Monthly Archives: May 2021

Activist / Propagandist wrong for UNC post

By Raheem Williams | News Commentary Editor’s note: Raheem Williams is an economist, writer and policy analyst based in Carrboro – not far from the Chapel Hill campus of UNC. CHAPEL HILL – The recent decision by the University of North Carolina  trustees to deny Nikole Hannah- Jones tenure for the position of the Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism has caused a national uproar. However, Hannah-Jones is not deserving of a lifetime tenure appointment Hannah-Jones is, in fact, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist –  on paper. Anyone with functioning brain cells can see she’s an a…

Memorial Day salute . . .

Another Forced March of World War II era

GERMANY – When people say ‘Death March’ those of us who have reached a certain age automatically think of the 60-mile Bataan Death March in the Phillippines. This article may surprise a lot of people to learn that there were other death marches that came at a later date in the war, courtesy of the Nazi German forces. These too were killers of thousands of mostly American and British solders.  As Paul Harvey would have said: “And now, the rest of the story!” My Mom and Dad retired in a Presbyterian facility, Westminster at Lake Ridge, in northern Virginia.  I was looking through the library there and…

Hatteras Yacht as ‘boatel’ captures both excellence & customer service

By Alex Rooker | REALTOR in New Bern NEW BERN ñ Debi Wynn, owner of  Mad Hatteras. offers overnight lodging on her magnificent 70-feet long motor yacht located at the New Bern Grand Marina. Guests rent a bedroom on board this ëBoatelí in much the same way as a motel room or B&B. Needless to say, the on board experience is positively unique! Unlike a Bed & Breakfast, Debi doesnít provide food, but there is plenty of room for guestsí own food and beverages in the three refrigerators on board. Bottled water and coffee are provided to all guests along with amenities including soap, shampoo, con…

Meter for home use first line of defense as 5G radiation ramps up

By Rick Happ I wish to thank Gordon Allison for the informative articles regarding possible health problems from the recent barrage of modern wireless communication devices.  The lawsuits detailed could be significant and I look forward to reading about any court decisions in future issues of the County Compass. For those who are personally concerned about their health from this RF radiation, I recommend measuring their home radiation levels using a quality RF meter.  Work and school measurements are also often enlightening.  We are fortunate in this area to have at our local library an A…

I Done Got Old | A Time for Reflection

By Rick Happ MISSISSIPPI – A few days ago I celebrated a milestone birthday. All in all, it was a good day. My wife Nancy made my favorite dinner – steak, a good salad, and she also made Tapioca pudding for desert. Unlike previous birthdays, this particular birthday gave me great pause for reflection and a particular Blues song came to mind: “I Done Got Old.” And yes, now, I done got old. You can hear this song by Junior Kimbrough (Fat Possum Records) on YouTube at this url: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSWTkI_aVSo It is a blessing to have many good experiences in life, especially educational ones, whe…

Never missed a payment!

Utility in Bridgeton pays off original $1.25 million loan BRIDGETON – First Craven Sanitary District is a Sanitary District government created and established by the North Carolina Commission for Health Services, Department of Human Resources on May 6, 1978. The Sanitary District was created to provide much needed public water service to the Town of Bridgeton and surrounding areas after a petition was presented “comprising of a total of 23 pages of signatures, purporting to be 51% or more of resident freeholders within the proposed Sanitary District.”  The water system first produced w…

Troop 683 of Pamlico County has another ‘Eagle’ ready to land.

Pamlico High School Sophomore Jack Cauley, members of Troop 683, and volunteers joined forces recently to complete Cauley’s Eagle Project at the Pamlico Community College firefighters’ training field. Assistant Scout Master David Spruill is also an instructor at Pamlico Community College. He mentioned the firefighters were having to use a stack of pallets to cross a ditch while wearing heavy equipment. Jack and his mentor, David Hollister (who is also Jack’s grandfather) decided this was a great project and presented the idea to the Eagle Board on March 17. With a few changes, the Board g…

Pandemic or Plan-demic

By Martha Frances | Guest Commentary Editor’s note:  The author is known to this newspaper and is using a pseudonym to minimize any chance of  ‘cancel culture’ retribution. USA – It’s time to open your minds, turn on some common sense and start asking questions. Looking back on 2020 and how things transpired, you probably thought you had entered the Twilight Zone. What’s the real hidden agenda? The years prior to election year have been nothing but endless attacks and hatred with a mission of creating division. Now is time to ask “What is really going on?” The integrity of the 2020 election remai…

Things Crazy Enough for You Yet? | Gas Shortage

Sometimes small operations can scramble faster than the big boys! That seemed to be the case Wednesday morning when tiny Oriental Mini Mart stayed busy pumping while the major chains shrouded handles with dreaded plastic bags. Hit with a ‘ransomware’ attack on May 7, Colonial Pipeline went to manual overrides this week in an attempt to best allocate scarce supplies. The primary fuel line for North Carolina, Colonial moves product from refineries in Texas to much of the East Coast.…

Bear tracks on Bayboro porch

BAYBORO – Jeannette Hudson and her granddaughter Lillie Grace Hudson examine bear tracks Tuesday afternoon – clearly evident in a sticky goo under the porch’s hummingbird feeder.  “I just want to alert my neighbors in Bayboro that we have had a bear around here on two consecutive nights,” chuckled Jeannette. “He went after our three bird feeders, and he must have carried off a large galvanized can of birdseed on the back porch, because I can’t find it anywhere.”  In addition to sticky footprints, bent metal shepherd hooks that once held feeders, and a dug up flower garden, the nocturnal creatu…

Second in a two-part report | Expert suggests partial remedies for a Wi-Fi world

Editor’s note: Arapahoe resident Gordon Allison is a former electrical engineer with Motorola. You’ll seldom see him using a cell phone because he understands the inherent dangers of RF radiation.  Last week, we looked at the dangers of radio frequency (RF) radiation. Now let’s explore some common sense defensive tactics to minimize its negative health effects. Our country would do well to emulate European standards, which require using wired connections (ethernet) to the internet for all grades up to high school age. Using wire, rather than radio waves (WiFi) minimizes radiation. Stu…

Health Director ‘revolving door’ continues in Pamlico County

BAYBORO – The situation might be comical, were it not so serious. Give Scott Lenhart credit. On the job since November 2017, the veteran public health administrator has lasted longer than a dozen or so of his predecessors over the past 14 years. However, like others before him, Lenhart threw in the towel Monday night. The County Commissioners unanimously accepted his letter of resignation, effective June 25. Shortly after assuming reins of the department, Lenhart – known as a by-the-book administrator – landed on the wrong side of elected officials. In an extensive written evaluation, Len…

Fast take-out opens on lonely stretch of Hwy. 304

VANDEMERE – In a building once home to the Flamingo Motorcycle Club, manager Alex Credle introduces his hard-working staff, from left: Kiearra Sawyer, Vannikia ‘Shell’ Midgette, and Cheryl Bryant (not shown – Jakiya Jones). Renamed Flamingo Grill, the spot is exactly 6.1 miles from the Bayboro Courthouse, along a section of Highway 304 that old-timers know as ‘Cash Corner.’ Call Flamingo Grill at (252) 745-9504 and your order will be waiting! Open six days a week for both lunch and dinner. …