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Happy Turkey-Giving!

Matthew 25:35 For I was hungered, and ye gave me meal; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in.

Isaiah and Gibbs (along with others) hefted many a bird Saturday morning.

Isaiah and Gibbs (along with others) hefted many a bird Saturday morning.

news1-happy-pic-2BAYBORO – For the second consecutive year, the congregations of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Merritt, and St. Galilee Missionary Baptist Church in Maribel joined forces Saturday morning to distribute frozen turkeys to deserving folks who showed up shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Pamlico Medical Center. According to Armandez L. Crawford, who pastors both churches, the event is a rewarding experience for all concerned. “We want to thank Walmart of Grantsboro for all their help in supplying 200 turkeys,” said Crawford, “and special thanks to Marvin Murray, who contributed 100 pounds of collards.”

On Sunday, the Hi-Lites Cheerleaders of Pamlico County, took time out to show their love for two area families. “It was a vision that was set in our heart to find two families in the county to donate a basket of love for Thanksgiving,” said. Jackie Johnson, coach and owner of Hi-Lites Cheerleaders instruction program.

Ms. Nancy Grose of Grantsboro (top pic) and Ms. Jeanie Credle of Bayboro each received a turkey and all the trimmings for a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. There were tears of joy, smiles, and hugs during the giving of the Thanksgiving basket. The recipients expressed their gratitude, and the young cheerleaders certainly learned the true meaning of love and giving back during the Holidays.

Upcoming events for Hi-Lites Cheerleaders:

  • Dec. 3, 2016—–Cheer Competition in Raleigh, NC
  • Dec. 17, 2016—-Bayboro, Parade
  • Jan. 21, 2017—–Cheer Competition in Richmond, Va
  • March 17-19, 2017—–Cheer Competition in Myrtle Beach, SC

Burroughs Wellcome Fund underwrites ambitious program at Aurora Fossil Museum


burroughs-wellcome-fundAURORA – The Burroughs Wellcome Fund announced this week a generous grant to the Aurora Fossil Museum Foundation, as part of the fund’s Student Science Enrichment Program.

Museum director Cindy Crane said the popular museum, located in downtown Aurora, will use the funding to partner with East Carolina University and PotashCorp-Aurora. The triumvirate — in conjunction with Burroughs Wellcome Fund — have plans to offer ‘IMAGINE-NC’ – an initiative designed to ‘Integrate Mathematics and Geology In Eastern North Carolina.’

“This is HUGE news for the Aurora Fossil Museum, the families of the Town of Aurora, and Beaufort County,” explained an ecstatic Crane during a brief telephone interview.

Officials say that content-rich and engaging out-of-school activities can improve students’ in-school performance in mathematics and science – which is what popular student trips to the Fossil Museum are all about!!

To address low end-of-grade test scores among students in grades 3 through 8 in Beaufort County — and increase interest in STEM careers (which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) — the IMAGINE-NC project developed jointly by the
Aurora Fossil Museum; the geosciences and education faculty from East Carolina University; and staffers with nearby PotashCorp-Aurora.

According to Crane, IMAGINE-NC consists of three components:

1) Two week-long, non-residential summer camps, serving approximately 60 students in grades 4 through 8.
2) Four weekend activities during the school year for parents, students and teachers
3) Support for teachers during the school year with inquiry-based, integrated, science/mathematics activities.

Crane and her staff at the museum are expected to provide recruiting, the camp venue, financial oversight and management of the project, website design and maintenance, and avid participation by:

• Crane, the museum’s director, who doubles as a paleontologist experienced in science outreach!
• ECU science faculty, providing science expertise and access to equipment, such as a research vessel and drill rig.
• ECU education faculty, offering experience with problem-based learning techniques, curriculum, and integration of science and mathematics activities.
• PotashCorp-Aurora, providing transportation for students, their lunches, and use of company facilities and grounds.

Crane explained that all activities are to be developed collaboratively by the IMAGINE-NC staff. For more information, contact Cindy Crane at (252) 322-4238, or e-mail:

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. 

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 foundation will award $100,000, for each grant, to a selected nonprofit for an innovative project that will be completed in 2017. Interested organizations should visit the foundation’s website at for more information and application instructions.

“Traditionally, the Pope Foundation’s humanitarian and arts giving has focused on needs in the Triangle area,” said foundation Vice President Joyce Pope.  “But we know there are needs across the state and organizations with innovative ideas to address those needs.  This competitive grant program allows us to directly impact communities and inspire North Carolina’s nonprofit network.”

This is the second year the Pope Foundation has offered competitive grants.  In early 2016, the Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra received the arts grant to create an instrument lending library for their youngest musicians.  Safelight Family Services of Hendersonville received the human services grant for the expansion of Dandelion, a nonprofit restaurant that provides jobs training for survivors of domestic violence.

Joy W. Pope was the wife of the late entrepreneur and foundation namesake, John William Pope.  She was president of the foundation from 1986-1992, a founding member of the Raleigh Fine Arts Society, and an early supporter of Carolina Ballet.  The John William Pope Foundation works to improve the well being of citizens through the advancement of individual freedom and personal responsibility.  Since 1986, the foundation has given more than $100 million to nonprofits.

Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office “back to school” supply drive

N1607P22013CSheriff Chris Davis
Pamlico County

The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office, with help from our citizens and schools, will be doing a “back to school” supply drive. We have contacted our county schools and asked for a list of items they feel are needed by students when they return to school. All items will be given to each individual school; where school staff will give it to the students in need or give as needs arise. We feel the school can better identify where the greatest needs are. We understand that families fall on hard times; we see it every day and feel that it is our responsibility to help carry some of the burden. This is our opportunity to invest in our future and the future of Pamlico County.

A list of supplies that are needed:

#2 Pencils
Kids Scissors
Glue Sticks
Erasers (Large Pink)
Book Bags
Colored Pencils
Cap Erasers
Black/White Composition Notebooks
Poster Board for Projects
Hand Sanitizer
Clorox Wipes
Ear Buds
2” 3-ring binder
3” 3-ring binder
Marbled Journal Notebooks
Loose Sleeve Paper
Index Cards
Lysol Spray
Black Ink Pens
Dry Erase Markers
Mechanical Pencils
Glue Bottles
Wide-Rule Notebook Paper
1 Subject spiral notebooks
3 x 5 index Cards
Graph Paper
Sheet Protectors
Copy Paper
Plastic Folders with 2 pockets and fasteners

We will be running the school supply drive until August 22, 2016. Please bring your donated items to the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office anytime, between now and August 22. We hope we can count on you to help offset the cost of supplies for parents, teachers and our schools. Together we can make a difference!

Hardees of Alliance deserves accolades

A fire earlier this month killed a woman, whose daughter works at Hardees.

A fire earlier this month killed a woman, whose daughter works at Hardees.

Hardee_colorBy Jean Martin
Florence–Whortonsville Volunteer Fire Department

MARIBEL – On the morning of Jan. 5, this community suffered a great tragedy. A structure fire not only ended in the destruction of a home but in the loss of life to one of the inhabitants and burn injuries to another.

Pamela Jones, an employee of Hardees in Alliance, was injured while trying to save her mother, but could not, and has suffered a great loss.

Several fire departments, Pamlico Rescue, and Emergency Management were all there for a good many hours doing what they needed to do when such a crisis occurs. Hardees in Alliance was doing business, but probably not “as usual,” since this involved one of their own, and in such extreme circumstances.

Yes, as on many previous occasions, Hardees took care of emergency personnel during these long and grueling hours by providing food to them at the fire scene! They have done this numerous times before where fires or emergency incidents involve many people for an extended period of time.

On behalf of my fire department, Florence-Whortonsville, and I am sure all the others involved, I would like to thank Hardees for their thoughtfulness and support. We all greatly appreciate their efforts to make our job easier during such events and the thought that someone is “looking out for us” is very comforting and commendable.
Thank you.

Now, Hardees is looking out for Ms. Jones by setting up a donation box at their business to help her. I encourage all of you to stop in and support their efforts to, once again, help someone in need. A business like this is a very strong asset in our small communities and we appreciate them very much!

Generous shoppers = Merrier Christmas for seniors

From left, Pamlico County Commissioner Kenny Heath; Senior Center Nutrition Director Beth Hardison; Senior Center Director Violet Ollison; and representing the Grantsboro Walmart: Store Manager Nancy Bass; Personnel Coordinator Kathy Bryant; and Office Associate Dianna Wetherell.

From left, Pamlico County Commissioner Kenny Heath; Senior Center Nutrition Director Beth Hardison; Senior Center Director Violet Ollison; and representing the Grantsboro Walmart: Store Manager Nancy Bass; Personnel Coordinator Kathy Bryant; and Office Associate Dianna Wetherell.

ALLIANCE – The power of networking played out in spades Monday morning when Pamlico County Commissioner Kenny Heath pulled his pickup truck into the parking lot of the Senior Services Center, loaded to the max with a variety of food items – freshly pulled from the shelves of the Grantsboro Walmart.

Less than a week earlier, Heath met Store Manager Nancy Bass at the Chamber of Commerce Christmas Party.
Bass, who arrived at her new post in late November, fielded a flurry of questions from Heath – an eager beaver who is always intent to uncover relationships that benefit all involved.

Bass told Heath that checkout cashiers at the Grantsboro Walmart were gently suggesting to every shopper that a $5 ‘Feed the Needy’ donation would immediately fund a cardboard box of nutritious foodstuffs – and that the items would be earmarked for Pamlico County low-income recipients during the holiday season.

“The minute a shopper makes a $5 donation at the Grantsboro Walmart, one or more of our employees grab an empty cardboard box and pull items from an approved list,” explained Bass. “Then, those boxes are held for one of several nonprofits that assist those in need.”

So, as you might expect, Heath showed up Monday morning bright and early at the Grantsboro Walmart with an empty pickup – but only after he went in the store and spent a cool $50 – good for another ten boxes of food items.

A short time later at the Senior Services Center, Director Violet Ollison and Nutrition Director Beth Hardison greeted Heath with open arms and big smiles!

“This is something we can really use, especially this time of year,” said Ollison.

As for Heath, he has got more tricks up his sleeve.

“I’m thinking about challenging the other six county commissioners to do something similar,” he chuckled. “This really is a great concept, and I am happy to be a part of it.”

ATTENTION SHOPPERS: If you find yourself in the Grantsboro Walmart, spring for a ‘fiver’ when the checkout person mentions the ‘Feed the Needy’ effort. But hurry! The popular promotion ends Dec. 20.

Country Biscuit aims to serve hundreds

thermometerthisoneNEW BERN – The tradition continues!

Jeff Ipock, owner of Country Biscuit restaurant, will again serve Thanksgiving Dinner to hundreds of homeless and elderly. Last year, Ipock and his small army of employees and volunteers fed a whopping 375 people.

Please send what you can to fund this amazing effort. Make your donations, checks, or money orders payable to: Country Biscuit, and mail to 809 Broad Street, New Bern, N.C. 28560.

And to volunteer for a few hours, call the restaurant at (252) 638-5151. You will be glad you helped!

Trillium uses Medicaid savings to fund playground for disabled children


A new playground – certified as OK for disabled youngsters – will be built in Alliance, thanks to a large grant from Trillium Health Resources. These young people accepted a ceremonial check Monday morning at the site, which is located at the end of Ireland Road, off Highway 55. The location will be listed on a National Registry of certified playgrounds.

Trillium_LogoALLIANCE — A new, accessible playground at Pamlico County’s popular Recreation Park will be built in the coming year, thanks to a large grant from Trillium Health Resources.

In a brief ceremony Monday morning — splashed with plenty of playground perfect sunshine — county officials, and a bunch of youngsters, accepted a check from Trillium in the amount of $275,000.

Garry Cooper, Director of the Pamlico County Parks and Recreation Department, played a crucial role in applying for Trillium’s ‘Play Together Construction Grant for Accessible Playgrounds.’ Unfortunately, Cooper is on the mend from recent surgery and could not attend the festivities.

Alliance is the site of a county-owned park with ball fields, and a modest playground. It is now one of 25 communities receiving playground grants from Trillium, a local government agency that manages mental health, substance use and intellectual/developmental disability services in a 24-country area in eastern N.C.

Funding for the Play Together grants is a result of savings from operating as a Medicaid 1915 (b)(c) Waiver Site.

“At the heart of our mission is making a difference in the lives of those we serve, and investing in our communities is a critical part of that mission,” said Amy Corbitt, project manager, Research and Development, Trillium. “Trillium is able to reinvest savings in innovative programs and services for the betterment of our communities.”

Reinvestment dollars were allocated to help communities across Trillium’s service area develop accessible playgrounds that allow people of all abilities to come together.

“We strive to provide services to the individuals in our communities and our communities at large that help create productive, meaningful lives,” continued Corbitt. “These playgrounds will bring our communities’ children andparents together without many of the difficulties they face in their lives every day.”

Additional grants have been or are being awarded over the next two weeks in the Town of Dover, New Hanover County, Town of Nags Head, Carteret County, Havelock, Onslow County, Wrightsville Beach, Brunswick County, Ayden, Swansboro, and Pender County. In September, during the agency’s first phase of Play Together Construction Grant for Accessible Playgrounds, grants were awarded in Ahoskie, Beaufort County, Greenville, Gates County, Williamston, Elizabeth City, Craven County, Currituck County, Bertie County, Camden County, and Tyrrell County.

New record for Thanksgiving tradition depends on last minute contributions

Jeff Ipock (center with green ball cap) rallies his volunteers on Thanksgiving Day of 2014. This year, Country Biscuit restaurant hopes to feed up to 500 elderly and homeless folks, assuming donations will support the effort.

Jeff Ipock (center with green ball cap) rallies his volunteers on Thanksgiving Day of 2014. This year, Country Biscuit restaurant hopes to feed up to 500 elderly and homeless folks, assuming donations will support the effort.

NEW BERN – For several years, Jeff Ipock, owner of the popular Country Biscuit restaurant, has mustered friends, employees, family members, volunteers, and benefactors – with one goal in mind: On Thanksgiving Day, feed as many of the elderly and homeless as limited resources will allow.

This year, Ipock has set an ambitious goal of 500 meals – up significantly from last year when 375 individuals were served.

Please send what you can to help this amazing effort! Make your donations, checks or money orders payable to:

Country Biscuit
809 Broad Street
New Bern, N.C. 28560.

Please note on your check or money order: Thanksgiving 2015. And, to volunteer for a few hours (or all day), call the restaurant at (252) 638-5151. Thank you.


Civil War groups rally for religious charity


NEW BERN — Damian Judd, far right, the Homeless Shelter Supervisor for Religious Community Services, accepts a check from members of the Rains Brothers Camp: Sons of Confederate Veterans, represented by, from left, Chris White, Nancy Daughety, Alton White, and Branden T. Daughety. The group hosted the well-attended Aug. 2 ‘Confederate Flag Road Rally,’ collecting donations from other Civil War legacy and reenactment organizations. The Rains Brothers Camp has a goal of promoting Southern Heritage, and commemorating the sacrifice paid by ancestors during the Civil War. The group meets the second Thursday of every month at Moore’s Barbecue in New Bern at 6:30 p.m. sharp! For more information, e-mail Scott Phelps: