March 25, 2016 | By Special to the Nor'eastern News
Crook threatened to kill witness. Judge slaps culprit with 20-year sentence.
PITT COUNTY – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced this week in a Wilmington, N.C. federal court, that Terry Lamont Speller, 39, of Winterville, North Carolina, was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release following his prior guilty plea to Health Care Fraud, and Engaging in Monetary Transactions in Criminally Derived Property.
Spellers was also ordered to make restitution of almost $6 million to the victims of the o…
GREENVILLE — Trillium Health Resources, through the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, will donate 100 nasal naloxone kits to both the Jacksonville Police Department (75 kits) and the Manteo Police Department (25 kits). In addition, Trillium plans to make a $15,000 donation to the NC Harm Reduction Coalition to expand opioid overdose reversal kit distribution efforts to people at risk of overdose, their relatives, and organizations that interact with individuals who use legal and illegal opioids.
Robert Childs, Executive Director of NCHRC stated, “NCHRC is excite…
November 19, 2015 | By Special to the County Compass
RALEIGH – Many North Carolinians applauded Gov. Pat McCrory this week for asking President Obama and the federal government to stop sending Syrian refugees to North Carolina.
“The brutal murder of people in Paris reminds us that, sadly, terrorists can hide among the innocent,” said Francis De Luca, president of the Raleigh-based Civitas Institute, a nonprofit that espouses a variety of policy solutions from the conservative perspective. “It is vital to halt the influx of Syrians and others from the Middle East until we can ensure none are threats to the people of North Carolina…
By Betty Murphy
GREENVILLE — Recent media reports of declining revenue, lagging patient volume and reduced operating surplus have not slowed Vidant Health from plunging ahead with plans for numerous acquisitions, mergers and/or joint ventures.
However, to accomplish these goals Vidant needs a major infusion of capital.
Continued warnings by all three major bond ratings agencies (Moody’s, Fitch and Standard & Poor) predict a negative financial outlook for non-profit hospitals in 2015, including Vidant.
This is primarily due to reduced Medicare/Medicaid reimburseme…
January 14, 2015 | By Special to the County Compass
Khiry Terrel Jones
BANK ROBBERY DEFENDANTS SENTENCED
GREENVILLE – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that DAVID McARTHUR KING, 24, of New Bern, THOMAS LEE CUTHBERTSON, JR., 24, of Vanceboro, and KHIRY TERREL JONES, 24, of Oriental, were each sentenced resulting from their earlier guilty pleas to bank robbery and firearms charges. The charges stem from the December 2, 2013 robbery of First Citizens Bank in Oriental, and the November 22, 2013 robbery of TD Bank in Easley, South Carolina.
On December 10, 2014, Senior U.S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced KI…
By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer
GREENVILLE – Red wolf foes took advantage of the largest football crowd in the history of East Carolina University to display an airplane-pulled banner Saturday afternoon, minutes before the Pirates’ 70 to 41 pummeling of the UNC-CH Tar Heels.
There’s no telling how many of the 51,000 fans at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium fans pulled out smart phones to ‘Google’ the phrase “Red Wolf Restoration Scandal.”
Those who did would have seen dozens of links tons to publicity and documents decrying a multi-million dollar federal effort, originally begun in…
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By Beth Anne Atkins | Special to the County Compass
GREENVILLE — As Vidant Health continues to be challenged by significant reductions in government reimbursements due to the Affordable Care Act, its Board of Directors approved the Fiscal Year 2015 operational plan this week, which provides the strategic direction and financial resources needed to guide and fund the health system during the next year.
The health care system, which has seen significant reductions to the amounts reimbursed by both Medicare and Medicaid, is predicting an operating…
Special to the County Compass
GREENVILLE, N.C. — ‘Shark Tank,’ the popular TV show, which introduces aspiring entrepreneurs to rich, successful business people, will hold casting calls in Greenville on July 24 as the Emmy-nominated production enters its sixth season.
According to U.S. Cellular, one of the show’s sponsors, the day-long session has been scheduled for The Martinsborough, located at 330 S. Evans Street. Aspiring businesspersons can begin arriving at 9 a.m. to receive a wristband, with interviews beginning at 10 a.m. The first 500 entrepreneurs who show up at…
By Jett Ferebee | Special to the County Compass
A trail cam captured this image of a collared Red Wolf on Mr. Ferebee’s farm, which is adjacent to the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.
Each year I sit down and make sometimes painful economic decisions regarding the wildlife conservation efforts on my farm. With prime farm land values approaching $6,000 per acre and farm rents exceeding $200 per acre, the decision to take acres out of production in order to create much needed filter strips, fallow fields, wind breaks, perennial food plots, warm season grasses for nesting, etc. bec…
Special to the County Compass
Open Letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:
Attention: Leopoldo Miranda
Assistant Regional Director
There is no doubt that you have pushed the Red Wolf issues in NC to the forefront as I have made my concerns known to you specifically. For this I am grateful. Your biologists have now trapped extensively on my farm in Tyrrell County at your direction, but the problem has become increasingly worse.
Please see the attached 12 pictures from the night of December 15th. USFWS has ruined my farm!!!! As I have stressed to you, I wou…
This harvest festival in Barbados was originally celebrated in the 1800s by slaves at the end of the sugar-cane harvest. Today, Crop Over is a civic celebration which takes place during the last three weeks of July and usually ends on the first Monday in August. There are historical displays, craft shows, fairs, open-air concerts, calypso music and dancing, and “stick licking”—a self-defense sport similar to fencing. The first Monday of August is the finale, known as the Kadooment, which includes the judging of costumed bands at the National Stadium and a grand calypso procession. More…