Arapahoe Charter School hires new Administrative Director

Jeff Aydelette, April 30, 2015

Move comes as part of effort to reverse declining test scores, boost school’s rating ARAPAHOE – A 1981 graduate of Pamlico County High School – currently superintendent of the Roanoke Rapids City School System – has returned home to become the Administrative Director of Arapahoe Charter School. Dennis J. Sawyer assumes the reins effective July 1, and takes over from Tom McCarthy, whose contract was not renewed by the school’s nine-member board of directors. In recent yea...
U pays your money - U takes your choice

The County Compass, April 27, 2015

AURORA – One constant with past Fossil Festivals is that T-shirts always sell out! Festival officials recently released images of this year’s designs. The prices are great: Toddlers-$8. Adults-$10. Sizes XX and XXX-$12. The Festival kicks off Friday evening, May 22 and continues throughout the Memorial Day weekend. See ad on Page B-8 for parade information, and see Page B-6 for an application to enter the popular Miss & Mister Fossil Pageant.
Suspect in double murder case appears in Bayboro courtroom

Jeff Aydelette, April 22, 2015

Jones Murder

Sheriff orders tight security. Accused man wears bullet proof vest. BAYBORO – Amid perhaps the most stringent security ever seen in Pamlico County’s only courtroom, Joe Thomas Jones III –- shackled, handcuffed, wearing a bullet proof vest, surrounded by a half-dozen plain-clothes deputies, and wearing the familiar black-and-white stripes reserved for those accused of violent crimes – was officially charged with murdering his parents, Joe Thomas Jones, 82; and, Geraldine Thompson Jon...
Call to 911 reported Saturday’s double homicide

Jeff Aydelette, April 21, 2015

Jones Murder

Law enforcement officials release one-minute recording PAMLICO COUNTY – Sheriff Chris Davis has authorized the release of a call, which first alerted authorities to the slayings of an elderly couple on Janeiro Road. The phone call, made by a male relative, came in just before 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, and triggered an immediate investigation, leading to the arrest Sunday night of Joe Thomas Jones III – a son of the victims. Jones is to be arraigned on murder charges Wednesday morning...
Son charged with killing parents

Special to the County Compass, April 20, 2015

Jones Murder

Quiet, rural home rocked by violence Saturday afternoon PAMLICO COUNTY -- On Saturday, April 18, at approximately 3:47 p.m. the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding the discovery of two deceased individuals located in a residence at 1396 Janeiro Road near Oriental. Upon arrival, deputies requested assistance from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Pamlico County deputies and agents with the State Bureau of Investigation began collecting evidenc...
Isaac Taylor House offers ideal backdrop for Governor’s visit

The County Compass, April 16, 2015

By Lisa E. Bernett Staff Writer NEW BERN – North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, on a quest to preserve the state’s Historic Tax Credit Program, chose a preserved landmark last week – the Isaac Taylor House in downtown New Bern – as the perfect setting for his message that incentives of this sort make good economic sense. Although the program lapsed at the end of 2014, McCrory operatives are feverishly working both houses of the General Assembly to revive the law – a version of w...

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