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And So It Begins…

Guardian Staff Report The November election proved a turning point for Greenville’s city council. Marion Blackburn, who held the district 3 seat since 2009, was replaced by 23-year-old McLean Godley. In D5, 32-year-old P.J. Connelly defeated one-termer Dr. Richard Croskery, who won the seat in 2013. It remains to be seen how the new mix […]


Paddling Eastern North Carolina, Part 1: Greenville’s Tar River

Twisted cypress trees on the Tar River, near Greenville. Photo source: Brad Beggs.

This is the first of six guides to paddling in Eastern North Carolina. The series will run through the summer.  by Brad Beggs Guardian columnist From late spring through fall, Greenville’s Tar River welcomes paddlers and tubers looking to cool off. In the winter months, it is the perfect place to embrace the occasional warm day […]


Moscow on the Tar

Photo by Vince Bellis.

By Vince Bellis and Lisa Ellison Scroll down for new information. On January 14, Vince Bellis noticed something on a walk along the Town Common promenade: a golden heart-shaped lock with names inscribed. Bellis informed the Guardian, “this is a marriage custom currently in vogue in Russia. Newlyweds pledge their everlasting love by locking a […]


Op-Ed: Biologist Questions River Study

Photo: Lucas Berrini, 2008 (Flickr)

by Vince Bellis It would be unfortunate if the Tar River study moves forward in the absence of an attempt to first solicit advice from local sources at East Carolina University. ECU offers expertise in planning, business, wetland ecology, tourism and related areas by professionals familiar with eastern North Carolina. Advice from these sources should […]


Council Goes Green: Environmentally Friendly Policies in April

Council Goes Green: Environmentally Friendly Policies in April

By Lisa Wilbourne On April 11, city council made three environmentally friendly votes. One will allow for solar farming in the city; another to begin studying the Tar River to preserve it and promote development and ecotourism; and the third, for council to go paperless. They also voted to approve a set of parking recommendations […]


Paddles and Wind to Steam and Gasoline: Work Boats on the Tar

The steamboat Tarboro (II) viewed from stern to bow (Courtesy of Bridgers Collection, Outer Banks History Center

Editor’s note: Look for a second historical marker on the South Tar River Greenway toward the end of April. The new one, sponsored by Grady-White Boats, will be on the history of work boats on the Tar and will be about 250 feet west of the first marker on the history of transportation on the […]


Spanish Moss on the Tar

Spanish Moss on the Tar

by Vince Bellis On Saturday, February 22, 1701 adventurer John Lawson was ferried across Chatookau (Neuse) River by his Indian guide, Enoe Will. They entered what is now southern Pitt County. The next day they continued on through the Contentnea Creek swamps toward the Pampticaugh (Tar) River, “finding this day, the long ragged Moss of […]


South Tar River Greenway gets Educational

South Tar River Greenway gets Educational

by Lisa Wilbourne A new educational marker has been installed on the South Tar River Greenway, summarizing a local educator’s  six-month research project into the river’s history as a transportation artery. Titled Lock on the Tar River, the marker was funded by Friends of Greenville Greenways (FROGGS), and is located just west of the city’s […]


Regional Transportation in Eastern NC, a Historical Look

Artist’s concept of Tar River Lock and Dam as proposed by Beverhout Thompson, Watercolor by Bob Pittman

By Vince Bellis Before the Civil War, Tarboro was the commercial hub of the central coastal plain. The Tarboro newspaper, The Southerner, a nearly complete microfilm set of which can be found at ECU’s Joyner Library, served the region. Articles selected from the pages of The Southerner reveal much about transportation in antebellum North Carolina. […]


And the Beat Goes On…

And the Beat Goes On…

CATALYSTS: how personal initiative energizes our community, Installment 2 by Linda Leighty  Many young musicians play in their high school bands and derive value and enjoyment from playing their instruments. Very few aspire to future occupations as professional musicians. We probably all know someone who has kept a high school band instrument with the intention […]


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