Still Waiting for the Truth
According to Winston and Alderman Jay McGraw, the $2.5 million dollar grant is not in jeopardy. It was stated that the Army Corp of Engineers wouldn't approve the grant without proof of a plan for the matching funds. Alderwoman Cora Rogers also chimed in, attempting to offer proof that the matching funds are secured. C. Rogers asked if the CAP loan was a sufficient plan and Winston said it was proof enough. If you read this story on WDAM, you would notice there was a hyperlink for a story that ran on July 8, 2015, where Winston said the board was approved to apply for up to $600,000 through the Capital Improvements Revolving Loan Program (CAP). One minute he says we have the funding and the next minute he's asking the Lamar County Board of Supervisors to help with the matching funds but later recants and says he was joking. On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, Winston and McGraw implied they provided proof to the Army Corp of Engineers that the matching funds were secured and Cora Rogers supported their claims because she had it written down. Now who do you believe? If Winston, McGraw and C.Rogers presented a falsified claim to the Army Corp of Engineers, there's going to trouble, trouble, trouble. To this day, I don't know why Cora Rogers and Kathleen Bogle went to Vicksburg with Winston and McGraw. What I do know is, Cora Rogers' business relies heavily on grants and I hope she's not a co-conspirator in something that could jeopardize her business.
On Monday, July 13, 2015, I contacted the Army Corp of Engineers and filed a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request for a copy of the plan Mayor Ben Winston, Alderman Jay McGraw and Alderwoman Cora Rogers presented to the Army Corp of Engineers. Winston has a way of limiting access to public records in Lumberton but he does not have control over the Army Corp of Engineers. I don't know what was in the letter but the conversation I had with the Chief of Public Affairs stated that the letter was on City of Lumberton letterhead and it allegedly stated that the City of Lumberton had $450,000 in the general fund account and that money would allegedly be used to pay part of the matching funds needed for the $2.5 million dollar Army Corp of Engineers grant. After today, the Army Corp of Engineers has 19 days to release the letter they received from Lumberton. So, Ben, do you want to continue telling WDAM and the citizens of Lumberton these DAM(n) lies or do you want to finally tell the truth? You know what's in the letter and you know once I receive my copy, it's going on the blog. That's one of the reasons why you want my blog shut down; that's probably why you're behind the scenes (as you were during Mayor Miriam Holder's administration) supporting the lawsuit. I find it interesting that the same lawyer that served me papers is the same lawyer you used in your attempt to vanquish an 80 plus member from your church. It's also interesting that the judge presiding over this case is the same judge that ruled in your favor when you decided, as a minister and elected official, to lay hands (assault) a former mayor. That's too many coincidences for pure happenstance. I can't prove it but I feel you slithering behind the scenes. Are you going to man up, tell the truth and step down or do you plan on building a mountain of half-truths that would put the Great Wall of China to shame? One of your supporters said I was on the verge of being a Henny Penny. Well, the sky may not be falling but before this term is over, some elected heads will roll.