March 4, 2015

Phil Hart: Our Participation Makes Us

Wednesday January 28th, 2015 I went to the Vance County Board of Commissioners Annual Retreat.  Home in Henderson was invited to attend as a media outlet to give our views of the past, present and future of Vance County from our organizations point of view.  If I were given the invitation personally, the presentation may have […]

Michael Bobbitt: Home in Henderson Presentation to the Vance County Board of Commissioners

Editors Note:  This is a copy of the presentation presented to the Vance County Board of Commissioners during their Annual Retreat January 28th, 2015.  I (Phil Hart) will write more about this hopefully this weekend. An excerpt from the presentation is below, and the full presentation download  link is provided at the end. My name […]

Rusty McMahon: Commissioners Need to Address Water Project

Editors Note – An abbreviated version of this opinion piece has also been published in The Daily Dispatch‘s paper on Saturday, 1/24/2015. Dear Commissioners, I respectfully request that you address the following issue at your upcoming Planning Retreat. You told citizens in public meetings that 5000 gallons of water would cost $35-45, with no mention […]

Michael Bobbitt: Notes from the Peanut Gallery (January 5th, 2015)

Monday night’s meeting was the first I have attended since Mr. Taylor’s ascension to Chairmanship. What a difference he has made in Board procedures. Instead of relying on the county manager to report on topics the committees have discussed the Chairman asked the committee chairs’ for their respective reports. This procedural change makes each committee […]

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 […]