Category Archives: — PAMLICO COUNTY

Oriental police officer arrested

Dwaine Moore of Oriental

On Thursday, March 23, 2017, at approximately 11:50pm, Pamlico County Communications received a 911 call from a female requesting help and crying. No further details were given during the call and when telecommunicators attempted to gain more information the call was disconnected.

Through investigative means, telecommunicators were able to determine who the phone number was registered to and a search led Pamlico County deputies to 403 Freemason Street in Oriental, North Carolina, where the victims’ vehicle was located.

During the course of the investigation it was determined that a domestic assault occurred. The victim stated that she was assaulted and evidence at the scene and statements collected led to the arrest of Dwaine Moore of Oriental. Moore was charged with Assault on a Female and placed in the Pamlico County Jail on a no bond for 48 hours or until his court date. Moore’s first appearance was Friday and was released on a $5,000.00 unsecured bond by a District Court Judge.

Above everything else!

ORIENTAL – On a windy St. Patrick’s Day, Capt. Ron Diamond dangles amid the treetops, while setting trusses on a new house for local entrepreneur Rich Halverson. Diamond’s boom, fully extended, can reach up to 85 feet above ground, certainly proof that ‘Above All Roofing’ is an appropriate name for his long-time business.

Massive, wind-fanned fire destroys home in Oriental

Homeowners escape without injury

ORIENTAL – Horrific fire, with mind-numbing blazes, Saturday morning about 11:30 completely destroyed the two-story residence of George and Judy Smith at 402 Whittaker Point Drive – and may have severely damaged two vehicles parked in the home’s driveway.

The homeowners escaped, and reported no injuries.

By noon, massive flames had totally engulfed the structure. At one point — before an overwhelming response by up to four Volunteer Fire Departments – the blaze, fanned by a brisk breeze, threatened a nearby residence.
However, a vacant lot – though wooded and strewn with dry leaves – served as a buffer until firefighters arrived.

The homeowner, George Smith – interviewed roadside while his newly remodeled home burned – said the cause of the fire “was a charger for my golf cart battery.” Smith, on the mend from recent knee surgery, had the presence of mind to call 911 while hobbling from the structure. His wife, Judy, is also safe.

More details on this tragedy will follow in subsequent posts.

Amaré Jarvis headed to regional of Scripps National Spelling Bee

‘Not nervous’ says fourth grader at Fred A. Anderson Elementary

BAYBORO — Every year, students from all walks of life have the opportunity to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Youngsters progress from classroom to cafeteria, from auditorium to civic center, delighting friends, family, and sponsors along the way!

THE BEE’S PURPOSE: To help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.

This Saturday at 1 p.m. in downtown Washington, Amaré Jarvis, age 10, competes with students from throughout eastern North Carolina – all hoping to advance in this most iconic of scholastic competitions.

Last week, during a brief interview in a fast food restaurant, Amaré — along with his parents Tamaro Jarvis and Monique Sawyer — experienced one of the benefits from being in the local limelight. Hardee’s general manager, Diane Lambert; and supervisor, Tilena Snider; presented the youngster with a valuable gift certificate – enough to feed all three at some future date!

Recalling the elementary school’s recent spelling bee, Amaré said: “I prayed before it started,” which helped him stay calm during a usually frenetic experience.

“It’s a lot of hard work,” said his father, clearly proud of his son’s achievement. “It really takes sacrifice.”

Charter School to herald $8.9 million expansion

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By Maureen Donald

ARAPAHOE — A fun-filled afternoon is planned at Arapahoe Charter School Friday, April 7, from 1:30 until 3 to celebrate 20 years as the area’s only public regional school of choice and mark construction of an $8.9 million expansion.

Since 1997, Arapahoe Charter School has provided a learning environment that offers the kind of individualized instruction and family atmosphere that is unique among both Pamlico County and surrounding counties schools. Enrollment has doubled in the 20 years since its creation, in part because its academic excellence and supportive learning environment have attracted students beyond Pamlico County.

Of the 520 students now served, over one-half come from outside county school systems. Five years ago, in response to the overwhelming demand from our parents, a high school program was added offering the Arapahoe Charter School experience to students from kindergarten through high school.

With a projected graduation rate of 96 percent, parents and staff take pride in preparing students with what they need to succeed in education and in life. As our programs have grown and developed, our physical facilities have not. For that reason, the Board of Directors has committed to providing permanent state-of-the-art buildings for our students.

Thanks to a generous combination of investments from Arapahoe Charter School and Tideland EMC, in addition to a USDA Rural Development loan, we have embarked on an exciting building initiative to create 18 K- 8 classrooms, three exceptional children’s rooms, a media center and a new cafeteria and kitchen. It is with pride and a great deal of excitement that the entire Arapahoe Charter School family invites the community to celebrate this wonderful event.

Editor’s note: For more information, contact Maureen Donald at (252) 675-3128, or e-mail her at:

Hometown hoopster budding star for March Madness-bound UNC-W

Known as ‘J-5’ on the court, Jaylen Fornes impressive as Seahawk freshman guard


In a nod to Jaylen’s jersey number, teammates call the freshman guard ‘J-5’

ORLANDO – Early Thursday afternoon, UNC-Wilmington takes on the University of Virginia Cavaliers in a first round game of the NCAA basketball tournament. Expect plenty of cheers throughout Pamlico County as local fans hope Jaylen Fornes can work his magic as a freshman guard for the Seahawks.

Fornes, 19, played varsity basketball for one year at Pamlico County High School, before transferring to Word of God High School in Raleigh. He started for the Hurricanes as a freshman, which was a good indicator of his talent, according to Garry Cooper, a former Seahawk star in the early 1980s.

“You could see the gift he was blessed with, even when he was playing in the seventh and eighth grades,” recalled Cooper, who is now the Director of the Pamlico County Recreation Department. Cooper should know – he is a member of the UNC-W Basketball Hall of Fame, and predicts good things for the young athlete.

“I didn’t get a chance to coach him, but he was well-loved here, and a very good ballplayer,” said Cooper, during a brief telephone interview Wednesday morning. “If he keeps working hard, and sticks with it, Jaylen could possibly make the Hall of Fame himself – that’s how good I think he can be.”

Jaylen retains strong Pamlico County roots. His mother Rebecca Fornes, older brothers Jake and Lucas, and grandparents Dennis and Lola Fornes live in the area. All will undoubtedly be tuned in – either courtside (like Mom) — or glued to the TV set Thursday afternoon.

“Jaylen came home for Thanksgiving,” said Rebecca, “but the team had to practice Christmas Day.”

The move to Raleigh, early in his high school career, was a plus for Jaylen, said his mother, but his biggest exposure to college recruiters came during summer months, while playing AAU basketball. She said 22 colleges expressed an interest in Jaylen, before he decided on UNC-W, adding that the big decision was predicated in part upon the great reputation of UNC-W Head Coach, Kevin Keatts.

“We learned that college scouts don’t care too much about high school performance,” said Rebecca. “In Jaylen’s case, it seemed to be all about what he did during the AAU games. He’s on a full scholarship, and he’s got a 3.2 Grade Point Average, so we are mighty proud of him.”

#5 Jaylen Fornes

2016-17 (FRESHMAN GUARD – UNC-W Seahawks: 6’4” 210 lbs.)

-Played final minute in CAA championship game vs. College of Charleston
-Played 10 minutes and grabbed four rebounds vs. W&M in CAA semifinals
-Scored two points with two rebounds in CAA quarterfinals vs. Delaware
-Played nine minutes vs. Towson and scored eight points
-Scored three points and had career-high four rebounds at Elon
-Started for second straight game vs. JMU and had eight points and two assists
-Made first career start and responded with career-high 17 points vs. Delaware
-Scored eight points at William & Mary
-Contributed seven points vs. Drexel
-Collected five points and three rebounds vs. W&M
-Had season-high seven points vs. Pfeiffer
-Scored four points in six minutes vs. Toledo
-Had season-high five points vs. Middle Tennessee State on Nov. 25, 2016
-Came off the bench to play nine minutes at Eastern Kentucky
-Scored three points and grabbed two rebounds in collegiate debut vs. Claflin

-Athletic scoring guard who should contribute right away for Seahawks
-Four-year scholarship to UNC-W
-Current Grade Point Average of 3.2

-Played as freshman at Pamlico County High School in Bayboro, N.C.
-Transferred to Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C.
-Played for Coach Brian Clifton at Word of God
-Member of varsity team for four seasons
-Also played football at Word of God
-Indications of interest from 22 colleges, before choosing UNC-W

-Full Name: Jaylen Aaron Fornes
-Born in Grantsboro, N.C.
-Son of Corey Green and Rebecca Fornes
-Played for ‘Team Loaded’ of AAU

Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office Planning Summer Camp

Sheriff Chris Davis
Pamlico County

This summer, The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office is planning to begin a new program geared at helping our youth in Pamlico County. We understand that our youth are this community’s greatest asset and want to ensure that we do all we can in making sure these young folks succeed in life. This summer we are planning to start a summer camp for our youth. This camp will last a week and we plan to run as many week-long sessions as we have kids sign up for. Each session we would like to have between 10-15 kids and will be chaperoned by our (2) school resource officers as they tour Eastern North Carolina. During the week, these kids will spend time learning about the sheriff’s office, our court system, meeting local government officials, touring the nature center in Kinston, the state park in Atlantic Beach and many other places of interest in Eastern North Carolina. Our goal is to reach 60-100 8-12-year-old Pamlico County children this summer.

Not only do we believe this program will keep kids out of trouble during the summer, we also want to build strong relationships between law enforcement and our youth. We believe that we can continue to build off the relationships we have started over the last several years. My staff and I spend countless hours in our schools each year, teaching our youth about making good decisions. We believe that if we start with our youth, we will progress in making our communities and schools a safer place.

As you may know, this program is not funded by local government tax dollars. We are reaching out to you today and asking for donations to help us, help our youth. We project the cost to run this program each summer at around $10,000.00, per summer. Each day we will have to provide these kids with transportation and meals, purchase needed tickets to enter the events the group will attend and purchase each kid a t-shirt at the completion of the camp.

Over the next month, we will be reaching out to local businesses and community leaders to ask for sponsors for the “Sheriff’s Summer Camp.” Each sponsor will have their company name/logo and/or donors name on the t-shirt that each kid will receive. The cost to become a sponsor of the summer camp is $500.00; however, we would gladly except any donation possible.

I would like to thank you for your support of this great program and would like to thank you for helping us, help our youth. If you have any questions, I ask that you contact me at (252)745-3101, or by email,

Beekeeper busy, as bees begin buzzing!

Honeybees often travel long distances to feast on a variety of flowering plants, like this tulip poplar.

A former furniture maker, Terry Weaver cranks out his own hives.

MERRITT – Eastbound motorists on Hwy. 55 are all familiar with the small red-and-white ‘Bees For Sale’ sign that pops up this time of year. Once again, Terry Weaver of TJ’s Bee Farm is ready to give Mother Nature an assist.

Weaver, in a fairly short period of time, has become a major player in the beekeeping industry. Originally from Maryland, where “I made antique replicas for a very fine furniture company,” Weaver found himself in eastern North Carolina “because I like to fish.”

While running an offshore commercial fishing vessel, “I got caught in some bad storms,” and with increasing fuel prices and regulations, Weaver began to look around for other options.

His furniture skills came in handy during a stint at New Bern-based Hatteras Yachts, but some experience raising bees back in Maryland seemed right for him in this new neck of the woods.

Many hives are painted in pastels to mimic the color of flowers.

“People get bored, they get stagnant. Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life,” said Weaver.

In addition to the 50 or so hives that he supervises – just a stone’s throw from the highway – Weaver has at least three other sites nestled away in obscure corners of Pamlico County. He sells honey year-round at the New Bern Farmers Market, noting that other purveyors are usually content to sell all of their stock as quickly as possible.

“Usually, 80 percent of honey is put up between the first of April and the first of July,” said Weaver. “They (bees) love Tulip Poplars. This time of year those trees are loaded with nectar, and are heavy-duty bee friendly.”

Beeman Blvd. doubles as Weaver’s driveway.

During a brief interview, Weaver expounded at great length upon the mating habits of bees – and in particular the crucial role of the Queen Bee – of which there is only one per hive!! He said feral hives – typically found in the hollows of trees – have almost become extinct due to proliferation of the Varroa mite, “a blood-sucking thing the size of a pinhead.”

Beekeepers like Weaver use a variety of methods to keep the mite under control “but you cannot eradicate it,” which means wild colonies have become few and far between.

Again, Weaver’s furniture crafting skills are proving helpful. He makes all of the farm’s hives, and paints them bright colors “because bees go toward flowers and other colorful things.”

During a quick tour, Weaver – who sports a mane of thick gray hair – shook, dodged, and waved when several of the flying critters headed in his direction. “That’s because most of their natural enemies have hair and fur,” chuckled Weaver.

Want to know more? Call Terry Weaver at (252) 249-6170.

Ballroom Dancing National Champs!

ORIENTAL — Local residents John & Penny DeFino have once again been crowned National Ballroom Champions!

The award-winning couple recently returned from the USA Dance Senior IV National Ballroom competition held this year in Bethesda, Maryland. Hundreds of competitors from across the country gathered for this three-day, prestigious dance contest.

Participants must first qualify to dance at the National Competition by placing in the top 65 percent of a National Qualifying event during the previous year.

The DeFinos snared four National titles for their division in International Style Standard dances to include: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot & Quickstep, as well as International Style Latin Dances including Samba, Cha Cha, Rumba and Jive. This is the sixth time the couple has danced in a National Dance competition and the second time they have been recognized as National Ballroom Champions.

John & Penny live in Oriental and teach ballroom dancing at several area locations. Visit their website:

Drug deals lead to prison sentence



Bayboro, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Pamlico County Superior Court yesterday, GEORGE F. FENDERSON, 49, of Leland, was convicted upon his guilty plea to felony drug offenses and was sentenced to prison. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ben Alford presided over this term of court, and Assistant District Attorney Christy Hawkins prosecuted the cases in court.

In August, 2016, an investigator with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office, along with an agent from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, conducted an undercover purchase from FENDERSON in which a quantity of cocaine and heroin were provided.

Prior to his case being called for trial, FENDERSON pled guilty to one count of Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Cocaine, and one count of Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Heroin. Judge Alford sentenced FENDERSON to consecutive prison sentences of 11 to 23 months each, for a total sentence of 22 to 46 months. Judge Alford also imposed the payment of court costs of more than $ 2700.00. When FENDERSON is released from the Division of Adult Correction, he will be subject to a nine-month term of post-release supervision, similar to probation, during which time he will be subject to random drug screens and warrantless searches by a supervising officer. If he violates that post-release supervision, he could be ordered to serve more time in prison as a penalty.