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Archive for September, 2013

Hurricane Debris Aids Elementary School

Hurricane Debris Aids Elementary School

by Lisa Ellison Thanks to the efforts of Girls Scout Troop 3011, Elmhurst Elementary School has a new outdoor classroom that blends into its forest environment. In 2011, Hurricane Irene downed many large trees and branches, blocking a decades-old walking loop and making this part of the campus unusable. Aided by residents of the Forest […]


September Council Decisions

September Council Decisions

by Lisa Ellison, editor In two September meetings, city council voted for a complete two-story building for the Greenville Transportation and Activity Center (GTAC) on Bonner’s Lane, and tighter regulations for neighborhoods participating in the Neighborhood Advisory Board (NAB). GTAC facility From among the three options presented on September 9 for the Greenville Transportation and […]


Candidates and the Arts

Candidates and the Arts

The Arts Connection, a source connecting people with arts in Greenville and Pitt County, sent a survey to the candidates for Greenville’s municipal election. The responses were posted today. Find them here. And go ahead and subscribe to their weekly newsletter to stay on top of what’s happening in the local art world while you’re […]


Mitchell-Mercer Debate Tonight

Mitchell-Mercer Debate Tonight

The first of three debates hosted by local human service non-profit organization Benevolence Corps will be held tonight at Eppes Recreation Center (400 Nash Street). Tonight’s debate features candidates for the at-large seat, incumbent Dennis Mitchell and challenger Calvin Mercer (the current District 4 councilor). The candidates will arrive at 5:45 p.m. to socialize with […]


Job Seeker Turns to McCrory

Job Seeker Turns to McCrory

Editor’s note: The letter writer cc’ed us. Greetings, Governor McCrory, My name is Shelley Duncan. It has come to my attention that your administration has recently filled several positions that had not been publicly advertised, as reported (after the fact) by numerous news outlets. As one of your constituents who is currently looking for jobs […]


Mayor On Campaign Signs: No Comment

Mayor On Campaign Signs: No Comment

From: Anthony Noel [tonyn@greenvilleguardian.org] Sent: Thursday, September 19, 2013 3:19 PM To: Allen M. Thomas Subject: campaign signs Good afternoon Mr. Mayor, I hope you are doing well. I am writing to you for comment on The Greenville Guardian’s recent reporting on the placement of your campaign signs, some of which appear to be in […]


Further Developments

Further Developments

By Anthony Noel Two days ago I documented what appeared to be illegally posted signs of the Allen Thomas for Mayor campaign. Late last week, it was the spate of signs for both Thomas and At-Large Councilor Dennis Mitchell in rights of way prior to the date such placements were lawful. Today I was out […]


Thomas Campaign Signs May Violate State Law

Thomas Campaign Signs May Violate State Law

by Anthony Noel Late last week we reported on campaign signs of Mayor Allen Thomas and At-Large Councilman Dennis Mitchell which appeared to be posted in roadway rights of way, in violation of state law. Today – 30 days before the start of one-stop early voting – is the day candidates may legally place signs […]


Breaking the Rules, Again

Breaking the Rules, Again

By Anthony Noel Mayor Allen Thomas and at-large city councilor Dennis Mitchell are at it again: Ignoring the rules. We’ve already reported on Thomas’ extended stay on Greenville’s planning and zoning commission prior to his election two years ago. Mr. Mitchell’s $500,000-plus indebtedness to the IRS, meanwhile, is fast becoming a campaign issue. And now, […]


District 5 and City-wide Forum

District 5 and City-wide Forum

Carolina East and Olde Westhaven neighborhood associations have invited candidates for Districts Two and Five as well as candidates for the city-wide seats, at large and mayor, to the University Church of Christ (100 Cresline Boulevard). The only candidate for the District Two seat, long-time councilor Rose Glover will not be able to attend due […]


Mayor invested in sweepstakes owner’s business

Mayor invested in sweepstakes owner’s business

By Guardian Staff Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas asserted in Sunday’s Daily Reflector that he severed ties to sweepstakes company Biltmore Venture Group II in January 2012 because he “didn’t like the direction the company was taking” and “wanted to invest his resources elsewhere.” Thomas told the paper he had invested in a company called Zabra, and had […]


Mayor Thomas and Sweepstakes: A Timeline

Mayor Thomas and Sweepstakes: A Timeline

By Guardian Staff Here’s a timeline of events surrounding Allen Thomas’s involvement with sweepstakes businesses in Greenville, a story broken September 1 in The Daily Reflector. March 16, 2009 Biltmore Venture Group, LLC (Limited Liability Company) files creation papers with the N.C. Secretary of State. In subsequent annual reports, the company lists Paul Adkison, John […]


UPDATED: More Actual Journalism

UPDATED: More Actual Journalism

By Anthony Noel Allen Thomas’ inferred lack of awareness of his duty to step down as Pitt County’s ETJ representative on the Greenville Planning and Zoning Commission upon moving out of the ETJ in 2011 becomes a little harder to understand based on the minutes of P&Z’s February 2011 meeting. Previous reporting indicates that Thomas […]


Letter: Mayor Thomas “Presiding”

Letter: Mayor Thomas “Presiding”

As he presides at the beginning of each City Council meeting, Mayor Allen Thomas introduces himself and announces, “I’ll be moderating the meeting this evening.” As a consequence of that announcement, appropriateness of behavior or conduct, decorum, should be assumed. Unfortunately, Thomas frequently disregards this requirement of conventional, polite behavior, and the unsuitableness of his […]


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