On Tuesday, January 22, 2019, I received a message from a friend, David Turner. He was concerned by some unusual activity on the Town of Ramseur website, which his business hosts and maintains. For the rest of this post to make sense you’ll need a little background that I do not share lightly. In fact, I wish I could tell this story without dragging innocent people into our town’s middle school drama, but there’s no other way to tell it, and it must be told.
I have known David Turner and his wife for roughly ten years, give or take. David owns a couple of businesses designing and maintaining websites. Seven or eight years ago I was having trouble with the web host I was using for my business. A web host is a business that provides the technology and services needed for a website to be viewed on the Internet. Websites are hosted, or stored, on special computers called servers. I design and write the content for all of my websites without outside assistance. Continue reading “Smith Alleges Collusion Between Watchdog and Hosting Provider”
On Friday, January 11, 2019, I decided to request a few public records from the Town of Ramseur, so I emailed our Town Clerk, Bobbie Hatley. This is what I sent.
I would like to obtain the following records under the Freedom of Information Act. Continue reading “How to Make a Public Records Request in Ramseur, North Carolina”
This was perhaps the most interesting segment of the Ramseur Board of Commissioners meeting this month. It was pretty obvious from where I was sitting that Commissioner Smith was preparing to throw shade at someone on the Board, though at the time I wasn’t sure who his target was.
Continue reading “Board of Commissioners Meeting – Member Comments – January 2019”
If points were awarded for brevity, this report would win a prize.
The lights Commissioner Smith speaks of are at the West Ridge Street entrance to Sunset Knoll Cemetery. The “sidewalk repair” mentioned was actually a storm drain repair carried out by Suez in either late November or early December.
After the pipe was excavated and repaired, the sidewalk sections that were removed were cordoned off with traffic cones and safety tape for a week or two before gravel was placed in the gap before Christmas. As of this writing, ten days after the meeting, the lights are still out of service and the sidewalk has not yet been repaired, despite several days of good weather.