Letter to the Editor Keith Hale Deserves a Chance – Source: The Daily Southerner

TARBORO — I met Keith (Moose) Hale over 20 years ago. I was a new city councilman. I wanted to know every part of the Town of Tarboro, so I visited all of the town’s departments. (Read more)

Response: I have had some dealings with Hales over the years as he coached my son for 2 years when he played Upward Basketball at First Freewill Baptist Church. Coach Hales always showed his professionalism while coaching the boys and I had much respect for him. I feel good that if he was the next Chief of Police that he would do a great job. Curmilus Dancy II – DCN Publisher

Citizens Angry Over Axed Park Trees – Source: The Daily Southerner

TARBORO — PRINCEVILLE — "I’ve never seen a park without trees," former Princeville Commissioner Linda Worsley emphatically addressed the town board Monday night during its regular scheduled monthly meeting.

Worsley was referring to the 10 pine trees that were removed by Commissioner Calvin Sherrod and the Public Work Department a few days ago that left the park without a single tree. (Read more)

Response: It never seems to amaze me how the town of Princeville Commissioners operate. It is sad that the line of communication is out of tune with the commissioners.

I don’t have to say anymore because enough has already been said. I just concur with the majority of it. A Park without trees? Atleast the citizens should have been made aware of what the Princeville 3 were going to do. Oh well. Curmilus Dancy II – The Political Agitator

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ECPS Superintendent Search In Process – Source: The Daily Southerner

TARBORO — The Edgecombe County Public School (ECPS) is seeking the assistance of a legal group in the selection process of a new superintendent.

During the November meeting, the board is scheduled to meet with representatives from Tharrington Smith LLP, and N.C. School Boards Association. The advisors will share a timeline, procedures, and overall costs of their services for the superintendent search. (Read more)

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The Heat Is On 6 Candidates Running for 2 Seats in Princeville – Source: The Daily Southerner

TARBORO — PRINCEVILLE — With only nines days left before the Nov. 8 municipal election, the Princeville races are heating up with a combined six people vying for two seats. Incumbent Gwen Knight and Elbert Ray Powell are running for the Ward 1 seat, while Incumbent Ann Howell, Linda Joyner, Arthur Manning, and Theresa William are running for Ward 2. (Read more)

Response: I believe in everyone having a right to run for office however I find it somewhat interesting that all of these folks are challenging the incumbents. I have attended many meetings over the years and have not attended that last couple of meetings due to a conflict in my scheduling.

I have been following the Princeville town meetings via newspaper and speaking with several folks who live there. I am having a hard time trying to figure out why anyone would run against the 2 incumbents when they have been fighting hard for the residents of Princeville while having to constantly fight the mayor and the other 2 commissioners. Those who are challenging the incumbents make it appear in my opinion that the 2 incumbents are the problem when I know for a fact and have it documented on video who the problems are. So in my opinion those who are challenging the the incumbents are justifying the ignance of the mayor and the other 2 commissioners. If I lived in Princeville I would be supporting the incumbents because they have been trying to do what is in the best interest of all the citizens.

If the incumbents are defeated the Town of Princeville will continue to go the hell because it is no way 2 new commissioners are going to come in and get anything accomplished. Until the mayor and the other 2 commissioners come off the commission Princeville will not move forward. Curmilus Dancy II – The Political Agitator

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2011 NCHSAA Football Brackets (Official) – ALL CLASSES

Good luck to SouthWest, Tarboro and North Edgecombe on the 1st round of the upcoming playoffs.

2011 NCHSAA Football Brackets (Official) – ALL CLASSES

MEDIA ADVISORY: NC NAACP to Hold News Conference Demanding that Senators Burr and Hagan Support African American Representation in NC’s Judicial Appointments




News Conference to be Held in Greenville, NC Outside

 Federal Courthouse on Monday, October 31, 2011


October 28, 2011


For More Information:   Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-394-8137

                                      Mrs. Amina Turner, Executive Director, 919-682-4700

                                      Atty. Jennifer Marsh, Legal Redress Coordinator, 919-682-4700

                                      Atty. Irv Joyner, Legal Redress Chair, 919-530-6293

                                      Atty. Al McSurely, Communications Chair, lawyers@mcsurely.com


DURHAM – The North Carolina NAACP will hold a press conference to challenge the dismal lack of African-American District Court Judges on Monday, October 31, 2011 at the US Federal Courthouse in Greenville, NC at 4 PM.


On Tuesday, the North Carolina NAACP released an open letter to North Carolina’s US Senators, calling on them to address the embarrassing and pernicious history of African-American appointments to North Carolina’s Federal District Courts. As of this week, the North Carolina NAACP is mobilizing our 125+ adult, youth and college NAACP units and our 110+ HKonJ Coalition partners to make calls to the offices of Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan to demand they nominate an African American to serve as a federal District Court Judge in the Eastern District, where roughly half of the state’s African American population resides and where every county with a majority African American population is located, as well as ensure equity in future appointments across the state.




October 25, 2011


The Honorable Richard Burr

The Honorable Kay Hagan

United States Senate


Re: Appointment of an African American Judge to North Carolina’s Federal District Court


Dear Senators Burr and Hagan:


The North Carolina State Conference of NAACP Branches strongly urges you to recommend the nomination and appointment of an African American to the vacancy on the United States District Court in North Carolina.  It is important that the judiciary reflects the racial diversity of North Carolina. Our examination of the presence of African Americans who serve as Judges on the three District Courts in this State shows an abysmal failure by our political leadership to recognize and appoint qualified African Americans to serve as District Court Judges. Therefore we urge you to immediately identify and recommend the appointment of qualified African Americans, to rectify this shameful history of exclusion.


With only one African American federal District Court Judge presently seated, North Carolina has the least diverse bench of all states in the South. President Bill Clinton appointed James Beatty, who is eligible to retire in 2014.  If he does, North Carolina would have no African American representation. Furthermore, 17 years have passed since the last time an African American was appointed.


We are the nation’s 10th largest State with a 22% African American population, but in our history we have had only two African Americans to serve as federal District Court Judges. The two, Richard Erwin and James Beatty, were appointed to serve in the Middle District of North Carolina. Not one African American has ever served as a Judge in either the Eastern or Western Districts. In particular, it is an obscenity that there has never been an African American Federal Judge in the Eastern District where roughly half of North Carolina’s African American population resides, North Carolinians who have never been represented on their federal District Court. This exclusion is unacceptable and an embarrassment to this State and its African American community.


As you know, President George Bush nominated nine individuals to North Carolina District Courts and each one of those nominees was white and only one was a woman. Thus far, based upon your recommendations, President Barack Obama has appointed two Whites to seats on North Carolina’s federal bench. As North Carolina’s elected Senators who are responsible for making nominations to the President, we demand you represent all your constituents and change the racial disparities which presently exist within our federal court system.  We implore you to support an African American for the third appointment and ensure equity in future appointments.


Yours in the Spirit of Truth and Justice,


Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II

President, North Carolina NAACP




CC: North Carolina NAACP Branches

       HKonJ Network


       Benjamin Todd Jealous, National NAACP President and CEO      





It Is A Damn Shame That Black Folks Want Me To Provide A Service For Them But For Free

On Sunday I received a message from my cousin telling me that someone at his church wanted to know if I could video a program for them today. I told them I would get back with them. I prepared something and sent it to him for him to send it to her. However she could have contacted me but no she wanted me to do it for free. My cousin said he would get back with me on Tuesday but it was Wednesday. So I am suppose to wait on black folks who want me to provide a service for free. I was contacted less than a week before the event and then got to take 3 days to think about it. Hell it is not like they don’t know my work because if they didn’t they would not have contacted me.

In my prepared information to them I made them aware that I had just ordered a video camera on the same day Sunday and I paid a little more to make sure I got in with 2 days.

This same female pulled this same old scheme when she was a member at a church in Pinetops. She had someone else to call me and then she ended up calling trying to get me to do it for free. A copy of days ago she had the audacity to do the same thing again.

Well my friend do not ever ask anyone to call me again about videoing an event at a church you are a member. Also don’t you ever call. I don’t have time to play games. You pay the white man for what you want but then you expect me to do it for free when I am using my equipment, burning my gas and not including my time that I could be doing something else.

Tarboro NC – Congratulations to the 2011 Overall Winning Choir Salvation & Deliverance Church Choir in the Verizon How Sweet The Sound Competition in Los Angeles California

Salvation & Deliverance Choir of Tarboro NC won the “Verizon How Sweet The Sound Finale” in Los Angeles California. (Read more)

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Chapel Hill NC–Attended UNC Chapel Hill Tarheels vs UNC Pembroke At The Dean Smith Center, Got To See Several Local Players With Ties To Edgecombe County

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Last night I attended the UNC Chapel Hill and the UNC Pembroke men’s basketball game. Zeller helps newly crowned No. 1 Tar Heels beat UNC-Pembroke 100-58 in exhibition game.

It was good to see some young men with ties to Edgecombe County via basketball playing under one roof.

Former high school players:

UNC Chapel Hill

Reggie Bullock – Kinston NC, Kinston (Has lots of relatives in Edgecombe County Pinetops NC)

UNC Pembroke

K.J. Cooper – Enfield NC, North Edgecombe H.S. (Edgecombe County Public School)

George Blakeney – Tarboro NC, Tarboro H.S. (Edgecombe County Public School)

Marcus Burnell – Ahoskie NC, Hertford County H.S.

Miguel Starkey – Kinston NC, Kinston H.S.

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Video/Pictures: South Edgecombe vs Phillips Homecoming Football Thursday, October 27, 2011

South Edgecombe came close to winning their last home game but lost 22 – 20 during the homecoming game. They will play West Edgecombe next Thursday night at SouthWest Edgecombe in the Cougar Bowl.

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Click on picture to watch video (1 hr. 09 secs. total).