December 17, 2014

Michael Bobbitt: Notes from the Peanut Gallery (Henderson City Council Meeting November 10, 2014)

Mondays night’s City Council meeting was well worth the cost of the admission. Some 30 – 35 people were in attendance for the meeting including a NC State Representative, a district court judge, and a county commissioner. Generally, something in the agenda will alert the peanut gallery to expect a large number of attendees to […]

Michael Bobbitt: Vance County 2014 Vote Analysis

Of the 30,000 registered voters 14,174 (47.23%) showed enough interest to make their opinion known, they voted. Mining the Unofficial Results I discovered some other interesting results. In Vance County’s two competitive races, Register of Deeds and Sheriff Office, both had high voter totals. For the Register of Deeds 13,238 votes were cast or 93% […]

Richard Brand: The Anatomy of Marriage

The long standing tradition in the United States was that people would be married in a church. The minister always demanded that there be a marriage license before doing the service.  Because a marriage in a church was a two part event.  The two people getting married were, with the license from the state entering […]

Michael Bobbitt: Notes from the Peanut Gallery (BoC November 3rd, 2014)

Monday’s meeting occurred before Tuesday’s re-election of Commissioners Brummitt, Hester, and Wilder. Congratulations to you all. Chairwoman Brown opened the meeting congratulating Commissioner Brummitt on his appointment by Governor McCrory to the NC Code Officials Qualifications Board. I hope I found correct link to Code Officials Qualifications Board Public Hearings – Rezoning Request Glandon […]

Michael Bobbit: Notes From The Peanut Gallery (City Council October 27, 2014)

Mondays night’s City Council meeting was long, ending near 10:00 pm; long past bedtime for some of the older council members. The unusual length of the meeting was due in part to the recognition of Eddie Hicks’ and Ray Griffin’s retirement, a long drawn out discussion of NCDOT’s planned improvements on I-85, and a another […]

Michael Bobbitt: Notes from the Peanut Gallery Board of Commissioners October 6th, 2014

The following is my opinion and view of Monday October 6, 2014, Board of Commissioners meeting. Public Hearings Three public hearings were scheduled for the Board meeting one for a Rural Operating Assistance Program Grant and two were Rezoning Request. Only one person spoke during the time allotted for the three public hearings. He is […]

Michael Bobbitt: Notes from the Peanut Gallery (City’s Special Called meeting September 25th, 2014)

Mayor O’Geary requested a Special Called Meeting of the Henderson City Council to set forth a process for the appointment of a new city manager. Although the public was invited the public choose to ignore the invitation probably reserving their right to complain later The Mayor gaveled the meeting to order at the stroke of […]

Richard Brand: Maybe we had better speak more humbly?

Maybe you just have to see it in person to feel the real import of what happens. That seems to be the case in domestic violence in the NFL. The videos of the beheadings by the terrorists have made us sick at our stomaches and outraged. Obama claimed at the UN that “no God would […]

Michael Bobbitt: Notes From The Peanut Gallery (City Council September 22, 2014)

The public part of the 22, September 2014, and the 25 August 2014, City Council meetings were brief especially compared to the long closed door sessions each had. One major announcement came from the closed door session Monday night. Closed Session Mayor O’Geary, said there would be an announcement when the Council returned following the […]

Michael Bobbitt: Notes from the Peanut Gallery (Public Safety Committee September 15, 2014)

Public Safety Committee met to discuss the Fire Marshal EMS Director position that is now vacant as a result of the abrupt resignation of the former Fire Marshal EMS Director. The Public Safety Committee is comprised of three commissioners, Dan Brummitt, Gordon Wilder, and Eddie Wright. Commissioner Wright’s attendance was virtual while Commissioners Brummitt and […]