Yearly Archives: 2019

Hwy 70 between Raleigh & Morehead City destined to be Interstate

NEW BERN – The project in Craven County is 32 miles long and the upgrade to Interstate standards is expected to cost $25.5 million – round numbers that’s about $1 million per mile – give or take a few bucks! Part of the work happens Monday, Nov. 18, when a highway exit ramp in Craven County will close for about 12 hours Monday while N.C. Department of Transportation contract crews work to bring it up to interstate standards. Between 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. the U.S. 70 East exit ramp onto Clarks Road (where a rest area is located) will be closed. During the closure, NCDOT will add 1.5 inches of asphalt to the e…

Faith-based book offers amazing ‘back story’

HAVELOCK – Some things are just meant to be – even if  “15 years of life gets in the way,” which is the way Christian author and blogger Kim Rice Smith describes her reunification with illustrator Lela Cahoon McClanahan. “Our kids went to school together here in Havelock at Arthur Edwards Elementary,” recalled Kim, as she and Lela swapped memories during a recent interview. “Lela was the ‘artsy’ mom at the Girl Scout meetings, and at the time I was writing a regular ‘parenting’ column for the local newspaper. I had written a rough draft of the book, which were basically letters to my kids.” With a Ma…

TIME MARCHES ON!

BAYBORO – In recent years, some have called the old structure on Main Street an eyesore. Over the past six decades, the building has served the community in a number of different ways – most recently as side-by-side convenience store and hat/fashion shop. Wednesday, progress came in the form of a Farmville-based wrecking crew known as Farrior & Sons Construction. Pamlico Community Health Center, located next door, plans to use the site in order to expand its existing parking lot. Farewell, old friend! Going . . . Going . . . Gone!! View video of the demolition >>…

‘Country folks can survive!’ | Why rural areas support Trump

Editor’s note: We thank Crispin Sartwell of the Wall Street Journal and THE WEEK magazine for this news analysis. BACKWOODS USA – Why do struggling rural Americans “vote against their own interests?” asks Crispin Sartwell of the Wall Street Journal. Social-justice leftists have been asking this question for years, finding it unfathomable that “ignorant, manipulated rubes” in red states support Republicans like President Trump, instead of lining up behind Democrats who want to spend more money on food stamps, public housing, and other governmental assistance. Liberals blame this puz…

Car Fire Behind Courthouse

BAYBORO – A car fire behind the Courthouse in Bayboro rapidly escalated Monday afternoon while firefighters – who arrived promptly from Triangle Volunteer Fire Department – struggled to activate a pumper and attached hoses. First reported at 12:10 pm, flames and a plume of billowing black smoke grew worse and quickly threatened a nearby car and overhead power lines. At approximately 12:24 pm, emergency responders were able to thoroughly douse the fire with a powerful stream of water supplied by a thick fire hose. The car was not occupied, and no injuries were reported. CLICK HERE to see the C…

POST-FLORENCE FRAUD LEADS TO PRISON

BEAUFORT – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Carteret County Superior Court, JEROMY W. THOMAS, 41, of Newport, pled guilty and was sentenced on multiple felonies related to Hurricane Florence-related fraud and was received a prison sentence of 33 to 69 months. After his prison sentence, he will be on supervised probation for five years to pay full restitution. Superior Court Judge Paul Quinn presided over this term of court, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Ashley Eatmon. District Attorney Scott Thomas said, “After each natural disas…

Unusual write-in campaign in Town of Alliance likely wins mayoral post for young pastor!

ALLIANCE: Successful write-in campaigns – especially those with a laid-back style – are unusual in politics. Although the first peek at actual write-ins cast in the Alliance municipal election will not come until noon on Friday, Nov. 8, Matt Guthrie, 34, is cautiously optimistic that his last-minute efforts may have paid off. If Guthrie wins, he will have unseated local business owner Frank Willis, who has served in various capacities on the Alliance town board for decades. Efforts to reach Mr. Willis for comment on the municipal election were unsuccessful Wednesday afternoon. Guthrie,…

Convicted Felon Back in Jail After Probation Violation

ORIENTAL — On November 3rd, 2019, Deputies with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office assisted the North Carolina Probation and Parole Office with a Probation Compliance Check, in the Oriental Community. During the Compliance Check, a Firearm, with the serial number altered/removed was located inside the residence. As a result of the search, Antonio Rashon Quarles, 31, of Oriental was arrested and charged with one count of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and one count of Possession of a Firearm with an Altered/ Removed Serial Number. Quarles is currently on Post-Releas…

Compass search for ‘Great Deals’ | BUY 9, GET 10th FREE

AURORA – Mega airlines or large hotel chains are not the only businesses that reward loyal customers! Robbie Peele with Frank & Shirley’s displays the restaurant’s popular ‘punch card.’ Pick one up the next time you visit for dinner on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night. Get one punch for every dine-in purchase of either a 12-ounce Steak Dinner or Prime Rib Dinner. After nine punches, the 10th dinner is free! 2019 Frank & Shirley’s Restaurant Menu a[rel~="mtli_filesize2003kB"]:after {content:" (200.3 kB)"}…

Steamer bag for frozen broccoli prompts research on pesky chemical

By Gordon Allison | Technical Engineer Editor’s note:  Have a concern about the safety or effectiveness of a consumer product? Send an email to jeff@compassnews360.com and we will do our best to report on the item in a future issue. GRANTSBORO – Recently my wife Patty and I bought ‘steamer bags’ containing frozen broccoli at Food Lion. Noticing that the bag was somewhat stiffer than the usual frozen vegetable bags started me to thinking! Stiffer plastic could mean BPA (bisphenol A) was used to make it???  I made a phone call to Food Lion in Salisbury, NC, which yielded a letter from grocery suppl…