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Of Grandstanding and Budget Wrangling

Of Grandstanding and Budget Wrangling

by Anthony Mercando Government Analyst Editor’s note: Imagine you’ve never attended a municipal meeting. For too many of us, it’s no stretch: Residents seem to attend – the few who ever will, at any point in their lives – only when something “directly affects” them. This despite the fact that every decision of those who […]


My First Encounter with the EAC

Godley

By Anthony Mercando Government Analyst Greenville’s Environmental Advisory Commission meets the first Thursday of every month, and had an aspiring member who happens to be a friend of mine not been planning to go, I would not have known. Three of us took seats in council chambers, the only witnesses to the proceedings. There are […]


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 […]


Pre-election Financial Reports

Pre-election financial reports, covering the period through October 19, have been released. Patrice Barrow (D1 challenger) and Terrence Boardman (D4 challenger) will both come in below the $1,000 threshold and are exempt from filing. D3 challenger McLean Godley’s report, submitted at 5 p.m. October 26, was incomplete; the amended report now included below was filed October […]


STREAMING NOW: Reeves and Whitley

STREAMING NOW: Reeves and Whitley

The City Hall debate between candidates challenging Greenville mayor Allen Thomas (who would not participate) is now up and available for anytime viewing right here at the Guardian, along with four other sessions between candidates seeking seats on city council. Just scroll down that page to the debate you want to view, click the arrow–and get your politics on! […]


Tonight and Tomorrow: Smith vs. Barrow on GPAT

Questioners Keith Cooper of the Benevolence Corps converses with former city councilor and Guardian election correspondent Dennis Mitchell prior to last week's debate (photo: Jake Postma)

Last Saturday’s debate between district 1 city council incumbent Kandie Smith and challenger Patrice Barrow will be broadcast in its entirety several times this weekend on GPAT-TV 23. The session, the first in a series of debates among candidates for city council, runs just over an hour. It airs Friday at 7 and 11 p.m., and […]


Election 2015: Blackburn Will Run

Blackburn currently holds the District 3 seat. She intends to run for re-election.

by Guardian staff Editor’s note, 9:20 a.m., 7/3/2015: In an email this morning, Blackburn acknowledged the questions and says she will “most definitely” answer.  In a press release received yesterday July 2, Marion Blackburn became the first candidate to announce her intention to run for Greenville City Council this fall. Candidate filing formally opens at […]


Council Adheres to Land Use Plan, (Almost) Saves Taxpayer Money

Council Adheres to Land Use Plan, (Almost) Saves Taxpayer Money

by Brittney Melton Guardian intern Greenville City Council’s April 9 meeting saw the easy conclusion of ordinances allowing live performance venues and craft beer sales downtown. One contentious rezoning on East 10th Street was continued until May, and council voted on another controversial rezoning request, this one regarding land South of Stantonsburg Road. Council also made […]


Commission Okays Live Performance Venues

The property in question in question is marked with a gray pin.

by Brittney Melton Guardian intern Live performance venues are one step closer to becoming a reality in Greenville. On March 17, the Planning and Zoning commission unanimously approved a text amendment to allow concerts, plays, operas musicals and other performance art at permitted theaters downtown. There are a few requirements venues applying for the special […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


Ousted NYT Editor Addresses Wake Grads

Ousted NYT Editor Addresses Wake Grads

By Justin Catanoso Special to The Greenville Guardian WINSTON-SALEM, May 19, 2014 — Without a trace of rancor or bitterness, Jill Abramson, the recently deposed executive editor of The New York Times, offered graduates of Wake Forest University on Monday morning a message that is highly uncommon among powerful and accomplished commencement speakers: she’s just […]


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, […]


City Board Refuses Popular Night Club

City Board Refuses Popular Night Club

by Lisa Ellison Editor (February 4, 2014) Quick, quiet and sparsely attended. That’s how the monthly meetings of the Greenville Board of Adjustment usually go. This quasi-judicial board makes decisions on zoning issues and special-use permits. It is comprised mostly of Greenville residents appointed by city council, with three, including an alternate, Pitt County residents […]


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 […]


Coming up: Appointments and Hearings

photo: City of Greenville

by Lisa Ellison All items up for vote at Monday night’s city council meeting were unanimously approved. Council meets again Thursday at 7 p.m., at City Hall. It will be a big night for appointments, with citizens being named to boards and commissions. Council will also vote on their own committee appointments. A seat filled […]


Council Preview: Jan. 13

Council Preview: Jan. 13

by Lisa Ellison City council will hold its first meeting of the year at 6 p.m. Monday (Jan. 13) at City Hall. Items on the consent agenda, which will all be voted on together without discussion (unless individual items are pulled from it for consideration) include a two-year extension of the city’s contract with Greenville-Pitt […]


One More Election

One More Election

By Guardian Staff UPDATE: Calvin Mercer was appointed mayor pro-tem Monday night in a 4-2 vote. Original story follows: The winners of last month’s municipal election will be seated tonight at 6 p.m. in council chambers. The only order of business for the largely ceremonial meeting–which will include playing of the “Star-Spangled Banner” and the […]


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