Greensboro-Randolph Megasite Developers Seek Pollution Permits

Our water supply is at risk! The Greensboro-Randolph Megasite Foundation, Inc., is asking the Department of the Army for authorization to discharge dredged or fill material into waters of local creeks and ponds surrounding the Megasite. With few exceptions every stream within the Megasite footprint eventually drains into Deep River by way of Sandy Creek. In order to get from Sandy Creek to Deep River, all that water – and any pollutants it carries – must flow into and through Ramseur Lake, where every drop of water we use in Ramseur, and parts of Franklinville and Coleridge, comes from.

Greensboro -Randolph Megasite map

While I recognize that we need good manufacturing jobs here, I am far from convinced that the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite will benefit our community as promised. From where I sit it appears more likely that Greensboro will reap the lion’s share of economic benefits while the people of eastern Randolph County, from Julian to Ramseur and beyond, will gain only polluted water and soil. Think about the problems our neighbors in eastern North Carolina are dealing with because of GenX contamination in their water. Do we really want to risk our water supply for a project that will mostly benefit Greensboro and Guilford County? Continue reading “Greensboro-Randolph Megasite Developers Seek Pollution Permits”

Mayor and Commissioners Declare War on Watchdogs

The clip below is about five minutes long. The quality is pretty bad due to technical difficulties that night, but it’s worth the effort, especially if you live in or near the town of Ramseur, NC.

The speakers are Mayor Danny Shaw,  and Commissioners Grant Cheek and “Adam” Smith. They are railing against a Facebook page called Ramseur Watchdog 2 (Watchdog). I am a participant in that forum sometimes but the administrator(s) of the page remain unknown to me and most people in town.

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Why Another Watchdog?

My name is Jay Hubbard. I ran for office here a few years ago, in 2015, and fell short of the votes necessary to remove our current mayor from office. I wish to make it clear at the outset that I have no intention of seeking elective office in Ramseur in the foreseeable future.

Several members of our town’s Board of Commissioners recently expressed interest in banning cameras from public meetings and voted to spend tax money on lawyers to “shut down” a Facebook page used by a group of citizens to hold our elected officials accountable for their words and actions. It is my belief that both of these proposals are unconstitutional. Continue reading “Why Another Watchdog?”