Edgecombe eyes CloudWyze for answer to internet woes

The Political Agitator’s response: Internet should be on the top of the list across North Carolina. Schools are operating from home along with many employees working from home and we have sorry internet service. It makes no sense the Centurylink is not better than it is as long as they have been in existence.

While Wilmington-based CloudWyze is working to expand broadband service in rural Edgecombe County, could the company also provide the solution to chronically poor service from Suddenlink and Centurylink in Tarboro?

CloudWyze President and CEO Shaun Olsen told the Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners on Monday that the firm has the ability to establish a network capable of serving 6,000 households.

That news came on the heels of a Thursday request from the Town of Tarboro to state Attorney General Josh Stein for his office to investigate Suddenlink’s business practices following a growing list of service outages in the town.

Olsen reminded commissioners that CloudWyze depends on the cloud, not fiber, to provide connectivity.

CloudWyze first appeared on the local scene in March 2020 when CloudWyze Executive Vice President Adrian Wilson and Manager of Business Development Chris Utesch made a presentation to commissioners about the company, which at that time was operational in New Hanover County and was in the process of establishing service in Nash County.

Since that time, CloudWyze has completed phases one and two in Nash County and will complete phase three this year. (Read more)

Why won’t Edgecombe report demographics about virus cases?

Letter to editor: Rocky Mount Telegram 

I don’t understand why Edgecombe County Health Department Director Karen Lachapelle will not report the whole truth when it comes to the reporting of COVID-19. We receive limited information and not all the information that other counties report.

I question why Edgecombe County Manager Eric Evans and the majority Black county commissioners are not making sure the citizens are getting the full report. We are experiencing a pandemic, so why is Lachapelle allowed to get away with not reporting all the information? We want to know.

I questioned why the information is being withheld months ago. I also questioned why Lachapelle would distribute some Black bobblehead ink pins that were sent to the Edgecombe County Detention Center months ago when the inmates were being tested. That was racist to the sources that shared that information with me. I agree. I didn’t like the response I received from Lachapelle and Evans.

Today I received a call asking was I aware of the Vidant Hospital Emergency Room being filled with COVID-19 patients? I did some research and was told that Vidant was maxed out.

Rocky Mount Telegram reported on Friday, Dec. 12, Nash County COVID cases as of that day was 1,776 Caucasians, 1,648 African Americans and 810 Hispanics. (Read more)

Submitted by: Curmilus Butch Dancy II

Edgecombe names Matthews to new post

The Political Agitator’s response: Edgecombe County now has 3 county managers county manager, deputy county manager and an assistant county manager. Edgecombe County must have grown a lot over the years to reach the point of needing to have 3 managers.

A 14-year county employee has been named Edgecombe County’s new assistant county manager.

Michael Matthews, who has been serving as the county’s utilities director, fills a position that became vacant when William Johnson was named as the city manager in Randleman.

In his new position, Matthews will work closely with County Manager Eric Evans in directing special projects, implementing strategic organizational improvements and directly supervising some departments.

As the utilities director, he led the expansion of the county’s water and sewer system from just a few hundred customers to more than 5,200 customers, with infrastructure in all six of the county’s water and sewer districts.

“I have proudly watched the professional growth of Mr. Matthews since he started with the county. He has worked hard to expand his knowledge and managerial skills, which has prepared him for his new role,” Evans said. “He has already contributed a great deal to this organization, and I know he will do so much more as a part of our executive team.” (Read more)

Nearly half of NC counties are now in coronavirus ‘red’ zone. Here are the 48 listed

The Political Agitator’s response: Thank you Governor and Team!

At least 48 of North Carolina’s 100 counties are now in the “red” zone on the state’s COVID-19 risk map — more double the number during the week of Thanksgiving.

Red indicates “critical community spread,” according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

The updated map comes as Gov. Roy Cooper announced a modified stay-at-home order on Tuesday that includes a 10 p.m. curfew. The order starts Friday and will remain in effect until Jan. 8.

State health officials released the new county alert system last month to help residents, businesses and public officials make better-informed decisions about how to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Under the three-tiered system, each county is color-coded red, orange, or yellow according to the level of spread.

Red indicates more than 200 cases per 100,000 people in a two-week span, a positive test rate higher than 10% or high impact on county hospitals.

Here’s what to know. (Read more)

Edgecombe County – Community Prayer/COVID-19 Update From Ben Money Deputy Secretary DHHS & Thomas Holland Principal G.W. Carver Elementary School Pinetops NC

Please join us on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 @ 5 p.m. for our next Community Prayer Call (701-801-6982). Mr. Ben Money, Deputy Secretary for Health Services, NCDHHS will join us along with Mr. Thomas Holland, Principal of Carver Elementary School for a Q&A session. 

Mr. Money and Mr. Holland were with us for our November 17, 2020 call, you may listen to the information that was shared by clicking on this link.

Elections Bring Out Strange Happenings

I am tickled to death about some of the happenings that took place during this years Elections. As always even in spite of some division in Edgecombe County when it comes to Elections we come together at the ballot box and vote Democratically. Although the Democrats did well, I see that we have many Democrats who voted Republican.

I am so glad that Rev. Roosevelt Higgs former Edgecombe County Democratic Party was not in the way during the General Election. He was removed from the Edgecombe County Democratic Party for 2 years due to a complaint that was filed with the NC Democratic Party.

The Nash County Democratic Party I am trying to see where they stand because I used to be close to them over the years but the past couple of years I wonder about them. I am going to leave that right there for now.

In the Twin Counties I have seen some happenings that leave me shaking my damn head.

There were some folk who hosted some political talks featuring some local folk. It tickles the hell out of me how the folk are chosen for the talks.

Elder JR Harris is one of folk who held some political talks but the problem I have with that is he is not political and do not know politics but you would think so by his actions. He had invited guests some who are political and some who have no clue. This for me is a damn problem because I know who are political and actively engaged in what has been going on over the years in the Twin Counties. For me it is an insult to host political talks and not have the right political folk included. Some folk were invited as a drawing card to get folk to watch the talks. Some folk do things because they have an agenda and if you wait a while you will see.

In Rocky Mount I strongly believe that the most recent Rocky Mount Municipal Election left a bad taste with some folk in the Twin Counties. The Mayoral Race between Bronson Williams a young Black Male and Sandy Roberson White Male Millionaire divided the Black and White Community. You had Kevin Jones Black Male who was a candidate that knew Bronson was running but Jones got in the race anyway. After Jones lost and there was a runoff between Williams and Roberson Jones didn’t endorse anyone but was named as a member of a committee that Roberson quickly formed after defeating Williams during the runoff. So I am confused you have Jones as the 1st Vice Chair of the Nash County Democratic Party but he is a strong supporter of Mayor Sandy Roberson.

You also had some other Blacks such as Samuel Battle, Tarrick Pittman, Moe Deloatch and some others who played a major role in the Rocky Mount Mayoral Race and other Elections shows that there are division in the house.

I always have a problem with the Edgecombe County Human Relations Commission only become visible during the Dr. MLK Breakfast every January and doing Candidates Forums during elections and never host forums to talk about community issues such as the removable of the Confederate Monuments from the Tarboro Town Common and other issues in Tarboro and the county. I have been questioning the role of the Edgecombe County Human Relations Commission for years.

I have read on Facebook some things coming from some young folk who call themselves the Millennial Group who want to get involved politically. I support young folk but young folk got to know they have a place.

Young folk you have to learn the process. You can’t sit back and wait for older folk and especially political folk to come to you. There are community meetings and political meetings and you have to attend them to learn the process and to learn the folk. Once you learn who the folk are, you can voice your concerns about you want to get involved but to think that you are going to just walk right in and take over not so.

I have had some conversations with some young folk that I know pissed them off but they will be okay because I will challenge anyone when it comes to Edgecombe County Politics but not limited to. I know the process, I know the people and have put in the work. I refuse to allow folk to put out half-trues and to show disrespect to political leaders when I know the whole trues.

I have stated for years that if you live in Edgecombe County and or you are running for an office that you need Edgecombe County votes, then you need to talk to me. I know all of the players and I know the process. Well somebody said who in the hell do I think I am they don’t have to talk to me. Well they are ab so damn lute ly correct. However what one need to understand is that I will either work with you or against you. I have put in too much work to allow folk to just think they are going to get a free ride. See I call it holding folk accountable for their actions during the process and at the end of the day.

In Nash County Democrats didn’t do as well as in Edgecombe County. Edgecombe County has always been a deciding factor during Elections and many times when Edgecombe County votes come in, folk knew they had a hell of a chance of winning their seat.

Several years ago all eyes used to be on Princeville NC politics but over the past several years all eyes are on Rocky Mount City Council.

When I became actively engaged in Edgecombe County Politics Whites were in majority as it related to the Democratic Party County Officers, School Board, County Commissioners and Whites held the major offices like Sheriff, Clerk of Court, Social Services Board, Chairman of Boards and Commissioners but today Blacks hold the majority of these positions. We have a Black Edgecombe Community College President which is a great thing.

I have been involved in all of the above so hell yeah I can and I am going to talk about it because I have been about it.

Some Black folk tickles the hell out of me because when you talk about what you have done they say you are bragging and think you are all of that. Well I don’t brag and I ain’t all of that but I am who I am and I am happy about it. Oh but these same Black folk will be ready to talk about what I have done after I am laid out across the aisle but that is why yo a…. will not be able to make remarks on that day.

Folk just because your moma, daddy, grandmoma, granddaddy and others in your family was politically does not give you a free ride. What have you done over they years, have you attended any meetings and been involved in what is going on around you? See what they did don’t count as mark on what you have done however you can get a mark because it runs in the bloodline. You have to put in the work.

I could go on but I believe you gets the message. I have always said that we as Black Folk in Edgecombe County but not limited to need to have a coming to Jesus meeting so we can talk about how we can move forward together and those who do not can go somewhere and sit down and shut the hell up.

The process work when you work the process but you have to know the process.

I ain’t mad with nobody however I will not allow half-trues to be told and folk to attempt to discredit folk when it comes to politics.

I am for justice no matter who it is for or against!

I have no permanent friends no permanent enemies only permanent interest!

I am Unbought and Unbossed!

 

 

Edgecombe County Politics, Religion & Race

After the Election on Tuesday November 3 we need to have some serious discussions about Edgecombe County Politics, Religion and Race. Although discussions will not be limited to Edgecombe County it will more focused on Edgecombe County.

We can not continue to operate in ignorance as it relates to Politics, Religion and Race Relations. Folk better wake up and be aware of what is going on, who are making decisions on your behalf and more.

I said 2020 was going to be the year of Exposure and there has been much exposure although we have around 2 months left in 2020.

Gangs and folk committing crimes are a serious problem but folk who are making decisions on behalf of other folk are touching everybody while gangs and crimes are limited.

Do you know who are representing you on the local, state and national level? If you do not, it is time that you find out and get involved by voicing your opinion.

You also better learn who the community leaders are that are saying they are woke but what are they really doing?

Well I know a lot about what has taken place and what is taking place in Edgecombe County but not limited to and I am going to be educating folk.

Visit my new Social Media Page @ https://www.facebook.com/groups/edgecombecountypoliticsreligionrace 

Some information will only be on this new page so you will have to be a member of this group. However if you don’t want to know about them trues, you may not want to become a member.

Stay tuned!

Edgecombe County One-Stop & Absentee Voting As Of Saturday October 31, 2020

All of you who are making calls to get out the vote you need to check to see who have not voted yet so you can call them to go vote.

35,585 Registered Voters

18,076  Early Votes
  1,886  Mail In Votes
19,995 Total Early & Absentee Voting Cast

56% Have Voted
15,630
Voters Registered Who Have Not Voted

Edgecombe County Board Of Elections Polling Places For November 3, 2020

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ALL OFFICES IN THE EDGECOMBE COUNTY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH OCTOBER 30TH

To protect the health and safety of citizens and staff, all offices in the Edgecombe County Administration Building will be closed to the public until October 30, 2020, due to a COVID -19 exposure with staff.  Offices will be open internally with limited staff.
Early/One-stop voting in the Auditorium will still be open!

There are still multiple ways that citizens may conduct business with these offices.

Tax & water payments may be placed in the Collections drop box outside the front door of the Edgecombe County Administration Building.

Online Payment Options are available at  www.edgecombecountync.gov.

NC License Plate renewals can be made at surrounding LPA offices located in Rocky Mount, Wilson or Greenville or online at www.NCDOT.gov .

To Contact Other Offices in the Building:

County Manager’s Office

252-641-7834

County Attorney’s Office
252-641-6760

Board of Elections
252-641-7852

Cooperative Extension
252- 641-7821

Emergency Services
252-641-7816

Environmental Health
252-641-7573

Finance
252-641-7840

Farm Service Agency (FSA)
252-823-8187 Ext. 2

Guardian Ad Litem
252-824-3222

Human Resources
252-641-7832

Office on Aging
252-641-5831

Planning & Inspections
252-641-7802

Register of Deeds

252-641-7924

Soil & Water
252-823-8187 ext. 3

Tax Assessor

252-641-7856

Tax Collector

252-641-7810
DMV – License Plate Agency

252-641-6684

Veterans Office
252-641-6286

Vocational Rehab
252-641-7848

Water & Sewer
252-823-3042

We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your patience!

PSA – All Offices In The Edgecombe County Administration Building Closed To Public Monday October 19 – Friday October 23, 2020

The Political Agitator’s response: Early/One Stop Voting is in the County Administration Building Lorenzo Carmon Auditorium because it was not affected by COVID-19 Outbreak because the auditorium is not an office. Sources say 4 offices were closed this past week. Now this week all of the offices are closed for another week. Sources say that the entire collections office staff tested positive and the majority of the staff that tested in the building have been Whites. This goes to show that no race is exempt. But maybe this is a message to the county office that they need to come together in the building because sources reported to The DCN earlier this year about racial tension and discrimination happening in the building especially on the 4th floor. I wonder how many of the staff members wore mask while working or do they rely on plexi-glass? So did they get the virus from the public or did the staff bring it to work and spreaded it. It is past time for the County to enforce businesses and public places to follow the Mask Mandate or be fined.

ALL OFFICES IN THE EDGECOMBE COUNTY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 19-23rd

To protect the health and safety of citizens and staff, all offices in the Edgecombe County Administration Building will be closed to the public Monday-Friday, October 19-23, 2020, due to a COVID -19 exposure with staff.  Offices will be open internally with limited staff.

There are still multiple ways that citizens may conduct business with these offices.

Tax & water payments may be placed in the Collections drop box outside the front door of the Edgecombe County Administration Building.

Online Payment Options are available at  www.edgecombecountync.gov.

NC License Plate renewals can be made at surrounding LPA offices located in Rocky Mount, Wilson or Greenville or online at www.NCDOT.gov .

To Contact Other Offices in the Building:

County Manager’s Office

252-641-7834

County Attorney’s Office
252-641-6760

Board of Elections
252-641-7852

Cooperative Extension
252- 641-7821

Emergency Services
252-641-7816

Environmental Health
252-641-7573

Finance
252-641-7840

Farm Service Agency (FSA)
252-823-8187 Ext. 2

Guardian Ad Litem
252-824-3222

Human Resources
252-641-7832

Office on Aging
252-641-5831

Planning & Inspections
252-641-7802

Register of Deeds

252-641-7924

Soil & Water
252-823-8187 ext. 3

Tax Assessor

252-641-7856

Tax Collector

252-641-7810
DMV – License Plate Agency

252-641-6684

Veterans Office
252-641-6286

Vocational Rehab
252-641-7848

Water & Sewer
252-823-3042

We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your patience!

PSA – Early/One Stop Voting Is Safe In The Edgecombe County Administration Lorenzo Carmon Auditorium Tarboro NC

Edgecombe County, NC 

Important notice!

For clarification, though the County Administration Building will be closed to the public next week, Early/One-Stop voting will continue as scheduled in the Carmon Auditorium at the rear of the Administration building.

Sources say the auditorium was not affected by the COVID-19 quarantine in the other parts of the County Building.

It would not make sense for the County Building.

Sources Say Waffle House Tarboro NC Has Numerous COVID-19 Cases

Sources say Waffle House Tarboro NC has around 5 cases of COVID-19. Sources say the business closed for 30 minutes recently to do a cleaning when it supposed to be a 48 hour shut down.

This is sad because Edgecombe County COVID-19 cases are steadily rising daily.

It is time that Edgecombe County enforce these businesses to adhere to the Mandatory Mask Mandate that was put in by the Governor Roy Cooper who have been trying to do what is best to keep folk safe during this pandemic.

Local virus cases surge over past two days

The Political Agitator’s response: And you have local reporter from a jackleg newspaper Tar River Times editor and owner Val Holland who are trying to discredit Governor Roy Cooper mask mandate and his promoting his ignant opponent who are against wearing mask. This is that Donald John COVID Trump S….! Holland has stated several times that the most cases are in the Rest Homes. Well damn the staff come and go not the patients or those who live there. This means that obviously the staff is taking it to the damn place. Coopers opponent is talking about opening everything up doing away with the mask mandate. Well if the mandate was being enforced just maybe the numbers would not be where they are today with those who have contracted and have died. The debate with the Governor and his opponent on tonight showed clearly where he stand so anyone that support that fool, support the dying of the people in the twin counties. The pandemic is here to stay as long as we have this type of mentality that Governor Cooper has to deal with. Thank you Governor for having a heart for the people and having to deal with the majority Republican regime in Raleigh. If folk were paying attention to the Governor’s opponent you would know that the Governor has had to fight the Republican majority NC State Legislature when he talked about the Governor has vetoed many bills. Folk think! Don’t take my word, research for yourself and see that Donald John COVID Trump S…. is killing us! Majority Republicans in Raleigh and in Washington equals DEATH. They say Joe Biden/Kamal Harris ain’t good for us but how many folk have died from the COVID under their leadership? I’ll wait! Van Holland Now Run Run And Tell That! And Run F Run like your Campaign signs say. Run the hell somewhere and sit down and shut the hell up! I am The Political Agitator and I Approve This Message!

Almost 200 Twin Counties residents have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two days as community spread and an increase in cases at local congregate living facilities cause numbers to escalate.

The Edgecombe County Health Department reported an increase of 100 new cases since Monday. As of Monday, county health officials had reported 1,567 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county of roughly 50,000 people. By Wednesday, that number had risen to 1,667.

Of that number, 1,319 people are considered by county health officials to have recovered and 59 have died. No new deaths have been reported in the county in about a week.

The data shows a stark increase in cases in the past month. On Sept. 14, Edgecombe County health officials reported 1,170 cumulative cases. That number has risen by almost 500 since then. There were 38 reported COVID-related deaths in Edgecombe County one month ago.

Nash County is experiencing a similar spike in numbers over the past month. As of Sept. 14, Nash County health officials had reported 1,965 cumulative cases of COVID-19 in the county of roughly 95,000 residents. At that time, 36 deaths were reported, 724 people were isolated at home and 14 were hospitalized. (Read more)

Edgecombe County COVID-19 Data

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