UNOFFICIAL!! Single vote separates mayoral candidates

NEW BERN – Election experts say this type of micro-thin margin can go either way. It all boils down to ‘provisional’ and mail-in ballots, which are to be counted on May 25, followed two days later (on May 27) by the hoped-for certification of an accurate count.  Some reports have put these “in limbo” ballots at a whopping 77 additional votes.  At this point, how they will break out is anyone’s guess.  If and when the election is certified, the second place finisher has until June 2 to ask for a runoff.  Jeff Odham, an eight-year member of the Board of Aldermen – who gave up a secure seat to run for mayor –…

Black panther spotted as logging occurs in eastern Carteret

THEY EXIST !!!

Eyewitness encounter jibes with other credible reports over past decades TOWN OF BEAUFORT – I received a fascinating email Monday morning from Deanna Gillikin. For many years, she has lived adjacent to a dense wooded area, bounded in part by the North River and Taylor Creek. Sort of a one-way-in, one-way-out rural area, although it is not too far from modern civilization. As a good example, Google Earth shows a “Tesla Destination Charger” just a short drive from Gillikin’s home on Charlie Lewis Lane (east of town).  You might say this newspaper lends a sympathetic ear to Black Panther stories…

Part 3 of 4: ‘It’s the System, Stupid!’

Milking ‘The Grid’ for all it’s worth

Editor’s note: A former engineer with Motorola, Mr. Allison is a frequent contributor to this newspaper. As electric vehicles, 5G Internet, and cyber-currencies proliferate, Allison explains how utilities must adapt in order to accommodate increasing demands upon The Grid. USA – In Part 2 last week, you learned that AC current behaves differently from DC current. In this part, you will see how engineers are finding an “elegant solution” for moving extra electricity as the “Grid” will be called up to furnish ever-increasing quantities of AC power for the looming roll-outs of 5G wireless s…

Local Navy JROTC Unit takes 11TH in Nation

By Flora Moorman SAN DIEGO, CA – Students who comprise the Academic Team of the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps at Pamlico County High School competed with their peers on April 30 aboard the USS Midway –  placing eleventh overall.  Labeled TEAM JEOPARDY: A BRAIN BRAWL, the popular National Championship pulled from more than 500 Navy JROTC chapters across the USA. Expenses for the trip were largely funded by generous donations from local supporters in this area.  The Pamlico County High School group recently received yet another accolade: #1 Navy JROTC Unit in NC (for the tenth co…

Officials give sewer system $500K Proposed new library gets zilch

BAYBORO – No one put it quite this way, but maybe the unanimous thinking Monday night among the seven Pamlico County Commissioners was that our neck of the woods needs an expansion of sewage treatment more than a spanking new $2.1 million public library. Granted the comparison is a bit more draconian than mere apples to oranges. Part of the dilemma? Sewer system money can come from a $2.4 million pot of cash furnished by Uncle Sam, originally meant to cover a projected pandemic-induced loss of revenue by Pamlico County Government. Fast forward to less hysteria, when the Feds have basically said…

Big Brother! Stick your ‘Disinformation Board’ where the sun don’t shine!

WASHINGTON, DC -– This week, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced legislation to prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to establish the Biden administration’s ‘Disinformation Governance Board’ at the Department of Homeland Security. “The Disinformation Governance Board is an Orwellian attempt by the Biden administration to manipulate and control information they don’t like about their failed policies,” said Senator Tillis. “Taxpayers shouldn’t be footing the bill for this kind of free-speech limiting political experiment, and I am proud to introduce this legislation…

Part 1 of 4: ‘It’s the System, Stupid!’

Electric Vehicles actually increase carbon emissions!

Last week, Dexter Liu completed a well-written three-part analysis on the electric vehicle and why it is not ready for prime time.  I agree.  Here are additional considerations. Since the Tesla Model 3 weighs about the same as the Chevrolet Equinox, some interesting comparisons can be studied. The Tesla has a 126-mile range and takes 12 hours to recharge with a 240 VAC charging station.  It uses a heat pump to heat and cool the car, requiring additional power from the car battery and thus diminishing the mileage range.  Maximum mileage will only occur when neither heating nor cooling is requir…

“Hey little Johnny! Or is it Joanna?”

Local schools move away from just the 3 R’s Parents not notified if student (of any age) changes ‘gender assignment’ BAYBORO – Pamlico County School District reminds me of any typical family. We have our arguments, but in the end we are still a family. Despite the recent negative publicity surrounding our county schools, we can be proud of our students who have successfully participated in both academic and athletic competitions. Several of our high school seniors have received scholarships to four-year year colleges thanks to the efforts of counselors, teachers and parents. Our curricul…

Wake goes WOKE!

By Carolina Partnership For Reform WAKE COUNTY – This week, the Wake County School Board approved Millbrook High School’s request to ‘partner’ with a radical organization called “We Are” on so-called “anti-racist teacher training.” We Are, according to its own website, helps teachers impose Critical Race Theory in their classrooms. The problems with the partnership go beyond CRT, though. Just two months ago, We Are launched a public campaign to purge school teachers who dissent from social justice ideology. The campaign, called “ #somepeopleneedtobefired “ seeks to “hold our educati…

‘Jawsome’ creature to devour Aurora! Name the Dinosaur Contest

  AURORA – This monster showed up Tuesday to inspect the parade route and tromping grounds of the May 27 – May 29 Fossil Festival where he (she?)  plans to cavort and frolic. Festival attendees can even ride the beast! For the contest, the only moniker off-limits is ‘Digger,’ which is what everyone calls the Fossil Museum’s mascot. Only one entry per household. Email your suggestion to: contest@compassnews360.com Judges will select a Top Three, where the crowd that attends an Opening Friday Night Ceremony will determine the winning entry by applause and shouts of approval.  One lucky e…