Fourth Ward group takes new name


By Jon Hawley
Staff Writer

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

It’s a new year with a new name for a long-active civic group in Elizabeth City.

The Fourth Ward Quality of Life Community Organization has renamed itself “Elizabeth City Together,” organization President Jackie Latson announced in a letter last week. In an interview Monday, she said member Don McCabe suggested the new name, which recognizes the group has long been open to all city residents.

“The reason why we’re all-inclusive is we’re just about the only group in the city there is” that’s trying to engage citizens in city government, she explained. Citizens from other wards, including Mayor Pro Tem and Third Ward Councilor Rickey King, have often attended the small group, she noted.

The group is also changing its meeting days from Mondays to the first Thursday of the month, and the meetings will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The meetings will continue to be held at St. James AME Zion Church at 911 Park Street.

Latson said the first meeting this Thursday will feature Mayor Bettie Parker. Afterwards, Latson said, the group plans to invite new and then returning city councilors to speak.

Latson also said the group will focus on civic engagement, including volunteerism and the importance of voting. She also hopes to promote health awareness, as problems like diabetes, heart conditions and opioid abuse affect many city residents.