Town Of Princeville NC In The Unveiling Of Our Mobile Museum


$1 million study planned in Edgecombe Co. to protect homes from flooding – WNCT 9


More than $1 million will be spent to determine if 75 North Carolina homes in the oldest town founded by slaves should be elevated to pro tect them from repeated flooding.

The state Department of Public Safety says in a news release that Edgecombe County will receive the money to study the feasibility of elevating the homes in Princeville. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide almost $844,000 for the study. The state will provide the rest.

After the study, FEMA will make money available to construct and elevate homes that meet several criteria, including cost effectiveness.

The grant money comes from FEMA’s hazard mitigation program, which so far has awarded $88 million in North Carolina for this work on 683 residential properties damaged by Hurricane Matthew. The hurricane struck the state in October 2017. (Read more)

Princeville NC: Board Agrees To Personnel Policy Amendment – Tar River Times

The Gate Keeper’s response: This is an interesting read especially towards the end of this article. I have not been keeping up with Princeville but people have been asking me things. I began on Monday night with my mission to start back attending meetings across the county. Rev. Roosevelt Higgs made it clear that Commissioner Glenda Knight was the interim town manager. I was also told about when the recent town manager was fired about she supposedly deleted information off the computer. Time for me to begin researching some of these things. What I do know is that recently I heard Rev. Roosevelt Higgs on Commissioner Mayor Pro-tem town manager had Higgs on her Saturday morning talk show and he talked negative about Princeville basically the whole 30 minutes. Why did she allow that? Why have the citizens not responded to it? I have been told by resources over the years that Higgs is living and has been living at the E. L. Robinson Center in Tarboro since shortly after the 1999 flood. But I have also heard recently about a place he calls himself staying part-time so that because he wants to be appointed to take Glenda Knight’s seat on the board. Well in order to be appointed to Princeville board Higgs will have to . . . I will report my finding soon about some information I received on Tuesday. Stay tuned!

At Princeville’s Board of Commissioners recent meeting, they agreed to an amendment to a personnel policy that included changes to a four-step process for any type of complaints involving personnel.

Town Attorney T.C. Morphis drew up the amendment that included the four-step process and shows the procedure in which an employee must take regarding complaints.
In the process that was provided, there are a certain number of calendar days that are provided for each step which begins with the informal resolution that is done prior to the employee submitting a formal grievance. If the employee isn’t happy with that outcome, they can take the next step and appeal to their supervisor, then appeal to the town manager and the final step is to appeal to the board of commissioners. (Read more)

Princeville NC Cultural Gala Featuring The 7th Hour Grove Masters Band


Thank you for supporting and attending the Premiere Unveiling Event “Portraits of Humanity” on April 13, 2018, an exhibit showcasing the resilience and determination of the residents of Princeville, North Carolina.

I’m very excited to be part of the planning committee for the “Princeville Cultural Gala” on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro, NC.

The Town of Princeville is committed to rebuilding it’s historic Town in the wake of Hurricane Matthew in 2016. 

I’d be grateful if you would support our effort to raise funds for the development of the Princeville Historic District site and to help the Town preserve the history and heritage of Princeville by becoming a sponsor.

The Town of Princeville needs your support! If you are able to donate a prize for the silent auction, please send your donation to the address in the letter attached or contact me by phone or email if you have any questions regarding the prize delivery. We would like to have all donations by Monday, August 20th

Attached, you will find a letter which details our event and how to become a sponsor and contribute to this worthy cause. Also in hopes of you attending I attached a formal invitation for you to purchase tickets and RSVP.

Please do not hesitate to contact me by email at or by phone at 757-744-9818 if you have any questions or need additional information.

Please remember to Share, Share, Share with your network of colleagues, family, friends, and any social media platform(s) that you utilize.

I look forward to hearing from you!


LeeCee Jones

Princeville Cultural Gala Sponsorship Letter

Princeville Cultural Gala Sponsorship Letter 

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Princeville NC – February Regular Monthly Meeting Buyout & Rebuilding Concerns


There are some great concerns about the Buyout and the Rebuilding of Princeville. It has been nearly 2 years and progress has been somewhat slow. But for me I told folk the last time the flood came that it is going to be tough the next time around.

Folk want to preserve the town however all things need to be taken in consideration. The main thing I would think is that if there can be a better dike system and the funds to do it can be obtained is the 1st thing. But that will take a long time.

I think the best thing that came out of the meeting was the conversation around the 4 models that interim Town Manager Gregory Bethea presented as it relates to the Buyout. I totally agree if folk want to consider the buyout then what Bethea presented makes a hell of a lot of sense.

Look at the video and listen carefully to what the Town Manager as to say. He do not live in the town and he will be leaving when a new manager is hired. However I feel that they ought to do whatever they can to keep him until the actual recovery plan model is chosen. Unlike the Princeville Commissioners the interim Town Manager I consider neutral because he is not a resident of the town and will want to do what is best for the residents.

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Landlords seek buyout in Princeville – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Watch Dog response: I love it when folk come to me with mess and/or I hear folk talking about mess in person and/or on local radio and tv stations and here on Facebook and they have not done their homework. Folk keep on listening folk just because who they are and not follow up on what they are saying and continue to look ignant. I tell folk to don’t take my word, follow up behind me. However I am going to give you the facts as presented to me after doing my research. If I should error then I am going to make the necessary correction. I took a break from attending the Princeville meetings just to see what kind of information and how it would reach the folk that do not attend the meetings. Folk take the sound bites from the newspaper and it get all twisted. But my videos don’t lie and I don’t either. I am going to see if the Roosevelt Higgs who is allowed to get on the local radio and tv stations and talk about folk. I remember he called the mayor and others slavemasters because they would not allow the folk to be considered in the buyout. I remember in one of the meetings that I videoed when Carlton Jones a realtor who owns houses in Princeville was driving the discussion as if he were concerned about the citizens there and was going after the mayor. Well I knew the story he was trying to look out for himself and other landlords because that was the only way for them to get funds because since they are landlords they would have to rehab their homes out of their own pocket.

PRINCEVILLE — Princeville Mayor Bobbie Jones said 95 homeowners out of the 750 homes in Princeville recently signed up for the buyout option stemming from the flooding of Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 that left the town underwater for the second time in the past 20 years.

Jones said the Princeville Board of Commissioners went against his wishes to give town residents the option to take a buyout. Residents also had the option to go with mitigation reconstruction that allows existing homes to be demolished and rebuilt or the option of elevating their homes.

However, Jones said, further analysis revealed that the 95 people that signed up for the buyout aren’t Princeville citizens. (Read more)