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Navassa residents are up in arms as town council approves youth group home

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Some residents in the Brunswick County town of Navassa are up in arms. The town council recently approved building a group home for youthful offenders, but residents say they were not notified about it. It is a facility they say they do not want in their neighborhood. “We are not standing still any more. If you're not transparent to people, you got something to hide," said Ella Beatty. Beatty was one of many Navassa residents who spoke their mind to town council Wednesday night. In late December, council approved bringing a group home for troubled kids to Wideway Road in Navassa. It would be a locked facility that holds about 12 people, seven to 17 years old. But there was miscommunication somewhere; residents say they were not aware of it. "When you have something of this magnitude come into your community, folks need to know," said Beatty. Navassa mayor, Eulis Willis said, "I've explained to them that we went above and beyond the call of duty when we let them know in four or five different ways that technically we didn't have to." Mayor Willis said there were newspaper notices and signs posted. Residents said the proposed facility threatens their property value and their safety. "I know everybody needs a home, but we don't need it in this area. Let them carry it somewhere else, where the builder lives and put it next to him," added Navassa resident, Bryant Bessant. Mayor Willis said the council approved the home at the planning board's recommendation and jobs were the major selling point behind bringing it to Navassa. But that is not the only reason. Mayor Willis said, "This is a $700,000 facility, as well, you can do the math a realize that that's a pretty nice little tax penny." The developer, Alfred Dixon, was at the public meeting, but when he saw the News Channel 3 camera said he was not going to participate. He addressed some questions from the hallway and did not enter the room during the entire meeting. Whether to move forward with the house is now up to the developer and the state. The council decided to hold another public meeting sometime soon.

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Now come people,this is a

Now come people,this is a group home for troubled youth who needs help,can't we give them the help they deserve.Wouldn't you rather have a group home to help troubled youth rather than them being in a detention center or mental hospital?Here they get the help they need,you Navassa idiots that are raising hell, need to grow up & find something to do with your life, like get a real JOB!

Wow! Are YOU naive!

The "troubled youth" you speak of range up to seventeen years old. Right now, police are searching for a seventeen year old male escapee from a group home that stands 5'7" and weighs 196. Care to meet him in your driveway at midnight? Check out the case of the three little darlings in Utah, who beat the group home director over the head with a frying pan, stole her keys, car, wallet, checkbook, cellphone and took off. Here's a clipping from a news story out of california: "A convicted drug dealer who escaped with four other teens from a Yucaipa group home was in the custody of San Francisco authorities Thursday, who said they are searching for the others in Northern California, a San Bernardino County probation official said. The information came as San Bernardino County pressed San Francisco for a full accounting of how many illegal immigrant criminals the city has placed in group homes in the county. After reports that at least five youths from Honduras -- all convicted of narcotics offenses in San Francisco and believed to be in their mid to late teens -- had fled a group home in Yucaipa last month, San Bernardino County officials said they would hold San Francisco responsible for any probation and law enforcement costs. They also said they would sue the city, if necessary." Is there any doubt as to the type of scum they put in group homes? Is that what YOU want in your neighborhood? These type of facilities belong in the middle of the Green Swamp, surrounded by barbed wire. Residential neighborhoods are no place for a concentration of CRIMINALS, and that's exactly what these people are.


On the one hand, it's a concern about just who is living in the group home and what crimes they committed to get there. It's easy for the opposition to make blanket speculative statements about the extreme end of potentials. But, in fact, they don't have any clues on specifics. Nevertheless, it is an understandable concern. Yet, there is still the hypocritical aspect to their arguments. They want domething done to get the most troubled kids help. They just don't want it in their "back yard". The argument put forth that "if you want to help them, then let them live with YOU" falls flat on its face because those adults involved in the group home are, or should be, experts or professionals in their fields and equipped to handle these kids, or they should be. They are not, contrary to the misinformation presented by those who oppose such homes, your average citizen with a job of their own seperate from taking care of troubled youth. In some cases, the opponents equate to being members of a NAMBLA spin off group that could be called "Child Abuse Lovers Of America". They support all forms of abuse against children and call it "corporal punishment" with the defense that they were abused as punishment when they were kids, so we should be strict on kids too. They would, most likely, like to see the 7 year old vandal put into the general population of NC State Prison where Bubba can have his go at the kid, which is acceptable "corporal punishment" because, hey, the kid earned it 'cuz he was a troublemaker. Ok, maybe extreme, but the fact is these group homes serve as the gateway to hard time in prison. They are not in "lock down" for the most part, but under authorized strict house rules. Violation of those rules can land the kid in a higher security facility. And, as with adults, having been in the group home might make a difference for some, while others may repeat their actions, adding to the financial cost of yet another jail/prison inmate. Arguments vary as to why have such a home placed in a residential area. It would certainly raise great concern if a violent youth were to stay in the home. But just how violent is too violent to be in a group home? I know that youths who've committed sexual crims have spent time in group homes. Doubtful that murderers would spend time in a group home. A gang member? Possibly. Someone who has committed violent robbery? Lower possibility, but still possible. Repeated fights? Possible. And certainly plenty of non-violent criminals. On a lighter side, the argument about not having been informed about the group home made me instantly think of Arthur Dent and The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Andrew

Town of Navassa

The mayor of Navassa, Eulis Willis, stated he went above and beyond to notify the residents in Navassa. That is false. I am a resident of the area and live about 100 yards away. The mayor stated that the town was only required to notify, in writing , residents that live within 250’of the proposed group home. There are 4 homes within that range and non of them received a notification. The mayor also stated that the planning department was in charge of sending out the notification, if so why doesn’t the town produce the proof that notification was sent out? It seems to me like there is allot of shady things going on. I hope that all is in order and that there ducks are in a row for the towns sake. Residence “Are Up In Arms”, especially when it comes to the safety of our families.

The developer wouldn't speak on camera?

That alone should be setting off alarm bells in people's minds. Everyone in Navassa should search these group community homes on the web. There are several news stories about break-outs, kidnappings, auto theft, burglary....'s like having your own little Raleigh Central right there in YOUR neighborhood. Where's the first place they're heading when they break out? To get their hands on some money for partying and further escape. I'm sorry, did I say SOME money? I meant YOUR money. I sincerely hope you folks win, and stop this nighmare. These types of facilities have no business being in residential communities. (Think about it - if the "community" was an essential aspect of rehabilitation, why would the inmates be in lock-down?)

how much??????

why does a home for 12 "troubled" youths cost $700000...IN NAVASSA? REALLY!!!


Depends on the design, really. This house would have to support a large "family". How many bedrooms? Garage? How large? Beyond living area, bedrooms, kitchen, dining hall/room (?), and bathroom(s), what other rooms? Den? Activity room? Fencing? Security system? What other special amenities? It's feasibly possible. Plus, is there special zoning, permits, etc to be more than just a simple residence? Then again, maybe we're looking at a developer who has one of those %700 hammers. :: shrugs :: Andrew

Group Home in Navassa

The state is using some very subversive & ethically unacceptable techniques to get these group homes built. Remember just a few months ago the state tried to place one of these homes into Snee Farm with little or no warning (actually the state of NC has also tried to put a highway through Snee Farm without any warning). The state of NC has very little regard for ethics when it comes to Brunswick Co.