Yearly Archives: 2018

Yes, Vanceboro siblings, there is a Santa Claus!

Every year, there are people who go without during the holidays. With it being the season of giving, Chief James Jenkins Jr. (right) and the rest of the Vanceboro Police Department used an anonymous donation to make sure that one less family goes without during the holidays. Chief Jenkins, with the help of Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary, selected a family in need. Officer Michael Anthony (left) took time during his days off to pick out the perfect gifts and wrap them for the family. This year Anna Paxson, Mason Paxson and Gavin Paxson received gifts on behalf of the Vanceboro Police Department.…

USA losing ground in ‘Tech War’ — 5G rollout obliterates states’ rights

By Rick Happ | News Analysis The building blocks of the next Internet age are 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and perhaps most significant, Quantum Computing.  Although Quantum Computers/Software are in the infantile stage, I suspect dramatic announcements within the next decade.  Existing computers are mathematically binary, that is, they work with two states, either a digital ‘1’ or a digital ‘0.’  This is quite simple when compared to the mathematics of a Quantum Computer. A Quantum Computer is mathematically formulated in ‘qubits’ defined within a ‘Hilbert Space’ (which if I ful…

First time author explains motivation

‘Executive Order 14900’ book signing set for New Year’s Eve! By Gary Keel ORIENTAL – Sometimes I’m asked why I began writing— I appreciate the question because as a retiree from the financial world with no literary background, I am such an unlikely author. I once heard that successful people are those who do difficult things that others can do, but won’t. In my case, I was led to write while recovering from a brief illness. Between EKGs, MRIs, and other tests, I laid in a hospital bed for five days listening to endless news coverage of the Arab Spring. Egypt and Libya were in turmoil and govern…

DRUG TRAFFICKER SENT TO PRISON

NEW BERN – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court last week, JOSEPH M. FARMER, 33, of Newport, entered guilty pleas to a series of felony drug offenses, and was sentenced to a mandatory prison sentence. Resident Superior Court Judge Josh Willey presided, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Chekesha Hukins. In January, 2018, Havelock Police Department officers had outstanding arrest warrants for two persons – Savannah Fletcher and Edward Montague. Police received information that the two were staying at a hotel i…

CHECKPOINT RESULTS IN FELONY MARIJUANA CONVICTION

NEW BERN – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court last week, JOSEPH CORNELIUS HARGETT, 40, of Trenton, entered a guilty plea to felony charges arising out of his possession of marijuana. Resident Superior Court Judge Josh Willey presided over this term of court, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Chekesha Hukins. On June 24, 2016, the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agency, aided by local officers, were conducting a traffic checkpoint in Craven County. Hargett, the sole occupant of his vehicle, tried to av…

Top official explains proposed change for Health Dept.

By Paul Delamar III Editor’s note: Mr. Delamar serves as chairman of the Pamlico County Board of Commissioners. At the request of this newspaper, he has submitted the following opinion piece, explaining his position on a proposed change to the governance of the local Health Department. BAYBORO – The Pamlico County Health Department has been the focus of recent attention from the public and the board of commissioners, most of it critical. As a county commissioner, it is my hope to provide some clarity to the situation, while addressing some concerns people have expressed to me about the depar…

Eagle Scout candidate tackles project

PAMLICO COUNTY – “To build and maintain U.S. Flag Retirement Boxes” is the way that Luke Prescott, 16, describes his Eagle Scout Project – an ambitious effort that is well underway. Seen here with Beth Posta, Vice President and City Executive of the State Employees Credit Union in Grantsboro, Luke has also secured three other high-traffic locations: Oriental Marina & Inn, Bayboro Courthouse, and Bethany Christian Church in Arapahoe. When your beloved flag becomes tattered and torn, fold it properly and deposit in one of Luke’s beautiful, handcrafted, solid wood receiving stations.…

U.S. Highway 70 in Kinston Open to Traffic — One lane will remain closed while crews fix bridge railing

KINSTON – The U.S. 70 bridge in Kinston is open to traffic after crews deemed it safe for drivers. A crash involving a tractor trailer that went through a bridge rail barrier along the westbound lanes and into the Neuse River happened around 4 a.m. Sunday, closing the highway. Crews were able to remove the truck from the river this morning and reopen the highway to traffic. An underwater inspection of the bridge showed there is no structural damage and it is safe for traffic. The crash did damage the bridge railing. While crews work to fix it, the westbound left lane will be closed. The repair is expe…

LOOK OUT! HERE COME ‘SMART METERS’

Editor’s note: Judi Wills of Alliance was featured in this newspaper’s nine-part series, which examined the huge increase in wireless radiation, and its possible negative health effects. Here, she expresses concern over Smart Meters soon to be installed throughout the service area of Duke Energy Progress. NORTH CAROLINA – This letter is a follow-up regarding a series of articles you published a few months ago regarding Duke Energy and the Smart Meters. I recently received a notice from Duke Energy stating that installation of the meters will begin in a few weeks in our area. If I remember co…

Pamlico County Storm Debris Notice

For County designated roads (municipal & private), January 1, 2019 is the deadline for citizens to move storm debris to the right of way. Insulation should be placed in clear plastic bags. Vegetative and construction and demolition debris must be separated. Large trees should be cut in 10-12-foot sections. If you have any questions, you may call Pamlico County Administrative Office at (252) 745-3133.…

HEROIN TRAFFICKING LEADS TO PRISON

NEW BERN – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court yesterday, EDWARD EARL HARPER, 40, of New Bern, entered a guilty plea to trafficking in heroin and opium prior to his case being called for trial, and was sentenced to a prison term of 70 to 93 months. Superior Court Judge Tanya Wallace presided over this term of court, and the case was prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Chekesha Hukins. Members of the CNET team (Coastal Narcotics Enforcement Team) were assisting probation officers with searches of residences of persons who were on proba…

OPIATE TRAFFICKER SENT TO PRISON

BAYBORO – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Pamlico County Superior Court on November 15, VERNON ARTHUR MILLER, 46, of Grantsboro, pled guilty to trafficking in oxycodone, a prescription opiate painkiller, and was sentenced to 70 to 93 months in prison. Superior Court Judge Imelda Pate presided over this term of court, and the case was prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Christy Hawkins. The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division received information from a confidential informant that Miller was going to purchase oxycodone illegally. Inve…

‘Way cool’ key to success for toy guru — Save some Lava Lamps for grownup kids!

NEW BERN – Christmas shoppers who pop into Snap Dragon, a specialty toy retailer in downtown New Bern, will be hard-pressed to find the faddish, mass-marketed, and licensed children’s gifts that are the stock in trade for most of today’s big box stores. AND, THANK GOODNESS FOR THAT!!! After 22 years, Heather SinClair of Snap Dragon has carved out a remarkable niche in the toy biz. She knows the industry well. Most of her store is ‘sectioned-off’ to help customers find age-appropriate items. She encourages ‘creative play’ – citing “craft kits, science kits, pull toys for small children, dress…

Version of ancient weapon nets first Black Bear!

Editor’s note: Tony Reaves and his wife Wanda of South Boston, Virginia recently visited Pamlico County for some hunting, armed with a hybrid weapon known as the Elite Sling Bow. For the benefit of non-hunters among the County Compass readership, we have asked Tony to add some details about ‘still hunting,’ which were not in his original report. We thank Tony and Wanda for this fascinating account. By Tony Reaves PAMLICO COUNTY – Wanda and I have been coming to the Oriental area for the past three years. We hunt with Greg Voliva, owner of Four Seasons Guide Service. We have enjoyed all of our trips…

Two environmental groups sue Duke Energy

Watchdogs accuse utility behemoth of ‘influence spending” DURHAM – NC WARN, a North Carolina climate justice watchdog, and Friends of the Earth, a leading environmental organization based in Washington, D.C. began legal action Wednesday to ban what the groups allege is pervasive influence spending by Duke Energy. The case has national ramifications for climate change, electricity rates and corporate control over government and civic leaders. The groups say Duke Energy uses more than $80 million annually in the Carolinas – originating from customers – to mislead the public and decisi…