Category Archives: BUSINESS

Above everything else!

ORIENTAL – On a windy St. Patrick’s Day, Capt. Ron Diamond dangles amid the treetops, while setting trusses on a new house for local entrepreneur Rich Halverson. Diamond’s boom, fully extended, can reach up to 85 feet above ground, certainly proof that ‘Above All Roofing’ is an appropriate name for his long-time business.…

Beekeeper busy, as bees begin buzzing!

Honeybees often travel long distances to feast on a variety of flowering plants, like this tulip poplar. A former furniture maker, Terry Weaver cranks out his own hives. MERRITT – Eastbound motorists on Hwy. 55 are all familiar with the small red-and-white ‘Bees For Sale’ sign that pops up this time of year. Once again, Terry Weaver of TJ’s Bee Farm is ready to give Mother Nature an assist. Weaver, in a fairly short period of time, has become a major player in the beekeeping industry. Originally from Maryland, where “I made antique replicas for a very fine furniture company,” Weave…

Micro-brewers get green light!

ORIENTAL – Frank and Lili Bacon are all smiles Tuesday night, shortly before elected officials gave them an OK to proceed with a Tap Room and Craft Microbrewery, planned for the lower floor of a two-story office building on Broad Street. Although other hurdles loom — including state and federal permits — the hard-working couple said they remain committed to the venture.…

Aurora officials ‘accept’ economic recommendations

But failure to ‘adopt’ plan concerns many town residents Lavonde Hardy and her daughter Maria attended the Monday night meeting AURORA – Monday night, a huge turnout for a meeting of the Aurora Town Board signaled growing impatience among citizens over the economic plight of this small Beaufort County town. Their frustration came through loud and clear from a young mother, Lavonde Hardy. “We need a grocery store,” pleaded Hardy, while holding her one-year-old daughter Maria. “How can we call ourselves a town without a grocery store? Right now, with the closest grocery store 2…

$1.3 Million Grant to Transform New Bern’s Gateway

City of New Bern The U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced last week it is awarding the City of New Bern and Craven Community College a nearly $1.3 million grant to transform one of the gateways into New Bern. The grant will be used to modify the City’s old electric generation plant and warehouse in the 200 block of First Street into a regional workforce development and training center. The City and Craven Community College were co-applicants on the grant, which was submitted to EDA in August 2016. The Eastern Carolina Council assisted in the grant…

A day in the life of a private investigator!

Once a month, we take a look at weird, offbeat ways to earn a living! By Miki Knutson EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA — I am sure everyone watches television and thinks the life of a Private Investigator must be one of the most exciting jobs. I admit it is rarely ‘typical.’ I personally get excited about my job when new situations pop up or cases puzzle and challenge me. The schedule for the day varies on the type of case you are dealing with. Early mornings, hot afternoons, late nights, weekends, and holidays are often required. Not the type of schedule everyone is willing to commit to, but one that…

N.C. Department of Commerce recognizes PotashCorp-Aurora

At far right, N.C. Secretary of Commerce, John E. Skvarla III, and Will Collins, Assistant Secretary of Commerce, present Kim Toler, PotashCorp-Aurora Training Manager, with the Apprenticeship Program award. AURORA — PotashCorp-Aurora recently received recognition from the North Carolina Department of Commerce for using an innovative approach to apprenticeships for workforce training. Kim Toler, site-training manager for the phosphate-mining behemoth, accepted the Outstanding Innovative Registered Apprenticeship Program award on behalf of PotashCorp-Aurora, at…

Chamber bestows year-end awards

CAMP SEAFARER – The Pamlico County Chamber of Commerce honored three businesses, and two individuals Tuesday night during the group’s annual Christmas dinner, held at Taylor Lodge of Camp Seafarer. Small Business of the Year Teresa Cahoon, president of Bobby Cahoon Marine Construction, accepts Small Business of the Year award from Joyce Swimm, executive director of the Chamber. “Both Bobby and I come from families of small business owners,” said Cahoon, acknowledging the huge role her father, Terry Scott, played “during my 20 years with his business, Scott Plumbing and Heat…

Attention Nonprofits! Apply now!

Pope Foundation to award dual grants of $100K each From left: John Hood, (Foundation President), Jayme Frole, Tanya Blackford (Safelight Executive Director), David Stover (Foundation Board Member), and Kayla Nguyen during the announcement of the $100,000 Safelight grant in March 2016. RALEIGH — The John William Pope Foundation announced this week that it would again offer two statewide competitive grants. North Carolina nonprofits can apply for the 2017 Joy Pope Memorial Grant in the Arts and the 2017 Joy Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services until October 17, 2016. The found…

“Pig” opens in Oriental

The Grand Opening on Wednesday morning attracted a huge crowd — all of whom seemed to be in a party mood! ORIENTAL — After seven months without a grocery store, this small waterfront community embraced entrepreneur Billy Flockhart and staffers as Piggly Wiggly opened its doors Wednesday morning in a building once occupied by Walmart Express. Photos by Terry McCune Grocery entrepreneur Billy Flockhart was all smiles. Over the past seven months, the hard charging, hands-on store owner faced numerous obstacles – including a huge financial investment – in order to open a new…
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