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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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

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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 […]


Connelly and Croskery Square Off in D5

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by Dennis Mitchell Election correspondent In the race for Greenville’s district 5 city council seat, longtime physician and one-term incumbent Rick Croskery is challenged by small businessman and former ECU standout and pro baseball player PJ Connelly. Croskery brings a long résumé of service to the community, as chair of the Chamber of Commerce and […]


Godley opposes “voting bloc,” Blackburn cites record

Godley opposes “voting bloc,” Blackburn cites record

By Dennis Mitchell Election Correspondent Voters in district 3 on Tuesday must choose between Marion Blackburn and McLean Godley. Blackburn, in her third term as the district’s representative, touts her dedication to improving the quality of life for residents as one of the reasons she should be re-elected. Godley points to ending division on the […]


At Large: Anderson Attacks, Mercer Cries Foul

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By Dennis Mitchell Election Correspondent The race for the lone city council seat representing all of Greenville pits incumbent Calvin Mercer against newcomer Erik Anderson. Mercer has the distinction of serving on city council for four consecutive terms, three as the representative from District 4, and now as the At-Large representative. This is Anderson’s first […]


Boardman Seeks to Make GUC Rates, City Fees Big Issues in D4

Boardman Seeks to Make GUC Rates, City Fees Big Issues in D4

By Dennis Mitchell Election correspondent Terry Boardman isn’t only challenging Rick Smiley for the District 4 seat on city council, he is also challenging Smiley’s vote of support for the Greenville Utilities Commission’s recent rate decrease due to the sale of its nuclear power assets to Duke Energy. GUC had two real options for passing […]


35-Day Campaign Finance Reports

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See the 35-day campaign finance reports right here. Read our coverage of these reports here.


Whitley Out-Raises Thomas, Godley Bests Blackburn, Mercer is Cash King

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Dennis Mitchell Election Correspondent Update 10/8: Donna Whitley submitted an amended 35-day campaign finance report yesterday after noticing a $50 donation was listed as $5,000 and an $1,100 donation as $2,200. Whitley told us in an email that after she noticed the mistakes, as reported in the Daily Reflector, she called her treasurer, CPA Ronnie Greene, and […]


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! […]


You’ve Been Hearing About Them. Now, See Them!

You’ve Been Hearing About Them. Now, See Them!

You’ve heard about the GG’s Debate Series. Maybe you even saw the live-streams last week from City Hall, co-sponsored by The M Voice. But you really need to behold Akela Thigpen’s post-production artistry for yourself–and don’t you want to watch again, anyway? Doing so just got easier. GPAT-TV, Channel 23, will air the D1 debate […]


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 […]


Liveblog: Smith vs. Barrow

Liveblog: Smith vs. Barrow

Below is an edited transcript of contributing writer Anthony Noel’s live blog of Saturday morning’s debate between candidates for Greenville’s District 1 city council seat. (We’d hoped share this debate via live video-stream, but a defective piece of equipment needed for the stream precluded our doing so. A new one is one the way from […]


Will Barrow Distinguish Herself from Smith?

Will Barrow Distinguish Herself from Smith?

D1 Candidates Debate Saturday by Dennis Mitchell, Election Correspondent and Lisa Ellison, Editor The first debate in our City Council Debate Series, co-sponsored by the Minority Voice, is coming up fast—Saturday morning, actually. District 1, one of two “majority minority” districts in the city, is comprised largely of Greenville north of the Tar River, an […]


City Council Debates: Another Angel Arises

City Council Debates: Another Angel Arises

We instigated a bit of wordplay around reader support of the Guardian last year, using “Guardian Angel,” “Lesser Angel” and “Archangel” to describe various donor levels. It was a pretty transparent appeal to concern for the greater good, a concern we believe resides in each of us, if we’ll just take a moment to listen […]


(Most) Candidates Embrace Debates

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by Lisa Ellison Editor September 2 update: Patrice Barrow accepted. McLean Godley, Angela Williams and Mayor Allen Thomas will not be participating in debates. Original story: After we at the Guardian posted this invitation to Greenville city council candidates to participate in a series of debates, I followed up with each each candidate by e-mail. I expected […]


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 […]


Schedule: City Council Debates

Notes: There is no District 2 debate; incumbent Rose Glover is running unopposed. There is no District 3 debate; challenger McLean Godley would not commit to participate on any of several dates offered. Neither incumbent mayor Allen Thomas nor At-large challenger Angela Shackleford Williams replied to numerous invitations to participate. Our announcement of the debate […]


Mayor Claims Success, Challengers Disagree

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by Dennis Mitchell Election correspondent Allen Thomas, running for his third term as mayor of Greenville, faces two challengers who hope to end his tenure by calling him out on his record. Via email, Thomas touted a litany of notable national rankings Greenville has received over the last few years, as indicators of his success […]


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