Sharpsburg Mayoral Race Draws Attention

The ongoing battle over the results of October’s election for Sharpsburg Mayor, a race decided by only 4 votes, is starting to draw interest with respect to the appeal efforts of the losing candidate.

Current Mayor Robert Williams, Jr., who currently trails challenger Randy Weaver by a count of 202-198, protested the results on the basis that one of the voters was not living at the address where they were registered.

Angela Hight provided an overview of Williams’ protest, along with a summary of its recent review and denial by the Nash County Board of Elections, in a story for Raleigh’s Civitas Institute:

Williams was appointed mayor of the town in July 2013 and had already requested a recount of the election because the race was so close. The election was held on Oct. 8 and Randy Weaver, the challenger, won with a vote of 202-198. The recount yielded the same results.

Friday morning all involved parties met at the Nash County Agricultural Center Auditorium which houses the Nash County Board of Elections. Williams presented his case in which he said that one individual was not eligible to vote in the election because he did not live at the address where he was registered to vote.  The voter had lived in a trailer at the address but it had been repossessed right before the election.  The voter admitted that he had fallen on hard times but that he still had valuables on the property, he was up to date on lot rent, his driver’s license showed that this was his residence, he slept in a tent on the property some nights and has every intention to put a trailer on the property when he saves up enough money.

The voter in question presented several pieces of evidence to prove that he still lived at the residence in question.  After the Board heard the testimony from the voter in question and others who were called to support him, they dismissed Williams’ protest unanimously and said the written order would be available in the days to follow.  The board referred to several similar cases in coming to their decision to dismiss this case.  A domicile is considered a person’s residence.  One important thing to note is  to legally change a domicile, there must be an actual abandonment of the first domicile with the intent not to return to it, and the acquisition of a new domicile by actual residence at another place with the intent to make that new place a permanent home. Owens v. Chaplin 228 NC 705, 47 SE2d 12 (1948).

Williams did say, after the Board gave their decision, that he would be filing for an appeal at the State Board of Elections (SBOE).  The Election cannot be officially declared until that appeal has been decided on by the SBOE.  There will follow up to this blog when they have given their ruling on the matter.

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

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.

Hey! There’s another Election Next Week!

What’s that? We’ve got another election going on right now?

North Carolina will hold its runoff election to conclude the Democrtatic and Republican primaries next Tuesday, July 17th. Early voting started June 28th and will continue until this coming Saturday, July 14th.

Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson County residents can vote at the following locations:

Nash County Residents
Nash County Agricultural Center
1006 Eastern Avenue, Nashville
(Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday 9am-1pm)

Edgecombe County Residents
Edgecombe County Administration Building
201 St. Andrew St., Room 434, Tarboro
(Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm; Saturday 8am-1pm)

Wilson County Residents
Wilson County Board of Elections Office
112 Douglas Street East
(Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm; Saturday 8am-1pm)

The regular election will be next Tuesday, 6:30am to 7:30pm, at your traditional polling place.

Local ballots will feature the following candidates running in runoffs to determine party nominees for these state offices:

Democratic Primary

Commissioner of Labor
Marlowe Foster
John C. Brooks

Republican Party

Lieutenant Governor
Dan Forest
Tony Gurley

Commissioner of Insurance
Richard Morgan
Mike Causey

Secretary of State
Kenn Gardner
Ed Goodwin

Superintendent of Public Instruction
John Tedesco
Richard Alexander

 

 

Damage, Power Outages remain after Sunday Storms

Severe storms late Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening brought high winds to Eastern North Carolina, resulting in property damage and power outages that are still impacting Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson County residents.

Edgecombe-Martin County Electric Membership Cooperative reported as of Monday morning that more than 4,000 of its customers were still without power. Nearly 3,000 Edgecombe County residents on their system are still in the dark, including most of their territory in and around Pinetops and Sharpsburg.

This map from their outage monitoring system (click here for a live update) shows current outages.

Approximately 2,500 customers of Wilson Energy were without power at some point Sunday as a result of the storms. They have all been restored as of late last night, and Wilson Energy has sent some of its crews to assist with restoration efforts in New Bern.

 “Wilson Energy crews train and prepare for severe storms throughout the year so they can respond quickly to our community,” said Dathan Shows, Assistant City Manager. “Within hours of taking care of Wilson’s needs, our Linemen were turning their attention to New Bern. We appreciate the patience of their families as these men travel to help another community.”

There are no reports of widespread outages with Rocky Mount Public Utilities, with the City of Rocky Mount generally spared from the impact of the storm.

Approximately 300 residents in Pitt County are still without power, after more than 15,000 lost service last night. Sporadic outages are also be reported across Edgecombe County by Progress Energy. Significant outages remain in Craven, Washington, Beaufort and Hyde counties to the east.

High winds caused a tractor-trailer to overturn on the I-95 on-ramp at the Whittakers exit Sunday afternoon. Winds also toppled at least 60 trees at nearby Hickory Meadows Golf Course and cause damage to area homes and crop fields.

Three deaths were reported by the National Weather Service as a result of the storms. A Pitt County man was killed when his garage caved in as he was storing a golf cart. In Beaufort County, two people were killed when the golf cart they were riding in was crushed by a falling tree limb.

Severe weather made a presence across North Carolina Sunday night, with significant storm activity registered from the western mountains and Asheville all the way to the coast. These storms follow several days of record heat, which contributed to a large storm event Friday night from Indiana to the East Coast, killing 13 and knocking out power to more than 2 million residents, including more than 1.5 million in the Washington, DC, area.

Rocky Mount/Wilson remain under Heat Advisory, 106 forecast for Saturday High

Historically-high heat that arrived in Rocky Mount, Wilson and the rest of the WHIG viewing area late this past week will remain with us through the weekend and into next week, creating consecutive 100-plus-degree days and safety concerns for local residents.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued an EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING for the remainder of the weekend:

..EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM EDT
SUNDAY...

* LOCATION...MOST OF THE PIEDMONT...SANDHILLS...AND COASTAL
  PLAIN OF NORTH CAROLINA. THIS INCLUDES THE TRIANGLE AREA...
  FAYETTEVILLE...GOLDSBORO...AND ROCKY MOUNT.

* HIGH TEMPERATURES...100 TO 105 DEGREES SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.

* HEAT INDEX VALUES...UP TO 111.

* TIMING...THE HOTTEST TEMPERATURES AND HIGHEST HEAT INDICES ARE
  EXPECTED BETWEEN 100 PM AND 600 PM EACH DAY. TEMPERATURES WILL
  BE SLOW TO COOL DURING THE EVENING AND OVERNIGHT HOURS...
  ENHANCING THE THREAT FOR HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES.

* IMPACTS...CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF EXCESSIVE HEAT HAS A CUMULATIVE
  AFFECT ON THE HUMAN BODY. HEAT OF THIS MAGNITUDE AND DURATION
  CAN TRIGGER HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES LIKE HEAT EXHAUSTION OR
  HEAT STROKE.

NWS Raleigh forecast Saturday’s high to be 103 to 106 degrees in Rocky Mount.

Extreme heat today also creates the potential for severe storms, similar to those that hit the East Coast from Virginia to New York Friday night, resulting in 2 fatalities and loss of power to 2 million residents. Residents in the Triangle and other parts of North Carolina, according to NWS advisories, should be on the lookout for severe weather later today.

A FEW STORMS ARE EXPECTED FROM EARLY EVENING THROUGH THE MIDNIGHT
HOUR MAINLY FROM THE TRIANGLE AREA TO THE NORTH AND NORTHEAST.
SUDDEN SEVERE DAMAGING WIND GUSTS OVER 60 MPH ARE POSSIBLE... AND
THESE WINDS MAY OCCUR WELL AHEAD OF ANY RAIN. THE GREATEST RISK
OF STRONG TO SEVERE WINDS WILL BE FROM 7 PM TO 2 AM. ISOLATED HAIL
IS ALSO POSSIBLE WITH THESE STORMS.

Excessive heat also led the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR) to issue air quality warnings for several consecutive days, ending what has generally been good reports for the early summer and creating issues for individuals with respiratory problems. A ban on open burning is also in effect.

With the excessive heat, especially during afternoon hours, safety is a serious concern for everyone. The American Red Cross offered this short video advisory earlier this week, as well as additional tips you can access via their website (click here).

NWS Raleigh forecast a high Sunday for Rocky Mount and surrounding area of approximately 102 degrees, with 99 for Monday and 98 Tuesday. Wednesday, the Fourth of July, can expect a high of 97 and the first likely chance for scattered thundershowers.

Wilson Chamber issues Resolution opposing I-95 Tolls

The Wilson Chamber of Commerce adopted a formal resolution Wednesday opposing the NC Department of Transportation plan to implement tolls along Interstate 95 to fund expansion and improvements to the major highway.

Click here to view the Resolution

Wilson Chamber Transportation Committee Chair Clyde Harris indicated in an email to media that the Resolution requests NCDOT to study the full impact to businesses and residents of the toll road proposal, as well as identifying alternate revenue sources for improvements to the Interstate.

The North Carolina General Assembly is considering legislation in both chambers, sponsored by local Representative Jeff Collins (R-Rocky Mount) and Senator Buck Newton (R-Wilson) that reflects similar interests.

Similar legislation was introduced this spring in Washington by North Carolina Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-Dunn) to stop approval of the I-95 toll road plan by the Federal Highway Administration.

Newt Gingrich to headline Saturday’s Wilson GOP Kickoff

Today, the Wilson GOP announced that former Speaker of the House and 2012 Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich will headline the local political party’s 2012 Kickoff, this Saturday, April 14th, at the Wilson County Fairgrounds.

The former Georgia Congressman and Republican stalwart spent time the past couple week in Charlotte in Raleigh. While his campaign for the Republican nomination has succumbed for the most part to the reality that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will win the nomination, he is still “actively campaigning” through appearances at public events and television.

The 2012 Kickoff is free and open to the public. The event runs this Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Wilson County Fairgrounds. More information is available at the Wilson GOP website.