Category Archives: AWARD

CarolinaEast earns five stars!

Upper echelon of nation’s hospitals NEW BERN — In the second round of ratings by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CarolinaEast Medical Center is the only hospital in North Carolina to retain five stars. One of only four in the state following the initial ratings, CarolinaEast now emerges into an elite group – the 1.81 percent of the nation’s hospitals to receive a coveted five stars! According to the federal government website, Medicare.gov: “The overall rating summarizes up to 57 quality measures on Hospital Compare reflecting common conditions that hosp…

Pamlico County Athletic Club launches fourth year

GRANTSBORO – Maurice King, executive director of the Pamlico County Athletic Club, and three of the store’s staffers, are seen here in the ‘Trophy Corner’ of the Grantsboro Piggly Wiggly. The spot is a showcase for awards, medals, and other recognition received by local youth basketball teams. The teams, which play and practice almost year-round, are open to students in Grades 3 through 12. In addition to Piggly Wiggly, the other sponsors for Pamlico County Athletic Club include Beasley’s Bail Bonds, Garland Fulcher Seafood, Big M Equipment, and Bojangles’. King and his vol…

Marina at River Dunes nets two major boating awards

ORIENTAL — River Dunes has been voted one of the Top Ten Best All-Around Marinas in the world, according to Marinas.com, a top ranked website with over 5.5 million visitors annually. The survey allowed voters to select their favorites from over 16,000 marinas in the categories of Best All-Around, Transient, Home Port, Resort, Family-Oriented, and Boat Service Yards. Other winners ranged from as far as Portugal, the British Virgin Islands and Canada. Deaton’s Yacht Service, located in Oriental, was voted one of the Top Five Boat Service Providers in the Marinas.com survey. Marin…

Underwater memorial planned for long-time Reef Coordinator

Jim Francesconi MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is moving forward with plans to construct an underwater memorial in honor of the division’s former Artificial Reef Coordinator Jim Francesconi. The vessel originally identified for sinking in Francesconi’s name is no longer available. An alternative vessel has been found, and efforts to contract for purchase, cleaning, towing and sinking the ship are underway. The division will oversee sinking of the vessel on the Howard Chapin Reef (AR-330), about 12 miles outside of Beaufort Inlet. The vessel will be sunk…

High School principal gets nod for Superintendent’s post

BAYBORO – Lisa Jackson, principal of Pamlico County High School, receives congratulations from John Prescott, Chairman of the Pamlico County Board of Education. After current Superintendent Wanda Dawson announced earlier this month that she would step down from her post effective July 1, the elected seven-member board resolved, if possible, to hire from within. Insiders familiar with Jackson’s appointment describe her as a strong, capable leader. Over the past decade, the four-campus school system has experienced dwindling enrollment – a high-priority challenge the new su…

Ballroom dancers excel in Raleigh

RALEIGH — John and Penny DeFino of Pamlico County are known locally as National Ballroom champions, but now a number of their students are making the news. Thirteen dancers recently competed at the Triangle Open Dancesport Championships in Raleigh – the 17th annual episode of this ballroom competition at NC State! All of the group placed in a great number of events that included American Style and International Style dancing in Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing and Quickstep. Proving that it is never too late to start, the students range in age from 20s to those well over…

Banquet rocks as Chamber celebrates 112 years!

Awards read like ‘Who’s Who’ of Washington businesses WASHINGTON, N.C. – Members of the Chamber of Commerce for Washington / Beaufort County turned out in droves last Thursday, Jan. 29, for the group’s annual banquet at the downtown Civic Center. Always a highlight, this year’s sellout event came packed with extra wow power. Award recipients, from left: Bragg Dawson of Coca Cola Bottling Co., joint winner with Glen and Gennia Weatherington of Down on Mainstreet Restaurant for Business of the Year; Nonprofit of the Year, Eagle’s Wings Food Pantry, represented by executive…

PotashCorp donates $30K to Boy Scouts

From left to right, Harry Sanders, Chocowinity; Norm Belmore, Council Commissioner, Jacksonville; Ray Franks, Scout Executive Greenville, receives a $30,000 check from Ray McKeithan of PotashCorp to support the PotashCorp ECO Lodge and Boy Scouts of America STEM Multicultural programs at the PotashCorp ECO Lodge Sunday. Special to the County Compass BLOUNTS CREEK — On Sunday at the Community Field Day at East Carolina Scout Reservation sponsored by PotashCorp Aurora, Ray McKeithan, government and community affairs manager for PotashCorp Aurora, presented East Caro…

Firefighters honored

Photo credit: Ben Casey, Pamlico Community College Special to the County Compass GRANTSBORO — From left, Chris Murray, Fire Marshal for Pamlico County; Jeremy Lee, Lieutenant for Arapahoe Fire/Rescue; Jeff Sanders, Firefighter Triangle Volunteer Fire Department; Curtis Grant, Firefighter Reelsboro Volunteer Fire Department, and Daniel Suggs, Chief, Grantsboro Volunteer Fire Department were recognized last month with a ceremony at Pamlico Community College. During a fire earlier this year — where a fatality occurred — each of the men risked their lives by ent…

Local woman wins N.C. Senior Pageant

From left, third runner-up Joyce Ledbetter; queen Flora Moorman; first runner-up Debbie Lewis; and, second runner-up Patti Meese. Special to the County Compass Flora Moorman PINEHURST – A Pamlico County resident, Flora Moorman, is ‘Ms. North Carolina Senior America for 2014’ after being crowned Saturday afternoon during the annual pageant, held this year at Owens Auditorium on the campus of Sandhills Community College. Beautiful and talented senior ladies from throughout the state participated.  Debbie Lewis of Fayetteville was chosen as first runner-up; Patti Meese of Sherrills Ford, second runner-up; and Joyce Ledbetter of Thomasville, third runner-up. Moorman and 49 other state queens will trav…