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Archive for October, 2013

Campaign Signs Missing Near University

These signs were not stolen.

by Lisa Ellison Candidates expect to lose a few signs to vandalism or weather, but residents in some neighborhoods near the University woke up to what looks like a targeted large-scale effort. According the the Campaign to Elect Rick Smiley (District 4) in a statement issued this afternoon at 2:30, several dozen of Smiley’s signs […]


TRUNA Document: Where it came from and what it says

TRUNA Document: Where it came from and what it says

by Lisa Ellison A webpage maligning renters  and rumored to have been published by a neighborhood association has been shown 1) not have been produced by the association and 2) to be a creative, as opposed to editorial, work.  The Tar River University Neighborhood Association (TRUNA) was accused of  publishing disparaging remarks about renters on […]


Candidates Appeal to Students

Candidates Appeal to Students

by Lisa Ellison East Carolina University’s Student Government Association hosted a forum for all candidates running for office in Greenville on Monday Oct. 28. The forum was an informal event: There were no timers, planned questions, or cards passed around for audience members’ questions. Each candidate was invited to speak for a few minutes on […]


The Conversation

Tristam Ellis, "In a Cherry Orchard" oil on canvas.

The Greenville Guardian is pleased to present its first piece of fiction. We hope you enjoy this political commentary in dramatic form.  by Eric Brestel Today for lunch, I stopped into an Uptown pub I’d heard had some interesting seasonal IPAs. Nearby was a couple whose conversation I couldn’t help but overhear. The conversation went […]


The First (and Last) “Bless Your Heart”

Creative Commons license, photo by Seyed Mostafa Zamani.

Bless your heart to the newspaper that provides a forum for the demonization of poor people. Perpetuating the false notion that people who live in poverty enjoy an easy life, want to remain there, and gleefully depend on the hard work of everyone else is harmful to society and promotes ignorance and a lack of […]


Religion and Politics

Creative Commons photo. A Jack o' Lantern made for the Holywell Manor Halloween celebrations in 2003. Photograph by Toby Ord on 31 Oct 2003.

The close proximity among Halloween, Election Day and Thanksgiving puts me in mind of a particular former (and now late) in-law. I’ll call him Bill. Bill was a man of many opinions. None was sensible. Most were racist. Bill believed the only mistake Richard Nixon made was getting caught. He believed affirmative action was unfair to whites. […]


District 3, City-Wide Forum Today

District 3, City-Wide Forum Today

Four District 3 neighborhoods, College Court-Coghill, Colonial Heights, TRUNA and River Hills, have organized a forum for the District 3 candidates for city council as well as the city-wide at-large and mayoral seats. The forum will be held at the Immanuel Baptist Church Fellowship Hall (1011 S. Elm Street). A meet-and-greet begins at 6:30 p.m. […]


Greenville Candidate Information Compiled

Greenville Candidate Information Compiled

We’ve brought you interviews and endorsements on the candidates for public office in Greenville, but want to put all the information you might want about the candidates in one place. If you know of a community group (not campaign materials) we do not have listed that has sent a survey to or endorsed candidates, please […]


Tipsy Teapot to Change Hands

Tipsy Teapot to Change Hands

by Alexander Anders The Tipsy Teapot, a local hotspot for a diverse community, enticing people with healthful food and vibrant music for nearly a decade, will likely be undergoing a change in ownership, according to owner Delia Liuzza, who says she has agreed to stay on the staff for a year after the change. “It’s […]


The Guardian endorses…

The Guardian endorses…

In late July, the Greenville Guardian sent a questionnaire to all candidates in Greenville’s municipal elections. Eight candidates completed it and were invited to an interview. All eight participated. Editor Lisa Ellison sat down with these eight for about an hour each; if you’re a regular here, you’ve seen the transcripts. Our interviews and questionnaires […]


Candidate Interviews: At-Large and Mayor

Candidate Interviews: At-Large and Mayor

Early voting begins today in Greenville’s municipal election. Voters will select one City Council representative from each of five districts along with an “at-large” councilor and mayor. Click here for addresses and hours of polling places. In late July, The Guardian hand delivered to the address provided on each candidate’s election filing an invitation to […]


Candidate Interviews: District 5

Candidate Interviews: District 5

Early voting starts tomorrow in Greenville’s municipal election. Voters will select one City Council representative from each of five districts along with an “at-large” councilor and mayor. In late July, The Guardian hand delivered to the address provided on each candidate’s election filing an invitation to participate in a two-step voter education initiative. Step one […]


Candidate Interviews: Districts 3 and 4

Candidate Interviews: Districts 3 and 4

Early voting begins Thursday in Greenville’s municipal election. Voters will select one City Council representative from each of five districts along with an “at-large” councilor and mayor. In late July, The Guardian hand delivered to the address provided on each candidate’s election filing an invitation to participate in a two-step voter education initiative. Step one […]


Candidate Interviews: District 1

Candidate Interviews: District 1

Early voting begins Thursday in Greenville’s municipal election. Voters will select one City Council representative from each of five districts along with an “at-large” councilor and mayor. In late July, The Guardian hand delivered to the address provided on each candidate’s election filing an invitation to participate in a two-step voter education initiative. Step one […]


Mubarak, Morsi and Military Overthrow: Interview with an Egyptian

An Egyptian protester, courtesy Ahmad Hammoud, Creative Commons.

Editor’s note: The United States government this week temporarily suspended military aid to Egypt in response to the Egyptian army’s ouster of democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi, and the rounding up and jailing of members of the Muslim Brotherhood earlier this year. The events were the latest twist in Egypt’s continuing struggle for democracy after […]


Public Service – And Lip Service

Public Service – And Lip Service

By Anthony Noel Earlier this week I had a lot of fun imagining and writing an “interview” with Mayor Allen Thomas. Political satire is what drew me to newspapering and I was lucky enough to be introduced to it through the weekly ramblings of maybe our most gifted such writer, the late Art Buchwald. Buchwald […]


Links to Candidate Interviews

Links to Candidate Interviews

Beginning October 14, the Guardian ran full transcripts of interviews with candidates in Greenville’s municipal election. For an hour (more or less), Lisa Ellison sat down with each candidate to discuss the issues facing Greenville. Below are links to these extensive, candid conversations. District 1: Clinton Anderson and Kandie Smith. District 2: Rose Glover, who is […]


Gylfason Withdraws

Gylfason Withdraws

District 3 candidate Thor Gylfason has withdrawn his candidacy from the race in a letter dated Oct. 9 Pitt County elections director David Davis wrote in an email, “Due to ballots having already been printed, any votes cast for Mr. Gylfason will not be counted. We will be in contact with the State Board of Elections to determine […]


An (Imaginary) Interview With Allen Thomas

Allen Thomas

By Anthony Noel I’ve been watching Mayor Allen Thomas since he was Pitt County P&Z representative Thomas. I’ve given him multiple chances to explain why he remained in that seat for months after he was legally required to step down. More recently I’ve asked him about his outsize campaign signs posted in rights of way, in […]


Williams Residency Petition Dismissed

Terri Williams

by Lisa Ellison At a 5 p.m. preliminary hearing, the Board of Elections dismissed the protest petition brought forward by William Bivins on September 26 questioning District 4 candidate Terri Williams’ residency. Bivins stated that Williams, under sworn statement and penalty of perjury, declared a Bath address in a bankruptcy hearing. The concern was that either […]


LIVE UPDATES: Mayoral Candidates Debate

LIVE UPDATES: Mayoral Candidates Debate

by Andrew Gorman Tonight (Tuesday, October 8) at 6:30, Tom Best and Allen Thomas will debate at Eppes Recreation Center (400 Nash Street). This debate, like the at-large and district 1 debates, is sponsored by Benevolence Corps, moderated by Keith Cooper. Candidates will arrive at 5:45 for casual conversation with those present. Food will be served. […]


Public Works Commended

Public Works Commended

In a world where it seems so few things go our way, every beacon of hope that shines through the clouds is appreciated. As such, I want to share an experience I recently had with the city of Greenville. I live in the University neighborhood, near the small park between Woodlawn Avenue and Park Drive. […]


Early October Greenway Sights

Early October Greenway Sights

By Vince and Ann Bellis Ann and I walked the South Tar River greenway recently with a friend. We saw some things that might have caught the attention and curiosity of others. At the pond near the Beech Street entry to the greenway we found beds of a pretty pink flower. This flower is Gerardia. It […]


Board of Elections to Consider Protest

Terri Williams

Just after 5:30 p.m., Pitt County Board of Elections Director David Davis sent out a notice saying the BoE will meet at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8 in the BoE conference room (1717 W. 5th Street) for preliminary consideration of the protest filed by William Bivins on Tuesday, October 1, concerning Greenville City Council […]


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