Don Daniel

I have been using the same bank, BB&T here in Forsyth, as my “checking account bank” for the last at least 30 years even before it became what it is now. Yes, I still have accounts at two of our other local banks. The tellers at all three of the banks I use are nice, professional and very customer-friendly. None of the three banks are locally-owned as they used to be.

Now that you have that background, here’s a stupid, ignorant, inconsiderate and incompetent letter I received from BB&T’s banking headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. But first I am going to brag. My credit rating is more than good in the excellent range according to the three credit reporting companies. I have no credit card debt and don’t owe any money and I pay what bills I receive before they are due and in full. Thankfully I can financially accomplish that. 

Now back to the letter ----notice from BB&T; here goes: “Realizing that most often a missed payment is an oversight, we understand our clients appreciate it when the oversight is brought to their attention. According to our records, the above referenced account is now past due in the amount of $.00. Please remit the past due amount today.

“If you have already made your payment, please accept our thank you”.

Well, I sent them a check payment in the amount of $.00 and officially notified BB&T I am closing all accounts I have with them, transferring to another local bank and charging BB&T for any expenses for their stupidity, ignorance, inconsideration and incompetence. If they don’t pay up, it will be turned over to a collection agency.

What I am writing and hope comes across, that’s my money they are using against me!

WOW, I feel better.

AS YOU are aware, there are some people in Congress wanting to pay reparations to the families of slaves. Here’s what my friend Rand is willing to do and I quote: “If you are a freed slave from the Civil War, I will pay you personally $1 million in cash! Again, if you are a living freed Civil War slave you will get the cash”.

MONROE COUNTY’S school system is ranked No. 11 in the state according to SchoolDigger and Wayne Calhoun was the first with the answer to The Question. Wayne receives a certificate for a Dairy Queen Blizzard, dozen Dunkin Donuts, slice of Jonah’s pizza, slice of Shoney’s strawberry pie, Whistle Stop fried green tomato appetizer, Scoops single dip, and a Forsyth Main Street t-shirt.

Here’s The Question for this week: what is the name of the church in the old Piggly Wiggly shopping center on the left of the building, almost directly behind Wendy’s. First with the correct answer after 12 noon Thursday gets the goodie certificate.

AFTER OVER an hour of work “sessioning”, discussing how a County Commission meeting should be run, or better yet, how the commissioners should perform and act, the one Who Thinks He Is A Coach and his four-man team got to work. Here are a few unattributed work session and regular meeting comments:

“Jim would be the gatekeeper”;

“I don’t, I don’t, I don’t”;

“What a crowd, what a crowd”;

“We all have phones”;

“I’ve never seen you on Facebook”;

“If you will humor me”;

“We won’t have lipstick on a pig”;

“He might be emotional about it”;

“They tell me”;

“Saved by the bell”.

Reporter Richard Dumas was at both the work session and the following regular meeting and his story will give you a play-by-play, down by down.

OVER AT the Forsyth City Council, the members were getting used to their new play toy, each receiving a new i-Pad. As one council member stated, “we are going paperless. You will find a copy on your electronic devices”. 

Here are some unattributed council member comments:

“What prevents us from exploring?”

“Y’all know what I am saying”;

“In my opinion”;

“But at any rate”; 

“We got to get the money somewhere”;

“The reason I did it this way”;

“I’ve been chasing it for years”;

“It can get worse that it is”.

This from an observer, “The county line will probably be settled before the Forsyth City Council demolishes the old grocery store and starts work on a new city hall or demolishes the six buildings that are considered blighted”. 

Reporter Diane Glidewell will have a complete story on the council setting the city tax millage

Don Daniel is the founder and former publisher of The Monroe County Reporter. Email him at