Category Archives: Grantsboro

All-U-Can-Eat Oysters & Chili

GRANTSBORO – The Foundation that offers scholarships and other assistance to students at Pamlico Community College raises money each year on the Hwy. 306 campus with a popular Oyster Roast & Chili Cookoff. This year the event runs from 3 until 5 on Saturday, Feb. 25. Tickets are just $30 for all-you-can-eat oysters and chili. Student tickets are $15. Buy them at Nautical Wheelers, Bayboro Pharmacy, Oriental Deli & Subs, the Chamber of Commerce, or the PCC Bookstore. For more information, call Michelle Noevere at (252) 249-1851, ext. 3084.

One arrested and charged with multiple drug offenses

On September 29, 2016, at approximately 6:10pm a Pamlico County Sheriff Deputy performed a traffic stop on an individual on NC Hwy 55 near Prescott Road in Grantsboro NC. During the traffic stop the driver, Patricia Ann Greenfield was arrested and charged with multiple drug offenses.

Greenfield’s arrest stems from an investigation into the sale/delivery of prescription medication in Pamlico County. Over the last 4 weeks, investigators with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office have received information regarding the sale and delivery of Hydrocodone by Greenfield in Pamlico County.

The sheriff’s office would like to thank community members for their tips and complaints that led investigators to identifying Greenfield.

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Patricia Ann Greenfield
B/F DOB- 2-24-1962
200 Woodland Ave.
New Bern NC

Charges: Trafficking in Opium by Sale
Trafficking in Opium by Delivery
Sell/Deliver Sch. II Controlled Substance

Greenfield could face additional charges as the investigation continues. Greenfield will have a first appearance in district court on Friday, September 30, 2016.

Local community college ranked third in nation

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GRANTSBORO – Pamlico Community College recently received national recognition as one of America’s premier community colleges by WalletHub, a personal finance website.

Surpassed only by New York’s Helene Fuld College of Nursing, and Alaska’s Ilisagvik College, Pamlico Community College has been judged to be the third best community college in America – among more than 1200 similar institutions.

Pamlico Community College earned high marks for its low student-to-teacher ratio (just nine students for every one teacher) and its high graduation rate, which came in fifth best throughout the USA.

On the job less than a month, new PCC President Jim Ross probably considered the accolade as the best possible (and early) Christmas gift. He described the recognition as a credit to the school’s outstanding faculty and staff.

“To be judged the third best community college in our nation is a tremendous honor to our employees and all associated with our college,” said Ross. “This is no surprise to me as I consider PCC’s employees to be unsurpassed in our nation. One of the secrets in higher education is that students can get a great education at community colleges!”

Visit www.pamlicocc.edu to learn more about PCC.

RECYCLE? NOT!

Photo credit: Francis Davis

Photo credit: Francis Davis

GRANTSBORO – An all too common sight these days is a large, blue recycle bin showing up on the dumping floor of a busy place known as the ‘transfer station’ on Highway 306. In a perfect world, recyclables from our area are supposed to go to Greenville where sorting and reprocessing begins. Instead, more often than not, recycle items are dumped here — like regular household garbage – and subsequently transferred by tractor-trailer to a massive landfill near Tuscarora. The reason? Local miscreants are using recycle bins as an alternative to paying for garbage pickup. Food scraps, pet waste, dirty diapers, and a host of other items ‘contaminant’ the bins, which leaves officials no other choice. One rotten apple spoils the whole barrel! If you see improper stuff being loaded into a recycle bin, write down the license plate number and call the Pamlico County Manager at (252) 745-3131.

Pamlico Sheriff’s Office arrest four in recent larcenies

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The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a number of residential break-ins in several areas around the county reported in the past month. A pattern has been established with most occurring during daylight hours when the homes are unoccupied and items of high value are stolen such as televisions, gaming systems, laptops, firearms and jewelry.

During the course of that ongoing investigation the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office has concluded the investigations in two other series of larcenies.

On April 26th, 2016 the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to larceny of a television from Wal-Mart in Grantsboro NC. During that investigation surveillance photographs were obtained from Wal-Mart which provided images of the suspects and their vehicle.

On May 1st, 2016 Deputies made a traffic stop on the vehicle matching the description of the one from the surveillance video in the Reelsboro Community. As a result of the traffic stop Valarie Dobbs, 26, of Jacksonville NC and John Gray II, 29, also of Jacksonville were placed under arrest for Felony Larceny from Merchant. Gray and Dobbs were placed in the Pamlico County Detention Center and were scheduled a first appearance on May 6th, 2016. During the traffic stop evidence was recovered from the vehicle that led Deputies to discover that the pair had been the unidentified suspects in at least one other similar larceny in Onslow County.

On May 2nd, 2016 Deputies with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office were investigating a series of two breaking and entering of a residence and two attempted breaking and entering of residences. All four had occurred on April 28th, 2016 in the Oriental Community. Based on eyewitness accounts a suspect vehicle was identified. The vehicle was located on May 2nd, 2016 by Deputies and a traffic stop was conducted. During the course of the traffic stop evidence was recovered that led Deputies to conduct searches of two individual’s residences. During the searches stolen property was recovered from the April 28th Breaking and Entering’s.

JoAnn Berry, 37, of Florence was charged with Felony Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of a Stolen Firearm. Berry has also been charged with Obtaining Property by False Pretense in Craven County for selling some of the stolen property.

Thomas Webster, 61, of Bayboro was charged with two counts of Felony Breaking and Entering, Larceny after Breaking and Entering, Larceny of a Firearm and Possession of Stolen Property.

On May 6th and May 11th two firearms were recovered in Beaufort County that had been reported stolen from an Alliance residence on April 12th, 2016. Arrests are expected to be made as soon as that investigation concludes.

Public input sought as search begins for new PCC president

tcc010616p1aGRANTSBORO – The Board of Trustees for Pamlico Community College announced Wednesday that it will host a public forum to assist the board in its search to find a new president, following the death of Cleve Cox, the school’s most recent leader.

The forum will be held Monday, Jan. 11 from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. on the main campus in the Ned Everett Delamar auditorium.

School officials want input from the general public regarding traits and characteristics to look for among applicants for the top job. Understanding that many citizens within the college’s service area will be unable to attend, the Trustees have arranged for the public to submit opinions and comments via email. Before 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11, please send all comments to Michelle Noevere at: mnoevere@pamlicocc.edu.

This public forum marks the start of the selection process to find Pamlico Community College’s fifth president.

Pamlico County Athletic Club launches fourth year

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GRANTSBORO – Maurice King, executive director of the Pamlico County Athletic Club, and three of the store’s staffers, are seen here in the ‘Trophy Corner’ of the Grantsboro Piggly Wiggly. The spot is a showcase for awards, medals, and other recognition received by local youth basketball teams.

The teams, which play and practice almost year-round, are open to students in Grades 3 through 12. In addition to Piggly Wiggly, the other sponsors for Pamlico County Athletic Club include Beasley’s Bail Bonds, Garland Fulcher Seafood, Big M Equipment, and Bojangles’.

King and his volunteer coaches work with at-risk youngsters, and also serve as mentors and role models.

“I really want to challenge the fathers and older brothers in our community to step up this year,” said King. “We are really in need of donations, and the valuable time and effort of volunteers, to take this effort to the next level.”

Last year, Pamlico County Athletic Club enrolled approximately 90 girls and boys among five different age divisions: Third & Fourth; Fifth & Sixth; Seventh & Eighth; Ninth & Tenth; and, Eleventh & Twelfth.

Sign up this year begins Saturday, Nov. 21, at the gymnasium of Pamlico Middle School in Stonewall from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, call King at (252) 626-3261.

Walkway dedication set for Nov. 11

Matthew Haagen is front center of the photo and his father, Perry, to the right

Matthew Haagen is front center of the photo and his father, Perry, to the right

By Hazel Alcock

GRANTSBORO — Since the opening of the Pamlico County Heritage Center in 2009, the Pamlico County Historical Association had planned to one day construct a brick walkway around the flagpole to provide a way that families and friends could honor veterans.

In the early spring of this year, Life Scout member Matthew Haagen presented his proposal to the PCHA board and requested permission to construct the Veterans Memorial Walkway and repaint the flagpole as his Eagle Scout Service Project. The project was approved and work began. Matthew and his father, Perry Haagen, along with several fellow scout member volunteers removed the dirt around the flagpole, back filled the area with gravel and sand, and began the arduous task of arranging about 340 bricks in the designated area.

Before the project was finished, the Haagen family made a career move to the Winston Salem area but they drove back to Grantsboro on a holiday weekend to complete the project. About 20 engraved bricks, which had been previously purchased to honor veterans and placed in the Heritage Walkway, were relocated to Veterans Walkway area along with engraved bricks which were purchased after the project was under way.

In addition to this Nov. 11 ceremony, plan to attend the annual Veterans’ Parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, along Main Street in downtown Bayboro. A free luncheon for Veterans and their spouses follows at Fred A. Anderson Elementary.

The Historical Association appreciates the work done by Matthew and his fellow scout members to turn a dream into a reality. Veterans and others in the community are invited to attend a dedication ceremony at 2 p.m. on Veterans Day, November 11.

Additional engraved bricks can be purchased to honor a living or deceased veteran or member of the active military. As new orders are received, the plain bricks will be removed from the walk and replaced with engraved bricks. There are approximately 300 spaces available. Some bricks have been given as memorial gifts when someone passes away. Civilians can also be honored by ordering a brick with their name, birth date, wedding date, or special honor.

To place your order, call the Heritage Center at 252-745-2239, Hazel Alcock at 252-637-2223 or stop by the museum to look at the walkways and pick up an order form.This would be a great Christmas or birthday gift for that person on your list that has everything! The next engraved brick order will be submitted for engraving before Thanksgiving in order that bricks can be placed in the walkways before Christmas.

Community College president to retire

PCC’s Cleve Cox undergoing treatment for cancer

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GRANTSBORO – Pamlico Community College recently announced the pending retirement of Dr. Cleve Cox, the school’s top administrator. Cox is generally credited with increasing enrollment, and leaves his profession after more than 30 years of service in higher education.

The PCC Board of Trustees hired Cox in 2009 after a nationwide search. Cox was diagnosed with cancer in early 2014. Following a recent surgery and hospitalization, and upon the advice of his physicians, Cox has elected to retire, enabling him to focus his energies on current medical needs.

Bob Lyon, chairman of the trustees, has worked closely with Cox over the last six years.

“Cleve is a man of high morals, excellent integrity and was a perfect fit for PCC,” said Lyon. “His ability to work with community organizations to achieve college goals is outstanding. His shoes will be hard to fill.”

Lyon announced that Dr. Maria Fraser-Molina, current V.P. for Instructional Services, will serve as acting president until Cox’s retirement, and as interim president thereafter. The school is expected to begin an immediate search for Cox’s successor.

Cross adorns Log Cabin Church

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By Joan Rowe

NEWS1-Cross-pic-1GRANTSBORO — New Life Praise and Worship Ministries now hangs a cross on the front the building, known to many in the community as the “Log Cabin Church.” It is the unique craftsmanship of county native, Jamey Lupton, a local contractor, who spent hours roaming the riverbank for just the right cedar trees. He had them planed and kiln-dried.

Meticulously he grooved the wood so it would fit together into the shape of a cross. Wanting it to be as authentic as possible, Lupton searched for local railroad spikes – symbolic of the three nails on the cross.

Our church acclaims Jamey Lupton for his fine work and proudly presents its beauty.

It is Easter time. May our thoughts be about the cross and what took place over 2,000 years ago. Jesus died, was placed in a tomb, and miraculously arose from the grave. He now lives in the hearts of believers. Do you believe?