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Old 04-22-2011, 10:17 AM
 
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We are a military family moving to Bragg this summer and I am most interested in Sanford but understand this is where the tornadoe hit. We are overseas so I have not kept up with the news there. Is Sanford an area that we should continue to focus on or should we look elsewhere? How bad was it hit and how long will it take to rebuild? Also can you tell me which school district is the best and what housing areas to look for. As far as the city is concerned, what is there in terms of shopping and dining? Any info will be appreciated.
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Old 04-22-2011, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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We are a military family moving to Bragg this summer and I am most interested in Sanford but understand this is where the tornadoe hit. We are overseas so I have not kept up with the news there. Is Sanford an area that we should continue to focus on or should we look elsewhere? How bad was it hit and how long will it take to rebuild? Also can you tell me which school district is the best and what housing areas to look for. As far as the city is concerned, what is there in terms of shopping and dining? Any info will be appreciated.
Yes, there was some bad tornado damage in Sanford, but unlike hurricanes, that cause destruction to a very wide path, tornadoes are extremely localized in their damage, so maybe 3-4 houses on a street can be totalled and the rest of the street have little or no damage at all. You should not worry that the entire town will "go under" because of this--they will rebuild.

One of the resources of City-Data other than the forums, which people often aren't aware of, are the pages on each town or city. Here is the one for Sanford. It should give you some general info, which you can follow up with more targeted questions based on this.
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Old 04-22-2011, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Fayetteville, NC
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The whole region was hit bad. It tore though neighborhoods right outside post.

Sanford proper is a little too far away for me to work. We will work the area of Harnett County up NC 87 to about the NC 27 crossroads. So I can't give much pertinent advice.

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Old 04-22-2011, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Fayetteville, NC
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It was stated today on the radio Lowe will rebuilt their store by fall and all 600 employees are being sent out to other area stores to work until then and provided with transportation.

I really appreciate that and they will be getting my business.
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Old 04-23-2011, 08:48 AM
 
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Thank you.
I am not sure if Sanford schools will work, they don't seem to offer too much for middle and high school. However the skiing on the weekends would be a great benefit! We live in Hawaii now, great little quaint beach town, so anywhere we go has alot to live up to!
What about Southern Pines? looks to be more our style, schools seem to have more to offer our daughters. Are there alot of military that live there? Once again thank you for any information.
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Old 04-23-2011, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Fayetteville, NC
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Waterskiing?

I would encourage you to take a look at Fayetteville and the town and area around it. It does have a lot to offer and many many nice safe neighborhoods and good school districts with many good programs like the International Baccalaureate program and language immersion elementary schools.
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Old 04-24-2011, 12:56 PM
 
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Faabala,
Thanks and yes waterskiing. Sorry I was not clear, after living in Hawaii, it is hard to think about snowskiing! Hard to think about cold weather and going somewhere that is colder than 70 degrees!
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Old 04-24-2011, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Fayetteville, NC
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The nice thing about Fort Bragg is you can get to the Beach or the Mountains in half a day. With many lakes in between. Plus D.C. or Atlanta in about 6 hours.

One reason I stayed here when I retired from the service in 2008.
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:22 PM
 
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It was stated today on the radio Lowe will rebuilt their store by fall and all 600 employees are being sent out to other area stores to work until then and provided with transportation.

I really appreciate that and they will be getting my business.

What a great offer! I guess if any other home improvement store is even thinking about Sanford, they would be wise to reconsider--LOWES is where I will do all my shopping just to let them know what a great effort they have made to help their employees during this time.

And Sanford wouldn't be too much of a drive to Bragg. There are quite a few military families in the area.
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Old 04-24-2011, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Carolina Mountains
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You misheard about Lowes.... Fall 2012.
I would think you'd be way better off in Fayetteville though. Why did you choose Sanford exactly?
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