Lenoir County Boys And Girls Clubs Close Down

Dozens of kids need a safe place to go after school now that one of the Boys and Girls Clubs in the east has closed its doors. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Lenoir County announced a temporary suspension of operations, starting this past Friday.

In a statement on its website, officials of the Lenoir County clubs says, "the suspension is hopefully temporary in nature...it is our goal to retrench and streamline the club's expenses as well as identify new sources of income. In the past several months, expenses have exceeded donations and grants."

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2010 at 05:34 PM
    I saw the story on the newscast and was shocked at the one photo of about ten young black boys posing with arms folded and looking like wanna be thugs ! All they were missing was the hand signs that go with that stuff. It blew me away that they would air a photo that was so typical of gangs. These boys looked to be between the ages of 8-12, I always thought that the B & G clubs had more integrity than was displayed in that one photo!
  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on Feb 10, 2010 at 04:10 PM
    Another example of the growth of and subsequent fall of unsustainable government entitlement programs. Did you people really think this kind of spending of tax payer money could be sustained. In times of plenty they just keep piling on without regard for the times when things get tough. Of course there is an administration now that would like to keep piling on regardless. How about residents of the places these children live take responsibility for making the place they live SAFE!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Feb 10, 2010 at 02:55 PM
    I here people stating that the city, county and state should help with the "Club", why are the community churches not involved?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2010 at 02:12 PM
    It is sad that there are so many children that it is not safe for them to go home after school. Wonder where all the $42,500.00 tax payer grant to this group went? BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF LENIOR COUNTY 2009-SC-B9-K010 Department of Justice Grants $42,500.00 http://www.recovery.gov/Pages/TextViewProjSummary.aspx?data=recipientAwardsList&State=NC&AwardType=CGL&RecipName=BOYS%20&%20GIRLS%20CLUB
  • by Anonymous Location: LaGrange on Feb 10, 2010 at 10:34 AM
    Parents do pay a fee....however, there is so much more that is offered to these kids than an afterschool daycare. My childern went to the Pink Hill club when they were younger and it was a blessing to me. However, when I had a chance to choose where my UNITED WAY Contrubution went I choose the B&G Club because of my personal experience with them. To all in Lenoir County...DONATE!!! We need more places like this to help keep these kids off the streets and feeling like someone really does care about them!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2010 at 08:25 AM
    The politicians of the city of Kinston needs to step up so that the Boys & Girls Club will not stay closed. It has helped so many children stay off the streets, not become young mothers or fathers, stay out of gangs, etc. Where else can the children go to that is a safe place after school? Granted even though it's not free the childrens' lives are more important than money. Many other cities donate to their Boys and Girls Clubs, why can't the city of Kinston? I don't mean the people that live in the city, I mean the council members and politicians who vote where the money goes to.
  • by T Location: LaGrange on Feb 10, 2010 at 07:45 AM
    There should be a charge for the Boys and Girls club, in which it should be reviewed on a person to person basis, based on their income. Also this is just another way for lenoir county to hold back children. Lenoir county should step up and assist the boys and girls club. This is a great organization that helps kids stay out of trouble, while enhancing and developing a skill(s) that they can use for a lifetime. The problem is not that Lenoir County cannot thrive, the problem is that Lenoir County does not want good things to happen. I am not playing the race card, but many who go to the Boys and girls club are minorities who live in neighborhoods that are not the best neighborhoods safety wise as well as economically, so when you shut down a safe place for kids to go, then you are opening the door for kids to engage in activities that will lead to trouble for youth, such as pregnancy, and crime. Lenoir County need do what is best for the kids, so they can have a promising future.
  • by AshleyNevada Location: Kinston on Feb 10, 2010 at 07:35 AM
    The Shamrock Smash presented by the Lenoir County Jaycees on March 20th will help to ensure that this is not a permanent situation. Check out Facebook for details.
  • by Timothy Leary Location: Gville on Feb 10, 2010 at 07:31 AM
    Sorta rings true that Kinston is becoming Thugsville...
  • by joe on Feb 10, 2010 at 05:53 AM
    This is another black eye for a once thriving proud town.
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