Taylortown, North Carolina

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Taylortown is a town in Moore County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 845 as of the 2000 census.

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Geography

Taylortown is located at 35°12′59″N 79°29′44″W / 35.21639°N 79.49556°W / 35.21639; -79.49556 (35.216254, -79.495543)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²), all of it land.

Schools

Academy Heights School was first constructed in the Taylortown community in 1934 housing first through the twelfth grades until the time of desegregation. Additions to the campus have included: an auditorium in 1938, the cafeteria - media center in 1956, gymnasium in 1960, and the lower classroom building in 1964. In 1969 the school was named Pinehurst Elementary School with a staff of six full-time teachers and a part-time librarian with students in kindergarten through fourth grade. In 1977 the fourth graders moved to Pinehurst Middle School making the elementary school for kindergarten through third grade. A self contained academically gifted program offered services at that time to second and third grade students bused from other schools in this area. The name changed to Academy Heights Elementary in 1996 when the school became year round. Academy Heights now serves students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Government

The town is governed by a five-member council.
Mayor, Barrett
Councilman, Thompson
Councilman, Taylor
Councilman, Ray
Councilman, Worthy
910-295-4010

On November 3, 2009 Jessie Fuller lost his seat on the Taylortown Council. The coalition, led by incumbent F. Ellis Ray, intended to put at least three like-minded candidates on the Town Council so they could oust Ulysses Barrett Jr., from his mayoral seat. That plan did not work, instead Mr. Fuller was ousted and only Mr. Ray was the remaining Family First candidate to obtain a seat.

Barrett, a popular candidate who has been elected since 1991, has endured controversies. In 2007, the State Bureau of Investigation looked into whether he used his mayoral position to benefit his building business. He was charged with three misdemeanors, including fraud and benefiting from a public contract. He was found not guilty of fraud, and the other charges were dropped.

But trouble still followed. In May 2008, it was discovered that 36 sites in town were used to illegally bury houses, barns and garages while Barrett was mayor. Excavation costs exceeded $805,000; the town had to pay more than $215,000 of it.

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