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From the Editor’s Couch: Contestants for Mayor Heard

Ellison and Dudley Moore are roughly the same height.

by Lisa Ellison, editor The Daily Reflector held its mayoral debate last night. Lots of people and media attended. Why, even the mayor was there! I was pleased to get a seat towards the front, between two people I know and was glad to see, even if briefly. The questions were good, covering topics from planning […]


Will Barrow Distinguish Herself from Smith?

Will Barrow Distinguish Herself from Smith?

D1 Candidates Debate Saturday by Dennis Mitchell, Election Correspondent and Lisa Ellison, Editor The first debate in our City Council Debate Series, co-sponsored by the Minority Voice, is coming up fast—Saturday morning, actually. District 1, one of two “majority minority” districts in the city, is comprised largely of Greenville north of the Tar River, an […]


Mayor Claims Success, Challengers Disagree

photo: City of Greenville

by Dennis Mitchell Election correspondent Allen Thomas, running for his third term as mayor of Greenville, faces two challengers who hope to end his tenure by calling him out on his record. Via email, Thomas touted a litany of notable national rankings Greenville has received over the last few years, as indicators of his success […]


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 […]


Disillusioned by Council Politics

Disillusioned by Council Politics

I would like to register some displeasure about two recent decisions by the city council to, in essence, ignore two very good suggestions on the part of council member Calvin Mercer.    The first was a vote against his request to reduce and re-appropriate funds for a so-called “river study.” Council will spend $200,000 on […]


Grants for Development Approved, Sunset Debated

Photo: City of Greenville

by Lisa Wilbourne This city council has made no secret about their  focus on economic development. Part of their efforts include having staff put together some options for economic development incentives, which they did in December 2012. Of the four options presented in December, council wanted to know more about the Capital Investment Grant program. Staff […]


When Mistrust Rules: Council’s February Split Vote Analysis

When Mistrust Rules: Council’s February Split Vote Analysis

by Lisa Wilbourne Debate Over Early Voting Sites The outcome of city council’s discussion on early voting sites for the municipal election this November was reported in February Council Review. It reads, “In preparation for this year’s municipal elections, the Pitt County Board of Elections sought input from the city on whether they would like […]


February Council Review

February Council Review

by Lisa Wilbourne Greenville’s City Council held three regular meetings (Feb. 11, 14, 25) instead of the usual two this month. The following is a breakdown of what they did. Split vote decisions are listed first (watch for a separate article on the debates surrounding these votes); unanimous votes second. Items council did not vote […]


City’s 2012-2013 Budget Established

photo: City of Greenville

by Lisa Wilbourne In the June 14 meeting, City Council adopted the fiscal year 2012-2013 budget as recommended by staff with the following additions from Councilmember Max Joyner: Additional $50,000 for lighting study; Additional $25,000 to help support Uptown Greenville’s economic development efforts; $11.75/month sanitation rate for curbside and multi-family; $40.80/month for backyard service; 2.5% pay […]


Council cuts budget, tries to keep services intact

Council cuts budget, tries to keep services intact

By Lisa Wilbourne On Monday May 7, City Council heard a report on Bradford Creek Golf Course. The council unanimously agreed that the golf course provides an important service for the city’s residents and voted, also unanimously, to move the golf course from its classification as an Enterprise Fund, i.e., 100% self-supporting from fees collected, and […]


City to Adopt New Image

City Council

By Lisa Wilbourne Guardian Editor  City council Thursday night heard Public Information Officer Steve Hawley discuss a branding and marketing initiative undertaken by the Office of Economic Development and the Convention and Visitors Authority. Hawley told council the goal is “more than just a logo or a tagline, it’s an all-encompassing way of selling who you are and who […]


City Council update

City Council

by Lisa Wilbourne On Monday, April 9, City Council passed a resolution opposing the Constitutional Amendment that will appear on the May ballot. All council members voted in favor of this resolution except District 5 Councilman Max Joyner, who said, “It is not a city council issue.” See the discussion here.  Do you value The Guardian’s in-depth journalism? […]


Wayne Bowers: We Need a Transformational Project

Wayne Bowers addressing city council

Part four of our discussion with former Greenville City Manager Wayne Bowers. Click each link for previous installments:  Part one     Part two     Part three     Series schedule By Anthony Noel GREENVILLE GUARDIAN: If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing about Greenville – physically or organizationally – something that’s a […]


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