Monthly Archives: August 2017

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…

State-run prison in Bayboro reports assault on officer

BAYBORO – Tuesday, Aug. 8, investigators with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported assault on a Detention Officer at the Pamlico Correctional Institute. The facility — on Bay City Road just north of Bayboro — is a medium security, state-run prison. One officer was injured and transported to Carolina East Medial Center by ambulance for injuries sustained during the assault. The officer was reportedly assaulted by a single inmate. The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident and charges are pending. Further information regardin…

HEROIN TRAFFICKER CONVICTED, SENT TO PRISON

New Bern, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court today, JANUARY JONES, 41, of New Bern, was convicted on his guilty plea to charges arising out of his sale of heroin to informants working with the New Bern Police Department. Superior Court Judge R. Kent Harrell presided, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Chekesha Hukins. New Bern Police, using cooperating informants, conducted a series of controlled purchases of heroin from Jones in March and April, 2016, all of which took place at K&K Cuts bar…

PHARMACY THEFT LEADS TO PRISON SENTENCE

New Bern, North Carolina — District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court today, ERIC MICHAEL FARNHAM, 36, of New Bern, pled guilty to a series of charges arising out of his breaking into a pharmacy in New Bern, and was sentenced to prison. Superior Court Judge R. Kent Harrell presided, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Robert J. McAfee. On April 2, 2017, River Bend Police Chief Ryland Matthews stopped a Ford pickup truck just before midnight, because he saw that the driver was not wearing a seatbelt, and was trying to pu…

Powerhouse ‘Charlotte Fury’ commits to Aug. 12 Dragon Boat Race & Festival

RIVER DUNES – ‘Charlotte Fury’ – acknowledged to be one of the best Dragon Boat squads in the southeast – signaled this week they are headed to Oriental and to River Dunes for the Aug. 12 event. Known as a ‘club team,’ which practices throughout the year both on Lake Norman and in other venues, the Charlotte squad last participated in 2012. “This is great news,” said Festival organizer. “When a team of this caliber shows up, the level of competition increases. Our sincere appreciation to each and every one of the Charlotte Fury paddlers. These guys and gals are absolutely world class competitors.…

Thousands of rotting potatoes first thought to be sewer spill

Thick, black, smelly runoff fouls ditches near Vandemere HIGHWAY 304 NEAR VANDEMERE – Turns out a hasty and costly Saturday morning sewer line replacement in a ditch near Hollyville Trailer Park was not needed – although the error did not become evident until two days later. Monday morning a small army of trucks from Bay River Metropolitan Sewerage District returned to the site, where an extensive ‘bypass’ of a suspected leak had been performed just two days earlier. Much to the chagrin of Chris Venters, superintendent of the utility, and other staffers more of the ‘black water’ had returned…