Monthly Archives: October 2018

Time has come to consider hurricane resistant roofs !

By Wanda Naylor, College of Business | East Carolina University AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE FLORENCE – We all saw the footage of recent hurricane ravished areas. Did you wonder why some houses were left standing and others were not? Why was your roof damaged and not your neighbors? In light of the recent storms and catastrophic damage to many of the houses in eastern North Carolina, it may be time to take a look at how we can fortify our roofing structures. Once a roofing system fails in any storm, water will damage the structure below it and it only takes inches to become a catastrophic loss. Insuranc…

Skeletal remains recovered from Peletier

CARTERET COUNTY — Carteret County Deputies are investigating the remains of a skeleton found by deer hunters early on 10/27/2018. The remains were found in a heavily wooded area between Winsett Lane and Peletier Loop Road, Peletier, NC. Detectives and a county medical examiner processed the scene and collected the remains Saturday morning. At the current time the remains are unable to be identified and investigators are unable to say if the skeleton is a male or female. Detectives have made contact with both the families of Kristen Bennett and Linwood Sanders who are currently the on…

Forum this Tuesday

By Carol Aluzzo | Carolina Colours NEW BERN – Sen. Norman Sanderson (R), Dr. Ginger Garner (D), and Tim Harris (L) are all running for the NC State Senate seat in District 2, which encompasses Pamlico, Craven, and Carteret counties. Learn more about these candidates before casting your vote. All three candidates will be answering questions of local interest at a free event taking place from 7-9 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the Carolina Colours Golf Club Pavilion ballroom, 3300 Waterscape Way in New Bern. Nelson McDaniel, a native of eastern North Carolina with a life-long record of civic activi…

Witches Crawl One frightful sight!

ORIENTAL – The ‘Witches of Oriental’ – a truly scary bunch of usually mild-mannered ladies – will be crawling (?) between restaurants on Saturday, Oct. 27. Their mission? Funds for the upkeep and maintenance of several Graveyards in town! “Coming to your favorite restaurant this Saturday, folks can experience some incredible entertainment, as the Witches of Oriental will ‘come alive’ with amazing moves of dance,” explained Pat Dixon. Chances are that you will encounter them almost everywhere, but here is the semi-official ‘Crawl’ schedule: * Begin at Brantey&…

Habitat for Humanity receives $16,000

RALEIGH – Tuesday, at the North Carolina State Fair, State Treasurer Dale R. Folwell, CPA presented Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina with a check totaling $16,444.71 from the state’s unclaimed property fund. The money was owed to Habitat for Humanity’s Pamlico County affiliate, which is recovering from a fire at the same time it is helping victims of Hurricane Florence. “We are pleased to connect Habitat for Humanity of Pamlico County with this significant amount of unclaimed property at a time when they need it most. While they help hurricane victims recover, they are also r…

‘MUCK OUT’ COMPLETE Middle School still needs major work

STONEWALL – No reprieve yet for the sixth, seventh, and eighth graders of Pamlico Middle School, who will continue classes just a mile away at Pamlico Primary, next to K thru 2 youngsters. School Superintendent Lisa Jackson and Middle School Principal Jeremy Johnson both told the Board of Education Tuesday morning that “it will happen again” – a reference to the hurricane-induced floods that have ravaged the large building and campus two times in the last seven years! Although rumblings about a “new building” at a “new location” were heard during a far-reaching session…

FEMA denies Pamlico’s request for temporary housing

Officials appeal controversial decision BAYBORO – Tim Buck, manager of Pamlico County, told elected officials Monday night that the Federal Emergency Management Administration has refused his initial plea for some type of temporary housing in the wake of Hurricane Florence. “FEMA says they are not getting the number of requests that they need,” explained Buck. “They told us that only 29 responses (for temporary housing) had come in, and some of their people checked a website – that I am not familiar with – and it came back reporting that there are 40 rental units available in ou…

HEROIN DEALER BRYANT SENT TO PRISON, 10 TO 14 YEARS

NEW BERN – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court last week, DAVONDEVISH CALAH BRYANT, 38, of Vanceboro, pled guilty to multiple felony charges involving possession and distribution of heroin and fentanyl, and was sentenced to a prison term of approximately 10 to 14 years. Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Foster presided over this term of court, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Chekesha Hukins. The charges arose out of three separate investigations. First, an undercover informant working with the Craven Count…

THIGPEN GUILTY IN COVAIR FROST MURDER

NEW BERN — District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court yesterday, QUENTIN THIGPEN, 22, of New Bern, pled guilty to the murder of Covair Frost in April, 2015. Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Foster presided over this term of court, and the case was prosecuted in court by Mr. Thomas and Assistant District Attorney Karen Hobbs. The victim, Mr. Frost, was shot six times as he stepped outside his girlfriend’s apartment in the Craven Terrace community on April 20, 2015. Thigpen was identified as the shooter at the scene, and New Bern Police captured Thigpen…

BALLANCE GUILTY OF SUMMER SWINDELL MURDER

NEW BERN  — District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court yesterday, MICHAEL WAYNE BALLANCE, II, 30, of Havelock, pled guilty to the murder of his ex-wife, Summer Dawn Swindell, in April, 2015. The case was scheduled for trial before the guilty plea was entered. Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Foster presided over this term of court, and the case was prosecuted in court by Mr. Thomas, and Assistant District Attorneys Karen Hobbs and Robert McAfee. Summer Swindell, who was 22 years old at the time of her death and who resided in Havelock, disappeared from…
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