Dragon Boat races rock at River Dunes

Jeff Aydelette, August 16, 2017

RIVER DUNES – By any measure, spectators and paddlers enjoyed many competitive races during the Eighth Annual Oriental Dragon Boat Festival, though by late Saturday afternoon everyone left the grounds of River Dunes thoroughly wet and muddy. At 11 am Saturday – just prior to the fifth race – organizers called a halt to all on-the-water activities. Out of deference to lightning and thunder, everyone hunkered down, with many stealing an early lunch from one or more of four busy fo...
Groundbreaking & Unveiling Ceremony 205 First Street

Special to the County Compass, August 14, 2017

The public is invited to attend the groundbreaking and unveiling ceremony for New Bern’s new workforce development training center. The event will be held on Tuesday, August 15th at 10 a.m. at the center located at 205 First Street. Refreshments will be served. The City of New Bern and Craven Community College learned in January that, as co-applicants, they had received a nearly $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) to transfor...
Parade of Teams & Opening Ceremony begin 9 am Saturday

Special to the County Compass, August 11, 2017

HUNDREDS OF PADDLERS HEAD TO RIVER DUNES FOR EIGHTH ANNUAL COMPETITION! SPECTATORS FREE!  By Flora Moorman RIVER DUNES -- This Festival, now in its eighth year, exemplifies the true ‘Spirit’ that it takes to make a ‘difference’ in our community. Separate events for charities, nonprofits, and other worthy organizations always cost money and effort to produce! The Oriental Dragon Boat Race & Festival exists to allow our teams – each supporting different causes – to rais...
Amelia Earhart in July 1937 - Did she hang up before she could be traced?

The County Compass, August 9, 2017

By Gordon Allison, Jr. | Copyright 2017 Part Four of a series Editor’s Note: There have been ‘news’ items saying Major Joe Gervais (MJ) was discredited when McGraw-Hill removed his and Joe Klaas’ book from the shelves following a lawsuit by Irene Bolam. McGraw-Hill did that to cut their losses. No retraction statement was ever made! In 2000, the rights to Amelia Earhart Lives reverted to the authors, Joe Klaas and Joe Gervias. Gordon Allison Jr., the author of this series and a goo...
Pamlico Community College ranked No. 1

The County Compass, August 9, 2017

Campus tops list released by SmartAsset GRANTSBORO -- Pamlico Community College has been ranked No.1 on SmartAsset’s list of the Best Community Colleges in the United States. The list, released Aug. 9 by the New York-based personal finance technology company, places PCC in the top spot in the nation based on a review of 2015-16 federal data on 808 community colleges throughout America. PCC received exemplary scores for its graduation/transfer rate. A whopping 84 percent of PCC students eit...
State-run prison in Bayboro reports assault on officer

The County Compass, August 9, 2017

BAYBORO – Tuesday, Aug. 8, investigators with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported assault on a Detention Officer at the Pamlico Correctional Institute. The facility -- on Bay City Road just north of Bayboro -- is a medium security, state-run prison. One officer was injured and transported to Carolina East Medial Center by ambulance for injuries sustained during the assault. The officer was reportedly assaulted by a single inmate. The Pamlico County Sheriff...
HEROIN TRAFFICKER CONVICTED, SENT TO PRISON

The County Compass, August 8, 2017

New Bern, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court today, JANUARY JONES, 41, of New Bern, was convicted on his guilty plea to charges arising out of his sale of heroin to informants working with the New Bern Police Department. Superior Court Judge R. Kent Harrell presided, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Chekesha Hukins. New Bern Police, using cooperating informants, conducted a series of controlled...
PHARMACY THEFT LEADS TO PRISON SENTENCE

The County Compass, August 8, 2017

New Bern, North Carolina -- District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court today, ERIC MICHAEL FARNHAM, 36, of New Bern, pled guilty to a series of charges arising out of his breaking into a pharmacy in New Bern, and was sentenced to prison. Superior Court Judge R. Kent Harrell presided, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Robert J. McAfee. On April 2, 2017, River Bend Police Chief Ryland Matthews stopped a Ford pickup truck ju...
Powerhouse ‘Charlotte Fury’ commits to Aug. 12 Dragon Boat Race & Festival

The County Compass, August 4, 2017

RIVER DUNES – ‘Charlotte Fury’ – acknowledged to be one of the best Dragon Boat squads in the southeast – signaled this week they are headed to Oriental and to River Dunes for the Aug. 12 event. Known as a ‘club team,’ which practices throughout the year both on Lake Norman and in other venues, the Charlotte squad last participated in 2012. “This is great news,” said Festival organizer. “When a team of this caliber shows up, the level of competition increases. Our sinc...
Thousands of rotting potatoes first thought to be sewer spill

Jeff Aydelette, August 3, 2017

Thick, black, smelly runoff fouls ditches near Vandemere HIGHWAY 304 NEAR VANDEMERE – Turns out a hasty and costly Saturday morning sewer line replacement in a ditch near Hollyville Trailer Park was not needed – although the error did not become evident until two days later. Monday morning a small army of trucks from Bay River Metropolitan Sewerage District returned to the site, where an extensive ‘bypass’ of a suspected leak had been performed just two days earlier. Much to ...

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