Monthly Archives: August 2017

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…

Fire in Reelsboro requires aid from all of county’s volunteer fire departments

REELSBORO – A residential fire Tuesday afternoon at 5152 Highway 55 in Reelsboro triggered a massive response. At one point, all of Pamlico County’s nine volunteer fire departments were on the scene – including more than 20 emergency vehicles and approximately 40 firefighters. One middle-aged white male – with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries – was transported by the Pamlico County Rescue Squad to Carolina East Medical Center. At the 40-minute mark of the response (which began at approximately 1 p.m.) officials also summoned a second ambulance when one of the firefighte…

‘Fight Like Mad’ Dragon Boat returns

Cancer Survivor Team from Charleston epitomizes spirit of Aug. 12 Festival RIVER DUNES — Dragon Boat Charleston’s All Cancer Survivor Team, ‘Fight Like Mad’ returns this year to the Annual Oriental Dragon Boat Race and Festival scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 12 at Grace Harbor Marina. “We are paddling in honor of a dear member who is battling cancer with grace and ferocity,” said team spokesman Meagan Labriola. “She is a true survivor, just like all of the paddlers in this boat. There are new members and some veteran paddlers who will give it their all at the race in Oriental. We have…
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