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Giving tradition continues, police integrity, rabies scare


A steaming plate of collards, macaroni and cheese and potatoes is handed out by a volunteer at the Masonic Lodge Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017.


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Laurels — To all the Black Friday — and Thanksgiving Thursday — shoppers who helped keep the economy bustling with retail sales. It’s not for everyone, but many people like to get out of the house after the big feast, and many enjoy the excitement of the early Friday door busters sales. Retail workers probably had it the worst and deserve a pat on the back for their holiday hustle while the rest of us shopped — or relaxed.

Darts — To cuts in state funding to Trillium Heath Resources. Pitt County Commissioners on Monday modified a lease agreement with the mental health service agency to give it more time to build a 200-bed substance abuse recovery center in the County Office Park. Trillium had enough money saved to build the facility but state lawmakers required the agency to spend down reserves on day-to-day operations. In the thick of an opioid crisis, that’s penny foolish.

Laurels — To the Little Willie Center for continuing its tradition of sharing a large Thanksgiving meal with hundreds on Thursday. The center, which operates an after-school program on Dickinson Avenue, partnered with Mount Hermon Masonic Lodge to serve neighbors, friends and visitors at the Fifth Street lodge. “There is something about God’s work,” said founder Renee Arrington. “God’s work will go on into eternity; it never stops.”

Darts — To the discovery of rabies in a stray cat at an apartment complex in Ayden. It bit and scratched two people in the area on Nov. 6 and avoided capture until Nov. 17. Officials are urging others who may have had contact with the animal to seek treatment. They also are offering $5 rabies vaccinations for pets 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Ayden Fire Department, 4112 S. West Ave. A catch-and-release program also could help.

Laurels — To the Greenville Police Department for demonstrating its integrity when $60 was reported stolen when officers searched a vehicle for drugs. No drugs were located, but the car’s owner found something missing. A review of body camera footage provided evidence that one of the officers stole the cash. He has been suspended and charged. It proves the value of body cameras and reminds us no one is above the law.

Darts — To 10 ineligible votes in the Winterville Town Council election. Ten people who live in a subdivision outside of the town limits cast ballots in the recent election even though annexation of their homes is not complete. It’s unclear how this was allowed to happen but it is clear that the outcome of one of the races will remain in question. Ricky Hines won the seat by one vote over John Hill. Kudos to both men for their grace in victory, and defeat.

Laurels — To members of ECU’s Phi Kappa Alpha fraternity who helped raise $2,750 for the after-school program at the Lucille Gorham Intergenerational Community Center. The fundraiser, celebrated with a dodgeball tournament, will allow the program to waive tuition, which will help more low-income families take advantage of the service. The effort highlights the good Greeks do at a time when some are under scrutiny for less positive behavior.




Humans of Greenville


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


November 16, 2018

Rising casualties. Aerial assaults. Weary ground forces. The charred desolation of thousands of homes. The most apt metaphor about California’s rampaging wildfires is warfare.

And just like in any war, one of the first casualties is truth.

Who or what is to blame for the conflagrations?…

California Wildfires-12

November 14, 2018

Members of the N.C. General Assembly will get some legislative exercise to help burn off their Thanksgiving calories this year, returning to Raleigh for a late-November special session that will, among other things, write the rules for the state’s newly enacted constitutional requirement for…

Voter ID Lawsuit

November 13, 2018

Anita Earls, who was elected Tuesday to a seat on the N.C. Supreme Court, ought to be happy that legislative Republicans apparently spend so much time reading Niccolo Machiavelli’s 16th century treatise on power, “The Prince.”

Machiavelli urged a style of cunning political…

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November 10, 2018

The Democrats’ return to control over the House of Representatives is much more than a victory for one party. It is a sign of health for American democracy.

Distrustful of untrammeled majorities, the authors of the Constitution favored checks and balances, including, crucially, the check that…

Election 2018 Trump

November 09, 2018

With the courts and Trump Administration rolling back federal climate regulation, green activists have turned to the states. But there’s a troubling ethical twist: Instead of merely lobbying, activists are placing employees in Attorneys General offices in dubious private-public condominiums.…

November 04, 2018

President Trump’s assertion on Tuesday that he could end birthright citizenship via an executive order likely is another attempt to stir up immigration as a campaign issue ahead of next week’s midterm election.

It’s a bad and almost certainly unconstitutional idea, and had the…

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November 04, 2018

Pitt County is fortunate to have a ballot full of fine candidates running for elected office on Tuesday. Women and men have put their names forth to produce contested races for almost every seat. The races offer contrasts in style, personality and direction.

The Daily Reflector has reported on the…

November 02, 2018

It’s natural to think of worst case scenarios when such a scenario is right before your eyes. So it was Monday when authorities said a Butler High School student was shot and killed by another student during a dispute in a school hallway. The death appeared to be the first fatal shooting…

North Carolina School Shooting-3

October 31, 2018

Children in North Carolina aren’t learning to read fast enough or well enough. The state has invested millions. Hands are wringing, and heads are hitting hard against the wall. “Success” can’t be claimed if a third-grader can’t read the word and know what it means.



October 30, 2018

The United States has been a beacon of hope for people who are poor, mistreated or persecuted. That is a unique position on the world stage that must not be abdicated.

Many Americans trace their roots to people who left harsh conditions in other countries in search of a better life in the United…

Central America Migrant Caravan
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