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Of Grandstanding and Budget Wrangling

Of Grandstanding and Budget Wrangling

by Anthony Mercando Government Analyst Editor’s note: Imagine you’ve never attended a municipal meeting. For too many of us, it’s no stretch: Residents seem to attend – the few who ever will, at any point in their lives – only when something “directly affects” them. This despite the fact that every decision of those who […]


A New Year: Volunteer.

Early 20th century New Years resolution post cards

(Forgive our momentary distraction with the craziness in eastern Oregon. We now return to our regularly scheduled volunteer resource. Be sure to look for our upcoming announcement of the GG’s new editorial and administrative team, posting in just a few days. – Ed.) by Greenville Guardian staff As the warmth of the holiday season recedes (figuratively […]


City Council Debates: Another Angel Arises

City Council Debates: Another Angel Arises

We instigated a bit of wordplay around reader support of the Guardian last year, using “Guardian Angel,” “Lesser Angel” and “Archangel” to describe various donor levels. It was a pretty transparent appeal to concern for the greater good, a concern we believe resides in each of us, if we’ll just take a moment to listen […]


From the Editor: Urge Candidates to Say Yes to Debates

internet photo

by Lisa Ellison Editor I don’t know about you, but I, for one, hate political campaigns. I’ve participated in the local election process in one way or another for a few cycles now. Whether I was working with a particular campaign or covering the election here in the Guardian, I’ve found the self-promotion required of […]


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 […]


Council Hopefuls Invited to Public Debates

Council Hopefuls Invited to Public Debates

It’s summer. The garden beckons. The mountains call. The beach taunts. Greenville’s upcoming municipal election? Probably the last thing on your mind. Still, serious campaigning for city council gears up in just a month. To help voters begin assessing their options, the Guardian will sponsor a series of issues-focused debates between the candidates for every […]


Do You Really Care?

Do You Really Care?

Sometimes it’s difficult to care. That’s not surprising, given the way issues are typically presented by professional propagandists, otherwise known as party leaders and media outlets. If you believe them, “reality” is strictly dualistic in nature: conservative versus liberal, right versus left, Fox versus MSNBC, white versus black, Christian versus godless. And the more provocative, […]


UPDATED: Mercer Confirms Electoral Intentions

UPDATED: Mercer Confirms Electoral Intentions

Guardian Staff report UPDATED, Wednesday, May 20, 9 a.m. — In a press release distributed via email at 4 a.m. Wednesday, Calvin Mercer confirmed that he does not intend to run for mayor this fall. “Since it leaked in the Greenville Guardian,” the release reads, “I’ll confirm I intend to file for re-election to the […]


Council Adheres to Land Use Plan, (Almost) Saves Taxpayer Money

Council Adheres to Land Use Plan, (Almost) Saves Taxpayer Money

by Brittney Melton Guardian intern Greenville City Council’s April 9 meeting saw the easy conclusion of ordinances allowing live performance venues and craft beer sales downtown. One contentious rezoning on East 10th Street was continued until May, and council voted on another controversial rezoning request, this one regarding land South of Stantonsburg Road. Council also made […]


84 76 75 74 Angels Still Needed!!

84 76 75  74 Angels Still Needed!!

UPDATE: 11:25 a.m., November 6: We’ve just received an amazing donation from a single Angel, who has asked to remain anonymous, equivalent to EIGHT ANNUAL COMMITMENTS! Though we have thanked this incredibly generous individual via email, we must do so publicly: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU […]


Be a Guardian Angel

Be a Guardian Angel

An appeal from Anthony Noel Contributing writer and co-founder tonyn@GreenvilleGuardian.org It’s hard to believe nearly three years has passed since the Greenville Guardian posted its first story, introducing a bold experiment to remove the false boundaries of what journalism in Greenville had become, and explore what it might instead be. We’ve worked to demonstrate the power of in-depth, […]


G-Vegas, Fifteen Years In

From Las Cruces, NM - a.k.a. "The Greenville NC of the American West"

By Sydney Moseley Guest Columnist When I first came to Grease-Vegas, I wanted to do a column called “Stupid City.” Moving here in ’99 from San Francisco, I was appalled at so many things, from rampant indoor smoking to callous littering with broken beer bottles around the ECU campus. My feature was to have a […]


Moving Greenville Forward?

Moving Greenville Forward?

HELP WANTED: Low pay. No company-paid benefits. No chance for advancement (especially for women and minorities). 27 hours or less per week – guaranteed. That’s right, you can still qualify for food stamps or Medicaid! Don’t miss out! Apply today! Walmart may not be this blatant – yet – in its indentured servant employee recruitment […]


City Hires Firm to Clean Burned Warehouse

burned tobacco warehouse, photo by LE

by Lisa Ellison People will start to see improvements to the burned Imperial Tobacco warehouse soon, thanks to a November 7 city council decision to hire a company to manage the project. The city bought the property a year ago for $1 (that’s right, one dollar). It was destroyed in 2008 and is riddled with contaminants […]


UPDATE: Williams Requests Recount

UPDATE: Williams Requests Recount

Guardian Staff report 1:24 p.m., November 6: Pitt County Board of Elections Director Dave Davis says Greenville District 4 city council candidate Terri Williams, who lost to Rick Smiley by 13 votes in unofficial tallies, has requested a recount. Here is the text from the BoE’s e-mailed announcement, timestamped 12:13 p.m. today: We have just […]


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 […]


Williams’ Candidacy Challenged

Terri Williams

By Guardian Staff The Greenville Guardian has learned that a formal challenge to the candidacy of Terri Williams for Greenville’s 4th District city council seat has been filed with the Pitt County Board of Elections (BOE). Voter William Bivins’ protest contends Williams does not reside in District 4. The protest cites sworn documents Williams filed in […]


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 […]


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, […]


Commentary on the Management and Operational Analysis of Bradford Creek Municipal Golf Course

Commentary on the Management and Operational Analysis of Bradford Creek Municipal Golf Course

Editor’s note: On Monday, March 25, City Council will consider staff recommendations for the future operation of Bradford Creek Golf Course, a city-owned facility operated by the Recreation and Parks Department. The course’s viability has been questioned by some council members. Further background is provided in our coverage of the issue. Staff recommendations and comments […]


Question Austerity

Question Austerity

Though some might hate to admit it, there are certain things government does best. Tonight city council will take up the future of Bradford Creek Golf Course, a city-owned and -operated facility that some have cited as an expense Greenville cannot afford. Apparently taking their cue from the national (indeed, international) trend that has seen […]


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