Category Archives: New Bern

Interior designer offers experience, ‘extreme attention’ to detail

Suzanne Pritchett NEW BERN — Located in a downtown storefront, Pritchett Interiors and Home Staging, LLC is a one-stop shop! From your Pinterest wish list to helping de-clutter and organize, this locally owned interior design and home staging firm has it covered. Owner and lead designer Suzanne Pritchett has more than 10 years of interior design experience. A North Carolina native and daughter of a seasoned interior designer, she earned a CIDA accredited Bachelor of Science in Interior Design degree from Western Carolina University. Pritchett has lived and worked in South Caroli…

Civitans present: ‘Neil Diamond Tribute Show’ Saturday, June 17

By Frank Salvatore NEW BERN — Civitan Club is excited to present a phenomenal “Neil Diamond Tribute Show” known as “Diamond Reno…Today” featuring someone well known to those of us who live in the New Bern area! Diamond Reno — who performs as Neil Diamond — is none other than Mark Reno, who from 2003 until 2009 performed his award winning Elvis Presley Tribute here in New Bern, to great success and acclaim…selling out every show! Reno, the ever-versatile entertainer, has been touring from New Jersey — performing as Neil Diamond for quite some time, b…

Wow! Teacher of the Year wins new Mitsubishi

NEW BERN – Congratulations to Lori Lynn Sanford, recently named Teacher of the Year for Craven County. Also, accolades to Riverside Mitsubishi for its generosity in awarding Sanford a new 2017 Outlander Sport Mitsubishi in recognition of her achievement. Above, Sanford takes the helm of her new ride during a presentation by dealership owner Dustin Tyson and Paul Stokes (known locally as ‘Mitsubishi Man’.) Below, Stokes ensures that Sanford’s new title is perfectly applied to the driver’s side door. In addition to his Mitsubishi dealership, Tyson – a young entrepreneur –…

Arsonist receives prison term

SCOTT E. THOMAS  DISTRICT ATTORNEY State of North Carolina General Court of Justice New Bern, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven Superior Court yesterday, ELIJAH LOU PARENTE, 25, of New Bern, was convicted upon his guilty plea to two counts of arson, and was sentenced to prison. Superior Court Judge Ben Alford presided over this term of court, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorneys Robert McAfee and Terry Light. In September, 2015, Parente intentionally set a fire inside an apartment on Red Robin Lane in New Bern, and…

Habitual felon sent to prison

SCOTT E. THOMAS DISTRICT ATTORNEY State of North Carolina General Court of Justice New Bern, North Carolina — District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court today, TOMMY WAYNE GETER, 40, of New Bern, was convicted upon his guilty plea to felony breaking and entering, and felony larceny, and sentenced to prison as an habitual felon. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ben Alford presided, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Robert McAfee. In October, 2016, Geter was found in a pickup outside Tractor Supply Company i…

Winter theft of tractor now solved

Johnny A. Harris Jr, 39 On January 13, 2017, The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a tractor being stolen from Main Street in Alliance. During the investigation, Johnny A. Harris Jr, 39 of New Bern was identified as a suspect. The tractor was later recovered in Wayne County where Harris sold the tractor. As a result of the investigation, Johnny A. Harris Jr was arrested and charged with one count of larceny and one count of obtaining property by false pretense and placed into the Pamlico County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond.…

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…

Black Bear management to be discussed April 6

Photo credit: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service NEW BERN — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct five public meetings to gather input regarding black bear management, with New Bern being the closest venue for County Compass readers. The meetings will serve as an open forum to receive public comment regarding options that would change the current coastal bear hunting seasons to align with the new biological bear management units that were presented at last year’s forums “We take these meetings seriously,” said Dr. David Cobb, chief of the Commissi…

Armed robbery leads to prison term

XAVIER TAMAREE DSHAUN WHITE, 20 New Bern, North Carolina — District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court, XAVIER TAMAREE DSHAUN WHITE, 20, of New Bern, was convicted on his guilty plea to Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon (Armed Robbery), and was sentenced to a prison term. On the evening of April 8, 2016, White, along with two co-defendants, planned a robbery of a delivery driver for a local pizza store. White, using a borrowed phone, called in an order and gave as the delivery address a vacant home which was for sale near his own residence. White and the two…

Murder suspect pleads guilty before trial

JONATHAN PUGH, 21 SCOTT E. THOMAS DISTRICT ATTORNEY New Bern, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court today, JONATHAN PUGH, 21, of Havelock, entered guilty pleas in the cases against him, including murder, and was sentenced to a lengthy prison term. The cases were scheduled for jury trial for March 27, 2017. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ben Alford presided, and the cases were prosecuted in court by District Attorney Scott Thomas and Assistant District Attorney Karen Hobbs and Assistant District Attorney Terry Light. On A…
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