Monthly Archives: August 2019

WATER OUTAGE — has been cancelled.

Due to Hurricane Dorian, the planned water outage scheduled for 9/4/2019, has been cancelled. We will update you when the project is rescheduled. On Wednesday, September 4, 2019 beginning at 9:00 a.m. water service will be interrupted to water consumers located in the following areas: • Scott Town Road • Neuse Road from the intersection of Prescott Road to the intersection of Goose Creek Road. NC DOT contractors will be performing waterline tie-ins related to the road relocation project in the New Bethlehem Church and Millpond curve vicinities. The outage is expected to last from 9:00 a.m.…

Sex alleged between high school coach and student

PAMLICO COUNTY — District Attorney Scott Thomas said Kara Ann Walton, 33, of Pamlico County has been charged with Felony Sex Act With A Student and Felony Indecent Liberties With A Student. The warrant alleges the date of offense to be March 24, 2019 through June 11, 2019. The warrant was issued on August 19, 2019 and Walton turned herself in to be served with the warrant on August 23, 2019. Walton appeared in Pamlico County Court on August 23, 2019 for her first appearance. The next court date is September 6, 2019. At the time of the alleged conduct, Walton was a teacher and coach at Pamlico Co…

Car impaled by tree. Injured motorist pulled from vehicle.

Rescue personnel from the Reelsboro Volunteer Fire Department extracted the injured driver of an older model Ford Expedition after a horrendous single car accident Tuesday afternoon in the 8500 block of Highway 55. Shortly after 3 pm, the east bound vehicle apparently veered across two lanes of west bound Highway 55, down a steep embankment, plowing thru a small stream before being impaled by the long stump of tree, probably felled months earlier by either a storm or hurricane. “We had to pull him out,” said the captain of Reelsboro VFD. “He is in an ambulance on his way to the hospital.” The con…

CRAAAACK!?

BAYBORO – Thanks to Mesic resident Lori Robinson who recently sent this photo of a precarious limb dangling over heavily traveled Hwy. 304. The tree, apparently trimmed one or more times by utility crews, is near the Bayboro town line. A house beside the tree displays a 715 street address. Robinson is particularly attuned to overhead dangers ‘cause I had one fall on my truck as I was passing,” she wrote in an email. Although leafy limbs shrouding roadways are not unusual in rural Pamlico County, this particular example seems egregious. Robinson says that she and other motorists will sometimes…

Golf course left to fend for itself

Town board declines option to purchase MINNESOTT BEACH – Town commissioner Adam Garfinkel – who owns property on the golf course – voiced his strong support for the purchase Tuesday night, Aug. 13, but chose to recuse himself from the actual vote in order to avoid even “the appearance of impropriety.” That meant the decision came down to just three – Cliff Braly, Starr Murphy, and Pete Hall – since Mayor Tim Fowler only votes when his board colleagues are locked in a tie. When Fowler called for a show of hands – none went up, which meant that the much ballyhooed proposal was dead on arrival. Sort of an…

‘Dixie’ latest casualty of rampant political correctness

WINSTON-SALEM – Elected officials voted 5 to 2 Monday night to change the name of the town’s popular agricultural fair, eliminating the word ‘Dixie’ from a title first adopted in 1956. No word yet on what might happen to the Winn-Dixie chain of grocery stores; the ‘Covers Dixie like the Dew’ motto of an Atlanta newspaper; or the words of a beloved American ballad, which contains the now endangered plea “Old times there are not forgotten.”…

Crab meat valued at more than $4 million falsely labeled

Imported product from foreign sources touted as ‘Product of USA’ WASHINGTON, NC – Phillip R. Carawan of Columbia, North Carolina, pleaded guilty this week in federal court in New Bern on charges that his company, Capt. Neill’s Seafood Inc., at Carawan’s direction, falsely labeled millions of dollars’ worth of foreign crabmeat as “Product of USA.” “Today’s plea helps to ensure that American fishermen and consumers are not defrauded,” said Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. “We are proud to partner…

Detectives arrest 3 after search of Williston house

WILLISTON – Narcotics detectives with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office and Morehead City Police Department arrested three people after serving a search warrant at a house located at 361 Donnie Davis Road Williston on Friday, August 9. Detectives with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office served the search warrant, after the Carteret County Special Response Team entered the house and secured the scene. Stacy Dee Willis, 33, faces several drug charges including trafficking heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine, sell methamphetamine, de…

Pamlico Community College: Ranked No. 2 in America!

GRANTSBORO – Pamlico Community College has been notified that it is now nationally ranked as the second-best community college in America. This is an improvement over this past year when the college was rated the nation’s third-best community college. Pamlico Community College is the only community college in America to be rated one of the nation’s top three two years in a row. SmartAsset, a New York-based personal finance technology company, utilized data from the U.S. Department of Education from 796 community colleges representing every state across America. The company reviewed th…

Life jackets disappear from Cedar Point Wildlife Access Ramp

CEDAR POINT — The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information concerning the disappearance of 35 life jackets from the Cedar Point Wildlife Access Ramp. The life jackets were made available for the public to use free by the Swansboro Sea Scouts and were purchased with grant funding from the Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner program. The loaner program relies on the honor system with the goal to increase the use of life jackets and to educate the public on the importance of wearing a life jacket. This past Independence Day, 35 life jackets were attached to the life jacket l…