Rountree to graduate, transfer from Wake Forest after three seasons – Wilson Times

The Political Agitator response: Awesome basketball player but finishes school in 3 years.

After three seasons as a member of the Wake Forest University men’s basketball team, Wilson native Aaron Rountree is well ahead of the game academically.

Demon Deacons head coach Danny Manning announced Tuesday that Rountree, a Greenfield School graduate, will transfer from Wake Forest for his final season of eligibility, a decision made easier with his impending graduation a year early. Rountree will graduate in August with a degree in communication and a minor in economics. Rountree will be a graduate student wherever he lands.

“There was really no true mitigating factor that had me feel like I had to leave,” Rountree said in a telephone interview Tuesday afternoon. “Its just a change of scenery and a fresh start. Wake’s strong academics and the fact that I took advantage of getting the most out of the classroom allowed me to take this opportunity.

“I’m proud that I’m going to get this degree and consider myself a Wake Forest alumnus.” (Source: Read more)

Congressman buys out showing of ‘Selma,’ invites residents – Wilson Times

Congressman G.K. Butterfield has purchased tickets for 400 people to see a free screening of the movie “Selma” on Saturday morning at Carmike Cinemas at 1501 Ward Blvd.

Residents must register online at www.gkbutterfield.com/selma. The screen “Special Sreening” should come up. Scroll to the bottom to fill in the registration.

If you are one of the 400, you will receive an email on Friday letting you know you have gotten a free ticket. If more than one family member would like to attend, each person must register separately. (Source: Read more)

Wilson NC: Eleven Charged For Wilson Gun Violence – WITN

The Wilson Police Department has made ten arrests after gun violence in their community.

Investigators said there have been several incidents reported as “shots fired.”

Wilson police have been actively investigating and said all ten of the people pictured in this story are facing attempted 1st degree murder charges. Some are also facing assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill charges. (Source Read more)

Board warned about ‘Liking’ candidates – Wilson Times

The use of Social media has caused new concerns, conversations and definitions for State Boards of Elections across the country, including North Carolina.

There are new rules emerging for those who serve on local boards of elections when it comes to their social media activity and Wilson County is one of the first in North Carolina getting a taste of what the state board’s expectations are with the use of social media and elections board members.

A letter went out to the newly appointed Republican board member. Douglas Inscoe, on the new limitations placed on him and every other board member when it comes to social media.

The letter, dated July 29, came from Don Wright, general counsel to the State Board of Elections to Inscoe before he was sworn into office.

Wilson County officials received the warning first because of the past controversy involving a Tea Party member who served on the board and subsequent complaints of political activity made by two Democratic activists. That member resigned before a second hearing could take place on the state level. (Source: Read more)

Killion resigns from board – Wilson Times

The Political Agitator response: You did the right thing! So don’t look back keep moving.

Joel Killion resigned as board secretary of the Wilson County Board of Elections Monday at the request of the Wilson County Republican Party.

His resignation follows a decision last week to change his voter registration from Republican to unaffiliated.

"It is with regret that I tender my resignation from the Wilson County Board of Elections as secretary, effective July 15, per the request of the Wilson County Republican Party,” Killion wrote. "I am grateful for having had the opportunity to serve on the board and offer my best wishes for its continued success.”

Killion emailed his resignation letter to Rena Morris, director of the Wilson County Board of Elections, and the letter will be sent to the N.C. Board of Elections. Morris is on vacation, but state election officials are expecting the letter, said Joshua Lawson, N.C. Board of Elections spokesman. (Source: Read more)

Wilson NC: Sheriff responds to campaign attack – Wilson NC

The Political Agitator Response: It is sad when candidates have to spend time dealing with ignant racist ass folk. It is evident that Gardner is campaigning on don’t vote for this black man. Thank you Sheriff Woodard for your setting the record straight.

Incumbent Sheriff Calvin Woodard said there’s a lot about politics he wishes weren’t true.

“I really wish candidates didn’t have to raise money to run for office,” Woodard said Friday afternoon. “I like meeting and talking with the people of Wilson County. But I think campaigns should be based on the candidate’s platform. Unfortunately, there is the raising money portion of this.”

Woodard doesn’t believe the person with the biggest war chest is automatically victorious.

Woodard, a Democrat, faces Republican Joey Gardner in the November election.

“I think people want to know your work record, your history,” Woodard said. “I think the people of Wilson County believe in this office and believe in me and know I am dedicated to getting the job done.” (Source: Read more)