The City Council of Rocky Mount: ‘Point of Order’

A NEW PODCAST I THINK YOU WILL ENJOY AT http://anchor.fm/stepheny-houghtlin I went to the City Council meeting January 24 in time to listen to the public comments that were well given by good and articulate people. I want you to hear the story I have to tell concerning calling for a 'Point of Order.' It … Continue reading The City Council of Rocky Mount: ‘Point of Order’

Peter Varney Retires For The 3rd Time From City Government-Rocky Mount, NC – 2021

Peter and Lynn Varney -2021 To finish up the year, this post is dedicated to Peter Varney on the occasion of his third retirement. He says he hopes to get retirement 'right' this time, which leaves the rest of us protesting, "Say it isn't so." The recent tributes to Senator Dole remind us that a … Continue reading Peter Varney Retires For The 3rd Time From City Government-Rocky Mount, NC – 2021

The ‘Moe Deloach Generation’ – Picking Up The Right End Of The Stick

I was out having what I call, ‘a Stepheny kind of day,’ headed to the new relocated restaurant, Lillie May’s Kitchen. It is in the beautiful, restored space that began as the Washington Street Grill. Besides a good Philly cheese steak wrap, a friendly and welcoming owner,Vincent Jamal Wiggins, the same brick walls that make … Continue reading The ‘Moe Deloach Generation’ – Picking Up The Right End Of The Stick

Writing About The Robert E. Lee Monument and The Fact, Everything In Rocky Mount Is Hard

Despite my new pacemaker, yesterday, as I watched video of the Robert E. Lee monument come down, my heart felt broken. Here is the scaffolding during construction in Richmond in 1890. On May 7 as many as 10,000 citizens put their hands on ropes and hauled three large crates a mile and a half to … Continue reading Writing About The Robert E. Lee Monument and The Fact, Everything In Rocky Mount Is Hard

Majority Vote and City Manager Strike Again

Once again, we are presented with a fait accompli. I often imagine Mr. Knight, Mr. Blackwell, and the City Manager, staying up all night to come up with things like a revised development agency. You see, we need this. Never mind the plan in the drawer, bought and paid for, forget the kicked to the … Continue reading Majority Vote and City Manager Strike Again