BYH to the person responding re the voter ID question. Thanks for your example. I think that everyone should have the...

Live on Facebook, defending Blount's Creek


Pitt County Emergency Management Director Allen Everette talks about the importance of being prepared for severe weather at Pactolus Elementary school earlier this year.


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Laurels — To Pitt County Emergency Management, which went online with a Facebook page on Tuesday, just in time to provide safety information about Hurricane Irma. The county has been working for months on Facebook pages, not only for emergency management, but for animal services and public health as well. This is a case where the effort expended had an immediate payoff for residents.

Darts — To a suspected lightning fire that destroyed the Greenville house of an 88-year-old man. It is fortunate that the homeowner escaped unharmed, but the incident is a reminder of the importance of having working smoke detectors. The blaze started in the middle of the night, when many folks would have been sound asleep. Firefighters suggest homeowners change alarm batteries every season. The start of fall is a good time to take up the habit.

Laurels — To a group planning a boat rally at the end of month in defense of Blount’s Creek. A mining operation has been granted a permit to release millions of gallons of water into the waterway. Opponents say the discharge would change the nature of the creek and the swamp and harm the fish and other aquatic wildlife that live there. It’s only fitting they take to the water to float their objections to the mining project.

Darts — To the chaos and uncertainty brought about by President Donald Trump’s decision to end protection against deportation for young immigrants. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will end in six months. In that time it is hoped that Congress can find a legislative solution for people in the program. Until such a solution is found, however, many hard-working and productive young people will live in fear.

Laurels — To a plan by Grifton leaders to better protect the sewer system that serves Ayden, Grifton and Winterville from flooding in the future. A board that operates the wastewater treatment plant in Grifton as well as sewer lines and pump stations that carry wastewater from the towns to the plant is applying for a disaster recovery grant to shore up those assets. With two months left in Hurricane season, it makes sense to pump up protection efforts.

Darts — To Greenville Animal Control for failing to have in place a way for pet owners to alert officers immediately that animals are missing. Armed with a well publicized, user-friendly system for residents to post photos and information, officers could call owners when they found a matching animal. It would help avoid allegations like those lodged on Thursday that a cat was killed unnecessarily.

Laurels — To a housing development under construction in Greenville that is intended to help struggling veterans make the transition from the military back into civilian life. Honor Ridge is expected to be open by January. Housing officials said their work with local veterans made them realize the need for such a development. We salute this effort to give back to those who have given so much to their country.


Humans of Greenville


Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.


June 21, 2018

If ignorance is bliss, the state Senate might be the happiest place on the planet. It also may be where the largest number of President Barack Obama haters hang out.

It is the logical conclusion: It is not about state money since the state’s hospitals have agreed to a plan that would cover…

N.C. Legislative Building

June 20, 2018

The trade war with Canada over steel, aluminum and milk understandably grabs the headlines. But flying under the radar is the battle over Canadian newsprint, a skirmish that’s hurting businesses and costing jobs.

In January, the U.S. Commerce Department, responding to a complaint from a New…


June 20, 2018

Lawmakers in Raleigh usurped local control and eschewed local input when they set a new early voting schedule last week.

The House and Senate on Friday set a 17-day early voting period that ends the Friday before Election Day, eliminating a popular Saturday from the schedule. All early voting sites…

June 18, 2018

Master impersonators taking on multiple identities to vote as other people. Dead people rising from their graves to haunt your neighborhood polling place. Non-citizens descending by the caravan to vote alongside true Americans.

The mythical beast known as “voter fraud” is as…


June 17, 2018

About a year ago, state Republican leaders vowed to retaliate in response to a painful rebuff from the U.S. Supreme Court, which had just refused to review a lower court ruling striking down the Legislature’s 2013 discriminatory voter ID law.

“All North Carolinians can rest assured that…

June 16, 2018

Supporters of North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program say a new report by N.C. State University researchers shows that the state voucher program is helping students from low-income families.

That’s far more hype than fact.

What the study makes clear is there’s no way to…

June 15, 2018

Music is healing. Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Senior High School put that theory on display Sunday night in New York with their stirring performance at the Tony Awards — beautifully.

The students, all from the school’s drama department, brought the house down singing the…


June 14, 2018

The Singapore summit was, without question, a triumph for Kim Jong Un and his North Korean regime. A dictator who has ordered the murder of his own family members, and who oversees a gulag comparable to those of Hitler and Stalin, was able to parade on the global stage as a legitimate statesman,…

APTOPIX Trump Kim Summit-5

June 13, 2018

Kittens are intentionally poisoned with parasite-infested meat, studied and then burned alive — and it’s happening on your dime.

Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr. spoke out last week about a controversial U.S. Department of Agriculture research project and signed on to a bipartisan bill that…

Science Says Domesticated Cats

June 12, 2018

The party whose leader promised to drain the swamp is now in the business of protecting cesspools.

The N.C. Senate’s Agriculture Committee has approved a bill that would protect the cheap way of handling hog waste: pooling it up in storage lagoons and then spraying it on fields, where it can…

Hog Smells Lawsuits-6
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