Newport man charged in rash of vehicle B & E’s

On 09/12/2020 Carteret County deputies arrested Raymond Nicholas Etheridge, 31, of 160 East Southwinds Drive, Newport after a ten-day investigation. At the start of Labor Day weekend and in the days to follow, detectives began investigating reports of vehicles being entered starting on roads off Hwy 24 including Glenn Abby Drive and Lockwood Drive in Morehead City. During the next week, the reports spread to roads off Country Club Road including Sanderling Drive, Farmstead Ct, River Drive, King Fisher Drive, and Fairway Road in Morehead City. Detectives began surveillance and arreste…

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…

‘China wants Trump to lose!’ Dr. Greg Murphy, Congressman

NC THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT – Trump operatives were successful late Monday afternoon in generating GOP-flavored media buzz as a counterpoint to the ‘virtual’ Democratic National Convention that kicked off at 9 pm. Known in the Trump campaign as a ‘press call,’ newspaper reporters throughout eastern North Carolina were invited to a free-wheeling give-and-take with Congressional representative, Dr. Greg Murphy, and with Mike Whatley, chairman of North Carolina’s Republican Party. Whatley was effective in reiterating major talking points of the GOP Presidential campaign like…

Election Irregularities Possible in November 2020?

Referring to the upcoming elections in an article recently posted on the Voter Integrity Project (VIP) of North Carolina website, the commentary outlines “seven ways to steal an election”. The article refers to the July 30, 2020 memo from NC State Board of Elections Director Karen Bell, saying, “(it) enables any web-savvy activist to request absentee ballots for unsuspecting neighbors and for otherwise missing voters”. On Tuesday August 18th, Jay DeLancy, Director of VIP, will be the lead speaker on the program at the monthly public meeting of the Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association…

COVID Test for Arapahoe & Minnesott Beach

Towns partner to offer free service on Aug. 22 The Towns of Arapahoe and Minnesott Beach have come together to provide free COVID-19 testing for their residents. The funds are being provided by the recent CARES Act for the purpose of COVID-19 related expenses. The testing will be conducted on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at the Arapahoe Free Will Baptist church, 7970 Hwy. 306 South, starting at 8:00AM. In order to receive the test, you must schedule an appointment and a time. To schedule an appointment, please call Star Medical at 910 330-2335 and speak with Kevin. This will be a first come-first se…

Swimming advisory issued for Vandemere Creek

MOREHEAD CITY– An advisory against swimming was posted Wednesday at a site in Pamlico County, along Vandemere Creek, where state officials found bacteria levels in the water that exceed the state’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s recreational water quality standards. The advisory was posted just north of Windmill Point in Vandemere. Test results of water samples taken on Aug. 11 indicate bacteria levels that exceed the state and federal action levels of 276 enterococci per 100 milliliters for Tier 2 low-usage sites. Swimming areas are classified based on recreational use and ar…

Pandemic relief does end-run around Democrats

WASHINGTON, DC – President Trump had a busy Saturday afternoon, simultaneously signing four executive actions – three Memoranda and one Executive Order – all dealing with economic relief for sectors of the U.S. economy hard hit by the pandemic. In remarks that preceded the signing ceremony, Trump made it clear that his unilateral initiatives are required because Democrats in the House of Representatives oppose any type of federal legislation, which does not include reparations for protest-inspired damages that have occurred mostly in states led by Democratic governors. Memorandum:…
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