Workers Rally To Save Jobs & Center

Workers gathered Tuesday night to try and save an institution that has been a part of Kinston for over six decades.

Employees from the Dobbs Youth Development Center came together in front of the Lenoir County Courthouse to hold a prayer vigil.

The Dobbs Center was built in 1944, but may be forced to shut down due to state budget cuts. The center helps troubled teenage boys get back on their feet.

Workers say it will difficult if they're forced to leave a place that gives them both a job and a sense of accomplishment.

The house subcommittee on Justice and Public Safety proposed slashing 171 million dollars from the Department of Correction and 36 million from the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.


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  • by Chuck Location: Wayne on Jun 11, 2009 at 05:28 PM
    You know what's amazing?The world has become more reactive than proactive.Until one of these youth harm you or someone you love, then it's a problem. everyone wants the youth today to be productive citizens,but no one wants to put the necessary resources in place.It is expected to correct the behavior of a child in one year, that he has learned for 15 or 16 years.Until you walk a mile in my shoes, you can gain my respect by not saying anything!
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Jun 11, 2009 at 05:55 AM
    hmmm, touchy. You and I know that many good staff left because of the "lack of support" to provide "valuable services" for our youth. Not to mention, my tough time included irrate juveniles who beat up staff and being told shhhhh!!! (I resigned so I wouldn't catch a case). Is this still happening? If the center remains open, I hope to see changes that will allow you all to do your jobs effectively or shall I say with more rights to your authority. Remember, Proverbs in giving children directions. I hope the best for the children and a better restructuring.
  • by happenalong Location: nc on Jun 10, 2009 at 07:37 PM
    To Wanda in Kenansville or should I say "Mrs. Miller”, the staff at Dobbs provides a very valuable service to the youth housed at our facility. It is fortunate for the youth that many employees have chosen to make working with this population a CAREER instead of jumping from job to job whenever times were tough but, of course you wouldn’t know! And, yes we are serious…. until the doors are closed shut, the employees will continue to care for the youth at Dobbs, today, tomorrow and as long as we can. You can keep your “good luck” because we have GOD, regardless of the outcome.
  • by Not Wanda Location: Kinston on Jun 10, 2009 at 03:01 PM
    This is to Wanda; you really need to reassess your way of thinking, it is a blessing to have a decent job. You also need to state the facts, you quit a decent job at Dobbs because you didn't want to follow directions. So please stop trying to "HELP" us, we don't need you or that kind of help. Please go away and help someone else with your "MESS."
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Jun 10, 2009 at 11:53 AM
    I resigned from Dobbs. This may be the BEST BLESSING for all staff. Good luck in pursuing your dreams. God works in ways we try to save in a crisis. hmmm, "Workers say it will difficult if they're forced to leave a place that gives them both a job and a sense of accomplishment." hmmm, uh. Are you all serious? All the centers needs to be closed and reopen with structure. Please stop praying to save this MESS.
  • by Jimbo Location: NC on Jun 10, 2009 at 10:39 AM
    I'll bet all the folks who foolishly voted for Bev Perdue are feeling a little stupid right now. That's why fed up can't find anyone to admit to voting for her, especially teachers!
  • by fed up Location: aurora on Jun 10, 2009 at 07:42 AM
    Way to go Bev, you and your nazi gov. have done it again. Where else in the world would a gov. take money away from a program designed to help prevent juveniles from becoming felones and filling up our already overcrowded prison system which is also being robbed by her. Next thing she is going to do is turn them all lose on there promise that they will be good and not rob or kill anyone anymore. If she wants to save us money her and her nazi regime could resigne, how many millions would that save the tax payers. Also the new pier at Nags Head and the Lodge at Lake Mattamuskeet. Just the STUDY PLANS alone cost millions. By the way who did the studying? 10 to 1 they were friends of the nazi regime. Funny thing though I can't find anyone who voted for her.!!!!!!!!!
  • by duanel Location: kinston on Jun 10, 2009 at 05:47 AM
    they want to cut so many worth while projects but have they honestly agreed that they should cut their own salaries and extras? mmm i guess perdue and the rest of our politicaal society are to good for that
  • by jan Location: gville on Jun 10, 2009 at 04:06 AM
    I agree plow boy...they are also still giving large grants( millions) to special interest groups such as the one just to STUDY ways to help with coastal water drug traffic...I like everyone else think that might be a worthy cause but not at the expense of people's salaries!!! Hard times do cause for frastic measures and maybe the elected state officials should forfeit a large portion of their salary for a while since they usually have a lot more money to survive on than the working class...
  • by plow boy on Jun 10, 2009 at 03:15 AM
    They cut every thing but the state of North Carolina is building a pier in Nags Head at a cost of 28 MILLIONS DOLLAR. YOU ANSWERE THAT ONE!!!!!!!!! What is more important.
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