Hurricane Matthews: Pinetops – Flood Recovery Meeting Wednesday November 2, 2016

There will be a flood recovery meeting on Wednesday November 2, 2016 6:00 PM at Pines Chapel Missionary Baptist Church Pinetops NC.

Resources such as FEMA, SBA, Billy Graham/Samaritans and other will be available to help flood victims.

CNN Parts Ways With Donna Brazile, a Hillary Clinton Supporter – New York Times

The Watch Dog: Now if this is true then Brazile will receive The DCN Super Ignant Award. One would think that highly educated folk would know better than to do something that can be traceable.

CNN has severed ties with the Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, after hacked emails from WikiLeaks showed that she shared questions for CNN-sponsored candidate events in advance with friends on Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Ms. Brazile, a veteran political analyst for the network, was already on leave from CNN since becoming interim chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. On Monday, CNN said it had accepted her formal resignation on Oct. 14.

“We are completely uncomfortable with what we have learned about her interactions with the Clinton campaign while she was a CNN contributor,” Lauren Pratapas, a network spokeswoman, said in a statement. (New York Times)

Hurricane Matthews: Princeville NC – Flood Recovery Meeting Tuesday November 1, 2016 7 PM

Princeville Town Government will be hosting a flood recovery meeting on Tuesday November 1, 2016 7:00 PM at Tarboro High School.

Resources such as FEMA, SBA, Billy Graham/Samaritans and other will be available to help flood victims.

NAACP to hold annual awareness banquet – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Rocky Mount branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is set to hold the organization’s annual event aimed to keep the community aware of pressing social, political and civil issues, while also recognizing several local minority trailblazers who have made a positive difference in the community within the areas of civil rights and civic engagement.

Andre Knight, president of the Rocky Mount NAACP branch, said the annual Freedom Fund Banquet also will incorporate the local branch’s combine the traditional Image Awards. While the event generally has been held at the Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences, this year it has been moved to accommodate an anticipated larger crowd at Greater Joy Baptist Church on Nashville Road. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Council to hold special public meeting – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Watch Dog response: I am looking forward to the construction of the DCF.

The Rocky Mount City Council will let locals voice their opinion on the Downtown Community Facility on Tuesday in a special public meeting.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Frederick E. Turnage Administrative Building. The facility has been a point of contention for residents for many years. The most recent series of city council meetings have seen the facility taking one step forward after another but not without some resistance.

Councilman W.B. Bullock has been the only member of the city council to vote against measures related to the center. Bullock has said outright that he is not against the center, but the timing of the move to build the center. That is a sentiment that has been shared by local businessman Lige Daughtridge. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Hurricane Matthews: Today Is The 1st Day I Have Seen My Wife And Daughter Since October 7, 2016 One Day Before The Flood

Today I traveled to New Bern NC to pick up my wife. I had took her to New Bern On Friday October 7 because she has been spending time with her mother. I was unable to get there for 2 weeks because of the flooding in that area such as Kinston NC. And then because of here schedule and my schedule I couldn’t get there last weekend.

Today I finally got my dad registered with FEMA after having some issues with registration.

My wife and I are at the Wash House doing laundry, oh I am on the computer. LOL!

I had not told my wife that my dad was at the house because at first he was with his sister. I didn’t want her worrying about him being there and she had not been to the house to fix things. So as we were leaving Greenville late this evening I told her. And she went off on me because she said why I didn’t tell her so she could have came home last weekend but I told her she had some business to handle in New Bern and I was trying to handle my business here with my son and my dad. She come in rearranging things to make my dad comfortable.

Well I am going to work my wife before she goes back to New Bern in a couple of days and where it will be her mother and my daughter and me, my dad and my son on this end.

In times like these this is when family suppose to stick together.

On tomorrow I suppose to meet with some contractors to get estimates of what it is going to take to put the house back together. My dad has a doctor’s appointment and I hope FEMA call while I am out so maybe I can take care of numerous things on tomorrow.

I sure hope things get back to some type of normalcy soon however it is what it is. We have to do what we have to do especially taking care of our parents.

It is a blessing to have parents and to be able to do for them.

Tarboro council selects pro tem mayor – Rocky Mount Telegram

By Lindell John Kay
Staff Writer

Saturday, October 29, 2016

TARBORO — A first-term councilman has been tapped as the town’s new leader.

Councilman Leo Taylor has been selected by the town council to serve as mayor pro tem.

The council’s former Mayor Pro Tem Taro Knight stepped down at the same meeting, citing his battle with cancer.

Mayor Rick Page resigned earlier this year. With no mayor, the mayor pro tem will conduct town meetings and represent the town with outside entities. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Donald Trump Called A Black Man In Rocky Mount A Thug And Put Him Out At The Rally In Kinston

The Watch Dog response: I love it! All of the black folk whom are supporting Trump should see that he don’t care about them. Don’t you know “Your Black A… Don’t Matter!” This ignant called the black man a thug and put him out for calling his name. Damn! I could see if he was protesting. Click on Photo to Watch Video On Youtube.


Ejected Trump supporter stands by his man

By Lindell John Kay
Staff Writer

imageSaturday, October 29, 2016

A local black man said he still supports Donald Trump after the Republican presidential nominee called him a “thug” and mistakenly tossed him out of a rally in Eastern North Carolina last week.

C.J. Cary, a Rocky Mount resident who has supported Trump for years, stood near the front row, about 20 feet from the stage, waved a note and shouted “Donald” during a Wednesday night event at the Kinston Jet Center.

“Were you paid $1,500 to be a thug?” was Trump’s response before ordering his security team to remove Cary from the venue. Trump then accused Cary of being hired by Democrats to disrupt the event, all according to video of the incident that has gone viral.

The flub has made national news, but Cary was already making local headlines this summer in relation to his exuberant support for Trump.

The Peachtree Street resident paid several hundred dollars to replace at least 40 Trump signs in his front yard that had been torn down. The vandalism stopped when Cary placed surveillance cameras around his home and wired the perimeter of his yard.

Cary didn’t return messages and no one answered the door at his home Saturday where dozens of Trump signs still stand. However, Cary did explain how he felt about the incident Friday on Twitter – Trump’s preferred method of social media mass communication.

“Embarrassed? That was not what I felt, being escorted out. I felt joy. God asked if I would I did. Mission accomplished. And please do not think the hardship that came out of this mission was not anticipated or described beforehand; please do not think I cowered at the chance to get Donald’s attention. U can see I did not. In fact, take a look. I still support Donald J Trump 4 president,” Cary tweeted in 144-character bursts.

Cary, a former Marine and civilian contractor with the Army, told The News & Observer he wanted to offer advice to Trump to treat certain groups with more respect. He said blacks, women, college students and people with disabilities deserve better treatment from Trump.

Trump’s use of the word thug is becoming a socially acceptable alternative to another racial epithet, according to many observers, including Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. Musician Questlove of the Roots likened thug to a racial slur, as did Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes during protests in his city last year.

Trump was involved in a public campaign to execute a group of young black men accused of rape in Central Park in 1989. He settled lawsuits with plaintiffs who claimed housing discrimination, and he took a leading role in the birther movement questioning President Barack Obama’s citizenship. The Central Park 5 were exonerated by DNA evidence and given multi-million-dollar settlements from New York City, but Trump has insisted on their guilt.

The Cary incident comes after Trump accused his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton of paying activists to disrupt his rallies in the third presidential debate earlier this month. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Hurricane Matthews: Princeville NC Distribution Centers Are Located At Gateway To Heaven And St. Luke Church of Christ Both In Princeville

Distribution Centers & Donations

Please direct all monetary donations to the NC Community Foundation. The contact is Ms. Kelly Lee.

Please direct other donations to our donation center – 295 Lakeside Drive, Tarboro, NC 27886.

Our distribution centers will be located at Gateway Church and St. Luke Church of CHRIST, both located in our town.

The kind-hearted people who made these donations requested they be distributed to Princeville residents only; therefore, when you arrive at the distribution centers, please have your FEMA number and proof of residence.

Thanks for understanding.

Bobbie Darnell Jones

Rocky Mount NC: Facility plans get OK from City Council

The Watch Dog response: I am so glad the Rocky Mount City Council is continuing to move forward on the Community Facility. It is time to make it happen.

Rocky Mount’s Downtown Community Facility is one step closer to reality after Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

The Council approved a limited notice to proceed with Barnhill/Holt Construction that will allow the company to finalize designs for the facility and apply for permits needed for construction. The Council voted 6-1 for the proposal.

Councilman W.B. Bullock voted against the motion. He asked City Manager Charles Penny if the money to be paid to Barnhill/Holt Construction — $248,856 — was included in the $481,917 paid out in the first phase of the facility’s construction. Penny said the money was a separate amount. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Hurricane Matthews: Princeville NC – Leaders debate rebuilding merits

The Watch Dog response: I feel strongly that folk whom do not live in Princeville can have an opinion however their opinion can be ignant as hell. Why do Roosevelt Higgs feel he know what is best for the town of Princeville just because he is trying to get his 1 minute of fame? I have seen him that local racist tv station calling in with his ignant comments and they eat that mess up. I have not seen him at the 2 meetings that I have videoed so it is interesting how he made it into this article. It should be the citizens of Princeville whom should be taken seriously about what they want to see for the future of Princeville. Now some may want to go and some may want to stay so therefore it should be a town thing and an individual thing. As a flood victim in 1999 when I was living in the house that was given to me by my dad, this time my dad was living there. I have an opinion about my house in Pinetops Bynum Farm Road but I can not speak for the folk in Princeville and dare to unless given permission. Unless there is a FEMA buyout put on the table, the folk need to have one thing on their mind and that is flood recovery. This means whatever it takes to get back to normal be it rehabbing, replacing or moving out of the town. What I find that is disgusting is that Higgs is the Democratic Party chair and is doing nothing, has not Democratic Headquarters and just nothing going on but he is all into Princeville and their flood recovery. Higgs you need to be focusing on the election because the Bobbie Jones Mayor of Princeville, Commissioner Milton Bullock and the other commissioner along with the town manager will do what they need to do as it relates to the Princeville flood recovery.

By Lindell John Kay
Staff Writer

Thursday, October 27, 2016

PRINCEVILLE — Residents are moving back into less damaged parts of town while officials debate the merits of rebuilding in the same low-lying area and a state lawmaker calls for a special session of the N.C. General Assembly to fund Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts.

Residents of Southern Terrace and other subdivisions have been allowed to return to their homes to begin repairs. Some residents with severely damaged homes are still waiting for the go-ahead from officials to return.

“We’re looking at days, not weeks,” Mayor Bobbie Jones said.

National Guard engineers have pumped millions of gallons of water out of the town, but the sewage system needs to be repaired before the remainder of the town’s residents can move out of shelters and back home.

Inspectors have gone house to house evaluating damages, Town Manager Daniel Gerald said.

Floodwaters reached about 7 feet high on Main Street. Jones said he believes once officials receive federal money to extend the dike and raise it another 5 feet, this sort of storm will not damage the town again.

Princeville was flooded in 1999 by Hurricane Floyd, which left up to 11 feet of water standing in the town for nine days. Hurricane Matthew’s floodwaters from the Tar River went around the 37-foot-high dike, rebuilt after Floyd, but reached only 36.1 feet and did not breach it.

Jones said he plans for the town to remain in the same historic location.

Opinion on whether to stay put was split at a town meeting earlier this week at the Edgecombe Administration Building in Tarboro.

Resident Calvin Sherrod said he had no plans to move.

“At my age I ain’t going nowhere,” Sherrod said. “You can’t run from a flood.”

Edgecombe County resident Rev. Roosevelt Higgs said he does not understand why Princeville residents would choose to live in the spot of two major floods in less than 20 years.

“When the freed slaves founded Princeville, they didn’t have much of a choice where to build a town,” Higgs said. “But they have a choice now. They need to move up out of that hole.”

Town Commissioner Milton Bullock said town officials need to look at Princeville’s flooding history and unpredictable future.

“It is far too soon to be presuming the destiny of the town of Princeville, as indicated by Gov. Pat McCrory and current Town Manager Daniel Gerald and Mayor Bobbie Jones,” Bullock said via email. “The preconceived notion of ‘rebuilding Princeville’ is noble as well as a highly commendable idea and should be good news to everybody who was affected. Yet we must be ever so careful as a hurting community during this travesty, not to be hasty in our presumptive decision making.”

Bullock said town officials should not rush to judgment before a dialogue with the citizens of Princeville, since it should be their collective decision after hearing from federal agencies of the pros and cons of rebuilding in the same low-lying location.

“Such hasty actions during 1999 Hurricane Floyd puts (us) where we (are) today, ignoring the people’s collective thoughts and opinions relative to FEMA’s offer to buy out and relocate the community,” Bullock said.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency did offer to finance a move of the entire town to higher ground in the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd. That offer was rejected.

Gerald said FEMA has not made such a proposal so far this time around.

“I’ve received no information about buyouts,” Gerald said. “So I’m coming at it like we need to move in and start the process to fix the town.”

While residents decide their future, they need immediate help in the present, N.C. Rep. Erica Smith-Ingram, D-Northampton, said.

“We had a special session for HB2 and redistricting, there was a special session for Floyd recovery in 1999, we need a special session now,” Smith-Ingram said Monday during the Princeville town meeting

Smith-Ingram, whose N.C. House District 3 covers Edgecombe County, said Princeville residents need help now.

Edgecombe County has been approved for the Emergency Food Assistance Program. Edgecombe County Department of Social Services has two locations to assist affected residents in signing up for the program: Riverside Mall on Western Boulevard and the DSS Building at on South Fairview Road in Rocky Mount. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Monday. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Early Voting: Did You Know? Cell Phones Can Be Taken Into The Voting Booth

Did you know that this year you can take your cell phone in the polls to vote? You can use your phone for notes to help you vote. You can not take photos while inside of the polls.

So if you have a ballot on your phone that you want to use when you go in the voting booth, then take your phone. I love that!

Goldsboro NC – Democratic leader claims misconduct at polling site – Goldsboro News Argus

A state Democratic leader claims she was asked to leave the Wayne County Board of Elections early voting site after being confronted by the director.

Linda Wilkins-Daniels, president of the African-American Caucus of the state Democratic Party, said she visited the early voting site Saturday to help an elderly voter and another man who was trying to update his voter information.

As she entered, the man walked off but later asked for help.

Dane Beavers, Wayne County Board of Elections director, said Wilkins-Daniels started “wandering around the polling place to assist other people. And that’s not allowed.”

Wilkins-Daniels said she was actually called over by the man to help during the voting process. She also said a poll worker was aware that the man asked for help but did not speak up.

“That poll worker could have cleared it up,” Wilkins-Daniels said. “I know you can only assist one person at a time. I wouldn’t just arbitrarily run around the poll site.” (Read More)

Hurricane Matthews: Edgecombe County Approved For The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

Edgecombe County, NC

Edgecombe County has been approved for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). The Edgecombe County Dept. Of Social Services will have two locations to assist citizens in signing up for the program.
1.DSS Building at 301 S Fairview Rd, Rocky Mount, NC 27801
2. Riverside Mall on Western Blvd/64 alt. Tarboro, NC, 27886
Hours of operation will be from 7:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. Thursday October 27th – Monday October 31st.