SBI still investigating auditor findings in Tarboro – Tarboro Telegram

Whether criminal action will be taken concerning the state auditor’s findings on inappropriate financial dealings by former Tarboro town employees is still not known as investigation into the matter continues.

A report from State Auditor Beth Wood released in late July leveled accusations of financial misconduct against former Tarboro Town Manager Sam Noble, former Electric Department Director and current Mayor Rick Page and former Finance Department clerk Brenda Page.

Wood’s report alleged that more than $550,000 worth of inappropriate financial activities – ranging from questionable purchases and expense reimbursements to insurance payments to potentially illegal unemployment benefits – had taken place during he final five years of Noble’s tenure as town manager. (Source: Read more)

Lawmakers spar over Medicaid expansion, school split proposal – Rocky Mount Telegram

NASHVILLE – Legislators who represent Nash County in the N.C. General Assembly disagree on Medicaid expansion and a possible split of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools.

Nash County commissioners met Thursday with three of the county’s lawmakers for dinner at Ribeye’s Steakhouse in Nashville.

N.C. Rep. Jeff Collins, R-Nash, N.C. Rep. Bobbie Richardson, D-Franklin, and N.C. Sen. Angela Bryant, D-Nash, were at the meeting. N.C. Sen. Buck Newton, R-Wilson, wasn’t able to attend.

Commissioners shared their concerns and goals with legislators, ranging from mental health to lottery funding. But Medicaid expansion turned into the hot topic of the evening between Democrat and Republican lawmakers.

Commissioners on Monday put off voting on a resolution supporting Medicaid expansion until hearing from the legislators on Thursday. (Source: Read more)

Supporters of schools split tout taxpayers’ savings – Rocky Mount Telegram

NASHVILLE — Nash County commissioners said Thursday any possible split of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools is about resolving dire funding inequities.

The board presented information from a 34-page report issued in November of a study conducted by MGT of America on a possible split of Nash-Rocky Mount schools along the lines of Nash and Edgecombe counties. Nash and Rocky Mount schools were combined into a single school district in 1992 by the N.C. General Assembly.

Commissioners presented three options: Have the General Assembly vote to split the school system along county lines; leave the system as is but remove Rocky Mount from the funding formula and have Edgecombe County agree on equal per-student funding; or not change anything. (Source: Read more)