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Archive for July, 2015

What the Editor Thinks: Politicians Asking Leading Questions

What the Editor Thinks: Politicians Asking Leading Questions

by Lisa Ellison Editor My U.S. Representative (yours too, most likely), Walter Jones, apparently asks a question on his website each week. I don’t know how long he’s been doing it, how many people usually respond or how long this particular question has been up (my guess is since Saturday at 10 a.m., when the […]


A Different Kind of Warmth

A Different Kind of Warmth

On a cool, rainy evening in March, a large group gathered in downtown Greenville. Amid folding umbrellas and the shedding of raincoats, expressions of recognition, waving hands and broad smiles flashed across the room. Handshakes and hugs were exchanged. Talk, small at first, soon turned topical. Not surprising, given the group’s makeup: These were the […]


From the Editor: Hat Throwers be Damned

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by Lisa Ellison Editor As the field of candidates in November’s municipal election takes shape, a local editorial cartoon reminded me how thankless a job serving on city council is. The cartoon shows two rings. The mayor’s cowboy hat sits alone in the one labeled “mayor,” while a slew of hats occupies the “city council” […]


UPDATED: Mayor’s Contest Now a Three-Way Race

UPDATED: Mayor’s Contest Now a Three-Way Race

by Lisa Ellison Guardian editor Update, 7/17, 2:45 p.m.: Two more city council candidates came forward just prior to today’s noon filing deadline, one seeking the mayor’s seat, the other challenging Kandie Smith in District 1. Ernest Reeves, a Greenville resident whose website for his 2014 U.S. Senate campaign identifies him as a North Carolina […]


Whitley Challenges Thomas for Mayor

Whitley Challenges Thomas for Mayor

by Lisa Ellison Guardian editor Update 7/17, 10:21 a.m.: Lifelong resident and long-time Greenville political activist Donna Whitley has joined the 2015 mayor’s race, and will oppose two-term incumbent Allen Thomas in November’s election. Whitley has long advocated for “smart growth” policies and been a major behind-the-scenes player in Greenville politics. Her belief that making […]


Candidate List Grows as Filing Deadline Nears

Candidate List Grows as Filing Deadline Nears

by Lisa Ellison Guardian editor Update 7/16: The at-large race has a new contestant. Brand new. Angela Shackleford Williams, who appears to rent a home on Willow Run in municipal District 4 (Pitt County Online Parcel Information System), registered to vote in Pitt County today when she filed for the city-wide seat. According to an August […]


Candidate List Grows As Filing Deadline Nears

Candidate List Grows As Filing Deadline Nears

by Lisa Ellison Guardian editor Update 7/16: The at-large race has a new contestant. Brand new. Angela Shackleford Williams, who appears to rent a home on Willow Run in municipal District 4 (Pitt County Online Parcel Information System), registered to vote in Pitt County today when she filed for the city-wide seat. According to an August […]


Greece Is Getting It Right

Greece Is Getting It Right

As globalists begin to get over themselves and look more rationally (as rationally as globalists can, anyway) at what’s become known as the “Greece debt crisis,” they’re being forced to admit something: Maybe globalization isn’t the best idea. That means it’s taken just 16 years (!) and a case totally disconnected from the U.S. economy for […]


BE the 99 100 Percent!

BE the 99 100 Percent!

Last fall, the Greenville Guardian launched a bold experiment. During the prior three years, we showed you – free of charge – that, despite the best efforts of mainstream media to make journalism secondary to advertising and to the interests of careless developers, Greenville deserves better. We did it by delivering unflinching reporting on issues […]


Election 2015: Blackburn on Local Business and Economic Investment

Marion Blackburn, District 3

Editor’s note: Today, the first day of filing for municipal elections, brought six hopefuls to the Board of Elections. Terry Boardman, who is challenging Rick Smiley for District 4 was the only person not currently serving to file. Incumbents Mayor Allen Thomas, at-large councilor Calvin Mercer, D4’s Smiley, D3’s Marion Blackburn and D1’s Kandie Smith […]


Election 2015: Blackburn Will Run

Blackburn currently holds the District 3 seat. She intends to run for re-election.

by Guardian staff Editor’s note, 9:20 a.m., 7/3/2015: In an email this morning, Blackburn acknowledged the questions and says she will “most definitely” answer.  In a press release received yesterday July 2, Marion Blackburn became the first candidate to announce her intention to run for Greenville City Council this fall. Candidate filing formally opens at […]


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