Woman's Utility Bill Soars To $818.00

As the temperature drops, it usually means our utility bill goes up. The financial strain to stay warm, has pushed more people to look for assistance.

Natoya Edwards of Pitt County is a recent graduate trying to make it in the tough economy. Despite having a job, she says it's not enough to pay her bills.

Edwards went from paying just over $100.00 two months ago, to a whopping $400.00! Rate increases and cold winter months were a double whammy. Throw in a few late payments and fees and now her bill is $818.00 due in just a few days.

Edwards waited more than two hours in Pitt County's Social Services office Thursday to get some help. Edwards says, "This is my first time. I had to swallow my pride a little bit, but I felt social services is here for people who need. My mom was like, "Toya, you need."

Niagara Parker with Pitt County Social Services says the crisis intervention program is how they can help struggling residents, like Edwards.


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  • by DB Location: Gville on Aug 10, 2009 at 07:05 PM
    Dear: Anonymous on Jul 31, 2009 at 01:04 PM ---Gville Social Services dont help all Black people either. I am a recently separated PROFESSIONAL woman, I moved here from Greensboro. I have 1 son, and I live for Jesus. I am getting my hair done b/c I do it myself, I dont have any mobile phns, & I dont get my nails done. I am natural, and I work HARD. And I am in the same pickle you are in, just w/2 child. I cant go in there and LIE just to have money to burn or food stamps to sell EITHER. So trust me, before you go sterotyping or saying WHITE people arent getting it, think again. I refuse to stop working & let the government help me. I will continue to work hard & climb to the top the HARD way. NOT waiting for a handout or give someone a sob story I made up. There are HONEST hard working GOOD people our here like you and I, that have a few $4 issues not b/c of bad $$ management! We just have to do the best we can & continue to be honest & live w/intergity. Let GOD judge.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 31, 2009 at 10:04 AM
    It does not matter if you cry the blues around here or not there is no one to help, when you are in a big jam like not being able to pay a light bill. I cant pay mine and no one will help. I have 2 children and we work every day but we just can make ends meet anymore. Soc.sev is a joke!!! White people dont get help. I sat there listing to girls getting help talking about getting help the month before and talking on their cell phones (I dont have one) about going out to the clubs that night. With gold dripping off them and nails done etc. I have not had my hair done in 8 years and only one time in my life had my nails done. Guess what Soc.Sev told me "SORRY" and the lady that I talked to had an attude like I was asking her to take it out of her pocket.
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Jul 29, 2009 at 07:59 AM
    OUtragous! I hope this person finds help. I would simply "cry the blues."
  • by DB Location: Greenville on Jul 21, 2009 at 02:44 PM
    Dear: Anonymous on Jun 28, 2009 at 10:56 PM, I would like to see what you are going to do when you get in a situation that leaves you needing to eat, get shelter, & pay your ulitilies. While you are sterotyping people, I am almost sure if you lost your job or even 1 paycheck, you'd be looking for ANYONE to help. Since you think is EASY to cast the first stone & judge people based on status, race, and creed....tell GOD that same shallow comment when you need someones help. Its people like you with shallow minds who are commiting suicide because they got behind and has ALWAYS had it good, but this economy has them realizing that THEY too can get in a situation where they need someone too. Keep living, GOD has a way of bringing people to thier knees, and trust me, your day is coming.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 28, 2009 at 07:56 PM
    How about cough up the money like everyone else. Getting your nails done every 2 weeks and getting all that fake hair would drain anyone's wallet. And don't forget the cell phone. See easy ways to cough up money. Or instead of standing at Soical Services with your hand stuck out get a JOB.
  • by Mae Location: Franklin on Feb 18, 2009 at 09:48 AM
    Re: Ted in Greenville Duke Energy ain't cheap! My bill for the last month went to almost $400. My income is SS Disability, so that's about half my monthly income. You think my thermostat might be too high, or that I use too many lights? Nope. Layered clothing helps. I even bubble-wrapped my windows. Still, at this rate, I'll be homeless before summer!
  • by Geez on Jan 19, 2009 at 12:01 PM
    To Mom in Washington, I understand where you're coming from. I too live in Washington and my utility bill has jumped by $100.00 and although I am fortunate enough to be able to pay it, I still resent the fact that they can gouge us!
  • by Coach M Location: Rocky Mount on Jan 19, 2009 at 12:49 AM
    Sometimes it isn't a blessing to be born with a silver spoon in their mouths. Usually when they pull the spoon out their foot goes right in. Howdy: That would be Pleasantville, USA. Makes too much since so it will never fly, good point however. I've got another. How about if someone were to pay tuition for someone to go to college and recieve a medical degree. In turn, that person would agree to work at a clinic for 2 years or so as repayment. This would allow someone that doesn't have a chance at a good education to recieve one and would also help the problem of well qualified doctors willing to work at clinics. So many things could be done to make life better for ALL Americans that the government will never allow to happen. Good luck President Elect Obama.
  • by Crystal Location: Greenville on Jan 18, 2009 at 09:07 PM
    Social Services isn't that helpful unless you have children and no job. Being on unemployment and in need of knee surgery, social services refused to help my brother. They stated unemployment is enough money to pay bills, gas, and the $35,000 dollars for a new knee...
  • by Jackson Location: Deep Run on Jan 18, 2009 at 07:18 PM
    Report the news properly WITN. She was late and that is why her bill "soared" up. I agree she made need help, but report it properly. Must have been a slow news day. This will become more common in the coming months. All of those that have the misconception Obama will help them...This economic thing is way bigger than one man. We are in for some hard times coming. Economic stimulus ha! You could help more by putting a band-aid on a shot gun wound. Geez.
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