Category Archives: ENTERTAINMENT

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…

County Opry: Community treasure

But making ends meet difficult By Ed and Beverly Terry | Special to the County Compass Open Friday and Saturday nights, the County Opry is on Highway 55, approximately one mile west of the stoplight in Grantsboro. GRANTSBORO — Some time back I wrote a response to Wal-Mart moving to Pamlico County.  In the writing, I mentioned that I shop almost exclusively in the County and support local small business.  I received many positive comments. Now let me comment on my small business, The County Opry.  My wife and I have operated the Opry for almost nine years and in that time we have nev…

Wizards, witches and wondrous film-making techniques

By Penny Zibula | Staff Writer Harry Potter & Hogwarts Castle. (Photo credit: Simon Lock) LEAVESDEN, ENGLAND – For those who still retain a sense of wonder, a day of fantasy, fun and fascinating facts awaits you, approximately 22 miles northwest of central London. The Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour offers the opportunity to step into the magical world of the eight films based on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, and to explore the wizardry that made them such a huge success. When you enter the clean, modern building that houses the films’ two sound stages, J and K, you migh…

Carteret adopts tough wind energy law

County’s stance similar to Town of Newport’s By John Droz Jr. | Special to the County Compass CARTERET COUNTY — When the Mill Pond wind energy project was first publicly announced in October of 2013, our main objective was to see that the two affected North Carolina communities had wind ordinances providing adequate protections to: Citizens, local businesses, the military, and the environment. Wednesday night’s meeting of the Carteret County Commission was the successful conclusion for months of hard work by a lot of good people — as the second of those jurisdiction…

Carteret Commissioners ban wind energy permits for 60 days

By John Droz Jr. | Special to the County Compass Opponents of a proposed wind energy project outnumbered supporters during a ‘jam packed’ Jan. 2 public hearing at the Civic Center. Editor’s note: John Droz, a Morehead City resident, writes extensively on wind energy issues. He is a frequent contributor to The County Compass. Readers may reach him by e-mail: aaprjohn@northnet.org. Mr. Droz attended a Jan. 2 public hearing at which the Carteret County Commissioners approved a temporary moratorium on the issuance of permits for a proposed wind energy facility. MOREHEAD CITY — S…

Wetlands dispute escalates

Crowd urged for Monday’s County Commission meeting By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer BAYBORO – The Pamlico County Commissioners will be under the gun Monday night. A growing consortium of county residents want their elected officials to call upon federal regulators to review a recent decision – a determination that much of a recently timbered tract near Merritt is not a wetland and can therefore be converted to farmland. In a letter dated Oct. 30 (see below), the Chapel Hill-based Environmental Law Center claims the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may have erred in its analysis of hydrolo…

Line-up looks good for April 27 ShockWave Wrestling card

  Special to the County Compass HAVELOCK – Left, Kiyhago, born in an African Jungle, is a crowd favorite. He does not speak the local language, and attempts to communicate by patting and stroking his massive stomach. Center, Crazy Horse and many other ShockWave wrestlers are known for their elaborate costumes. Right, Fabulous Frankie Fontaine and his tag team partner always wear pink. Fontaine often pins opponents by launching himself from the ring’s top rope – a violent technique that is almost impossible for a foe to avoid. Saturday night, April 27, promises to be a big night fo…

Free Friday night party!

  Staff Reports GRANTSBORO – A popular night spot, a band, and a newspaper have joined forces this Friday evening, April 19, to offer a free social event for the area. Everyone is invited. The gala, labeled the ‘Great American Give-Back,’ features free admission, free popcorn, free soft drinks, a cake cutting, a $100 cash giveaway, and promised ‘celebrity appearances.’ And, the band’s play list for the occasion features tunes intended to appeal to a broad cross-section of the community. The location is The County Opry, just west of the stoplight on Hwy. 55 in Grantsboro …

Island folk bounce back to produce hilarious play

  Ladies in the cast pose before their routine. “Crab Potter” feels good and the girls just love him! These old scarecrows could think “if they only had a brain!” By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer GOOSE CREEK ISLAND – This resilient community, put to the test last August by Hurricane Irene, has come together for the 37th time to produce its traditional Homecoming Play: “That’s What I Think.” To be presented Oct. 18, 19, and 20 at the Community Center in Hobucken, all performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children under 12, and free fo…

Performance to honor Rachel Carson

  Mary Carol Simpson 8; Nora Simpson 6; Wendy Osserman (over 66); and, Caroline James, 11, rehearse in Osserman’s studio for the Sept. 9 performance. By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer PAMLICO COMMUNITY COLLEGE – The Shore at Night is a local production, set for Sunday at 3 p.m., to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Silent Spring, a 1962 book by Rachel Carson, which is generally acknowledged to have launched the environmental movement in this country. Tickets can be purchased at the door of the Delamar Center. General admission is $10; children under 12, $5; and all first row seats, $20…
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