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Pops Singers a Choral Treat

Pops Singers a Choral Treat

CATALYSTS: how personal initiative energizes our community by Linda Leighty Lively, stirring music sung by wonderfully blended voices is what you’ll find with the Community Pops Singers. Community members are invited to listen or to join this local choral group comprised of a range of ages and experience. Some members are knowledgeable and skilled musicians […]


Citizens United Op-Ed Misleading

Citizens United Op-Ed Misleading

To the Editor: Griffin Bur [“Op-Ed: Push for Citywide Resolution against Citizens United,” Greenville Guardian, July 16] appears to be attempting to mislead readers by stating a half-truth: “Citizens United allowed for unlimited spending on political advertising by any U.S.-based corporation.” To ignore/omit the fact that trade unions et al. are recognized as having the same 1st amendment right to free speech […]


It’s Your Move: City and Community Collaborations

It’s Your Move: City and Community Collaborations

by Linda Leighty A quick glance at the mission statements for our city’s departments yields the following key words: protect, advance, serve, preserve, strengthen, provide, educate, advocate, administer, implement, build…. As laudable as these intentions are, implementing them becomes a struggle when they slam into the impenetrable budget wall. The City of Greenville has chosen […]


Learning Acceptance in a Southern Town: MAC’s Second Samuel

Learning Acceptance in a Southern Town: MAC’s Second Samuel

By Jennifer Benfield Johnson A soulful harmonica playing subtle yearning in complete darkness at the beginning of the play sets the tone of Magnolia Arts Center‘s production of Pamela Parker’s Pulitzer-nominated dramatic comedy, Second Samuel, directed by Pitt County local Kevin Lee. A startling secret just discovered after the death of the town’s beloved Miss […]


A Unique Board, Neighborhood Advisory

A Unique Board, Neighborhood Advisory

By Rick Smiley When Greenville established the Neighborhood Advisory Board (NAB) in April 2008 to serve as a liaison between neighborhoods and the city, it created a unique method of appointing its board members and brought about a board like no other other. Members are appointed to all other city boards and commissions directly by […]


Joyner’s motion

Joyner’s motion

The Greenville Guardian has obtained a copy of the motion presented by Councilor Max Joyner at last night’s meeting. It passed with support from Joyner, Rose Glover, Dennis Mitchell and Kandie Smith. Marion Blackburn and Calvin Mercer voted against it.  Have a look. Make a comment. What’s good? What’s not so good?  The Greenville Guardian encourages […]


Live Updates on Tonight’s Council Meeting

photo: City of Greenville

By Lisa Wilbourne The Greenville Guardian is excited to try out something new tonight.  We’re pleased to announce live updates on tonight’s city council vote on the three unrelated occupancy issue.  The meeting starts at 7 p.m. View the agenda here. Don’t forget to come back to see how it’s going.  The Greenville Guardian encourages […]


Neighborhoods Maintain Voice

Pennington receiving a certificate for completing the city's Citizen's Academy in Spring 2012.

by Lisa Wilbourne Greenville City Council Monday night rejected a proposal that could have profoundly impacted the way neighborhood concerns are expressed. Councilor Max Joyner asked the panel to discuss changing the way appointments are made to the Neighborhood Advisory Board (NAB), the only city board comprised of neighborhood-chosen liaisons. Joyner sought to make it […]


The Unclaimed Action Item: Who’s Behind the Staff Directive

The Unclaimed Action Item: Who’s Behind the Staff Directive

by Lisa Wilbourne In March, Greenville City Council gave city staff the order “to present … code amendment alternatives to permit more than 3 unrelated persons occupancy in residential structures.” ————————- ANALYSIS ————————- As part of their research, which included gathering background information on the current standard and a survey of similar communities, staff held […]


Op-Ed: Focus Should Be on Solutions to Area’s Problems

Dennis Mitchell

By Dennis Mitchell Over the last few weeks in our community, people have been embroiled in a debate over whether or not to keep the current policy of allowing no more than 3 unrelated people to live in a single-family home. After meeting with groups and individuals to hear their arguments surrounding the rule, I […]


Op-Ed: We Need the ‘Rule of Three’ but That’s Just a Start

photo by Aileen Devlin / courtesy of the Daily Reflector

By Marion Blackburn Call it the “Summer of Three.” No more than three, that is. All summer, Greenville has been abuzz about possibly changing the ordinance that says only three unrelated people can share a house. That’s because in August, City Council will reconsider this city policy. The request to re-evaluate it came in March when […]


Councilors to Share Opinions on “Rule of 3”

photo: City of Greenville

Tomorrow, The Greenville Guardian will publish the first of two opinions from city council members on that body’s upcoming debate of possible changes to the so-called “rule of three.” Council will hear a report by city staff on the “no more than 3 unrelated” occupancy standard August 9 in a meeting which starts at 7 […]


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