‘IT JUST FELL OVER!’

NEAR ORIENTAL – No injuries or collisions were reported about 10:30 am Saturday morning when a massive – but clearly decayed – tree toppled directly onto Highway 55, about a mile from downtown Oriental. Informal estimates of the ancient tree’s circumference varied. Several onlookers guessed at more than 10 to 12 feet around. The crown of the tree and any foliage had been gone for many years. This Saturday morning – for whatever grand plan Mother Nature may have – was the time to give up the ghost. “It just fell over,” laughed nearby resident and land development professional, Phillip Willis, wh…

Embezzlement fears surface within local sewer authority

Director, board, attorney refuse all comment BAYBORO – Financial shenanigans have apparently occurred within the finance office of Bay River Metropolitan Sewerage District, and anyone with first-hand knowledge of the misdeeds is not talking. Executive director Chris Venters and nine members of Bay River’s supervisory board: Chairman Art Kelly and directors Ed Riggs Jr., John Buck, Jimmy Spencer, Debra Khouri, Carl Ollison, Steve Lacy, Kelvin Credle, and Booker T. Jones met Tuesday night with New Bern attorney Scott Davis. The 90-minute marathon session was a closed door meeting, to…

Morehead City — runaway juvenile – FOUND Subject has been located in Amarillo, TX

Kirstin White W/F, Age 17, DOB: 06/21/2003, 5’01”, 140, Blue Hair, Hazel Eyes Vehicle: 1997 Honda CRV, flat black in color, NC Reg RAW-1636. Back tire cover is covered with stickers and the dashboard is painted white and black. Summary: White was reported as a runaway from her residence in Morehead City on 10/19/2020. White was in the area of McColl, SC on 10/19/2020 at 2200 hrs. If located, stop and hold, notify Carteret County Sheriff’s Office at (252) 728-8400 or Carteret County Communications at (252) 726- 1911. White has been entered NCIC. Case # 20104165C.…

Animal collisions increase

Riskiest time of year upon us NORTH CAROLINA – The frequency of animal-vehicle crashes climbed considerably in the latest annual report from the N.C. Department of Transportation. Data show more than 2,300 crashes in 2019 when compared to the 2018 statewide total, with the overall figure reaching 20,331 accidents. The increase can be attributed to the state’s growing population with more drivers on the road, and decreasing animal habitat. Deer account for about 90 percent of all animal-related crashes – something motorists should keep in mind as we enter October, November, and December…

America on the brink

Contentious debates demonstrate a nation divided By Dexter Liu | Guest Commentary As I watched the recent presidential debate, I cringed like most folks at the incivility of the evening. Unlike some of my friends, however, I do understand why the debate was so confrontational. Gone are the days of the genteel Reagan v Mondale debates where Reagan’s clever quip earned a chuckle even from his opponent — resoundingly winning the night and ultimately the election. But sadly, today’s America is a profoundly different place. While Reagan and Mondale had disagreements, in th…

Be Careful What You Wish For

By Gordon Allison | Technical Writer CANADA – Here are a few brief stories that urge caution when assessing situations. In engineering speak, there is a saying, “There are no free lunches.” This concept means there are always positives and negatives to every situation, plan of action, and product design. In this article, we discuss medical care. The first story is about some friends in Canada. Their names are changed to protect their privacy. Thomas and Rachael have a daughter who also lives in Ontario, Canada. Susan is about 40 years old and has a 4 year old son. She was taken ill and rushed to the…

New book paints scary financial picture

By Gordon Allison, Jr. | Book Review Editor’s note: Adam Baratta wrote his first financial book published in August 2018, titled, Gold Is A Better Way: And Other Wealth Building Secrets Wall Street Doesn’t Want You To Know. He just released his second book, The Great Devaluation, which builds on his first book. Both books have become national bestsellers. This review is written by Gordon Allison Jr., a Pamlico County resident and frequent contributor to The County Compass. The Great Devaluation is best described as “the movie Groundhog Day meets the Great Depression. It is presented in a ser…

N.C. House Democrats Sign Pledge to Defund the Police, Threatening the Safety of Families Statewide

The Speaker will host a press conference at 3:30 pm Monday in Raleigh Kings Mountain NC: Speaker Tim Moore said Monday that a pledge signed by dozens of House Democratic leaders and candidates to defund law enforcement in North Carolina was a wake-up call for families now rightfully concerned about their personal safety if radical liberal Democrats gain influence in the General Assembly.   “Police funding…has been shown to have no connection to crime rates,” the radical liberal pledge to defund law enforcement signed by dozens of North Carolina House Democrats declares.   Nearly 50 cu…

Public gets peek at competing Rec Center plans

NEW BERN – During an ambitious four-hour outreach session Monday afternoon, Foster Hughes, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of New Bern, his staff, and the third-party consulting firm of CPL heard from a variety of residents about what they want – and do not want – from the pending re-build of the Stanley White Recreation Center. More information gathering workshops, including ‘focus groups,’ are tentatively scheduled. The original Center, severely flooded during Hurricane Florence, had a footprint of 18,000 square feet, featuring a single indoor basketball court. One pla…

ALERT FOR CONSERVATIVES | Cooper trying to monkey with in-person voting

By Jim Womack | North Carolina Conservative Coalition This is a statewide alert that Governor Roy Cooper is seeking to circumvent the will of the North Carolina General Assembly ) and potentially interfere with the procedures for in-person voting in the November 3, 2020 general election. On August 27, 2020 Governor Roy Cooper filed a lawsuit:  files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/Cooper-v.-Berger-RRC-Complaint.pdf  seeking to dissolve the Rules Review Commission, a long-standing agency designed to oversee the rulemaking power of executive branch agencies within the bounds…

More national recognition for Community College

GRANTSBORO – Dr. Jim Ross, President of Pamlico Community College, is all smiles these days. Seen here in a small room on campus dedicated to the development of online instruction, Ross called the latest award HUGE NEWS. The school rates highest among all of the nation’s community colleges in ‘Educational Outcomes.’ Congratulations to PCC faculty, staff, and students for a job well done!…

NCDOT Releases Videos Regarding U.S. 70 from Havelock Bypass to Thurman Road

Public comments needed by Sept. 14 NEW BERN – The N.C. Department of Transportation needs the public’s input to select an alternative on the proposal to upgrade a section of U.S. 70 to interstate standards between Thurman Road and the Havelock Bypass in Craven County. The project, State Transportation Improvement Program Project No. R-5777C, is one of several that NCDOT is working along the U.S. 70 Corridor. It would improve regional mobility, assist economic development in primarily rural areas of eastern North Carolina, provide a closer interstate connection to the Port of Morehead C…

Airport Director – ‘Southern Region Air Carrier Manager of Year’

NEW BERN – Coastal Carolina Regional Airport Authority recently announced that Airport Director Andrew Shorter has been recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration as the Southern Region’s 2019 Air Carrier Manager of the Year during the Virtual Airports Conference held August 11 & 12. The award goes to an airport manager who has “exhibited exceptional aviation leadership and has worked tirelessly to promote the aviation industry.” Other selection criteria include; significant accomplishments, unique displays of leadership, development initiatives, improvements in…

Beloved recreation center hopes for public input on Aug. 31

New Bern Parks and Recreation will host a public input meeting regarding the Stanley White Recreation Center on Monday, Aug 31. This drop-in style gathering, from 3pm until 7pm, will be held at the Omega Center, located at 800 Cedar Street in New Bern. The public is encouraged to attend and share your thoughts. CPL Consultants, a firm specializing in architecture, engineering, and planning, will be on site to guide participants through this process and to receive all comments. For additional information, please call New Bern Parks and Recreation at 252-639-2901, or visit our parks and recr…
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