Monthly Archives: August 2017

Rabies reported

Area officials reported Tuesday a confirmed case of rabies. The Pamlico County Health Department and Pamlico County Animal Control said a fox captured in the area has tested positive for rabies. Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. Keep animals from roaming, and ensure that pets are current on vaccinations. If you have any questions, please call Animal…

Encore Performance by the Second Marine Aircraft Wing Band

On Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 at 7 pm. in Lou Mac Park of Oriental. Croaker Festival, Inc. is sponsoring this event after an overwhelming response from the public following their performance at this year’s festival. Mark your calendars and bring a lawn chair to enjoy this evening with the band. To help with the costs for providing a meal and operating costs, donations will be accepted and can be mailed to Croaker Festival, Inc., PO Box 1067, Oriental, N.C. 28571.…

Trump leaves for Texas

Today, President Trump and the First Lady will travel to Texas where they will meet with state and local leaders to discuss ongoing Federal support for Hurricane Harvey response and recovery. In Corpus Christi, they will receive a briefing on Hurricane Harvey relief efforts with local leadership and relief organizations. In the afternoon, the President and the First Lady will tour the Emergency Operations Center in Austin, Texas.…

PotashCorp-Aurora seeks qualified candidates at upcoming Career Fair

AURORA — PotashCorp-Aurora will hold a Career Fair on Saturday, September 30th at the Employee Center. The company will interview candidates, including women, minorities and Veterans to fill open positions and enroll in apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs. The September 30th event will be open for Veterans only from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and open to all job seekers, including Veterans, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Prior to attending the Career Fair,applicants must visit their local NCWorks Career Center to fill out a PotashCorp-Aurora job application. They must also…

‘Silent Sam’ latest Confederate statue to be targeted

CHAPEL HILL – Seen here in quieter times and a fixture on the UNC-CH campus since 1913, this statue was the focus Tuesday night for a crowd of college students and outside agitators, who clamored for its removal. Perhaps the rowdies were unaware that ‘Silent Sam’ was originally erected to commemorate all 321 Carolina students who died while fighting in the Civil War. According to legend, the nickname comes because the young soldier finds himself out of ammunition for his rifle.…

Haste makes waste! State legislature proposes bizarre, new House districts

County dangles on a thread, separated by vast stretches of open water from new legislative brethren ‘The birds in Pamlico County are well-represented,’ jokes Commissioner Delamar, ‘because they can fly!’ Long joined at the hip with Craven, Pamlico now forced into bed with unfamiliar faces in rush to obey court order BAYBORO – Pamlico County officials were livid Monday night after taking an early gander at new legislative maps – quickly drawn by the General Assembly – to comply with a federal court ruling that the GOP-dominated General Assembly implemented “unconstitutional racial gerry…

Interested in Genealogy?

GRANTSBORO — The Pamlico County Museum and Heritage Center will hold a volunteer training session on Thursday, August 24. This session is an orientation for volunteers who want to work in our Genealogy Room (Family History Center). It will cover the basics of what resources are available to assist our patrons and where volunteers may find them. It will also cover the cataloging of books and publications, pictures, etc. that are donated to the library as well as setting the volunteer schedule. The training will be held two times on the 24th, one session in the afternoon and one session at…

Myth or Reality? Earhart & Noonan forever linked in one of history’s greatest mysteries!

By Gordon Allison, Jr. | Copyright 2017 Part Six – The Final Installment As disclosed in Part 5 last week, navigator Fred Noonan possibly came back home under more than one identity. The U.S. government also tried to deter any hunt for Amelia Earhart My friend Major Joe Gervais (MJ), who co-authored the book ‘Amelia Earhart Lives,’ learned of two other women who were presented as ‘Irene Craigmile.’  Both of the women were pilots and supposedly knew Amelia. One of the Irene Craigmiles married Guy Bolam and lived next door to Jackie Cochran Odlum in New Jersey.  This is the woman who MJ beli…

Vandemere Boating Access receives national ‘Outstanding Project Award’

By Ron Christofferson, President States Organization for Boating Access PAMLICO COUNTY – Each year the States Organization for Boating Accesss (SOBA), based in Chicago, solicits nominations for outstanding boating access projects from our member states across America and its territories. The Vandemere Boating Access project – located in Pamlico County in eastern North Carolina – received such a nomination from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. This nomination was evaluated by the SOBA Executive Board using several criteria, including the use of sound engineerin…

Amelia Earhart – Fred Noonan, Pilot – Navigator: Forever linked in history?

By Gordon Allison, Jr. | Copyright 2017 Part Five of a series Editor’s note: Our thanks to local contributor, Gordon Allison Jr., for his exhaustive research documenting one plausible theory about the fate of Amelia Earhart after her fabled around-the-world flight went awry in July of 1937. In the 1970s, Allison befriended  Major Joe Gervais, who was co-author of a book titled ‘Amelia Earhart Lives.’ Doing additional research to tidy up this series, I learned that when the U.S. military assumed management of Earhart’s Around-the-World flight, changes were made to her airplane – facilit…

Dragon Boat races rock at River Dunes

RIVER DUNES – By any measure, spectators and paddlers enjoyed many competitive races during the Eighth Annual Oriental Dragon Boat Festival, though by late Saturday afternoon everyone left the grounds of River Dunes thoroughly wet and muddy. At 11 am Saturday – just prior to the fifth race – organizers called a halt to all on-the-water activities. Out of deference to lightning and thunder, everyone hunkered down, with many stealing an early lunch from one or more of four busy food vendors. Fortunately, after 35 minutes, the bad weather subsided, and races continued, albeit under dark, clou…

Groundbreaking & Unveiling Ceremony 205 First Street

The public is invited to attend the groundbreaking and unveiling ceremony for New Bern’s new workforce development training center. The event will be held on Tuesday, August 15th at 10 a.m. at the center located at 205 First Street. Refreshments will be served. The City of New Bern and Craven Community College learned in January that, as co-applicants, they had received a nearly $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) to transform one of the gateways into New Bern. The grant will be used to modify the City’s old electric generation p…

Parade of Teams & Opening Ceremony begin 9 am Saturday

HUNDREDS OF PADDLERS HEAD TO RIVER DUNES FOR EIGHTH ANNUAL COMPETITION! SPECTATORS FREE!  By Flora Moorman RIVER DUNES — This Festival, now in its eighth year, exemplifies the true ‘Spirit’ that it takes to make a ‘difference’ in our community. Separate events for charities, nonprofits, and other worthy organizations always cost money and effort to produce! The Oriental Dragon Boat Race & Festival exists to allow our teams – each supporting different causes – to raise funds without the burden of massive overhead! One example (and I will discuss others) of support is generated…

Amelia Earhart in July 1937 – Did she hang up before she could be traced?

By Gordon Allison, Jr. | Copyright 2017 Part Four of a series Editor’s Note: There have been ‘news’ items saying Major Joe Gervais (MJ) was discredited when McGraw-Hill removed his and Joe Klaas’ book from the shelves following a lawsuit by Irene Bolam. McGraw-Hill did that to cut their losses. No retraction statement was ever made! In 2000, the rights to Amelia Earhart Lives reverted to the authors, Joe Klaas and Joe Gervias. Gordon Allison Jr., the author of this series and a good friend of Gervais, has contacted the University of Texas (the repository for Gervais’ records) to request relea…

Pamlico Community College ranked No. 1

Campus tops list released by SmartAsset GRANTSBORO — Pamlico Community College has been ranked No.1 on SmartAsset’s list of the Best Community Colleges in the United States. smartasset.com/student-loans/best-community-colleges-2017 The list, released Aug. 9 by the New York-based personal finance technology company, places PCC in the top spot in the nation based on a review of 2015-16 federal data on 808 community colleges throughout America. PCC received exemplary scores for its graduation/transfer rate. A whopping 84 percent of PCC students either graduate or transfer t…