Tears flow as family receives Habitat home

Special to the County Compass, March 28, 2015

ORIENTAL -- The Sylvester family, John and Ari, together with children, Alden, age 14; and Victoria, age 10; have a new home thanks to Habitat for Humanity and the generosity of many volunteers and businesses. Saturday afternoon in a symbolic ribbon-cutting ceremony, the keys to the new dwelling were officially presented to the Sylvesters on the front steps of their Harbour Way residence. Ari and John faced many family challenges leading up to this wonderful occasion, including Ari’s dia...
Open letter to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Special to the County Compass, March 26, 2015

Red Wolves

Landowner says Red Wolf never roamed eastern North Carolina By Jett Ferebee To: Ms. Sharneka Harvey U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA -- The Endangered Species Act 10(J) rule specifically states that a nonessential experimental population of wolves may only be released within their historical range.  The attached Department of Interior map -- commissioned by the DOI to determine the historical range of the red wolf for the species’ reintroduction program -- clear...
Ms. North Carolina Senior America Pageant set for June

Jeff Aydelette, March 23, 2015

PINEHURST -- Applications are being accepted for the Ms. North Carolina Senior America 2015 Pageant. Women who have reached the “Age of Elegance” 60 years and older, and have resided in North Carolina for the past three months, are eligible to enter. Contestants will compete in the following categories: Interview (5 minutes); Philosophy of Life (35 seconds or less); Talent (2:45 Min. or less); and Evening Gown presentation. The popular Pageant, which is open to the public and features appe...
New sheriff offers report card on first three months

Jeff Aydelette, March 20, 2015

Pamlico County Sheriff Chris Davis

BAYBORO – Pamlico County Sheriff Chris Davis, on the job for just over three months, came across as a no nonsense law enforcer during a Tuesday night public meeting attended by 30 people – mostly Bayboro citizens. Davis, who defeated a 12-year incumbent in the November elections, repeatedly drove home three major points: A complete restructuring of both the Sheriff’s Department and the Jail is underway Enforcement of the law is his main focus and highest priority Pro...
Loss of steering disables ferry with passengers on board

Jeff Aydelette, March 19, 2015

Eyewitness account at odds with official version OCRACOKE – A press release issued by the North Carolina Ferry System suggests that a steering problem Saturday afternoon with the vessel Silver Lake was handled smoothly and efficiently. However, real-time phone calls received by this newspaper from passengers on board the vessel paint a much different story. Here is the ferry system’s verbatim press release, as posted on the Department of Transportation website: The North Carolina Depar...
ObamaCare’s troubled waters make smooth sailing difficult for Vidant

Special to the County Compass, March 12, 2015

Belhaven Hospital Closing

By Betty Murphy GREENVILLE -- Recent media reports of declining revenue, lagging patient volume and reduced operating surplus have not slowed Vidant Health from plunging ahead with plans for numerous acquisitions, mergers and/or joint ventures. However, to accomplish these goals Vidant needs a major infusion of capital. Continued warnings by all three major bond ratings agencies (Moody’s, Fitch and Standard & Poor) predict a negative financial outlook for non-profit hospitals in 2015, ...

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