Category Archives: — CHOWAN COUNTY

Art gains steam during April in downtown New Bern

This piece titled ‘Mali Mother and Child’ by artist Molly Knazek received the People’s Choice Award in 2016. NEW BERN — Craven Arts Council and Gallery is proud to present the work of the Twin Rivers Artist Association and the visual arts students at Craven Community College! Scheduled to run from April 5 thru April 29 at Bank of the Arts on Middle Street, the Main Gallery exhibition will receive a thorough gander from ‘juror’ Sue Byrne Russell, a professional artist, teacher, and touring artist in residence. Russell received her BFA from the University of Georgia and MA from…

McCrory to Obama: ‘No more Syrian refugees’

RALEIGH – Many North Carolinians applauded Gov. Pat McCrory this week for asking President Obama and the federal government to stop sending Syrian refugees to North Carolina. “The brutal murder of people in Paris reminds us that, sadly, terrorists can hide among the innocent,” said Francis De Luca, president of the Raleigh-based Civitas Institute, a nonprofit that espouses a variety of policy solutions from the conservative perspective. “It is vital to halt the influx of Syrians and others from the Middle East until we can ensure none are threats to the people of North Carolina…

Steinburg to chair Agriculture Committee

EDENTON — State Representative Bob Steinburg (R-Edenton) today announced his committee assignments for his second term in office. Steinburg earned the Chairman’s gavel for the Agriculture Committee after serving as Vice-Chairman during his inaugural term. Steinburg also was named to the following committees: Commerce and Job Development, Environment, Finance, Judiciary 1, Transportation, and Wildlife Resources. “These committee assignments mean I will be working closely on the issues most important to our area,” said Steinburg.“Agriculture is the most impor…

Elected officials should serve taxpayers, not special interests

Rob Steinburg Editor’s note: This is the second article in a series, gleaned from a recent interview with state House Rep. Bob Steinburg. Here, we examine the ways in which counties can reduce costs. CHOWAN COUNTY – The most common default mechanism to increase a county’s revenues is to raise taxes, which requires no creative thinking. Elected officials and department heads, at all levels, should look at every item requiring expenditure and perform a cost/benefit analysis, judging the request on its own merits. Doing so will chop a lot of significant money out of a budget. However, of…

‘Medicaid is the elephant in the room’

Legislator says expansion of program fiscally irresponsible Rob Steinburg CHOWAN COUNTY – Editor’s note: The following begins a multipart series, pertaining to an interview with state House Rep. Bob Steinburg, a Republican from Chowan County. The two-hour interview was recently conducted at Steinburg’s home in Edenton. The first segment deals with the expansion of Medicaid. When Rep. Steinburg entered the legislature in 2012, he — like all newly elected legislators — felt that the Medicaid question was such a complex issue that it would take a vertical learning cu…

Industrial Wind Turbines: Pro and Con

Click on image to enlarge By John Woodard and John Droz | Special to the County Compass EDENTON – This community hosted a free educational event Saturday, Nov. 22, organized by local residents to explore the consequences of Industrial Wind Turbines, which have been proposed for the northeast corner of North Carolina. The meeting included an award-winning movie (Windfall), and the co-author of this article, John Droz, served as the morning’s moderator. Droz is a retired physicist and long-time environmentalist, who contends that wind energy – as currently developed in this…
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