Category Archives: Maribel

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!

Pamlico County, NC – Structure Fire (Fatality) 5 January 2016


For Immediate Release: Pamlico County, NC Structure Fire (Fatality) 5-January-2016

On Tuesday, January 05, 2016 at 0925 hours, Pamlico County Volunteer Fire Departments (Vandemere, Triangle, Goose Creek Island and Pamlico County Rescue Squad) with an initial “Tanker Task Force” Alarm for Grantsboro-Silverhill and Reelsboro Fire Departments were dispatched to 282 Swan Point Rd. in the Maribel Community of Bayboro, NC. Initial reports of Fire Conditions and confirmation of a victim entrapped within the structure constituted a Mutual Aid “All Hands” Alarm which included responders from Arapahoe, Southeast Pamlico, Florence-Whortonsville, and Olympia Fire Departments.

First arriving Fire Companies and Law Enforcement Officers discovered a 2 story wood frame house with heavy fire conditions emitting from the windows and roof. A Valant effort was made by first arriving responders and citizens to enter the burning structure in attempt to locate and remove a female victim. Dangerous fire, smoke, and heat conditions hindered rescue attempts inside the burning dwelling. An aggressive fire attack was made and as conditions improved, a female victim was located within the front bedroom of the dwelling and pronounced deceased by Medical Personnel. The victim has been identified as Pamlico County Resident Martha Rosetta Jones, 84 years of age.

Emergency Medical Crews transported a 2°ct female victim with burns to Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern, NC. This victim is listed in stable condition at this time. The burns received were from attempts to rescue the decedent from the dwelling.

The Cause and Determination Investigation of the origin of the Fire was conducted by the Pamlico County Fire Marshal’s Office in cooperation with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations. At the conclusion of this investigation, the cause of the Fire has been determined to be that of an Electric Heater, in close proximity to combustibles and was Accidental.

If there are any questions or concerns regarding this incident, feel free to contact the Pamlico County Fire Marshal’s Office at (252)-745-4131.


Huge catamaran launched

Al Springer is all smiles as he takes delivery on Silver Voyager, which was four years in the making.

Al Springer is all smiles as he takes delivery on Silver Voyager, which was four years in the making.

By Beth Bucksot | Special to the County Compass

MARIBEL — Four years of designing and planning — with plenty of blood, sweat and tears included — finally culminated Sunday afternoon with the launch of Silver Voyager.

Owners Al and Ginny Springer contracted with B&B Yacht Designs, based in Vandemere, to create a power catamaran that can weather rough seas comfortably, handle easily, be fuel efficient, have the capacity to cross the Atlantic and other ocean areas, as well as, provide comfortable amenities.

Graham Byrnes of B&B, an internationally recognized and respected naval architect and yacht builder, is the mastermind behind the cutting edge design. Byrnes also supervised building of the catamaran. Alan Stewart, Graham’s design apprentice, assisted in many aspects of the project as did Graham’s wife, Carla Byrnes.

The vessel is gargantuan, dwarfing mere humans.

The vessel is gargantuan, dwarfing mere humans.

Silver Voyager is a semi SWATH (Small Water Plane Area Twin Hull) design. This makes her a high performance, fuel-efficient catamaran capable of crossing the Atlantic and a quarter of the way back on one load of fuel. The boat is foam cored. The hull is made out of molded Airexand; the deck from other high density foam core, both coated in a fiberglass and epoxy sandwich.

The vessel features bulbous wave piercing bows and hulls with a safety breakaway feature. The yacht is powered by two 200 horsepower Yanmarturbo charged diesel engines. She has a fresh water maker for long ocean trips, solar charging and solar water heater, a generator, an integrated state of the art electrical system with back up, refrigeration, room by room climate control with A/C and heat, washer dryer combination, two full baths, automatic pilot, central vacuum system, entertainment center, a master bedroom cabin and two regular bedroom cabins, and many other features.

Alan Stewart, Buck Wilde, Forrest and Nate Jastram, Beth Bucksot, Amanda Potter, Jean Ropp, Jonathan Bunting and Dawn Scurry were the various B&B crew that worked on Silver Voyager over the years.

B&B Yacht Designs sells all types of boat plans and kits for everything from kayaks and canoes, to row boats, small sail boats, racing sail boats, power boats from 12’ to 70’, and cruising sail boats. When asked what he will do with some extra time, Graham said,“Sleep and go sailing!”

For Carla it was, “Keep up with less paperwork and get to see my husband!”

Congratulations to Al and Jennie Springer on the launch of your new boat. Bon Voyage Silver Voyager!