Category Archives: MEDIA

National TV News spotlights town’s plight

Grocery owner, long-time employee interviewed ORIENTAL – From left, Renee Ireland Smith and Rebecca Armstrong spent much of Wednesday afternoon fielding questions from national news media. Watch ABC World News Tonight Segment >> Watch NBC Nightly News Segment >> Smith and her mother, Ruth Ireland, own Town ‘N Country, and Armstrong is a 16-year employee. The grocery, a fixture in Oriental for 44 years, was forced to close after Walmart Express opened in May of 2014. This week, the Town of Oriental received the following letter from Walmart, offering to make amends to the…

Legendary boat-builder focus of documentary

By Reagan Haynes | Special to The County Compass Reprinted with permission from Soundings Trade Only WASHINGTON, N.C. — A new documentary is focusing on the racing career of Reggie Fountain, founder of Fountain Powerboats and current offshore V-bottom world record holder. The documentary, produced by American Performance Media, also focuses on Fountain’s contribution to Mercury outboards’ evolution to saltwater applications, said executive producer John Potts. “He’s had a long career and a stellar career in performance boating,” Potts told Trade Only Today. “…

Scammer headed to prison

Con targeted local seniors Mary Ann Martin demonstrates how she uses the ‘Dog Off’ alarm to discourage scammers who called almost incessantly over a two-day period. By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer REELSBORO – Federal prosecutors have secured a conviction, and a judge has sentenced, a Canadian man who orchestrated a sophisticated scam, which targeted senior citizens – including at least one in Pamlico County. The ‘sweepstakes fraud’ almost fooled Reelsboro resident Mary Ann Martin, whose experiences were reported on the front page of this newspaper. Jamaa McKenzie, 33, o…

Scam targets local Readers Digest subscriber

  Mary Ann Martin demonstrates how she uses the ‘Dog Off’ alarm to discourage scammers who called almost incessantly over a two-day period. Special to the County Compass REELSBORO – The call Sunday night was a surprise, of course. Winning $100,000 in the Publishers’ Clearing House Sweepstakes seemed almost too good to be true – and it was, as Mary Ann Martin came to realize late the next day. When she first picked up the phone, Martin noted the Caller ID showed ‘Better Business Bureau.’ And, the caller, who identified herself as Rose Newenski from New York City, was cheerfu…
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