The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


March 6, 2013

County waives Roberson School purchase

TARBORO — Edgecombe County Board of Commissioner waived its option to buy the defunct Roberson Center for Educational Achievement building during Monday night's regularly scheduled meeting.

The Edgecombe County School Board gave the county an option to buy the 33,000 square-foot building that sits on 15.8 acres of land. It wasn't clear whether a price had been discussed, but the school board had offered to sell it either at a fair market value or a price negotiated between the two parties.

One factor that could delay the sale is a roof in desperate need of repair and carpet that needs to be replaced. In all, repairs are expected to reach apporiximately $1 million.

The news may have been considered bad for the Roberson-Conetoe Inc. of Eastern Edgecombe (RCI). The newly formed non-profit organization had hopes that the county would purchase the building and then lease it to them for $1.

Officials of the organization have sentimental ties to the structure. where they attended elementary school more than 60 years ago. The historic building, built in 1952 for kindergarten through 8th grades, was closed in 2005 and then used as an alternative school.

Roberson was the feeder school for the defunct Conetoe High School. Conetoe has a prominent alumni organization that raises fund to give scholarships to high school and college students. The organizers of RCI are also members of the alumni.

RIC and Conetoe Alumni have hope of reviving the historic facility by turning it into an interactive science museum for children. RCI submitted to the commissioners a detailed plan of the museum that included purchasing exhibits from grants and donations. Another idea included a garden planted by local students.

Edgecombe County Manager Lorenzo Carmon told Conetoe Alumni members who attended the meeting that they can negotiated purchasing the building from the school board. He also told them that his staff will assist them with pursuing funding.

In another matter, the board approved a plan to look at refinancing $14 million of debt due to the current low interest rate. The move could allow the county to save between $2 million and $2.8 million. A public hearing is scheduled for April 1 on the issue.

The board also announced its annual retreat to be held March 26 at Franklinton Center at Bricks, located at the border of Edgecombe County and Halifax County lines. The retreat, which is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., is a meeting that allow the board to plan for the upcoming fiscal year that ends June 30.


Text Only
candidates forum1.jpg

Arthur Rich, left, Republican candidate for District 1 Congressional seat, Alan Mizzell, N.C. District 3 Senate candidate and Brenda Cleary, District 13 Congressional candidate, are three of the 20 candidates who attended the Edgecombe County Human Relations Commission’s Meet the Candidate Forum Tuesday night at the Edgecombe County Administration Building Auditorium.

Local News
Our Community
Joe Miller.jpg

Tarboro Vikings first baseman Joe Miller drives in the go ahead run for the Vikings in the sixth inning. Miller was 1 for 3 with a RBI as the Vikings defeated the South Creek Panthers 4-2.

  • Vikings make late comeback

    The Tarboro Vikings bats took a nap for the first five innings Thursday against the South Creek Cougars in Two Rivers Conference action until the sixth inning alarm clock woke seniors Wesley Hart and Joe Miller.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Harrell returning to Louisville
  • The legacy of Joe W. Dickens Jr.'s dash

    Joe W. Dickens Jr.
    Sept. 14, 1953 - March 21, 2014
    The above statement is profound in its own way. It signifies the birth and the death of one of the most influential men in Edgecombe Coun

    March 31, 2014

  • Bones-final-cover.jpg Local librarian pens first novel

    Roman Leary, director at Edgecombe County Memorial Library, has written his first novel – “Six Days of the Dragon.”

    March 19, 2014 2 Photos

Obituaries Archives

    Edgecombe Events must be submitted by noon the day before publication. Items eligible include notices of local meetings and activities of non-profit organizations, clubs, schools and civic groups in the community. Information should be brief and typewritten, neatly printed or via  e-mail. For questions call 252-823-3106 or

    April 23, 2014

CNHI Network News
AP Video