Monthly Archives: October 2019

Steamer bag for frozen broccoli prompts research on pesky chemical

By Gordon Allison | Technical Engineer Editor’s note:  Have a concern about the safety or effectiveness of a consumer product? Send an email to jeff@compassnews360.com and we will do our best to report on the item in a future issue. GRANTSBORO – Recently my wife Patty and I bought ‘steamer bags’ containing frozen broccoli at Food Lion. Noticing that the bag was somewhat stiffer than the usual frozen vegetable bags started me to thinking! Stiffer plastic could mean BPA (bisphenol A) was used to make it???  I made a phone call to Food Lion in Salisbury, NC, which yielded a letter from grocery suppl…

CCSO investigates double murder, suicide in Carteret County

NEWPORT, NC – Three people died early Wednesday morning in an apparent double murder-suicide in Carteret County, NC. Deputies with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office responded around 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30 to a home located at 548 Newport Loop Road in Newport. When they arrived, they found two men and one woman dead from gunshot wounds. Preliminary investigative details indicate that the home was shared by two sisters and their husbands. Detectives learned that a physical altercation started in the home between the two men, and the man who owns the home with his wife shot the other ma…

A tale of double-good, double-fun lives!

Tom and Ola Forbes, identical twins, celebrate Birthday No. 87 By Ola Forbes, Jr. In a sharecropper shack shaded by spreading pecan trees three miles west of Greenville on NC 43 West, Dr. Skinner and nurse Allie Clark attended mom giving birth. Tom H. Forbes gained entrance at 6 A.M. “Another one is coming, Mr. Forbes!” Dr. Skinner shouted to dad, lingering unknowingly in another room. At 9 A.M. I – Ola Forbes, Jr. – arrived with no breath. Allie ungently ordered: “Two containers of water, one cold, one warm, hurry!”. Alternate dipping turned me from blue to pink. That day dawned October 18, 1932,…

Fossil Day at Aurora Museum welcomes back ‘Jurassic Jack’

AURORA – ‘Jurassic Jack,’ a 13-year-old Paleontologist, returns to the Aurora Fossil Museum on Saturday, Oct. 19, as part of the Fossil Day activities. One of his life long dreams was to find a Megalodon tooth and he found one in the Fossil pit at the Aurora Fossil Museum on Sept 30, 2017. The amazing teenager enjoys sharing facts about his favorite Dinosaurs and stories of his adventures. He does all of this while dealing with Myasthenia Gravis (a rare Neuromuscular Disease). Cindy Crane, executive director of the museum, has set aside time for Jack’s seminar about a recent ‘dig’ in North Dakot…

For Sale: Rare Scottish Highlands | Owner bids farewell to beloved breed

By Moxie Pratt BAY CITY ROAD – I acquired my fold of Scottish Highlands four years ago, right after I bought my little farm north of the Beaufort County line. Yes, I say ‘fold’ instead of herd – and believe me, they are a very distinct breed. Our 19-acre spread had been deserted for quite a while. The pastures were nothing but a mass of waist high weeds. My research had shown that Scottish Highlands could thrive in the worst of fields because they are an ancient breed that began in the windswept Highland of Scotland. Their calves are born small but so hardy that usually the cattleman finds the calf kicki…

Eight people arrested in drug bust

Over the past 2 weeks, The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office has arrested and charged 8 criminal suspects as part of an ongoing drug investigation in Pamlico County. Not only are these suspects responsible with trafficking drugs in Pamlico County, but also throughout Eastern North Carolina. During the investigation, deputies conducted vehicle stops, executed search warrants and made controlled purchases of drugs to include heroin, cocaine, crystal meth, illegally sold prescription medication and marijuana. This operation is ongoing, and several additional arrests are expected in…

BRADLEY FACING DRUG, MURDER CHARGES

NEW BERN – District Attorney Scott Thomas and Sheriff Chip Hughes announced that a Craven County Grand Jury indicted JAMES PATRICK BRADLEY, 42, of Asheville, with one count of Sale or Delivery of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, and one count of Second-Degree Murder Caused by Controlled Substance. The indictments allege that in August, 2017, Bradley, who lived in Craven County at the time, sold a controlled substance – fentanyl — to the 29-year-old victim in the case, Matthew Doxey, which proximately led to the victim’s death. The North Carolina General Assembly, several years a…

Hundreds of young sailors to descend upon local camps

ARAPAHOE – Camp Seagull and Camp Seafarer host the 2019 Optimist Southeast Championship this weekend, where youngsters ages 8 to 15 will compete along a huge stretch of the region’s most ideal sailing venue – the mighty Neuse River. “Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer are excited to welcome USODA along with sailors, families, race officials, volunteers and spectators to the 2019 Southeast Championship and Spring Team Qualifier,” said John Hyde, Executive Director of Camp Gull. “This event represents our strong partnership with the Opti class and a commitment to serving youth through the spo…

PAIR CONVICTED OF KFC ROBBERY

NEW BERN — District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court yesterday, DETARRIO NELSON, 22, of New Bern, and MARVIN BERRY, 16, of New Bern, were convicted of felony charges arising out of the robbery of the KFC restaurant on Neuse Boulevard in New Bern in February, 2019. The pair entered guilty pleas before presiding Superior Court Judge R. Kent Harrell, just before their cases were called for jury trials. Assistant District Attorney Matthew Wareham prosecuted the cases in court. Shortly after 11:00 p.m. on February 13, 2019, New Bern Police officers re…

Ocracoke resident describes ‘phenom’ of bizarre Dorian

By Jeanne Robertson OCRACOKE – Rudy ‘Buddy’ Austin, 77, is a lifelong resident of Ocracoke Island. I had the wonderful opportunity to interview him during his recent visit to Oriental. “I have lived on Ocracoke all my life and only evacuated years ago when my children were so young,” explained Buddy. ” I am here to stay with the Spruills and pick up my truck tomorrow in New Bern. Every vehicle was destroyed on the island by the flooding of Dorian.” Rudy Austin and his wife Pat recounted the effects of Dorian. ”Why did you stay?” I asked. “We stayed on the island since my children h…

CANCEL — Missing Person Elizabeth Jones has been located

Revival still planned, despite road change

GRANTSBORO – Anyone who has driven past New Bethlehem Free Will Baptist Church in recent months can attest to the fact that Neuse Road has undergone a dramatic alteration. However, church officials stressed this week that the popular annual revival remains scheduled for 6 pm this Sunday, followed by 7 pm sessions on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. The guest speaker is Craig Simmons with plenty of ‘special singing’ on each of the four nights!…

Ferry passenger sheds clothes — Woman seemed ‘out of sorts’

MINNESOTT BEACH – A woman, age 26, was arrested Saturday afternoon, Sept. 28, for disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia after disrobing in the otherwise unoccupied lounge of a ferry vessel as it was crossing the Neuse River. Our thanks to N.C. Ferry spokesperson Jamie Kritzer for this description of what took place: We had an incident on the 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon ferry run. A female passenger had taken the ferry from Minnesott Beach at 11:30 a.m. to the Cherry Branch side, and then re-boarded the vessel to return at 1:30 p.m. Crew members concerned with her behavior ke…

Dragon Boat club does well in Carolina Beach competition

By Bob Parker CAROLINA BEACH – More than 20 paddlers who comprise the Oriental Dragon Boat Club – known as the ‘Dragon Masters – traveled to participate in the Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21. It was perfect weather and there were 13 teams that participated. The course was laid out in the Carolina Beach Harbor and was approximately 400 meters long. There were two qualifying heats that the Dragon Masters won! Both heats were against much younger competition. These two wins landed the Dragon Masters in the Class A semi-finals. The Dragon Masters lost their semi-final ra…