Downtown development spurs interest – Rocky Mount Telegram

Rocky Mount Downtown Development Manager John Jesso updated the City Council on Monday on recent and upcoming projects in the center city.

“There has been a lot of activity,” Jesso said. “There has been a lot of conversation being had about downtown Rocky Mount.”

During the Committee of the Whole meeting, Jesso showed officials a map of developments in various historic properties, adding the progress of the Monk to Mill trail and proposed downtown community facility has spurred much interest and investment.

There have been 11 new investments, four properties with recent owner reinvestments and there are nine projects that are in negotiations. He added that interested developers are putting together a variety of mixed-use projects with restaurants, retail spaces and residential developments. (Source: Read more)

School board OKs rentals of Pope Elementary facilities – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: Interesting. So since there are parts of the school that is good enough to be able to use, then why not tear down the part that can’t be used and replace it? Just asking!

The Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education still is mulling the final fate of O.R. Pope Elementary School, but the school board voted last week to give the facility a new lease on life in the interim.

The school board voted unanimously to allow the gymnasiums, cafeteria and media center of Pope Elementary to be made available to the public for rental purposes.

The school originally was closed more than a year ago because of serious safety concerns regarding the main structure. During a presentation last month, Dr. Eric Cunningham, associate superintendent of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, pointed out several other challenges with Pope Elementary School that made it fail to meet N.C. Department of Public Instruction guidelines and thus rendered the facility unsuitable for school use. (Source: Read more)

Lawmaker’s attempt to require referendum on event center fails – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: Again it makes no sense that Rep. Collins is trying to push the good ole boys agenda in Rocky Mount trying to keep the current City Council from moving forward with certain projects. It was no problem when the council was a white majority. It appears Collins joined the Community Council and some others whom are trying to discredit the current council.

Local and state officials are delighted a bill meant to limit event center construction financing has failed in the N.C. House.

Not happy is N.C. Rep. Jeff Collins, R-Nash, who tried to push through legislation in the N.C. General Assembly’s final days of this session that would have required a referendum vote on the proposed $32 million downtown community facility in Rocky Mount.

The bill was introduced in the N.C. House Rules Committee as an add-on to previously considered S.B. 363, which dealt with expanding food service at public events. The committee voted unanimously against the bill late Monday night.

Collins said he was disheartened the bill failed via a text message interview Tuesday. (Source: Read more)

Pinetops NC – Tarboro High Vikings Travel To SouthWest Edgecombe Cougars For Homecoming Showdown Monday September 28, 2015 7:00 PM

All roads lead to Pinetops on Monday evening for the showdown. Tarboro vs SouthWest Edgecombe Homecoming 2015.

You don’t want to miss this one. Tell a neighbor tell a friend it is going down!

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SWE vs Tarboro JV Game Wednesday September 23, 2015

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School-split referendum stays on hold – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: Collins is just pushing the good ole boys agenda. And what is so funny the Community Council claim they didn’t know that Collins was trying to put this on the NCGA agenda. Yeah right!

RALEIGH – Officials seeking a referendum for a possible split of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools along county lines will have to wait until next year.

N.C. Rep. Jeff Collins, R-Nash, planned to introduce legislation calling for a referendum this session but ran out of time. He said he will take up the effort in next year’s short session, set to begin about April.

The time also gives Collins a chance to shore up the wording in the bill. He previously said he wanted to make sure the legislation was as lawsuit-proof as possible.

Local officials continue to argue about funding formulas, which brought about the desire by members of the Nash County Board of Commissioners to seek a dissolution of the 1992 N.C. General Assembly action that combined Nash and Rocky Mount school districts.

Collins said he wants a referendum on the school split because he doesn’t want to be the one to split the system, he wants the people to decide. (Source: Read more)

Weekly Update – Friday, September 25, 2015 – Senator Erica Smith-Ingram

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In Raleigh…

McCrory signs Medicaid privatization bill (Raleigh News & Observer) — Gov. Pat McCrory signed a major overhaul of the state’s Medicaid system into law Wednesday.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article36309216.html

Jobs incentives bill heads to McCrory (Raleigh News & Observer) — The N.C. House took a final 78-24 vote Wednesday to replenish the state’s main incentives fund to recruit jobs, sending the measure to Gov. Pat McCrory.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article36275760.html

Pending bills will mean big changes for NC voters (WRAL-TV) — North Carolina primaries will be moved to a March 15 under a bill previewed by lawmakers Wednesday. A separate bill would label all judicial candidates on a ballot with their partisan affiliation, although elections would remain nonpartisan.
http://www.wral.com/pending-bills-will-mean-big-changes-for-north-carolina-voters/14921521/

N.C. judge allows voter ID lawsuit to continue (AP) — A judge on Wednesday declined to dismiss a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s photo identification requirement to vote that starts next year, even though lawmakers recently eased the mandate for some without IDs wishing to cast ballots.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/north-carolina-judge-allows-voter-id-lawsuit-continue-2990675

Leaders tout economic impact of gas pipeline (Rocky Mount Telegram) — An interstate natural gas pipeline running beneath Nash County would be an economic boon to the area, according to local and state officials.
http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/news/leaders-tout-economic-impact-gas-pipeline-2990527

NCC brewing program launches with new instructor (Rocky Mount Telegram) — With the launch of Nash Community College’s Brewing, Distillation and Fermentation Associate Degree program this semester, students are enrolled in classes such as BDF 111 Sanitation and Safety and BDF 114 Craft Beer Brewing.
http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/community/roll-call/ncc-brewing-program-launches-new-instructor-2984129

Learn Like a Girl (EdNC) — The North Carolina Chapter of the U.S. National Committee for United Nations Women held its second annual learning and engagement luncheon yesterday at the Governor’s Mansion in Raleigh. The event, “Learn Like a Girl: Gender, Education, Empowerment,” covered a wide-range of issues and challenges facing young women, both locally and globally, from human trafficking to online sexual harassment.
https://www.ednc.org/2015/09/23/learn-like-a-girl/

Report: N.C. Minority-Owned Businesses Bouncing Back from Recession (Public News Service) — Minority-owned businesses are rebounding following the Great Recession, according to a new report by The Institute, an organization that aims to expand and diversify North Carolina’s business base.
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-09-21/livable-wages-working-families/report-minority-owned-businesses-bouncing-back-from-recession/a48199-1

Stein steps into 2016 AG race (WRAL-TV) — A day before a series of appearances across the state, state Sen. Josh Stein announced Sunday via an email to supporters that he’s running for attorney general in 2016.
http://www.wral.com/stein-steps-into-2016-ag-race/14914006/

Obama has vastly changed the face of the federal bureaucracy (Washington Post) — Women, minorities and gay Americans are now occupy top posts in record numbers.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-has-vastly-changed-the-face-of-the-federal-bureaucracy/2015/09/20/73ef803a-5631-11e5-abe9-27d53f250b11_story.html

Contact Information

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NC Senate District 3

Serving

Bertie, Chowan, Edgecombe, Hertford, Martin, Northampton, Tyrrell and Washington Counties

919-715-3040 (O); 919-754-3344 (F)

Email: Erica.Smith-Ingram@ncleg.net