The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

August 27, 2012

Thinking of those in Issac’s path

Staff Writer
John H. Walker

TARBORO — With family and friends lying in harm’s way, Stephanie and I have progressively increased our viewing of the news regarding Tropical Storm Issac.

A state of emergency has been called for both New Orleans and the state of Louisiana, as well as the parish where we lived for six plus years post-Katrina and where our daughter, a home health nurse, still resides.

Schools, which began classes a couple of weeks ago, have been called off in anticipation of a late Tuesday landfall by Issac along the Mississippi-Louisiana border.

That means the Pearl River, which meandered past Bogalusa as its eastern boundary and the state line, much like the Tar separates Tarboro and Princeville.

The positive in all of this is that if the storm does track to the east of New Orleans, it means the storm’s weaker western side could pound the region for as much as 24 hours.

Back on Aug. 29, 2005, winds of greater than 100 miles per hour battered Bogalusa for more than 11 hours, knocking down an estimated 1,000 trees and damaging more than 800 residences and buildings.

Katrina’s eye passed about 15 miles east of Bogalusa and it now looks as if Issac is following the track.

Because we no longer live in southeast Louisiana doesn’t mean this storm is no cause for worry for us and we ask that you join us in praying for all who find themselves in its path — because we are all members of the family of God.

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It appears that it took the community’s winding up on a financial precipice, but a level of activism seems to be awakening in Princeville.

And that news can be viewed as both good and bad ... good for the community and her residents and bad for those who have contributed to the rancor that has enveloped the community and caused the Local Government Commission to take over the financial operations of the community.

A public hearing on the 2012-2013 budget prepared by the LGC drew a full house and, despite the fact some residents got off-topinc during the discussion, there was no shutting off of discussion.

The residents of the Town of Princeville were given the opportunity to speak their mind.

Now, a prayer walk is planned for Saturday to pray for the school children returning to classes as well as the community.

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There are two blood drives this week, in Macclefield at Eagles Baptist Church on Tuesday and Friday at the hospital.

You can save a life by giving.

(John H. Walker is editor and publisher of The Daily Southerner and may be reached at 823-3106 or