The Daily Southerner
Gary Skelton, mayor of the Town of Leggett, presented a $500 gift of appreciation to Peggy Moore, retired town finance officer, at the town’s Sept. 10 meeting.
“I’m grateful. It’s very nice to be honored,” said Moore.
Moore resigned in March after working the part-time job for 19 years. She said receiving the gift of appreciation was a “real big surprise.” Tommy Anderson took over Moore’s responsibilities when she retired.
Fulfilling her responsibilities as the town finance officer was Moore’s weekend job. She’s always worked full-time during the week. (Currently, Moore is the office manager at Fields & Cooper PLLC in Rocky Mount.)
The town’s bills would come directly to Moore’s home and she would write checks to pay the bills and get them signed at the town council meetings. In her time on that job, Moore said she saw mayors come and go as well as the building of an addition to the fire station, which now houses the town hall. When she first started working for the town, the town hall was housed in an older building that was once a service station.
Moore has always lived in the Leggett area and said the small town has a “close-knit, homey” feeling to it.
“Leggett is just a little crossroads. If you blink your eyes, you’ll miss it,” she said. “Most people know everybody [in town].”
Leggett still has an old-fashioned atmosphere and the population is even smaller than when Moore started working for the town, but the town is becoming “more modernized,” said Moore. In recent years, a new convenience store, Big Jim’s, has opened in the place of the older convenience market. Also, larger school has taken the place of Leggett Public School, the combined elementary school/ high school from which Moore graduated in 1960.