The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


December 3, 2012

County Board to conduct controversial public hearing

TARBORO — A public hearing will be called for a rezoning request by a landowner to build 20 duplexes for senior citizens in the Crisp Community during the Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners meeting tonight at 7 p.m. in the Edgecombe County Administration Building.

Landowners near the site are attempting to block the proposed development. At least eight landowners adjacent to the 14.74 acre tract located off North Carolina Hwy. 124 spoke against the rezoning request made by Pinetops Community Development Corporation at the Oct. 15 meeting of the Edgecombe County Planning Board.

The planning board recommended to deny the rezoning application. As part of the procedure the matter was forwarded to the Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners last month. The board moved to hold a public hearing on the issue.

Realtor/Broker Eddie Williams of Greenville, the owner of the land, believes that his opposition is racially motivated. Williams is African-American and the adjacent landowners are white.

Williams proposal includes an on-site manager and security officer, and a community center that he said would provide health care and educational activities that would be made available to non-residents of the development.

It’s not the first time for Williams attempted to develop the property.

In 2008, he proposed a mobile home park in the same area and was met with the same opposition. He says he understood the fight against the mobile home park, but doesn’t understand why the proposed seniors project is drawing opposition.

In another, matter the board will call a public hearing for the Edgecombe Community College quarter-cent sale tax that will allow two new building at two different sites.

Edgecombe County voters approved the tax during the last election by a margin of 360 votes.

The public hearing is a formality that the board must adhere to before the tax can be enacted.

Text Only
Local News
Our Community
Brayden Morris.jpg

SouthWest Edgecombe Cougars Brayden Morris throws a pitch in the fifth inning against the North Pitt Panthers Friday. Morris threw a complete game, but took the loss as North Pitt defeated the Cougars 7-4.


    The offensive struggles continued for the SouthWest Edgecombe Cougars Friday night as they managed just four hits off of four North Pitt Panthers pitchers. The Cougars also left 12 runners stranded in a 7-4 loss to Eastern Plains Conference foe.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tarboro beats North Pitt 5-0
  • 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 14, 2014