Monthly Archives: July 2021

Two South Carolina men arrested following two county chase

CARTERET COUNTY — On 07/29/2021, Carteret County Deputies arrested Joshua Raymond Cates, 24, of Aiken, SC and Devin Brian Cooper, 25, of North Augusta, SC following a two-county car chase in a stolen vehicle. At approximately 3:30pm Newport police attempted to stop the stolen vehicle from Aiken, SC which fled through the streets of Newport before traveling west on Hwy 70 into Havelock. The vehicle briefly eluded police before being called in by a citizen as traveling east on Hwy 101 through Craven County back towards Carteret County. Deputies picked the vehicle back up and chased it t…

Re-build of New Bern’s beloved Rec Center focus of FEMA visit

City officials are optimistic that a public hearing Thursday night, July 29, will present a convincing case that any reconstruction of the Stanley White Recreation Center on its original site will NOT alleviate the risk of future flooding. A FEMA study known as a Draft Environmental Assessment is expected to recommend that a comparable facility should be built on a 3.4 acre site of much higher elevation. Fortunately, the proposed location lies between Broad Street and Gaston Boulevard, near the original recreation site. The hearing is open to the public from 7pm to 9pm at 800 Cedar Street in…

Health officials advocate for caution after fox tests positive for rabies

CARTERET COUNTY, NC – After two fox bites, Carteret County Animal Control is encouraging the public to take precautions and avoid interacting with wildlife. The first incident occurred on the morning of Friday, July 23. Officers responded to a call around Core Creek Road, off U.S. Highway 101 near Beaufort, after a fox bit a person. That fox tested positive for rabies. Another encounter of a fox biting a person occurred Friday evening in Morehead City near a residence on Country Club Road and Country Club Court. Animal Control was unable to locate and capture the second fox, so it is unknown if t…

Accolades pour in, while PCC Prez tackles homework

PAMLICO COMMUNITY COLLEGE – Ranked 2 in the nation, by SmartAsset. First in USA for ‘student outcomes’ by WalletHub. List of 150 Elite, by Aspen Institute. And, the list goes on. President Jim Ross, in a recent press release, said he is “humbled and pleased” by the national recognition, while quickly crediting “our dedicated and caring employees who are selflessly committed to the noble goal of making lives better.”  On the job for five years, Ross also gets high marks – from elected officials, students, and even this newspaper. Here is a ‘for instance.’ On Tuesday afternoon of this week, we as…

LOBBYISTS PUSH ‘GREEN NEW DEAL’ ON LEGISLATORS

By John Droz Jr. | News Commentary RALEIGH – Should Solar Lobbyists Dictate NC Energy Policy? When the Green New Deal was first introduced by left-wing extremists, it was soundly (and rightly) criticized as being technically, economically, and environmentally unscientific & nonsensical. Since U.S. House Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) was one of the Green New Deal’s main advocates, is that any surprise? Her credentials include zero scientific qualifications, but do show her as having been a bartender. Have we really stooped this low so that America’s national energy policy i…

Problems surface at Eastern Carolina Council

Law firm resigns. Executive Director fired. DOWNTOWN NEW BERN – At 10pm Thursday night, the governing board of the Eastern Carolina Council (ECC) voted unanimously to “immediately dismiss” the Council’s executive director, Katie Bordeaux. The stunning decision came after a marathon three-hour closed door session – off limits to Bordeaux; to the public; and to news media. During the closed session, the board received an extensive computer-slide presentation prepared by the Morehead City auditing firm of PB Mares, represented by one of the firm’s accountants, Robert Bittner. Also on h…

Carteret County recertified as Coast Guard Community

CARTERET COUNTY, NC – The county of Carteret has been recertified as a Coast Guard Community by the United States Coast Guard. This is the second time Carteret County has been designated a Coast Guard Community. Carteret County first received the designation in 2015. “The United States Coast Guard is proud of our long-standing heritage serving the wonderful people along the Crystal Coast. Our crews enjoy living and working here and we sincerely thank Carteret County for being such a welcoming Coast Guard Community,” said Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Commander, Captain Matt Baer. A Co…

Everybody Else’s History . . . Thank you S&H Green Stamps for my ‘spinning egg’ chair!

By Lisa Rice ALLIANCE – Who remembers S&H Green Stamps? Raise your hand! Now, who still owns something that was purchased with green stamps? Raise your hand! If you don’t remember them, the concept was that the more money you spent on groceries, the more green stamps you earned. The amount of green stamps you saved up determined what you could order from the catalog. I can tell you, from first hand experience, there weren’t many things more fun to do (as an 8-year old) than to get to lick the stamps and put them in the book! I can remember that it was so disappointing to get ONE $50 stamp versus FIFTY…

Scott D. Lenhart, former Pamlico County Health Director: “Goodbye Pamlico County! Fair Winds and Following Seas”

First, I want to say thank you to all the citizens and the former Pamlico County Health Department Board Members who supported me and believed in me.  These Board Members are Dr. Jason Rose, Dr. Joshua Rose, Lori Altman, Starr Murphy, Cliff Braly, Dr. Deborah Parish and Ed Riggs, Jr. for their support during the first two years.  In addition, several community leaders I would like to thank for their support of the health department programs and vision along with our working relationships we have built during my tenure as the County Health Director.  These are Lisa Jackson, Pamlico County Schoo…

Sea Scape Shooting under investigation in Newport

  NEW PORT — Carteret County deputies are currently investigating a drive-by shooting that occurred in Sea Scape Mobile Home Park (formerly Eagles Nest MHP) located at 446 Nine Foot Road in Newport. Deputies received a report of approximately 6 to 8 rounds fired around 11:30pm Friday night followed by 3 more rounds fired just before midnight. Detectives are currently reviewing surveillance video during the time of the shooting. Suspects in the case are described as two males operating a small passenger car. Deputies report that no one was injured however a vehicle and mobile ho…

Gain-of-function virus research poses unacceptable risks

By Scott Sumner Opinion Contributor | Mercatus Center | George Mason University LABORATORIES – There has recently been a great deal of focus on whether COVID-19 was created in a lab, or whether it crossed over to humans from an animal host. While this is an important question to resolve, there is a larger one that also needs to be addressed: Do some types of lab research on viruses inherently involve unacceptable risk to the broader public? Even if COVID-19 did not escape from a lab, this pandemic has important implications for the future path of “gain-of-function” research, where viruses are g…

Award spotlights New Bern’s ‘secret weapon’

Brenda E. Blanco, City Clerk for New Bern, hasthe distinction of being named to the 2021 Municipal Clerks Honor Roll. General Code began this special recognition program in 2001 to honor the unsung heroes of our communities — Municipal Clerks! The program ran for nine years and was reintroduced in 2019. Communities and municipal staff across the country enthusiastically nominate Clerks who go above and beyond in their work every day. Out of approximately 35,933 Municipal and Township Clerks in the USA, only 220 were nominated for this honor in 2021. Nominees are praised for their ded…

‘RACING TO VICTORY!’ | Oriental Dragon Boat Race & Festival

August 21 • Grace Harbor at River Dunes RIVER DUNES – For the 11th year, Oriental Dragon Boat Race & Festival will be held at Grace Harbor in River Dunes, which offers a beautiful, protected, and safe venue for 300-meter Dragon Boat races. Events begin on Saturday, Aug. 21 at 9am with the Running of the Oriental Dragon, followed by a parade of teams, welcoming remarks and the Dotting of the Eye Ceremony – to awaken the Dragon. Races start at 10am. There will be tents with seating, great food throughout the day, children’s activities, lively music and an exciting awards ceremony at 4pm. There is…
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