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Time Machine: Once, Twice, Three Times a Job Bust

This is a strange mashup of two SouthsideCentral types of features. We’re going to hop in the Time Machine and go back to November 20, 2012. That’s the day that Danville City Council approved grant money to a losing trifecta of Job Busts. Get ready for a not so fun ride…


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The free money had nothing to do with it…

I love economic development spin. Actually, I love to expose economic development spin and mock the hell out of it.


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Happy Anniversary, Macerata Wheels!

It was about a year ago that there was a big announcement that promised 101 new jobs over the next three years. I bet you know where this is going…


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Some thoughts about today’s Danville Job Fair…

The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce hosted a job fair at the Institute today (with a lot of help from numerous partners). SouthsideCentral was there covering it (and hey, looking for a new job too!) and I’ve got a Big Board of Random Thoughts about it.


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EXCLUSIVE: The new Pittsylvania County administrator will be…

…somebody you may be familiar with. Because it’s a personnel matter that has to be voted on by the entire Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday afternoon (April 22), I’ve been unable to get on-the-record sourcing. That being said, SouthsideCentral has been working on this story over the past few days and I’m 100% confident that I’m right on this. Pittsylvania County’s next County Administrator will be…


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Some things I learned about the Coal Ash spill…

The EPA hosted an open house at Danville’s Community Market on Monday afternoon with a lot of state and federal agencies talking about the coal ash spill and the cleanup efforts. SouthsideCentral was there talking and asking questions. Let’s take a look at some of the interesting things that I found out…


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The dead (companies) are spinning…

Today, we finally got some information from the Danville’s Economic Development office about the quite comatose GOK furniture company. I don’t believe a damned word of it.


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TossUp!: “We give up” or “You pay up”?

This one flew under my radar but I have to thank the SouthsideCentral readers for suggesting this article. Is this what it is or is it a way to get the much needed money?


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The reality of a college rugby tournament…

There’s a college rugby tournament happening in Danville this weekend. Ha! You didn’t know about it either, huh?


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Danville City Council Forum – American Legion Forum (Part #2)

Let’s move right into the audience portion of Tuesday night’s American Legion Post 325 Danville City Council Candidates forum. Sorry for the long delay but these things take a while to write.


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Danville City Council Forum – American Legion Forum (Part #1)

Hey, the gang’s all back for another Danville City Council candidates forum. Well, mostly. You people enjoyed the scoring system last time, so I’ll do it again. there were a lot of questions asked so we’ll spread this out over multiple articles. Lets make it happen…


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LIVE! at Danville City Council (4/1/14)

We’re LIVE! tonight at the Danville City council meeting. Refresh the page for the latest updates. We’ll start reporting around 6:15 PM.

We’re here. Eric Deaton’s going to address council tonight.

Sherman Saunders is out of town. Vice Mayor Gary Miller presides tonight.

Public comment section time. We’ve got a presentation on the Youth Council (that I’ve never heard about until now.

Apparently it started 2 years ago. Go figure.

Eric Deaton’s at the podium. He’s talking about the residency program, with 50 doctors in Danville this year. 5 doctors have stayed in the area after finishing. Every one has passed their boards. Now talking about the combining of Martinsville and Danville’s hospitals into one market. He’s now endorsing Medicaid expansion. Council will be considering a “pass the damn budget” resolution later.

Softball questions and comments from the council, as expected. The hospital now has 24/7 heart attack coverage (they didn’t before?).

Multiple comments on how Deaton’s leadership has turned things around. New Chief Operating Officer is here tonight.

No public comments so we move to business. Domestic violence grant money, hazmat equipment replacement and on to the “pass the budget” resolution. Adam Tomer reminds that this is a non-partisan resolution.

Around the horn time.

Main Street Plaza and Fountain ceremony is Wednesday evening. Riverwalk south trail opens Thursday morning.

Larry Campbell talks about a potential electric rate increase. He’s throwing the gauntlet down for no increase. Interesting. Alonzo Jones concurs. Miller talks about the awesome CSA day. Fred Shanks explains transmission costs jacked the electric budget out of control. He’s also mentioning lack of coal plants. He’s also hinting the rate increase is very much needed. Tomer concurs with Shanks, and battle lines aee drawn. Wow.

We’ll clean this article up soon.

Moee coming up on SouthsideCentral!

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LIVE at CSA DAY! (3/29/14)

We’re LIVE! from Danville’s Community Market for the Comprehensive Services Act Day. Refresh this page for the latest updates and photos.

 


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Whiskey Sanity

I’ve got to give Henry County officials credit for doing the right thing.


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Web Parts: Inside the Job Bust

I’d like to thank Mia Brantley for granting permission to republish an essay that she wrote about her experience working Web Parts, LLC (the quite dead Job Bust where the owner has bailed out of town). Mia’s an excellent writer and I’m glad to feature her story here on SouthsideCentral.


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EXCLUSIVE: The Newest Job Bust: GOK Industries

I’ve been working on this story for a few weeks and I now have enough properly sourced information to publish it. GOK Industries is not going to build their Danville furniture plant and will not be creating the 300 jobs as promised in the announcement. You’ve heard it first on SouthsideCentral.


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LIVE! with the DPC Chamber of Commerce (3/27/14)

We’re LIVE! at tonight’s Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce events at the Institute. We’re starting it off with a workshop on business networking and will have this month’s Business After Hours later tonight. Be sure to refresh this page often to get the latest on what’s happening tonight.

We’re starting off with a workshop on business networking.
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Chamber president Laurie Moran shines as she always does. I’d be amiss if I didn’t give the same compliments to Lynette Lawson who helps keep the Chamber rolling.

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Even though I wasn’t their to participate in the networking workshop, I learned a lot just by sitting in and listening.

I’ll have photos from the Business After Hours as soon as I can process them.

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Whiskey Hypocrisy

It’s all about the church. Or the kids. Or both. Or just maybe it’s government trying to legislate morality.


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Thumbs! (3/27/14)

The red zone is for unloading only. The white zone is for Thumbs! Let’s see what we have today…


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Showcase Magazine City Council Forum – Final Scoring

Here’s where we left off: Alonzo Jones & John Gilstrap at +11, Dawn Witter at +9, Gary Miller at +7, James Buckner at +3 and Joyce Glaise at -3. Let’s score the second half of the forum, total up the points and finish up with our first Power Rankings.


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Showcase Magazine City Council Forum – First Round

You want an action replay of what happened and how I scored the candidates? You got it. This first article covers the introductions and the first two questions. It’s brutal, it’s snarky… but it’s damned honest. I’ll promise you’ll laugh.


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LIVE! at the Showcase Magazine City Council Forum (3/26/14)

Editor’s Note: I’ve cleaned up this running story and fully scored the forum in the two articles listed below.

Part #1: Showcase Magazine City Council Forum – First Round

Part #2: Showcase Magazine City Council Forum – Final Scoring

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Thine Holy Nuclear Fireball?

“God said Nuke ‘em” was the other headline I was considering using. Anyway, let’s look at a “letter to the editor” that contains a quite bizarre analogy…


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The Wonderfulness Of Washington St.

Here’s a feelgood story on how life is so tranquil on Danville’s Washington St. Not.


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It’s not like they were going to use their credit limit anyway…

The Halifax County Industrial Development Authority is only allowed to borrow $6,000,000 for the rest of the year. I’m here to tell you that this will definitely not be a problem in 2014. In other news, furniture coating isn’t really a hot and fabulous attraction. Who knew?


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