PRESS RELEASE - Arrests made in shooting and killing of three donkeys

The County Compass, February 5, 2016

On February 5th, 2016 Investigators with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office and the Pamlico County Animal Control Office obtained warrants on two individuals responsible for the shooting and killing of three donkeys on January 30th, 2016. The investigation determined that the animals were killed with a small caliber firearm. Citizen witnesses also provided information about a possible vehicle that was used in the crime. Other concerned citizens came forward during the investigation that le...
Is it time to build a new Courthouse?

Special to the County Compass, February 5, 2016

$4.3 million earmarked for renovations can be put to better use, says official By Carl Ollison Editor’s note: Carl Ollison, the Pamlico County Commissioner with more years of service than any of his other colleagues, was the lone holdout Monday night in a vote to proceed with $400,000 in Courthouse renovations – part of an ambitious $4.3 million multi-phase plan to upgrade the two-story, 12,000 square foot building originally constructed in 1938. Ollison voted no because he believes ...
PRESS RELEASE - Three mule livestock animals shot, Gibbtown Rd., Merrit

The County Compass, February 2, 2016

Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Chris Davis PRESS RELEASE 02/01/2016 On February 1st, 2016 Deputies from the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office responded to Gibbtown Rd. in the Merritt community to assist the Pamlico County Animal Control in regards an animal cruelty case. Upon arrival it was determined that three mule livestock animals had suffered a gunshot wound and subsequently were found deceased. Two of the animals were located a short distance from the owners residence ...
Oriental Comes Out Strong for Food

The County Compass, January 27, 2016


Alisha Paur | Staff Writer On January 27, 2016, the Oriental Food Initiative group held a meeting in the Old Theater downtown Oriental, North Carolina. The theater, consisting of 162 seats, was not large enough for all attendees from the community to be seated. The dedicated and enterprising members of OFI are: Gay Radosevich, Kathryn Garcia, Chris Doty, Regina Dubiel, Terry Halspien, Pat Bullis, Melinda Penkava, and Doug Sligh. Mayor Sally Belangia was also in attendance, as well as sev...
National TV News spotlights town’s plight

The County Compass, January 27, 2016


Grocery owner, long-time employee interviewed ORIENTAL – From left, Renee Ireland Smith and Rebecca Armstrong spent much of Wednesday afternoon fielding questions from national news media. Watch ABC World News Tonight Segment >> Watch NBC Nightly News Segment >> Smith and her mother, Ruth Ireland, own Town ‘N Country, and Armstrong is a 16-year employee. The grocery, a fixture in Oriental for 44 years, was forced to close after Walmart Express opened in May of 2014. T...
Massive white marlin sets new state record

Special to the County Compass, January 27, 2016

MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries recently certified a new state record for white marlin. Neil Manning of Ashburn, Va. reeled in the 138-pound fish Nov. 16 while fishing off Hatteras. The fish measured 85 inches from the tip of the lower jaw to the fork in the tail. The girth of the fish measured 37 inches. The former state record for white marlin was 118 pounds, 8 ounces. That fish was caught off the coast of Oregon Inlet in 1976. The world record for whit...

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