Town Hall on Crime & Gang Violence

Town Hall Meeting on Crime & Gang Violence
Location:  The Gate, 201 East Gordon St.
Time:  7:00 PM
Date:  Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Mayor BJ Murphy will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting to discuss Crime and Gang Violence within the community. We invite and encourage all church and business leaders, as well as all citizens within the community to attend and help be the voice for Kinston. Citizens will be given the chance to speak and offer solutions for the community. We can make a difference at bettering our community through collaborative work, guidance and support!

For more information, please contact Christina Alphin, Kinston City Clerk, at (252) 939-3115.

Editorial: Halloween not a government activity

From this internal conflict arises a measure of public sentiment that favors celebrating Halloween on Saturday instead. Or even Friday.

The big question is, who decides?

For some, that question becomes a point for discussion for local governments. Despite a steady stream of queries from concerned and perhaps confused parents, the city of Kinston has declined to designate a day for trick-or-treating. “Halloween is not a government-recognized holiday,” Mayor B.J. Murphy told The Free Press.

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City’s finances looking up

Efforts by Kinston city staffers to save money over the past two years have put the city in a financial position to not only put $1 million into its general fund savings account, but also put funds into badly-needed one-time expenditures, according to City Manger Scott Stevens.

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Guest Editorial – Energy: less government, not more

By Mayor BJ Murphy

Although the average consumer may not understand the complexity of our energy resources and regulations, we all understand that consumption of energy impacts our checkbooks. Kinston, a member of ElectriCities, has been the victim of an overestimation of growth in Eastern N.C., as well as other bureaucratic blunders. Currently, approximately 40 percent of our utility bills are attributed to debt and we have utility providers with upwards of a 30 percent differential in rates within our same county.

Recently, I read an economic report entitled “Economic Implications of EPA’s Proposed Ozone Standard” by MAPI, an organization which researches economic issues related to manufacturing. The report studied the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) attempt to reduce the ozone standard from 75 parts-per-billion (ppb) to as low as 60 ppb. As an energy novice, I won’t attempt to explain the technicalities here, but I do understand that it affects two things: the economy and jobs.

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