A tip for the N&R’s news department…

Since you sometimes gets story ideas from local weblogs, here’s a potential one that I hope you will look into.

I am hearing that The City Manager’s office may have made illegal payments to a local contractor who may have submitted forged documents as ‘proof’ of work performed.  I think it has to do with site work at some place called Willow Oaks.

I would normally link to available information to substantiate the rumblings I am hearing on the street, but I just can’t find out much about it either on local blogs or in the pages of any of our alternative weekly publications.

Help a long-time subscriber out here and look into it for me, please.  Again… I think it has something to do with “Willow Oaks” or something like that.

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10 Comments

  1. Posted April 14, 2007 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    I am hearing that The City Manager’s office may have made illegal payments to a local contractor who may have submitted forged documents as ‘proof’ of work performed.

    seriosuly? That sounds really interesting.

  2. Posted April 14, 2007 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    I think the n-r is to busy covering the police department right now.

  3. The CA
    Posted April 14, 2007 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    Greg, they are “covering” something…

  4. Posted April 15, 2007 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    I have also heard about the city attorney saying things to council that just were not true..I think she wrote a letter about it..maybe they could cover that as well.

  5. tony
    Posted April 15, 2007 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    Here is Robinson’s answer>>>

    John,
    Why have you chosen not to cover the Willow Oaks payout by City Manager Mitch Johnson?
    Posted by: tony at April 14, 2007 3:15 PM

    Good old Tony, staying right on point. It’s getting well covered in the blogosphere and the Rhino. Why is everyone so anxious that we jump in, too?
    Posted by: John Robinson at April 14, 2007 3:38 PM

    Good old John, avoiding the question.
    Because it’s news and you are a newspaper.
    The question is not going away.
    There’s a few people who want to know.
    Posted by: tony at April 15, 2007 11:15 AM

  6. Posted April 15, 2007 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    It’s getting well covered in the blogosphere and the Rhino

    that is really funny. So was the mayor’s press conference…the pulpit forums amny press conferences…wray’s resignation..9/11…what else? dianne blellamy small’s adventures…so lemme get this straight..if the rhino and the blogs got it the N&R doesnt report it? This must be a new rule

  7. Posted April 15, 2007 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    I want to hear, not from Joe, but from John R., Eric T., and Lorraine A. (the latter two avoid going on the record in this medium like the plague, (less so with Eric)) on all of the things that have been brought to light by an allegedly “disguntled” former city attorney. (I’m more likely to call him a champiuon for the taxpayer if things play out badly for the city manager’s office, as it currently appers),

    Willow Oakes DEMANDS attention and coverage by Greensboro’s newspaper of record. I have confidence that they are “on it” and we will see a comprehensive investigative piece on the matter soon.

    If I am wrong, well… then the N&R’s priorities suck the big one… and they will be viewed by this citizen as a bunch of lilly-livered keepers of the quickly-crumbling status quo.

    David?

  8. Posted April 15, 2007 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    update:

    JR says they have covered it in the past and will continue to cover it. He also does not see it as a big story.

    here is what the N&R has covered: In other business, the council learned that the city will investigate the possibility that a contractor forged an invoice in order to receive taxpayer money. The allegations of fraud were first made last week in the weekly Rhino Times about a contractor who worked on a project near the Willow Oaks neighborhood.

  9. tony
    Posted April 16, 2007 at 12:42 am | Permalink
  10. tony
    Posted April 18, 2007 at 1:24 am | Permalink

    From March 2007 here is an exact quote from John Robinson’s blog:
    “Newspapers have always kept a close watch on how elected and appointed officials behave. Citizens deserve to know how their representatives go about their jobs.”
    What could have changed since March?