Monthly Archives: May 2017

Higher property tax approved

BAYBORO – A tax rate of 62.5 cents for every 100 dollars of property valuation is insufficient to balance a proposed budget for Pamlico County Government over the next fiscal year – which begins June 1. At least that appears to be the consensus of a four-person majority on the County Commission, who indicated Monday night, May 22, that further cuts in proposed expenses are not feasible. During the evening’s marathon three-hour plus budget planning workshop, the seven-member board narrowly approved a hike in next year’s ad valorem tax rate to 65 cents for every 100 dollars of property…

24th Anniversary Aurora Fossil Festival Schedule

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Spirited bidding for ancient artifacts starts at 3 p.m. Saturday

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Saturday lineup includes snappy, fun ‘lectures’

“The Cookiecutter Shark, Isistius: The Real Cookie Monster” Saturday, 10 am – Learning Center of Aurora Fossil Museum Victor Perez, Jr. started collecting fossil shark teeth when he was six years old. The curiosity and intrigue that came from collecting fossils led him to pursue a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences with a minor in Science Education. Victor is currently three years into his degree program and his dissertation research focuses on fossil sharks of Panama. His research interests are broad and allow him to practice many different fields of study, such as biology, che…

Trish Kohler: Our ‘Fossil Master’ for 2017

AURORA — The Aurora Fossil Festival Committee takes great pleasure in announcing that Trish Kohler is this year’s ‘Fossil Master’ – our chief dignitary for the 2017 Aurora Fossil Festival. For those who know Trish, her pleasant, curious demeanor is only one component of a person who has spent nearly a lifetime searching for and discovering relics of the past. Trish began collecting fossils while growing up in Florida and eventually amassed a collection from her walks along the Florida shoreline. Over the years, she would search for fossils while scuba diving — with on…

Road Trip! Road Trip!

GRANTSBORO – It’s official name is ‘Annual Spring Trip – 2017’ but take it from one who knows – the yearly excursion planned by the Pamlico County Historical Association is an exceedingly affordable and convivial one-day outing. This week, during a brief telephone interview, Brent Stowe (the museum’s jack-of-all-trades) issued an urgent plea: “Please sign up quickly! There are only 47 seats on our bus, and this event is first come, first served. Space is indeed limited.” Bear Grass Bus Line departs from the Grantsboro Town Hall at 7 am on Friday, June 2, bound for three in…

Kids’ Tent new feature at 2017 Fossil Festival

AURORA – This Memorial Day Weekend, there’s something for everyone in downtown Aurora. Let’s give some much-needed credit to Aurora resident Sandi Lilley. As an active member of the all-volunteer Festival planning committee, Lilley has been busy for months spearheading a new wrinkle for this year’s festivities. In a recent e-mail to this newspaper, Lilley’s enthusiasm almost bubbled off the computer screen. “I am so excited about the new children’s tent lineup of activities,” wrote Lilley. “When we began work on this idea, we really wanted the kids to have a fun and sa…

Wow! Teacher of the Year wins new Mitsubishi

NEW BERN – Congratulations to Lori Lynn Sanford, recently named Teacher of the Year for Craven County. Also, accolades to Riverside Mitsubishi for its generosity in awarding Sanford a new 2017 Outlander Sport Mitsubishi in recognition of her achievement. Above, Sanford takes the helm of her new ride during a presentation by dealership owner Dustin Tyson and Paul Stokes (known locally as ‘Mitsubishi Man’.) Below, Stokes ensures that Sanford’s new title is perfectly applied to the driver’s side door. In addition to his Mitsubishi dealership, Tyson – a young entrepreneur –…

Pamlico Christian Academy names new leader

GRANTSBORO — The Board of Directors of Pamlico Christian Academy, a faith-based community school that serves students from Preschool through 12th grade, recently announced that Jennifer Sanderson Alcock has been named their new Head of School. Mrs. Alcock brings years of experience in public relations, communications, leadership training and development, fundraising, and Christian counseling that will greatly benefit Pamlico Christian Academy students, families, staff and the surrounding community. Her passion and enthusiasm for seeing students and staff reach their…

Expert explains ‘Ransomware’

By Allen Miller CYBERSPACE — Anyone with a computer probably knows a new version of Ransomware — called WannaCry — wreaked havoc last week. Known as ‘malware,’ this insidious attack has affected approximately 200,000 computers in over 150 countries thus far. One surprising factoid is that the Ransomware may have been developed by our own National Security Agency, which leaked. Some believe the intentional dissemination was an “inside job”. Ransomware encrypts all the files on a computer. Unless you pay the ransom, your files are locked forever. Your pictur…
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