Monthly Archives: May 2019

CresCom Bank Robbery in Chocowinity, NC

The North Carolina Bankers Association has been notified by one of our member financial institutions, CresCom Bank, that a robbery took place at their branch on 2999 Highway 17 S. in Chocowinity. The robbery occurred at approximately 10:18 AM today, May 28. For any additional information, please call the Chocowinity Police Department at 252-946-2882 or the FBI at 800-209- 2293. If you run an article on this robbery, we ask that as a public service you please include information on the reward program. The North Carolina Bankers Association offers a reward through our Robbery Reward Program…

Handy Mart ownership celebrates 100 years

Pope Transport says friendly staff ‘are the future of our stores’ ALLIANCE – Founded in 1919, Mount Olive-based Pope Transport started out as a coal and lumber-hauling business that has grown to be one the Southeast’s premier petroleum distributors. In 1975, Pope took the plunge into convenience stores, acquiring Handy Mart, also based in Mount Olive. As part of the company’s Centennial Celebration, senior management visited the Alliance Handy Mart on Wednesday morning to express their appreciation to hard-working staffers. In the photo, from left, are: Brandi Carawan, employee; Ton…

Georgia man charged in sexual assault

CARTERET COUNTY — On 05/22/2019, Carteret County Deputies and the NC State Bureau of Investigation flew to into Midcoast Regional Airport in Ft. Stewart (Hinesville) GA to pick up Michael Eliseo Alaniz, 20, of Ludowici, GA for engaging in sexual acts with a local minor. Detective JC Hawks who investigated the case said that Alaniz is accused of have relations with a 14- year-old girl he met while living in Carteret County in the spring of 2018. Alaniz, who was arrested on 05/08/2019 by the Long County Sheriff’s Office was held in the Liberty County jail awaiting an extradition hearing fo…

Festival reaches far & wide

MYRTLE BEACH – Wayne and Jeannie Sawyer, active with the Aurora Fossil Festival for many years, recently vacationed in Myrtle Beach where they spotted a ‘shark’s tooth necklace’ worn by a waitress at Captain Benjamin’s Seafood Restaurant. Turns out, Dana Johnson (she is also holding a box of smaller sharks’ teeth) is a former Fossil Festival patron, and expects to return this year!…

Red Hatters help launch Aurora Bed & Breakfast

Nancy Hooker, proprietor of Aurora Bed & Breakfast, grew up in this small town, which has tons of Southern charm – including an active chapter of the Red Hat Society. Nancy’s mother, Lillian, is Queen Mother of the vivacious group. They all got together about noon this past Tuesday for a rousing kickoff of Aurora’s newest accommodations – three bedrooms, each exquisitely appointed! In the offing are some mighty fine future breakfasts — based upon a delicious luncheon served up for the Red Hatters by Nancy and a busy assistant. World War II veteran, long-time business owner, and sha…

Investigation and traffic stop leads to drug bust

NEWPORT, NC – One person was arrested Thursday on drug trafficking charges in Carteret County after a 3 month-long investigation by the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office. Newport resident Anique Rashell Pittman, 42, was arrested on Thursday for trafficking methamphetamine and heroin after she was pulled over in a traffic stop. During the traffic stop, narcotics detectives searched the vehicle and found more than 68 grams of methamphetamine and more than 32 grams of heroin. Narcotics detectives with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office were attempting to locate and arrest Pittman on ou…

Former physician gets new title: Fossil Master for 2019

Annual festival honors George Oliver & zest for relics! AURORA George Oliver, Jr. grew up in Cary, North Carolina, back when it was still a small town. His mom was a first grade teacher, and his dad taught chemistry at NC State and built houses. He helped his dad build the house he grew up in. He was first introduced to fossils by his dad, who got interested in them while working in Illinois, where Dr. Oliver was born. Dr. Oliver graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and received a Morehead Scholarship, which is a full merit-based scholarship, to medical school there. He served in the United States Nav…

Fiscal sanity loses its luster — Let’s borrow our way to prosperity!

News Analysis Do you, or anyone you know, really think that this country can afford $2 trillion to refurbish our nation’s infrastructure? That’s the proposed price tag for a plan tentatively agreed upon by President Trump and some high-ranking Democrats. This country works best when we at least pay lip service to the prospect of balancing the federal budget – even though it has only been done in recent years during the second term of Bill Clinton. To come up with $2 trillion will require some heavy-duty borrowing, on top of the $23 trillion that we already owe. It’s OK to borrow, and but let’s not k…

Next 30 days crucial for State Treasurer — ‘Clear Pricing’ aims to slow health care costs

RALEIGH – State Treasurer Dale Folwell in conjunction with the State Health Plan announced this week the launch of a new Participation Agreement – a contract used by Blue Cross of North Carolina to create a custom ‘provider network’ for 720,000 people covered by the Plan. Blue Cross is the Plan’s third-party administrator and, as such, contracts directly and indirectly with health care providers, intermediaries and provider organizations to provide, arrange for, or administer the delivery of covered medical services to Plan members. The new network is being developed as part of F…

Havelock High School Senior dies after being struck by vehicle in Newport

NEW PORT — Carteret County Deputies and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol are investigating the death of teen after being struck by a motor vehicle approximately 3:40am near the intersection of Marietta Lane and Hwy 24 in Newport. Antoine Marcel Godette Jr, 18, of Bogue Loop Road in Newport was struck by a vehicle in the westbound lane of Hwy 24 near Island Auto Detailing. The Greensboro resident who struck Godette and other witnesses immediately called 911 and waited for authorities to arrive. Investigators have learned that the Havelock High School senior got off work around m…

MISSING PERSON FOUND — Nichole Kirschbaum

W/F, Age 39, DOB: 12/13/1979, 5’05”, 175 lbs, Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes Vehicle: 2003 Jonway model, Orange in Color, missing panel on one side. NC Registration MA 29778 Kirschbaum reportedly left her residence on Lydia Drive in Morehead City on Monday, 05/06/2019, at approximately 6:30am operating her orange moped listed above. Kirschbaum may currently be in the Newport or Havelock area and was last seen wearing a stripped pajama type pants. If located, stop and check welfare, notify Carteret County Sheriffs Office at (252) 728-8400 or Carteret County Communications at (252) 726-1911. Sub…

New pastor at Oriental First Baptist Church

Oriental First Baptist Church formally welcomed our new pastor, Rev. Mark Rogers, during our 11 am morning worship service on May 5. There was a social hour following the service. Rev. Rogers grew up on a farm in the Clinton, North Carolina area. He obtained a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from NC State and later obtained a Master of Divinity with Emphasis in Pastoral Ministry from Trinity College of the Bible & Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana. He is a Mechanical Engineer at Fleet Readiness Center, Cherry Point MCAS and has served as pastor at several churches in eastern North C…

Police Investigate Vehicle Crash With Pedestrian

NEW BERN — On Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 12:53 p.m., officers responded to the 2000 block of Neuse Blvd. in reference to a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle. Upon Arrival, officers discovered Doris Eason, 66, of Rocky Mount, N.C., had been struck by a car driven by Zachary Becker, 19, of New Bern. Eason was transported to CaroinaEast Medical Center and immediately flown to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville With serious injuries. No charges have been filed, but officers are continuing to investigate and asks anyone with .information to please contact police at (252) 633-2020, the TIPS l…

SWISS BEAR & THE CITY OF NEW BERN RECEIVE DUKE ENERGY FOUNDATION GRANT FOR FLOOD RESILIENCY PLANNING

Duke Energy awarded a $5,000 grant to Swiss Bear, Inc. and the City of New Bern to be used for flood resiliency planning. This brings the total amount of grant funding for the planning phase to $30,,000. The City received a $10,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Swiss Bear was awarded $15,000 from Wells Fargo. Additional grants are being sought. The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season brought devastating effects to New Bern and surrounding areas. Hurricane Florence, the first major hurricane of the season, made landfall in mid-September. New Bern and eastern North…

Mobile billboard during strike urges teachers to dump unions

By Brooke Medina | Civitas Institute RALEIGH – For a second year, 33 school districts and five charter schools closed their doors to students on Wednesday as state-level members of the nation’s largest teachers union, the National Education Association, opted to strike rather than educate Many teachers have been led to believe that the NEA and their state chapter, North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE), exist to advance the best interests of educators and students. Unfortunately, this is not the case. To highlight that message, a mobile billboard urged teachers to can cancel the…