Category Archives: Bayboro

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,…

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…

State-run prison in Bayboro reports assault on officer

BAYBORO – Tuesday, Aug. 8, investigators with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported assault on a Detention Officer at the Pamlico Correctional Institute. The facility — on Bay City Road just north of Bayboro — is a medium security, state-run prison. One officer was injured and transported to Carolina East Medial Center by ambulance for injuries sustained during the assault. The officer was reportedly assaulted by a single inmate. The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident and charges are pending. Further information re…

Pamlico Drug Convictions

Bayboro, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced the following convictions obtained in Pamlico Superior Court last week. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ben Alford presided, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Christy Hawkins. All cases were investigated by the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office. HIAWATHA KEYS, 32, of New Bern, pled guilty to Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver both Schedule I and Schedule II controlled substances, Driving While Impaired (DWI), and he admitted his habitual felon status. The charges ar…

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…

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.…

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…

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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