Town Hall meeting focuses on growing gang problems – Source: Rocky Mount Telegram

Residents who attended Thursday night’s Town Hall meeting at the Rocky Mount Judicial Center got a basic education in the gang problem spreading through the Twin Counties. (Paid Content)

Note: I was very impressed with all of the presenters. I truly enjoyed the meeting. Stay tuned for video of meeting less video presentation by Trooper Clee Atkinson. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

Charges filed in death of Nash deputy – Source: WRAL

Kinston, N.C. — Charges have been filed against four men detained in the shooting death of a Nash County sheriff’s deputy in Kinston Thursday night.

Investigator Warren "Sneak" Lewis, 38, who was assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service, went to a house at 602 W. Lenoir Ave. around 7 p.m. to serve outstanding warrants for murder, authorities said. Someone opened fire as Lewis and another marshal approached the house. WNCT-TV reported that Lewis was wearing a bulletproof vest at the time. (Read more)

Awards Day Celebration At South Edgecombe Middle School Response To Not Receiving Awards Unacceptable

Sent: Friday, June 10, 2011 7:40 PM

Mr. Grady:

An error ocurred? What? So what was the error?

Ms. Griffin told my wife that the teachers were suppose to turn in the names 2 weeks before school ended.

I have never seen an Award’s Day that was so sorry in all of my days. I am used to each teacher giving out awards to their classes however only you and your assistant were the only 2 on the stage giving out the awards.

So why did the teachers not participate because they didn’t want to or because you didn’t want them to?

Again this is not an acceptable answer and it is sad that the children work hard all year and then when it is time for the reap their awards on stage it is snatched from them.

The more I think about what could have gone wrong, I believe it was planned that only a few children would receive their awards on stage and that the others would receive theirs in the classroom anyway.

Curmilus Dancy II
Parent

   
Sent: Friday, June 10, 2011 7:08 AM

Mr. Dancy,

Good Morning.

Thank you for attending the awards program of South Edgecombe Middle School. Your family has served the school in a positive voluntary basis during the 2010-2011 school year. We thank you and the entire family for the support.
An error occurrred that caused your son not to receive his award during the program. We apologize for the incident.
Upon your earlier e-mail, I checked his records, confirmed that he had earned a "B" Honor Roll certificate. We printed and presented it to him in his class.
A check of the records will occur to ensure that no other student was denied an award they earned.

Thank You,
William Grady

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South Edgecombe Middle School

Report: Eddie Long’s Wife (Vanessa) Has Moved Out of their Home – Source: eurweb

*Morris O’Kelly’s Mo’Kelly Report says that Eddie Long’s problems keep getting worse. And if what Mo’Kelly is reporting turns out to be true about the disgraced Atlanta, it certainly wouldn’t or shouldn’t surprise anyone:

Well-placed spies for The Mo’Kelly Report and long-time members of New Birth are alleging that Vanessa Long, the First Lady of New Birth has moved out of the house, in fact taking one of the children with her due to the scandal. (Read more)

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Children Not Receiving Their Awards On Awards Day South Edgecombe Middle School

South Edgecombe Middle School

Greetings Mr. Grady Principal:

I am pissed that I have not received a response from Ms. Griffin nor you with an answer to my previous email.

I went to work at 5:00 AM and got off at 9:00 AM so that I could attend the Awards Day. I came to watch my son and the other children receive their awards since this is what Awards Day is designed for. This is something that takes place during the final days of school yearly so therefore it is no damn excuse for any children not receiving their awards at the specified time.

My wife said she was told that the school wanted the names of the children turned 3 weeks ago if I am correct and that some teachers didn’t have time or something. This is no excuse. The children are expected to do what they come to school to do and the same should apply to the staff. The children are penalized for not doing what they are supposed to do and it is more than likely that the staff will not be reprimanded for their unprofessionalism. If the staff were to be penalized, it still does nothing to correct the situation because the children missed the opportunity to go on stage and receive their certificates on a day designed for the children and the parents to participate.

My son came home with his certificate “B” Honor Roll. My son coming home with the certificate does not answer my question and I am still waiting for a response. Although my son did receive another certificate Most Improved in a category, I am a proud to be a parent of a child that made the “B” Honor Roll and “A” Honor Roll list during the entire school year in which at the end of the year equated to a “B” Average.

As always I video and take pictures of events such as Awards Day and I was unable to capture my son receiving his “B” Honor Roll Certificate nor other children because I know that the short list of names called yesterday were not the complete list.

I am now having a flashback to when I had to challenge a previous principal at this school several years ago when my daughter was cheated out of the “A” Honor Roll so she would not receive a trophy but instead was given the “B” Honor Roll. Because of my complaint, the school had to go back and have another Awards Day at the beginning of the next school year and several students received their correct award. During this time of my complaint it was discovered that the 3 middle schools in the county grading system was not consistent and that if a child was to move to another middle school within the county the child’s grades may have not followed them correctly. A new policy was put in place.

In my closing, I want to reiterate that it is sad that the children are penalized when they do not do what they are tasked to do. It is a damn shame that the staff have cheated the children out of a day that was designed for them when the staff should have done their job of making sure the children received what is rightfully theirs at the right time. It is not fair to them nor the parents such as myself who have to work but is willing to take the time to support their child.

We are always hearing much about the negativity of the children and then when it comes time for the children to be recognized for their hard work, they are penalized by the staff because the staff failed to do their part. This is unacceptable for me.

I am still waiting on a response because I would like to know the reason why my child and other children did not receive their award on Awards Day.

Thanking you in advance.

Curmilus Dancy II
Parent

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Local NAACP chapter lambasts state budget cuts – Source: The Rocky Mount Telegram

Twin Counties residents opposed to the N.C. General Assembly’s proposed cuts to next year’s budget demanded that lawmakers abandon the spending plan at a news conference sponsored by the local chapter of the NAACP. (Paid Content)

Plant opponents cry foul over judge who dismissed lawsuit – Source: The Rocky Mount Telegram

At least two property owners say a judge who last week dismissed a lawsuit contesting a poultry processor should have recused himself from the case because of a 2006 fundraiser for his campaign held by a Nash County commissioner. (Paid Content)

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Educators, leaders predict budget would send North Carolina backwards

Office of Governor Bev Perdue

Educators, leaders predict budget would send North Carolina backwards

DSC_0085-1.JPGGov. Bev Perdue has been on a listening tour, to hear first-hand how the Republican budget proposal will harm North Carolina’s future.

Gov. Perdue is considering whether to veto the proposal, which includes devastating cuts to education, social services, public safety and public health.

“With the budget that’s on my desk today, I wonder what’s going to happen to North Carolina,” Gov. Perdue said to a group of business leaders in Raleigh, reminding them that our state is unlike other Southern states because of a legacy of investments in public education. “This is a battle for the heart and soul of North Carolina.”

To hear more about the budget cuts, click here.

So as she considers whether to veto the budget, Gov. Perdue has been asking education and community leaders what the cuts would do to North Carolina.

In Greenville, Pitt County Superintendent Dr. Beverly Reep said that regardless of Republican claims that the budget will protect classroom positions, the budget would harm children.

"There’s no way that we can make those kinds of reductions without having an impact in our classroom," Reep said.

In Greensboro, Patrice Faison, principal of Oak Hill Elementary, said her school had made great improvement in student achievement, despite high levels of poverty. Those gains were made possible because of the work of the school’s teachers and teacher assistants. The cuts anticipated in Guilford would mean losing many of those important educators. Academic gains would be impossible after those cuts.

“I couldn’t imagine how we would do it, I can’t image how we would start,” Faison said.

Philip Rogers, chief of staff in the chancellor’s office at East Carolina University, said the campus has endured more than $100 million in budget cuts already.

"We have cut just about everything we can when it comes to administrative efficiencies," Rogers said. "With continuing cuts, it’s going to be a challenge to maintain the quality of education."

Don Martin, the superintendent of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools noted the budget will lead to teacher layoffs. He said the proposal ignores long-term consequences.

“It’s exactly the problem we have with our children,” he said, noting the great lengths his school system takes to convince high school students not to drop out.

Gov. Perdue echoed the sentiment:

“It’s like somebody just decided they were going to clear-cut all of North Carolina’s Longleaf Pines for a quick little profit,” she said. “They might get the cash they’re looking for short-term without thinking about the long-term damage, the generational damage that’s going to happen to our people.”


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