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Archive for June, 2012

City Appoints Barbara Lipscomb City Manager

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by Lisa Wilbourne Beginning August 13, Barbara Lipscomb will serve as Greenville’s City Manager. Most recently Lipscomb was city manager of Casselberry, Fla.  Lipscomb has 32 years experience working with city governments. She earned a B.A. in Geography and Political Science from University of Georgia, and a Master of Regional Planning from UNC-Chapel Hill.  See […]


Fun, Fitness, Fellowship, Family: Senior Games

Fun, Fitness, Fellowship, Family: Senior Games

CATALYSTS: how personal initiative energizes our community By Linda Leighty Shattering the myth of aging, Senior Games celebrates healthy lifestyles, competition and  community. Participants 55 years and older compete locally and regionally in age groups broken into five-year intervals, allowing participants to play according to their stamina and age. Every two years a national event is held in […]


Circus Maximus

This photo belongs to City of Greenville, NC. Photo by Steve Hawley

Greenville city councilmember Max Joyner played to pity in attempting to justify the last-minute pay raise council granted itself and the mayor at its June 14th meeting. Check out the meeting video. Click here, then advance the video to the 1:44:45 mark. Joyner says: “If you’re going to put me in charge of a $114 […]


Regional Transportation in Eastern NC, a Historical Look

Artist’s concept of Tar River Lock and Dam as proposed by Beverhout Thompson, Watercolor by Bob Pittman

By Vince Bellis Before the Civil War, Tarboro was the commercial hub of the central coastal plain. The Tarboro newspaper, The Southerner, a nearly complete microfilm set of which can be found at ECU’s Joyner Library, served the region. Articles selected from the pages of The Southerner reveal much about transportation in antebellum North Carolina. […]


City’s 2012-2013 Budget Established

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by Lisa Wilbourne In the June 14 meeting, City Council adopted the fiscal year 2012-2013 budget as recommended by staff with the following additions from Councilmember Max Joyner: Additional $50,000 for lighting study; Additional $25,000 to help support Uptown Greenville’s economic development efforts; $11.75/month sanitation rate for curbside and multi-family; $40.80/month for backyard service; 2.5% pay […]


“Are you a Lenny, Meg, or Babe?”

“Are you a Lenny, Meg, or Babe?”

Magnolia Arts Center’s Crimes of the Heart by Jennifer Benfield Johnson Audience members at Magnolia Arts Center‘s opening night performance of Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Crimes of the Heart, could be heard asking each other which of the main characters–sisters whose clashing personalities add tension and interest and create eventual unity–they relate to most. […]


Small Business Burning

Small Business Burning

By Delia Liuzza We all know times are tough. Regardless of what the media tells us about things getting better, all of us feel the need to hang on to the money we do have in case we get laid off, or need to go to the dentist, or our car breaks down, or the […]


SAVE GPAT

SAVE GPAT

6/6/2012 update: Commissioners reconvene at 6 p.m. tonight to resume budget discussions. No decisions were made in last night’s session. There was a great show of community support for GPAT at the public hearing.  GPAT provides full coverage of local government proceedings. Sunshine, as Justice Brandeis said, is the best disinfectant-so if it costs a […]


School Board to Weigh In on Virtual Charter School

School Board to Weigh In on Virtual Charter School

UPDATE: The Pitt County Board of Education unanimously agreed, without discussion, to join in litigation with other North Carolina school boards against NC Learns. by Lisa Wilbourne This evening the Pitt County Board of Education will decide whether or not to join 35 other counties in legal action against North Carolina Learns, Inc. Read the proposed […]


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