Category Archives: LIFESTYLE

Official decree: It’s now ‘Bond Beach!’

ORIENTAL – Fay Bond, with her sons, George (left) and Jack, and daughter-in-law Roxanne, were on hand Tuesday night as the town board officially christened a popular waterfront park as “John W. Bond Beach” – a memorial to Fay’s deceased husband. John Bond is a legend in this small community. He was a World War II veteran, real estate developer, former mayor of the town, and all-around beloved figure. The park is a stone’s throw from the front yard of the Bond clan, who have hosted an annual August watermelon cutting for almost 50 years.…

Reuben Peed, 87, honored by Hooker clan

Ceremony marks Peed’s retirement from CMF & special relationship with four generations Reuben Peed, 87, accepts a gold watch from Joe Hooker, president of CMF, while John Hooker Sr., CEO of CMF looks on. Reuben Peed and John Hooker Sr., 80, have been friends since childhood. Peed first worked with Nathaniel Hooker, John’s father. AURORA — There are two well-known and respected families in Aurora whose lives have been intertwined for at least four generations dating back to the 1930s: The Hooker Family and the Peed Family. Though most people count the days until they are able t…

Classmates honor ‘Bouncer’

Darryl ‘Bouncer’ Jenkins accepts a plaque of appreciation Saturday night, from high school classmates Maddie Nelson, Delsia Moore, and Bertha Smith. ALLIANCE – A close-knit group of students, who graduated from Pamlico County High School in 1975, have remained largely in tact over the past four decades thanks in great part to the personality and persistence of Darryl “Bouncer” Jenkins. A Christmas Party, held Saturday night in a for-rent portion of the Alliance Town Hall, attracted about 35 people where – unbeknownst to Jenkins – a plaque presentation and heart-felt tri…

Prison dog training marks 10th year

By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer BAYBORO – The state prison here, which houses 570 inmates, oddly exuded fun and flair Wednesday afternoon as dogs and inmate trainers from six state correctional facilities competed in the prison gym before a panel of three judges. Pamlico Correctional Institution, which incorporated the Prison Dog Training Program two years ago, hosted a Tenth Anniversary Celebration for the program, first adopted by the state prison system in 2004. Meant to focus on the excellent rehabilitative aspects of dog training programs at 17 state prisons, the competition al…

Thomas Funn resigns as Vandemere commissioner

Thomas Funn, center, accepts a plaque of appreciation from Vandemere Mayor Judy Thaanum and his fellow commissioners during a brief ceremony earlier this month. Special to the County Compass VANDEMERE – When Thomas Funn and Corine Fisher got hitched way back in 1959, little did they know that 40 years later they would move from New Jersey to Vandemere, where Corine – daughter of Wealthy Fisher – had grown up! Funn soon became involved in town affairs, agreeing in 1999 to fill a vacancy on the Vandemere town board. Unfortunately, Corine passed away in 2001, and the time has now come for Fun…

Off to battle in tails & gowns

By John & Penny DeFino | Special to the County Compass BATON ROUGE, LA — You wouldn’t think so much of us as athletes. We are, after all, dressed in gowns and tail suits. But this is DanceSport, recognized by the Unites States Olympic Committee. We are at a National Qualifying Ballroom dance competition — lined up, ready to take the floor. This is the ‘On-Deck’ area. After many months of practice and working with our coaches, we are here, waiting to perform for the judges and audience. We were up early and on the practice floor to make sure we were warmed up. We have alread…

Stroll down Memory Lane

By Rhonda Breed | Special to the County Compass Rhonda Gail Breed in April 1967 ORIENTAL — Several days ago, I met an old friend for a very enjoyable lunch at M&M’s Café. Later, I felt the need to drive around and look at “my” Oriental, the one that everyone else has mostly forgotten. I rode by the harbor, remembering Wit’s End and its old outdoor toilet (a smell you never forget). I was only a little thing when my mom stopped in to visit or play cards with Annis Gwaltney from time to time. Now, I think it is The Bean coffee shop. I jumped ahead a few years and visualized the corn on the co…

Antique cars require plenty of work & money

‘Great Race’ in 2014 plans stop June 25 in New Bern Special to the County Compass NEW BERN – Antique cars, including a classic 1951 Ford Coupe owned by Jordan Foss, are likely to emerge en masse next June to greet participants in the annual ‘Great Race,’ sponsored by Hemming Motor News. In 2014, the route passes through New Bern for an overnight stop. The contest features vintage automobiles and tests a team’s ability to follow precise course instructions and their antique car’s ability to endure on a cross-country trip. Foss, at right, is seen ab…

County icon dies

Special to the County Compass ORIENTAL – Ned Everett Delamar Jr, 93, found peace on November 18, 2013 at his Sterling House residence in New Bern.   Born July 10, 1920 in Oriental, he is preceded in death by his father, Ned E. Delamar Sr, mother, Pearl Johnson Delamar, wife, Libby Woodard Delamar, son, Ned E. Delamar III,  and brother, Paul J. Delamar Sr.     Ned is survived by his son, Dennis Woodard Delamar of Charlotte; daughter, Mary Delamar Flythe and husband, Michael, of New Bern; daughter-in-law, Joan Delamar Gracie and husband, Larry Gracie of Oriental; gra…

Blind hiker completes trek

Park Superintendent Debo Cox greets blind hiker Trevor Thomas. (Photo credit Simon Lock) By Penny Zibula | Staff Writer Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a two-part report. JOCKEY’S RIDGE STATE PARK – On the afternoon of June 22, we — along with Trevor Thomas’ family, friends, and Park Superintendent Debo Cox — stood atop a dune, which marked the end of the Mountains to Sea Trail. We were awaiting the arrival of the blind hiker and his guide dog, Tennille, as the pair completed their most recent accomplishment. Shortly after his arrival to much applause and…
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