Monthly Archives: September 2017

Grand Opening set for new business

ALLIANCE — This past spring, Debbie Toler took a leap of faith from being a heavy equipment operator at PotashCorp-Aurora to becoming the owner and operator of Pamlico Antiques & Design. Debbie creates home furnishings from reclaimed wood, but could not find a venue to sell her wares. As she talked to other local residents, she realized that she was not alone. On June 15, as she opened the doors, she fulfilled the niche not only for herself, but also for others in Pamlico County. Pamlico Antiques & Design offers about 20 vendor spaces featuring an eclectic mix of antiques, vintag…

‘Franklin-stein’ auction set for Saturday

  NEW BERN – Bill Franklin, owner of Franklin Auction House in downtown New Bern, may feel like one of Halloween’s scariest monsters! He’s still in the midst of unloading a massive truckload of assorted paraphernalia. “This Saturday will be one of the most entertaining auctions that we will have conducted EVER,” said Franklin, during a break from categorizing thousands of items. Costumes of all types are already on sale at drastically reduced prices – then at 5:30 p.m on Saturday everything becomes auction items.  Hundreds of Costumes!…

State’s efforts at tax reform can set example for nation

By Thom Tillis, U.S Senator (R-NC) WASHINGTON, DC — As President Trump and Congress work on America’s first major tax reform in decades, Democrats are already claiming the GOP plan will bury the middle class and tank the economy. These are old talking points, and false. To get a sense of what a successful tax reform can do, look no further than my state, North Carolina. In 2013, when I was speaker of the state House, North Carolina passed a serious tax-reform package. It was based on three simple principles: simplify the tax code, lower rates, and broaden the base. We replaced the progres…

Restoration Extension for Historic Train Depot

NEW BERN — Tuesday night, the Board of Aldermen received a report from the city manager informing them that North Carolina Railroad has verbally committed to a contract extension to the license agreement for restoration of the Union Station Train Depot located at the intersection of Queen and Pasteur streets. Norfolk Southern Railroad will also have to approve the agreement. The contract extension will allow for the New Bern Preservation Foundation and the City of New Bern to move forward with an additional phase of the restoration project totaling $205,938. The partnership betwe…

Martin Marietta Park in New Bern

NEW BERN — Tuesday night, the City of New Bern Board of Aldermen directed the city manager to move forward with finalizing a land donation agreement that will result in the City’s largest ever park. Martin Marietta, the current owner of approximately 55 acres along S. Glenburnie Road (across from the NCDOT Bridge Maintenance office and formerly used as a rock quarry), presented the City with a proposal earlier this month to donate the land under recommended usage. City Manager Mark Stephens sought direction from the Board on the matter, Item 6 on Tuesday’s agenda, and presented th…

THIS IS NOT FAKE NEWS !!

Accused man first claims to be an ‘agricultural product’ Later flees, then convicted in absentia — surfaces disguised as a woman BEAUFORT, N.C. — Jerry Wayne Willis, 44, of Morehead City, has been sentenced to prison for several criminal charges. On Sept. 12, Willis was convicted in absentia by a jury in Carteret County, on multiple counts: Willis was for Selling Methamphetamine, Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Methamphetamine, Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Heroin, Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Suboxone, and Possession of a Firearm by a…

Pamlico County Sheriff arrests one on drug charges

On Friday, September 22, 2017, Investigators with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 817 Chair Road in Reelsboro, NC. Over the past several weeks, Investigators conducted controlled purchases of heroin from the residence on numerous occasions. Investigators also witnessed several drug transactions occur on the property of 817 Chair Road. During most of these transactions, children were located in the yard or in the residence at the time drugs were sold. This investigation stems from complaints from citizens in the area stating there was high volume, sh…

Pamlico Writers Group to host romance author Reese Ryan

By Gloria Loftin WASHINGTON, NC – The Pamlico Writers Group is proud to host romance writer, Reese Ryan, who will be giving a two-part workshop, “Building Believable Characters and Creating Functioning, Yet Compelling Secondary Characters,” at the Turnage Theater on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To register for the workshop, go to www.pamlicowritersgroup.org Events Calendar. Early registration is $35 for members and $40 for non-members. For payments at the door, please expect a modest $5 surcharge. Ms. Ryan is the author of the Pleasure Cove Series: Playing with T…

Chokoloskee or Bust!!! Church group heads to Florida for Irma relief

GRANTSBORO – Three dual-axle pickup trucks – each hauling massive trailers brimming with relief supplies – left the parking lot of New Life Praise and Worship Church Sunday afternoon, bound for the small Everglades fishing village of Chokoloskee. Six men and one woman – Helena Mayo who was born in Marathon, a town in the Florida Keys – departed for the 16-plus hour trip, all optimistic that they could help with the rebuild and re-supply efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma. In addition to food, bottled water, and a variety of needed items, the men each packed hammers, saws, and other…

Drug Trafficker slapped with $1 million bail

On 9/18/2017, the Craven County Drug Unit arrested Michael Devon Tripp, dob- 11/17/1987. The arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation into narcotics violations with special emphasis on heroin trafficking in Craven County. Tripp was indicted by a Grand Jury in Craven County on charges of level II Trafficking Opium or Heroin. Tripp was arrested at his residence located at 8450 US Hwy 17 N. Vanceboro, N.C. Tripp is being held in the Craven County Jail under a $1,000,000.00 bond (1 million) This investigation is ongoing with other charges and arrests are expected.…
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