Pamlico Writers’ Group chooses ‘Poet Laureate’

Special to the County Compass, February 20, 2018

First ever title goes to Malaika King Albrecht By Eileen Lettick WASHINGTON, N.C. -- Poets from all over eastern North Carolina walked through the doors of the Turnage Theatre on Saturday evening, Feb. 3. They were there to cheer for the inaugural set of ‘Heart of the Pamlico Poet Laureate’ finalists: Deborah Doolittle and Malaika King Albrecht. After delivering a brief overview and history of the event and the application process, Eileen Lettick, chair of the group’s search committ...

The County Compass, February 16, 2018

BEAUFORT – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced the following drug case convictions and resulting prison sentences obtained by his office in Carteret County Superior Court: DANIEL FOLEY NYBERG, 30, of New Bern, was sentenced to an active prison term of 117-171 months and a fine of $50,000 for his role in the break-in and theft of thousands of pills, mostly opiates, from the K-Mart on Arendell St. in Morehead City on June 19, 2017. An alarm at the business came in at 11:14 p.m. When ...
Scattered, covered & smothered! -- Screwy new districts prompt more candidate explaining, than campaigning!

The County Compass, February 16, 2018

News Analysis EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA – Voters should be forgiven if the early days of this year’s election season resemble the often inscrutable refrain barked by waitresses inside the 24 / 7 environs of the popular Waffle House restaurant chain. Press releases issued by both incumbents and challengers for a slew of recently redrawn state legislative seats suggest that increased voter apathy – rather than voter inclusion – might be the unintended consequence of districts that bear li...

GenX emissions into Cape Fear River gets legislative attention

Special to the County Compass, February 13, 2018

RALEIGH – State Senators Michael Lee (R-New Hanover), Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick), Wesley Meredith (R-Cumberland), Trudy Wade (R-Guilford) and Andy Wells (R-Catawba) have introduced legislation to make available an extensive network of world-class scientists, over one hundred mass spectrometers, and other resources within the University of North Carolina system to analyze water samples and conduct research on ways to improve water quality in areas of the state affected by GenX. Last year, the ...
Waterfront town targeted for military training

Jeff Aydelette, February 9, 2018

Officials leery of ‘Close Air Support Missions’ ORIENTAL – Military training Feb. 12 through Feb. 16 is likely to keep some Oriental residents awake, according to a brief overview of planned operations furnished by the Public Affairs office of nearby Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station. In a press release this week, Marine spokesman Mike Barton laid out a flurry of information, which describes a hectic schedule set to begin Friday, Feb. 9, continuing on a sporadic basis through t...
Traffic stop leads to chase, arrest on drug charges

The County Compass, February 9, 2018

On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, Investigators with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office attempted a traffic stop on NC Hwy. 55 in Reelsboro, on Antonio Dion STILLEY of Oriental, NC. When investigators activated their lights and siren, STILLEY did not stop. During the vehicle pursuit, STILLEY swerved at one of the patrol cars several times, before hitting the patrol car on the passenger side while traveling approximately 70 MPH. After hitting the patrol car, STILLEY hit a second vehicle bein...

The County Compass, February 9, 2018

NEW BERN -- District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court this week, AARON ROBERT SUTTON, 31, of New Bern, pleaded guilty to a series of fraud crimes and was sent to prison. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Benjamin Alford presided, and these cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Matthew Wareham. Sutton solicited himself as an HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) repairman who operated his own small business. He dro...
Pamlico County drug roundup nabs 27 suspects

The County Compass, February 6, 2018

More being sought, other warrants pending Over the past six months, investigators with The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office have actively pursued those responsible for distributing drugs in Pamlico County. On Feb. 6, Sheriff Chris Davis announced the arrest of 27 individuals in a drug bust code-named “Demonstrated Difference.” Criminal suspects have been arrested and charged during this operation for their role in selling prescription medication, cocaine, marijuana, and heroin. There ar...
Morehead City man charged after vehicle stuck at crime scene

The County Compass, February 2, 2018

On 02/02/2018, Carteret County deputies and Morehead City police arrested Taylor Russell Valentine, 27, of Emeline Place, Morehead City for stealing numerous items from several businesses on Riggs Road in Morehead City. Deputies say they got the call at 7am this morning when employees from Interstate Battery attempted to assist Valentine who got his truck stuck in a nearby ditch. Employees quickly recognized stolen items from their business and altered authorities. After further i...
Threat of ferry tolls surfaces yet again!

Jeff Aydelette, February 2, 2018

Big turnout for public hearing helped derail issue way back in 2012 EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA – Independent operatives, Joe and Henri McClees, who monitor pending state legislation, rules, and regulations on behalf of six counties in eastern North Carolina, reported this week that an un-named ‘Basement Bureaucrat’ in Raleigh has resurrected the highly contentious ferry toll issue. Exactly six years ago here in Pamlico County, 600 hopping mad, hornet-angry residents showed up en masse to d...


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