The Year in Review
Disclaimer: This post contains a few explicit words and is not intended for children. For those that are still reading this post, I am giving a review of the things that took place in the City of Lumberton throughout 2011.
News about the KeKe B Foundation, Dr. Carla Holder's Basketball Camp, Dianne Bennett Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, or the Friends of the Library Veteran's Day Program never gets reported. But whenever Lumberton's on News 7, the story's distorted. They always show Lumberton in the worst light and it usually stems from the events of Tuesday night.
Most of the stories may not be new to you, but here's the City of Lumberton's 2011 review.
Rachel Jefferson was arrested for wanting her child support. .handcuffed and charged with disturbing the peace wasn't a necessary retort. Peter's Construction used a lot of elbow grease and because of his sweat-equity the Main Street Grant saw its budget increase. Rebecca Hale's husband ended up in jail... I guess he's like Clinton, he didn't inhale. Andrew Beamon was replaced by Johnny Buckley . . . despite having a contract with the city. . Danny Davis left the city, and this time it's for good. . But they kept him on the payroll. . And he knew they would. . Because this city refuses to bring in someone they could train. . They continue to make decisions without using their brain.
Mayor Holder became ill and had to take a medical leave. . What happened next is still hard to believe! Bobby Gibson was so greedy for power that he led the city into its darkest hour. . Most of his decisions should have been rejected. . But that didn't stop him from allegedly signing the paperwork to have the mayor arrested. Chief Fortenberry was fired, and several other officers too . . . the Gibson takeover was spreading like the flu. . Cassandra wanted the decision of the board contested. . But Kent Crider said "Get your black ass off city property, or I'll have you arrested." Water bill issues are still out of whack. . So the board raised the water rates and told the citizens to take up the slack. . . Hobson became Lumberton's next chief. . And reports were looming of a city hall thief. . In case you didn't get the news or heard the word. . The City of Lumberton hired a non-certified Byrd. . He came in like he was honorable and seasoned. . But Timothy Ryan Byrd is worse that shit at least it stinks for a reason . . . If you thought he would leave, you better keep wishing. . Because the board of aldermen created him a new position . . . Jonathan Hosey resigned because he was suspected of talking. . After he resigned he was charged with stalking. . .Lindsey Carter is still getting paid despite being fired. . .They don't have enough votes to override the veto. . . because Carter defended Hale's husband pro-bono. . .The LVFD came under much scrunity this year, but many forget that the V is for volunteer. . .Municipal court is a sham and the board don't give a damn. .especially as long as tickets are getting fixed for their fam.
Ben Winston filled the city with formaldehyde trailers, while claiming the planning committee was filled with haters. . It is said that he and his partner made millions from the deal. . But the City of Lumberton didn't get one red cent. . It's enough to make even a sinner repent. . For some reason the whole deal seemed shitty and that's what led to the disbanding of the planning and zoning committee . . . The Lion's club used it organization to have private meetings to make their selections. . Choosing candidates for the next city election.... Around the time Mr. Snow was banned. . There were several spottings of Deaf Ann in a white van. . It could be wrong or maybe it's right. . But doesn’t Bobby Gibson own a van that happens to be white . . . I know Gibson and his family have anger against me and it seems to linger. .I guess that's why his daughter continues to give me the finger. . At one point, Crider wanted citizens making comments arrested . . . but ran with his tail between his legs when the citizens protested.
Just when you thought there was nothing left to see. . A bishop was arrested and it was something about a key. . I still don't know the story and so I won't tarry. . But I was suspicious of him because he was brought in by Larry . . . I don't know if the tool and die business is dead, but it seems that bishop is thinking with the wrong head. . . Another business is slated to open but it too has a scandal. . Especially after the $200,000 in damages by a group of vandals. . . Several other robberies occurred this year, but the motive of the perpetrators is still unclear . . . The City of Lumberton has more workers and less work is getting done. . But where's the accountability to the citizens. . You guessed it, there's none. . Ben Winston lost his re-election bid. . Could it be the result of the things he did? Many of his decisions were not very smart. . And he never said a word as his boys (Bobby, Tim and Kent) tore this city apart. . Cora Rogers lobbied to make Lumberton smoke-free. . But they're still smoking at city hall. . How could that be?
Timothy Johnson seems a little broke in the wrist. . But when Eugene Underwood called him on his b.s., he was visibly pissed . . . Mayor Holder didn't falter from Bobby Gibson's plan. . Head up, shoulder back. . The mayor has continued to stand. . They hoped you would fall and planned your demise. . But soar like an eagle and continue to rise. . Despite living in a city that seems destined to fail. . The public library and school system are doing quite well . . . Several residents with Lumberton Connections released CD's this year. . . Annie Bell Holder, Micah Schaffer, Keneisha Fairley and Artea Chilton. . . They relesed songs that are uplifting, inspiring and some that will leave you chillin'. . .So look them up on facebook and wish them well. . Because they all have CD's for sale. . .Despite all the politics and agendas that led to a riff. . .Tresa started a funny page called "You're Probably From Lumberton If". . .Other pages sprouted up with promises of making connections, but we soon learned it was for another complexion. . 2011 is coming to its final close. . What’s in store for Lumberton in 2012? Only God knows!