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Town Hall Verdict: Waste of Time

Town Hall Verdict: Waste of Time

Last night’s “Town Hall Meeting,” scheduled from 5:30-7:30 p.m., ran from 5:55-7:10. Mayor Thomas and Councilor Dennis Mitchell, the at-large representative, the forum organizers, took no questions despite the remaining twenty minutes of scheduled time.  Here’s how the meeting transpired. Upwards of 60 people gathered at the bar at the Mellow Mushroom eager to hear […]


Elected Officials hold Town Hall Meeting

Elected Officials hold Town Hall Meeting

by Lisa Ellison Wilbourne Mayor Allen Thomas and At-large Councilor Dennis Mitchell will hold a town hall meeting tonight (Tues., July 30) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Mellow Mushroom (2020 Charles Boulevard). The planned topics include current economic development projects, the river study and the city’s new crime plan. Mitchell says there will also be […]


Greenvillians Join Protests in Raleigh

Greenvillians Join Protests in Raleigh

by Dusty Speedy For eleven weeks, thousands of people, including some from Greenville, have gathered in Raleigh, with over 800 arrested for civil disobedience, to protest the legislative actions taken by the North Carolina General Assembly. Though the major message of the protests known as “Moral Mondays” changes from week to week–women’s rights, voting rights, […]


Candidates in 2013 Greenville Municipal Election

Candidates in 2013 Greenville Municipal Election

District 1 Clinton Anderson, challenger Kandie Smith, incumbent District 2 Rose Glover, incumbent, unopposed. District 3 Marion Blackburn, incumbent Thor Gylfason, challenger Katherine Wetherington, challenger District 4 (open seat) (This seat is being vacated by Calvin Mercer, its holder since 2007. Mercer is seeking the At-Large seat.) Rick Smiley, Assistant Director of the Office of […]


Two more file: At-large and District 2

Two more file: At-large and District 2

Kevin Howard filed for the at-large seat. The owner of G-VEGAS Magazine, Howard ran for the same seat in 2011. Rose Glover filed for district 2, the seat she currently holds. Half a day left to file, and here’s how it stands. Mayor: Allen Thomas, Tom Best At-large: Dennis Mitchell, Kevin Howard District 1: Kandie Smith District 2: Rose […]


Best files for Mayor

Best files for Mayor

Tom Best will run against Allen Thomas to be the next mayor of Greenville. Best was chair of the city’s Task Force on the Preservation of Neighborhoods and Housing in 2004. So far: Mayor: Allen Thomas, Tom Best At-large: Dennis Mitchell District 1: Kandie Smith District 3: Marion Blackburn; Thor Gylfason; Dillon Godley District 5: Rick Croskery email the editor The […]


Third joins District 3 race

Third joins District 3 race

According to a tweet, Dillon Godley, a contracts administrator with E.R. Lewis Construction and 2012 ECU College of Business graduate will file for the now triply contested District 3 seat currently held by Marion Blackburn. Editor’s note (2:40 p.m., July 17, 2013): Godley has protected his tweets since this was originally posted. Another editor’s note […]


Gylfason files for district 3

Gylfason files for district 3

Thorbjorn Gylfason, filed to run in District 3 today, providing the city with its first contested race for the 2013 municipal elections. He will run against incumbent Marion Blackburn. Filing tally so far, with links to our announcement posts: Mayor: Allen Thomas seeks re-election. At-large: Dennis Mitchell seeks re-election. District 1: Kandie Smith seeks re-election. District 3: Marion Blackburn seeks re-election. Thor Gylfason […]


Dream Park a Community Asset

Dream Park a Community Asset

by Lisa Wilbourne In June 2012, the city broke ground on the Dream Park in West Greenville. This summer kids from all over the city have been enjoying it.  There were between 20 and 30 kids on the sprayground Monday afternoon.  One of the lifeguards on duty said the crowd was about average. “The occupancy,” […]


Croskery officially in race

Croskery officially in race

Richard Croskery, who announced his intention to run for District 5 seat, currently held by Max Joyner who said he will not run again, officially filed today. Croskery is the first non-incumbent in the race. Filing tally so far, with links to our announcement posts: Mayor: Allen Thomas seeks re-election. At-large: Dennis Mitchell seeks re-election. District 1: Kandie Smith seeks re-election. […]


Smith Rides the Bus

Smith Rides the Bus

By Lisa Wilbourne Four years ago Kandie Smith, Greenville district one city councilor, took GREAT bus route 4, the one that serves her primarily north-of-the-river council district. Newly elected, Smith was eager to learn as much about her constituents as she could. Smith rode the bus again this month, on July 2. This time she […]


Smith seeks re-election in District 1

Smith seeks re-election in District 1

Dave Davis, Director of Elections at the Pitt County Board of Elections, reports District 1 councilor Kandie Smith, currently serving her second term, filed today for re-election. Filing tally so far, with links to our announcement posts: Mayor: Allen Thomas will seek re-election. At-large: Dennis Mitchell will seek re-election. District 1: Kandie Smith will seek re-election. […]


Mayor Thomas runs again

Mayor Thomas runs again

According to Allen Thomas’ 1 p.m. public Facebook post, he seeks another two years as mayor of Greenville.       Elected in 2011, he is currently serving his first term. Filing tally so far: Mayor: Allen Thomas will seek re-election. At-large: Dennis Mitchell will seek re-election. District 3: Marion Blackburn will seek re-election. District 5: Rick […]


Joyner not seeking re-election

Photo: City of Greenville

By Lisa Wilbourne Added at 3 p.m.: Joyner confirmed in a phone conversation that he will not seek re-election, saying it is his intention to serve on the East Carolina University Board of Trustees. Whether Joyner gets his wish is up to the UNC Board of Governors or NC Governor Pat McCrory, both of which […]


First day to file

Two announcements today: Marion Blackburn, District 3 representative, will run for re-election. Dennis Mitchell, at-large representative, will run for re-election.  


Go Laugh, Greenville

Go Laugh, Greenville

by Lisa Wilbourne Matt “Whitey” White’s animated expressions, well-placed movements and graceful yet determined path through his responses make it easy to see why he’d choose Jim Carrey, Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor as his favorite comedians, the top of the game, according to White: Carrey for his physical comedy; Murphy for his verbal skills […]


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