Monthly Archives: June 2019

Who’s actually catching the most fish?

Recreational tops commercial fishing across nine species By Easton Edwards If you attend any fisheries meeting you will sit and listen to individuals complain that they “never catch any fish,” “they don’t catch the fish they used to,” or “the commercial fishing guys catch everything and I never catch anything.” I have sat through numerous meetings and I hear this rhetoric from basically the same people, every time, at every fisheries meeting. You would think that there are NO fish and these recreational anglers go out and return with empty coolers every time. Nothing could be farther from th…

CARTERET COUNTY SHERIFF OFFERS TIPS FOR A SAFE JULY 4TH WEEKEND

With the July 4th weekend approaching, County Sheriff Asa Buck asks all citizens to join him in making this Fourth of July holiday happy, enjoyable and safe for everyone.   Carteret County citizens should remember that fireworks, as enjoyable as they are to watch, can be dangerous and should only be handled by professionals. According to the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission, there are nearly 9,000 emergency room-treated injuries associated with fireworks a year. You can enjoy a safe Fourth of July by following these safety tips:   •               Never give fireworks to smal…

From zero to complete waterfront park in just 3 days!

  BRIDGETON – Monday was a beehive of activity at Vernon Blades park as volunteers prepped the site for a full-bore launch of a KABOOM! playground, with a ribbon cutting tentatively set for Wednesday afternoon. The unbelievably fast project is part of the run-up to the town’s popular Blueberry Festival on June 28 & 29. Volunteers from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the Town of Bridgeton, and the community have joined forces to transform an empty site into a kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground at popular Vernon Blades Park. The new playground will help make pla…

Rezoning of Oaks Road parcel rejected

  NEW BERN – The seven-member board of New Bern Aldermen unanimously rejected an application to grant commercial zoning for 2409 Oaks Road after a brief public hearing Tuesday night in which a citizen, who lives close to the site, complained that a proposed “smoke shop lends itself to a criminal element.” The property owner, Nasr Algaradi, already owns two nearby convenience stores – one at 1509 National Avenue and another just down the street at 3419 Oaks Road. Algaradi’s son — representing his father who apparently does not speak English – attempted to answer a series of rapid-f…

Raleigh City Council bans whole-house rentals

Response to proliferation of ‘Airbnb’ in state’s capital By Lindsay Marchello | Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — City Council here has voted to allow people to rent one or two guest rooms, but homeowners won’t be allowed to rent entire houses on a short-term basis. However, bills pending in the General Assembly could block Raleigh and other cities from micromanaging similar short-term rental properties. In a 5-2 vote, the City Council on Tuesday, May 21, passed new rules governing home-stays, otherwise known as short-term rentals. A homeowner who wants to rent out a guest room will h…

Pamlico officials side with Vidant as state Senate leader explains defunding proposition

News Analysis GREENVILLE –  Pamlico County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution – first drafted by Pitt County where Vidant Medical Center is a huge employer – that opposes a possible cut to Vidant’s state-paid funding. View Resolution The 7 to 0 vote came Monday night after the measure was hurriedly added to the meeting’s agenda. The Pitt County Board of Commissioners wants 29 counties in eastern North Carolina to do exactly as Pamlico County has done – blindly follow Pitt’s bidding on behalf of Vidant – as healthcare costs continue to escalate in the state. Many experts cite Vid…

SMUGGLING DRUGS INTO JAIL LEADS TO 32 MONTHS IN PRISON

NEW BERN – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court today, STUART AUSTIN GAIDOSH, 42, of New Bern, pled guilty to charges arising out of his attempt to smuggle drugs into the Craven County Detention Center, and was sentenced to a prison term totaling 32 to 58 months. Superior Court Judge Imelda Pate presided over this term of court, and the case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Robert McAfee. Gaidosh reported to the Craven County Detention Center following the issuance of a warrant for his arrest for a misdemeanor assault. Once in custody, h…