(New Wake Co. Schools Superintendent) Tata touring Wake next week–Source: News & Observer

RALEIGH — Anthony J. Tata, Wake County’s newly named schools superintendent, will make public appearances next week before schools staff, the board of education and other groups, including the conservative Wake County Taxpayers Association, board Chairman Ron Margiotta said Thursday.

Tata, 51, a retired Army brigadier general, will arrive Thursday and make as many as 16 appearances over two days, Margiotta said. (Read more)

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Sanderson Farms: Views from 2 states–Source: Wilson Times

Moultrie would welcome expansion; but company fined in Texas

Darrell Moore doesn’t quite understand why some residents in Wilson and Nash counties are worried about Sanderson Farms possibly building a poultry processing plant here.

As the president of Moultrie, Ga.’s chamber of commerce and the Moultrie-Colquitt County Development Authority, Moore describes Sanderson Farms as a "great corporate citizen and a good community partner." (Must subscribe online to Read More)

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Rocky Mount agrees to treat Sanderson Farms domestic waste–Source: Wilson Times

Rocky Mount officials have confirmed the city has agreed to treat domestic wastewater coming from the proposed Sanderson Farms plant.

Peter Varney, assistant city manager, said their conversations have been with Nash County officials because Nash County is the entity that would provide the water and sewer service for Sanderson Farms. (Must subscribe online to Read more)

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Blacks and the Chicago Mayor’s Race Rahm Emanuel Versus The “Willie Lynch” Syndrome

Not since Eugene Sawyer succeeded the late Harold Washington has there been an African American Mayor of Chicago. The announcement by Mayor Richard M. Daly that he will not seek re-election after two decades in office would seem to open the doors for a well-positioned Black candidate to recapture the keys to City Hall. Though Rahm Emanuel, former Chief-of -Staff for President Obama, is seen as the front-runner, it would appear that an African American led progressive coalition, like the one which was forged to elect Harold Washington could be successful. (Read more)

The Gates Millennium Scholar Program Announces

The Gates Millennium Scholar Program Announces

2011 Scholarship Application is Now Available

The 2011 Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) scholarship application is now available. GMS will select 1,000 talented students to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. We provide Gates Millennium Scholars with personal and professional development through our leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.
Our program is more than a scholarship-it’s an opportunity to change your life! Putting in the effort now to apply can be a worthwhile experience for super special students like you! Just ask Deonte Bridges how much the GMS scholarship means to him.

To start your application, simply click on any of the links labeled GMS Application. Please take the time to read all of the eligibility criteria and instructions before beginning your application. Click below on "read more" to continue the list of eligibility criteria on the next page.

Students are eligible to be considered for a GMS scholarship if they:

  • Are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American
  • Are a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • Have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale or have earned a GED
  • Will enroll for the first time at a U.S. located, accredited college or university in the fall of 2011 as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student (with the exception of students pursuing a high school diploma while concurrently enrolled). First-time college enrollees can also be GED recipients.
  • Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities
  • Meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria
  • Have completed and submitted all three required forms: the student’s application (Nominee Personal Information Form), an evaluation of the student’s academic record (Nominator Form) and an evaluation of the student’s community service and leadership activities (Recommender Form) by the deadline

The deadline for all submission is January 10, 2011 at 11:59p.m. EST. We look forward to reviewing your application soon.

Gates Millennium Scholars Program

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS), established in 1999, was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential by:

  • Reducing financial barriers for African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students with high academic and leadership promise who have significant financial need;
  • Increasing the representation of these target groups in the disciplines of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health and the sciences, where these groups are severely underrepresented;
  • Developing a diversified cadre of future leaders for America by facilitating successful completion of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees; and
  • Providing seamless support from undergraduate through doctoral programs, for students selected as Gates Millennium Scholars entering target disciplines.

The GMS Scholarship Award Provides:

  • Support for the cost of education by covering unmet need and self-help aid;
  • Renewable awards for Gates Millennium Scholars maintaining satisfactory academic progress;
  • Graduate school funding for continuing Gates Millennium Scholars in the areas of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science;
  • Leadership development programs with distinctive personal, academic and professional growth opportunities.

Program Accomplishment:

  • Funded more than 13,000 Gates Millennium Scholars since the inception of the program
  • Obtained a 79.9% graduation rate in five years*
  • Supported Gates Millennium Scholars enrolled in more than 1,500 colleges and universities
  • Supported Gates Millennium Scholars representing 50 states and five outlying areas
  • Graduated over 5,000 Gates Millennium Scholars since the program’s inception
  • Five year retention rate of 87.7%*

*Reflects cohorts 1 through 4


UNCF-the United Negro College Fund-administers the Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS). To reach, coordinate and support the constituent groups, UNCF has partnered with the American Indian Graduate Center Scholars, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund to assist in implementing the program.

The GMS Advisory Council has seven members: six members from higher education and one member representing the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Advisory Council members include:

  • Dr. Gilberto Cárdenas, Assistant Provost, Institute of Latino Studies at University of Notre Dame
  • Dr. David Chang, former Chancellor, Polytechnic University
  • Youlonda Copeland-Morgan, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, Financial Aid Service, Syracuse University
  • Dr. Shaun R. Harper, Assistant Professor, Higher Education Management, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
  • Carmen D. Lopez, Executive Director, College Horizons Inc.
  • Dr. Raymund Paredes, Commissioner of Higher Education, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • Margaret Daniels Tyler, Senior Program Officer, Education, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The GMS program is more than just a scholarship. The GMS program offers Gates Millennium Scholars with ACademic Empowerment (ACE) services to encourage academic excellence; mentoring services for academic and personal development; and an online resource center that provides internship, fellowship and scholarship information.

Obama calls Eagles owner to congraulate him for signing Vick–Source: Yahoo Sports

Michael Vick(notes) has been getting support from all sides during his road to redemption. He’s now getting it from the leader of the free world.

NBC’s Peter King reports that Barack Obama called Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie earlier this week to congratulate him for giving Vick a second chance after his release from prison. According to King, the president said that released prisoners rarely receive a level playing field and that Vick’s story could begin to change that. (Read more)

Edgecombe County Tournament reset for Wednesday–Source: The Daily Southerner

TARBORO — For those who are excited about the annual Edgecombe County Classic Holiday Tournament that was scheduled for Tuesday, they will have to wait one more day.

Due to Mother Nature’s snowstorm that dumped more than five inches of snow, the annual tournament was postponed until Wednesday and new start times have been set. (Read more)

Wake school ideas include four-day weeks–Source: News & Observer

RALEIGH — Taxpayers are asking Wake County school board members to consider four-day school weeks and fees for sports to help deal with next year’s budget crisis.

Shorter school weeks and charging students to play sports are among the most common ideas left in the school district’s online budget suggestion box. School leaders have received 463 suggestions on how to deal with more than $100 million in state and federal funding cuts that are expected to lead to layoffs, larger class sizes and the loss of some programs next year. (Read more)

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N.Carolina’s Statewide Instant Runoff Voting Contest – the facts, the regrets

48 days after the election, instant runoff voting produced a "winner" for the NC Court of Appeals, for the  "Wynn"seat. Thanks to IRV, an experimental tallying method was used, the election was almost a tie, a recount was called for, and we had a plurality result, not a majority win.

After counting the IRV votes,  the highest vote getter lost his 100,000 vote lead, and the contest became so close that a recount was requested. The declared winner won with 28% of votes from all ballots cast on election day. We do not know how many 2nd and 3rd choice votes each candidate got, as this data was not released to the public. (Read more)

Note: Joyce what in the hell? So now they have the audacity to not publicize all the results from an election? So how can we trust these jokers? This is just sad. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

Black Harvard doctor pens memoir of Jim Crow South–Source: Black Politics On The Web

Growing up in segregated Memphis, Tenn., during the Jim Crow era, Augustus White III knew about those certain places off-limits to him as a black man — restrooms, diners and schools.

He just didn’t pay racial barriers much mind.

The son of a doctor and teacher became the first African-American to graduate from Stanford Medical School, the first African-American resident and surgery professor at Yale and later the first black department head at Harvard’s teaching hospitals. (Read more)

Edgecombe might run off Food Lion–Source: Rocky Mount Telegram

I read in the Telegram about Edgecombe County and the disagreement with Food Lion about tax assessment on leasehold improvements.

First, I think ceiling tiles, floor tiles and paint etc. are part of the building, regardless of who paid for the improvement, is now owned by the building owner. (Read more)

St. Paul preps for voting via ranked choice–Source:

St. Paul voters will have a lot to learn for the 2011 city elections, and officials still are trying to figure out how to teach them.

It’s the first year ranked-choice voting will be used to choose City Council members. The council is putting together an ordinance that spells out how it will work, and once that’s settled, there will be a campaign to inform voters about the change. (Read more)

Note: From the desk of Chris Telesca: Could this be why tax-exempt foundations support non-profits that advocate for IRV?: Ranked choice voting will work fine in local, non-partisan elections. However its advocates have a different plan in mind for legislative and statewide races: they want to eliminate the partisan primary.

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HIGH SPIRITS: Brake adjusts to life back home–Source: Rocky Mount Telegram

The day leading up to Colt Brake’s life-changing injury was anything but normal.

Brake had recovered from a high fever the day before and spent most of the half-day at school expecting to head home to get some rest. His mother, Tammy, remembers the phone call distinctly. (Read more)

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Pinetops NC: Secretary Position At SouthWest Edgecombe Will It Be Filled? Has There Been Interviews Although There Has Been No Job Postings

Sources say the secretary position that was held by retiree Barbara Warren may not be filled. But I wonder why? It appears that 3 people including Warren has interviewed some candidates but the latest verdict is that the central office was not aware of the interviews and has said there is no money for the position. Oh well. So what about the person over at South Edgecombe who thought she had the job?

It is time for the good ole buddy mess to end at SouthWest. It is a lot that goes on at the school but is kept hush hush.

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Pinetops NC: SouthWest Edgecombe High School Principal John Westberg Has Been Moved To Phillips Middle School As An Assistant Principal And Raymond Privott Will Continue To Serve As The Interim Principal

Sources say Principal John Westberg has been reassigned to Phillips Middle School. The principal of Phillips just recently retired and obviously the assistant principal has been elevated to principal.

Westberg was recently suspended with pay as the investigation of testing procedures that took place during the summer.

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Note: Correction John Westberg moved to W.A. Pattillo Elementary School