Princeville hires interim town manager – Daily Southerner

PRINCEVILLE — PRINCEVILLE — S. Hal Mason is the new interim town manager for Princeville. The board of commissioners unanimously approved the hiring Monday during its regular scheduled meeting.

Mason has 13 years of experience in town management including seven years as the assistant town manager of Shelby, four years as town administrator of Hanahan, S.C. and his most recent position, two years as town administrator for James Island, S.C.

The agreement included Mason beginning next month working only on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mason did not attend the meeting. (Source: Read more)

Photos/Video: Princeville NC – Princeville Town Commissioners Have A Good And Productive Meeting In Such A Pleasant Atmosphere

I spoke to the commissioners after the meeting and they all were happy and really excited about working together. I am so proud of this commission. I told them after the meeting that I would continue to record their meetings to make sure they tell their story. I said the newspapers can’t tell it like the video can. I have been attending the Princeville Town meetings for years because I want the real story to be told and not the picture that others paint of Princeville. I don’t get paid to do this, I just provide a service because I have much love for the oldest black town incorporated by slaves.

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Area residents help tackle Princeville clean-up – Daily Southerner

TARBORO — PRINCEVILLE — More than 70 volunteers braved the cold and windy conditions Saturday to spruce up the oldest town in America chartered by African Americans. The volunteers picked up paper and debris, cleared pine straw buildup off roads, removed downed trees and limbs from the cemetery and also cut the grass in the cemetery.

Although the volunteers worked feverishly, they didn’t come close to completing the monumental task.

"We’ve started a journey of a thousand miles," said the Rev. Thomas Jones of Tarboro. "It’s a great beginning."

Jones, 72, and his crew, Rusty Holderness, 63, Milton Cherry, 60, Willie McDowell, 62, were by far the oldest crew. The foursome, began their task on Geddie Avenue. –

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