Yearly Archives: 2019

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A Pamlico County native who has spent his career taking care of the community and helping it thrive is the newest member of the Pamlico Community College Board of Trustees. TW Harris, 40, was recently appointed as a Trustee by the Pamlico County Board of Commissioners. Harris currently works as captain of the always-busy Pamlico County Rescue Squad. He also serves on the Grantsboro Town Council. Harris said he looks forward to learning more about the college, including looking for additional ways it can help Pamlico County grow and develop. “I’m just really eager to learn what I can do to bette…

Motorists startled by ‘wolf-packing’

HWY 55 BETWEEN JAMES CITY & GRANTSBORO – Two law-and-order type sheriffs – Chris Davis of Pamlico and Chip Hughes of Craven – combined the might and muscle of their respective departments on Tuesday for a full-fledged traffic canvas, involving approximately 16 separate vehicles, and even more officers – a practice known in law enforcement circles as ‘wolf-packing.’ “This is part of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program,” explained Davis in a brief telephone interview. “We coordinated our efforts with those of Craven to do a series of live patrols, primarily along Highway 55 between J…

Read Trump’s six-page letter

Excerpts: “The Articles of Impeachment introduced by the House Judiciary Committee are not recognizable under any standard of Constitutional theory, interpretation, or jurisprudence. They include no crimes, no misdemeanors, and no offenses whatsoever.” “Speaker Pelosi, you admitted just last week at a public forum that your party’s impeachment effort has been going on for ‘two and a half years,’ long before you ever heard about a phone call with Ukraine.” “Before the Impeachment Hoax, it was the Russian Witch Hunt.” “You are the ones interfering in America’s elections. You are the one…

Shots fired in Monday’s high speed drug chase

PAMLICO COUNTY – On Monday, December 9th, 2019, Deputies with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged Kenneth Franklin Hill, Jr. with multiple drug and motor vehicle violations as a result of a high-speed chase. Over the past several months the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office has investigated Hill for his involvement in the use and distribution of Methamphetamines in Eastern North Carolina. At approximately 3:30 pm, Deputies noticed Hill operating a 2011 Buick Regal on NC Hwy 55 East near the Craven/Pamlico County line. When deputies attempted to stop Hill, he refused t…

Find a younger you among these old photos?

BAYBORO – A multitude of images from the deep, dark archives of the Pamlico County School System have been entrusted to Gladys Wright of Daily Bread Christian Bookstore. “Why not stop by our store to see if you can find yourself,” suggests Gladys. “There is no charge for you looking, and no charge for your finding the perfect you!” Recently, local resident Trey Stewart, now 24, discovered a familiar young fellow, looking sharp in his baseball uniform. And, more often than not, the County Compass will also feature some of these long-forgotten memories of a bygone era!…

Duke Marine Lab launches new research vessel

TOWN OF BEAUFORT – In 2017, Duke University received an $11 million gift to support the construction and operation of a new research vessel for the Duke University Marine Lab. The goals were to design a research vessel that would enhance the education and research activities of the Marine Lab, strengthen community outreach, and support collaborations in academia and the ocean science research community. The R/V Cape Hatteras (135’) was retired in 2012 and the R/V Susan Hudson (50’) was retired in 2014 – both, after decades of service. The Duke University Marine Lab has two smaller research v…

FREE! Saturday Dinners

BAYBORO – For the past year and a half, this unique spot – officially known as the Outreach Center of Pamlico Lighthouse – has been hosting a complimentary Saturday evening meal for all comers! Everyone is welcome – while supplies last. The event, which organizers describe as a family setting, starts every Saturday at 6 pm and is easy to find – directly across from the big blue water tower at the corner of Mill Pond Road and Third Street, just north of the Bayboro Courthouse. For more information, call (252) 249-2556.…

Time to refuel with Rewards!

ALLIANCE – Handy Mart, celebrating Birthday 100 during 2019, offers a Rewards Card that really resonates with area motorists. Displayed here by manager Antoinette McCullon, the card’s biggest enticement is ‘three cents off every gallon, all day every day.’ The customer-friendly company describes its program as ‘Fast, Free & Simple!’ Don’t forget – on your birthday your first 15 gallons of fuel is just 19 cents per gallon. And, of course, everyone loves the popular ‘Buy 8 Get 9th Free’ for coffee and fountain drinks. Sign up today at any Handy Mart Store.…

Our Congressman lambastes Democrats!

‘Tend to business of people’ urges Murphy WASHINGTON, DC – Republican Greg Murphy, who represents this area in the U.S. House, voted Tuesday against a measure known as the stop gap funding bill. His statement follows: “The House of Representatives passed this year’s second Continuing Resolution. I voted against it. The Democratic majority prefers to try to reverse the result of the 2016 presidential election rather than actually legislate and tend to the business of the people. In addition, this comprehensive legislation was introduced less than 24 hours prior to coming up for a vote. It’…

‘Frosty the Snowman’ (and other trees) set for holiday auction Saturday

BAYBORO – You will love this!! Please don’t miss it. Everyone is welcome! Scheduled for the Pamlico County Library from 3 until 5 this Saturday, local businesses have gone bonkers with their entries for the ‘Storybook Christmas Tree Auction.’ Winning bids for the nine trees go toward funding for the Children’s Library. Not only do you receive a fully decorated tree, but each one also comes with the holiday-themed book that inspired the decorations. Special appreciation to the Pamlico County Arts Council for spearheading this amazing effort!!…

County welcomes new property tax administrator

BAYBORO – Her new job comes with heavy responsibility but Leslie Young, born and raised in the deep South, welcomes the challenge – and brings sound credentials with her. In the adjacent photo, Young takes the oath of office from Pamlico County Commission chairman, Paul Delamar III, as commissioners Ed Riggs Jr., Pat Prescott, and Carl Ollison look on. Young is a 1992 graduate from the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg. Her most recent stint in property tax administration came for Spartanburg County from 2014 to 2019 where she was employed as an appraiser for residential and commer…

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…
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