Jones new Princeville Mayor, Page wins in Tarboro – Complete Edgecombe, Nash, Wilson Election Results

election-2013-buttonPrinceville’s Bobbie D. Jones and Tarboro’s Rick Page are the new Mayors of their respective communities, winning Tuesday’s elections against multiple opponents.

Jones received about 67% of the total votes in Princeville against a field that included incumbent Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates (16%) and Milton R. Bullock (13%).

JoeRoam Myrick was elected to Princeville Commission for Ward 3, while Pamela L. Ransome leads with 48% for the Ward 4 seat against Calvin Sherrod (37%) and Tyrone Hopkins (15%).

In Tarboro, Page received 51% of the votes cast for Mayor in a race that included fellow challengers John Wooten (27%) and Donnie Hale (22%).

Tarboro’s Ward 1 Council Seat featured a 3-way race with Othar Woodward (40%) leading Gerrelene Walker (33%) and Carl Benson (27%). Steve Burnette won the Ward 3 seat, while John L. Jenkins was elected in Ward 5. Taro Knight, Ward 7 Councilmember, ran unopposed.

Tarboro and Princeville were the closest-followed of Tuesday’s local races in Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson Counties. More than a dozen municipalities held Mayor, Commissioner and Council elections, with turnout generally light in all locations.

Here is a complete rundown of results for municipal elections in Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson County. Percentages are not shown for uncontested races.

Edgecombe County

Conetoe – Mayor
Linda Ingram

Conetoe – Commissioner (4 Seats)
Milton Goff, Jr. – 25.5%
Johnny Respass – 21.9%
Wilson Jones – 20.9%
Jesse Petteway – 16.2%
Leon E. Wynn – 15.5%

Macclesfield – Mayor
Mike Keel

Macclesfield – Commissioner (2 Seats)
Kathryn Cobb Ford – 45.4%
Dannis L. Sanderson – 29.2%
Write-Ins – 25.4%

Pinetops – Commissioner (2 Seats)
Joyce E. Tolson
Suzanne Coker Craig

Princeville – Mayor
Bobbie D. Jones – 67%
Prisciilla Everette-Oates – 16%
Milton R. Bullock – 13%

Princeville – Commissioner, Ward 3
JoeRoam Myrick – 82%
Isabelle Purvis-Andrews – 18%

Princeville – Commissioner, Ward 4
Pamela L. Ransome – 48%
Calvin Sherrod – 37%
Tyrone D. Hopkins – 15%

Tarboro – Mayor
Rick Page – 51%
John Wooten – 27%
Donnie Hale – 22%

Tarboro – Town Council, Ward 1
Othar Woodard – 39.6%
Gerrelene M. Walker – 33.2%
Carl Benson – 27.1%

Tarboro – Town Council, Ward 3
Steve Burnette – 68%
Leshaun Jenkins – 27%
Stephen Ribustello – 5%

Tarboro – Town Council, Ward 5
John L. Jenkins, II – 59%
Candie Bailey Owens – 41%

Tarboro – Town Council, Ward 7
Taro Knight

Nash County

Bailey – Mayor
Timothy Johnson

Bailey – Commissioner (2 Seats)
Shelley Carroll – 50%
Phillip (Rocky) Winstead – 31%
Allen Daniels – 19%
(Harold Flora won for a third seat, unexpired term ending 2015)

Castalia – Mayor
Ellene Leonard

Castalia – Commissioner (2 Seats)
Brian Hinkle – 33.7%
Write Ins – 31.3% (TBD)
Debbie Moore Rodriguez – 21.7%
Debra Sjoberg – 13.3%

Middlesex – Mayor
Luther (LuHarvey) Lewis, Jr. – 44.7%
Dale Bachmann – 28.4%
Vennie Brock – 26.3%

Middlesex – Commissioner (2 Seats)
Ann Mitchell Lewis – 31.7%
Harold Meacombs – 26.4%
Robert Johnson – 21.1%
Brandie Holt – 14.9%
Stacey E. Meek – 5.9%

Momeyer – Commissioner (2 Seats)
Martha Lucas
Ronald Pace

Nashville – Town Council (2 Seats)
Larry Taylor – 41.8%
Patricia Rogers – 31.2%
Jerry Harris – 26.8%

Red Oak – Mayor
Alfred Wester

Red Oak – Commissioner (2 Seats)
Levell Langley
Barbara High Tyre

Spring Hope – Mayor
James F. (Buddy) Gawltney III

Spring Hope – Commissioner (3 Seats)
Drew Griffin – 31.4%
Daryl Emig – 29.2%
Ted Lee Bissett II – 20.3%
David Rose – 18.9%

Whittakers – Commissioner (3 Seats):

Doris E. Lindsey – 21.8%
Fran Lynch – 19.9%
Al Wright – 17.3%
Jessica Vinson – 16.8%
Nancy Jones Taylor – 13.7%
Betty H. Bullock – 10.2%

Wilson County

City of Wilson – Council, District 3
William Thomas (Tom) Fyle – 80%
Ricardo Dew – 20%

City of Wilson – Council, District 5
Donald I. Evans

City of Wilson – Council, District 6
Logan T. Liles

City of Wilson – Council, District 7
Derrick D. Creech – 77%
William (Bill) Darden – 19%
Write-Ins – 2%
Reginald E. Pope – 2%

Black Creek – Mayor
Ralph M. Smith, Jr.

Black Creek – Commissioner (5 Seats)
Roland W. Lucas – 21.8%
Ellen E. Dawson – 20.0%
Elton R. Franks, Jr. – 20.0%
Lisa Godwin Skinner – 18.2%
Write-Ins – 11.8%
Damian Seltzer – 7.7%

Elm City – Mayor
Grady N. Smith

Elm City – Commissioner (5 Seats)
Dave Childress
Melvin Cooke
Lewis Crockett, Jr.
Marsha Wells
Gil Wheeler

Lucama – Commissioner (3 Seats)
David A. Johnson – 32.1%
Jed Simpson – 29.4%
Tim C. Wiggs – 28.4%
Thaddeus Washington – 9.2%

Saratoga – Mayor
Charles (Tommy) Hawkins

Saratoga – Commissioners (3 Seats)
Ronald McCormick
Anthony Newcomb
Elaine Saunders

Sims – Mayor
Dana K. Hewett

Sims – Commissioner (5 Seats)
Robert (Bobby) Ruffin – 21.5%
Eddie Ray Watts – 17.5%
Rhonda Ruffin Payne – 17.5%
Courtney Waren – 13.4%
Michael Hall – 12.8%
Louis Sparks, Jr. – 9.4%
Danny Howell – 8.1%

Stantonsburg – Council (3 Seats)
Donnie Bass
Jackie Grice
Robert Watson

CodeRed connects Resident to Emergency Info in time for Hurricane Season

(NEWS RELEASE) The City of Rocky Mount continues to encourage residents to sign up for CodeRED service, and according to CodeRED administrators, it is vital for everyone throughout the year, especially during hurricane season, taking place now through Nov. 30, 2013.

“CodeRED is an emergency notification system,” says Ronnie Raper, division chief of life safety for the fire department. “Its purpose is to provide information that is emergency in nature and important for the safety of the citizens.”

Through CodeRED, citizens are provided with weather related messages and boil water notices, for example. And while the CodeRED database is developed by importing landline phone numbers, residents are also encouraged to sign up to receive information through additional mediums.

“The system also provides notifications via cell phone calls, e-mails and text messages,” says Raper. “In today’s society, we communicate a great deal through e-mails and text messages, and we more readily use our cell phones.”

Raper also reminds citizens that certain companies with digital phone lines will only be capable of maintaining phone service for a limited period of time if power is lost, limiting their ability to receive CodeRed messages during an emergency.

“Those who have digital phone lines with a battery back-up should have phone service for an eight to 10 hour period,” notes Raper. “In addition to having landline phone service, citizens are encouraged to have cell phones charged prior to the event and purchase a weather radio with batteries to keep up with information.” According to Raper, having a good relationship with your neighbors is also significant. During emergencies, information may be shared if your phone service is lost.

To register for CodeRED notifications, visit, or call 972-1376. CodeRED is a free service to residents.

(Last) Sales Tax Holiday Arrives in North Carolina


North Carolina’s final sales tax holiday weekend is this Friday, August 2nd, and Saturday, August 3rd

For more than a decade now, North Carolina has joined several other states in offering a sales tax holiday weekend for residents to purchase back-to-school supplies, everything from clothing and backpacks, to computers and, of course, notebooks and pencils.

The 2013 edition coming this weekend will be the last for the forseeable future, as the new 2013-15 biennium budget does not include the practice as part of their broader tax reform plan.

According to the North Carolina Department of Revenue, the lack of applying sales tax to qualifying purchases during the holiday weekend, which will take place this year on Friday, August 2nd, and Saturday, August 3rd, reduces potential tax receipts by $13 million.

The General Assembly’s tax reform efforts sought to remove exemptions in order to reduce personal and corporate income tax rates, as well as streamline other sources of state revenue.

Click here for more information on this weekend’s sales tax holiday from the Department of Revenue, including these helpful reminders for consumers and businesses:

  • Items are not necessarily exempt from sales tax just because they are required by a child’s school or sports team.  Visit NCDOR’s website for a complete list of items that qualify.
  • The holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday and lasts until 11:59 p.m. Sunday. Participation in the sales tax holiday is required; retailers cannot opt out.
  • Retailers may not charge sales tax on exempt items sold during the holiday and tell shoppers to request a refund from the Department of Revenue. In cases where the sales tax is charged on purchases that should be exempt, a customer’s only option to obtain a refund is from the retailer.
  • Discounts from retailers’ coupons are deducted from the price of an item before determining if the item is eligible for the sales tax exemption.
  • Rebates do not affect the sales price of an item for the sales tax holiday. Example: a computer priced at $4,000 with a $600 rebate is not exempt from sales taxes. The amount of the rebate is not deducted from the sales price of the computer before determining if the computer is eligible for the sales tax exemption.

Sunset Easter Returns March 23rd, 10am-2pm

Easter2013(PRESS RELEASE) The City of Rocky Mount will host its annual Sunset Easter EGGstravaganza on Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Sunset Park. Sponsored by the City of Rocky Mount’s Parks and Recreation Department, the Sunset Easter EGGstravaganza will include an Easter Egg Hunt, rides and tons of additional fun games for kids and families, including inflatables.

This year’s Easter Egg Hunt begins at 11:30 a.m. and is open to youth up to age 12. Baskets will not be provided by the City of Rocky Mount, so all participants should remember to bring their baskets for the Easter Egg Hunt. An added incentive for the Sunset Easter EGGstravaganza is that all activities and rides are FREE.

For more information on the Sunset Easter EGGstravaganza, contact Debbie Julio, Special Events Coordinator, at 252-972-1151, or send your e-mail to Julio is also seeking community groups and businesses that would like to participate in the event.

Free Residential Recycling & Shredding at Nashville Walmart This Saturday, 10am to 1pm

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(NEWS RELEASE) Keep America Beautiful of Nash and Edgecombe counties, Nash County Solid Waste Management, the Town of Nashville and Shred-It of NC are teaming together to provide a safe and secure way for residents and businesses to recycle. The Community Paper Shredding, E-Waste and Fluorescent Lighting Recycling Event will take place on Sat., March 9, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Nashville, N.C. Wal-Mart, located at 2001 Eastern Avenue.

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Cornelia McGee-Anthony, coordinator for Keep America Beautiful, says these types of recycling events are essential for our environment. “The Community Paper Shredding E-Waste and Fluorescent Lighting Recycling Event is one of many recycling initiatives we use to reduce landfill usage, to ultimately protect the environment and to reduce energy which would otherwise be necessary when we produce new items,” says McGee-Anthony.

As Coordinator, McGee-Anthony is excited about the various products that will be recycled during the event, including old electronics, fluorescent tubes and bulbs and paper documents. (Only unbroken fluorescent tubes and bulbs may be recycled).

“So often, we trash our paper documents without shredding them. These documents could get into the wrong hands and lead to identify theft,” notes McGee-Anthony. “We shred these items safely and securely for you.”

Electronic equipment that may be recycled during the event are: televisions, computers, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, speakers, power and network cables, printed circuit boards, docking stations, routers and VCRs & DVD players. Other accepted items for recycling are banking equipment, office and medical equipment, copier and fax machines, electronic games, rechargeable batteries, hand-held telephones, cell phones, radios, stereos and CD players.

This event is FREE to the public, but businesses will incur a charge or shredding. For more information, call 467-4960.

November 13th Town Hall offers Update on Twin County Visioning

(News Release) The public is invited to join other community leaders for a Town Hall Forum next Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. in the Theatre at the Imperial Centre.

Last November, leaders in Nash and Edgecombe counties began the Twin Counties Visioning and Strategic Planning process. With a primary goal of helping the region to succeed in a globally competitive economy, study circle groups consisting of residents of the two county area were formed to determine the priority work areas for the region. The study circle group sessions ended Sept., 2012, and the next phase of the Twin Counties Visioning and Strategic Planning process will begin with a Town Hall Forum. Doors open at 5 p.m.

The Town Hall Forum, hosted by the Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners, the Nash County Board of Commissioners and the mayor and City Council of the City of Rocky Mount, will reveal the results of the study circle discussions. Sue Perry Cole of Rocky Mount, one of three co-chairs for the Community Partners Coalition, which oversees the visioning process, says the forum will release the action topics gleaned from the study circles.

“The Community Partners Coalition convened on Fri., Oct. 5, 2012 to review and examine the results of the study circle dialogues,” states Cole. “A compilation of study circle results was also separated into seven action group topics. These topics, the introduction of action group leaders who will focus on these various topics, and the release of a visioning statement derived from the study circle sessions and refined by the coalition will also take place during the forum.”

Community Partners Coalition Co-Chairs, Robert Beaman (Nash County) and Donald Boswell (Edgecombe County), are excited about the possibilities of the Twin Counties Visioning and Strategic Planning Process.

“I am enthusiastic about the community involvement that took place during the study circle phase of the Twin Counties Visioning and Strategic Planning Process,” says Beaman. “The results of this initiative will mean that many had a stake in establishing a positive and livable future for both Nash and Edgecombe counties.” After information is shared during the Town Hall Forum, action groups will begin to develop strategies to shape our communities’ future. With an expected completion of spring 2013, the action groups will then begin to set the most significant objectives and actions. After these priorities are selected, implementation plans to address phasing, mfunding, partners and next steps will be chosen by the Community Partners Coalition. “I would like to thank everyone who was involved in this process,” says Boswell. “You are a part of progressive change, and I, along with action group leaders and the Community Partners Coalition, assure you that your ideas will be considered in creating the ideal future for our twin counties.”

The Imperial Centre is located at 270 Gay St. in downtown Rocky Mount. For more information on the Twin Counties Visioning and Town Hall Forum, call 972-1325 or

Monday Lows near Freezing, Wind picks up

Residents in Rocky Mount, Tarboro, Nashville and Wilson can expect the coldest night of the season so far tonight, as remnants of Hurricane Sandy’s trek along the North Carolina merge with the southern tip of a crisp “Nor’easter.”

Lows will reach the upper-30’s tonight, with sustained winds of 25mph and gusts up to 40mph. Less than a half-inch of additional rainfall is expected thru tonight and tomorrow morning.

A Wind Advisory from the National Weather Service for Central North Carolina until Tuesday morning.

The combined storm is creating havoc across the Tar Heel State. Along with rain and wind inland and powerful storm surges along the Outer Banks, Western North Carolina is experiencing early snowfall. While only an inch or so is predicted for Asheville, up to 9 inches are forecasts for the Mountains along the Virginia-West Virginia order.

Rain is likely to remain in our area thru Tuesday, then clearing out Tuesday night. Daytime forecasts for Halloween Wednesday and the rest of the week thereafter are for mostly clear skies. Highs will stay in the high-50s to near 60, with nighttime lows in the mid-to-upper 30s.

Hurricane Sandy arrives Late Saturday, Rain & Wind through Monday

The National Weather Service in Raleigh projects Hurricane Sandy to bring 2″ of rain and sustained winds of 25 mph to Rocky Mount, Tarboro and Wilson, starting early Sunday and continuing through Monday.

The North Carolina coast remains under a Tropical Storm Warning, as the Category 1 Hurricane continues northward, we’ll off the Atlantic coast. Storm track predictions show the storm making landfall late Monday near Philadelphia, PA.

The National Weather Service in Raleigh issued an update Saturday afternoon including the following storm expectations:

  • Inland Eastern NC should see sustained winds of 25-35 mph, with rainfall of approximately 2 inches.
  • The Upper Outer Banks is most prone for high tides and flooding, while chances of inland flooding are low.
  • No more than half-inch of rain is expected in the Raleigh/Central NC.

Follow WHIG-TV for more updates as necessary.

Nash CC, Wesleyan Graduate to attend Law School

Pictured, from left: Nash Community College President Bill Carver, Nash Community College and North Carolina Wesleyan College graduate Jammie Wacenske and North Carolina Wesleyan College President Jim Gray.

Nashville native Jamie Wacenske, recent graduate of Nash Community College and North Carolina Wesleyan College, will attend North Carolina Central University Law School this fall.

From Nash Community College:

Nash Community College graduate Jammie Wacenske is headed to law school.

Since she was five years old, Wacenske, of Nashville, NC, has wanted to be a lawyer. And this fall, she will begin making that dream a reality.

After graduating from Nash Central High School, she enrolled at Nash Community College because of its affordability and proximity to her home.

While attending Nash Community College, she was nominated by administrators to participate in the North Carolina Community College System Student Leadership Institute. The Student Leadership Institute consists of a week-long summer session and two weekend mini-sessions to provide leadership training to 30 student leaders at community colleges.

She was actively involved as parliamentarian for Nash Community College’s Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, a non-profit, educational, honor and service organization recognizing and encouraging excellence in education, and promoting the development of leadership ability and character through service projects. She also served as the Math and Science Club’s president and secretary.

“Jammie Wacenske personifies Nash Community College’s mission of providing an affordable educational environment which prepares students for college transfer and rewarding careers. Through high quality instruction, technology, workforce development, and community partnerships, Nash Community College provides lifelong learning opportunities to individuals, communities, and organizations,” NCC President Bill Carver said.

In the spring of 2010, Wacenske graduated from Nash Community College with an Associate in Arts Degree and transferred to North Carolina Wesleyan College through the 2 + Wesleyan program, a grant program allowing Nash Community College graduates to transfer to North Carolina Wesleyan College as full-time students.

At North Carolina Wesleyan College, Wacenske was inducted into the national political science honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha, the only political science and government honor society for college students in the United States. She served as treasurer of the Students for Political Action. She graduated from North Carolina Wesleyan College in May 2012.

In August, she will continue her education at the North Carolina Central University School of Law in Durham. She aspires to be a criminal lawyer and eventually study family law.

“We are proud to partner with North Carolina Wesleyan College for the 2+ program providing local educational opportunities to students like Jammie,” Carver said. “Jammie is well on her way to a bright future because of her hard work and determination.”