NEXT MEETING is Tuesday, September 2nd.
Our Executive Committee Meeting Schedule: The 2014 meeting schedule, the meetings will be the first Tuesday of every month and they begin at 6:30 PM at the Madison County Agricultural Extension Office at the Madison County Fairgrounds. Please come out and hear from the people you elected to represent us. Don’t believe rumors…..Come get the inside “dirt” on Madison County and NC politics directly from the people we have elected to represent us.
Rest in Peace Dr. Joe:
Dr. Joe L. Morgan
Visitation 12 – 2 p.m. Monday, July 14, 2014, Madison Funeral Home
Memorial 2 p.m. Monday, July 14, 2014, Chapel of Madison Funeral Home
Interment Mars Hill Baptist Church Cemetery
MARS HILL – Dr. Joe Lee Morgan, 83, left this world for a better one on Friday, July 11, 2014 at the North Carolina State Veteran’s Home in Black Mountain.
Mr. Morgan was born May 14, 1931 in Mars Hill. He will be missed and will be remembered for his many articles in newspapers and his political endeavors. Joe was a member of Peek’s Chapel Baptist Church.
Joe graduated as valedictorian of Marshall High School in 1950. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Berea College in 1954. Dr. Morgan earned his Master’s Degree in History and a Master’s of Library Science from East Tennessee State University. He was awarded a J.D. Degree from Woodrow Wilson College Law School and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
After serving two years in the U.S. Army, Dr. Morgan taught school in Madison County and in Charlotte. Later he became an innkeeper, writer, historian and politician. His political career spanned many years. Joe served on many political committees at the local, regional, state and national level. On December 17, 2007, Dr. Morgan was inducted into the North Carolina GOP Hall of Fame. Joe was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Houston, Texas in 1992 and a delegate to the RNC in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2008. He was the 11th Congressional District Presidential Elector in 2000 and 2004.
Joe served as a member of the Madison County Board of Elections and the Madison County Courthouse Planning Committee. In 1980, he was appointed to the Western North Carolina Health Systems Agency and later served as a member of Madison County Nursing Home Advisory committee and the Nursing Home and Adult Care Commission. In later life, he spent much time reading newspapers and magazines about the president, the GOP and world affairs.
Joe’s family fondly remembers him as a brother and uncle who loved Madison County and its people. He devoted his life to peace, social justice, the building of community and a never ending quest for enlightment and a better life for the underprivileged.
Dr. Morgan was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Frank W. and Effie McDaris Morgan; sister, Myrtle Stathis Paulson; brothers, Wayne A. and Coy B. Morgan.
Surviving are his sisters: Marie Rice of Charlotte, Ruth Peoples of Winston-Salem and Janette Fisher (Jerald) of Marshall; brothers: Frank (Martha) Morgan of Marshall and Dr. M.T. (Dr. Shirley) Morgan of Johnson City, TN; nieces: Doris Murray, Debbie Little, Selena Elmore and Annette Fisher; nephews: David, Steve, Russell, Doug, Mark, Monte and Marcus Morgan and Dewayne Fisher.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 14, 2014 in the chapel of Madison Funeral Home with Brother B. P. Boyle and Reverend Stanley Peek officiating. Burial will follow in the Mars Hill Baptist Church Cemetery with family and friends serving as Pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 12 – 2 p.m. Monday prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Center Community Center, C/O Betty Lou Clark, 259 Clark Lane, Marshall, NC 28753 or The American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060 or call 1-800-242-8721 .
Congratulations to Dyatt Smathers and Ray Lewis on their new positions with the Madison County Board of Elections. Ray Lewis was sworn in by the Honorable Jim Baker as the newest Board Member on Wednesday, June 11th. Ray’s first action was to nominate Dyatt Smathers as the new Chairman of the Board and Ray was then nominated to fill Dyatt’s former Secretary position. We look forward to the upcoming elections in November.
Thanks to everyone who got out and voted in the Primary Election.
Congratulations to State Senator Ralph Hise, our next District Attorney Seth Banks, our next US Senator Thom Tillis, and our next NC Supreme Court Justice Eric Levinson. We must now all rally behind these winners in order to make sure they win in November. Regardless if these gentlemen were your first choice, we must unify as a Party and propel them to victory in November. NO TAKING YOUR BALL AND GOING HOME!! Stay involved and let’s win!! Also, let’s continue the growing trend of statewide Republican leadership by electing a majority Republican County Commission.
As part of his closing arguments for candidate John Ledford, former County Attorney Larry Leake summed up the real problem in Madison County politics perfectly. He said something very close to: ‘Some people laugh at the way we do things in Madison County, and we do take our politics seriously. Sometimes we will argue and fight and things can get pretty heated. But in the end we come to an agreement and it is OK. But to have three outsiders file a complaint against someone like John Ledford is unacceptable.’ And therein lays the essence of the problem in Madison County.
We are all privileged to live in the United States of America and also the wonderful State of North Carolina. Both of them are exceptional partly because one of the most important fundamentals of our governance is the fact that no person is superior to another for any reason including where they have lived for a longer time, owning more stuff, or perhaps having more influential friends.
But that is exactly the idea held by some people who represent a powerful cabal in the county. For them and the people who support them, the rules either don’t matter or can be bent to suit their personal convenience. So when legally required meeting minutes aren’t recorded while close to a million dollars was spent..that is just fine to them. Some years ago, when an illegal tax assessment reduction of about eight million dollars was given to some friends of the commissioners, it was alright to them. Contractors are paid at least $400,000 over a contracted amount and not one commissioner knows anything about it, but that is acceptable, to them. A member of the Board of Elections is actively supporting a candidate in person and on line.. that is acceptable, to them. When an elected official who has absolutely no authority to do so, offers a high paying job to an unqualified friend, no one says a word, to them.
But Mr. Leake and his friends and supporters find it “unacceptable” when an “outsider” actually dares to hold up the law and asks, “what about this?”
Until Mr. Leake included this sentiment in his closing arguments, this attitude of special rights given to some native Madisonians was only the unspoken, but true position held by one political party in the county. Now, we can set aside any questions we might have had and realize that to some, this county is to be considered theirs to the exclusion of the rest of us.
This unacceptable position is not only immoral and un-American but also in many cases blatantly illegal as well, and it must come to an end…soon.