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On last Saturday there were 2 major events going on in Edgecombe County at the same time however there were some other events going on as well. However the 2 I am referring to are the Edgecombe County Democratic Party Executive Committee Meeting in Tarboro NC and The NC NAACP Hope & Poverty Tour in Rocky Mount NC. We need to manage having major meetings in the same county on the same day especially at the same time.

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Homegoing Celebration For Mr. Wilbert R. Norwood Rocky Mount NC.

My condolences goes out to Karen Norwood former co-worker and the family of the late Wilbert R. Norwood.

I also knew Bro. Norwood quite well. We were both Masons at one time before I became inactive. I used to talk to him from time to time when he would come out to my workplace during the lunch hour. Wilbert loved him some Karen and his children. I remember when Tracy used to play football at SouthWest Edgecombe and we used to talk about him. He was proud of his children.

I ran into Karen and Wilbert several months ago at the Eye Care Center and Wilbert and I had a lengthy conversation. He told me about how sick he had been and talked about he had to have one of his legs removed. He told me he had been so sick at one time the doctors had gave up on him but God was good and he was out and about. He talked about how he had to adjust to getting around with one leg but he was adjusting.

Wilbert was always the same every time I was in his presence and always showed himself friendly to me.

Script.: Read Eccles. 3 and know, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”

Song: The Storm Is Over Now – Kirk Franklin

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Farrelly: ‘We’ve got to raise the bar’ – Daily Southerner

TARBORO — Test scores were a topic of discussion at Monday night’s Edgecombe County Public Schools (ECPS) board meeting.

Janet Morris, ECPS director of accountability, shared the 2011-2012 ABC’s of Public Education report card with the board. As previously reported. eight of the county’s 15 schools met expected growth and five met all of their annual measurable objectives (AMOs). (More)

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Edgecombe County Public Schools

With Ryan, GOP can no longer hide behind lies – The Ed Show

How did Republicans get where they are today with Paul Ryan? They lied. They lied about everything: bailouts, health care (repeal and replace) and jobs, jobs, jobs!!!

They lied to the Tea Party that they were a populist party that had the best interest of the middle class at heart, knowing full well that when elected they would abandon all concern for them and pursue their normal agenda: tax cuts for the rich, deregulation of big business and banks and extreme abortion measures. (More)

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Romney & Ryan

You Are Invited To Rev. Walter Cherry Jr. 37th Pastor’s Anniversary At Anderson Chapel MBC Sunday 4:00 PM

What: Rev. Walter Cherry Jr. 37th Pastor’s Anniversary

Where: Anderson Chapel Missionary Baptist Church 4352 Anderson Chapel Church Road Macclesfield NC 27852

Time: 4:00 PM

Theme: "I’m Pressing On!"

A dynamic guest minister along with the choir will bring forth the message and music. If you can’t attend please send your prayers.

Will Someone Tell Me How Vice President Joe Biden Comment About “Putting Ya’ll Back In Chains” An Insult?

In response to Jeff Savage on a Facebook group that I am a member.

I am trying to figure out how Biden being a Democrat and if the Republicans win "putting ya’ll back in chains" is an insult. Damn the Republicans keep saying they want to take us back so what in the hell does that mean. I get so sick and tired of black folks trying to speak for me just because they are black. I just don’t get it the insult but maybe I am missing something.

And where did you read or see that "Our" President think it was funny?

Damn Biden out here stumping to get a black man re-elected when we got ignant damn black folks especially Democrats pushing their own agenda trying to discredit the President without a real base.

I read Barry Saunders article in the News Observer, “Saunders: Y’all politicians be careful tryin’ to talk like us” but that still ain’t enough for me to understand the insult. Again maybe I am missing something. Just maybe reading the comments that were posted under Saunders column that have been removed may would have helped me a little. So in the meantime maybe I will read something somewhere and a lightbulb will come on because right now I just don’t get it.

I know damn well Romney didn’t go there. “Romney unleashes on Obama, accuses rival of running campaign of ‘anger and hate’” His campaign is built on taking black folks back.

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Joe Biden’s “Chains” Comment and the Racial Double Standard

Compel Duke Energy to Justify Billions in Planned Rate Hikes, Watchdogs Urge Regulators in Merger Case – News Release from NC WARN – July 31st, 2012

Duke claims it doesn’t have to reveal merger costs to the public; NC WARN argues  nuclear fleet corrections dwarf public benefits and were key reasons in CEO firing

Durham, NC – Today NC WARN filed a motion urging the NC Utilities Commission to compel Duke Energy to justify plans to charge customers more than $2.2 billion for nuclear plant corrections over two years, an amount that dwarfs the alleged public savings in the utility’s contested takeover of Progress Energy. (More)

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Duke Energy & Progress Energy Merger

News with color not part of paper’s DNA – Daily Southerner

Response: Interesting article. I sure wonder what the caller wanted Calvin to write about.

TARBORO — Once upon a time, I had a publisher whose seem to think that a day in which at least one hour wasn’t wasted in meetings was, well, a waste.

I don’t like meetings … especially those that drone on and on and on when one of the participants wastes everyone else’s time asking questions after the fact when it would have been easier for them to have done their homework. (More)

Fresh documents reveal more CEO machinations at Duke Energy

The N.C. Attorney General’s office on Wednesday released documents from Duke Energy that suggest that just months after the Progress-Duke merger was announced, Duke CEO Jim Rogers and Progress Energy CEO Bill Johnson were in tense discussions about Johnson’s future role with the utility.

Johnson was slated to become CEO of the combined company. Instead, he was fired the day the merger was completed. (More)

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Duke Energy & Progress Energy Merger

Partnership: Empowerment, breaking poverty – Daily Southerner

TARBORO — JACKSON — Empowering young mothers and breaking the cycle of poverty are the primary goals of a Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) launching in Edgecombe County.

“We’re basically their life coach and their nurse,” said Kelly Traylor, NFP nurse supervisor. “We’re empowering them to be self-sufficient.” (More)

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Congressman G.K. Butterfield

Regulators order Duke, Progress to disclose deals – Charlotte Observer

RALEIGH, N.C. North Carolina utilities regulators have ordered Duke Energy and Progress Energy to detail some of the deals they cut with major customers before their merger earlier this year.

The companies had argued that the information constitutes trade secrets. But the North Carolina Utilities Commission said Tuesday the deals have no commercial value, so disclosing them wouldn’t give anyone else an economic advantage. The documents had been sought by several media outlets under public requests. (More)

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Duke Energy & Progress Energy Merger

Student reassignment plan receives tentative OK – Rocky Mount NC

After months of deliberation, evaluating several proposed maps and gathering community feedback, the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools reassignment committee reached consensus Monday for revamping the district’s elementary, middle and high school attendance zones for the 2013-14 year. (More)

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Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools

Republican congressional candidate visits Nashville – Rocky Mount Telegram

Response: This is a newly created district 13th Congressional District. I along with many others from Pinetops, Tarboro to Rocky Mount that were in the 1st Congressional District have been moved into this new district. Charles Malone Democrat is running against Holding. I agree with Malone, “Saying the choice is between unlimited handouts or unlimited opportunities is an insult to people who benefit from government programs, Malone said. He said gridlock more than handouts is hurting the country. “We need to find a way to put the people first and politics second,” Malone said.

NASHVILLE – America is at a fiscal cliff, congressional candidate George Holding said Wednesday.

The nation has an out-of-control debt and out-of-control government spending, Holding said.

“If we don’t address it now, we’re going to lose everything that makes America great,” he said. (More)

Pinetops NC – Coach Cobb to retire after season – Daily Southerner

Response: Well the rumor has been put to rest. It has been rumored that Cobb was going to retire and matter of a fact someone had just mentioned it to me Monday.

TARBORO — PINETOPS – SouthWest Edgecombe Cougars head coach Raymond Cobb may be called a football legend by some, but he has definitely been called a good friend and great mentor by other coaches throughout Edgecombe County.

Cobb will be entering his 25th season as a head football coach in Edgecombe County this year and has put up some impressive numbers throughout his career. Going into this season, Cobb has a 247-72 overall record and has won two state championships while he was the head coach at North Edgecombe. (More)