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RandomThoughts! (1/18/17)

I’ve got a new computer. I’ve got a new phone. Crap just got real.

Let’s think randomly.

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Danville City Council (12/6/15) – LIVE! 

We’re LIVE! at Danville’s Municipal Building for tonight’s set of City Council meetings. 

We’re starting with the 5:30 special session about violent crime. Police Chief talks about the history to start off. Broadfoot clearly says there are gangs in the city with an age range from 14-25 years old. 

He talks about a proposal to add fixed video monitoring to major intersections and then to high-risk neighborhoods. He acknowledged the civil liberties concerns of that idea. Broadfoot also semi-introduces the new crime data analyst. His job is currently funded by a grant, and Broadfoot says they’ll be looking for city funding once the grant runs out. They’ll also ask for a property & evidence technician, a false alarm reduction program and additional patrol vehicles. 

City Manager Ken Larking now takes the podium for civilian ways to help. That includes adding to the rental inspection districts, a graffiti abatement program to remove graffiti at no cost to the owner and additional Parks & Recreation programs for at-risk children and youth. 

All of the regional TV stations are including WFXR, who wouldn’t normally know where Danville is. Heh. Some new WSET reporter  shows up around 5:40 PM. 

Lee Vogler suggests that minor incidents could be handled by non-sworn personnel. Broadfoot says that would be be hard for the public to support because people expect police officers to respond. 

There’s strong support for the proposal to give incentives to police officers to live in high-risk areas. 

Broadfoot points out that shots fired calls are frequent. We’re running out of time for this meeting, and the business session is coming up at 7 PM. 

Larry Campbell asks if the increased police enforcement will cause problems like he talked about during Round 1 of the Street Crimes Unit. John Gilstrap gives the 10 minute warning. 

Sherman Saunders asks about the transparency of crime reporting. Broadfoot says every crime is handled by an officer & reported, and some other departments use internet-based reporting of minor crimes so they don’t appear in statistics. 

The police department has 131 officers and the authorized number is 135. James Buckner floats upping that number to 150, and Broadfoot says they can do the job at 135 (or close to that). 

We move to the business meeting. Lee Vogler does the prayer and leads the Pledge of Allegiance. Dr. Frank Vickers from the Southside Community Services Board hoes over their annual report and what they do. 

Sheila Baynes is first in the public comment section and she talks about studies on how to deal with at-risk youth. Felicia Gordon is next, and she suggests pilot programs to work on violent crime in the communities. I’ve criticized her before, but she’s doing well tonight. Tony Henderson is next and urges investment in the youth. Jessica Griffith takes the podium and talks about a joint police/council/citizen meeting.

We move to the old business, appointments and new business. In a strange situation, Fred Shanks represents a client in a rezoning case, then goes back up to abstain due to the conflict of interest. Nick Sapounakes is asking for a Special Use Permit to put a “short term vehicle storage” across from the airport. 

RandomThoughts! (11/28/16)

Hey! SouthsideCentral is on a new server and with an upgraded hosting package! Yeah, I know you don’t care. Heh.

Let’s think randomly!

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Endorsement: Will Pace for Chatham Town Council

It’s good to see a young person come back to the Southside region and want to make a difference. Will Pace is one of those people and SouthsideCentral supports his candidacy strongly.

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RandomThoughts! (11/2/16)

There’s a reason that the word “Random” is in “RandomThoughts!”

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Thumbs! (11/1/16)

SouthsideCentral is back, baby! (Well, we hope so at least.) We’ve worked out a new schedule to get articles written and we’ll see how good it goes over the next few weeks.

Let’s kick it off with some Thumbs! Are they UP? Or are they DOWN?  Let’s find out…

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UPDATED: Thumbs! (10/12/16)

(Editor’s Note: I’m flagging this in the “Errors & Omissions” category because I’m retracting some comments that I made in one of the items.)

What I got is what you want. If you want Thumbs!, that is.

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RandomThoughts! (9/30/16)

It’s late on a Thursday night and I’m thinking randomly…

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Danville City Council – LIVE! (9/20/16)

We’ve got the bugs (hopefully) worked out of our new SouthsideCentral system and we’re going to try it again at tonight’s Danville City Council meeting. We’ll be LIVE! at the meeting, so refresh this page often for the latest photos, happenings and commentary. Be sure to check our SouthsideCentral Facebook page for Facebook Live videos.

We’ll start this article with the gameplan for tonight’s business and work session.

Tonight’s meeting starts at 7 PM, and our coverage will start before that. Let’s get started!

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Danville School Board – LIVE! (9/15/16) 

We’re LIVE! at tonight’s Danville School Board meeting. We’ll start off with photos and add more as we go along. Let’s get started! 

Terri Hall & Steven Gould are not here for tonight’s meeting. 

Mellisa Newton is doing a large presentation on SOL notes, but the audience is SOL in their own way because we don’t have a copy of the presentation. And nobody is using the nice presentation screen in the room. Gah! 

That’s a nice presentation screen. It’s too bad it’s not being used. 

It’s 80° outside and the heaters are on. Gah!

Allison Petty does handouts for Jackie Rochford’s presentation. What does the audience and media get? Absolutely nothing!

Jackie Rochford is talking about the upcoming Career Expo. 

Robin Owens says there’s a 32% decrease of discipline referrals from this year so far compared to last.

The school system is asking for a full-time school resource officer at Langston high school. Superintendent Stan Jones says that the school system will never be able to eliminate conflicts, but can mitigate them. Philip Campbell says that some Langston staff members are feeling uncomfortable at times. Jones says those situations have been dealt with harshly and he doesn’t apologize for that one bit. 

Sharon Dones notes that elementary school students had been in school for 16 days, and there had already been 17 out of school suspensions. Robin Owens said they were from disorderly conduct referrals. 

Sharon Dones also asks why the recommendations for long-term suspensions are up. Stan Jones says most are “from one specific incident”. I’m pretty sure that he’s meaning that fight that involved a knife that SouthsideCentral helped break open. 

OpinionCentral: Stop “Stop Snitching”

No, I’m not repeating myself in that headline. It’s time to directly confront the “Stop Snitching” mindset that’s pervasive in our community.

I’m doing that direct confronting right here. Now, it’s up to Danville’s elected and community leaders to take a strong stand to do the same thing.

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Danville City Council – LIVE! (9/6/16)

(Editor’s Note: A new phone, a new version of WordPress on the phone, incompatible settings on the website, photos archived to somewhere that I can’t find and a Facebook Live attempt that looked like Amateur Hour. That’s the reason that this article is a complete mess. On Wednesday night, I’ll start rebuilding this article from scratch. Sorry, folks.)

SouthsideCentral is LIVE! at tonight’s Danville City Council meeting, so be sure to refresh this page often for the latest photos, happenings and commentary.

Note: Absolutely nothing is working on our new initiative. Phooey.

This time, we’re adding something new to the coverage. We’re going to try to do some Facebook Live videos on our SouthsideCentral Facebook page. Here’s the link to the page so that you can “Like” it and get regular updates. We’ve tested the Facebook Live feature a few times and it seems to be working so let’s see what happens tonight. It will either be great or a total disaster. We can live with both of those outcomes. Tonight’s meeting will start at 7PM, and then we’ll move to the work session across the hall. Let’s get started!

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QuickHits! (9/4/16)

Let’s take a look at some of the stories that have caught my eye over the last week. Sunday is QuickHits day!

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BreakDown: The Police Report On The Recent GWHS Fight

So there was a fight between students in Danville’s George Washington High School cafeteria on Monday morning. That much is clear. What actually happened during and after the fight is completely unclear, but we’re working on finding that out.

By the way, I’d like to give special thanks to Jessica Griffith for doing the legwork to get me the information I needed to pull this police report for publication.

SouthsideCentral is publishing the Danville Police Department’s incident on the fight. We’ll take a detailed look at what it says (and doesn’t say). Let’s get some sunlight on this incident and start the process on finding out what actually happened.

We call this a BreakDown.

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RandomThoughts! (8/30/16)

I’m thinking randomly. Watch out.

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QuickHits! (8/28/16)

Let’s take a look at some of the stories that have caught my eye over the last week. Sunday is QuickHits day!

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BREAKING: EcomNets head pleads guilty to visa fraud charges

Back in May, SouthsideCentral was the first to publish the federal indictment against Raj Kosuri (the head of Danville’s EcomNets) and others associated with the business. Kosuri & Friends was indicted on charges regarding visa fraud. Kosuri & his wife were also indicted on more fraud charges in attempting to certify a non-existent business to HUBZone status to get advantages on federal contracts.

We also published a BreakDown that detailed the charges in the federal indictment and what it all meant.

Today, Raj Kosuri & his wife pleaded guilty to those charges in an Alexandria federal courtroom. Let’s take a look at the statement from the US Attorney’s office. Let’s take a look at the press release from the US Attorney’s office.

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QuickHits! (8/21/16)

Let’s take a look at the headlines that have caught my eyes over the last week or so. Sunday is QuickHits! day.

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Danville City Council – LIVE! (8/16/16)

(Editor’s Note: This article is still in the editing process. I’ve added the photos and am close to completing it.)

SouthsideCentral is LIVE! at tonight’s Danville City Council meeting (after a few weeks of getting adjusted to our new schedule). Be sure to refresh the page for the latest photos, happenings and commentary. We’ll clean this article up in the editing process when we get home. Tonight’s meeting starts at 7:00 PM.

We’ll start this article with a quick preview of what will happen tonight.

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Parking Jerk of the Day! (8/15/16)

Our Roving Reporters are great at finding Parking Jerks… even at Myrtle Beach!

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Ask SouthsideCentral: The Big Bathroom Question

There’s a new restroom building at the top part of Danville’s Main Street Plaza, and we’re going to answer a reader’s question on why it’s not open yet.

Let’s Ask SouthsideCentral!

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Thumbs! (8/12/16)

What goes UP! doesn’t necessarily have to go DOWN! or What goes DOWN! doesn’t necessarily have to go UP!

That’s the physics behind a “Thumbs!” article. Let’s see what we have today.

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QuickHits! (8/9/16)

We’re trying to keep our content flow going the best we can, so here’s a later-than-normal version of the weekly QuickHits! feature.

Let’s take a look at some of the stories that have caught my eye over the past week. Sunday Monday Tuesday is QuickHits day!

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UncensoredWatch: Compromise Is Fatal

Overnight, a church (and other property) in Danville was vandalized with racist graffiti. That’s sad enough just for that. But that other group on Facebook has taken this incident & inserted their own agendas into it.

This should truly disgust you, folks.

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I’m Crazy, But I’m Not Stupid

One of my good friends has a quote that is key to my life… “Actual Reality before Virtual Reality”.

You’ve probably noticed a distinct downturn in the number of SouthsideCentral articles over the past two weeks. There’s a good reason for that, and I owe it to my readers to explain what’s been going on.

I’ve already told you a quick version of what happened last week. The bottom line is that I saved my mother cat’s life and the lives of her three kittens. It was a four-day process to get everything done. It was a life-changing experience to devote everything I had to saving lives and watching it all work out.

And I couldn’t have accomplished all of that without amazing help from Dr. Jeff Smith & Dr. Katie Rohrig from Mt. Hermon Animal Clinic (and all of their wonderful staff). Shadow’s life & the lives of her three kittens were saved by the Danville Area Humane Society. Paulette Dean’s empathy and love kept me going throughout the entire timeframe, and April Hogan & the shelter staff were able to get the three newborn kittens with nursing mother cats at the shelter. And finally, we couldn’t have logistically pulled everything together with my sister, Susan Granger. I love her with all my heart. She’s an amazing person and her love for animals is as much as mine. She made three consecutive days worth of trips to Danville to be a makeshift kitty ambulance and emotional support for me during the whole process.

In the middle of everything that happened last week, I got a totally unsolicited job offer from a local business. That’s where the “I’m Crazy, But I’m Not Stupid” article title comes from. Don’t get me wrong, SouthsideCentral is a successful small business that generates enough profit so that I can make a living from it. But I’m not stupid enough to pass up a good paying job offer while still having the chance to still run my own small business.

The first week of training was very intense, so I had to skip a lot of the normal SouthsideCentral things that I usually cover. That’s why there wasn’t a Danville City Council or School board meeting article this week. Things are going to get better once I adjust to having a regular full-time job, and I promise to keep SouthsideCentral going at the best pace that I can. This region needs a website like SouthsideCentral and I’m not going to let people down.

Oh yeah, Happy Birthday to me!

Thank you for your support, folks.

— Bruce Hedrick