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Paddling in Eastern North Carolina, Part 6: New Bern’s Neuse River

Paddling in Eastern North Carolina, Part 6: New Bern’s Neuse River

This is the last of six guides to paddling Eastern North Carolina. They are formatted to enable easy printing and following while on the water. Slip the pages in sheet protectors and under the hold-downs of your boat for easy, waterproof reference. Brad’s other guides, featuring Greenville’s Tar River, Bear Island, Devil’s Gut, Little Washington […]


Paddling in Eastern North Carolina, Part 5: Cape Lookout Day Trip

Leaving the lighthouse.

This is the fifth of six guides to paddling Eastern North Carolina. See Brad’s guides on Greenville’s Tar River, Bear Island, Devil’s Gut and Little Washington here. Text and photos by Brad Beggs Guardian columnist The vast water of Back Bay spreads out before you. In the far southern distance, a black and white spire […]


Paddling in Eastern North Carolina, Part 4: “Little” Washington

Low light on the river.

This is the fourth of six guides to paddling Eastern North Carolina. The series runs through the summer. See Brad’s other guides on Greenville’s Tar River, Bear Island, and Devil’s Gut here. Text and photos by Brad Beggs Guardian columnist A hidden beach on the south side of Castle Island is just a short, one-mile paddle from Washington, […]


Out and About in Greenville

Cows at Simply Natural Creamery. Website photo.

by Aaron Lucier Contributor Editor’s note: This series, conceived by its author, presents “things to do, special events, new restaurants and new items at old favorites.” Greenville and Pitt County have an abundance of unique things to do year-round. Here is my list of 10 places you may not have visited yet—or maybe it’s just […]


The Examined Life: Lessons from Socrates

The Examined Life: Lessons from Socrates

The Examined Life is a rotating column. Contributors share ideas or observations about society, whether local or broad. by Richard Miller Guardian contributor was thirteen years old when I met Socrates. My parents had taken me with them to visit friends of theirs, a childless couple whose decor included a collection of green faux leather-covered “Great […]


Paddling in Eastern North Carolina, Part 3: Devil’s Gut

Paddling in Eastern North Carolina, Part 3: Devil’s Gut

This is the third in a series of six guides to paddles in Eastern North Carolina. The series runs through the summer. The first, on Greenville’s Tar River, is here; the second, a trip to Bear Island, here. Text and photos by Brad Beggs Guardian columnist The full moon reflected on the still backwater, bats […]


The Examined Life: Uptown Pastoral

Photo: Lisa Ellison

by Thomas Herron Guest columnist A Day in the Life is a rotating invitational column. Writers are asked to offer some idea or observation about our world, filtered through their liberal arts field, the study of the which promotes active citizens and a vibrant democracy. “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” –Joni Mitchell […]


Before the Death Rattle: the End of Life Care Coalition of Eastern Carolina

In Merchant's Alley, outside Starlight Cafe on 5th Street. Photo: Lisa Ellison

This is the second in a series profiling organizations doing good work in the community. The first was on REAL Crisis Intervention. by Alana Baker Guardian contributor Quick, peaceful and painless: this is one of the more idyllic ways people imagine their own deaths. Susan Redding, a Nurse Practitioner in Palliative Care Services at Vidant […]


Paddling in Eastern North Carolina, Part 2: Bear Island

Bear Inlet, on Bear Island's western side at low tide. Typically very shallow, with little boat traffic at low tide. A great spot for sea kayak or stand-up-paddle surf.

This is the second of six guides to paddling Eastern North Carolina. The series runs through the summer. The first, on Greenville’s Tar River, is here. Text and photos by Brad Beggs, Guardian columnist No one expects amazing white sand beaches to be empty at the height of the summer. This is what makes secluded Bear […]


Greenville Pair Organizes for PFLAG Chapter

Greenville Pair Organizes for PFLAG Chapter

by Lisa Ellison Guardian editor Deborah Thomson, the mother of a trans-identified middle school child, and long-time local LGBT activist Rich Elkins held an interest meeting April 9 for a Greenville-area chapter of PFLAG. The national organization was begun in 1972 to unite people who are lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender or queer with family, their friends, […]


Paddling Eastern North Carolina, Part 1: Greenville’s Tar River

Twisted cypress trees on the Tar River, near Greenville. Photo source: Brad Beggs.

This is the first of six guides to paddling in Eastern North Carolina. The series will run through the summer.  by Brad Beggs Guardian columnist From late spring through fall, Greenville’s Tar River welcomes paddlers and tubers looking to cool off. In the winter months, it is the perfect place to embrace the occasional warm day […]


Ready to Listen: REAL Crisis Intervention

Internet photo.

This is the first in a series profiling organizations doing good work in the community. by Alana Baker Guardian contributor Despair, grief, anger, depression, fear—these are things most people feel at some point or another in life. Many of us have resources, places and people to help us through hard times. Some people, however, have […]


White’s Theater: A History

Interior of White's Theatre, Greenville, N.C. Image taken from letterhead of Samuel T. White, owner of White's Theatre. On the same sheet of stationery is a letter from White to Mess. Ward and Grimes of Washington, N.C., 20 February 1919 (not shown). Date of image approximated. Source: ECU Digital Collections.

by Roger Kammerer Guardian Contributor Sitting silent and boarded up on Fifth Street beside Winslow’s Restaurant, a lone building awaits its ultimate fate. Known first as White’s Theater, then the State Theater and finally the Park Theater, the once beautiful landmark awaits the day when once again it will host Greenville’s best entertainment. The idea […]


Peace Found on Campus

Peace Found on Campus

The Greenville Guardian accepts unsolicited reviews of local events and op-eds, along with interesting photographs (with captions) for possible publication. Though we offer no payment for such submissions, writers/photographers will be credited if their work is selected. Here is the first in what we hope will be an ongoing series of great photos: For more […]


Igniting a Spark: Finding Magic in Greenville

Igniting a Spark: Finding Magic in Greenville

by Spencer Bennington Guardian contributor What if I told you that within our city there were beings who wield unimaginable power? Mere mortals who have ignited a spark within them, a spark which allows them to transcend time and space, to harness the power of the natural world, summon mythical beasts, and cast the arcana […]


“Open Your Mouth …

“Open Your Mouth …

by Lisa Ellison Editor … judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:9) Last month we posted a short article about a documentary called, ““Misunderstood: The Voice Behind the Cardboard,”created by four students in the Master of Social Work program at East Carolina University. With a goal of raising awareness of panhandlers in […]


Short Film Shows Hardships of Panhandlers

by Guardian staff Four students in ECU’s Master of Social Work program have created a film to raise awareness of panhandlers in Greenville. The 30-minute video, “Misunderstood: The Voice Behind the Cardboard,” presents public perceptions of panhandlers, ranging from sympathetic to antagonistic, through video-recorded interviews with community members. The realities of homelessness, substance abuse and disabilities […]


Campaign Sign Enforcement Effort Begins

Campaign Sign Enforcement Effort Begins

By Anthony Noel Contributing Writer “It’s all over but the shouting.” Oft repeated after a momentous or particularly nail-biting sports event or political campaign, this truism says more than it might seem at first blush. The event may be over, but does the shouting ever really end? In the political realm especially, the shouting is […]


Where have all the channels gone?

by Guardian staff Suddenlink customers have likely noticed an absence of some channels since October 1. According to Jared Sonne, Senior Vice President of Suddenlink Communications in a letter dated Friday, October 3, Viacom demanded an increase of nearly 50 percent from Suddenlink in order to carry their 24 channels–and wanted even more for à […]


Councilors Support PACs

Photo: City of Greenville

by Lisa Ellison Editor (February 17, 2014) We were wrong in an article on February 13. We said that the political action committee (PAC) “Citizens for a Better Greenville” had not yet filed their year-end report, which they filed on January 10 of this year. This error came to our attention after the organization filed […]


Four Unrelated Overlay Zone Out (but we like the recommendations anyway)

Four Unrelated Overlay Zone Out (but we like the recommendations anyway)

by Lisa Ellison Editor (February 13, 2014) Temper tantrums and salty-tongue wound licking were the flavors of the night during discussion of the three-unrelated rule and the University Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (UNRI) at Thursday’s meeting of city council. Revisiting the decision to impose an “overlay district” upon a small section of the Tar River-University Neighborhood […]


Money for Favors?

Money for Favors?

by Lisa Ellison, Editor (February 13, 2014) One of the most contentious debates in the proceedings of Greenville’s last city council, increasing the city-wide limit on the number of unrelated people permitted to live in the same house, has returned. And based on campaign donation records from last fall’s election, which seated a new council, […]


Moscow on the Tar

Photo by Vince Bellis.

By Vince Bellis and Lisa Ellison Scroll down for new information. On January 14, Vince Bellis noticed something on a walk along the Town Common promenade: a golden heart-shaped lock with names inscribed. Bellis informed the Guardian, “this is a marriage custom currently in vogue in Russia. Newlyweds pledge their everlasting love by locking a […]


Council Blocks Town Common Presentation

credit: City of Greenville

by Lisa Ellison The Thursday, Jan. 16 city council meeting started out looking a lot like the Jan. 13 meeting: Forced, cheerful, buddy-buddy, punch-on-the-shoulder kinds of interactions from the mayor to councilors with a string of unanimous votes. After breezing through appointments to citizen boards and commissions (one of note was District 3 representative Marion […]


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