Monthly Archives: March 2004

Drum Line Update

I haven’t mentioned the Aycock Drum Line for several months but they are still going strong. Although they started off with desks and chairs for drums, N.C. A&T and a few local high schools have provided them with some fixer-upper drums.  The Line still has to borrow instruments for performances, like the one they were getting [...]

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Undue and Inappropriate Influence

Greensboro’s Engineering Director Butch Simmons is in denial about War Memorial Stadium according to today’s N&R,  “If you read the (first) report, you wouldn’t want to let anyone near it,”…  “When you read the second report, you see there’s only these two problems that you have to look at.”  No, Mr. Simmons, the second report [...]

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Undue and Inappropriate Influence

 ”I frankly didn’t think it was very accurate…. I didn’t see any value in communicating that editorial opinion.”  – Assistant City Manager Mitch Johnson’s answer to the 2/13/04 N&R reporter’s question as to why the 6/9/03 structural report on War Memorial Stadium had not been made public. As suspected last month, we now find that the original [...]

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Greensboro Blog and Record?

If the N&R is going to host weblogs by their own writers, Ed Cone has some great suggestions for making them appealing and profitable.

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From the “What It’s Worth” Department

Former Guilford County manager Roger Cotten has gone to work for D. H. Griffin, a locally owned but national-in-scope demolition company. Guilford County is currently under a contract that Cotton negotiated in 2002 with Griffin to demolish all of the buildings that used to house Guilford ’s DSS Department.  This demolition is part of the “land swap agreement” with DGR, [...]

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“… Had we known…”

Mayor ProTem Yvonne Johnson speaks for herself and other City Council members about Project Homestead via a letter to the editor in today’s N&R. “…Had we known about the credit cards and other questionable expenses that we now know of, we would have stopped all monies and investigated Project Homestead….  The fact is, I did not [...]

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Bloggin’ in the ‘Hood

I’m going to have to start a new blogroll called “Aycock Bloggers”.  There’s me and frograbbitmonkey here on Cypress Street, and now RecordHospital by Michael Petipas over on Park Avenue.  Michael is an attorney who has a passion for Punk Rock and other alternative music and hosts a late night/early morning radio show about same on [...]

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Still clamming up

It would appear that people involved with all aspects of Project Homestead think that if they just continue to be “unavailable for comment”, the whole thing will just go away.  The N&R reports that Homestead’s principal officers didn’t show up for their first bankruptcy meeting and they also missed their March 1st deadline for submission of [...]

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