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Analysis: Super Tuesday Wasn’t the End

Analysis: Super Tuesday Wasn’t the End

Democrats and Republicans took to the polls yesterday in 11 states to declare their preferred candidate for President. This morning, most of the articles from major news networks are pushing the narrative that the race is essentially over on both sides. That isn’t the case. Clinton vs Sanders: Clinton was absolutely the big winner coming […]


And So It Begins…

Guardian Staff Report The November election proved a turning point for Greenville’s city council. Marion Blackburn, who held the district 3 seat since 2009, was replaced by 23-year-old McLean Godley. In D5, 32-year-old P.J. Connelly defeated one-termer Dr. Richard Croskery, who won the seat in 2013. It remains to be seen how the new mix […]


Cleaning Up The Daily Reflector’s Mess

Cleaning Up The Daily Reflector’s Mess

By Anthony Noel Contributing Writer Many things contributed to my decision, back in the 1980s, to start my first business. I’d make more money. I’d set my own schedule. I’d be my own boss. That last one was by far the most enticing: I could run things my way. That sense came to a head […]


Cherry Hill Cemetery Holds Reminders of ECU’s Past

Cherry Hill Cemetery Holds Reminders of ECU’s Past

by Suzan Flanagan, Ed Reges and Rex Rose Photos by Suzan Flanagan and Ed Reges Guardian contributors Ragsdale, Jarvis and Cotten are familiar street names to many in Greenville. By no coincidence, they’re also some of the names found on buildings of East Carolina University’s campus. So easily overlooked as we go about our day-to-day […]


Chasing an Angry Fix: Greenville’s Heroin Addiction

Close-up on the floor of the syringe with the drug. In the background, a young drug addict.

by Spencer Bennington Guardian contributor Teaching freshman writing is a pretty inaccurate description of my day job. Yes, it’s my duty to compose lesson plans, deliver lectures, and coach 80+ students through multiple written drafts of a variety of essays, but any instructor who works closely with eighteen-year-olds for any extended period can tell you […]


Board of Governors to Threaten All Life on Earth? An Analysis of the Decision to Discontinue Three UNC Centers

Board of Governors to Threaten All Life on Earth? An Analysis of the Decision to Discontinue Three UNC Centers

By Spencer Bennington Guardian contributor The Decision to Close Three UNC Centers On February 18th, a working committee from the UNC system’s legislative body, the Board of Governors (BOG), unanimously voted for the discontinuation of three separate University centers across North Carolina. The three centers recommended to close were Chapel Hill’s Center on Poverty, Work, […]


Live Performance Venues Coming to Greenville

White's Theater at its opening in 1914.  Credit: ECU Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, with thanks to Candace Pearce and Roger Kammerer.

by Brittney Melton Guardian Intern Plays, concerts, spoken word and motion pictures may soon be viable entertainment choices in downtown Greenville since the January 15 city council meeting  in which councilors voted unanimously to amend the zoning ordinance allowing “live performance theaters.” [Edit: The ordinance was referred to Planning and Zoning for further review at their February […]


Greenville’s Food Desert? No Más en Rio del Norte!   

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Tropicana Supermarket Opens Near Airport By Sydney Moseley Rio del Norte Correspondent Most Greenvillians seldom deign to venture into the hinterlands north of its three Tar River bridges, except maybe to visit a county office, fly to Charlotte or play Frisbee golf. After the Riverwalk Riot of 2014, one might be surprised to hear that […]


Boards and Commissions: A Primer

Boards and Commissions: A Primer

by Guardian staff A Monday (Dec. 16) email from city clerk Carol Barwick announced Mayor Allen Thomas’ choices as city council liaisons to Greenville’s various boards and commissions. Each council member liaises with two or three of 19 panels, which are essentially citizen-populated subcommittees of city council. The liaisons, according to the city’s Board and […]


“Objective” vs. Actual Journalism

“Objective” vs. Actual Journalism

By Anthony Noel Preface Nobody ever got into journalism for the money. That old saw, sadly true, begs (among the uninitiated, anyway) the question, “Then why do they?” Altruistic as it may sound, I am completely convinced that people get into journalism because they believe, initially at least and above all else, in the public’s […]


Motions Not Made: Sneaking Words into City Code

Motions Not Made: Sneaking Words into City Code

by Lisa Wilbourne In February, four residents told city council they are disenfranchised because, not owning their properties, they cannot vote in their neighborhood associations. They argue a significant portion of the city’s population is cut off — not only from inclusion in their own neighborhoods, but from the city’s Neighborhood Advisory Board (NAB), a […]


When Mistrust Rules: Council’s February Split Vote Analysis

When Mistrust Rules: Council’s February Split Vote Analysis

by Lisa Wilbourne Debate Over Early Voting Sites The outcome of city council’s discussion on early voting sites for the municipal election this November was reported in February Council Review. It reads, “In preparation for this year’s municipal elections, the Pitt County Board of Elections sought input from the city on whether they would like […]


Analysis: Making Bradford Creek Work

Analysis: Making Bradford Creek Work

by Lisa Wilbourne Quick Summary To make Bradford Creek, the city’s golf course, able to cover its own operating costs, a golf course management and operational consultant reports the city needs to do these four things. Hire a general manager. Increase marketing to get more rounds played per year. Increase playing fees. Fund capital improvements. […]


The Unclaimed Action Item: Who’s Behind the Staff Directive

The Unclaimed Action Item: Who’s Behind the Staff Directive

by Lisa Wilbourne In March, Greenville City Council gave city staff the order “to present … code amendment alternatives to permit more than 3 unrelated persons occupancy in residential structures.” ————————- ANALYSIS ————————- As part of their research, which included gathering background information on the current standard and a survey of similar communities, staff held […]


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