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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.”

At a Monday press conference, McCrory asked President Obama to “take a deep breath and ask, ‘Are all of the people coming from Syria safe?’ We cannot know that they are. Therefore, our top priority must be to protect the people of North Carolina.”

“As the governor noted, North Carolina has long welcomed refugees,” De Luca said. “This includes the Hmong of Southeast Asia and the Karen people of Burma. But under these special circumstances, it is imperative that we accept no more Middle Eastern refugees until we have better information about all the refugees and until the nation institutes security measures to prevent terrorists from hiding among immigrants and refugees.”

At least nine other governors by midday Monday had said they would take steps to prevent new Syrian refugees from entering their states, as a precaution against terrorists among them gaining entry to the country.


Craft brews grab spotlight at ‘Jolly Skull’ festival


Jones County brewery sees huge growth in specialty beers

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By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer

GREENVILLE — Rhyan Jones, left, a disc jockey with WSFL 106.5 Radio, hobnobs Saturday afternoon with Bob Metzger of The County Compass newspaper. The two promoters, seen here outside the Greenville Convention Center, said they were pleased with the blockbuster turnout for the Jolly Skull Beer Fest, produced by Beer Army, a craft brewery based in Jones County.

Jones, who rules during afternoon drive time at the popular ‘classic rock’ station, spurred festival ticket sales with his ‘Best Beer Brew Burp’ contest won by Mike Manley, seen above behind a plethora of aluminum cans. Manley won two tickets to the event, and he attended with his trusted sidekick and drinking buddy ‘Steve-O.’

“All I can say is that I am grateful to Rhyan Jones of WSFL,” said Manley, “and I sure am glad my photo is showing up on the front page of the County Compass and not on Page 5 where the mugshots are!”

Flora Moorman and Kerry Hanlon, seen above, stopped by the booth for Beer Army. In the brewery’s sales literature, founder Dustin Canestorp makes it clear that he sees specialty brews as an economic driver for the region.

“Our mission at Beer Army is to develop a craft beer scene and community in Eastern North Carolina that is second to none,” wrote Canestorp, in a slick festival program that featured information on the event’s 60-plus breweries offering a total lineup of 180 different varieties.

Among the best of the best was Black Radish, a delicious brew pulled from a tap by Crystal Phelps of Weeping Radish Farm in Grandy, on the state’s Outer Banks. The festival featured many bizarre and unusual attractions, but many gave Phelps the highest marks for her colorful abdominal tattoo – only part of which we are allowed to display in this newspaper.

Black Radish was truly a stellar brew. For more information, visit

Brewery heads to Jones County


NEWS1-Beer-Army-logoSpecial to the County Compass

TRENTON — After considering 26 sites throughout eastern North Carolina, Beer Army announced this month that the county seat of rural Jones County is the home for its new brewery.

“As a philanthropist organization, Beer Army believes our brewery will have a much larger economic and social impact in Trenton and Jones County as compared to other towns and large cities in eastern North Carolina,” said Scott Andrews, public affairs officer for the company.

The site is the Trenton Industrial Park located, which opened in 2002, where an existing 10,500 square foot building will receive $300,000 worth of renovations provided by the Jones County Economic Development Commission.

Plans for the facility call for an area that will be used as a yeast lab – the first of its kind for any brewery in the state. In addition, the brewery will create 18 to 24 jobs with Beer Army spending over $2.7 million over the next five years.

Within the brewery there will be a fully operational taproom with ‘Beer Army Combat Brewery Beer’ being offered onsite. Beer will also be available for purchase directly from the brewery for off-site consumption. On weekends, citizens will have a chance for first-hand tours of the brewing process.

Beer Army officials plan to produce 1,200 barrels of beer in the first year and ramp up to 15,000 barrels of beer by the fifth year of operation.

Brewing Officer, Jeff Brungard, recently finished schooling at the Siebel Institute of Technology and World Brewing Academy in Chicago. Siebel is America’s oldest brewing school, educating for 140 years and is considered by many as the top brewing school in the world.

Brungard, retired from the Marine Corps with over 28 years of service, is currently studying at the world famous Doemens Academy — Germany’s most popular brewing school located in Munich.

Beer Army believes the Trenton brewery site will broaden the company’s sphere of influence in the region. Over the past three years, Beer Army has provided over $1.2 million of economic impact and donated nearly $80,000 to local charities and will continue to create synergy between Beer Army and the surrounding communities.

Beer Army currently operates an ‘Outpost’ in the James City area of New Bern and plans are in place to open two more stores in eastern North Carolina within the next two years. For more information about the company, visit