Monthly Archives: May 2018

Report released on Saturday night fire

\ For Immediate Release May 191 2018 Re: Pamlico County Structure Fire At 19:42 hours, Pamlico County Sheriff’s Communications received multiple 911 calls reporting a fire at 10766 NC Hwy 55 in Grantsboro (Pamlico County Habitat for Humanity Rest or e). At 19:45 hours, Grantsboro-Silverhill Fire Department arrived on the scene and advised of Smoke Showing/Working Fire and requested additional resources. Fire crews were met with heavy fire and smoke conditions and were able to control and extinguish the blaze with minimal effects to adjoined structures (Piggly Wiggly). The fire…

Born in woman’s hands, peacock has unique story

Pat was lucky to emerge, strong and healthy, in September of last year. By Lisanne Erickson Pat naturally assumes that Lisanne is the mother peacock. ORIENTAL — Spring is here and along with it, warmer weather, longer days and new beginnings. It’s an exciting time of the year because this is the start of mating season for our “peacocks.” The males have been busy showcasing their bright colors and fanning their tail feathers to impress the peahens (females) and anything else! At times it can be tricky for the males to maintain their showy display, such as during the high wind gus…

Piggly Wiggly set to re-open at 7 am. Monday

GRANTSBORO — Piggly Wiggly has been cleared to open its doors at 7 am Monday morning, having been closed for just a single day after a Saturday night fire in an adjacent business — located in a separate, non-grocery area of the large building. Smoke produced by a fire at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store prompted the one-day closure. Discovered about 7:45 pm Saturday, the alarm triggered a massive response from almost all of the county’s nine volunteer fire departments. Sunday, staffers and cleaning contractors worked tirelessly — under the supervision of Health…

Darth Vader or White Knight?

By-the-book Health Director has friends, foes BAYBORO — On the job less than 18 months — in a post that has seen a revolving door of occupants over the past decade — Pamlico County Health Director Scott Lenhart told his eleven-member advisory board Monday night that he expects an attempt by the County Commissioners to drastically cut funding for his department for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. “They can’t control me. They can’t control this board. So they are going to try and control us through our funding,” complained Lenhart, who l…

Marine Fisheries Commission to meet May 16 & 17

Regulators may vote on new gear required for shrimp trawls In January of 2017, prior to a similar Marine Fisheries Commission meeting, dozens of fishing trawlers showed up in the Neuse River as a way to protest proposed new rules. NEW BERN — The appointed nine-member board responsible for regulating the state’s commercial fishing industry convenes at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, with another session scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, 17. Everything happens at the DoubleTree Hotel, adjacent to the Riverfront Convention Center in downtown New Bern. A public comment period wi…

Kimberly Rossi arrested on numerous drug charges

On Thursday, May 10, 2018, Pamlico County Deputies arrested Kimberly Rossi on numerous drug charges. Kimberly Rossi showed up at the Pamlico County Detention Facility to visit an inmate. While sitting in the lobby of the sheriff’s office, deputies realized that Rossi had an outstanding warrant. When deputies approached Rossi and told her she was under arrest, Rossi pulled a pill bottle out of her pocket and handed it to a juvenile that was with her. Deputies discovered that the pill bottle contained numerous different types of controlled medication in the same bottle. Rossi was arrested…

FOSSIL FESTIVAL Set for May 25 & 26 in Aurora. See Section B for lineup!

Suspense builds for mega-celebrations! AURORA — There are actually two celebrations planned for Memorial Day weekend — the 25th Year of the Fossil Festival and the 40th Birthday of the Fossil Museum. The museum’s executive director is Cindy Crane. She is a lovely young woman, but you’d never know it from the this photo where she exhibits a menacing stare behind a MASSIVE shark tooth. The amazing fossilized tooth is from the giant white shark C. megalodon, estimated to have been 58 feet long! This valuable relic, donated by Mark Bennett, was discovered years ago in t…

Incumbents reign supreme (Except for GOP House District 06)

EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA — Incumbency manifested itself in spades this election season! Our area’s most prominent incumbent is certainly Republican Walter B. Jones of the Third Congressional District, who held off a determined, well funded, and hard-hitting challenge from Craven County Commissioner Scott Dacey. A third GOP candidate, Phil Law — who also ran against Jones in the 2016 GOP primary — apparently made Dacey’s task more difficult, siphoning enough of the anti-Jones vote to edge into a surprising second place finish. Nor did the abysmal turnou…

Activity Bus Involved in Accident

Several Students Received Minor Injuries ARAPAHOE — At approximately 8:40 a.m., a Pamlico County Schools activity bus was involved in a single vehicle accident. The accident occurred on highway 306 south, just north of Arapahoe. The activity bus was transporting 5th graders from Fred A. Anderson Elementary School to Minnesott Golf and Country Club to participate in The First Tee program. The reason for the accident was related to an issue with the left rear tires; however, the cause of the issue is unknown at this time. The Pamlico County Schools transportation department is invest…

Two more arrests in Pamlico cocaine bust

On Monday, May 8th, 2018, Investigators charged and arrested Reginald Antonie Gilliam and Keith Levonne Gilliam, both of 1436 Pamlico Road, Oriental NC. Their arrest stems from investigators making controlled purchases of cocaine from both suspects on numerous occasions in the past 5 months. During the controlled purchases, both Keith and Reginald would travel to 1240 Pamlico Road (the location of the search warrant and arrest of Lionel Hatch last week) and pick up quantities of cocaine. As a result of the investigation, they were charged with the following crimes: Keith Levonne Gillia…
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