News Releases

Below are archived news releases previously published by the Town of Southern Pines. For additional information, please contact Assistant Town Manager, Jessica Roth, who serves as the Public Information Officer at 910-692-7021.

SOUTHERN PINES FIRE DEPARTMENT EARNS IMPROVED ISO RATING
After completing a rigorous inspection by the NC Office of the State Fire Marshal, the Southern Pines Fire Department's ISO classification has improved to a Class 2 within the town limits. The ISO is an independent score that helps to determine how the fire department is doing against ISO standards and its ability to protect the community. The ISO rating is one factor that determines property insurance costs and this improved rating could help Southern Pines residents and businesses see lower premiums. Read full news release.

SOUTHERN PINES TO HOST COMMUNITY IDEAS EXCHANGE WORKSHOP
The Town of Southern Pines is hosting a Community Ideas Exchange Workshop on Tuesday, September 20th at the E.S. Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Avenue. The workshop is one of the first community-wide engagement events for the update to the Town’s Comprehensive Long Range Plan (CLRP).  The interactive event will include various stations where community members can engage in planning activities and discussions which are designed to gather public feedback and ideas about the future of Southern Pines. Read full news release.

SOUTHERN PINES RECOGNIZED FOR 31 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE IN FINANCIAL REPORTING
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the Town of Southern Pines for its annual comprehensive financial report for the fiscal year which ended on June 30, 2021. The GFOA Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. 
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SOUTHERN PINES SEEKS COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS FOR CLRP ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Town of Southern Pines has recently launched the process to update its Comprehensive Long-Range Plan (CLRP). The current plan was originally adopted in 2010, with an update in 2016, and guides policy decisions and future land uses. It also establishes both a long-term vision for the community and helps inform decisions on individual development proposals. Read full news release.  

SOUTHERN PINES CURBSIDE GLASS RECYCLING ENDS JUNE 30TH
As of July 1, 2022, the Town of Southern Pines will no longer collect glass in the curbside recycling bins. This change is due to the increasing costs and challenges of processing glass. With this change, the final recycling collection that may contain glass will be the last week of June. If glass is observed in the curbside bin after July 1, the hauler will not empty the bin and will instead tag the bin for the customer to either remove the glass or dispose of all the items in bags for collection in the garbage bin. Read full news release.   

SOUTHERN PINES NAMES MIKE CAMERON SECOND ASSISTANT TOWN MANAGER
The Town of Southern Pines adopted its FY 22-23 budget during the Town Council meeting on June 14. As part of his recommended budget, Town Manager Reagan Parsons shared with Council his intent to add a second Assistant Town Manager (ATM) to the management team by promoting current Fire Chief Mike Cameron. Cameron’s transition will take effect on July 1 with the beginning of the new fiscal year. Read full news release.    

SOUTHERN PINES ADOPTS 2022-2023 BUDGET AND HOLDS PROPERTY TAX RATE
Following a series of public hearings and a budget retreat with senior staff, the Southern Pines Town Council voted June 14 to approve the FY 2022-2023 budget. The general fund budget is balanced at $24,764,819, which represents an increase of approximately $1.5 million from the amended FY 21-22 budget. Along with the budget, Council also voted to hold the property tax rate at $0.40 for the sixth consecutive year. Read full news release.     

SOUTHERN PINES APPOINTS BETH ROBERTSON AS NEW TOWN CLERK
The Southern Pines Town Council appointed a new Town Clerk, Beth Robertson, during its meeting on February 2, 2022. Robertson has worked for the Town since January 2015 and was appointed Deputy Town Clerk last spring. She has been serving as the Interim Town Clerk since the position was vacated last fall. Read full news release.   

SOUTHERN PINES HONORS TOWN STAFF WITH SERVICE AWARDS
Town of Southern Pines employees recently gathered to recognize staff members who achieved a service award during 2021. The Town’s annual service awards program honors those individuals who achieved a five-year increment of service over the past year to the Southern Pines community. Read full news release.