Category Archives: Vandemere

Vandemere Boating Access receives national ‘Outstanding Project Award’

By Ron Christofferson, President States Organization for Boating Access PAMLICO COUNTY – Each year the States Organization for Boating Accesss (SOBA), based in Chicago, solicits nominations for outstanding boating access projects from our member states across America and its territories. The Vandemere Boating Access project – located in Pamlico County in eastern North Carolina – received such a nomination from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. This nomination was evaluated by the SOBA Executive Board using several criteria, including the use of sound engi…

Thousands of rotting potatoes first thought to be sewer spill

Thick, black, smelly runoff fouls ditches near Vandemere Culled potatoes are often plowed under in agricultural fields. But not so here. This ditch, fill with rotting potatoes, leads to a tributary of Vandemere Creek. HIGHWAY 304 NEAR VANDEMERE – Turns out a hasty and costly Saturday morning sewer line replacement in a ditch near Hollyville Trailer Park was not needed – although the error did not become evident until two days later. Monday morning a small army of trucks from Bay River Metropolitan Sewerage District returned to the site, where an extensive ‘bypass’ of a suspected le…

‘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.…
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