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Archive for August, 2013

“Objective” vs. Actual Journalism

“Objective” vs. Actual Journalism

By Anthony Noel Preface Nobody ever got into journalism for the money. That old saw, sadly true, begs (among the uninitiated, anyway) the question, “Then why do they?” Altruistic as it may sound, I am completely convinced that people get into journalism because they believe, initially at least and above all else, in the public’s […]


Whence We Came

Whence We Came

By Lisa Ellison Editor Some people have wondered what prompted us to begin this unlikely venture, a non-profit, reader-supported, ad-free online newspaper devoted to politics, policy, social and cultural issues affecting Greenville and Pitt County. The short answer to that question is indifferent journalism. When Greenvillians went to the polls for the 2011 municipal election, […]


At-Large: Mitchell “Calls Out” Mercer

Dennis Mitchell

By Lisa Ellison Editor Dennis Mitchell is seeking a series of formal debates with Calvin Mercer, his challenger for the at-large seat on city council in the November election. In a “press release” posted today on his Facebook page, Mitchell said, “My opponent has already shown he has the intention of making this race about […]


Meet Your Candidates

Meet Your Candidates

by Lisa Ellison, editor We’ve given you the candidates’ rankings of their priorities for the city. Below you will find the candidates’ other responses to our questionnaire. They are organized by seat. Asked, “If elected, how will you view your role in city operations?,” the candidates were given three choices: I will help run Greenville […]


Question to Candidates: What kind of city do you want?

Question to Candidates: What kind of city do you want?

by Lisa Ellison, Editor On Friday we asked you, our readers, to think about what Greenville’s priorities should be. Your lists are still coming in–thank you! Taken seriously, it’s a challenging task. We’d all love to live in a place that could focus on growing all parts of the city at one time: A place […]


Popularity or Positions?

Popularity or Positions?

by Lisa Ellison Here’s an idea for considering the campaign materials you’ve likely already begun receiving in relation to the 2013 municipal election. Is the candidate trying to get the most people to like him/her personally and presenting only the vaguest idea of any positions, or Is s/he putting forward specific positions based on known […]


What are YOUR Priorities?

What are YOUR Priorities?

by Lisa Ellison A few weeks ago, we sent out a questionnaire to all of the candidates for Greenville’s municipal election. One part of that questionnaire was a ranking of priorities. To kick off our big reveal of the candidates’ responses, we’d like to give you, our readers, the opportunity to rank the priorities for […]


Letter: Two Choices for Mayor

Letter: Two Choices for Mayor

Greenville residents have the opportunity to choose between two candidates in the upcoming municipal election. How to decide? You have a choice between someone who moved into the city only months before filing to run, won the election, and has taken every opportunity to overlay his personal preferences on city operations. His childish conduct when […]


UPDATED: THANK YOU, GREENVILLE!

Show us some love...

UPDATE: THURSDAY, AUGUST 22: My prior note that we’d missed our target of 10 donors in the waning hours of the drive has been trumped by the fact that in the two days since the drive “officially” ended, we’ve topped that target! Thanks to everyone who has stepped up for coverage which supports strong neighborhoods, locally […]


Local Theater Prepares for Expansion

Local Theater Prepares for Expansion

By Lisa Ellison Wilbourne A few months ago, the city decided not to let the Perkins Complex building near Greenville Boulevard on 14th, erstwhile home to the Teen Center, become just some empty building. Instead they decided to rent it out for a dollar per year to one lucky organization. A committee comprised of two […]


Complaints: Disregard, Mismanagement, Misuse, Misinformation, Imprudence

Complaints: Disregard, Mismanagement, Misuse, Misinformation, Imprudence

The upcoming 2013 Greenville municipal election is critical in that some elected city officials will continue to: disregard public input, manage rather than guide city staff, misuse city staff, misinform the public about the value of city initiatives, and make imprudent decisions about city spending. To expand, Public input: in spite of an overwhelming negative […]


“Freedom is Life, Not Money:” MAC’s “A Raisin in the Sun”

“Freedom is Life, Not Money:” MAC’s “A Raisin in the Sun”

By Jennifer Johnson A crowded, sunlight-deprived low-income apartment in Chicago’s South Side is the setting for Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play, A Raisin the the Sun in which a death gives the Youngers, a struggling African American family, conflicting dreams of a better life. Directed by Janice V. Schreiber, and presented by the Magnolia Arts Center, […]


UPDATED: The roof, the roof, the roof…

UPDATED: The roof, the roof, the roof…

By Anthony Noel UPDATE, AUGUST 7, 11:14 a.m.: The confidentiality charges of Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas, PGV Executive Director Jerry Vickers and Councilor Dennis Mitchell, questioned here yesterday as politically motivated (original post below), just lost what modicum of credence any thinking Greenville resident might still have assigned them. As this clip shows, Mr. Vickers […]


City-wide Events to Curb Crime

City-wide Events to Curb Crime

Neighborhoods across the city have plans for socials, block parties, walks, cookouts, etc. for tonight’s police-sponsored National Night Out aimed at creating strong neighborhood bonds to help keep crime low. See the list of events here. Tell us in the comments section what your neighborhood or community did. Do you see these events as being […]


Planner Questions Intent of River Study

Planner Questions Intent of River Study

Per prior city council authorization, Greenville has issued a request for qualifications for consultants to conduct a “Tar River Utilization Study,” dated July 15, 2013. I’ve reviewed that solicitation; it is available publicly on the city’s web page. I previously wrote a letter to the editor of the Greenville Guardian raising some questions about the […]


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