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Merging Man and Technology: Posthumanism

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By Christy Irizarry If you could prevent yourself from aging and use artificial intelligence or non-biological scientific developments to enhance your physiological faculties–would you? If you could digitally reprogram your body to work in a perfect manner, should you? How great – or detrimental – would it be to change human traits? How peculiar would […]


Demolishing History

Demolishing History

By Anthony Mercando As the city council scrapped over the budget, word came that, a mile or so down 5th Street, we’ll be seeing a different kind of development. East Carolina University wants to expand the chancellor’s residence to such a degree that they’re going to have to displace or demolish five (count’em five) houses […]


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 […]


Mace In Yo Face

Mace In Yo Face

By Anthony Mercando It’s hard to conceive that students and educators are perhaps more afraid today than when Europe was split in two and the constant threat of nuclear annihilation loomed over their heads 40 and 50 years back. Now, we’re more fearful of other Americans than of BMPs filled with angry Russians streaming through […]


How to Retain Graduates

How to Retain Graduates

By Uriah Ward Opinion Editor I just got back home from a community roundtable in city hall aimed at retaining skilled workers after they graduate from ECU or PCC. The forum was organized by Councilmen Connelly and Godley and provided a lot of good information for the handful of people who showed up to learn. I […]


My First Encounter with the EAC

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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 […]


Anti-Trans Bigotry Will Save North Carolina

Anti-Trans Bigotry Will Save North Carolina

by Anthony Mercando It’s old news now, with Title IX funding days from being slashed in North Carolina, and Gov. McCrory making more and more statements about “open dialogue and not threats.” HB2 nipped spring in the bud here in North Carolina, but at least chased a winter’s funk that had refused to let go. […]


New York Values

New York Values

by Raoul Duke Guest Columnist If the Democratic Party is ever to be destroyed and remade into something useful, today’s the day. Voters in one of the nation’s most populous states, one with a huge number of registered Democrats, and one which – it’s no coincidence – still conducts a closed primary, could give the […]


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 […]


New Leadership Takes Shape

New Leadership Takes Shape

Four years ago, The Greenville Guardian was born to provide more in-depth coverage of news, politics, events, personalities, and issues in our community. We’re proud of the work we’ve done. But time brings change to everything, and we are undergoing some changes. Anthony Noel and Lisa Ellison, who co-founded and formed the editorial backbone of […]


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 […]


A Park for the People

A Park for the People

Help shape improvements to the Town Common, Greenville’s hallmark public space, which will define our city for years to come. This “Central Park” belongs to the people–not private investors. Let’s keep it that way. Imagine: A large “Central Park” of our own, with inviting paths, environmentally distinctive areas – woods, grasslands, waterfront – and playgrounds. […]


A New Year: Volunteer.

Early 20th century New Years resolution post cards

(Forgive our momentary distraction with the craziness in eastern Oregon. We now return to our regularly scheduled volunteer resource. Be sure to look for our upcoming announcement of the GG’s new editorial and administrative team, posting in just a few days. – Ed.) by Greenville Guardian staff As the warmth of the holiday season recedes (figuratively […]


An Easy, Peaceful Solution to the Oregon Standoff

All hat (and wild prattle)

This land is your land. This land is my land. Unless, apparently, you’re Ammon Bundy or one of his rancher buddies, in which case all land is their land. Period. As 2016 dawned, a small group of armed Americans (now calling itself “Citizens for Constitutional Freedom”) broke off from a larger protest, then broke into […]


Ideas For Now Thru New Year’s

Ideas For Now Thru New Year’s

Okay: The boxes and gift wrap are in the recycle bin. One more bite of turkey or ham and you’ll explode. And your holiday guests? They could have saved these days for a blowout summer vacation. But no. They’re. Still. Here. If you have a new appreciation for the old truism about friends, family and […]


New Traditions, Old Favorites

New Traditions, Old Favorites

by Guardian Staff As Christmas nears and another year looms, you might be looking for new ways to celebrate. Or just to get those relatives out of your kitchen. Either way, the Guardian’s got you covered. From now through New Year’s, we’ll be offering some fresh ideas for your holiday observances, and after Jan. 1, […]


The New Team Meets

The New Team Meets

We’re very pleased to announce that a new team has formed to lead the Greenville Guardian! Last night it met for the first time, and the energy in the room was palpable. This group means business. We are excited by the team’s commitment to the Guardian’s mission, to expanding its coverage and support, and by […]


A Letter To Our Readers

Creative Commons license, photo by Seyed Mostafa Zamani.

When we launched the Greenville Guardian four years ago, we had no idea what to expect. Would Greenville, a growing city with real issues arising from that growth, welcome or shun another media outlet? Especially one whose editorial policy espoused growing not for growth’s sake, but for the right reasons? Could we find writers able to […]


Out and About: Two New Brew Venues

Out and About: Two New Brew Venues

Fall’s arrival has brought Greenville’s beer and pub fans some good news: the opening of two new venues in our area. Both Tapped and Dickinson Avenue Public House offer modern and welcoming atmospheres for socializing, with a full selection of craft beers. To learn more, we asked the folks behind these new ventures how their concepts […]


Syrian Refugees: An Open Letter to City Council

Syrian Refugees: An Open Letter to City Council

Editor’s note: The following letter was written by Uriah Ward. He plans to send it to the Mayor and each member of city council. If you would like to add your name, email UriahWard@yahoo.com. To the Mayor and City Councilors of Greenville, I’m writing you to encourage you to take a difficult stand for something […]


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 […]


Thomas, Mercer, Smith, Glover, Smiley, Godley, Connelly; YES to Bond

Allen Thomas

Your new Greenville city council: Allen Thomas, mayor Calvin Mercer, at-large Kandie Smith, D1 Rose Glover, D2 McLean Godley, D3 Rick Smiley, D4 P.J. Connelly, D5 Allen Thomas, Calvin Mercer and Kandie Smith hold their seats.


First votes in

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Absentee and early voting results, as well as 10 precincts are now in. Here’s where things stand. Watch it all unfold for yourself here. And if you’re viewing the details like the results by precinct, here’s a list of where those are to help give you a sense of where the votes are coming from.   


Election Turnout Reports

Election Turnout Reports

By Lisa Ellison Editor Update, 3:24 p.m.: As of two o’clock, the top three precincts (11A, 10A and 10B) hold their positions with 31, 26 and 22 percent of registered voters having done their civic duty. 12B has leaped ahead of 8A, with 18 percent to 8A’s 15 percent, which Precinct 9 (Hooker Memorial Church […]


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