Monthly Archives: March 2018

‘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 the…

Fundraising luncheon, book signing set for River Dunes

RIVER DUNES – This Saturday, March 17, area resident Bruce Hartman — a seasoned executive with 30 years of success at Fortune 500 firms — will sign copies of his new book, ‘Jesus & Co. – Connecting the Lessons of The Gospel with Today’s Business World.’ The event, set for the River Dunes Harbor Club, begins at noon with a $25 per person luncheon. All proceeds are being donated to HeartWorks, a local nonprofit offering a variety of services for disadvantaged youngsters. In his book, Hartman offers a rare blend of strategic and tactical business acumen with Christian principles…

School’s historic bid for a dual 1-A State Championship falls short

All photos, compliments of County Compass sports reporter Christopher A. Davis                …

For seventh consecutive year, local yacht broker takes ‘Top Gun’ honors

NEW BERN — John Peterson, Certified Professional Yacht Broker with United Yacht Sales of the Carolinas, was recently named one of the ‘TOP GUNS’ for United Yacht Sales. Based in Stuart, Fla., United Yacht Sales has over 150 brokers throughout the US. John has been one of the TOP GUNS for the last seven years running. Over the course of 2017, United Yacht Sales of the Carolinas sold 101 boats worldwide and in North Carolina sold over $5.8 million in brokered boat sales. In a statement, Peter Schmidt CEO and President of United, said: “John continues to amaze the broker world with his c…

HURRICANES! Pamlico creates its own ‘March Madness’

Men’s & Women’s teams bound for Reynolds Coliseum in quest for Dual 1-A State Titles. Final win for each squad will make history! RALEIGH – This is the stuff of fairy tales. Over the past season, both squads have made big-time plays. Team leaders have stepped up, while even unlikely candidates have shown the right stuff. There have been squeakers, close games, contested calls, hours of practice, exasperated coaches, loyal fans, exciting come-from-behind finishes, with traditions always on the line. Through it all, both the men and women have demonstrated self-less 100 percent teamwo…

Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a woman and charged her with the murder of her husband

GRANTSBORO — On Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at approximately 1:50pm, Deputies with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office responded to 783 NC HWY 306 North in reference to a male subject that was suffering from a gunshot wound. Upon arrival deputies began an investigation and determined that the victim, Raymond E. Griffin (DOB- 7/17/1943), of the residence, died from an apparent gunshot to the chest. Deputies contacted the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations to assist in investigating the case. Deputies with the sheriff’s office and agents with the SBI conducted a search of t…

METH TRAFFICKER SENT TO PRISON

BAYBORO – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Pamlico Superior Court yesterday, JOEL PADILLA-GALVES, 49, who resided in Minnesott Beach, was convicted of trafficking in methamphetamine and was sent to prison for 70 to 93 months. The charge resulted from a joint operation conducted by the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. The investigators conducted two controlled purchases of methamphetamine from Padilla-Galves in a shopping center parking lot in Grantsboro. Police then obta…

Goodbye Aycock, Hello Graham! Statue for Evangelist? Sure!

But no need to knock out former Governor News Commentary RALEIGH – Yes, the good ole North State has embraced political correctness, like much of the nation. This week our Lieutenant Governor, Dan Forest, sent a letter (see Page A-15) to the Architect of the U.S. Capitol encouraging the process to begin for replacing the Governor Charles B. Aycock statue with that of the Reverend Billy Graham. The National Statuary Hall Collection in the United States Capitol is composed of statues donated by individual states to honor persons notable in their history. Limited to two statues per-state, the c…

21 criminal suspects were arrested and charged for use and distribution of illegal drugs

Over the past several weeks, The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office has been actively working several known drug dealers operating within our communities. During this operation, deputies conducted traffic stops, completed controlled purchases utilizing undercover agents, and conducted search warrants at residences that were involved in the use and distribution of illegal drugs. During the operation 21 criminal suspects were charged and several others are expected to be arrested in the coming days. Those arrested were: 1. Manuel Sawyer (11/30/1958) 219 Cowell Rd, Bayboro, NC Charge…