Category Archives: COMMUNITY

Requiem for a small town: Belhaven

By Joe Salotti | Guest Commentary The town of Belhaven has two primary assets. Without them, Belhaven cannot survive. These are: 1) The good, honest, caring, and taxpaying citizens; 2) The view and relationship with the waters around the town, which have given the community its purpose for existence. These very elements of survival, as a town, have been challenged by their loss for many years. Unfortunately, the loss of industry and resources has had a big impact on the economy of the area. It is not this loss that is paramount to the heart of Belhaven. It is the loss of the spirit of purpose that ou…

Truly Inclusive Playground to Open in Pamlico County

Playground provides opportunity for individuals of all ages and abilities to play together (Click on photo to enlarge)…

Property Owners raise $2.75 million for purchase of 385 acres, including golf courses

By Gayle Albertini FAIRFIELD HARBOUR – In late December, Fairfield Harbour Property Owners Association purchased 385 acres, collectively known as the Amenities Property, for $2.75 Million from MidSouth Golf LLC – a third party owner since 2000. The acreage consists of Birdland Marina, Shoreline Marina, Harbour Pointe Golf Course, and open space once known as Shoreline Golf Course. In June of 2016 — after lengthy negotiations — MidSouth Golf presented its offer to sell. A community vote, required to purchase the Amenities Property, passed overwhelmingly on August 17…

Own property in or near a flood prone area? Jan. 10 meeting better be on your ‘must attend’ list

BAYBORO – This is coming from a guy who owns waterfront property, and pays a ton of money each year to insure those assets. Pease join me in showing up for a meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10 where ‘newly released flood hazard and flood risk data’ will be explained. The quotation cited above comes from an official press blurb issued by an entity known as the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program. They are with the government and, of course, they are coming here to help us! On the agenda are new, ‘preliminary’ flood plain maps. Needless to say, I am leery. Hope to see you there! The fes…

Class of ’75 celebrates Christmas

ALLIANCE – This close-knit group of former classmates at Pamlico County High School always carves out time each year for a Holiday Celebration. First row: Kenny Smith and Robert Boomer. Second row: Teresa Davis, Aquila Jones, Sally Watson Credle, Amelia Saunders, Betty Lou Barber, Vanessa Midgette, Barbara Wright, and Maddie Nelson. Third row: Garfield Credle, William Jones, Margaret Tatum Murrell, Delseia Moore, Hazel Credle, and Ricky Glasper. Fourth row: Darrell ‘Bouncer’ Jenkins, Roger Sawyer, and Jerry Gibbs.…

Politically Un-Correct Hits the Mark!

Story and Photos by Terry Leigh McCune This year’s annual Goose Creek Island Homecoming Play is a hilarious musical romp through our current political climate. Ronald Rump and Mallory Clayton are running for the office of the Leader of Goose Creek Island.     Rump wants to build a barrier on the bridge to limit undesirables. Mallory wants unlimited access to the island, even stating she would like to build a shoreline condo complex to cater to international clients.   There are senior citizens robbing banks and men dressed as women coming out of the new “Transformers…

The Voice of the People for a better Aurora/Richland Township

Hello, Aurora/Richland Township! Welcome to our first issue of the “The VOICE of the People for a Better Aurora Richland Township”. My name is Eve Hemby and I serve as a Community Or- ganizer for the People for a Better Aurora/Richland Township. Our role and purpose in this community is simple. We organize activities that bring people together to help make our community better economically. The “People” are anyone in the community working toward common goals. So then, if you are a “People” mak- ing Aurora better, then you are a People for a Better Aurora/Richland Township. All th…

Credit Belhaven mayor, NAACP for ‘tenacity and perseverance’ in fight against Vidant

By Betty Murphy BELHAVEN – Saturday, April 30, may well have been a ‘Come to Jesus’ moment when Belhaven town officials and the NAACP hosted a press conference to announce jointly filed federal complaints — an integral part of the evolving Save Our Hospital movement! It has been two years since Greenville-based medical behemoth Vidant Health closed Belhaven’s beloved Pungo District Hospital. In most hearts and minds of this rural community (and to many knowledgeable outsiders), Vidant Health never intended to keep Pungo Hospital operating! It all came to a head on April 30…

Large Homecoming crowd takes look back at 50 years of Portsmouth Village history

PORTSMOUTH ISLAND ON THE OUTBANKS – The official Homecoming photo was one of many highlights from the Saturday, April 30, celebration! See complete story with many more photos in the May 5 issue of The County Compass.…

Visit Vandemere soon! You’ll love this spot!

Before In a photo from late summer of 2015, the original boat ramp was not much to look at. After Forget the term ‘ramp.’ The site is now a gleaming ‘Boating Access Area!’ VANDEMERE — The new boat ramp here is beautiful. However, multiple state agencies involved would prefer that you call the completely transformed eight-acre site a Boating Access Area. Better yet, according to Vandemere Mayor Judy Thaanum, Town Manager Tom Woodruff, and a host of the community’s elected officials and regular rank-and-file citizens, an even better moniker is Vandemere Waterfront Park. No matt…
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