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2015 Aurora Fossil Festival

Special to the County Compass, May 22, 2015

AURORA – The locked, secure display case of the Aurora Fossil Museum is always packed this time of year, as various fossils show up for the hugely popular Fossil Auction, which begins at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 23rd, in downtown Aurora – a highlight of the three-day Fossil Festival. If you’ve never attended, trust us – this is one fascinating extravaganza, even if you don’t know an ancient shark’s tooth from even older dinosaur poop! Aurora Fossil Festival 22nd Anniversary...
Legend and expert: Bob Purdy - ‘2015 Fossil Master’

Special to the County Compass, May 22, 2015

AURORA -- The Fossil Festival Committee is proud to announce Bob Purdy as this year’s ‘Fossil Master.’ After decades of study here, Purdy can almost call Aurora his second home. The New Jersey native began collecting fossils as a child and continued that interest as an adult, graduating from George Washington University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology. He began working at the Smithsonian Institution in 1969 where he became Collections Manager of the fossil vertebrate ...
‘Operation Clean Slate’ nets 25 drug arrests throughout county

Jeff Aydelette, May 19, 2015

Sheriff Chris Davis pledges: “We will not stop here!”   PAMLICO COUNTY – Monday was a Day of Reckoning in this rural, sparsely populated county as newly elected Sheriff Chris Davis – who happens to be the youngest sheriff in the nation – made good on his campaign promise to aggressively pursue illicit drug trafficking. Operation Clean Slate, an under cover operation started shortly after Davis took office in early December, netted 25 arrests on May 18, with one susp...
Whoa, Nellie! Common Core violates U.S. Constitution

The County Compass, May 14, 2015

Common Core

By Kim Fink | Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association Editor’s note: The first installment of this three-part series appeared last week. Here is Part II. Our thanks to Ms. Fink for all of her hard work on this subject. CLASSROOMS -- David Coleman was the chief architect of the English Language Arts portion of Common Core, and is now the President of the College Board -- you know, the board that produces all the Advanced Placement courses in high school, as well as the SAT, and GED. When No...
Carteret County Sheriff: Lock your car doors

The County Compass, May 12, 2015

Carteret County Sheriffs Officials are urging residents to lock their car doors as they investigate numerous “vehicle break-ins” in the county last week. The most recent rash of vehicle “break-ins” began May 1st and as recently as this past Sunday night. Detectives believe suspects are going driveway to driveway checking vehicles to see if they’re unlocked. If the vehicle is locked, the suspects pass it by and move to the next vehicle. If the doors are unlocked, personal property ...
Auction goes fast. Former tenant snaps up Croakertown property

Jeff Aydelette, May 11, 2015

ORIENTAL – One of this small town’s highest profile commercial properties – known to many as Croakertown – hit the auction block Wednesday morning. Also up for grabs, in a separate auction, was a fenced parcel and commercial building at the intersection of Straight Road and Highway 55. Country Boys Auctioneers (that’s the name of their firm, not a homespun description) Mike Gurkins and Dewey Dunn labeled the 15-minute event a success. Dunn, who said he has done ‘hundred...

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