Category Archives: Vandemere

‘Down by the Riverside’

Vandemere thanks participants & attendees WATERFRONT PARK – Immediately after Saturday’s ribbon cutting for the town’s new park and boat ramp, the talented Pamlico Chorale performed a series of popular tunes. One in particular — a classic, down South gospel song — spurred Vandemere Mayor Judy Thaanum (far left) to jump up and join in. “I’ve just got to sing that one,” chuckled the lifelong resident, who leads a community that is determined to rebuild and restore after devastation brought by a double-whammy: The Great Recession, and Hurricane Irene in 2011.…

Vandemere Waterfront Park Grand Opening & Celebration

Pamlico Sheriff, drug arrests made this week

Sheriff Chris Davis Pamlico County On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, Investigators from the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at 206 Vandemere Rd., Bayboro, NC. During the service of the warrant three individuals were taken into custody and charged with various drug crimes related to the sale of heroin. One of the individuals was also discovered to be wanted as an absconder from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety out of New Hannover County. A quantity of packaged heroin, unpackaged h…

Visit Vandemere soon! You’ll love this spot!

Before In a photo from late summer of 2015, the original boat ramp was not much to look at. After Forget the term ‘ramp.’ The site is now a gleaming ‘Boating Access Area!’ VANDEMERE — The new boat ramp here is beautiful. However, multiple state agencies involved would prefer that you call the completely transformed eight-acre site a Boating Access Area. Better yet, according to Vandemere Mayor Judy Thaanum, Town Manager Tom Woodruff, and a host of the community’s elected officials and regular rank-and-file citizens, an even better moniker is Vandemere Waterfront Park. No matt…

New Boating Access Area Opening in Pamlico County This Week

The original boat ramp was not much to look at in this photo taken during late summer of 2015 before construction began. VANDEMERE — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announces the opening of a new boating access area located at 86 Griffin Road in Vandemere in Pamlico County. The Vandemere Boating Access Area will provide access to Log Pond Creek which connects to the Bay River. The BAA has two 15-foot wide boat ramps, a 60-foot floating dock, a wooden fixed courtesy dock, a bulkheaded and dredged canal and an asphalt parking lot. The parking lot includes 32 spaces for vehicles a…

DOT ! Answer 11 questions.

By Jim Sherwood Jim Sherwood VANDEMERE — I was away on a vacation out west for a couple of weeks and was appalled to see what had happened while I was gone. What I am talking about is the defoliation — by obviously very poisonous chemicals along the roadsides in Pamlico County. We must get to the bottom of this and find out what happened and, of course, the Who, What, When, Where, and Why. I am guessing that many Pamlico County residents are also appalled by this. State officials should answer the following questions: 1.  What is the chemical that was sprayed? 2.  How much was sprayed (i…

Happy Times are (almost) here again!

VANDEMERE – A late June start-back for this faith-based camp seemed much closer to reality Wednesday, after a flurry of activity throughout the day. Under the wistful / apprehensive gazes of Camp Vandemere board member Ken Hill and Camp Director Rick Price, crews and a massive crane began the careful positioning of nine 70-feet long modular units atop tall pilings on the banks of windy Bay River. By the end of the day, the girls dorm and the boys dorm – each capable of accommodating up to 70 campers – were mostly in place, and the modular units that will form the Kitchen / Dining Hall were sche…

Repeal of gun law triggers heat in Vandemere

Vandemere town commissioner Steve Lacy VANDEMERE – Tempers flared Monday night over a vote two months ago, repealing a town law that had been on the books for decades. The ordinance, originally adopted in 1980, was remarkably brief: That no firearms shall be discharged in the legal town limits of Vandemere, and signed by then Town Mayor Billy W. Harris. Although brevity is the soul of wit, town laws intended to prohibit some type of otherwise legal activity are seldom meant to be funny, and are rarely brief, according to Vandemere town commissioner Steve Lacy, who is also a veteran attorney.…

Thomas Funn resigns as Vandemere commissioner

Thomas Funn, center, accepts a plaque of appreciation from Vandemere Mayor Judy Thaanum and his fellow commissioners during a brief ceremony earlier this month. Special to the County Compass VANDEMERE – When Thomas Funn and Corine Fisher got hitched way back in 1959, little did they know that 40 years later they would move from New Jersey to Vandemere, where Corine – daughter of Wealthy Fisher – had grown up! Funn soon became involved in town affairs, agreeing in 1999 to fill a vacancy on the Vandemere town board. Unfortunately, Corine passed away in 2001, and the time has now come for Fun…

Wanna own a fire truck? How about a Visa card worth $1,000?

VANDEMERE – Firefighters in this community’s volunteer fire department – intent on boosting awareness and increasing membership – have launched two unique raffles, with a pair of lucky winners to be announced at the department’s Second Annual Open House, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2. In a brief interview, event organizer Dave DeSalvo pledged that whomever wins the 1974 Ford C750 Fire Truck “will be able to drive the truck out of our parking lot, and the pump on it works great too!” Proceeds from the two raffles have been earmarked for the purchase of Personal Protection Equ…
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