Category Archives: CHARITY

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. Th…

Happy Times are (almost) here again!

VANDEMERE – A late June start-back for this faith-based camp seemed much closer to reality Wednesday, after a flurry of activity throughout the day. Under the wistful / apprehensive gazes of Camp Vandemere board member Ken Hill and Camp Director Rick Price, crews and a massive crane began the careful positioning of nine 70-feet long modular units atop tall pilings on the banks of windy Bay River. By the end of the day, the girls dorm and the boys dorm – each capable of accommodating up to 70 campers – were mostly in place, and the modular units that will form the Kitchen / Dining Hall were sche…

Tears flow as family receives Habitat home

Ari Sylvester receives the key to her family’s new home from Rosemary Warner, president of the Pamlico County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. From left, are John Sylvester; daughter, Victoria; Ari Sylvester; son, Alden; and Rosemary Warner, President of Pamlico County Habitat For Humanity. By Lisa E. Bernett ORIENTAL — The Sylvester family, John and Ari, together with children, Alden, age 14; and Victoria, age 10; have a new home thanks to Habitat for Humanity and the generosity of many volunteers and businesses. Saturday afternoon in a symbolic ribbon-cutting ceremony, the k…

Congolese art to fund church’s expansion

BAYBORO – Daily Bread of Life Ministries, a fixture in this community for almost three decades, recently laid the foundation for a new sanctuary. However, Pastors William and Gladys Wright readily admit that funding for the ambitious project falls far short of what will ultimately be needed. Enter benefactor Caroline Keel, a resident of Oriental, who recently donated more than two dozen original paintings to the cause. The framed paintings were acquired by Keel’s uncle, Dr. Constantine Saliba, and shipped to United States during the 1970s. Saliba, now deceased, and his wife Noha, we…

End-of-life care worth financial risk to Craven County

By Thomas Smith | Special to the County Compass NEW BERN — In the County Compass of Nov. 20, I read with interest and concern Mr. Hal James’s guest commentary of why he is opposed to Craven County Hospice operating an Inpatient Hospice House.  Please let me state at the beginning, in full disclosure, that I am currently an employee of Craven County Hospice.  Also let me state that my views are expressed as a private citizen of Craven County and that I do not necessarily represent the views, opinions or official stance of the Craven County Board of Commissioners or Craven County Governme…

Kayaker paddles for Guatemala’s neglected children

This ‘Baby in a Box’ photo demonstrates the dire plight of youngsters in Guatemala, who must fend for themselves in a huge garbage dump. By Claire Hofman | Special to the County Compass ORIENTAL — Dr. Deb Walter will make a stop Saturday afternoon in Oriental as she continues her solo paddle from Maine to Guatemala in an effort to raise money to build a school for children of the Guatemala City Garbage Dump Community. The stop in Oriental has tentatively been set for a sandy beach, off Neuse Street, on the shoreline of the Neuse River. The public is welcome to greet her. Deb’s year-long…

Sisters promote annual Toy Drive

PAMLICO COUNTY – Sisters Meg Anderson, 15, (far left) and Annie Anderson, almost 13, (far right) have certainly done their part over the past 11 years, posing annually for publicity photos, to promote ‘Toys for Pamlico Kids.’ In recent years, the pair have been joined by two new siblings – Madison Anderson, 7, and Molly Holloway, 5, making the quartet of Santa’s elves a formidable toy-collecting force! The youngsters want everyone to contribute. And, as the economy has begun to recover from the Great Recession, organizers are hoping for the best year ever! Please drop off an unwra…

Author donates portion of book sales to Foundation

Special to the County Compass ORIENTAL — Heather Coban, a new author, will be reading from her first book “Hungry Mother Creek” Saturday, May 17th at 3 p.m. at a wine tasting hosted by Nautical Wheelers on Broad Street. Coban is a nom de plume – most locals know the author by her married name of Brewer. Hungry Mother Creek is a story of love, loss, and the healing power of speaking your truth. The main character comes to live in the Town of Oriental after Hurricane Katrina destroyed her life on the Gulf Coast. Heather is a true supporter of non-profit organizations that support Orie…

Firefighter suffers severe injury

County rallies to support native son Freddie Sadler Jr. By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer REELSBORO – Freddie Sadler Jr., age 23, is slowly recuperating from a broken back, suffered when he slipped from a ladder Saturday morning during a routine training exercise in New Bern. Dwayne Croom, Chief of the Reelsboro Volunteer Fire Department, said this week that Sadler’s spirits are good, but the young man – now confined to hospital room at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville — faces two long and difficult challenges: Physical and financial recovery. Reelsboro Volunteer Fire Dep…

‘ We held, fed babies ’

By Melanie Campen and Hattie Harrell | Special to the County Compass Campen and Harrell briefly visit the Sugar Cane Museum, during a break from their week-long mission work in Haiti. PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI – We recently returned from a week-long mission to Haiti, where we traveled with a group of about a dozen North Carolinians. The people of Haiti are proud. Everywhere we looked, the people were well dressed, with clothes pressed and clean, and in good spirits. It is an extremely poor country with most of Port au Prince living meal-to-meal. Fortunately, we did not see much conflict (not what y…
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