Category Archives: LEGAL

Affidavit in craft brewers’ lawsuit reveals nasty underbelly of state’s ‘big beer’ industry

Carolina Journal News Service Dustin Canestorp RALEIGH — A former craft brewer, Dustin Canestorp — who has ties to Craven and Jones counties — recently described dismal business dealings with a big Greensboro-based beer distributor, Freedom Beverage Co. The statements came as part of Canestorp’s affidavit in a lawsuit filed by three craft brewers. Canestorp relinquished his brewers’ license three years ago. He is not one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, but was called upon by the plaintiffs’ attorneys as part of the fact-finding process, before the…

Better for government to fear the people . . . and not the other way around!

By Eric Noevere Last week, Mike Donnes of Australia offered his critique of an article written earlier this year by Pamlico County resident, Eric Noevere. The following is a response from Noevere: USA — I enjoyed reading the article by Mr. Donnes on why we Americans should adopt the Australian model of firearm confiscation to end gun violence. His article was a rebuttal of a previous article I had written against infringements of the Second Amendment. Donnes perhaps should have started with more original comments than using the line: “I’ve always believed there are lies…

October Surprise! FBI sends letter to Congress reopening Clinton investigation

Separate ‘boat washes’ in keeping with town’s long-range vision, say officials

Whittaker Creek Yacht Basin is one of the town’s oldest marinas. Owner Knute Bysheim told the town commissioners Tuesday night that he would do his best to improve the marina’s appearance and maintenance, which has been a concern of neighbors. ORIENTAL – This town, which likes to tout itself as a ‘working waterfront community,’ gave the green light Tuesday night for two unrelated boat washes, although state regulatory hurdles remain for each operation. Both Point Pride Seafood, owned by local seafood magnate Chris Fulcher; and Whittaker Creek Yacht Basin, owned by marina oper…

Unisex bathroom not enough

Former girl now eyes boys’ bathroom Dissenting judge livid From various media reports Gavin Grimm is a high school student in Gloucester, Va. RICHMOND – In a case that may have repercussions in North Carolina over the state’s recently passed legislation regulating public bathrooms, a federal appeals court in Richmond ruled Tuesday that a transgender high school student — born as a female — can sue the local school board, because officials want her / him to use what has been labeled as a ‘Unisex bathroom.’ The 2 to 1 decision by the U.S Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circ…

Charlotte bathroom ordinance to get scrutiny by state legislature

Leaders of the North Carolina General Assembly announced Monday they have obtained the necessary three-fifths majority in both chambers and will convene a special session on Wednesday to address a radical Charlotte City Council ordinance allowing men to share public bathrooms and locker rooms with young girls and women. Lt. Governor Dan Forest, President of the Senate; and state House Speaker Tim Moore released the following statement: “The Senate and House have received the necessary number of signatures from members of the General Assembly to call themselves back into sessio…

Public servant honored

BAYBORO – Kathy Cayton, a revered county employee who retired last week after almost two decades, fights tears on Monday night, Nov. 16, as Pat Prescott, chairman of the Pamlico County Board of Commissioners reads a Proclamation of Appreciation. One ‘whereas’ extolled “Cayton’s professionalism, friendly attitude and desire to serve others, which has endeared her to many in the area.” Another cited her “supporting role in the completion of many large endeavors including but not limited to 1) the construction of the Pamlico County Law Enforcement Center, 2) construction…

Convictions obtained in Pamlico Superior Court

Bayboro, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Pamlico County Superior Court this week, his office was able to obtain the following felony convictions in cases involving illegal drugs and violent offenses. Resident Superior Court Judge Ken Crow presided over this session of court. Each defendant pled guilty prior to having the cases called for trial. Assistant District Attorney Laura Bell prosecuted the cases in court. STEPHANIE NICOLE HOPKINS, 30, of Alliance, was convicted of two counts of Attempted Trafficking in Heroin. On September 10, 2014, the Pa…

Who pilfered written summary of secret meeting?

Or: “The Mysterious Case of Oriental’s Missing Minutes!” The Oriental Town Commission met Monday to release some, but not all, of requested Closed Session minutes. From left, Commissioners Charlie Overcash, David White, and Barb Venturi; Mayor Warren Johnson, and Commissioners Larry Summers and Sandy Winfrey. ORIENTAL – Please stick with this: The story is equal parts funny, serious, and confusing. The narrative concerns a controversial land swap, but also has elements of a fascinating TV-show ‘who-done-it?’ If North Carolina had no huge, gaping exceptions to its prof…

Former commissioner explains why he sued Oriental Town Board

David Cox By David Cox When the Oriental Town Board closed Avenue A on July 3, 2012, and the end of South Avenue on April 2, 2013, they swindled me and other property owners out of our private property rights. I’m not making this up. The principle is spelled out in more than a century of North Carolina Court decisions, most clearly in a 1956 NC Supreme Court case, Town of Blowing Rock v. Gregorie: “It is a settled principle that if the owner of land, located …[in a] town, has it subdivided and platted into lots and streets, and sells and conveys [any of] the lots … with reference to the pl…
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