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Old 11-24-2008, 11:34 AM
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My husband's manufacturing business is relocating to Red Springs, North Carolina in the spring. We have lived in Michigan all our lives. I'm originally from Traverse City, but have been living in Grand Rapids area for about 16 years. We're in a suburb w/approx population of 20,000 and Grand Rapids population is about 195,000. Like the convenience of having ammenities close by, but prefer not to be right in the middle of a big city.

We're hoping to find somthing within 30 miles of Red Springs, NC. so I guess it could be in either South or North Carolina. We have a 14 year old daughter and it's very important to find a good, public highschool. She's into more of the arts (choir, drama) and not the athletics. It's going to be a very difficult transition for all of us, since we've only been able to research on-line and not in person yet.

We'll be renting to start (willing to pay $700-$900/month for a 2-3 bedrm) and hopefully buying a home within a year or so of moving.

I think we'll be called "transplants", but we're really nice, down-to-earth, genuine people and we're really frustrated with the attitudes of people in general up here where we are right now-- rude, selfish, always in a hurry, etc...

I have many more questions, but if anyone could give us some suggestions, it would be so helpful and much appreciated.
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Old 11-24-2008, 01:31 PM
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Red Springs is a pretty rural area. About the closest thing to a "city" with all the ammenities would be Fayetteville, NC or possibly the Pinehurst area.

Raeford, a small town, isn't very far from there. And would put you close to the mall and other shopping in Fayetteville. Laurinburg, another small town, is another possibility.

But if you're looking for something near the size of Grand Rapids, Fayetteville's your only option without having a major commute.
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Old 11-25-2008, 02:05 PM
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Althought there is a rather negative thread here about Laurinburg, if you were to live within close proximity, you might want to investigate performing arts resources at St. Andrews Presbyterian College. I don't know what they might be able to offer to a non-college student, but it's worth checking out.
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Old 11-25-2008, 06:56 PM
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There is a private academy in Red Springs, Flora McDonald Academy (Pre-K through 12th grade). It is a very good school, very active. It's not as expensive as some of the private schools in Fayetteville.

My daughter went to school there in K, and we had to move due to my husband's job, and I miss that school terribly. Wish my youngest daughter had had the opportunity to go there too!
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