Monthly Archives: October 2020

Economic comeback under President Trump breaks 70-year record

News broke Thursday that real GDP grew at an annualized rate of 33.1% in the third quarter of 2020—beating expectations and setting an all-time record. This jump in GDP is nearly double the previous record set 70 years ago. Thanks to President Trump’s policies, the American economy is weathering the global pandemic better than any other major Western country, including those of Europe. As the Council of Economic Advisers wrote this morning: While the pandemic hit every major economy around the world, the United States experienced the least severe economic contraction of any major…

Trump is right! Bidens did receive millions from Moscow & China

News Analysis WASHINGTON, DC – This week I read the 87-page “Majority Staff Report” jointly released on Sept. 23 by two U.S. Senate Committees – one overseeing Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and the other responsible for Government Finance. ‘Majority,’ of course, refers to the fact that this particular report was prepared by staffers who work for Republican Senators. The report is both scary and fascinating. I do not doubt its accuracy. The entire document is meticulously footnoted with a wide variety of reputable sources. Please tackle it for yourself below. Like many Coun…

Sometimes the best defense is a good offense!

Health Director responds to ultimatum with blizzard of paperwork BAYBORO – Two weeks ago during a Pamlico County Board of Commissioners meeting, a mandate – which at the time sounded like a ‘do or die’ proposition – came across loud and clear: Health Director Scott Lenhart would show up at the next commissioner meeting “with a detailed written report – not a verbal presentation – by which we (Health Department) will achieve accreditation at the earliest possible date,” demanded Commissioner Paul Delamar III. Fast forward to the fateful Oct. 19 session! The usual ‘packet’ of documentation c…

‘IT JUST FELL OVER!’

NEAR ORIENTAL – No injuries or collisions were reported about 10:30 am Saturday morning when a massive – but clearly decayed – tree toppled directly onto Highway 55, about a mile from downtown Oriental. Informal estimates of the ancient tree’s circumference varied. Several onlookers guessed at more than 10 to 12 feet around. The crown of the tree and any foliage had been gone for many years. This Saturday morning – for whatever grand plan Mother Nature may have – was the time to give up the ghost. “It just fell over,” laughed nearby resident and land development professional, Phillip Willis, wh…

Embezzlement fears surface within local sewer authority

Director, board, attorney refuse all comment BAYBORO – Financial shenanigans have apparently occurred within the finance office of Bay River Metropolitan Sewerage District, and anyone with first-hand knowledge of the misdeeds is not talking. Executive director Chris Venters and nine members of Bay River’s supervisory board: Chairman Art Kelly and directors Ed Riggs Jr., John Buck, Jimmy Spencer, Debra Khouri, Carl Ollison, Steve Lacy, Kelvin Credle, and Booker T. Jones met Tuesday night with New Bern attorney Scott Davis. The 90-minute marathon session was a closed door meeting, to…

Morehead City — runaway juvenile – FOUND Subject has been located in Amarillo, TX

Kirstin White W/F, Age 17, DOB: 06/21/2003, 5’01”, 140, Blue Hair, Hazel Eyes Vehicle: 1997 Honda CRV, flat black in color, NC Reg RAW-1636. Back tire cover is covered with stickers and the dashboard is painted white and black. Summary: White was reported as a runaway from her residence in Morehead City on 10/19/2020. White was in the area of McColl, SC on 10/19/2020 at 2200 hrs. If located, stop and hold, notify Carteret County Sheriff’s Office at (252) 728-8400 or Carteret County Communications at (252) 726- 1911. White has been entered NCIC. Case # 20104165C.…

Animal collisions increase

Riskiest time of year upon us NORTH CAROLINA – The frequency of animal-vehicle crashes climbed considerably in the latest annual report from the N.C. Department of Transportation. Data show more than 2,300 crashes in 2019 when compared to the 2018 statewide total, with the overall figure reaching 20,331 accidents. The increase can be attributed to the state’s growing population with more drivers on the road, and decreasing animal habitat. Deer account for about 90 percent of all animal-related crashes – something motorists should keep in mind as we enter October, November, and December…

America on the brink

Contentious debates demonstrate a nation divided By Dexter Liu | Guest Commentary As I watched the recent presidential debate, I cringed like most folks at the incivility of the evening. Unlike some of my friends, however, I do understand why the debate was so confrontational. Gone are the days of the genteel Reagan v Mondale debates where Reagan’s clever quip earned a chuckle even from his opponent — resoundingly winning the night and ultimately the election. But sadly, today’s America is a profoundly different place. While Reagan and Mondale had disagreements, in th…

Be Careful What You Wish For

By Gordon Allison | Technical Writer CANADA – Here are a few brief stories that urge caution when assessing situations. In engineering speak, there is a saying, “There are no free lunches.” This concept means there are always positives and negatives to every situation, plan of action, and product design. In this article, we discuss medical care. The first story is about some friends in Canada. Their names are changed to protect their privacy. Thomas and Rachael have a daughter who also lives in Ontario, Canada. Susan is about 40 years old and has a 4 year old son. She was taken ill and rushed to the…
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