Monthly Archives: September 2019

‘What God hath wrought’ . . . over telegraph by Samuel Morse, 1844

‘Mr. Watson — come here — I want to see you’ . . . by telephone to his assistant, Alexander Graham Bell in 1876 ‘Duh, hello?’ cell phone user, 21st Century New Analysis REELSBORO- Monstrous cell towers pop up, seemingly overnight. They are everywhere. Even tiny Reelsboro now has a new one – a U.S. Cellular installation, located on a 100 foot by 100 foot plot, in the corner of a 50-plus acre agricultural field. The site, 581 Lee Landing Road, is being leased from a local property owner. The structure, built by Seven Springs contractor New Horizon Towers, went from zero to 250 feet above T.O.C. (top of c…

POWER OUTAGE IN NEW BERN

An as yet undetermined problem at this sub-station on Glenburnie Road resulted in a loss of electricity for approximately 1400 homes and businesses. The outage began at approximately 1:30 pm on Wednesday. No word yet on when power will be restored. The City of New Bern buys its electricity from Duke Energy but the city’s Public Utilities Department is responsible for the grid and distribution network inside the town limits and nearby areas.…

Speciale announces no run for re-election in 2020

New Bern, NC: North Carolina House Representative Michael Speciale (R-Craven) has given notice that he will not run for reelection in 2020. Representative Speciale said “It is fitting that today, on Constitution Day, I publicly announce that I will not run for reelection. As a strong Constitutionalist, I believe that I did all the things that I said I would do, and a big part of that is that I stood strong for the Constitution and for the rights and liberties of North Carolina citizens. I believe that this is the time for me to look at other options in my life. I spent twenty years serving America in t…

Court decision – 25 years old – must now deal with rise of state’s Charter Schools

By Lindsay Marchello | Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — The Governor’s Commission on Access to a Sound Basic Education wants to talk about charter schools and how they may fit in the debate over how to implement the Leandro ruling. The commission met Monday, Sept. 9, to fine-tune recommendations on how the state could comply with the landmark Leandro case, which also recommended greater scrutiny over the impact of charter schools. The Leandro case dates to 1994, when five rural school districts sued the state, arguing they couldn’t raise enough tax revenue locally to provide their st…

Eastern North Carolina Disaster Information Session – Pamlico County

Who’s the reddest of them all?

Murphy win in 3rd Congressional reveals GOP-flavor of all 17 counties THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT – Is there another set of contiguous counties in the USA where the GOP is more of a slam dunk, at least for federal office seekers? Probably. But, the Greg Murphy ( R ) versus Allen Thomas ( D ) match-up Tuesday night proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that Republican roots run deep in these here parts. Just for the record, here is the lineup of the 17 counties. Sparsely populated Camden County (in the northeast corner of the state) comes in first with 70.9 percent of voters casting ballots for the Republ…

Drug busts net seven

Today, The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office announces the arrest of 7 criminal suspects as a result of a 6-month drug investigation that targeted those responsible with trafficking narcotics (heroin and crystal meth) in Pamlico County and throughout Eastern North Carolina. The suspects were arrested and charged as a result of controlled purchases of drugs using undercover agents, confidential informants, traffic stops, search warrants and citizen complaints. The Craven County Sheriff’s Office, New Bern Police Department and The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation assis…

BORKOWSKI CHANGES PLEA DURING TRIAL, SENTENCED TO PRISON

NEW BERN – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court yesterday, MITCHELL CHARLES BORKOWSKI, 35, of Bridgeton, changed his plea to “guilty” during his jury trial for multiple break-in and theft offenses, and was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Superior Court Judge John Nobles presided over the trial and plea, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Robert McAfee. From August through November, 2017, during the demolition of the former Bridgeton Elementary School, Borkowski unlawfully entered the building and stole in…

Newport woman charged with malicious castration

On 09/10/2019, Carteret County Deputies arrested Victoria Thomas Frabutt, 56, of 202 Murdoch Rd, Newport for severing her husband’s penis. Deputies responded to the residence just before 4am this morning where James Frabutt reported his wife tied him up and pulled out a knife. The motive for the castration is still unclear. Deputies were able to recover the body part where it was immediately put on ice and transported to medical personnel. James Frabutt, 61, was transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. His condition at this time is unknown. Frabutt was charged with “Malicious C…

Elections expert offers analysis of Congressional race

By Lori Worley THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT – We are officially on the homestretch – with Election Day (September 10) on the horizon next Tuesday! Constituents in North Carolina’s Third Congressional District will choose our representative until this maddening cycle starts all over again in just 6 months. Voters have 4 choices as they take to the polls over the next week: Tim Harris (Libertarian), Greg Holt (Constitution), Dr. Greg Murphy (Republican), and Allen Thomas (Democrat). Early Voting is well underway (12 days in the books at the time I’m writing this), and we are seeing some inte…