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)


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School board votes to rebuild Princeville Elementary – Rocky Mount Telegram

TARBORO — Shouts, claps, tears and amens erupted at the Edgecombe County Public Schools special called Board of Education meeting on Tuesday as the board voted unanimously to rebuild Princeville Elementary School at it current location.

“I am elated about the decision,” said Princeville Elementary School Principal Annette Walker. “I am especially pleased for the children and their families.”

Shelia Mayo-DeLoatch, a kindergarten teacher at Princeville Elementary School, wept openly at the decision.

“Princeville has always been my school. It is my home. I have taught there since 2001 and had opportunities to go somewhere else, but I have turned them down because Princeville is where I want to be.” (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Mayor Bobbie Jones Is The Best Candidate For Mayor of Princeville NC And The Videos Validates Why

During the beginning of the meetings all candidates were given time to do an introduction. Yolanda Thigpen mentioned the NAACP. Yes she used to be the President of the Edgecombe County Tarboro Branch and she took over the branch when Bobbie Jones who were serving as President decided not to seek another term and I was the 1st Vice President. I asked that we get someone younger than I and I was going to move my membership back to Rocky Mount Branch because I had moved my membership temporarily to get the Edgecombe County Branch back up and rolling. Today there is no Edgecombe County NAACP Tarboro Branch and it faded away under Thigpen’s leadership.

Question 1

How would you explain to the citizens if they were asking the town to make a move that you as the board does not think is a good decision for the town?

I am sorry Viola Harris but the question is one thing but you explained a different way. That is not what the question was it ask that you as the board and not the citizens thinking it is not a good decision.

imageMayor Bobbie Jones current mayor responded 1st and said if he understand the question correctly the question is related to the buyout of the town they are opposed to the buyout but they allowed folk to sign up for the buyout, mitigation and reconstruction.

Milton Bullock followed – listen to his response. I am not going to talk about his responses because at the end of the meeting he said there was 2 good candidates talking about Jones and Thigpen and he left others thinking he was backing out of the race. However his name will be on the ballot though.

Yolanda Thigpen she mentioned if the question was about the buyout that has been answered but if talking about moving to the 50 acres, then she said the board has been negligent in sharing information with the citizens. She talked about not being transparent.

After Yolanda responded I asked since she took the question and made it what she wanted it to be because it was obvious the question was not clear. I asked was Jones and Bullock gonna be able to talk about where Thigpen took the question because it was not clear to me either. And since Jones and Thigpen has some doubts I feel I am on point. What I think though is that the question was from Thigpen camp.

Question 2

Flood caused the town to have a major setback what is your vision for the town within next 5 years?

Mayor Bobbie Jones said the board already has a vision and talked about all they have going annexing land and other things.

Yolanda Thigpen said the things Jones said are factual. She added downtown revitalization mentioned “they” wanted to be like Pinetops such as having a Post Office, talked about having WI-FI and other. Comparing Princeville to Pinetops. Really? Who the hell is “they?” the be like Pinetops thing came up during the opening of this forum when Conetoe candidate mentioned being like Pinetops. SMDH! Said if another flood came folk would be happy to come back because of what they would have to offer if they were to be like Pinetops.

Mayor Bobbie Jones talked the vision and I feel it is a damn good one. Talking about revitalizing a damn town that ain’t nothing in place at the moment, getting Post Office, something that has been an issue for years and is nothing news but now ain’t the time. Internet is good but now is not the time.

Question 3

If you are elected what would be your recovery plan for the flood?  Viola the moderator said that question had already been answered.

Question 4

What have you done to keep current and stay abreast to the Princeville situation how do you propose to get us back home?

Mayor Bobbie Jones says he stay current and imageabreast daily basis talking to all the resources in place. Talked about making the citizens whole even mentally.

Yolanda Thigpen talked about being informed this is the day of technology. She said she been in a whole of meetings and asked some questions answered that others have not answered. She said he has been sharing information via facebook along with Bobbie sharing information also. She said folk are during a lot of talking but there is not al ot are going on. She said she knows county commissioners, county manager, folk from FEMA and the liason Joe Durham. She said the information ain’t foreign to her she is checking out stuff just like Mayor Jones and anyone else who can read and pay attention to what is going on. Said when she is not in the meeting she has someone in the meeting.

I have been covering the Princeville meetings over the years and although I have not been lately, Thigpen was not there. My videos don’t lie. Sources say she just began to come maybe around 2 months ago. So why do someone need to vote for Thigpen because she said nothing that would be done differently that Mayor Jones is not already doing however she do not get to be in on everything because communication goes on when there is no public meetings going on.

Question 5

Yolanda Thigpen how do you feel Princeville redevelopment could move under your leadership?

Yoland Thigpen said she didn’t mention in her intro that she is a grant writer and been writing grants since 2002 you have to find a grant as a grant writer. She said she bring that to the table. She says she is a business owner. She says grants are key when it comes to the town.

I find it funny as hell that she didn’t mention not one grant she has written. It is not the duty of a mayor to write grants for the town the town manager runs the town not the mayor. Why she has not offered her assistance in writing grants for the town since she has been a grant writer for 15 years. Damn in 2002. So therefore it appears one has to be the mayor to offer their skills to helping Princeville with seeking funding. If I am correct a grant writer figure in their fee within the grant so therefore they would get paid. So since the mayor get a very small stipend serving on the council, if Thigpen was able to write a real grant she would not be able to get paid. Why has Thigpen not written a grant over the years and could have received some compensation?

I find it strange that since she is a business owner that she not once named what type of business she has?

Question 6

Mayor Bobbie Jones why did you decide to run again and why do you think the people of Princeville will benefit from voting for you for another term?

Mayor Bobbie Jones said why he decided to run again because he want to do what he had started out to do but the flood came.

Next were some questions for all candidates

Question 1

What is your stance on partnerships with our youth and school system?

Yolanda Thigpen said ironic she was at the school board meeting last evening. She said some have said they wanted to partner and be allies but she hope they mean what they said. What the hell? Damn I didn’t get anything out of the rest of the response.

Mayor Bobbie Jones talked about his work with the school system and currently is a Principal now but has served as an Assistant Principal for a couple of years. Talked about the accomplishments made in the different school system where he has been and is at now.

How much time is needed to be effective to for fill the responsibility of the positions you are seeking?

Yolanda Thigpen said you can’t quantify this thing but it is about quality. Nothing in response to the time as term but someone said it may take someone 8 hours to do something versus someone taking them 30 minutes. Said she could multi-task so she can keep a job. Need to work after hours not just a 8 – 5 job and not just come once a month to a meeting.

Mayor Bobbie Jones need to be able to go to work day one. Talked about what was not in place when he came but they got the books back, all the bills been paid and got a town manager.

Closing Comments from all of the candidates

Yolanda Thigpen solicit your votes. She said Mayor Bobbie Jones mentioned he ran the 1st time because some people asked him to run but you would think she was talking about they asked him to run for re-election. She said noone asked her to run she saw what was being done and not being done and she felt like she could be an effective leader. Really? Why?

She said when you google you don’t see what they say they have done as a town that nothing really pops up. She said it is okay about the books had to get them back by submitting a budget. (What the hell? It took more than that) She said at the end of the day she does not see any real progress.

She says she feel she can multi-task be a resource to take Princeville forward. She said a vote for her is to take Princeville forward not on what they have said because a lot of stuff that has been said has been based on the flood. She said if it had not been a flood the town would not be getting slated benefits because the town has not gotten them yet. Damn this is about as ignant as it get to say that the stuff being done now would not be if it had not been a flood. Really? Who in the hell expected a flood and who in the hell live to see a flood to get benefits? Fact! Flood came and damn the town has to rebuild or move so the vision is to come back with Mayor Bobbie Jones slogan BIGGER, BETTER AND BOLDER.

She said don’t be fooled by the hype. (I think that was for me because recently I posted don’t be fooled by the hype as I stated I was supporting Mayor Bobbie Jones) She said as far as change goes don’t feel like we can’t change now because we are having some people looking at us now. She says she has a very sharp mind that her learning curve is not evening going to be an issue because she has been in the meetings so the day after the election she will be ready to work for the town of Princeville. I also mentioned about changing the guards now and the current mayor need to stay in to complete his mission because he was sidetracked by the flood.

Mayor Bobbie Jones said this election is not about him or any of the candidates here. It is about putting people in position of leadership who are going to do right about the people. he said this is not a position to gain notoriety and pats on the back.

During the beginning of the meetings all candidates were given time to do an introduction. Yolanda Thigpen mentioned the NAACP. Yes she used to be the President of the Edgecombe County Tarboro Branch and she took over the branch when Bobbie Jones who were serving as President decided not to seek another term and I was the 1st Vice President. I asked that we get someone younger than I and I was going to move my membership back to Rocky Mount Branch because I had moved my membership temporarily to get the Edgecombe County Branch back up and rolling. Today there is no Edgecombe County NAACP Tarboro Branch and it faded away under Thigpen’s leadership.

Look at the videos for yourself and make an informed decision so click on the following link: 

Videos Of Candidates Forum For Edgecombe County

Princeville NC – I Have Been Asked Who Do I Support For Mayor Of Princeville Although I Can’t Vote

First of all I do not live in Princeville but I have documented the history of Princeville Town Commissioners Meetings for years dating back to the late 90’s. I have videoed the meetings and shared them online over the years so that folk who didn’t attend the meetings could see them. Folk have told me how much they appreciated the documentation especially folk from out of town. However the folk know that I do what I do out of pocket and never give a donation to my work. Do you know how many video cameras I have purchased over the years? I can remember atleast around 9 and I only have one at the moment. If something was to happen to it then I would have to sacrifice to purchase another one and the last one I purchased was around $1100.00. I did receive around $800.00 in donations but had to add another $400.00 because when I asked for donations the camera I was looking at didn’t have all the features I needed to make my job easier.

So who are really documenting the history of Princeville as we speak in a collective method as I have done over the years videoing all of their monthly meetings?

As I read and hear about some of the things that are being said and written it sickens me because I wonder where folk are getting their information.

I know Princeville has had some bad apples serving as mayor and commissioners but is it safe or is it necessary to talk about those folk who have moved on either have been convicted, served their time and are no longer in the picture? You better focus on the now.

Ok Sam Knight former town manager has done his time and has been long gone moved to another state if I am correct. Why is that an issue? This issue is the now.

It was said that Delia Perkins who saved the town by voting to break the tie after the 1999 flood of the century that she mishandled some funds but I have yet to see that to be true and unless someone can prove it then that should not be a concern. She is no longer the mayor so why focus on that non issue. It old her after the 1999 flood when she did not allow the citizens to have a voice during the meeting at Edgecombe Community College when the vote took place when she saved the town that she messed up by not allowing the citizens to speak during the public comments. She and the other commissioners didn’t have to respond but she could have allowed them to get things off their chest. Why is this an issue? The issue is the now.

I was asked a couple of days ago about the lawsuit that Priscilla Everette-Oates supposedly filed. I attended the press conference outside of the courthouse about 2 years ago and I haven’t heard anything about that lately. However I do know it was documented on how she spent monies and she haven’t been proven guilty of anything if I am correct. Following Everette-Oates tenure was one of the most ignant times in history that I documented. Don’t need to say more. Why is that an issue? The issue is the now.

Now that current Mayor Bobbie Jones is in office and has been for the past 4 years I don’t know of anything negative about him as it relates to monies being spent. What I do know is Mayor Jones has been the most effective Mayor in the town over the years as it relates to allowing the citizens to being heard. I feel he truly wanted and still wanted to do some good things as he say “Make Princeville Great Again” his campaign platform. However he and all of the board members were new so they all had some learning to do. I think they were on the right track however they had some issues with finding and keeping a good town manager. The town manager runs the town.

I hate it that Princeville has suffered from yet 2 more floods since 1999 and has thrown the mayor and the commissioners off track. There was suppose to be a plan in place before the current commission to do some work to attempt to help prevent flooding in Princeville. It is sad that now the commissioners were left homeless on a personal note, on a governmental note because of the loss of their residence where they live and the town hall for meeting.

Resources are in place with the current mayor and commissioners and it is up to them how they move forward trying to deal with the mess they have. They all are working folk except maybe 1 or 2 of the commissioners. They have family to deal with on top of trying to focus on their personal stuff and trying to run the town government. Hell it would easy to throw their hands up in the air and walk away if they were not committed. But if they were not committed the thing to do would be to not seek re-election so therefore if one are seeking re-election that shows some type of commitment they have for the town. You see because dealing with personal stuff, town government and being harassed, criticized for trying to do your very best can make you want to give up.

I just don’t know why anyone would want to run against anyone would want to challenge Mayor Bobbie Jones when the town is tore up and not because of anything he has done. Some would say he supported the town manager. Well he and all of the commissioners did to a certain degree because they relied on him to run the town that is what he was hired to do. The town manager runs the town. Some wanted the mayor and commissioners to get rid of him some time ago however it didn’t happen and you don’t just get rid of someone without knowing what the hell you are doing. But everything works out in due season. Look at how it worked out the mayor and the commissioners were able to get rid of him by not renewing his contract so they don’t have to worry about a lawsuit from him and they were able to bring on another town manager former retired manager of Pinetops about 11 miles away. Some will probably not like him but he did a good job in Pinetops however some may question that. But hell we as a people question everything and anything but don’t make us right.

By me being politically active and have been documenting Princeville until recently because I just had to take a break from the talk. I found myself going to the meetings while the citizens stayed home and waited for me to post the meetings on YouTube but then they had so damn much to say. Really?

I have been knowing Bobbie Jones for years and served as his 1st Vice President when he was the President of the Edgecombe County NAACP Branch. When he decided not to seek re-election I chose not to seek the President and wanted someone younger to take over and so that I could go back to my home branch the Rocky Mount Branch. We worked great together and he did some good things.

When I learned that Bobbie Jones were going to run for mayor of Princeville around 4 years ago I told him I supported him and that I felt he would do good. He worked good with the elderly (church and community) and the children (school system) so I felt as a young man he would do well. I spoke to some who were thinking about challenging him and I told them that I didn’t think they needed to get in the race 4 years ago.

When I heard about the 3 candidates that were challenging Mayor Bobbie Jones this year I was like wow. I didn’t follow the filing as I normally did with the Board of Elections and didn’t get the names until after the filing period had closed. I heard about 1 or 2 of them via the radio. If I had known before the filing period closed I would have contacted the candidates this time.

Well it is easy for Milton Bullock to run because he is already a town commissioner and if he should not win the mayor’s office he will still be a commissioner because his seat is not up this year.

The other 2 candidates one has ran for mayor for the past couple of elections so I don’t understand why they are in the race. The other candidate I know well and also feel that they are already busy and don’t need to be seeking the mayor’s office at this time because now is not the time. You see what I try to make folk understand is you don’t run just to be running, you run when the timing is right. At the moment I hope folk don’t allow their emotions to get in the way. Folk better know what they are doing because when you allow your emotions to get in the way, sometimes you set yourself back.

I also want to end on how current mayors Ed Bridgers and Delia Perkins have been involved and saying things at the meetings that worked during their time but they need to recognize that that was then and this is the now. Citizens don’t get caught up in the conversation that is personal and look at the overall picture.

I challenge the citizens of Princeville to not act on your emotions alone. Don’t allow Mayor Bobbie Jones to be the fall guy just because of the town manager was not good for the town and you think he should have been gone long before now. The town manager is gone so you need to look at the now! I feel strongly that the new town manager Gregory Bethea and the current mayor and commissioners can move the town forward.

I challenge the citizens of Princeville family members who no longer live in Princeville but are concerned about Princeville that they too reach out to the voting members and make sure they vote for the best person who have experience and resources in place. You may not have agreed with everything the current commissioners have done but remember they didn’t run to get you out of a flood because they didn’t know the flood was coming during their time.

I don’t have a vote in the Princeville election but I do have a voice. I will speak my mind whether one like it or not because I have been actively engaged in Edgecombe County politics. So for folk who continue to ask me what I think about the Princeville Mayoral race, well there you have it.

I appreciate folk who reach out to me when it comes to politics. You see I have no permanent friends no permanent enemies only permanent interest!

I, Curmilus Dancy II a longtime active effective community activist in Edgecombe County support Mayor Bobbie Jones.