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DRUG TRAFFICKER SENT TO PRISON

The County Compass, December 18, 2018

NEW BERN – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court last week, JOSEPH M. FARMER, 33, of Newport, entered guilty pleas to a series of felony drug offenses, and was sentenced to a mandatory prison sentence. Resident Superior Court Judge Josh Willey presided, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Chekesha Hukins. In January, 2018, Havelock Police Department officers had outstanding arrest warrants for two persons – Sav...
CHECKPOINT RESULTS IN FELONY MARIJUANA CONVICTION

The County Compass, December 18, 2018

NEW BERN – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court last week, JOSEPH CORNELIUS HARGETT, 40, of Trenton, entered a guilty plea to felony charges arising out of his possession of marijuana. Resident Superior Court Judge Josh Willey presided over this term of court, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Chekesha Hukins. On June 24, 2016, the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agency, aided by local officers, were co...
Top official explains proposed change for Health Dept.

Special to the County Compass, December 14, 2018

By Paul Delamar III Editor’s note: Mr. Delamar serves as chairman of the Pamlico County Board of Commissioners. At the request of this newspaper, he has submitted the following opinion piece, explaining his position on a proposed change to the governance of the local Health Department. BAYBORO – The Pamlico County Health Department has been the focus of recent attention from the public and the board of commissioners, most of it critical. As a county commissioner, it is my hope to prov...


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Eagle Scout candidate tackles project

The County Compass, December 12, 2018

PAMLICO COUNTY – “To build and maintain U.S. Flag Retirement Boxes” is the way that Luke Prescott, 16, describes his Eagle Scout Project – an ambitious effort that is well underway. Seen here with Beth Posta, Vice President and City Executive of the State Employees Credit Union in Grantsboro, Luke has also secured three other high-traffic locations: Oriental Marina & Inn, Bayboro Courthouse, and Bethany Christian Church in Arapahoe. When your beloved flag becomes tattered and tor...
U.S. Highway 70 in Kinston Open to Traffic -- One lane will remain closed while crews fix bridge railing

The County Compass, December 10, 2018

KINSTON – The U.S. 70 bridge in Kinston is open to traffic after crews deemed it safe for drivers. A crash involving a tractor trailer that went through a bridge rail barrier along the westbound lanes and into the Neuse River happened around 4 a.m. Sunday, closing the highway. Crews were able to remove the truck from the river this morning and reopen the highway to traffic. An underwater inspection of the bridge showed there is no structural damage and it is safe for traffic. The ...
LOOK OUT! HERE COME ‘SMART METERS’

Special to the County Compass, December 7, 2018

Editor’s note: Judi Wills of Alliance was featured in this newspaper’s nine-part series, which examined the huge increase in wireless radiation, and its possible negative health effects. Here, she expresses concern over Smart Meters soon to be installed throughout the service area of Duke Energy Progress. NORTH CAROLINA – This letter is a follow-up regarding a series of articles you published a few months ago regarding Duke Energy and the Smart Meters. I recently received a notice fro...


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Pamlico County Storm Debris Notice

The County Compass, December 5, 2018

For County designated roads (municipal & private), January 1, 2019 is the deadline for citizens to move storm debris to the right of way. Insulation should be placed in clear plastic bags. Vegetative and construction and demolition debris must be separated. Large trees should be cut in 10-12-foot sections. If you have any questions, you may call Pamlico County Administrative Office at (252) 745-3133.
HEROIN TRAFFICKING LEADS TO PRISON

The County Compass, November 29, 2018

NEW BERN – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court yesterday, EDWARD EARL HARPER, 40, of New Bern, entered a guilty plea to trafficking in heroin and opium prior to his case being called for trial, and was sentenced to a prison term of 70 to 93 months. Superior Court Judge Tanya Wallace presided over this term of court, and the case was prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Chekesha Hukins. Members of the CNET team (Coastal Narcotics E...
OPIATE TRAFFICKER SENT TO PRISON

The County Compass, November 27, 2018

BAYBORO – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Pamlico County Superior Court on November 15, VERNON ARTHUR MILLER, 46, of Grantsboro, pled guilty to trafficking in oxycodone, a prescription opiate painkiller, and was sentenced to 70 to 93 months in prison. Superior Court Judge Imelda Pate presided over this term of court, and the case was prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Christy Hawkins. The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division received inf...
‘Way cool’ key to success for toy guru -- Save some Lava Lamps for grownup kids!

Jeff Aydelette, November 23, 2018

NEW BERN – Christmas shoppers who pop into Snap Dragon, a specialty toy retailer in downtown New Bern, will be hard-pressed to find the faddish, mass-marketed, and licensed children’s gifts that are the stock in trade for most of today’s big box stores. AND, THANK GOODNESS FOR THAT!!! After 22 years, Heather SinClair of Snap Dragon has carved out a remarkable niche in the toy biz. She knows the industry well. Most of her store is ‘sectioned-off’ to help customers find age...


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