Up, down & all around

The County Compass, January 26, 2015

ORIENTAL – When you move, or elevate, houses for a living, you’ve got to be part entertainer, because people always want to watch! Next week, Joe Bacs (second from left) and the hard-working crew of Ace House Movers have promised a most interesting performance! Check out the intersection of Ragan Road and Neuse Street on Monday or Tuesday (weather permitting). But, please be sure not to impede progress -- as a house inches toward its new location!
Shake up at sewer utility

Jeff Aydelette, January 23, 2015

Bay River Metro Sewer District

BAYBORO – The sewer utility that serves a big chunk of Pamlico County -- allowing the likes of Walmart and a variety of dollars stores and fast food restaurants to plop down in these formerly rural environs – saw a sudden change of leadership last Thursday, Jan. 15th. Longtime chairman Jimmy Spencer and vice chairman Ed Riggs Jr. were ousted from their leadership posts on the board of directors for Bay River Metropolitan Sewerage District. Spencer and Riggs have led the utility for...
Ambulance snafu funny, but serious too!

Special to the County Compass, January 18, 2015

By Betty Murphy | News Analysis BEAUFORT COUNTY -- Reminiscent of the old TV series ‘Car 54, Where Are You?’ Vidant Medical Center put out an ‘Ambulance Missing Alert’ on Saturday Jan. 3 that was broadcast across the state to law enforcement agencies. The story was also picked up by news media across the nation. While this incident may provide comic relief, it presents some serious concerns. Ambulances are eye candy to drug dealers, former psych patients hooked on drugs, or even...
Community Watch again flexes muscle

Special to the County Compass, January 15, 2015

community watch

Group tackles other concerns, including proposed sprayfield By Rhonda Breed REELSBORO -- The monthly meeting for Reelsboro Community Watch was held Jan. 7 at the Reelsboro Volunteer Fire Department. Newly appointed president, Gray Popp; vice president, Valarie Merkler; secretary/treasurer, Shirley Banks; and public relations officer, Rhonda Breed, attended. Old business was discussed pertaining to the placement of additional Community Watch signs, tabled until the next meeting to allow for ...
Three convicted, sentenced in December ’13 Oriental bank robbery

Special to the County Compass, January 14, 2015

Oriental Bank Robbery

BANK ROBBERY DEFENDANTS SENTENCED GREENVILLE - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that DAVID McARTHUR KING, 24, of New Bern, THOMAS LEE CUTHBERTSON, JR., 24, of Vanceboro, and KHIRY TERREL JONES, 24, of Oriental, were each sentenced resulting from their earlier guilty pleas to bank robbery and firearms charges. The charges stem from the December 2, 2013 robbery of First Citizens Bank in Oriental, and the November 22, 2013 robbery of TD Bank in Easley, South Carolina. On...
Local woman appointed to state board

Special to the County Compass, January 13, 2015

BAYBORO -- Melanie Campen, an environmental health specialist with the Pamlico County Health Department, was recently appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory to the state’s Board of Registered Environmental Health Specialist Examiners. Campen graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 1996 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Geology. She worked with a private environmental company for four years before being employed in Environmental Health in Craven Count...

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