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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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


Wetherington Files Election Protest

Katherine Wetherington, from the campaign's Facebook page

by Lisa Ellison Editor Katherine Wetherington, who challenged Marion Blackburn for Greenville’s district 3 city council seat and lost by 60 votes, has, like Terri Williams, filed a formal protest requesting a new election. Below are the documents submitted yesterday with Wetherington’s filing. On the protest form, Wetherington claims an error occurred in vote count […]


UPDATED: Williams Protests Election

Terri Williams

by Lisa Ellison Editor The Guardian has investigated charges made in Terri Williams’ formal protest of the results for District 4 in Greenville’s municipal election. Here is what we’ve found so far: In reference to a signed statement by Ashley Wetherington included with the protest filing, one of the poll workers, who requested anonymity citing […]


TRUNA Document: Where it came from and what it says

TRUNA Document: Where it came from and what it says

by Lisa Ellison A webpage maligning renters  and rumored to have been published by a neighborhood association has been shown 1) not have been produced by the association and 2) to be a creative, as opposed to editorial, work.  The Tar River University Neighborhood Association (TRUNA) was accused of  publishing disparaging remarks about renters on […]


Overton On Signs: “I’ll Address It”

Overton On Signs: “I’ll Address It”

By Anthony Noel District 5 city council candidate Michael Overton says he will “address” apparent violations of his campaign signs to North Carolina’s law governing their placement in the rights-of-way of area streets. After confirming a passerby’s suspicion that several of Overton’s signs on Greenville Boulevard near Evans Street and on Evans itself appeared to […]


Mayor invested in sweepstakes owner’s business

Mayor invested in sweepstakes owner’s business

By Guardian Staff Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas asserted in Sunday’s Daily Reflector that he severed ties to sweepstakes company Biltmore Venture Group II in January 2012 because he “didn’t like the direction the company was taking” and “wanted to invest his resources elsewhere.” Thomas told the paper he had invested in a company called Zabra, and had […]


Mayor Thomas and Sweepstakes: A Timeline

Mayor Thomas and Sweepstakes: A Timeline

By Guardian Staff Here’s a timeline of events surrounding Allen Thomas’s involvement with sweepstakes businesses in Greenville, a story broken September 1 in The Daily Reflector. March 16, 2009 Biltmore Venture Group, LLC (Limited Liability Company) files creation papers with the N.C. Secretary of State. In subsequent annual reports, the company lists Paul Adkison, John […]


UPDATED: More Actual Journalism

UPDATED: More Actual Journalism

By Anthony Noel Allen Thomas’ inferred lack of awareness of his duty to step down as Pitt County’s ETJ representative on the Greenville Planning and Zoning Commission upon moving out of the ETJ in 2011 becomes a little harder to understand based on the minutes of P&Z’s February 2011 meeting. Previous reporting indicates that Thomas […]


“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 […]


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