Yearly Archives: 2019

Festival announces schedule

ORIENTAL – This band known as ‘Hank, Pattie & the Current’ will be one of 22 groups to be featured during the Ol Front Porch Music Festival on Oct. 4, 5 & 6. Be sure to tear out the complete schedule, which will help as you wander from porch to porch.…

Craft beer voted ‘Best’

  ORIENTAL – Frank and Lili Bacon of New Village Brewery are all smiles. This Friday, Carolina BrewScene Magazine, will release its Fall 2019 issue in which ‘Lili’s Breakfast Stout’ is christened best craft beer in the state. The couple plan a mega-celebration this Saturday, from noon until 10 pm at their pub on Broad Street in downtown Oriental.…

Two arrested as alleged source for drug overdoses

Over the past several weeks, The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office has investigated numerous fatal and near fatal drug overdoses. During the investigations, it was determined that several of the cases led us to a residence on Meekins Road in Mesic, NC. On Tuesday, September 24th, 2019, Investigators conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle operated by James Ford of 319 Meekins Road in Mesic. As a result of the investigation, a search warrant at the residence and the traffic stop, Investigators charged 2 criminal suspects. Those charged were: James John Ford 319 Meekins Rd, Mesic NC D.O.B. 03/15/…

Could Industrial Park be economic salvation for town?

Mayor, officials agree on need. Plan for Aurora approved. AURORA – The light at the end of this small town’s very long, very dark economic tunnel may well be a 50-plus acre industrial park – envisioned four and a half years ago by Mayor Clif Williams, who was first elected in 2009. Tuesday night, at a public hearing on the issue, elected town officials voted unanimously to proceed, using grant proceeds of almost $1 million. Approximately half will go to acquire what is now a big chunk of farmland inside the town limits. Remaining funds, according to Martyn Johnson, director of Economic Developme…

‘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…