Monthly Archives: January 2019

Elevator takes back seat to drainage

Stormwater fee bites dust during New Bern ‘retreat’ NEW BERN – ‘Year of the Elevator!’  has been the cry of Mayor Dana Outlaw, as this town heads into its budget-planning process for the coming fiscal year.  That steep, winding staircase to the second floor of historic City Hall (where most Board of Aldermen meetings are held) unquestionably impedes citizen attendance! Discussion of a possible design for a City Hall elevator certainly got plenty of attention during the Board’s annual retreat. However, based upon the city officials’ tough decisions on Saturday, it looks like 2019 may well s…

Pamlico Chamber of Commerce announces interim leader

GRANTSBORO – The Pamlico County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hire of a leader who is familiar with Pamlico County, the region and the Pamlico Chamber of Commerce. Tina Foreman Beacham began her first day as Interim Executive Director on Jan. 21. Beacham takes over the position left vacant when the previous Director, Joyce Swimm took a new position at Pamlico Christian Academy. Beacham grew up on Goose Creek Island in Pamlico County and is a 1988 graduate of Pamlico County High School. “I believe in the Pamlico County spirit. Promoting our county to visitors…

Unanimous vote ushers in new era for Pamlico County Health Department

  BAYBORO – Elected officials will now call the shots at the Pamlico County Health Department. For decades, an appointed board of volunteers has been charged with setting health department policy, hiring a chief administrator, and allocating budgeted financial resources to ensure compliance with a multitude of state statutes. That ended – at least for the foreseeable future – Tuesday night when Commissioners Missy Baskervill, Doug Brinson, Candy Bohmert, Paul Delamar, Ed Riggs Jr., Pat Prescott, and Carl Ollison, all rejected the premise that appointed individuals are the appr…

Stage set for important Jan. 22 hearing

Peek into background of controversy! BAYBORO – A majority of elected officials appear poised to adopt a drastic change in the governance of the Pamlico County Health Department – but first the seven-member board of County Commissioners must get past a public hearing scheduled for 7pm on Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the second floor conference room of the Bayboro Courthouse. Over the last decade, the local health department has seen a revolving door of almost a dozen interim, temporary and/or semi-permanent executive directors. Throughout the turmoil, an appointed and now largely disgruntled bo…

Celebration set for Sunday — “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

GRANTSBORO – Everyone is invited to a Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration this Sunday, Jan. 20 beginning at 4 pm in the Delamar Center on the Highway 306 campus of Pamlico Community College. The event, sponsored by a local group known as Citizens Involved In Government, is free. Doors open at 3:45 pm. For more information, contact Sandra Hawkins at (252) 745-3619.…

Trump to Pelosi: “No taxpayer-paid flight for you!”

January 17, 2019 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Madame Speaker: Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed. We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over. In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate. I also feel that, during this period, it would be better if you were in Washington negotiating with me and joining the Str…

Stage set for important Jan. 22 hearing

Peek into background of controversy! BAYBORO – A majority of elected officials appear poised to adopt a drastic change in the governance of the Pamlico County Health Department – but first the seven-member board of County Commissioners must get past a public hearing scheduled for 7pm on Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the second floor conference room of the Bayboro Courthouse. Over the last decade, the local health department has seen a revolving door of almost a dozen interim, temporary and/or semi-permanent executive directors. Throughout the turmoil, an appointed and now largely disgruntled bo…

Teacher fears students affected by wireless radiation

Dear Editor: Thank you for the links to your website where I was able to read your excellent nine-part series (which concluded with the Sept. 6 issue) about the possible adverse health effects of 5G wireless radiation. I have been teaching here in Michigan for over 28 years. Over this time, I have seen some alarming changes in the classroom. We have had wireless devices installed in our schools, including but not limited to: routers in every classroom, library, office; a wireless keyboard and mouse for every teacher, and sets of tablets / laptops for each student. Although I am not a doctor and ca…

Getting comfy with big numbers!

First in a series: IT’S THE ECONOMY! By Craig Welling Before looking at historical information, let’s look at some terminology commonly used to describe the overall economy. Growing: If the overall economy is growing (expanding), there should be opportunities for us as individuals to benefit. Maybe a pay raise, a bonus, or a change of jobs for better pay. Starting a new business or expanding an existing business could provide higher income and profits. The chances of borrowing money to finance the business will probably be improved in a growing economy. Stagnant: If the economy is not growi…

Public notice from County Manager regarding hurricane debris pickup

By Tim Buck, Manager | Pamlico County On a case by case basis, Pamlico County is accepting written requests from individuals to extend Hurricane Florence roadside debris pickup. Individuals requesting roadside pickup of debris not placed in the right of way by the published deadline of January 1, 2019, should submit a request in writing on an approved form. An approved form may be downloaded from the County Website at www.pamlicocounty.org or may be picked up at the Pamlico County Administrative Offices located at 302 Main Street, Bayboro, NC 28515. Written requests must be received by 5:0…
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