April 16, 2014

Michael Bobbitt: Notes from the Peanut Gallery (VC BoC April 7th, 2014)

Monday night’s Commissioners’ meeting was long on content, longer on revelations, and did not follow the scripted agenda. The meeting started with recognition of Leadership-Vance participants and a thank you to the members of boards and committees. The presenter for the only scheduled appointment was not on time, opening the floor to the public comments […]

Michael Bobbitt: Notes From The Peanut Gallery (City Council March 24th, 2014)

Public Hearings The City Council held the second of two mandated public hearings regarding Community Development Block Grants for infrastructure improvements. Although the City Council announces and holds public hearings the public appears uninterested or disinterested in providing input even when the city is going to apply for taxpayers’ money (a grant). There were two […]

Michael Bobbitt: Notes From The Peanut Gallery (VC BoC March 10th, 2014)

Water District Board The Water District Board was not the beginning of the meeting it is where this review of the meeting will begin. The published agenda contained only a place holder for the Water District Board’s portion of the meeting. The “head” engineer was not in attendance. The stand-in for the engineer had no […]

Michael Bobbitt: Notes From The Peanut Gallery (CoH February 24th, 2014)

Public Hearings City Council had two public hearings on their agenda. The first public hearing involved the rezoning of seven individual properties; 1.7 acres of land located in the south-east quadrant of the intersection of US 1 and NC 39. In January the Council held a public hearing regarding the rezoning of .43 of an […]

Anonymous Letter: Kerr-Vance Academy – Public Charter or Private Academy?

Editors note:  This letter, as I understand it, was sent to Vance County Public Schools from an anonymous person in regards to the pending charter school application for Kerr-Vance Academy.   We received it as a PDF document, which I will attach.  I have also attempted to paste the text below, however there may be a […]

Richard Brand: Tribute To Mr. Sam Watkins

I arrived here in l993 and from my position as Pastor of one of the downtown churches, I became involved in a great number of civic activities. In all my years in Vance County I have not met anyone who worked harder or worked longer, had more vision and passion, who gave more to this […]

Michael Bobbitt: Notes From The Peanut Gallery (Special Called Meeting February 17th, 2014)

I assumed that the special called meeting of the commissioners would last no more than fifteen minutes since the two topics had already been settled in committee meetings. Twenty minutes into the meeting I realized my assumption was grossly incorrect. Sadly, there is no public recording of the meeting because of my assumption. The agreement […]

Michael Bobbitt: Notes From The Peanut Gallery (Vance County BoC Annual Retreat 2014)

The Vance County Commissioners’ annual Planning retreat was held on Thursday January 23, 2014 at the Glass House. Nice view of the lake and would be better place in the summer time. The Peanut Gallery was across the room from the fireplace with its big roaring fire. The fire was nice to look at although […]

Peggy Satterwhite: Bear Baiting Proposal

As a life-long North Carolinian, I understand the importance of the hunting heritage in our state. I appreciate the tradition of fair chase. Upon hearing that the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is trying to open up baiting for bears through a proposed regulation, I found myself at odds with the state that I have […]

Michael Bobbitt: Notes From The Peanut Gallery (COH January 13th, 2014)

The first city council meeting of 2014 was recorded and posted on HomeInHenderson (HiH).  Many HiH readers have expressed an interest in listening to city council meetings in their leisure as they do with the Board of Commissioners’ meetings.  Listeners of county meetings will notice a difference in the council meetings; a difference evident in […]