Category Archives: — PAMLICO COUNTY

HOPE is on the horizon for opioid crisis

Vivitrol described as ‘true miracle medication’ Tuesday night, Dr. Roger Merrell addresses an audience of approximately 100 people, who were there to help launch HOPE Clinic’s Path to Drug-Free Living, known as NEW BEGINNINGS. BAYBORO – ‘Hope springs eternal in the human breast!’ Tuesday night, the famous quote from English poet Alexander Pope could not have been more apt. More than 100 people turned out – many with direct family connections to the opioid crisis. They were there, in the fellowship hall of Bayboro Baptist Church, to help launch HOPE Clinic’s NEW BEGINNIN…

Lower rates for Arapahoe fire insurance

BY Chris Murray, Fire Marshal Pamlico County Emergency Management ARAPAHOE – The Arapahoe Fire District, which comprises most Pamlico County’s southwest corner, was graded over a period of four days in March of 2017 in efforts to improve the area’s insurance rating within the jurisdiction. Items considered during this inspection were: County Water System and Availability, 911 Communications, equipment, personnel, training, response times, reporting, and administrative procedures. The results of this grading inspection were several years in the making, slightly postpon…

Limbo Contest captivates audience

ORIENTAL — The fun and free Kids Park area at the annual Pamlico County Croaker Festival is always entertaining, but this year’s Limbo Contest proved to be one of the most competitive ever! Four agile, limber young men (from left: Landon, Walker, Owen and Oliver) each cleared the bar when it was lowered to just 18 inches above ground. Congratulations to this quartet of amazing athletes!…

Moving is complete – we will be open for business Monday

Moving is complete. We will be open for business Monday.  Our new address is 306 Main Street, Bayboro.  The next issue of The County Compass will be July 6.…

Drug overdose of four people leads to traffic accident on Hwy 55 East

Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office On Thursday, June 29, 2017, Pamlico County 911 Communications Center received a 911 call from witnesses that observed a single vehicle traffic crash on NC Hwy 55 East in Reelsboro NC, about one mile East of Pinedale Food Mart. During the 911 call, it was stated that several of victims within the vehicle were outside of the vehicle and unsure if they were breathing. Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office, Pamlico County Rescue Squad, Reelsboro (Station 9) Fire Department and the North Carolina Highway Patrol responded to the scene. Upon arrival, emergency…

Health Department announces big change!

Pediatric Services to begin in July By Scott Lenhart, Director Pamlico County Health Department BAYBORO — It has been six months since I have taken the helm at Pamlico County Health Department, and I would like to update the community on the many advances we have accomplished since my arrival last November. First of all, I would like to thank my staff, other Pamlico agencies, and the citizens who came forward to welcome my family and me into the community. Partnerships are very important for the health and wellbeing of community, so that has been a primary focus since my arrival. As we inte…

‘We do listen!’ Delamar, Baskervill switch votes in nod to citizen angst

Peasants with pitchforks force retreat on property tax increase Another big crowd turned up Monday night – the second consecutive meeting in which the County Commissioners were forced to move their proceedings to the larger confines of the courtroom. BAYBORO – Let’s give the taxpayers of Pamlico County credit for showing up in big numbers (not just once, but twice). The double whammy turnout on June 5 and again on June 19 sent elected officials an unmistakable message: Now is not the time to raise property taxes, especially when county coffers are replete with ample savings. Immediat…

Sign-ups begin for Aug. 12 Dragon Boat Festival

Among first: Two newcomers & veteran paddler from Florida RIVER DUNES – The eighth annual affair, scheduled for Grace Harbor Marina at River Dunes near Oriental, is shaping up to be the most popular competition yet. Teams and individual paddlers from throughout the Southeast have been bombarding the Festival’s website, www.orientaldragonboat.com, according to organizer Flora Moorman. “I really want to thank both Barbara Caudill and Nancy Christian from Raleigh,” said Moorman. “Earlier this year, for Chinese New Year, we promoted the Dragon Boat Festival at the Trian…

Pamlico County tax increase on fast track!

‘Miracle turnout’ required to derail measure Hearing set for 7 pm on Monday, June 19 The ad valorem tax rate is by far the biggest revenue generator for Pamlico County. BAYBORO – The original May 22 vote to increase the property tax rate for Pamlico County was razor blade close. A majority of four county commissioners – Missy Baskervill, Candy Bohmert, Pat Prescott, and Paul Delamar III (the board chairman) – simply outvoted the three commissioners — Ann Holton, Ed Riggs Jr., and Carl Ollison – who opposed an increase. Exactly two weeks later (on June 5) county taxpayers sho…

Most in large crowd irate over property tax increase

Ann Holton’s attempt to revisit May 22 vote ruled out of order by Chairman Paul Delamar Audience cheers as Ollison vows: “We don’t need to raise a big bank account on backs of people in Pamlico County!” Click on image to enlarge. BAYBORO – Monday night’s crowd was huge – the biggest turnout in more than a decade for a meeting of the Pamlico County Commission. Anticipating a well-attended session, Tim Buck, the county manager, had arranged to host the session in the large second floor courtroom, complete with microphones and speakers. One by one, regular rank-and-file citizens e…
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