Princeville NC – Commissioners JoRoam Myrick And Bo Johnson Vote Against Amending Pay Increase To Edgecombe County Sheriff Office To Patrol The Town

Damn Commissioner JoRoam Myrick and former Edgecombe County Sheriff Deputy and Commissioner Bo Johnson voted against the amendment of the Edgecombe County Sheriff Office asking for them to amend their service to patrol Princeville from $25.00 and hour to $30.00 an hour.
Commissioner Alvin Lafon Jones made a motion to amend after saying that the fee is much lower than what other places such as Walmart are paying for patrolling. Commissioner Linda Joyner 2nd the motion so it was a tie.
Mayor Bobbie Darnell Joyner had to break the tie.

Princeville NC – Marquetta Dickens Frustrated With Town Leadership

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The time has come that communication is going to be one of the most critical means to survive the Pandemic. Because there are so much going on and time is of essence, we are going to  have to be very creative about how we communicate with the restrictions of gathering in person. I will say that the most effective way to get the message to the leadership is to get several folk to go to town meetings, write letters to editor in the local newspapers, get message across on social media and  any other effective means necessary. It is evident that we are limited to x amount of folk if we want to have a meeting in person however having a protest change the restrictions. I don’t have a dog in this fight however I find the conversation quite interesting and I hope some kind of common ground can be reached. At this point in time effective communications is going to be the key to moving pass this pandemic. But again the most effective means to make things happen is to attend the town meetings across the nation and now is the time.
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Princeville NC – Alvin Lafon Jones Commissioner Elected Last Year Is Pleased With The Work Of The Town Manager Glenda Knight

The Political Agitator’s response: Thanks Commissioner Jones for what you are doing as well as recognizing the work of your town manager. If all of the commissioners work together it will continue to help make the manager’s job easy to make things happen.
Alvin Lafon Jones is with GL Knight.

In the council – manager form of government as utilized in Town Princeville and many other municipalities, most of the time the elected officials work a full-time job while the town manager, who works at the pleasure of the Board of Commissioners, is tasked with carrying out administrative policies, implement the resolutions of the Board, and overseeing the day-to-day operation of the town. In addition to those responsibilities, the town manager of Princeville is charged with directing, managing and supervising the major projects that are progressing by leaps and bounds such as the reconstruction of the Museum and the Town Hall, just name a couple.

Generally speaking, I am a firm believer that we ought to be just as eager to commend others on a job well done as we are enthusiastic about criticizing when it is not. With that being said, as an elected official of Princeville, I am so pleased to see the town’s main facilities moving right along. Thanks to the dedication and perseverance of Dr. GL Knight (Princeville Town Manager) and her administrative team for pushing these projects into its current existence. Also to the contractors, Oakley Collier, who are on schedule and have been working diligently in getting the job done all while consistently keeping the Board of Commissioners informed with updates.

Again, thank you, Dr. Knight. Your unrelenting, mission-driven work ethic and unwavering commitment to the Town of Princeville has not gone unnoticed. You are appreciated!

By the way, pictured below are an update of the digital pictures of the interior projection of the museum. Thank you for all you do.

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Princeville exhibit debuts at ECU’s Joyner Library

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Object Name: Framed photograph, Elder Abraham Wootten (1835-1919) who established the iconic Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church in Historic Princeville, NC- the oldest town in America established by Freed People.

Source – First & last name of Donor: Ms. Ethel Collier/ Radicue Primitive Baptist Association/ Donation

Date Made: ca. 1890s

Historical Significance The photographic portrait of Elder Abraham Wootten has been a widely sought artifact. Elder Wooten founded the iconic Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church in Historic Princeville, NC- the oldest city or town in America founded by formerly enslaved people. This artifact is the oldest known material culture in Princeville, NC.

Reason for collecting & Potential Use: African American Collection; Churches and Religion; Photography and the Reconstruction Era; The item is also under consideration as a prospective Collecting Carolina artifact.

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LOCAL NEWS Princeville to get $39.6 million for levee project

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers announced Thursday that Princeville will receive $39.6 million for a flood mitigation levee project that has long been needed.

Congressman G.K. Butterfield along with senators Richard Burr and Senator Thom Tillis made the announcement in press releases. Specifically, the funding will be used to better mitigate flood risks by increasing the elevations of highways and installing levees around the Tar River.

Princeville has suffered extensive flooding from Hurricane Floyd, Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Florence.

“I am overjoyed to learn the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will receive nearly $40 million for design and construction of the Princeville levee project,” Butterfield said. “The protection of Princeville and the preservation of its place in our Nation’s history cannot be overstated. The completion of the levee project will ensure the longevity of this historic town for current and future generations. (Read more)

Princeville NC – Princeville Town Hall Meeting Swearing In Of Officers During Monthly Meeting Monday December 16, 2019

The DCN News Blog Online TV was at the meeting to capture the monthly meeting. I hope that in 2020 the Town Commissioners will be in control of their meetings an not allow citizens to speak throughout the meeting. The public comments is on the agenda and that is where the public get to talk. I hope that road to recovery will begin to move in the town because as a flood victim once but my dad lives in my house now and we have suffered 3 floods since 1999 the same as Princeville. The flood victims in Pinetops are also waiting on the recovery process.

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Princeville approves extra deputy patrols – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: “But Myrick persisted in his call for supportive data, saying he did not believe a call report sheet provided by Sheriff Clee Atkinson.” Really JoeRoam Myrick! Damn you have been a deputy. Please don’t make it personal and about you because you no longer works with the Edgecombe County Sheriff Office.

Princeville’s Board of Commissioners on Monday night approved additional patrols by the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office following a discussion that grew heated after Commissioner JoeRoam Myrick repeatedly asked about data to support the call for additional coverage.

“All the data I need, I’ve got,” Commissioner Linda Joyner said. “My house was vandalized … other properties have been vandalized. I’ve got all the data I need.” (Read more)

$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

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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)