PRINCEVILLE — "The bleeding has stopped..."
Those were the words spoken by Vance Holloman, deputy treasurer for the N.C. Department of State Treasurer State and Local Government Commission Wednesday night during the Princeville community update meeting that was sponsored by his office.
Holloman was referring to the poor financial condition of the town when the state took over the books in July. Although Holloman referenced the bleeding had stopped, he reminded the audience of more than 50 that there is still work to be done before his staff returns control of the books back to the town.
"Now, it's a matter of time to restore its health. I believe that will be the challenge of the 2013-2014 budget — to restore it back to its health. You have to have enough funds in the budget to be able to bring in enough qualified folks who can help. It's a tough to predict the exact time when the current situation might end. We certainly think it could be within the 2013-1014 fiscal year."
Sharon Edmundson, LGC fiscal management director and acting Princeville finance officer, reported that water and tax collections have exceeded the monthly amount collected prior to the takeover. She also reported that the town has caught up paying just about all of its vendors.
Commissioner Calvin Sherrod asked the LGC a slew of questions that ranged from repairing holes in the streets to employees working on the clock. One citizen asked about cleaning up a empty lot beside her house while another one requested cutting trees limbs that are hanging in the street.
Perhaps the most interesting question by a citizen came from former mayor Delia Perkins, when she asked about the and credit card expenditures by present mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates, and former town clerk Diana Draughn and travel reimbursement by the mayor, Isabelle Purvis Andrews and interim town manager Maggie Boyd.
Perkins read a state law in reference to the illegal use of government funds that states anyone who is found guilty will be fined and forfeit its office.
After reading the law, she said, "You all have the power to remove those people at the town hall that brought this town to its knees. I realize that this town has not always been perfect. It is not perfect, but it has never been what it is now. So, I ask the question, why haven't y'all used your power to remove those board members from office so that the town could move on?"
Vance Holloman responded, saying the LGC has turned information over to two state agencies who are looking into the matter. He said he could not elaborate on the issue.
The meeting was called by the request of Sherrod who said he wanted the LGC to answer questions he could not answer. A little more than 50 people attended the meeting with the exception of Everette-Oates, Purvis-Andrews and Boyd. The trio did not attend the first meeting in August which was held in the same venue. Sherrod apologized to LGC for the no-show.
Some of the citizens who attended were pleased.
"The meeting was very enlightening," said Deloris Porter. "I was very pleased with the information that we were given. It gives me some insight as to where we are going forward. And this is what I hope we will do. Get out out of what ever we have been in and become better."
Lamar Godwyn said, "The Local Government Commission is going to lift Princeville to higher heights. The job that they have done so far is a great improvement for the town. I forsee the town's opportunities to advance."
Princeville finances improve
PRINCEVILLE — "The bleeding has stopped..."
Nathan Sherrod (left) and his twin brother Melvin, of Tarboro, enjoy a carnival ride Saturday afternoon at the Happening on the Common. Abrams Rentals provided the rides.
HAPPENING ON THE COMMON
Tarboro’s Town Common was clearly the center of activity in town Saturday, with cars lining the streets surrounding the common, music that could be heard from blocks away, and a sea of people navigating their way through the vendors’ tables under a canopy of trees. The occasion was the 43rd Annual Happening on the Common.
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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
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Tony Everett, of Wake Forest, backs his Chevrolet truck named DoeRunner up as he prepares to pull in the four wheel drive event Friday night.
PINETOPS – With the threat of rain during the weekend, it put a little damper on the Pinetops 300 Tractor and Truck Pull attendance. Friday night there was a large crowd in attendance, but not the amount it has been the last several years. There was 500 less people in attendance Friday then there was a year ago, but it didn't stop the pullers from slinging mud everywhere. The fans in one section even had a chance to see what it looked like when a belt breaks on a fine tuned machine. During the Mini Modified run, Thomas Coleman, of Stoneville, had a belt break on his KB 526 Pure Hell ride and the belt slung into the crowd. No one was injured.
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My 13 years have been lucky
It was 13 years Sunday that a drought was broken in Big Spring, Texas, After that, we ate Mexican for dinner with a gathering of family and friends.
The next day, a Saturday, Stephanie and I joined one another in marriage under a beautiful little gazebo by Comanche Trail Lake, fed by the historic spring from which the community draws its name.
- My 13 years have been lucky
Brittney Joyce Corbett and Kenneth Robert Chasse, Jr. were united in marriage on April 6th, 2013, at 5:30pm at the Imperial Centre in Rocky Mount. The Rev. Carrol Bradbury officiated the ceremony.
The Rehearsal Dinner was hosted by Shirley and Donald Foreman, Grandparents of the Groom and also Elisha and Kenneth Chasse, Parents of the Groom, at Pizza Inn in Rocky Mount.
The Bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Durwood Corbett of Macclesfield, NC. The Groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Robert Leonel Chasse, Sr. of Pinetops, NC.
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MATTIE RUTH BULLOCK
BELVOIR — Mrs. Mattie Ruth Bullock, 81, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The funeral service will be conducted Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park, Wilson.
Mrs. Bullock, a native of Wilson County and a lifelong resident of Pitt County, was a graduate of Belvoir-Falkland High School. She was engaged in farming with her husband until 1989 and was a charter member of Belvoir Free Will Baptist Church.
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Budget Friendly Deliciousness
It's nice to be able to put a good meal on the table without having to spend a fortune. Today's recipes are easy, delicious and inexpensive. But, they won't taste inexpensive. I hope that you will give them a try.
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Stocks Elementary School celebrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Week
In celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Week, Stocks Elementary School hosted several guest speakers and exciting activities during the first week of May.
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