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Missed deadlines, hazing woes, radio upgrades


A large pothole sits on the right hand side of Allen road approaching Stantonsburg road Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Darts — To owners of a sand mining operation that failed to make mandated repairs despite a four-month extension. The Pitt County Board of Commissions voted to begin imposition of fines on the owners of Hatcher Mine, which violated a conditional-use permit by digging into a buffer required to separate the mine from surrounding properties. One commissioner noted that the company didn’t seem to think it needed to meet deadlines. Fines may clear the sand from their eyes.

Laurels — To a break in the weather that allowed local road crews to finally dig Greenville and the surrounding area out of the big freeze. After facing snowfall and record low temperatures that made cleanup difficult, this week’s milder days got things back to normal for many local workers and students. In addition to being able to navigate the cleared streets, residents have once again been able to fly out of the Pitt-Greenville Airport. Snow days can be fun, but it’s nice to see the city back on the move.

Darts — To ongoing problems with alcohol and hazing that closed two more fraternities at East Carolina University. The Delta Chi Fra­ter­nity closed its chap­ter in­def­i­nitely af­ter an inves­ti­ga­tion. Tau Kappa Ep­silon will close its chap­ter for four years. In addition, ECU’s Sigma Phi Epsilon was closed in May for similar concerns. About 15 percent of students at ECU are involved in Greek life. Maintaining tough standards on hazing and alcohol are vital to keep them safe.

Laurels — To animal lovers who go the extra mile when the weather gets cold. At Chocowinity Chicken Sanctuary, Kay Evans hustled to maintain thawed drinking water for the birds, insulate enclosures and brought fragile birds inside for the night. Stroke of Faith Farms near Grifton faced similar challenges in protecting three pigs, chickens, donkeys, sheep, rabbits, a dog and cats. Two paws up for those who strive to treat animals with such compassion.

Darts — To city streets with potholes, and a freeze-thaw cycle that is likely to make them worse. Greenville’s Public Works director said new potholes are a result of the ice that permeated the region last week. Water seeping into cracks freezes and expands, damaging the roadway. The city is asking people to be on the lookout and report potholes to Public Works. Here’s hoping repairs are made before too many vehicle alignments go to pot.

Laurels — To upgrades in Pitt County’s emergency radio and paging systems. In June 2016, the commissioners awarded a contract to improve the system the county implemented in 2013. Emergency responders had complained that radio signals and pages weren’t being received in certain parts of the county. After the upgrades, 99 percent of the radio tests and 98 percent of the pager tests were successful. Now all responders can hear us call.

Darts — To the failure of North Carolina lawmakers to draw congressional and state legislative districts that are legal, fair and logical. A federal court on Tuesday ruled the General Assembly illegally gerrymandered the state’s congressional districts to give an unfair advantage to Republicans. The ruling follows a similar judgement against state legislative districts. Democrats did it too when they were in charge. It’s past time to take party and race out of the process.


Humans of Greenville


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


July 17, 2018

Chris Anglin is trying to pull a fast one on North Carolina voters.

Anglin, a Raleigh attorney, is a candidate for the N.C. Supreme Court. Until June 7, he also was a registered Democrat. But when Anglin filed as a candidate at the last moment this month, he did so as a Republican. That means there…

Chris Anglin

July 16, 2018

Thanks to tinkering by North Carolina’s General Assembly, voters this November will face a virtual book of a ballot, chock full of somewhat bewildering constitutional amendments.

Some are rather silly, such as the amendment to establish a constitutional right to hunt and fish ... except when…

N.C. Legislative Building

July 14, 2018

Dogfighting is a felony in all 50 states because the blood sport — usually accompanied by heavy wagering — is cruel to dogs. Yet in North Carolina most dogs rescued from such operations face an even harsher fate. Those that show scars and wounds from fighting are deemed dangerous and…


July 13, 2018

The Government Accountability Office has once again warned Congress that the federal government’s current fiscal trajectory is “unsustainable.”

In a report submitted to Congress on June 21, the GAO notes the federal deficit has continued to grow every year in the last few years.…

Congress Returns

July 11, 2018

Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court comes at a tense moment. It could drastically shift the court's tenuous ideological balance, and it comes not long after Senate Republicans disgracefully blocked President Barack Obama from making a…


July 10, 2018

On Monday, President Donald Trump is expected to announce his nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Given the president's promise to appoint justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, it's widely understood that his nominee will pose a clear danger to women's reproductive…

Nancy Northup

July 10, 2018

Ordinarily when NATO's 29 national leaders get together, everybody involved pushes for all the good things they want the alliance to do. At this week's summit in Brussels, they'll mainly be hoping to keep anything bad from happening.

The center of Europe's current concerns will come as no surprise:…

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July 08, 2018

Setting aside whether the Senate should confirm a Supreme Court nominee in an election year (the Merrick Garland rule) or whether a president should be allowed to appoint a justice while still under the cloud of the Russian meddling investigation (given the variety of issues such as whether a…


July 07, 2018

After the Parkland, Fla., school shooting in February but before this year’s legislative session, N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore said he wanted to address school safety issues but only those measures that could have bipartisan support.

But Moore killed a proposal similar to one included in a…

Tim Moore

July 06, 2018

On Sunday, when the state budget kicked into a new fiscal year, many employees across state government will get a nice boost to their paychecks: Their hourly wage will be elevated to $15, with the State Highway Patrol getting a little more.

Legislators added this adjustment last month in their now-…

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