Soles being pronounced, “not guilty” in the assault of Frankie Jernigan has led to a warrant being sworn out on Frankie Jernigan in Tabor City for lying about the entire incident. It’s the same sordid tale folks in the area have heard for dozens of years now. Troubled boy, bad family situation, drugs, money, favors, allegations of sexual impropriety, RC Soles, etc. Soles always manages to stay one step ahed by being slightly more believable than his numerous accusers. (If you’re gonna be what most folks things Soles is, then it’s a good thing to have folks with far less credibility than yourself.)
In spite of the staunch defense of Soles by masterful Easley attorney Joe Cheshire, it’s worth noting one fascinating point. Soles has 24 hour surveillance cameras on his property. He records everything except when things seem to go bad. It’s the one time you’d think such video would be really, really useful. Also, where were the bodyguards???
From the Whiteville Reporter: Police Officers Detective Chris Hilburn and Patrol Lt. Ronnie Carroll were the first two witnesses. Both said they had often seen videotape of incidents at Soles’ home, but did not know of, or see, any surveillance tape of the events of Sept. 10.
This saga will continue to play out and the excitement of Allen “Frog” Strickland returning to Tabor City after his short stint in prison should prove highly entertaining. One wonders when Soles will appear in re-election commercials for Attorney General Roy Cooper or Governor Beverly Perdue. They served together in the legislature and Soles was a very powerful ally!Read full article » No Comments »
That’s the only way to explain the city’s desire to annex property that is located 2.5 miles from the city limits. They simply want the money. It was a foregone conclusion. There was NO amount of protest that was going to change their minds. There was NO amount of diplomacy from the county that was going to alter their decision. And despite Councilman Kevin O’Grady’s protestations to the contrary, there was NO way the decision wasn’t already made. Done!
The Wilmington City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a developer’s request to be annexed into the city and approved a subsequent zoning that would allow for an apartment project near the Marsh Oaks subdivision. For the second time this month, residents emphatically stated their objections to the project during a public hearing, citing concerns with traffic on the already overburdened Market Street, calling it a “murderous mile.”
If nothing else, this “zoning” issue just illustrates the hysterical, sad, pathetic reality of zoning. It isn’t needed, it contributes nothing to the betterment of society and is simply used for political purpose. County zoning folks say it’s bad, city zoning folks say it’s good. City getting more money = good? County losing in court for its zoning decision = bad?
Councilman O’Grady gets the “Yeah. . Riiiight” award of the month for suggesting they hadn’t already made up their minds.
Councilman Neal Anderson gets the “But wait. . I thought you wanted diplomacy” award for being the 7th vote even though he indicated he would be against it.
All the rest of the council get the, “I really like taxpayer funded projects and will do anything to get the money” award for the entire episode.
Nobody really wins here!
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