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Voting Numbers Update

Voting Numbers Update

by Lisa Ellison Nearly 3,000 people in the county voted today by 10 a.m.. In the five hours since, another 4,062 have joined them, bringing the total number of voters in this municipal election up to 13,369 including the 6,348 who voted early. More than 10 percent of registered voters have now voted. Polls close tonight […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


A Tragic Tale of Twins Separated at Birth, Willy Russell’s “Blood Brothers”

A Tragic Tale of Twins Separated at Birth, Willy Russell’s “Blood Brothers”

By Jennifer Johnson Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers is a heart-wrenching tale of two brothers, bound by blood and by fate, facing class struggle, crime, drugs and love. This award-winning musical, directed by Kevin Lee and presented by the Magnolia Arts Center, is loosely based on the 1844 novella, The Corsican Brothers, by Alexandre Dumas, but with […]


What’s Cooking at Third Street Community Center

What’s Cooking at Third Street Community Center

by Lisa Wilbourne Third Street Community Center may be home to a culinary school if their request to rezone is successful, according to the center’s executive director, Walter Strathy. The 14.3 acre West Greenville non-profit community center is working with Pitt Community College in establishing the culinary school. At the November 20 Planning and Zoning […]


Coming up: Transportation and Parking; Looking back: Neighborhoods

Coming up: Transportation and Parking; Looking back: Neighborhoods

by Lisa Wilbourne City council will choose one of two spots identified by the Greenville Transportation and Activity Center’s steering committee as the location for the center. Council will also vote on whether to built a 256-space parking deck on under-used, city-owned lot at the corner of 4th and Cotanche Streets. [After hearing this item explained […]


In Depth: City Seeks to Clean Up Destroyed Warehouse

In Depth: City Seeks to Clean Up Destroyed Warehouse

by Lisa Wilbourne The essentials City council voted unanimously on November 5 to approve the city’s purchase of the Imperial Tobacco property on Atlantic Avenue for $1. The property, valued at $1,000,033, was destroyed by fire in April 2008. (Amateur video of the fire can be viewed here.) In a February letter proposing the sale to […]


Rare Ferns in the Ruins, Botanical Find at Imperial Tobacco Warehouse

Rare Ferns in the Ruins, Botanical Find at Imperial Tobacco Warehouse

By Vince Bellis Two species of fern make the burned Imperial Tobacco Warehouse on Atlantic Street in Greenville botanically interesting. Neither type is commonly found in North Carolina; one type predates the fire, the other can be found there now. Native to dry limestone cliffs, the decomposing lime mortar that separates bricks in old buildings […]


Burned and Crumbled, Pictures of the Imperial Tobacco Warehouse

Burned and Crumbled, Pictures of the Imperial Tobacco Warehouse

On November 5, Greenville City Council decided to buy the old Imperial Tobacco Warehouse on Atlantic Street. The warehouse caught fire on April 17, 2008 and has been sitting unused (and unusable due to chemicals in the land) since. The city will pay $1 for the deed for a three-year period, and will apply for […]


Respect, Decorum, Civility

Respect, Decorum, Civility

One of the most interesting parts of a city council meeting, and one of the most overlooked due to its place on the agenda, is “Comments from Mayor and City Council.” Occurring near the end of every meeting, it is a time when councilors – free of time limits – share announcements, thank people doing […]


Early Voting Ends Today

Early Voting Ends Today

If you are not registered to vote or need to change your address, today’s your last day! There are five early voting sites to which any Pitt County residents can go. They’re only open until 1 p.m. Community Schools Building: 4561 County Home Road County Office Building: 1717 West Fifth Street Winterville Fire Station: 2593 Railroad […]


Occupation, Communication, Recreation, Preservation: City Council’s October Decisions

Occupation, Communication, Recreation, Preservation: City Council’s October Decisions

By Lisa Wilbourne By far the most controversial topic discussed at City Hall in October was the change to the occupancy code for a small section of the city. Council voted 4-2 (Rose Glover, Max Joyner, Dennis Mitchell, Kandie Smith for; Marion Blackburn, Calvin Mercer against) to establish new rules in the Tar River-University neighborhood […]


Making Greenville Grow. Up.

Making Greenville Grow. Up.

When four of Greenville’s six city councilors voted Thursday to increase occupancy limits for unrelated people living in homes of the city’s Tar River-University neighborhood, each – along with the mayor – displayed a blatant disregard for the will of the people. Despite clear-cut and overwhelming public opposition from city residents, from the Planning and […]


Council to Vote on Occupancy Rules

photo: City of Greenville

by Lisa Wilbourne A long-debated proposal to change the occupancy rules in one Greenville neighborhood will be decided tonight. City council will vote on what’s known as the University Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (UNRI), proposed two months ago by councilor Max Joyner. Under the proposal, homes meeting certain criteria and located in a neighborhood stretching from […]


Uptown Public Art Fence Project

Uptown Public Art Fence Project

If you haven’t been to Uptown Greenville lately, you owe it to yourself to check out the progress of the current public arts project on Evans between 4th and 5th Streets. Patronize your favorite Uptown restaurant or try out a new one while you’re there. Click on a picture to open the gallery view.


From the Editor: Mayor as Manager

Bartlett, William Anderson, Wes Anderson, Moton and Bowers (no picture of Case was available)

Barbara Lipscomb became Greenville’s city manager in mid-August. During her second city council meeting a month later, she made it clear that she is not as interested in keeping city councilors happy as in performing the duties for which they’ve hired her. Under Greenville’s Council-Manager form of government the mayor and council are elected every […]


Council Supports Clean Elections

City Council

by Lisa Wilbourne Greenville has joined nine other NC cities in speaking out for people’s constitutional rights. “Corporations are not people, and money is not speech” is the message of this resolution for clean elections. The vote was split 5-1. See their discussion here. “Big money can make a big difference and it doesn’t represent […]


Pops Singers a Choral Treat

Pops Singers a Choral Treat

CATALYSTS: how personal initiative energizes our community by Linda Leighty Lively, stirring music sung by wonderfully blended voices is what you’ll find with the Community Pops Singers. Community members are invited to listen or to join this local choral group comprised of a range of ages and experience. Some members are knowledgeable and skilled musicians […]


It’s Your Move: City and Community Collaborations

It’s Your Move: City and Community Collaborations

by Linda Leighty A quick glance at the mission statements for our city’s departments yields the following key words: protect, advance, serve, preserve, strengthen, provide, educate, advocate, administer, implement, build…. As laudable as these intentions are, implementing them becomes a struggle when they slam into the impenetrable budget wall. The City of Greenville has chosen […]


Learning Acceptance in a Southern Town: MAC’s Second Samuel

Learning Acceptance in a Southern Town: MAC’s Second Samuel

By Jennifer Benfield Johnson A soulful harmonica playing subtle yearning in complete darkness at the beginning of the play sets the tone of Magnolia Arts Center‘s production of Pamela Parker’s Pulitzer-nominated dramatic comedy, Second Samuel, directed by Pitt County local Kevin Lee. A startling secret just discovered after the death of the town’s beloved Miss […]


A Unique Board, Neighborhood Advisory

A Unique Board, Neighborhood Advisory

By Rick Smiley When Greenville established the Neighborhood Advisory Board (NAB) in April 2008 to serve as a liaison between neighborhoods and the city, it created a unique method of appointing its board members and brought about a board like no other other. Members are appointed to all other city boards and commissions directly by […]


Joyner’s motion

Joyner’s motion

The Greenville Guardian has obtained a copy of the motion presented by Councilor Max Joyner at last night’s meeting. It passed with support from Joyner, Rose Glover, Dennis Mitchell and Kandie Smith. Marion Blackburn and Calvin Mercer voted against it.  Have a look. Make a comment. What’s good? What’s not so good?  The Greenville Guardian encourages […]


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