Wednesday Open Line

Today there is another public meeting at Bear Pond Fire Department regarding redistricting from 4pm to 6pm.

We’d like to remind everyone of a fun event coming up this weekend in downtown Henderson, NC.  Garnett Street will be closed on Saturday and filled with a river of floating rubber ducks.  You can buy tickets ahead of time for a duck, or multiple ducks, and after the duck race, the rubber duck winners will be pulled and on the bottom of each duck is a unique number.  If the top ducks match your number on the ticket you bought, you win a cash prize.  The first place duck is worth $1,000 for instance.  A ticket for a single duck is only $5.00.  You can buy multiple ducks for a discount at area businesses.  This event is part of a large downtown event for kids, with other activities like slides, games and bounce houses.  This year adds a stage with local talents performing.  Proceeds from the event benefit the Franklin-Granville-Vance Smart Start organization.  For more information on this event including where to buy tickets visit their website at (The website is donated in full by Dataforge)

Here’s a couple of pics from last years event

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Bobbing around the national news the last few days is a possible ‘helping’ of a solar company that donated big money to the Obama campaign.  Solyndra abruptly filed for bankruptcy earlier this month, surprising both employees and the administration, which had secured $535 million in low-interest loans for the company.  I haven’t mentioned this possible big story, as right now it’s accusations.  However, today I think it jumped that hurdle with Solyndra officians releasing a statement that they will not testify at their hearing.  Their chief executive and chief financial officer will invoke their Fifth Amendment rights and decline to answer any questions put to them at a Congressional hearing on Friday, according to letters from their attorneys obtained by Reuters.  You can read more regarding this here.