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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — This morning Carolina Beach Town Councilwoman and Mayor Pro-Tem Pat Efird received a very special honor. In fact, it’s the highest honor the governor can bestow on a citizen. But the Order of the Long Leaf Pine comes as Efird is also under state investigation.

It was a day of celebration for Efird, but it comes under a cloud of suspicion. The SBI started investigating Efird, fellow council member Dan Wilcox and Mayor Joel Macon before it was announced she would receive the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. With Efird given such a prestigious award, many may be wondering with the lingering SBI investigation, just how deserving is she?

“I’ve done my job,” Efird said. “I’ve worked hard and strong and many, many long hours.”

The investigation started after the Attorney General and District Attorney received an anonymous letter back in February. It claimed Efird voted for the town to purchase a piece of property at “a grossly inflated” price of $200,000.

Efird says her record speaks for itself.

“I’ve done my service, and when this is all over and the truth comes out and they finish the investigation, I have done nothing wrong,” she said.

But the investigation is not over leaving a cloud of doubt about whether such an honor as the Order of the Long Leaf Pine should be bestowed on someone who could be in serious legal trouble. At least one Carolina Beach resident thinks it’s OK.

“Plain and simple, I think it’s all political, and sometimes you just need to be able to rise above politics,” Sam McDonald said.

Efird joins a list of recipients of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine that includes the likes of Michael Jordan, Maya Angelou and Billy Graham.

We called the governor’s office to see what it had to say about Efird receiving the honor while under investigation. We are waiting for a call back.

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6 Comments on "Efird receives prestigious honor as SBI investigation continues"

2015 years 9 months ago

This just further proves that the person in our Governor’s Mansion is an absolute idiot.

2015 years 9 months ago

People don’t come by these kinds of awards for nothing. Almost every state bestows these kinds of honors, and it is based on outstanding community service or years of community service. Based on Pat’s years of service, it’s easy to see how she got the award.

Native Wilmingtonian
2015 years 9 months ago

Gov. Mike Easley handed these out like candy on Halloween. What do these placques and titles really mean? A lockstep devotee to the regeime or a real outstanding citizen?

2015 years 9 months ago

Twice you say, “As most of the residents of Carolina Beach and the surrounding communities will attest…”. YOU have absolutely no idea what MOST of the residents will attest to EXCEPT what the results of the recent election told you. That my friend is a fact, nor hearsay as you state with your comments. I don’t know who you think you are to be able to speak for the “majority of Carolina Beach residents”, but it seems that you appear to be a legend in your own mind.

I think it is clearly noted through the voting process what the majority of the residents will attest to at this point! Next…let’s see what the SBI will “attest to”.

2015 years 9 months ago

As most of the residents of Carolina Beach and the surrounding communities will attest Pat Efird is very deserving of the Honor of being bestow with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award. Clearly the allegations against Ms Efird are all political in nature and all of us expect her to be exonerated of all charges once the investigation is complete. Anyone can accuse a person of anything in this country and fortunately for all us citizens we have rights. Ms Efird purchased a lot which was for sale and on the market for some time and anyone had the opportunity to make an offer and buy the lot which was in Ms Efird’s neighborhood. IT so happened that her and her daughter made an offer and negotitated the purchase of a lot owned by the Kirkbrides throught the selling and listing agent at Coastwalk Reality, I as most residents believe this was a legitimate lot purchase for what was fair market price based on the current values of land in the area.

Congradulations Pat on being the recipient of this great honor….

2015 years 9 months ago

…one wolf giving another wolf a sheep. Monkee see…monkee do. Monkee me…monkee you.

Sez who? It sure as hell isn’t Kblue!


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