Category Archives: Alliance

Class of ’75 celebrates Christmas

ALLIANCE – This close-knit group of former classmates at Pamlico County High School always carves out time each year for a Holiday Celebration. First row: Kenny Smith and Robert Boomer. Second row: Teresa Davis, Aquila Jones, Sally Watson Credle, Amelia Saunders, Betty Lou Barber, Vanessa Midgette, Barbara Wright, and Maddie Nelson. Third row: Garfield Credle, William Jones, Margaret Tatum Murrell, Delseia Moore, Hazel Credle, and Ricky Glasper. Fourth row: Darrell ‘Bouncer’ Jenkins, Roger Sawyer, and Jerry Gibbs.

Devonta Respers, of Alliance, charged with Felony Larceny of a Motor Vehicle


Devonta Respers.

On Sunday, August 7, 2016, Deputies with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office were investigating the larceny of a motor vehicle from the Alliance area of Pamlico County. During the investigation Deputies identified the suspect as Devonta Respers of 876 Main Street Alliance NC.

At approximately 11:10 PM, Deputies received information that the vehicle was spotted in the Camp Jo Jane area of Pamlico County. Deputies responded to the area in an attempt to locate the stolen vehicle. While in the area deputies witnessed the vehicle traveling on Jo Jane Road. Deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle when the vehicle sped away. Deputies gave chase to the stolen vehicle. After chasing the vehicle approximately 50 miles in and around Pamlico County the vehicle was stopped just inside the Craven County line on NC Hwy 55 East. The North Carolina Highway Patrol and The Craven County Sheriff’s Office assisted. Devonta Respers was taken into custody.

Devonta Respers was currently out of jail on electronic house monitoring for the larceny of a motor vehicle in 2015. RESPERS was charged with cutting his electronic monitoring device off prior to the chase.

RESPERS was charged with the following:

(2 Counts) Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Government Official
Felony Flee to Allude an Arrest with a Motor Vehicle
Felony Larceny of a Motor Vehicle
Interfere with an Electronic Monitoring Device
Reckless Driving to Endanger
Driving While License Revoked
Failure to Heed to Blue Lights and Siren

RESPERS was placed in the Pamlico County Detention Facility on a $25,000.00 secured bond and has his first court appearance scheduled for August 12, 2016.

Devonta Respers
B/M DOB- 3-22-1983
876 Main Street
Alliance NC

More solar on horizon — Alliance targeted

Small town sets hearing for Aug. 8

From lower left: Town clerk Linda Marshall, mayor Frank Willis, and commissioners Will Riggs and Louis Daniels.

From lower left: Town clerk Linda Marshall, mayor Frank Willis, and commissioners Will Riggs and Louis Daniels.

ALLIANCE – Not quite a critic but definitely a skeptic, Louis Daniels is one elected official who wants to see all of the details about any proposed solar farm for his close knit, micro small community.

The town, which straddles Highway 55 in Pamlico County, has no zoning and few, if any, land use regulations.
Typically, local governance here is LAID BACK (with a capital L).

That would seem to make a 50-acre farm field, which lies just inside the town limits (and within easy view of the Alliance Town Hall) easy pickings for ESA Renewables, a Sanford, Fla. based solar developer.

“We don’t know jack about this,” said an exasperated Daniels on Monday night — during the town’s regularly scheduled once-per-month meeting. Later Daniels asked: “Just how much radiation will be put out if the site is destroyed by a hurricane or whatever? No one knows!”

In an e-mail sent to Alliance Mayor Frank Willis, the town’s contracted attorney said zoning is the first line of defense for a typical municipality – but in Alliance zoning is something that Daniels and his predecessors on the town board have refused to consider.

“When you say zoning,” explained Daniels, “well, we all know it takes away a lot of people’s rights.”

In a unanimous vote, the Alliance town board voted to set a public hearing for Tuesday, Aug. 8, to consider a proposed town ordinance, setting guidelines and regulations for any future solar farms.

Daniels plans to do his part to publicize the crucial public hearing.

“I intend to personally put a copy of the public notice on every door in the Town of Alliance,” he said.

Rosenwald Schools topic of fascinating documentary

Holt’s Chapel Community Center, Inc. 136 Janiero Rd.

Holt’s Chapel Community Center, Inc. 136 Janiero Rd.

By Sarah Goodnight

ORIENTAL — This is the stuff you missed in history class! Join us Thursday, May 19, at the Old Theater for a film, which chronicles the amazing story of Jewish business man, Julius Rosenwald, who teamed with Booker T. Washington to build thousands of schools from 1912 until 1932 – all to benefit the African-American populations of the rural South.

I had never heard of the Rosenwald Schools until I moved to Oriental and bicycled past Holts Chapel Community Center. I became intrigued with the mystery of the old building set back from Janeiro Road, near Kershaw Road. This free film is intended to boost awareness and financial support for this historic Rosenwald structure. For more information, see the poster below.

Rosenwald Film Announcement Poster

Hardees of Alliance deserves accolades

A fire earlier this month killed a woman, whose daughter works at Hardees.

A fire earlier this month killed a woman, whose daughter works at Hardees.

Hardee_colorBy Jean Martin
Florence–Whortonsville Volunteer Fire Department

MARIBEL – On the morning of Jan. 5, this community suffered a great tragedy. A structure fire not only ended in the destruction of a home but in the loss of life to one of the inhabitants and burn injuries to another.

Pamela Jones, an employee of Hardees in Alliance, was injured while trying to save her mother, but could not, and has suffered a great loss.

Several fire departments, Pamlico Rescue, and Emergency Management were all there for a good many hours doing what they needed to do when such a crisis occurs. Hardees in Alliance was doing business, but probably not “as usual,” since this involved one of their own, and in such extreme circumstances.

Yes, as on many previous occasions, Hardees took care of emergency personnel during these long and grueling hours by providing food to them at the fire scene! They have done this numerous times before where fires or emergency incidents involve many people for an extended period of time.

On behalf of my fire department, Florence-Whortonsville, and I am sure all the others involved, I would like to thank Hardees for their thoughtfulness and support. We all greatly appreciate their efforts to make our job easier during such events and the thought that someone is “looking out for us” is very comforting and commendable.
Thank you.

Now, Hardees is looking out for Ms. Jones by setting up a donation box at their business to help her. I encourage all of you to stop in and support their efforts to, once again, help someone in need. A business like this is a very strong asset in our small communities and we appreciate them very much!

Monster exits Oriental

Behemoth tramples local pharmacy, grocery

Group launches initiative

ORIENTAL — On Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at The Old Theater there will be a meeting hosted by the Oriental Food Initiative to discuss local food issues. The Oriental Food Initiative is a group of local residents who have been exploring how to get high quality food to our community. Over the past five months we have met with local farmers, local businesses and interested residents. We would like to share with the larger community what we have learned, what we are doing, and prospective plans for the future. Please join us, ask questions and share your ideas.


Failure to cooperate with Walmart might have meant legal problems

Dear Editor:

While I have pretty thick skin, the personal attacks on a local website and on social media – directed toward the town and county commissioners, including myself — has started to upset me.

I fall somewhere in the middle of the political spectrum but I am largely a fiscal conservative. I voted to give water to Walmart because there were at least three ways that they could have sued the Town of Oriental if we refused. We were in the middle of a lawsuit concerning our new town dock that ultimately cost the Town about one-sixth of our annual budget. Not one of the supporters of the expansion of our boating facilities offered to donate one penny to help us in that lawsuit. I would have expected that same level of non-support if Walmart had sued us.

The local media chose to not point out that issue during the Walmart debate. It appeared to be more desirable for them to discuss the “moral” issues of having a Walmart in our town. They certainly had the right to do that but as elected officials, the other commissioners and myself, had a fiscal responsibility to protect the town from another potential lawsuit. There was even an effort to increase property tax rates to fight the existing lawsuit. I was opposed to that and, in fact, opposed to any tax increases unless absolutely necessary. Not all of our commissioners felt that way.

Around the period of time that the town was debating Walmart issue, I found myself sitting at a table with five individuals who have lived in the County most of their lives. I asked them what they thought of Walmart coming to the County. They all laughed and one stated: “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs.”

Yes, I am unhappy that Walmart made a business decision to close over two hundred stores. It seems to be the norm that U.S. businesses in the current era don’t consider morality in their business decisions. A lot of people have made a lot of money because of that attitude. Courts also ignore morality issues and make their decisions based on law. That being said, I felt that Walmart treated their employees very well. A couple of employees told me that they were making more money than they ever had and for the first time in their lives they had access to benefits. In response to my question, a cashier at Walmart told me that the company has offered to help employees in the local store find positions at other Walmart locations.

This action by Walmart may turn out for the best. There is certainly interest in purchasing or leasing the Walmart building. It appears that there is now less interest in the much older and dilapidated Town ‘N Country location. We could, however, end up with a locally based store in a nice modern facility that would meet most of our needs and desires. I sincerely hope that is the end result.

Larry Summers


Editor’s note: Mr. Summers is a former Oriental town commissioner.

Whoa, Nellie – this letter lets it fly!!

Dear Editor:

Yeah Walmart !!!  To all those who patronized the commi/pinko organization — Yallz should have supported the local businesses.

Now you’re out a grocery and a pharmacy! It’s your own own fault. Big business does not care about O-town unless they can take your money, much like the  current president that yallz voted in . $10 million vacation???

Please vote correctly this year

Patronize your local businesses — they are here for us. Even the noisy bars generate income that gets spent mostly here. Let them make the money — employees get paid and once went to Ruth’s (Town ‘N Country) for food, the Mini Mart for gas, and maybe even out to dinner with their families.

Walmart money goes to China — that does not help the small town economy, plus they send us dangerous toys and poisoned food. Right!? There’s no porta potties in the rice patties. Honey, honey how’s you’re rice? Eeeewwee. Think — ever see one??

Let’s see? If we put the chicken coops over the shrimp and tilapia farms, they will eat the feces!? Think…!!! Check it out..!!!
Wake up meatheads!  Buy as local as possible as much as possible or pretty soon there will be no local business. I feel sorry for those who will now have to walk to Bayboro for food, supplies and medication.

Perhaps one of the other pharmacies can offer a group delivery to O-town once a week, or more  for those who don’t drive?
Sorry if I sound like Archie Bunker! Remember when he was the gun nut ?? Now your president wants to take my guns so his defective terrorist cronies can cut off my head in the name of Islam!!!!

Please think before you vote !! And bring your ID — maybe no corpses will vote this year!!?? Lets all write in votes for Pee Wee Herman. He got caught with his pants down and took his punishment like a man. No denial like OJ / Cosby/Nixon/Hillary

“I am not a crook ”


P.S. I bought my assault rifles and ammo at Walmart – Ha ha ha ha ha!

Desire to save a few bucks backfires

Dear Editor:

Put this in your pipe and smoke it, people. If you shopped at Walmart and you want to complain about Town ‘N Country closing, then mark yourself down as a hypocrite. It is not Walmart’s fault, but the fault of the people who wanted to save a few dollars and abandoned the Mom and Pop stores.

I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so! If you were too cheap to spend a little extra money, shame on you. If you believed you could not afford the extra money, well, then you are going to spend that money on gas that you should have invested in Town ‘N Country.

I know what I’m talking about.  I have been a small business in Pamlico County for ten years. In those ten years I have yet to make a profit. In those ten years, I have supported Pamlico County business and organizations with very little reciprocal support. At a fundraising function where I was supplying sound equipment and the band was providing free music, I asked one of the organizers why I never saw him at The County Opry?

His reply: “I don’t have time.” I rest my case. So when I can no longer keep the doors open will people say, “We don’t have a good place to go out and dance in Pamlico County?”  Probably.  I just don’t get it. I always support Pamlico County small business and I will continue to do so. Oh, and I can complain and not be hypocritical.

One last point: Should the City of Oriental have the building given to them by Walmart?  Absolutely NOT!!!  The City of Oriental wanted Walmart. Give it to those who lost their jobs at Walmart and Town ‘N Country.

Ed Terry

Generous shoppers = Merrier Christmas for seniors

From left, Pamlico County Commissioner Kenny Heath; Senior Center Nutrition Director Beth Hardison; Senior Center Director Violet Ollison; and representing the Grantsboro Walmart: Store Manager Nancy Bass; Personnel Coordinator Kathy Bryant; and Office Associate Dianna Wetherell.

From left, Pamlico County Commissioner Kenny Heath; Senior Center Nutrition Director Beth Hardison; Senior Center Director Violet Ollison; and representing the Grantsboro Walmart: Store Manager Nancy Bass; Personnel Coordinator Kathy Bryant; and Office Associate Dianna Wetherell.

ALLIANCE – The power of networking played out in spades Monday morning when Pamlico County Commissioner Kenny Heath pulled his pickup truck into the parking lot of the Senior Services Center, loaded to the max with a variety of food items – freshly pulled from the shelves of the Grantsboro Walmart.

Less than a week earlier, Heath met Store Manager Nancy Bass at the Chamber of Commerce Christmas Party.
Bass, who arrived at her new post in late November, fielded a flurry of questions from Heath – an eager beaver who is always intent to uncover relationships that benefit all involved.

Bass told Heath that checkout cashiers at the Grantsboro Walmart were gently suggesting to every shopper that a $5 ‘Feed the Needy’ donation would immediately fund a cardboard box of nutritious foodstuffs – and that the items would be earmarked for Pamlico County low-income recipients during the holiday season.

“The minute a shopper makes a $5 donation at the Grantsboro Walmart, one or more of our employees grab an empty cardboard box and pull items from an approved list,” explained Bass. “Then, those boxes are held for one of several nonprofits that assist those in need.”

So, as you might expect, Heath showed up Monday morning bright and early at the Grantsboro Walmart with an empty pickup – but only after he went in the store and spent a cool $50 – good for another ten boxes of food items.

A short time later at the Senior Services Center, Director Violet Ollison and Nutrition Director Beth Hardison greeted Heath with open arms and big smiles!

“This is something we can really use, especially this time of year,” said Ollison.

As for Heath, he has got more tricks up his sleeve.

“I’m thinking about challenging the other six county commissioners to do something similar,” he chuckled. “This really is a great concept, and I am happy to be a part of it.”

ATTENTION SHOPPERS: If you find yourself in the Grantsboro Walmart, spring for a ‘fiver’ when the checkout person mentions the ‘Feed the Needy’ effort. But hurry! The popular promotion ends Dec. 20.

Trillium uses Medicaid savings to fund playground for disabled children


A new playground – certified as OK for disabled youngsters – will be built in Alliance, thanks to a large grant from Trillium Health Resources. These young people accepted a ceremonial check Monday morning at the site, which is located at the end of Ireland Road, off Highway 55. The location will be listed on a National Registry of certified playgrounds.

Trillium_LogoALLIANCE — A new, accessible playground at Pamlico County’s popular Recreation Park will be built in the coming year, thanks to a large grant from Trillium Health Resources.

In a brief ceremony Monday morning — splashed with plenty of playground perfect sunshine — county officials, and a bunch of youngsters, accepted a check from Trillium in the amount of $275,000.

Garry Cooper, Director of the Pamlico County Parks and Recreation Department, played a crucial role in applying for Trillium’s ‘Play Together Construction Grant for Accessible Playgrounds.’ Unfortunately, Cooper is on the mend from recent surgery and could not attend the festivities.

Alliance is the site of a county-owned park with ball fields, and a modest playground. It is now one of 25 communities receiving playground grants from Trillium, a local government agency that manages mental health, substance use and intellectual/developmental disability services in a 24-country area in eastern N.C.

Funding for the Play Together grants is a result of savings from operating as a Medicaid 1915 (b)(c) Waiver Site.

“At the heart of our mission is making a difference in the lives of those we serve, and investing in our communities is a critical part of that mission,” said Amy Corbitt, project manager, Research and Development, Trillium. “Trillium is able to reinvest savings in innovative programs and services for the betterment of our communities.”

Reinvestment dollars were allocated to help communities across Trillium’s service area develop accessible playgrounds that allow people of all abilities to come together.

“We strive to provide services to the individuals in our communities and our communities at large that help create productive, meaningful lives,” continued Corbitt. “These playgrounds will bring our communities’ children andparents together without many of the difficulties they face in their lives every day.”

Additional grants have been or are being awarded over the next two weeks in the Town of Dover, New Hanover County, Town of Nags Head, Carteret County, Havelock, Onslow County, Wrightsville Beach, Brunswick County, Ayden, Swansboro, and Pender County. In September, during the agency’s first phase of Play Together Construction Grant for Accessible Playgrounds, grants were awarded in Ahoskie, Beaufort County, Greenville, Gates County, Williamston, Elizabeth City, Craven County, Currituck County, Bertie County, Camden County, and Tyrrell County.

Seniors recruited to help fight Medicare fraud

SMP-logoALLIANCE – Join us for the ‘Senior Medicare Patrol Workshop’ at Pamlico Senior Services Center at 800 Old Main Street in Alliance on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 10:30 am until 11:30 am. The director of Senior Services in Pamlico County is Violet Ollison.

What is Medicare Fraud and Abuse?

Medicare Fraud occurs when a person or company knowingly tricks Medicare. They do it intentionally to receive inappropriate payment from the program.

Medicare Abuse occurs when providers seek Medicare payment they dont deserve, but they have not knowingly or intentionally done so. Abuse can also involve billing for unsound medical practices.

What is the difference?

The main difference between fraud and abuse is intent – did they do it knowingly or not? Only the authorities may be able to answer that question. Whether it is fraud or abuse, it still wastes billions of dollars every year. It needs to be reported.

Medicare fraud and abuse affects everyone!

Medicare loses billions of dollars to improper claims every year. This affects everyone by wasting billions of taxpayer dollars. This also affects YOU. False information can end up on your medical records, leading to improper medical care later. You may even be denied services you need and deserve.

At this free workshop on Thursday, Sept. 17, you will learn how to read your Medicare Summary Notice, also known as the MSN, which currently comes to you in the mail quarterly.

It has a new look. The new MSN will help to make Medicare information clearer, more accessible, and easier to understand.

Based on comments from people like you, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has redesigned the Medicare Summary Notice to help you keep track of your Medicare-covered services. An explanation of services covered by Medicare A and B will be discussed, and you will be able to make the most of your Medicare services.

This should be a fun and informative event. It is open to everyone. For more information, please contact Violet Ollison at (252) 745-7196.

Known gang member again linked to crime

Himbry’s drug sales lead to man’s overdose


Demario Tyair Himbry

Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office — On Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at approximately 1:30 p.m. Investigators from the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an individual that was unconscious and unresponsive at the intersection of Neal’s Creek Road and NC 55 in the town of Alliance NC. Upon arrival it was determined through evidence found at the scene that the male individual was overdosing on Heroin. The individual was transported to Carolina East by ambulance.

The investigation led investigators to the residence of Demario Tyair Himbry located at 208 Neal’s Creek Road. Investigators located Himbry inside the residence and could smell the strong odor of burning marijuana inside the residence. Investigators along with North Carolina Probation and Parole secured the residence and applied for a search warrant.

During the execution of the warrant a quantity of heroin was located on Himbry’s person. Items were located within the residence that was consistent with the sale of narcotics. Investigators seized scales, baggies, and other packaging materials. A small amount of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia was also located.

Demario Himbry was arrested and charged with one count of Possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, Felony Maintaining a Dwelling to sell controlled substances, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana Paraphernalia, Resist, Obstruct, and Delay an Officer, and a probation violation. Himbry was placed into the Pamlico County Detention Center under a 35,000.00 secured bond.

Himbry is a known gang member associated with local United Blood Nation sets and was also the victim of a shooting that resulted in the death of one individual in November 2014 in Bayboro.