Yearly Archives: 2019

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…