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From the Editor’s Couch: Contestants for Mayor Heard

Ellison and Dudley Moore are roughly the same height.

by Lisa Ellison, editor The Daily Reflector held its mayoral debate last night. Lots of people and media attended. Why, even the mayor was there! I was pleased to get a seat towards the front, between two people I know and was glad to see, even if briefly. The questions were good, covering topics from planning […]


From the Editor: Urge Candidates to Say Yes to Debates

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by Lisa Ellison Editor I don’t know about you, but I, for one, hate political campaigns. I’ve participated in the local election process in one way or another for a few cycles now. Whether I was working with a particular campaign or covering the election here in the Guardian, I’ve found the self-promotion required of […]


What the Editor Thinks: Politicians Asking Leading Questions

What the Editor Thinks: Politicians Asking Leading Questions

by Lisa Ellison Editor My U.S. Representative (yours too, most likely), Walter Jones, apparently asks a question on his website each week. I don’t know how long he’s been doing it, how many people usually respond or how long this particular question has been up (my guess is since Saturday at 10 a.m., when the […]


From the Editor: Hat Throwers be Damned

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by Lisa Ellison Editor As the field of candidates in November’s municipal election takes shape, a local editorial cartoon reminded me how thankless a job serving on city council is. The cartoon shows two rings. The mayor’s cowboy hat sits alone in the one labeled “mayor,” while a slew of hats occupies the “city council” […]


Candidate List Grows as Filing Deadline Nears

Candidate List Grows as Filing Deadline Nears

by Lisa Ellison Guardian editor Update 7/16: The at-large race has a new contestant. Brand new. Angela Shackleford Williams, who appears to rent a home on Willow Run in municipal District 4 (Pitt County Online Parcel Information System), registered to vote in Pitt County today when she filed for the city-wide seat. According to an August […]


From the Editor: Opt-in to Public Education

Internet cartoon.

by Lisa Ellison Guardian editor I grew up in a rural eastern North Carolina county and attended a public elementary school a few miles from my house. Looking back, I recall the students as mostly white and working class. And while there must have been a substantial community of migrant workers’ kids, schools have ways […]


Letter from the Editor: City Council Chooses Social Responsibility

Letter from the Editor: City Council Chooses Social Responsibility

by Lisa Ellison Guardian editor Thanks to a close vote last month, Greenville has the opportunity to become a leader in social responsibility. During their annual joint meeting with the Greenville Utilities Commission (GUC) on April 20, city councilors Rose Glover, Kandie Smith, Marion Blackburn and Mayor Allen Thomas, who broke the tie, voted to […]


The Art of Dance at ECU

ECU dancer Nichesa Jones, pictured above, was one of 13 selected as a cast member for the ECU performance of “Standing in Tears," set for March as part of the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series. Credit: ECU News Services, Oct. 16, 2014.

by Lisa Ellison Guardian editor As I do many years, I attended East Carolina University’s College of Theater and Dance’s annual concert, Dance 2015 (that’s not it’s name every year, of course), in early February. As is often the case, I was struck by the excellent work happening there. The best pieces were fully-formed creative […]


Solving a Music Mystery

Actual fragment from Tchaicovsky's "Swan Lake."

by Lisa Ellison Editor Nearly a week ago, my sister Denise Cerniglia, a ballet teacher and choreographer in Holly Springs, NC, told me she’d started choreographing a ballet to music she didn’t have. “I mean,” she elaborated, “I’ve already started teaching the dance, whistling the music. I’ve been whistling it for everyone I know, and have […]


Recommended Read: Virginia Woolf

Recommended Read: Virginia Woolf

by Lisa Ellison Editor Seven (and last) in a series highlighting the books our contributing and guest writers most enjoyed reading in 2014. Thanks to a colleague who asked me to read a few of her books, I’ve been on a Virginia Woolf kick lately. My favorite of all was Mrs. Dalloway (Hogarth Press, 1925). […]


Can “Transparency” Go Too Far?

"So it's up to me?"

By Lisa Ellison Editor On December 11, Greenville city council heard an audit report. The auditors declared the town “unmodified” — that is, Greenville’s in good shape. The city finds itself sitting on some cash that’s not really needed for anything. $2.8 million, to be exact. When left with a bundle of undesignated money like this, […]


“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 […]


From the Editor: Our Priorities

From the Editor: Our Priorities

GUARDIAN ANGEL UPDATE, MONDAY NOVEMBER 3, 8:30 A.M.: Before you read Lisa’s latest column below, I wanted to share the great news that three more Angels landed over the weekend, bringing to 85 the number of Guardian supporters still needed to keep this site from going dark on January 1. CAN YOU PLEASE COMMIT $12 […]


Caricatures of Council, in Words

You put your right foot in. You put your right foot out. Etc..

by Lisa Ellison, Editor I intended to write an examination of the way each councilor engages in debate. But this is what I came up with instead. From the Editor’s Desk Smith: “This is easy. Here’s why. You’re stupid.” Blackburn: “I don’t know if it’s the right thing to do, but my heart is really […]


Educational Opportunity Bill: Opportunity for Whom?

Educational Opportunity Bill: Opportunity for Whom?

by Lisa Wilbourne Yesterday I received a press release from a group called Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina containing a letter from the president of the organization, Darrell Allison. He begins by asking who should be the “ultimate decision maker” and held “most accountable” for choosing a child’s school. He answers, “the parents.” […]


Elected Officials Follow the Law? Not in Greenville.

Elected Officials Follow the Law? Not in Greenville.

by Lisa Wilbourne Though not part of the agenda, much of city council’s very short meeting tonight (March 4) was spent talking about prayer. Eight residents, largely pastors from local churches, spoke during the public comments period about not being denied their right to practice religion and freedom of expression. (Why exactly they came to […]


From the Editor: Mayor as Manager

Bartlett, William Anderson, Wes Anderson, Moton and Bowers (no picture of Case was available)

Barbara Lipscomb became Greenville’s city manager in mid-August. During her second city council meeting a month later, she made it clear that she is not as interested in keeping city councilors happy as in performing the duties for which they’ve hired her. Under Greenville’s Council-Manager form of government the mayor and council are elected every […]


Letter from the Editor

Welcome to The Greenville Guardian! I’m so glad you’re here! To set the mood for the in-depth journalism you’ll find when you visit The Guardian, I’ll give you the who, what, where, when, and why of it. Who? First, who is involved in creating The Greenville Guardian? It was created after three citizens eager to […]


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