October 25, 2014

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 […]

Reader Submission: Dealing With Digital Cruelty

A regular reader submitted this article for you consideration. In the virtual world, anonymity and invisibility help us feel uninhibited. Some people are inspired to behave with greater kindness; others unleash their dark side. Trolls, who some researchers think could be mentally unbalanced, say the kinds of things that do not warrant deep introspection; their […]

Mari Miller: News and Notes “Open Letter “

An open letter to the residents of Vance, Warren, and Granville counties that attend the Vance County Regional Farmers Market: Dear Residents: I am the author of a web based bi-monthly newsletter called “Greg’s Garden” that has been published since this past February on the HomeinHenderson.com website. Since the newsletter started I have been trying […]

Michael Bobbitt: Notes from the Peanut Gallery (VC BOC July 7th, 2014)

Farmers Market Update Tracy Madigan presented to the Board a status report on Vance County Regional Farmers Market. The status reported covered the first eight days the market has been open. The market is open only two days a week for 11 hours weekly. The status report is skimpy on details and the Farmers Market […]

Richard Brand: The Same Old March

Several years ago Barbara Tuchman, an American Historian and Pulitzer Prize winner, wrote a book about the “march of folly.”  Her idea was that there are many times when people pursue policies and decisions which are against their best interest in the long run.  The times she pointed to were picked because in those moments […]

Michael Bobbitt: Notes from the Peanut Gallery (City Council June 23rd, 2014)

A Special Called Board of County Commissioners meeting and a Henderson City Council Meeting were both scheduled last week on Monday June 23, 2014. One started at 5 pm and the other started at 6 pm. Instead of crafting two separate summaries I thought mixing and matching the two could highlight similarities and dissimilarities of […]