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Archive for March, 2013

Paddles and Wind to Steam and Gasoline: Work Boats on the Tar

The steamboat Tarboro (II) viewed from stern to bow (Courtesy of Bridgers Collection, Outer Banks History Center

Editor’s note: Look for a second historical marker on the South Tar River Greenway toward the end of April. The new one, sponsored by Grady-White Boats, will be on the history of work boats on the Tar and will be about 250 feet west of the first marker on the history of transportation on the […]


Transparency, 1; Shady Back Room Deals, ???

Pay no attention to the...

by Lisa Wilbourne A “victory for advocates of transparency” is what Councilor Calvin Mercer celebrated in his widely distributed newsletter this morning. The cause for celebration? A decision to record and (eventually) broadcast last night’s workshop. (The exact source of that decision is unclear, but we’re on the case.) On the heels of much public […]


Commentary on the Management and Operational Analysis of Bradford Creek Municipal Golf Course

Commentary on the Management and Operational Analysis of Bradford Creek Municipal Golf Course

Editor’s note: On Monday, March 25, City Council will consider staff recommendations for the future operation of Bradford Creek Golf Course, a city-owned facility operated by the Recreation and Parks Department. The course’s viability has been questioned by some council members. Further background is provided in our coverage of the issue. Staff recommendations and comments […]


When Mistrust Rules: Council’s February Split Vote Analysis

When Mistrust Rules: Council’s February Split Vote Analysis

by Lisa Wilbourne Debate Over Early Voting Sites The outcome of city council’s discussion on early voting sites for the municipal election this November was reported in February Council Review. It reads, “In preparation for this year’s municipal elections, the Pitt County Board of Elections sought input from the city on whether they would like […]


Elected Officials Follow the Law? Not in Greenville.

Elected Officials Follow the Law? Not in Greenville.

by Lisa Wilbourne Though not part of the agenda, much of city council’s very short meeting tonight (March 4) was spent talking about prayer. Eight residents, largely pastors from local churches, spoke during the public comments period about not being denied their right to practice religion and freedom of expression. (Why exactly they came to […]


Spanish Moss on the Tar

Spanish Moss on the Tar

by Vince Bellis On Saturday, February 22, 1701 adventurer John Lawson was ferried across Chatookau (Neuse) River by his Indian guide, Enoe Will. They entered what is now southern Pitt County. The next day they continued on through the Contentnea Creek swamps toward the Pampticaugh (Tar) River, “finding this day, the long ragged Moss of […]


Prestidigitation

Prestidigitation

by Harry Houdini Allen Thomas Step One: Suggest you’ll achieve a seemingly impossible feat, like freeing yourself, with hands cuffed behind your back, from a packing crate submerged under water. getting re-elected despite the continuous exodus of highly talented city staff, the city being sued over revisions to the occupancy code, and the installation of […]


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