Rocky Mount NC: Schools want to hear parental concerns about digital learning – Rocky Mount Telegram

As superintendent of the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, I have committed to maintaining an ongoing dialogue with our families and our community.

As part of this open communication, I have chosen to respond to a letter written by Monique Silver in the Nov. 20 edition of your paper.

In searching our student information system, we were unable to locate Ms. Silver as one of our parents. We were seeking to reach out to her, to schedule a meeting with her to discuss her concerns. (More)

CIAA football championship game should have been played – Rocky Mount Telegram

Response: This should never had happened. At times when one or two players want to get into a brawl the other players must step up to the plate and not allow such to happen. I hate that this happened but I hope this sends a message to all schools that this type of behavior will not be tolerated. The players who were not involved ought to be the ones whom are mad the most because those whom were involved kept them from playing such an historic game. As for the fans I am sorry that some drove from far and near and spent money for hotel rooms and etc. But there comes a time when we must understand the circumstances and know that sometimes we must accept the outcome of situations like this because what could become a disaster. I spoke to a person in law enforcement and they felt it was best that the game be cancelled. I don’t know if it was best but I don’t think nothing else transpired during that weekend.

I am responding to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association governing board’s decision to cancel the conference’s championship football game between my undergrad school – Winston-Salem State University and my graduate school – Virginia State University.

In my opinion, the game should have been played. I think we all know by now the game was canceled because of a fight.

According to the news report, four Virginia State players jumped and beat up the starting quarterback of Winston-Salem State in the men’s room during a luncheon. (More)

Homegoing Celebration For Christopher Rudolph Knight Tarboro NC

My condolences goes out to Jetta (Cookie), Larry and the entire family of the late C. Rudolph Knight Tarboro NC.

I have been knowing Rudolph since the early 90’s when I became politically active. Rudolph was one to speak his mind and could back up what he says because he was a damn good historian so that means he did his homework. Tarboro and Edgecombe County but not limited to has lost a friend whom was a local documentarian who loved sharing history about Edgecombe County but not limited to.

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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Tarboro NC: Beardens add drive-in theater to ‘Autumn’s Lights’ Friday November 29, 2013 – Daily Southerner


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Response: I did not think I was going to be able to attend this year’s event but now I can. Looking forward to it. Last year was my first year and I truly enjoyed.

TARBORO — Curtis and Melody Bearden are famous for their colossal display of Christmas lights named after their daughter Autumn. Before “turning on the lights” this year, the Beardens will open a new attraction at their Tarboro home — a drive-in movie theater.

The drive-in will open for the first time at 7 p.m. tonight at the Beardens’ home at 38 Sir Dillons Lane off N.C. Highway 33, for a showing of “It’s A Wonderful Life.” The Christmas classic seemed an appropriate choice to kick off the holiday movie lineup, said Curtis Bearden. (More)

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Homegoing Celebration For Mr. Sterlin James Battle Sr. Princeville NC

My condolences goes out to Barbara Battle Atkinson and the entire family of the late Sterlin James Battle Sr. Princeville NC. 

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

Song: Your Grace And Mercy – Mississippi Mass Choir

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Mr. Sterlin James Battle Sr. 43, of 404 Neville St, Princeville , North Carolina died Friday , November 22,2013 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, Funeral Service will be held 2:00 P.M. Sunday December 1,2013 at the Gibralter Church on The Rock in Tarboro. Interment will follow in the Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.Visitation will be held from Saturday, November 31, 2013 from 6-7 at the church. Services Entrusted To: Christian Brothers Funeral Home & Cremations of Kinston

Found on Christian Brothers Funeral Home Facebook Page

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Princeville NC: So What Was Really In The Report That Sgt. T.W. Green Was Trying To Read During The Police Report When Commissioner Howell Said The Board Was Not Going To Allow It To Be Read Nor Were They Going To Act On It

So what was in the report that Sgt. T.W. Green attempted to read during the Police report on the agenda? Was it really a report or was it a letter concerning appointing a chief of police for Princeville since former Chief Joey Petway didn’t attend the meeting. Chief Petway’s name was on the agenda to give the police report however he had officially resigned from the chief position recently after accepting a job as the Chief of Police in Sharpsburg NC. So this is why Sgt. Green was doing the report.

Sgt. Green is the highest ranking police and the one that has been working for Princeville the longest. However Sgt. Green has been with the Police Department for a little over a year but he was on medical leave for the majority of the year.

Sources say it is believed that what Sgt. Green was attempting to read was somewhat a personnel matter because it appears it was going to speak to appointing him as the interim Chief to replace Chief Petway until a new chief is hired. But if that is true, is that right? Hell no! If the letter consisted of appointing a new chief, I totally agree that the letter should not have been read. One reason is because nothing should be done until the new commissioners and the new mayor are sworn in during the December meeting. And then one of the top agenda items should be appointing a new chief.

I strongly believe that the new board along with the current board members will make Princeville great again.

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Photos/Video: Princeville NC – Last Town Meeting For The Princeville 3 Mayor Everette-Oates, Mayor Pro-tem Purvis-Andrews And Commissioner Sherrod

The November regular monthly town meeting ended the legacy of the Princeville 3 Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates, Mayor Pro-tem Isabelle Purvis-Andrews and Commissioner Calvin Sherrod. Yes I named them the Princeville 3 several years ago when they began to show their ignance shortly after being elected to serve the citizens of Princeville.

Well I knew they would go out showing just how ignant they are but damn you would think they would realize that the people have spoken and that they didn’t need to attempt to do anything tonight but to act like they had some damn sense. See for yourself how they went out together just like they came in together.

I bid the Princeville 3 farewell because it was embarrassing and disgusting for the type of behavior that has been shown over the past 4 years. Commissioner Sherrod tried to change paths late in the game but it was a bit too late.

Next month will begin the healing process for Princeville. I feel confident that the Mayor Elect Bobbie D. Jones and the other newly elected commissioners JoRoam Myrick and Pamela Ransome along with the 2 seasoned commissioners Ann Howell and Gwendolyn Knight will make Princeville great again.

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Pinetops NC: Students sell marijuana-laced brownies on campus – Daily Southerner

Response: Again I am saddened by these types of situations that has taken place at my alma mater. Come on young folks school and crime do not mix.

TARBORO — Two athletes were among six SouthWest Edgecombe High School students arrested Friday for allegedly selling brownies that were laced with marijuana.

According to a press release from the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy working at the school was tipped off that several students were selling the brownies to other students throughout the school.

Upon further investigation, the deputy also found a football player to allegedly be in possession of alcohol on school grounds and charged him with two alcohol-related violations.  (More)

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High school students snared in pot bust – Rocky Mount Telegram

Homegoing Celebration For Cathy Harris Lockamy Farmville NC

My condolences goes out to Julie Harris, Pam and Vernon Abrams and the entire family of the late Cathy Harris Lockamy Farmville NC.

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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Princeville NC: Princeville ‘Fun Day’ a positive intervention – Daily Southerner

PRINCEVILLE — PRINCEVILLE — In hopes of uniting the town, four East Carolina University students are sponsoring a Family Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Princeville Museum.
The sponsorship is part of ECU’s social work curriculum Community Intervention Progam for seniors Tracy Hyde of Tarboro, Tim Barnes of Elm City, Daniel Joyner of Rocky Mount and Asia Joyner of Greenville.

"We felt that a day of positive activities for community members would help bring back the sense of belonging and cohesion to the town," Hyde said. "Also, we chose to have the event at the Princeville Museum located in the old town hall.

We hope this will offer a chance for people to learn and understand the historic value that the town of Princeville has to offer. We are really looking forward to hosting this event and hope for a great turn out. Our goal is to bring the community back together and perserve the town’s history." (More)

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Pinetops NC – Incident At SouthWest Edgecombe High School Drug Bust

Sources say the incident about the drug bust at SouthWest is in today’s Daily Southerner Newspaper. I have not seen the paper yet but hope it will be online soon before I get off work.

I have received numerous inquiries about the incident especially from some folks whom read about the basketball players whom got in trouble last year and they were all over the news via newspaper and tv stations.

To Obama Haters: The Actual Evidence of Obama’s Achievements Shows You’re on the Wrong Side of History— Again

There are Obama haters aplenty, have been from Day One: Snooty left wingers have offered advice he should have, could have, would have followed to success if the president had just listened to his white betters in the media. Hate-filled right wing bigots have jostled to be the loudest claiming Obama isn’t a “real American,” not one of us, from somewhere else, a liar, a communist, a Muslim, the anti-Christ… and that’s just a start.

Economists have lined up on all sides to predict his policies would fail, that we were headed for depression, world economic collapse, and higher unemployment. Hawks told us the president was giving in to terror, maybe he was a terrorist himself. Doves told us he’s a mass murderer, using drones to target the innocent. (More)

Health officials, church leaders to sponsor forum – Rocky Mount Telegram

Edgecombe County health officials are enlisting the help of pastors and church leaders to inform local residents about health challenges facing the community and health services that are available.

Local pastors and church leaders are invited to attend a pastor’s health forum sponsored by the Edgecombe County Health Department from 10 a.m. to noon Friday. (More)

Tarboro NC: Tarboro family opens new event center – Rocky Mount Telegram

A longtime Tarboro family has opened up an event center that is leasing out space to a wide range of groups.

The Thorne family, who owns Thorne Drugs and Edgecombe Memorial Park, recently opened up Edgecombe Event Center in the back of the former Stacks restaurant building at 1800 Western Blvd.

The building is about 7,800 square feet, including a 4,000 square foot reception area in the back. (More)


Wilson NC: Taking Back N.C. tour may come to Wilson – Wilson Times

Response: I agree: Rep. Joe Tolson, D-Pintetops, said that Thursday’s Taking Back Our State meeting drew anywhere from 200 to 250 people. Many were concerned about statewide changes set in place by the Republican majority.

The N.C. Legislative Black Caucus is hosting Taking Back Our State meetings across the state that may lead to a similar event in Wilson next year.

The most recent meeting was held in Rocky Mount Thursday night but the caucus has not established one of its events in Wilson because of Rocky Mount’s proximity to the area, said Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield, D-Wilson, who has participated in the tour.

"It covered a lot of topics — education, no health care, voter suppression and economic development,” said Farmer-Butterfield, the second vice president of the caucus. "What we’re doing is going from city to city. "(Sen. Angela Bryant) and I have talked about having one in Wilson, whether or not the black caucus is involved.”

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