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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.