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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: mmd@bbdpublishing.com

Noticed of planned water outage along portions of Janiero Road and Adjacent Roads

WATER CUSTOMERS ALONG PORTIONS OF JANIERO ROAD AND ADJACENT ROADS

 

PAMLICO COUNTY WATER DEPARTMENT

The Pamlico County Water Department is issuing a notice of planned water outages for Tuesday, February, 28 2017. Water will be disconnected related to Department of Transportation repairs to the road system. Consumers along the following roads will be affected: Carolina Way, Clubhouse Rd., Cribb Ln., Edmonds Rd., Edna Ct., Elbert Lee Rd., Hardison Lee Farm Rd., Janiero Rd . (2511-4003), Josie Way, Joyce Ct., Martin Rd., Meadow Ln., Morningside Dr., Neuse Village Rd., Roland Rd., Salter Dr., Shine Dr., Southern Way, Sunrise Haven Rd., Sunshine Dr., Whitehall Rd., and any other roads that adjoin Janiero Rd.

Outages could begin as early as 7:00 a.m. and continue throughout the day.

Residents in these areas are encouraged to store or purchase water for use during the outage. If you have any questions, you may contact the water department at (252) 745-5453.

Following the outages, a system pressure advisory will be issued.

Four arrested in Pamlico County after drugs found in home

Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Chris Davis

On April 23rd, 2016 at approximately 7:30 a.m., Deputies with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 6000 block of Neuse Rd in reference to someone Discharging a Barreled Weapon into an Occupied Dwelling. Upon arrival deputies obtained the suspect identities from the victims. The suspects were identified as Brittney Lowery, age 25, of Arapahoe and Johnathan Ireland, age 19, also of Arapahoe. Ireland and Lowery were located at their residence and taken into custody without incident.

Johnathan Ireland

Johnathan Ireland

Ireland was charged with Discharging a Barreled Weapon into an Occupied Dwelling and received a $25,000 Secured bond.

Brittney Lowery

Brittney Lowery

Lowery was charged with Conspiracy to Discharge a Weapon into occupied Property and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and received a $15,000 Secured Bond.

During the crime scene investigation of the residence in the 6000 block of Neuse Rd. a quantity of narcotics was located at the victim’s residence. Christopher Blake Gaskill, age 20, of Arapahoe and Caleb Schmidt, age 20, of Oriental were taken into custody as a result of that search.

Christopher Blake Gaskill

Christopher Blake Gaskill

Gaskill was charged with Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Marijuana, Maintaining a Dwelling, Conspiracy to Sell/Deliver Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and received a $15,000 Secured Bond.

Caleb Schmidt

Caleb Schmidt

Schmidt was charged with Conspiracy to Sell/Deliver Marijuana and received a $2,000.00 Secured Bond.

All four have a first appearance set for April 29, 2016 in Pamlico County District Court.

Heath winner of GOP primary

Likely shoo-in to retain seat

tcc030916p1aARAPAHOE – In Pamlico County’s most closely watched election, incumbent County Commissioner Kenny Heath fought off a challenge from newcomer Angie Propst in Township 5. Winning the Republican primary almost ensures that Heath will snare a third consecutive term, as no Democrat filed for the seat. However, November does promise fireworks as Township 2 sports a contested election between Republican Candy Bohmert and Democrat Jennifer Sanders Spain – the two candidates are vying for the post being vacated by current County Commissioner Christine Mele.

Teen goes on shooting spree

N0651760ARAPAHOE – Monday night, Dec. 14, Pamlico County 911 operators received reports of a suspect with a gun, shooting at houses on Griffin Lane in southwestern Pamlico County. Patrol units from the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office were quickly dispatched to the scene.

Upon arrival, deputies secured the area and conducted several interviews. Deputies were told that a 15-year-old juvenile had shot at a relative, shot a cat, and shot at the house before running into the woods.

Additional manpower was requested. After searching the area for approximately one hour, deputies received information that the juvenile had been provided a ride to the Reelsboro community. At the residence, deputies located the firearm used in the incident. A short time later the juvenile was located at a residence on Roberts Road in Arapahoe and taken into custody without incident.

Typically, young offenders are not publicly identified, and most records having to do with their arrest or
incarceration are off limits to news media.

Native son returns to lead Charter School

The board of directors for Arapahoe Charter School rolled out the red carpet last week for a new Administrative Director. From left, Jaclyn Jones, board member representing the community; Timmy Murray, community; Lee Tillman, parent; Tara Tyson, parent; Candy Midyette, parent; Dennis Sawyer, new Administrative Director; Yvone Hardison, teacher; Brenda Tyndall, teacher; Lori Andrews, teacher; David Gaskins, community and current board chairman.

The board of directors for Arapahoe Charter School rolled out the red carpet last week for a new Administrative Director. From left, Jaclyn Jones, board member representing the community; Timmy Murray, community; Lee Tillman, parent; Tara Tyson, parent; Candy Midyette, parent; Dennis Sawyer, new Administrative Director; Yvone Hardison, teacher; Brenda Tyndall, teacher; Lori Andrews, teacher; David Gaskins, community and current board chairman.

ARAPAHOE – A 1980 graduate of Pamlico County High School – currently superintendent of the Roanoke Rapids City School System – has returned home to become the Administrative Director of Arapahoe Charter School.

In a brief ceremony last week, the board of directors for the charter school – comprised of three teachers, three parents, and three community residents – welcomed Dennis J. Sawyer who assumes the reins effective July 1.

The current Administrative Director, Tom McCarthy, submitted a letter of resignation earlier this year.

In recent years, test scores at the charter school have declined, and a much-publicized school rating report gave the school less than stellar grades. However, those familiar with the school generally give McCarthy high marks for deftly negotiating an agreement with the Pamlico County School System several years ago that netted Arapahoe Charter School a higher share of annual county funding, and a retroactive six-figure settlement to cover a shortfall from previous years.

In the school’s library, the session was upbeat and positive. Board chairman David Gaskins introduced Sawyer and his wife Polly to teachers, staff, and well-wishers.

I intend to carry out the moral imperative that we all have as educators, just like our sign says out front, to focus on every child, every day,” said Sawyer.

Sawyer and the board of directors agreed to a four-year contract, which will pay him $156,750 annually. To see a copy of the three-page agreement:

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Arapahoe Charter School hires new Administrative Director

Move comes as part of effort to reverse declining test scores, boost school’s rating

At right, Tom McCarthy, outgoing Administrative Director of Arapahoe Charter School, welcomes his successor, Dennis J. Sawyer, who begins the job July 1.

At right, Tom McCarthy, outgoing Administrative Director of Arapahoe Charter School, welcomes his successor, Dennis J. Sawyer, who begins the job July 1.

Sawyer and his wife Polly are seen here Wednesday afternoon, shortly after they were introduced to school staffers.

Sawyer and his wife Polly are seen here Wednesday afternoon, shortly after they were introduced to school staffers.

ARAPAHOE – A 1981 graduate of Pamlico County High School – currently superintendent of the Roanoke Rapids City School System – has returned home to become the Administrative Director of Arapahoe Charter School.

Dennis J. Sawyer assumes the reins effective July 1, and takes over from Tom McCarthy, whose contract was not renewed by the school’s nine-member board of directors.

In recent years, test scores at the charter school have declined, and a much-publicized school rating report gave the school less than stellar grades. However, those familiar with the school generally give McCarthy high marks for deftly negotiating an agreement with the Pamlico County School System several years ago that netted Arapahoe Charter School a higher share of annual county funding, and a retroactive six-figure settlement to take into a shortfall from previous years.

In a brief meeting Wednesday afternoon, attended by approximately 30 teachers and faculty members, board chairman David Gaskins welcomed Sawyer and his wife Polly.

“I intend to carry out the moral imperative that we all have as educators, just like our sign says out front, to focus on every child, every day,” said Sawyer.

Sawyer and the board of directors agreed to a four-year contract, which will pay him $156,750 annually. To see a copy of the three-page agreement, Click Here.

Search warrant yields two arrests

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ARAPAHOE — On Monday Feb. 16, Investigators with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office and agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation — Alcohol Law Enforcement Branch, executed a search warrant at the residence of John David Wills, 47, of Arapahoe.

During execution of the warrant, investigators located and seized two firearms, several items of stolen property related to several recent instances of breaking and entering reported in Pamlico County — one of which was the local Board of Education maintenance garage.

Investigators also seized numerous items of drug paraphernalia and a small amount of heroin. Another individual in the residence was arrested also.

Arrested were John David Willis and Nancy Woodard Hudson.

Willis was charged with Felony Possession of a Firearm and jailed in the Pamlico County Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond. Hudson was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and jailed in the Pamlico County Detention Center under a $1,000 secured bond

Further charges are expected pending completion of the investigation.

2014 Sunfish World Championship goes to Argentina sailor

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ARAPAHOE — Francisco Renna of Argentina is the 2014 World Champion. His spectacular score line included four race wins giving him a final 17 point cushion over his nearest competitor. The final three races of the series were sailed on Thursday to complete the series at nine races.

Jean Paul de Trazegenies of Peru sailed a great final three races to move into second place. Conner Blouin of the United States was close behind in third.

In all seventy two competitors from ten countries participated in the championship. The provision of newSunfish sailboats chartered to them by Triton Yacht Sales made for very strong, competitive racing.

The 2014 Sunfish World Championship was organized by the International Sunfish Class Association.This year’s championshipwasheld at Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer. The residential camp venue offered a unique opportunity for sailors, their families, coaches and support crew to stay on site.

The 2015 Sunfish Youth World and World Championship will be held in Parracas, Peru next October.

2014 Sunfish Worlds Results

To learn more about the Sunfish Class contact:
Sherri Campbell
International Sunfish Class Executive Secretary
sunfishoff@gmail.com, 619-222-0252

Sunfish World Championship Results 2014

Venezuelan wins the Sunfish Youth World Championship

Local camp hosts event. Adult competition underway.

David Gonzalez Arria

David Gonzalez Arria

By Sherri Campbell, International Sunfish Class Executive Secretary | Special to the County Compass

ARAPAHOE – Sunday afternoon, holding a slim two-point lead going into the final race of the nine race series, David Gonzalez Arria of Venezuela held off his closest competitor, finishing third, which was good enough to win the overall Championship.

Alonso Collantes of Peru was seventh in the final race to finish second overall. Finishing strong in the last two days of racing and rounding out the top three was Daniela Rodriguez of Ecuador. John Birkett also representing Ecuador was fourth and Chase Carraway of the United States finished in fifth.

Thirty-seven competitors from six countries participated in the sailing competition. The Youth World Championship was open to qualified sailors under the age of 19.

The 2014 Sunfish World and Youth World Championship is organized by the International Sunfish Class Association. This year’s championships are being held at Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer. The residential camp venue offers a unique opportunity for sailors, their families, coaches and support crew to stay on site.

The Sunfish World Championship, with 72 adult sailors, is now underway. New Sunfish sailboats are being chartered to all sailors by Triton Yacht Sales. Twelve races are scheduled in the World Championship running from Oct. 13 through 16, with Oct. 17 as a reserve day if necessary.

2014 Sunfish Youth Worlds Results (PDF)