School Bond Vote Set For May, 2014 – Rowdy Crowd Jeers Decision
Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 13, 2013
By Mike Barnhardt
Davie County voters will decide on a bond referendum for a new high school in May of 2014.
County commissioners decision on Monday night brought jeers from many in a packed courtroom in the Davie County Courthouse who wanted the vote to take place this November. Many carried orange signs with the words, “Let The People Vote – NOVEMBER 2013.”
The crowd’s behavior brought warnings from County Attorney Ed Vogler and then from Sheriff Andy Stokes, who said it was his duty to arrest anyone who is out of order if that is the desire of the board chair – Robert Wisecarver.
Wisecarver was joined by Carl Humphrey and Mark Jones in voting for a 2014 referendum. Richard Poindexter and Terry Renegar – supporters of a November referendum – voted against the resolution.
Several people during the public comment section spoke directly to Jones, the only one of the five who hadn’t publicly made his opinion known. After hearing from the public, Jones’ sentiment was obvious. He read the resolution:
“… the next general primary election scheduled in Davie County is May 6, 2014; and in order to encourage the greatest number of voter turnout of this countywide issue, it is felt that a referendum in the May 2104 regularly scheduled primary would be better than a special called election; and …
“… in order to avoid the expense by the taxpayers of Davie …