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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Storm recovery remains slow but steady – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Watch Dog response: I wonder would things have been better as it relates to the flood recovery if the Democrats were in control.

TARBORO — Recovery from Hurricane Matthew is a slow-going process but progress is being made, said Edgecombe County Manager Eric Evans.

“Even though signs of progress make us hopeful, it is still extremely difficult for those families who have not been able to move back home and are waiting on other programs to come through,” Evans said.

Ninety-nine families were approved for FEMA’s temporary direct housing program in the form of a FEMA trailer. Of those, nine have moved out into more permanent housing.

Of the nearly 400 families that were once staying in hotels under FEMA’s Transitional Shelter Assistance program, the number is down to one family that was due to move this week into a new home built by Samaritan’s Purse. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

NC asks for $900M in flood relief, feds give $6.1M, Cooper says – WRAL

The Watch Dog response: Thank you Senator for standing with our Governor. I have been saying since Matthew that folk better recognize who was in office. I told them these Republicans ain’t gonna want to do anything and if they did it would be very little. I said and the next time around if they are still in control they will not get anything.

Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina asked the federal government for $900 million to help relieve parts of the state ravaged by Hurricane Matthew flood waters, but the government only offered $6.1 million, Gov. Roy Cooper said in a news conference on Wednesday. The $6 million of relief money is less than 1 percent of what the state asked for.

“I am deeply disappointed that Washington isn’t making North Carolina’s urgent need a top priority,” the governor said.

“Matthew did an estimated $4.8 billion in damages to 50 counties in North Carolina,” Cooper said during a news conference about the state’s preparations for hurricane season. “That’s half of our entire state.” (Read more)

Senator Smith-Ingram’s Statement on Hurricane Matthew Funding

The Watch Dog response: Thank you Senator for standing with our Governor. I have been saying since Matthew that folk better recognize who was in office. I told them these Republicans ain’t gonna want to do anything and if they did it would be very little. I said and the next time around if they are still in control they will not get anything.

I am in agreement with Governor Roy Cooper’s sentiments. The Trump Administration and Congress’ measly funding for federal disaster for Hurricane Matthew were extremely disappointing. It’s less than 1 percent of what the state requested.

Governor Cooper requested more than $900 million in federal relief which is quite a conservative request in comparison to the damage done by Hurricane Matthew. Only $6.1 million in federal money was approved. This isn’t even enough to bring affected areas back to “prior fund damage” levels.

What I’d hoped for was exactly what our Governor requested for federal funding for:

▪ Housing repairs: $166 million for homeowners’ repairs, $63.7 million to repair rental housing, $15.2 million to repair public housing.

▪ Agriculture: $92.6 million to cover losses the U.S. Department of Agriculture didn’t cover, such as livestock, equipment and feed.

▪ Small business: $39 million to help close to 700 small businesses.

The above areas had the most impact in my District.

I call upon my Senate leaders to come up with additional funding, either through an immediate supplemental spending bill or in the next appropriations process to provide the much needed investment in recovery.

Being that North Carolina was underfunded at the federal level, it is unacceptable and shameful that the Senate budget fails North Carolinians affected by the storm. Hurricane Matthew was a catastrophic event that is best responded to outside of our biennium budget process. The appropriations should have never been included with the limitations of a $22.9 billion spending cap. We can do better than this. We are better than this. This budget does not reflect it!

Hurricane Floyd, Hurricane Matthews And Just Plain Rain Edgecombe County Bynum Farm Road Pinetops NC, Princeville NC And Surrounding Areas

During Hurricane Floyd in September 1999, Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 and just plain rain on April 26, 2017 Bynum Farm Road suffered from flooding. Everyone know what devastation Floyd and Matthew brought to the areas of Bynum Farm Road Pinetops NC and Princeville NC along with other areas in Edgecombe County. Just the plain rain caused the folk on Bynum Farm Pinetops NC to evacuate again but no water got into any homes in the area that I am aware of.

If folk didn’t see Bynum Farm Road Pinetops NC on the news a couple of days ago you would only think that Princeville NC is the only area in the county that flood. You only hear about Princeville NC because it is the oldest black town incorporated by Slaves. That is all well and fine but it ain’t just about Princeville NC.

Bynum Farm Road and Princeville both should not have been any houses in the area. Okay but they are there so ain’t no need to talk about it now. The talk is it has been some major flooding in our life time when it was said during Hurricane Floyd that it would probably be another 500 years or a 100 years. Well Hurricane Matthew was 17 years later. And then the plain rain flood was 6 months later. So we can forget about the predictions of when the next flood may come.

These Floods!

What I know is that Trump and the Republicans are running things.

What I know is Governor Roy Cooper can ask for anything but has to deal with the Republican majority here in the NC General Assembly.

What it looks like to me is FEMA or whoever is continuing to extend the deadline for the Hazardous Mitigation Program making sure folk think about what is going on.

I sure know because my dad stayed with me from October til the 2nd week of March. And then a couple of days ago he had to come out again but luckily no water got in anybody’s house. This is Pinetops NC Bynum Farm Road about 12 miles from Princeville NC.

What I do know is whatever choices folk make with all of this going on they will have to live with it.


Our View: Need for storm relief won’t go away – Rocky Mount Telegram

On a national scale, Hurricane Matthew doesn’t prompt quite the response as historic storms like Sandy, Katrina and Andrew. But to North Carolina residents, Matthew was every bit as catastrophic. Even now — six months after the hurricane made landfall — hundreds of people are still living in temporary shelters.

That’s why FEMA and Congress should renew efforts to help North Carolina build back from this horrible disaster, as Gov. Roy Cooper recently requested.

As reported by Telegram staff writer Lindell John Kay, Cooper has asked for almost $1 billion in federal disaster relief funds to help victims of Hurricane Matthew. (Read more)

Some entire NC towns may become vacant memorials to Matthew – News & Observer

The Watch Dog response: For all of my Princeville friends, this thing is real and it ain’t just an issue in Princeville. The town of Princeville need to submit their plan and see what the NC General Assembly and all the resources involved will respond.


Almost nothing has changed in downtown Fair Bluff since Hurricane Matthew sent the Lumber River out of its banks and three feet deep into the businesses that lined Main Street last October.

A few of the century-old buildings have been emptied out, but dried river mud coats the warped floors and black mold laces the walls. Ruined paint cans and brushes sit on the shelves at Ellis Meares & Son True Value, and in a shop where former mayor Randy Britt once sold women’s Sunday dresses, the chrome racks stand empty. With power still out to most of downtown, even the clock on the post outside what used to be Elvington Pharmacy is frozen in time.

“I do worry about the future of Fair Bluff,” said Micheal Green, who had MikeMike’s Computers at 1122 Main St. before the flood and has been unable to reopen. “I worry about it a lot.”

State and local officials are worried about Fair Bluff too, along with other towns and business districts in Eastern North Carolina that were hit hard by flooding from Hurricane Matthew at perhaps the most vulnerable time in their civic lives. Much of rural Eastern North Carolina had suffered huge losses when manufacturing jobs left the state in the 1980s and ’90s. That was followed by the devastation of Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and, starting in 2007, the Great Recession. (Read more)

Princeville NC: Mandatory Meeting For All Residents Of Princeville Pertaining To Mitigation, Reconstruction, Elevation And Acquisition/Buyout Options



Bobbie Jones,  Mayor

Linda Joyner, Mayor ProTem

JoeRoam Myrick,  Commissioner

Milton Bullock, Commissioner

Pamela Ransome, Commissioner

Town of Princeville





Daniel B. Gerald,  MPA,

 Town Manager

Tabatha Powell,

Interim Town Clerk

Gina Cain, Town Attorney




        There is a mandatory meeting for all residents of Princeville who are interested in the three Mitigation options to include Mitigation/home reconstruction and raising, Elevation/home rising, and Acquisition/buyout options. Mayor, Citizens and Congressman G.K. Butterfield, will all come together on the date of April 18, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 201 S. Main Street at Town Hall in Princeville (look for the white tent). Please come out.  We look to see you there! If you have any further questions, people feel free to call 252-823-1057.

3003 North Main Street

Tarboro, NC 27886

P.O. Box 1527

Princeville, NC 27886

Telephone: 252-823-1057

Princeville had plan, but not action, to avoid another flood – WRAL

The Watch Dog response: This is very interesting. I feel that these types of studies need to be done in all areas affected by the floods such as in Pinetops as well. It is my belief that somebody knew that Princeville, Bynum Farm Road and other areas that flood should not had been zoned for housing anyway. But the owners of certain areas were allowed to get paid. The towns and the counties where these floods occur should be made to do something that will possibly eliminate the flooding or declare them not livable so the folk can move out of harms way.

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SBA Extends Disaster Assistance Application Deadline to January 23; Over $77 Million Approved



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                                                                          SBA Disaster Assistance – Field Operations Center- East – 101 Marietta Street, NW, Suite 700, Atlanta, GA  30303 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Release Date:  Jan. 9, 2017                                                                              Contact:  Michael Lampton

Release Number: 17-264, NC 14911/14912                                                  Email:

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SBA Extends Disaster Assistance Application Deadline to January 23;
Over $77 Million Approved



ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has extended the deadline to apply for physical disaster damages. Anyone in the declared counties in North Carolina with physical damages caused by Hurricane Matthew that occurred on Oct. 4 –24, 2016 should apply for the disaster recovery loan program before the Jan. 23, 2017 deadline.


The deadline extension will help to ensure that businesses and residents with uninsured losses have the additional time they need to submit their SBA disaster loan applications.  Currently, SBA has approved over $77 million in low-interest disaster loans to over 2,100 North Carolina businesses and residents affected by the disaster.


Businesses and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.  For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.  These loans are available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.


Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate.  Homeowners and renters are eligible up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property.


Interest rates are as low as 4 percent for businesses and 2.625 percent for nonprofit organizations, and 1.563 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years.  Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.


Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes.  Eligible mitigation improvements may now include a safe room or storm shelter to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.


To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at or download the FEMA mobile app.  If the online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362.



Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at


Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to


Loan applications can be downloaded from  Completed applications can be returned to a recovery center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.


The filing deadline to submit applications for physical property damage is Jan. 23, 2017. The deadline for economic injury applications is July 10, 2017.




For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at

Edgecombe County Hurricane Matthew Flood Recovery: Home Repairs – If You Or Someone That Does Home Repairs Please List Your Name Or Names That You Know And What You Or They Specialize In

Hurricane Matthew 2016 has left communities all torn up again following Hurricane Floyd that came through in 1999.

Elderly/limited income folk but not limited to who have limited resources need some type of guidance and direction to move forward so they will not be discouraged.

Elderly/limited income folk but not limited to are at various stages in the recovery process. Therefore there need to be some communication about resources as to the levels of where folk needs can be met if meet qualifications.

These are 9 stages of the flood recovery process for repairing a home that I have come up with but there could be more.

Step 1: Gut house out if home is suitable to be repaired.

Step 2: Let home dry out to get all moisture out.

Step 3: Need to get county inspector to come out and inspect to see if home is ready to begin the repair process so therefore you will be given a building permit.

Step 4: Need to do hvac work ie: duct work insulation under the home if you have insulation under your home so that heat/air system can be installed.

Step 5: Need to put insulation in the walls.

Step 6: Need to put sheetrock up, and also paint if can do both.

Step 7: Then can begin to put up doors, blinds, curtains and etc.

Step 8: Need to do flooring ie: carpet, tile and/or some type of floor covering.

Step 9: Ready to begin hauling in furniture bedding/mattress and then other necessities.

Elderly/limited income folk but not limited to especially need resources so there should be communication as to where folk can turn for help at the various stages in their repair process.

Most folk have already have had their homes gutted out. These homes should be dried so therefore there should not be any reason for the county inspector to deny someone to begin their repair process if their home is repairable. In order to repair a home must have electric at the site and according to the level of water in the home one may have to get electrical work done such as replace wiring inside the home. However one may get a temporary permit to put up a temporary electrical box on a pole so that will allow a licensed electrician to work on the home.

Elderly/limited income folk but not limited to want to know are there any resources to help them at the various stages they are in.

Resources need: Prefer volunteers but if you or someone you know will charge a reasonable fee and not jacked up fees please list here.

Volunteer organizations, contractors and/or individuals to do different stages of the repair process.

Free furniture – Where located to apply for.

Note: This is just something I came up with as I deal with working on my flooded property where my dad lives and dealing with folk that are in the flood recovery process. Many folk who are in recovery that are not elderly or on limited income are trying to see will the Hazardous Mitigation Process ie: Elevation, Acquisition and Buyout be of a benefit to them. Folk who can repair their homes have been told to go ahead and do what they can to get back into their homes so that they will have somewhere to stay until the Hazardous Mitigation Process is finalized. This could be up to 3 – 4 years.

The Hazardous Mitigation Process consist of elevation but the state has not decided how high homes may have to be raised. The acquisition consist of replacing homes that are not repairable with a home of the same value. Buyout consist of homes being bought and one will be given fair market value for what their house is worth and then have to give up the land the home is on and no livable property can be ever put on the land again.

Folk are asking what is the county saying about the Hazardous Mitigation Process and the last I heard is that there is suppose to be a meeting in the NC General Assembly sometime in latter February to finalize the process.

There is a Long Term Flood Flood Committee monthly meeting that is in the process that consist of 5 counties (Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Northampton and Wilson) that I have attended twice as 2nd Vice Chair of the local Rocky Mount Edgecombe NAACP Chapter. The first meeting was held in Rocky Mount at the Red Cross facility in Rocky Mount NC and today the meeting was held at Michael’s Angels Girls Club in Tarboro NC. Future meetings will be held at Michael’s Angels Girls Club. As soon as I get information to forward I will share what the mission of the committee is. If the right folk are participating in the committee I see the Long Term Recovery Committee as being a resource and a sense of hope to help folk along the way.

I will be submitting names to the current LTR Committee as to who I feel need to be at the table however they may already have been invited. If I find out they have then I want to know why they are not attending especially local and state elected officials, local churches, community organizations and individuals who should play a role in the Long Term Recovery process.

I am going to challenge all folk to get involved. We must do this for our community. We should be our brothers and sisters keeper.




Hurricane Matthews: Danelle Hewlin A 14 Year Old Flood Victim & A Member Michael’s Angels Girl Club Share Her Flood Experience

My name is Danelle Hewlin and I am 14 years old.  I am a member of the Michael’s  Angels  Girls Club and I am also a victim of Hurricane Matthew.  I remember leaving early in the morning, thinking we would just be gone for a day or two.  I only got a chance to pack things such as clothes, my phone, and a few things to keep me occupied while I was gone.  My family and I went to say at my grandmother’s house and we stayed for about 2 weeks.  I kinda knew we weren’t going to be able to return home after about 4 days.  I had realized this after my friend asked me had I saw the news.  She has told me the water had covered the first story of our house.  I didn’t know what to think of it until I saw the pictures of how much damage there was.  Thankfully after hurricane Matthew we were able to move.  It took some time to get use to because we weren’t able to move properly and most of out things got destroyed during the flood.  For hurricane Matthew victims, the Michael’s  Angels Girl’s  Club organized in their building supplies for them to get.  I think this is an amazing idea since there are people who really needs things that they have lost.  My family have been blessed to receive a lot of what we need and I enjoy helping out at Michael’s  Angel’s because I know what it feels like.  Even though I have lost a lot, I know there are people out there who still have no where to stay, so I am thankful.  I pray that everyone keeps their head up and keep a positive attitude and we will get through this.

Hurricane Matthews: Meredith Lloyd Family Give Special Thanks To Michael’s Angels Donation Center & Share Their Flood Status

Hello my name is Meredith Lloyd, I would like to give a special thanks to Michael angels and staff for supporting my husband my daughter and myself through the time of Sorrow. We lost everything in our home due to the flooding of Princeville North Carolina, this is our first time experience anything like this and it’s very very very overwhelming. We live at 436 Mutual Boulevard Princeville North Carolina 27886, we are now currently staying at the hotel in rockymount at the Holiday Inn Express. We’ve been here two months in a one area stay just trying to get used to this is very hard. If you don’t know the Lord but prayer changes things and Michael angels has been very very very helpful to my family and others doing this disaster time. We both can’t work right now  due to my husband has been trying to take care of business ever since this happened cause causing him not to be able to work, if he go to work he would have to get off early all the time just to handle our business. He’s having a hard time trying to get someone to come in and do the contract because everyone is so expensive.We’re now waiting on a trailer from FEMA so it can seem like home again for us, sometimes we get depressed about the situation it can make you lose your mind if you let it and you have different ones telling you different things and you really don’t know which way to go but to trust in God. First time not to celebrate Thanksgiving at home now Christmas is coming up and we want be home for this special once again my family really want that thank Michael Angels and her staff and the ones who have made donations to make it possible for the residence who live in Princeville.

Hurricane Matthew: Meetings to outline flood recovery – Rocky Mount Telegram

Lawyers specializing in storm recovery are holding another round of meetings next week in Eastern North Carolina beginning Tuesday in Tarboro.

The meetings will focus on financial recovery and the importance of holding insurers accountable for the full and fair resolution of flood victims’ insurance claims, said Florida-based attorney Tom Young. The town hall-type meetings will be co-hosted by Raleigh attorneys Ben Whitley and Jim Crouse.

The Hurricane Matthew recovery legal help meetings are set for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday beginning in Tarboro before moving to Lumberton and Fayetteville.

Young said Twin Counties residents, elected officials and other community leaders are encouraged to attend the Tarboro meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Quality Inn and Suites in Tarboro. (Read more)