Chatham commissioners want courthouse Confederate statue moved – WRAL

PITTSBORO, N.C. — After months of often heated debate, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners decided Monday that a Confederate monument that has stood outside the county courthouse for more than a century must go.

Commissioners had been negotiating with the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which donated the statue to the county in 1907, in recent months to re-purpose it as a monument to all veterans. But the UDC backed out of the talks two weeks ago, so commissioners voted 4-1 to give the group an Nov. 1 deadline to come up with plan for the statue’s future.

After that, the commissioners said, they will consider the statue as trespassing on public property and make their own plans to remove it.

The vote was met by angry shouts from a handful of people in the crowd – one man called commissioners “traitors” – and a few people had to be forcibly removed from the meeting room. (Read more)

Letter to editor: It Depends On The Change In Rocky Mount Whether It Is Good Or Bad

In response to Mary E. Ward “Change Good For Rocky Mount” depends on what the change one looking for.

I found the opening sentence to be quite interesting, “Taxpayers who are residents, business owners and homeowners have a right to expect city government to make the best decisions for the greatest good of everyone, not just to benefit a cadre of individuals’ personal agendas. I was lost when at the beginning you say taxpayers who are residents what that got to do with anything? If they own property they ought to be concerned and have a voice in what goes on in Rocky Mount whether they can vote or not.

This council has been more transparent than any other council dating back to my following the council since the late 80’s. I am not a resident but have been actively engaged in Rocky Mount politics as an advocate, member NAACP, Democratic Party and have worked in Rocky Mount for the past 32 years and 8 months.

Law enforcement offices/departments can be found short of officers across the state at any given time because of various reasons.

This council has directed more resources in Edgecombe County side of Rocky Mount than any other council.

Who have complained about the noise from the train track over the years?
It is sad that you and those who think like you feel you get to choose that Crossing at 64 is now the best location for progress but where were you when we were fighting trying to get businesses there? The perfect location for the hotel is downtown at the Event Center and walking distance of the downtown area.

It is about race and power in Rocky Mount and that is something that you ought to be able to relate to because you have been an educator and know what is real and what is perceived. However if you feel Rocky Mount does not have a race problem then you are ignorant to the facts.

Rocky Mount is diverse. When the diverse who are taxpaying citizens like you begin to speak diverse rather than acting on the script of what has been played out in the media, the better off Rocky Mount will be.

Curmilus Dancy II

Letter to the Editor: In response to A.E. Green “City officials must earn public’s trust”

The downtown hotel project is about race, location and personal agendas by those who do not want to see any positive growth on the Edgecombe side of Rocky Mount.

Will you provide one case that council members have had the need to recuse themselves from voting on something that was a direct financial involvement? I have not seen this happen and I have videoed many of their meetings over the years.

It is folk like you who create conflict, create tension and distrust when you say the very appearance of what you perceive to be a problem but do not give one fact when it comes to the council members real estate is legally bought or their business lawfully operated. Name one case that makes this a fact and not a perception. You say the city do not need anymore negativity. It is not the city who are creating it it is the haters.

What is the bad news coming from the public officials? Why are the employees leaving? The newspaper has been blamed because there has been some haters who have created a narrative for the newspaper to follow. The papers are reporting the news created by the haters.

You say Wilson is coming out on top because they have hired some of Rocky Mount employees. Well those employees have and can be replaced.

Wow, you concluded “Residents of Rocky Mount and the Twin Counties can only do so much to advance the metro area on their own in business and in civic organizations without continued negativity coming from public officials negating the benefits of their work and preventing others discovering what we already know to be true: that Rocky Mount is a great place to live with even more potential.”

What negativity? Which council members have negated their work? Which council members have prevented others from discovering what you know to be true? What is the truth?

I do agree that Rocky Mount is a great place to live with even more potential. This council has shown what potential is and that is the progress they have made on the Edgecombe County side.

Curmilus Dancy II

Rocky Mount NC – The Prime Smokehouse Does Not Discriminate

The Prime Smokehouse

I only wish that this message was about a wonderful upcoming event or a spectacular new dish; however, over the past couple months, my wife and I have been approached by numerous people about a rumor that, quite frankly, we thought was too absurd to address.

Last week one of our longtime patrons posed it to me on our Facebook page, and I felt compelled to respond. He said that a friend of his, a regular customer of ours, entered our restaurant wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat, and I asked him/her and several of their guests to leave.

Of course, anyone can choose to believe anything they wish, but the truth is, it never happened.

The good thing is that anybody who knows me and my wife knows how crazy this sounds. People walk into our restaurant every day, wearing red MAGA hats, Confederate flags and even, on a recent occasion, a blazing Nazi insignia. Red MAGA hats have been around for years now. Does anyone believe that the person who fabricated this rumor has been the only one to wear one into Prime Smokehouse? Where are their complaints? Please complainers, post away!

Here’s the standing challenge I asked our longtime customer to pose to his friends whom I allegedly booted out: Tell them that the owner has $10,000 cash for them when they come to confront me about the day (roughly) that they even had a conversation with me about their hats, let alone kicked them out. I have cameras in every corner of my restaurant, so this should be an easy payday for somebody. If, as I told our customer, they refuse to come in to pick up that cash, he should look them square in their faces and tell them what big liars they are. And, hopefully, they will find it in their hearts to apologize to YOU for getting you all fumed up about nothing.

You and I can only speculate why anyone would spend so much time conjuring up such a silly, baseless — almost comical — fairy tale.

Of course, some people will choose to continue believing this lie, and they’ll share the dickens out of it. I can do nothing about that. But to those who relish the truth, now that you have the facts, tell the haters to do more to help heal our fractured city and to stop their misdeeds.

We work harder than most people could begin to understand, and the fuel that drives us is prayer and the knowledge that what God has for us, no man can sabotage. We also believe that we have created spaces — with both The Prime Smokehouse and NABS Deli & Coffee Shop — where everybody can come together, knowing that they are welcome and appreciated.

We know that this too shall come to pass, and we thank you for your continued prayers and support.

Chef Ed

The Political Agitator’s response:

The Prime Smokehouse is just that Prime Time! I have read time and time again about how folk have enjoyed the place as they travel from all over to come to dine in.

It is sad that The Prime Smokehouse has to endure this kind of negativity simply because some folk don’t want to see good things happen on the Edgecombe County side of the city.

It hurts when one has to respond to mess when all one tries to do is to provide a great atmosphere for customers from all walks of life to be able to enjoy a meal.

I feel your pain however the pain will turn into gain.

See you soon!

Please visit The Prime Smokehouse soon especially all of you who have not been before. Those of you who have been know what an awesome place to eat but those of you who have never been, oh you are shortchanging yourself.

Trust me, try me and report back!

I’ll wait!