On March 17, an 18-year-old boy was shot in Tarboro. Warrants have been issued for his assailant.
On the following day, a double homicide occurred in Princeville. Law enforcement officers have not made an arrest in that case.
Fed up with social problems and violence that has become a plague in Edgecombe County, the Rev. William "Kenny" Parker held a gathering Saturday morning for Christian men, asking them to pray and "stand up."
"With the increase of the violence being perpetuated in our schools, the homes, homicides, drug traffic, gangs terrorizing our communities, there has to be a voice crying out saying 'stop in the name of Jesus'," Parker said. "There is power in the name of Jesus and every God-fearing brother needs to stand up and be counted as one crying to God to heal our land.
"Somebody has to stand. If we don't stand, then who's going to stand? If men would stand up, send some prayers up, God will show up and our community will be better."
Approximately 40 men, including about a dozen ministers, stood in the drizzling rain around the square's empty pool as Parker summoned their help.
"The vanguard must be the church leadership; pastors, ministers, deacons, church leaders, all must and should show some solidarity and be seen as leading the resistance to the movement of the enemy."
Parker said God has told him to call Christian men together for quite some time. The recent double homicide was confirmation that it was time for him to do it. Late Friday, he began summoning men.
"My FB (Facebook) brothers and sisters. I need your help BADLY! Please help me polarize all spiritual minded men regardless of race, denomination, age or church," Parker wrote on his Facebook page. "I am calling all spiritual minded men to stand up to the giants that are trampling the life out of our communities."
The Rev. Claude Carr Jr., who attended the gathering, knows all too well about the trampling. Carr's nephew, Quantellis Tyvon Carr, was murdered inside his Princeville home along with his girlfriend, Jasmine Leticia Chesson. The killings sent shockwaves throughout the community.
"We are saddened by the things that are happening in our community," Carr said. "We need to come together. If we can come together, then we can bring about a big change. One can do a little, but a lot of us can do a whole lot."
Tarboro Town Councilman Taro Knight also attended the gathering. Knight said, "This was a good gesture. Everybody needs prayer, but I hope we can go beyond the prayer and put some other things in action. Once we get them to the Lord, we have to have the community put things in place to make them productive citizens."
Plans are already under way for another gathering. After Parker finished speaking, the ministers stepped one at a time, down and in the waterless pool to pray.
"Yes, we do know the churches have the power to have a greater influence in deterring the spread of the terror that plagues our communities throughout the county," Parker said, "Moreso than any other source. There is trouble all over the country, but we know we must first address the problems facing us in our own front yard.
"We're going to meet again and this time, we want at least 100 men standing around this pond," he said. "We can get at least 100 men to fit around this pond and we can make a difference."
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Edgecombe Community College receives national award
Edgecombe Community College (ECC) received a national award Tuesday night for its efforts to prepare students to be successful in careers and the workplace.
Edgecombe was among four honorees that received national awards in Washington, D.C., during a gala that concluded ACT’s inaugural College and Career Readiness Campaign.
County gospel choir to celebrate 20th anniversary
The Edgecombe County High School Gospel Choir, under the direction of founder Kristian Herring, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a live concert Sunday.
“You will hear some traditional choral music, energetic spirituals, traditional and contemporary gospel,” said Antonio Suggs, choir advisor.
Gas prices in Tarboro lower than state average
With Memorial Day Weekend around the corner, travelers on U.S. 64 exiting into Tarboro could discover some of the cheapest gas in North Carolina.
On Wednesday, Murphy Express reported the cheapest gas at $3.35 while Hadi's, Raceway and Hess prices were one cent higher.
Tar River United Way recognizes ‘community champions’
“Be the change” was the theme of a United Way Tar River Region luncheon Wednesday at The Gateway Convention Center in Rocky Mount. United Way TRR recognized “community champions,” celebrated the success of its 2012 fundraising campaign and encouraged volunteers and partner agencies to “be the change” they want to see in the community.
America in Bloom judges’ visit Tarboro next month
Tarboro’s America in Bloom (AIB) steering committee is gearing up for the AIB judges’ visit to town next month. AIB is a national non-profit organization that promotes “beautification through education and community involvement.”
“Please join us as Tarboro prepares for the visit of national AIB judges on June 17 and 18,” said AIB co-chair Connie Sherrill in a competition planning update. “Help us bring out the beauty of our exceptional town.”
Local Principal Completes Leadership Program
Donnell Brown, principal of Phillips Middle School, recently completed the Distinguished Leadership Program (DLP), a yearlong leadership development program for practicing school principals designed and provided by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principal’s Association (NCPAPA) in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and UNC-LearnNC.
Woman faces 32 charges
A Tarboro woman's scam has led authorities to arrest her on 28 charges.
According to a Tarboro Police Department report, Jennifer Ann Carr, 29, 1609 Barlow Rd. Apt. 9, took out loans in the names of 16 customers of a local business from January through April. Carr was employed through a temp agency with a local business, said Tarboro Police Sgt. Al Braxton. Braxton said the total loan amount netted $4,300.
Carr was charged with 16 counts of identity theft and 16 counts of obtaining property by false pretenses. She was place in Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond.
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.
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