in electrical schooling; and, at one time, I was thinking of going into the electrical business."

"A newer amenity that should not be forgotten is the debris site,” Leach added. “It is the second most loved amenity.”

Leach and his wife Jane have been married for forty-six years. They built their home in Seven Lakes in 1998 and became year-round residents in 2005.

“For that reason alone, I need to get back on this Board," Leach laughed. "My wife says we need some separation.”

Read more: SLLA Candidate Chuck Leach

Moore County LogoA 300-foot cellphone tower at Harris Crossroads and a commercial-scale solar farm on NC Highway 211 near Candor were both approved during the Thursday, February 6 regular meeting of the Moore County Planning Board.

Harvesting the sun

The five megawatt commercial solar facility will occupy 41.3 acres of a 46.7 acre tract on the south side of NC Highway 211 east of its intersection with Spicewood Road. The land, which lies in front of the Perdue feed mill, is currently used by Sandhills Turf for turf grass production.

Speaking for the property owners — all members of the extended Harris family, Attorney Bill Harris said the lease payments provided from the solar farm would provide family members with more income than is generated from harvesting turf grass. He added that his sister lives on a tract adjacent to the field.

This is the second Harris project to come before the Planning Board, which approved a similar project in November that will be located on Harris-owned land nearby on Samarkand Road.

Both facilities are rated at five megawatts, each producing enough electricity to serve 300 homes over the course of a year. The electricity generated will be sold to Duke Energy.

Harris said his family's land has attracted solar companies because of its proximity to high capacity power lines, which he attributed to the power needs of the nearby feed mills.

The project involves two companies that have been particularly active in solar energy development in the state: Strata Solar and Argand Energy Builders, each responsible for different aspects of the project.

Read more: Solar Farm, 300-Foot Cell Tower Approved

SLLA LogoFour candidates will stand for election to three open seats on the Seven Lakes Landowners Association [SLLA] Board at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 23.

Nominating Committee Chairman Bob Racine introduced the candidates, which include Paul Chavez, Mary Farley, Sandy Sackmann, and incumbent Director Chuck Leach, during the Friday, January 31 SLLA Open Meeting.

“I would like to thank you and your committee," President Steve Ritter told Racine. It is always tough to find people willing to sit up here and be the focal point.”

A Meet the Candidates Night will be on Wednesday, February 5 at 7:00 pm in the North Clubhouse. Candidates will share information about their background and their interest in serving on the Board. Written questions will be taken from members, and the evening will include an opportunity for the membership to speak one-on-one with the candidates. Seven Lakes Times Editor Greg Hankins will moderate the session.

Are smaller dues increases, more frequently, more desirable?

The Board voted unanimously, during the January 31 Work Session, to ask the membership to approve a $25 dues increase at the Annual Meeting.

Treasurer Conrad Meyer made a motion to recommend the dues increase and to adopt the Fiscal Year 2015 operating budget as presented.

“I guess, to kick this thing off, I would like to make a motion to adopt the draft of the operating budget that is in the package,” Meyer said. “It includes a recommendation to ask the community for a $25 dues increase for all lots."

"When we went through the process of asking for a $100 dues increase this last year, we got a lot of feedback — 'Boy, that $100 dues increase is painful' — and I don’t dispute that at all. What we heard was: 'Wouldn’t it be easier to ask for increases in smaller bite size chunks, instead of bigger requests less frequently?' We are asking the community if they agree with that logic or would they rather have less frequent, larger increases. That’s what this is all about."

If the increase is approved at the Annual Meeting, SLLA homeowners dues would increase to $1,025.

Packets for the annual meeting will be mailed out in February.

Read more: Four candidates for three seats on SLLA Board

SLLA LogoThe Board of Directors will take one more crack at finalizing the rewritten Seven Lakes Landowners Association [SLLA] Bylaws before taking a final vote to approve the document. Final approval was expected at the Friday, January 31 SLLA Open Meeting, but a single section that expands the Board's decision making powers drew objections from Director Bob Racine.

At issue is Article V, Section 8, which would give the Board the power to make decisions outside of a public meeting — something the Board of Directors are not allowed to do under the current bylaws.

Article V, Section 8 of the new bylaws reads:

Actions taken Without a Meeting. Any action permitted to be taken at a meeting of the Board may be taken without a meeting if the action is taken by all Board members entitled to vote on the action. The action shall be taken by written consent describing the action taken, signed before or after such action by all members. A consent under this section has the effect of a meeting vote and may be described as such in any document.

Read more: Action Delayed on SLLA Bylaws

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[CORRECTION – When this story was originally posted and in the February 7 print edition of The Times,  we reported that two of the Foxtail Lane lots with unfinished foundations were involved in a bankruptcy. That was incorrect, an error introduced during editing. The text of the article has been stricken from the text below. The Times regrets the error.] 

Time is up for Foxtail Lane developer Ron Jackson.

Last April, Foxfire Village notified Jackson by certified letter that he had six months to deal with three unfinished foundations on Foxtail Lane that he abandoned ten years ago. The October deadline has long since passed, with no apparent effort by Jackson to clean up the unsightly and hazardous construction site.

During the Foxfire Village Council's Thursday, January 30 Work Session, members agreed to levy fines on Jackson for the violation of the Zoning Ordinance, which could amount to as much as $500 per day.

Jackson, in July, offered to give the properties to the Village. But the Council declined that offer, because the properties have been used to secure a debt and two are involved in a bankruptcy.

During the January 30 Work Session, Councilwoman Leslie Frusco noted that one of the lots with an unfinished foundation has been sold.

“The person or entities took over the one foundation in the very back, which is the deepest one,” Frusco said. “[Village Attorney] Michael Brough is in contact with the new owners of this property to try and resolve this issue.”

Read more: Council makes progress on Foxtail Lane, Reynview Vista

MCS Logo[A press release from Moore County Schools]

In what he calls an exciting but bittersweet decision, Moore County Schools Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence today announced his acceptance of an offer to become the superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools in Virginia Beach, VA.

Spence is a native of Virginia Beach and said that played a major role in his decision. “I discussed this at length with my wife before accepting the position in Virginia Beach because Moore County is so important to us. Our children love their schools, and we have a strong bond with this community,” he said. “This decision was not easy, but in the end the opportunity to be closer to family was a strong pull, and we believe the right decision for us at this time.”  Spence’s father, mother and other family members still live in Virginia Beach.

Read more: Spence to leave Moore County Schools

A forecast for two days of heavy rain has persuaded the Seven Lakes Business Guild to postpone its Festival of Trees from Tuesday, November 26 to Sunday, December 1, at 6:00 pm.

Instead of lighting one tree, the Business Guild invites the public to tour a field of Christmas Trees, decorated by Seven Lakes businesses, in Village Centeral, the Grant Street location that serves as the site for Business Guild events.

Those attending will be able to vote for their favorite tree, and competition is expected to be fierce.

Businesses, church choirs, and others who want to participate can contact Gayle Mace at 673-0093 or Lisa Mace at 673-5678.

In Memory Of

  • Jane Scales Facey

     of Foxfire Village died on Tuesday, April 19 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. A private...

  • Nancy P. Neilson

    formerly of Seven Lakes, died on Monday,  April 18. Nancy and her husband, Roger, retired from...

  • John E. Letter

    95, of Seven Lakes, died Monday, March 21, at his home, surrounded by family and friends. A...

  • Marilyn Rose Kemble Bearden

     84, formerly of Seven Lakes, died on March 8 in Greenville, SC. The family will receive friends on...

  • Vonadora Baker Stackhouse

    96, died on Wednesday, March 2, her wedding anniversary, at her home in Seven Lakes West. Services were...

  • James R. Nichols

    (Jim) of Seven Lakes died at his home on Monday, February 22.  A Celebration of his life will be...

  • Timothy William Bouchelle

    49, of West End died on Friday, February 19, 2016 at his residence.  A visitation will be held from...

  • John P. Carpenter

    75, of Seven Lakes North died Saturday, February 13 at FirstHealth Hospice House in Pinehurst. A...

  • Michael Jerome Loney

    87 of Seven Lakes West died Tuesday, February 9 at First Health Moore Regional Hospital in...

  • Glenda Mae (Marks) Tucker

    64 of Seven Lakes passed on Sunday February 7 at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro.  A...

  • Dr. William Harrell Johnson

    92 years old, of Seven Lakes West, died on Tuesday, February 2, at home.  A memorial service was...