Category Archives: Washington

Couple’s amazing story sets stage for popular Historic Homes tour

Kasey Stone WASHINGTON, N.C. — In May of 2005, Ed and Shirley Stone made their first visit to the beautiful waterfront city of “Little Washington,” with no idea this afternoon visit would put them on the path to a labor of love and their forever home. Saturday, April 14, you can meet the Stones as they — and 11 other families — open their homes to visitors in a fundraising effort to support the Washington Area Historic Foundation. Before their trek to Washington, Ed & Shirley owned a historic home in the College Hill District of Greensboro, N.C. and have always support…

Pamlico Writers’ Group chooses ‘Poet Laureate’

First ever title goes to Malaika King Albrecht 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 committee, handed the stage over to poet Marty Silverthorne. Originally among t…

Pamlico Writers Group to host romance author Reese Ryan

Reese Ryan By Gloria Loftin WASHINGTON, NC – The Pamlico Writers Group is proud to host romance writer, Reese Ryan, who will be giving a two-part workshop, “Building Believable Characters and Creating Functioning, Yet Compelling Secondary Characters,” at the Turnage Theater on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To register for the workshop, go to www.pamlicowritersgroup.org Events Calendar. Early registration is $35 for members and $40 for non-members. For payments at the door, please expect a modest $5 surcharge. Ms. Ryan is the author of the Pleasure Cove Series: Pla…

Statue dedication ceremony set for March 22

Welding students, instructor create one-of-a-kind tribute to community college On one side, a great blue heron takes flight. By Attila Nemecz Public Relations Coordinator Beaufort County Community College WASHINGTON — Beaufort County Community College plans to dedicate a sculpture created by its welding students and instructor as part of the school’s 50th anniversary. Although everyone is welcome, officials have issued a special invitation to all those who attended BCCC during the 1967 – 1969 period, the college’s first three years of operation! The dedication cerem…

A new generation of nurses: Chelsea Huggins

Huggins practices ‘hands on’ care. WASHINGTON, NC— Chelsea Huggins discovered that everyone is on the same page when they start the nursing program at Beaufort County Community College. The students who have two years of experience as certified nurse aides, and the students who just walked in the door might have the same skills it takes to be a great nurse. This was a relief to Huggins, who at 18, is the youngest student working toward an Associate Degree in Nursing. Huggins came to the community college almost by accident. She managed to speed through high school in just three years at Ne…

Beaufort County to enhance courthouse security

WASHINGTON, N.C. — Beginning February 1, security measures at the Beaufort County Courthouse will increase. The additional measures will include modifying access at two exterior entrances to the building to route pedestrian traffic through security screening checkpoints. Previously these screening checkpoints were only located at the entrances to the Courtrooms. Public access will be through the two entrances located on the Second Street side of the building. The first will be the main first-floor entrance and the second will be the ground-level entrance by the Magistrates…

Artists sought for Duck Stamp competition

Last year’s winning artwork came from Guy Crittenden, a Virginia wildlife artist. WASHINGTON, N.C. — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Washington Tourism Development Authority are seeking artists’ entries for the N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Jan. 22, 2016 at the Washington Tourism Development Authority, 108 Gladden Street, Washington, N.C. 27889. The winning artwork will be featured on the 2016-17 waterfowl conservation stamp, also known as the North Carolina duck stamp. It, along with the oth…

Future interpreters get hands-on experience

Becoming bi-lingual improves job prospects By Betty Gray Public Relations Coordinator Beaufort County Community College WASHINGTON, N.C. – Community College students taking Intermediate Spanish received real-life experience in class recently when they were called on to interpret a presentation by Greenville immigration lawyer Janice M. Cole. Speaking in Spanish, students asked questions of Ms. Cole, which were simultaneously translated into English by other students. Ms. Cole then presented information in English about recent changes in immigration law, while studen…

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…

Beaufort County Sheriff announces overhaul of department

Beaufort Observer Editorial Team WASHINGTON, N.C. — Beaufort County Sheriff Ernie Coleman announced Wednesday a reorganization of the Sheriff’s Office. Coleman succeeded former longtime sheriff Alan Jordan who did not seek re-election in the 2014 election. Coleman ran in the primary as a Republican and was opposed in the runoff by Jordan’s Chief Deputy Harry Meredith. In the Democrat primary runoff Jordan crony Russell Davenport was defeated by Al J. Whitney, who went on to lose to Coleman in the General Election. One of the first moves Coleman made when he assumed office in De…
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