"Help us love and serve our neighbors."
That plea was made by Tarboro Community Outreach Director Sister Mary Ann Czaja for the organization's 17th annual "Love They Neighbor" campaign that kicks off Sunday.
To show love, TCO is asking for donations to help fund its day-to-day operations.
"It's our biggest fund-raiser of the year," said Dr. Ada Williams-Wooten, the president of the board of directors for TCO. "If it wasn't for it, we would not be able to provide all the services. It is fantastic."
Because of its nonprofit status, TCO depends on donations to assist in funding its day-to-day operation. The organization provides temporary shelter for men, a shelter for women and children, offers free food at its pantry, provides 11,500 meals a month and clothing to the needy. On Thursday, TCO was the home for 29 men, eight women and three children.
Paula Myers is one of the women who currently resides at the TCO's Blessing House. Myers admitted that she went down the wrong path, but says she's not on that path anymore.
"I've been clean and straight for a year," she said. "I'm going to school (Edgecombe Community College) to get my GED. This place turned me around. If it wasn't for Sister Mary Ann, I would be on the street or dead."
Czaja's eyes lit up and a big smile flashed across her face as Myers told her story. Perhaps she realized some of the $27,500 donated last year went toward helping Myers turn her life around. She also realizes that it would be very hard to continuing some of the programs without the help of the community.
Seventeen years ago, the TCO board of directors had a need for extra funds. The Rev. Bill Smyth, the former TCO president and former pastor of Calvary Episcopal Church in Tarboro, came up with the "Love They Neighbor Campaign to help fund TCO.
At first, Czaja was skeptical of the idea.
"I said, 'We will never get any money like that'," she said. "I was wrong. I had to eat my words."
Last year's campaign funds have dwindled away, but the need to help the homeless and the continues.
"This program is unique because it unites the people who have, with those who do not have," Czaja said. "There were so many that helped us last year and we are very grateful for them. They are a wonderful group of people. We need them this year and more like them."
"Help us love and serve our neighbors."
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Two suspects arrested on 36 charges; third issued citation
After executing a search warrant Thursday on a residence at 500 W. Johnston St. in Tarboro, police officers arrested two suspects for possessing a small amount of marijuana and issued a third suspect a citation for possessing a glass pipe to smoke the drugs.
After the marijuana was found, officers notified two of the three suspects that they also had additional warrants on them from the department's "Spring Fling" drug campaign where they had sold marijuana to undercover officers.
Introductory Latin class beginning Tuesday
Want a leg up in a medical terminology course? Anatomy? Physical science? Take a look at Latin, perhaps the best grounding for all education.
Not convinced? Just ask Stephen Herring, instructor of religion, geography, and developmental studies at Edgecombe Community College (ECC). He will teach an Introductory Latin class beginning Tuesday. The class will meet at Fleming 218 on the Tarboro campus.
NTSB wants to lower DWI blood alcohol levels
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released a bold set of targeted interventions to put the United States on course to eliminate alcohol-impaired related crashes. They have given recommendations that call for stronger laws, swifter enforcement and expanded use of technology.
Measles cases have state health officials concerned
Twenty-three cases of the measles have been reported in North Carolina in a recent outbreak and has state health officials concerned.
“It (measles) is a highly contagious disease that is spread in the air by coughing and sneezing,” said Susan Rogerson, nursing director at the Edgecombe County Health Department. Outbreaks of measles in the United States are rare because of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
County still looking for bids on 41 properties
While county commissioners have accepted bids on seven foreclosure properties, a total of 41 others remain available for interested parties to submit bids.
County Planning Director Brian Hassell said interested parties may submit bids for commissioners to consider. If a bid is approved and another party is interested, they may submit an upset bid.
Scouts honor ‘Buddy’ Hooks
Try as he might, master of ceremonies Dave Sharpe was unable to talk someone into telling an unexpected story on Ellis “Buddy” Hooks as Hooks was recognized as the 2013 Edgecombe County Distinguished Citizen Award recipient by the Boy Scouts of America.
Sheriff's Department to host junior academy
The Edgecombe County Sheriff's Department will be hosting a junior academy for students ages 13-18 years old. Sheriff James Knight believes that this is the most important times of a juvenile's life and wants them to learn about the criminal justice system.
Andrews assumes new position at ECPS Central Services
John Farrelly, Superintendent of Edgecombe County Public Schools (ECPS), announced this week that Shawna Andrews has been named the Director of Middle Schools and Title I in the Educational Program Services Office at Central Services.
Andrews, who most recently served as the Director of Elementary Schools and Title I, began her tenure with ECPS in 1995 as a math and science teacher at C.B. Martin Middle School. Following her completion of a Master’s in School Administration, she served as an administrative intern at G.W. Bulluck Elementary, SouthWest Edgecombe High School and Tarboro High School before being named an assistant principal at Tarboro High School in 2003.
Big ‘Happening’ set for Tarboro Saturday
At no time of the year is Tarboro’s Town Common more bustling with activity than the second Saturday in May. It’s that time of year again and the 43rd Annual Happening on the Common is set for 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday.
“I think we’ve got a good day coming up,” said Carol Banks, event coordinator for the Edgecombe County Cultural Arts Council. “We’ve got record-breaking (number of) vendors. So far we’re up to 56.”
Pinetops 300 kicks into gear this weekend
One of the biggest community events in the southern part of Edgecombe County – the Pinetops 300 – is set for Friday and Saturday at its usual spot – 309 School St. at the ballpark in Pinetops. The truck and tractor pull, South Edgecombe Rural Fire Department’s fundraiser of the year, is a longstanding tradition.
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