Category Archives: — PAMLICO COUNTY

Chokoloskee or Bust!!! Church group heads to Florida for Irma relief

From left: Helena and Darin Mayo, Earl Sadler Jr., Terry Groome, Nathan Heine, Cliff Gaskill, and Blaney Rowe pose for a quick photo, just moments before their departure. Much of the morning was spent loading their pickups and trailers with donated goods and supplies. GRANTSBORO – Three dual-axle pickup trucks – each hauling massive trailers brimming with relief supplies – left the parking lot of New Life Praise and Worship Church Sunday afternoon, bound for the small Everglades fishing village of Chokoloskee. Six men and one woman – Helena Mayo who was born in Marathon, a town in th…

Pamlico County Sheriff announces more drug busts

The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office conducted an enforcement operation targeting those responsible for trafficking and transporting narcotics in Pamlico County. During these investigations, investigators seized methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, prescription medication and US Currency. Investigators utilized undercover officers to conducted controlled purchases, the execution of search warrants, traffic stops and other investigative measures during the investigation. The following criminal suspects were arrested: Gregory Michael Hopkins 189 Ireland Road, Allia…

Long-time staffer resigns post at Health Department

BAYBORO – Bryan Harris, a veteran employee of the Pamlico Health Department, resigned last month from his position as Environmental Health Specialist – a job that pays more than $60,000 per year plus fringe benefits. County officials have been tight-lipped about Harris’ reasons for quitting – they cite the North Carolina Personnel Act, which tightly guards an employee’s performance evaluations and all but the most basic of details. Harris, hired in April of 2003, has been in charge of septic tank approvals and inspections – a high profile responsibility for Pamlico County,…

RECYCLES GONE WILD !!

County’s unattended recycling bins used as dumping grounds! PAMLICO COUNTY – The problem is rampant. Non-recyclable stuff – including rotting garbage and even human waste — contaminate entire bins of otherwise legitimate materials. The result? Forget those warm, fuzzy images of recycles being miraculously transformed into beneficial end products. No way! Instead, loads and loads of contaminated bins are dumped at a transfer station in Grantsboro, ultimately bound for the sprawling regional landfill in western Craven County. Citizen complaints surfaced in June duri…

No swimming in three areas

Runoff, overloaded septic systems likely culprits An advisory against swimming has been posted at three sites in Pamlico County, where state officials found bacteria levels in the water that exceed the state and Environmental Protection Agency’s recreational water quality standards. The advisories affect swimming areas off Janeiro Road. They are located at the public access on the southside of Dawson Creek Bridge in Dawson Creek; public access 500 yards north of Dawson Creek Bridge in Dawson Creek; and the public access in the Neuse River just west of Gatlin Creek. Test results taken…

Local campus brings home the Gold!

Pamlico Community College President Dr. Jim Ross, third from left, accepts a $30,000 grant for the College’s new Dental Laboratory Technology program from Don Brinkley, fourth from left, Chairman of the Harold H. Bate Foundation’s Board of Directors. Also pictured, from left, are: Michelle Willis, PCC Vice President of Instructional Services; Kathy Nicodemus, PCC Dental Laboratory Technology instructor; Ross; Brinkley; Benny Mullinix, Bate board member; Joyce Hendricks, director of the Bate Foundation; and Bob Mattocks, Bate board member. GRANTSBORO – Ranked the Number O…

Micro-brewery opens Sunday

One of the new craft beers takes its name from this memorable spot – now long gone – located along the Oriental waterfront. ORIENTAL – Frank and Lili Bacon exude faith and confidence that their new ‘micro-brewery’ – located on the main drag of this small waterfront community – will become a day-trip destination for beer lovers throughout eastern North Carolina. You’ve got to admire this young couple! The obstacles to just opening the doors of New Village Brewery & Taproom – much less to brewing tasty craft beers – have been steep. Lili recently authored an entertaini…

Rabies reported

Area officials reported Tuesday a confirmed case of rabies. The Pamlico County Health Department and Pamlico County Animal Control said a fox captured in the area has tested positive for rabies. Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. Keep animals from roaming, and ensure that pets are current on vaccinations. If you have any questions, please call Animal…

Encore Performance by the Second Marine Aircraft Wing Band

On Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 at 7 pm. in Lou Mac Park of Oriental. Croaker Festival, Inc. is sponsoring this event after an overwhelming response from the public following their performance at this year’s festival. Mark your calendars and bring a lawn chair to enjoy this evening with the band. To help with the costs for providing a meal and operating costs, donations will be accepted and can be mailed to Croaker Festival, Inc., PO Box 1067, Oriental, N.C. 28571.…

Haste makes waste! State legislature proposes bizarre, new House districts

County dangles on a thread, separated by vast stretches of open water from new legislative brethren ‘The birds in Pamlico County are well-represented,’ jokes Commissioner Delamar, ‘because they can fly!’ Long joined at the hip with Craven, Pamlico now forced into bed with unfamiliar faces in rush to obey court order A public hearing Tuesday afternoon, held at Beaufort County Community College, attracted a large crowd, with many complaining that the new redistricting maps had been pushed through far too quickly – with a minimum of citizen input taken into account. BAYBORO – P…
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