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Jeff Aydelette

Pamlico News staff                                                                                     

Mesic revives town identity

For 36 years, beginning on the day of its incorporation, the Town of Mesic
and its citizens have been required to use Bayboro in their mailing
addresses, a mandate that ended July 2, elected officials announced

Mesic Mayor Booker T. Jones heralded the decision, and the big part
played by Third District Congressman Walter B. Jones Jr.

Though the decree by the U.S. Postal Service makes no guarantees, the
mayor characterized the action as being a milestone in the town's ultimate
quest to have its own post office.

"We have been informed by the United States Postal Service that our
citizens may now use 'Mesic, N.C. 28515' as the last line of their
address," said Mayor Booker Tee Jones. "This is one of the major steps
we have sought in the on-going revitalization of Mesic.  Not only will this
change give Mesic its own identity, I will be meeting soon with fire and
rescue personnel, and other emergency responders.  The change could
save precious minutes, and it will likely save lives and buildings."

Within a few months after being elected in November 2005, Jones
summoned his town council for several strategic meetings in order to
prioritize the interests and goals of Mesic citizens.  Establishing a post
office for the town become the number one priority.

On Oct. 3, 2006, the town council adopted a "Resolution To Establish A
Post Office," later combined with a petition signed by "people both in and
outside the town," said Jones.

Letters of support were also received from the Pamlico County Sheriff's
Department, Bayboro town commission, East Carolina Council of
Governments, and legal Aid of North Carolina Community Economic

With the ammunition, congressman Jones then went to work. "I am elated
that we could work this out," said Councilman Dennis Jones.  

His colleague on the town board, James Cooper, agreed.

"It seems like now we are on the way to getting our identity back,"
Cooper, who could recall a time in the 1950s when town residents could
mail letters and buy postage at a satellite post office, operated from a
private residence.  "Now people won't have to search all over Pamlico
County trying to find Mesic"

Town clerk Hazel Smith, read from a statement issued by councilwoman
Lois Credle:

"Thank you, Jesus," wrote Credle.  "We here in Mesic have been waiting
for this a long time."