On Tuesday, 26 March 2019, just after 2 p.m., a friend called my wife to relay a message that a mutual friend, Donald Matthews, president of the Randolph County chapter of the NAACP, wanted me to call him on the telephone.
In the interest of full disclosure, Don Matthews and I have been acquainted for about five years now. I stood in solidarity with Don and several more of our neighbors at a vigil in downtown Asheboro for Heather Heyer in 2017, and have seen him speak several times at meetings I have attended. We’ve also been friends on Facebook for several years.
When I called Mr. Matthews he informed me that Ramseur Commissioner Grant Cheek and Mayor Danny Shaw had contacted him. According to Don, both men alleged that I had been racially motivated in my “harassment” of Mr. Cheek and alluded to Mr. Cheek’s intent to file a complaint with the NAACP or possibly file civil charges against me, all based upon my writing here and on social media platforms.
According to Grant Cheek, this entire website, and all the time I have put into it since last December, has but one purpose: to harass him because he’s a Black man.
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In a previous post, Ramseur He-Man Woman Haters Club, I pointed out the gross misogyny of several members of our Board of Commissioners toward Vicki Caudle, the only woman currently serving on the board.
During a discussion at the most recent board meeting regarding the duties of our public works contractor, Suez, Commissioner Grant Cheek was adamant that Suez is not responsible for cleaning and stocking public restrooms in our parks, and insisted that Commissioner Caudle should handle those duties herself. According to Mr. Cheek, Suez is too busy working water leaks, repairing fire hydrants, and removing brush from his property to bother with such menial work as maintaining restrooms in a public park. You can view the full discussion in the video below. Continue reading “Public Works Needs Better Management”
On Monday April 1st, 2019, citizen J.C. Parish addressed the Ramseur Board of Commissioners regarding two issues: the recent trademark application and out of service fire hydrants around town.
Regular readers of this blog will recall that late last year Commissioner* Adam Smith took it upon himself, without board approval, to submit an application to trademark the name of our town, the slogan, “Where Family and Friends Meet”, and an image created by local artist Kerry Lindley, which appears on many official signs around town and has come to be seen as our town’s logo. Smith even paid the nearly $1,000 application fee out of his own pocket and was reimbursed by the Town Clerk before all board members were made aware of his activities. Continue reading “Parrish Addresses Trademark and Fire Protection”
Regular readers of this blog may recall that for the past several months a slim majority of the Ramseur Board of Commissioners has been working overtime to find a way to force a local business owner, Tim Matthews, to remove artwork from the side of the Boost Mobile store facing Carter Street downtown. The artwork was placed on the building six years ago, and Mr. Matthews paid for permits time and time again, for these and other signs he has since been forced to remove. Meanwhile other business owners all over town were being granted variances, exceptions, and other special treatment for sometimes much bigger zoning violations.
At the March 4th meeting, a vote was held on the question of whether the Phoneman image and a smiley face should be considered artwork. At that meeting Commissioner* Smith was absent without leave and the votes were evenly divided, forcing Mayor Shaw to break the tie. Mr. Shaw told Tim Matthews at that time that if Dennis Pinnix, a code enforcement officer contracted by the town, would recommend calling the paintings artwork that he would change his vote. Continue reading “Smith Makes The Right Choice… For Once”