Yearly Archives: 2019

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…

CresCom Bank Robbery in Chocowinity, NC

The North Carolina Bankers Association has been notified by one of our member financial institutions, CresCom Bank, that a robbery took place at their branch on 2999 Highway 17 S. in Chocowinity. The robbery occurred at approximately 10:18 AM today, May 28. For any additional information, please call the Chocowinity Police Department at 252-946-2882 or the FBI at 800-209- 2293. If you run an article on this robbery, we ask that as a public service you please include information on the reward program. The North Carolina Bankers Association offers a reward through our Robbery Reward Program…

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…