Monthly Archives: March 2018

UNC President gets huge bonus on top of mega-salary

No wonder college kids need loans for sky-rocketing tuition By Kari Travis | Carolina Journal News Service WILMINGTON — On Friday, March 23, the Board of Governors for the 17-campus University of North Carolina system approved a $95,000 bonus for UNC President Margaret Spellings, roughly 12 percent of her $775,000 annual salary. The money will be released in split amounts, with $50,000 paid directly to Spellings, and the remaining $45,000 deposited into her retirement account. No one disputes that Spellings has stellar credentials. She served in the George W. Bush administratio…

Just 15 slots left in growing amateur baseball league

NEW BERN – Hey sports fans! Carve out some time on Sunday afternoons this spring and summer for good, old-fashioned local baseball – wood bats and hard balls! Now embarking upon its third year, the East Carolina Amateur Baseball League hopes to add an eighth team prior to Opening Day, scheduled for Kafer Park in New Bern on Sunday, April 8. If you, or anyone you know, would like to participate this season, please see ads on Page A-15 and Page A-21 of this newspaper. And, unlike the major leagues, spectators for every game are always admitted free! In a brief interview this week, league commissi…

Beaufort and Pamlico Counties: Join Congressman Walter B. Jones for an Access Live / Telephone Town Hall Event Wednesday Evening

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STEVENSON SENTENCED TO PRISON

NEW BERN – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, just prior to the beginning of jury selection for his trial, MICHAEL JENNON STEVENSON, 35, of New Bern, entered a guilty plea in Craven County Superior Court, and was sentenced to prison. Superior Court Judge John Nobles presided, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Robert McAfee. On October 19, 2015, Craven County Sheriff’s Investigator Josh Dowdy responded to a call for service to located Stevenson, who was wanted for failing to appear in court on earlier charges of Fleeing to Elude Arrest. Do…

UPDATE – Suspect has been identified and is in custody

Suspect has been identified and is in custody in the Onslow County Jail on unrelated charges.  The vehicle has also been recovered. He will face charges of larceny of a motor vehicle in Carteret County. Jack Joseph Pekkala II DOB 05/17/1989 Detectives need your help in identifying the man pictured above. The subject is wanted for questioning for larceny of a motor vehicle from North Shore Auto Sales in Cedar Point, NC. The subject may be operating a silver 2006 Silver Hyundai Tucson with a fictitious license plate. Anyone with information on the identity of this person is asked to contact Dete…

Assistance Needed in Suspect Identification

Detectives need your help in identifying the man pictured above. The subject is wanted for questioning for larceny of a motor vehicle from North Shore Auto Sales in Cedar Point, NC. The subject may be operating a silver 2006 Silver Hyundai Tucson with a fictitious license plate. Anyone with information on the identity of this person is asked to contact Detective Derek Moore, Carteret County Sheriff’s Office, (252) 726-1911 or call Carteret County Crime Stoppers at (252) 726-INFO (4636). You do not have to give your name to be eligible for a cash reward. You can email your tip to CrimeTips@ca…

‘Ban assault weapons,’ say 200 who rally at Courthouse

Bayboro protest one of many across nation Saturday morning  …

County employee re-appointed to prestigious state board

PAMLICO COUNTY – In a ceremony Monday night, Ed Riggs, Jr., chairman of the County Commission, administered the Oath of Office to Melanie Campen, who is well-regarded at the state level for her credentials as an Environmental Health Specialist. Campen has served for the past four years on a governor-appointed board that regulates the industry. “It is an honor to be re-appointed for a second term to the North Carolina State Board of Registered Environmental Health Specialist Examiners,” said Campen in a written state. “It is a privilege to represent Eastern North Carolina as well a…

‘Video Visitation’ requires mega $$$

County jail forced to upgrade system   BAYBORO – No county official in his or her right mind wants to do anything that might jeopardize the cool $1 million-plus that Uncle Sam pays every year to reimburse the Pamlico County Jail for the temporary care and feeding of inmates charged with Federal crimes. So, when Pamlico County Sheriff Chris Davis (who oversees the jail in addition to his law enforcement duties) asked the County Commissioners on Monday night for a whopping $83,907 to install a state-of-the-art video visitation system, the board swallowed hard, unanimously approving t…

‘Video Visitation’ requires mega $$$

County jail forced to upgrade system   BAYBORO – No county official in his or her right mind wants to do anything that might jeopardize the cool $1 million-plus that Uncle Sam pays every year to reimburse the Pamlico County Jail for the temporary care and feeding of inmates charged with Federal crimes. So, when Pamlico County Sheriff Chris Davis (who oversees the jail in addition to his law enforcement duties) asked the County Commissioners on Monday night for a whopping $83,907 to install a state-of-the-art video visitation system, the board swallowed hard, unanimously approving t…
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