End-of-life care worth financial risk to Craven County

Special to the County Compass, December 16, 2014

By Thomas Smith | Special to the County Compass NEW BERN -- In the County Compass of Nov. 20, I read with interest and concern Mr. Hal James’s guest commentary of why he is opposed to Craven County Hospice operating an Inpatient Hospice House.  Please let me state at the beginning, in full disclosure, that I am currently an employee of Craven County Hospice.  Also let me state that my views are expressed as a private citizen of Craven County and that I do not necessarily represent the views...
Repeal of gun law triggers heat in Vandemere

Jeff Aydelette, December 12, 2014

VANDEMERE – Tempers flared Monday night over a vote two months ago, repealing a town law that had been on the books for decades. The ordinance, originally adopted in 1980, was remarkably brief: That no firearms shall be discharged in the legal town limits of Vandemere, and signed by then Town Mayor Billy W. Harris. Although brevity is the soul of wit, town laws intended to prohibit some type of otherwise legal activity are seldom meant to be funny, and are rarely brief, according to Vandem...
Huge catamaran launched

Special to the County Compass, December 11, 2014

By Beth Bucksot | Special to the County Compass MARIBEL -- Four years of designing and planning -- with plenty of blood, sweat and tears included -- finally culminated Sunday afternoon with the launch of Silver Voyager. Owners Al and Ginny Springer contracted with B&B Yacht Designs, based in Vandemere, to create a power catamaran that can weather rough seas comfortably, handle easily, be fuel efficient, have the capacity to cross the Atlantic and other ocean areas, as well as, provide ...
Industrial Wind Turbines: Pro and Con

Special to the County Compass, December 9, 2014

Wind Turbines

Click on image to enlarge By John Woodard and John Droz | Special to the County Compass EDENTON – This community hosted a free educational event Saturday, Nov. 22, organized by local residents to explore the consequences of Industrial Wind Turbines, which have been proposed for the northeast corner of North Carolina. The meeting included an award-winning movie (Windfall), and the co-author of this article, John Droz, served as the morning’s moderator. Droz is a retired physicist and lon...
Jimmy Spain retires as Commissioner

The County Compass, December 8, 2014

BAYBORO – In a brief ceremony Monday night, Jimmy Spain of Stonewall, seen here with his wife Marie, accepted a plaque of appreciation from fellow Pamlico County Commissioner Paul Delamar III. Over his 12-year tenure representing Township Three, Spain earned the respect of his colleagues as a tight-fisted fiscal conservative. Ed Riggs Jr. sworn in as county’s newest commissioner BAYBORO – Republican Ed Riggs Jr. takes the Oath of Office Monday night from Linda Marshall, the v...
Kayaker paddles for Guatemala’s neglected children

Special to the County Compass, December 4, 2014

By Claire Hofman | Special to the County Compass ORIENTAL -- Dr. Deb Walter will make a stop Saturday afternoon in Oriental as she continues her solo paddle from Maine to Guatemala in an effort to raise money to build a school for children of the Guatemala City Garbage Dump Community. The stop in Oriental has tentatively been set for a sandy beach, off Neuse Street, on the shoreline of the Neuse River. The public is welcome to greet her. Deb’s year-long adventure started in July. Deb ...

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