Judges: No special elections for redrawn NC districts – WITN

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Federal judges have rejected a request to hold special elections next March in state legislative districts once new lines are drawn to eliminate illegal racial gerrymandering.

The three-judge panel issued its order late Monday. It means the next General Assembly elections won’t occur until November 2018.

But the judges did tell Republican lawmakers that they’ll have to approve new House and Senate boundaries by this September – at least two months earlier than the time GOP leaders sought. (Read more)

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Obituary – Rev. George E. Battle Sr. Littleton 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 

My condolences goes out to the entire family of the late Rev. George E. Battle  Sr. and the Mount Olive Baptist Church family.

Littleton NC

Rev. George E. Battle, Sr., age 87 of Littleton, NC, peacefully transitioned into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior on Friday, July 28, 2017 in the serenity of his home.

For viewing and funeral arrangement visit Cofield Funeral Home Inc. online.

Schuye LaRue Is Living On The Streets Of Washington D.C. And She Doesn’t Want Your Help – ESPN

imageIn this photo: One of Edgecombe County finest Tynesha Lewis former SouthWest Edgecombe High School standout. Lewis played at North Carolina State and then went on to play in the WNBA.

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I watched it and it was sad but real. I think we think some things are impossible. However I wonder how many folk think that this could not be them one day. We are not our mind keeper and therefore something can trigger us to do some things out of the norm at any minute.

I think what would be good with this story is to start at her beginning child hood to see what she went through all the way up til the time she just couldn’t take it anymore and just gave up.

I wonder how many folk tried to reach out to her when she began to take a turn in her life. I think that if we all are honest especially most folk, sometimes we have come to the point that we wanted to give up on some things but then we snapped out of it.

I think we could look at the facts as presented from what I read last night in the article and then after looking at the show this morning, I remembered what I read last night.

We have got to start being proactive and not always reactive when we see things going different with our family and friends. We may not be able to change their turn but we sure can say we tried.

Rocky Mount NC – The Rocky Mount Telegram, Fighting Crime, WHIG-TV & The Community Council Do They Really Care About Unifying Rocky Mount Or Do They Just Want Black Folk To Sit Down And Shut Up?

The system is set up so that black folk are scared to speak out even when they are hurting. When you hurt me I am going to let you know. When you hurt other folk and I can see for myself what is going on, I hurt then too. I refuse to be silent on issues that affect folk as a whole.

I look at all of these media outlets and social media sites how they single out certain folk. But most of all I look at the comments and who are not afraid to speak out. Them white folk ain’t scared.

Look at what black folk being speaking out about on social media. Just damn scared until it hit home.

Right now there are 2 things going on on social media that is dear to me, I said to me because I know some of the folk or have been contacted by some of the folk.

In Sharpsburg there is discussion on 252 Hoodnews about black folk (women/young folk) cars being towed that don’t need to be towed when the Sharpsburg Police Department call a local wrecker to get the cars. If the folk don’t pay the money to get cars back they get to sell them. I have been told and it has been stated that when the folk ask to let their cars sit there and they come back to get it or to request to call their own wrecker, they have been denied.

Today in the paper and all those I named above are going after Councilman Andre Knight. Look at the comments who are saying what. Black folk are scared to comment.

Now I understand some black folk are scared to comment because they are scared of retaliation. Well just know that when your time comes, you may need some folk to help you while you were silent while it was happening to others.

This pisses me the hell off because I refuse to be silent. I can’t understand how folk sit back and allow injustice to take place and say nothing.

I will not sit down and shut up even if you come after me. I will stand until the end.

I ain’t mad with nobody, however I will not allow you to promote mess that ain’t right. Tell the whole story!

Rocky Mount NC – Property purchased near event center site raises questions – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Watch Dog response: Damn this is too funny. An immediate family member? Really? Why not just say his mother? Then you call his mother a proxy as if she is not competent to do business. This paper says purchase was $10.00 but WHIG-TV report of the actual document shows $2,000. Wow! So where did The Telegram get their info.? This paper said, “Knight attempted to sell the church property to the city, according to a source within city government who asked not to be identified.” Really? If the city purchased it then they would demolish it so that makes no sense. I bet if the Knight’s sold it that they would make the city move it for historical purposes. Why do you say that Knight needed have to recused himself from voting on the Event Center? This paper says, “The dilapidated church building is the only structure for two city blocks, surrounded by city-owned property with ongoing work to grade what will be the parking lot of the event center.” But I find it interesting St. John AME was not mentioned they did not sell out and still standing only a few 100 feet away from Holy Hope.“ Read more Rocky Mount NC – If This Is Corruption, Then Let’s Go Back And Look At All The White Politicians That Have Acquired Stuff And Let’s Talk About Everybody.”

An immediate family member of a Rocky Mount city councilman purchased property at the location of the Downtown Event Center while the council was still deciding the site of the future facility.

Councilman Andre Knight used a proxy to buy the land and church building at 202 Ivy St. for $10 on May 20, 2015. The property was valued at $30,000 during the recent property revaluation.

The council was deciding in closed session meetings at the time the church was purchased where the multi-million dollar event center would be located, according to a comparison of deeds, tax records, council meeting minutes and archived news reports.

“Are you crazy?” Knight responded to Telegram questions whether he had the property purchased as part of a real estate speculation scheme. (Read more)

Rocky Mount NC – If This Is Corruption, Then Let’s Go Back And Look At All The White Politicians That Have Acquired Stuff And Let’s Talk About Everybody

Sparks anger by who? Who angry? Damn acquiring of the property is public so what makes this corruption? If it is hell I am for justice no matter who it is for or against.

You know what tickles the hell out of me is that when black folk do stuff that is good such as acquiring property, some white folk can’t get the hell over it.

I remember back in the day when I said in meetings that while we as black folk were fighting to get control of the Democratic Party and elected offices in Edgecombe County I said what are black folk doing and going to do to help Edgecombe County become a better place to live, work and play. I seen white elected officials acquiring property and stuff and that is okay. Hey I was not mad with them because they had the power to do stuff. What damn good is having the power and not using it as long as it is not illegal and/or hurting someone?

It is funny how all of these white folk have sat on the various boards over the years and acquired property but ain’t nothing been said. ElectriCities come to mind also as it was a former mayor and others who played a major role in making that happen.

It is a damn shame that some black folk and some white folk are still mad as hell because a young black man by the name of Andre’ Knight purchased the white man’s property the old Henry Gregory house on Fall’s Road. Because they gave him hell, he was smart enough to run for city council so he could do some things. Because he moved to Edgecombe County and have several properties and business on Nash side some can’t take it. But it is okay for white folk and other folk to live on the Nash side and have property on the Edgecombe County side.

The sad part is when we have ignant ass black folk like the black man in Edgecombe County that was used by several folk to attempt to remove Knight from the city council but it didn’t work. The county ended up getting sued and had to pay Knight’s attorney fees.

What in the hell do folk want, you talk about black on black crime as if white crime doesn’t exist and other negatives that connect to black folk but then when you have a young black man trying to help make Edgecombe and Nash County a better place to live work and play, he has to work against some white folk and ignant safe black folk that are always trying to discredit him. So why should young black males and others attempt to do good when it does not matter what they do, it ain’t going to be good enough?

Read the following Rocky Mount NC – Andre Knight Give Holy Hope Episcopal Church Briefing to learn more about the property that Elizabeth Knight purchased. Yes she just happens to be Andre’ Knight’s mother. So because he is on the council his family can’t purchase stuff?

Hell let’s look at all of the council members and boards over the years and see what has been acquired.

I be glad when one day black folk that say they are about what is right, just and fair will say enough is enough and speak out against the white folk and ignant safe black folk who don’t want to see black folk have anything.

Funny how the following group call themselves the Community Council close to the Rocky Mount City Council are always trying to discredit the city council. I have not seen them talk about white issues but maybe I missed them. Oh but maybe there are none. I know that is a damn lie because we can begin with the media.

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Sweep targets guns, drugs – Rocky Mount Telegram (When The Head Is Involved Out In The Community That Is A Good Thing)

The Watch Dog response: So what is wrong with this article? Look at the photo, why does it have to always be black folk as the star? That photo didn’t deal with guns or drugs unlike the other photo that was not that of a black man that was being given a breath test. Most folk would say nothing ain’t nothing wrong with the article or the photo but I also question why was the Chief James Moore not quoted? I wonder was he on the street with the others as all of this unfolded because this was within the city limits of Rocky Mount. Now I have spoke up in defense of Chief Moore about the quote that continue to be repeated by others that he said Rocky Mount didn’t have a problem with drugs and gangs. However I just read some comments on 252 Hood News this week where folk were talking about Chief Moore. I am beginning to wonder just what role does the Chief play into reaching out to community about the crime problem in Rocky Mount. Now don’t get it twisted because I am not saying that the Chief can stop the crime, I am just saying is he on the street and in touch with the community so that they will trust him to help solve crime. In other words I wonder what kind of relationship does he have with the community.

All hands were on deck Thursday evening in Rocky Mount for a joint law enforcement sweep to get guns off the city’s streets.

Twin Counties law enforcement agencies including the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office, Nash County Sheriff’s Office, Rocky Mount Police Department, Tarboro Police Department and Pinetops Police Department teamed up with the N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement and the State Bureau of Investigation for a sweep of Rocky Mount dubbed Operation All Hands on Deck.

Edgecombe County Sheriff Clee Atkinston said planning for Thursday’s sweep started only a week ago but many agencies came on board quickly to make the operation a success. Atkinson thanked Rocky Mount Police Chief James Moore for offering his department’s officers to the operation.

“When I asked for that help, Chief Moore did not hesitate to help,” Atkinson said. (Read more)