Monthly Archives: February 2021

Protecting Second Amendment

Recalls can be good ammo! By Gordon Allison | Technical Writer In 2013, a year or so before we moved from Colorado to here in North Carolina, Michael Bloomberg blasted into Colorado and poured millions of dollars into the pockets of state legislators who advocated gun control. He wanted them to pass laws to effect gun control. A small group of citizens decided to use constitutional recall to remove the three most vulnerable gun control advocates from office. One, John Morse, was a former Police Chief of Fountain, CO; another, Angela Giron, was a Latino state senator from a heavily Hispanic dist…

Vaccine available for school employees

BAYBORO – Employees of the Pamlico County School System should have a chance to receive the COVID vaccine this Friday, Feb. 26, thanks to hastily called emergency meetings of the Board of Education and the County Commission where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two entities was quickly approved this week. Officials made it clear that school employees are not required to participate in the one-day vaccination initiative. Tentative plans call for school nurses to receive training Thursday, Feb. 25, from their counterparts at the Pamlico County Health Department. Protoco…

UPDATE Fire destroys Chocowinity home. Body located.

UPDATE Investigators have located what they believe to be the body of Chip Laughinghouse inside his home at 486 E. Bayside Drive. The body will be sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Greenville for verification. The cause of the fire is unknown currently and still under investigation. PREVIOUS: On 02/21/2021 shortly after 10:00 pm Beaufort County Emergency Communications received a 911 call reporting a heavily involved structure fire at 486 E. Bayside Drive in Chocowinity. The caller reported the homeowner was likely still inside the residence. Members of Chocowinity Fire Departm…

Usual sewer fee reduced by 6 to 4 vote

ALLIANCE – When the move finally happens, Champion Sports & Fitness may well be paying a lesser rent at its new location (just a quarter mile west on Hwy.  55) because future landlord, Mike Wynne, showed up last October on the front page of this newspaper, complaining about sky-high sewer start-up fees. Wynne’s no-punches-pulled description of his plight triggered behind-the-scenes negotiations over a controversial charge known as a system development fee. The maneuvering culminated Feb. 4 at a meeting of utility’s board of directors in which a split board completely eliminated th…

Feds asked to put kibosh on menthol cigarettes

By Delmonte Jefferson | Center for Black Health & Equity As a North Carolina-based public health organization, the Center for Black Health & Equity was pleased to hear that state Attorney General Josh Stein recently joined a bipartisan group of 23 Attorneys General in calling on the federal government’s Food and Drug Administration to ban menthol cigarettes. For well over a decade, the Center has worked tirelessly with countless organizations and activists to prod the FDA to finally ban menthol cigarettes for good. The news of Attorney General Stein’s recent action is welcome an…

Severe weather in nation disrupts local vaccine delivery

Here is the most current information as of February 19, 2021. Because of severe winter weather throughout the country and its effect on transportation, Pamlico County Health Department did not receive vaccines doses for the week of February 15, 2021. The local health department had expected to receive 400 1st doses and 200 2nd doses of Moderna vaccine. However, none of this supply was delivered. Other vaccine dispensers providers throughout the State of NC have reported similar issues. Current supplies have been depleted as of today, Feb. 19. The health department is expecting vaccines n…

State Board of Education fumbles homework

Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — The Democrat-controlled N.C. State Board of Education approved Thursday, Feb. 4, a sweeping rewrite of the state’s social studies standards that will now teach nearly every aspect of American history through the lens of racism and discrimination. The changes were approved over the strong objections of several Republican board members, who decried the new standards as overly negative and divisive. They said they don’t wish to whitewash history, but believe it’s important to teach children to have pride in their country for its achievements and ad…

Several individuals arrested and charged in drug operation in Pamlico County

Over the past several months, Investigators with The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office have actively pursued those responsible for distributing drugs in Pamlico County. Today, we announce the arrest of 5 individuals for their role in selling methamphetamine and heroin in Pamlico County. 1. Tabitha Jeanna Paul, 29, of 2007 NC 306 North was charged with the following: Trafficking Heroin x2 Felony Posses Sch I Possession with intent Manufacture, Sell and Deliver Heroin Conspire Sell and Deliver Heroin Possess Drug Paraphernalia Breaking and Entering Tabitha Jeanna Paul was placed under a…

Mask Wearing prompts experiment

 (Facebook video) By Gordon Allison | Technical Writer ARAPAHOE – Jeff of The County Compass newspaper recently asked me to personally conduct a test of masks which are used these days to prevent spread of the China Virus pandemic. As a former Magnavox, Motorola and RCA electrical engineer, I typically approach this kind of assignment with care and precision, but I should emphasize this was not a scientific experiment conducted under controlled conditions. What we hoped to determine was whether or not the typical mask impedes the body’s ability to absorb sufficient oxygen. Before putting…

Suspect arrested in Chocowinity murder

CHOCOWINITY — Beaufort County Sheriff’s Investigators have charged 56-year-old James Carver of Chocowinity, with one open count of Murder.   On February 15, 2021 at about 3:30 pm Deputies responded to an unknown incident at 1616 NC Hwy 33 W, in Chocowinity.   When they arrived, they found 72-year-old Connie Hunt lying on the floor suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Sheriff’s Deputies attempted life saving measures however EMS personnel who responded to the scene, pronounced Hunt dead. Sheriff’s Investigator’s responded and began their investigation. After processin…

SUBJECT HAS BEEN FOUND! ****RUNAWAY JUVENILE**** Elizabeth Nicole Lewis

W/F, Age 16, DOB 06/30/2004, 5’06”, 185 lbs, Brown Hair, Hazel Eyes Summary: Elizabeth has been reported as a missing person / runaway from her residence in Davis, NC. Unknown clothing description. Anyone with information is asked to notify the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office, Detective Sgt. Greg Mason, (252) 728-8400 or Carteret County Communications at (252) 726-1911. Subject has been entered NCIC. Case # 21020516C…

Enough! Opinion piece captures mood of many

By Bill Garrison Definition: To attain, achieve, as much as needed or allowed. The amount desired or allowed to reach a goal. I am going to describe ‘enough’ as used for negative achievement. Something many of us in this great country have recently excelled at: Enough Character Assassination (Bullyism) Enough Political (Lies & Hyperbole) Enough Greed (Enough said) Enough racism (From everyone) Enough ignorance (Due to laziness) Enough Whining (Way, way too much) Character Assassination is the most destructive tool of the “me generation.” Electronic devices have become the most co…
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