County Compass skips Thanksgiving Day issue

There’ll be no County Compass to ‘gobble up’ this Thanksgiving Day, as we skip a week to give our employees and their families time to enjoy the holiday. Our next publication date is Thursday, Dec. 4. Pick up your free copy next week at more than 600 distribution points in Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, and Pamlico Counties.

Going, going… BAM !!!

Jeff Aydelette, November 24, 2014

Health Director jumps curb at Bojangles, slams into unoccupied pizza truck Click on Photo to Enlarge GRANTSBORO – Dennis Harrington, director of the Health Department for Pamlico County, avoided serious injury Monday morning, despite a direct hit on a pizza truck, which is part vehicle / part advertising owned by Alfredo Mollano of Little Italy restaurant. Wednesday morning, 48 hours after the accident, Harrington responded to questions from this newspaper with the following statement: ...
When in doubt, order a report

Jeff Aydelette, November 21, 2014

In a 5 to 1 decision, commissioners waffle. Only Heath votes to sue re Atlas Tract BAYBORO – Elected officials declined Monday night to support a pending lawsuit, which is expected to allege that Spring Creek Farms, an Illinois-based entity, violated the nation’s Clean Water Act by converting wetlands to agricultural use. Instead, the board endorsed a motion made by Commissioner Ann Holton, suggesting the two sides should confer in an attempt to reach a compromise. Holton, supported b...
Arrest made in Bayboro shootout

Jeff Aydelette, November 20, 2014

Gangland violence hits Water Street BAYBORO – Out on bail from his arrest Sept. 5 for drug trafficking charges, Davone Martez Bryant, age 20, was again arrested Tuesday – this time for his alleged role in an incident Nov. 14 that left Steven Ray Squires Jr. dead, and two others – Demario Tyair Himbry and Terrelle Greene injured. All four men are well-known to law enforcement officials as ‘frequent flyers’ in the local criminal justice system. Bryant also suffered a gunshot w...
Health director involved in single car auto accident

The County Compass, November 17, 2014

Harrington refuses medical treatment, but vehicle is a total loss GRANTSBORO – The director of the Pamlico County Health Department experienced a single-car accident Monday morning while driving to work, but refused medical treatment and arranged for transportation to his office in Bayboro. Dennis Harrington, a veteran of the state’s public health system, originally came to Pamlico County as a temporary replacement for the prior director, but was later appointed as the county’s full-ti...
Undefeated season subject of new movie

Special to the County Compass, November 14, 2014

NEW BERN – A documentary featuring the 2012 New Bern High School football team and its journey to an undefeated state championship season makes its world premiere Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Bear Town Cinema. Not only is a documentary of this type unprecedented, it is now being developed even further with the goal of becoming a featured HBO Documentary and/or an ESPN Film. The film’s Executive Producer, Terry Barnes, is a New Bern native who returned to the area for the sole purpose of produ...
Legal practice of Oriental attorney suspended

Jeff Aydelette, November 13, 2014

Veteran lawyer also serves as mayor of small town ORIENTAL – Attorney and current mayor of Oriental, Bill Sage, has been “administratively suspended” from the practice of law, according to a letter dated Oct. 30 from Barry McNeill, Deputy Counsel of the North Carolina State Bar. In April of this year, Sage agreed to an injunction, brought by the State Bar, which alleged that he “mishandled entrusted funds.” As an attorney who specialized in real estate transactions, Sage – lik...
Community College welcomes three new Trustees

Betty Gray | Special to the County Compass, November 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, N.C. -- The Beaufort County Community College Board of Trustees welcomed three new members at its recent meeting. Taking the oath of office and joining the board were Jim Chesnutt, Jackson Lancaster and Bill Wall. "The BCCC Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome these three individuals to its membership" said board Chairman Russell Smith. "With their business experience, Mr. Chesnutt and Mr. Wall will bring valuable insight to the board as it works to provide quality educatio...
Ms. Senior America crowned in Atlantic City, N.J.

The County Compass, November 10, 2014

By Flora Moorman | Ms. North Carolina Senior America ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- The Ms. Senior America Pageant is an exciting combination of talent and inner beauty along with individual fulfillment and elegance. This "beauty pageant" it is what Senior America is all about ... “a re-affirmation of life and self worth, of laughter and tears, of inner beauty and outward charm.” It is a time when women 60 years of age and older have an opportunity to display their inner beauty, talents, and...

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