Category Archives: RECREATION

Truly Inclusive Playground to Open in Pamlico County

Playground provides opportunity for individuals of all ages and abilities to play together (Click on photo to enlarge)…

Soccer & Volleyball registration extended

BAYBORO – Girls from 8 to 14 now have until Sept. 25 to sign up for Volleyball. Boys and girls from 4 to 13 also have until Sept. 25 to sign up for Soccer. Please see attachments below for registration forms, or stop by the offices of the Pamlico County Recreation Department on the second floor of the Bayboro Courthouse.   Volley Ball Registration Form Soccer Registration Form a[rel~="mtli_filesize22MB"]:after {content:" (2.2 MB)"}a[rel~="mtli_filesize23MB"]:after {content:" (2.3 MB)"}…

Boat ramp on Vandemere’s horizon

Mayor Judy Thaanum signs a contract with the State of North Carolina as the town’s elected representatives Tiffany Edmonds, Margaret Rose, Thomas Funn, and David Howlett look on, joined by volunteer Tom Woodruff, who spent countless hours in pulling the project together. By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer VANDEMERE –Mayor Judy Thaanum signed documents Wednesday night that will lock in a $1 million grant from state coffers – money that will come in over a three-year period to acquire a nine-acre tract on Bay River. The waterfront parcel, inside the town limits, has several buildings, b…

Blind hiker completes trek

Park Superintendent Debo Cox greets blind hiker Trevor Thomas. (Photo credit Simon Lock) By Penny Zibula | Staff Writer Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a two-part report. JOCKEY’S RIDGE STATE PARK – On the afternoon of June 22, we — along with Trevor Thomas’ family, friends, and Park Superintendent Debo Cox — stood atop a dune, which marked the end of the Mountains to Sea Trail. We were awaiting the arrival of the blind hiker and his guide dog, Tennille, as the pair completed their most recent accomplishment. Shortly after his arrival to much applause and…

Blind hiker blazes trails

“I’ve got more miles on me than a lot of used cars,” says long-distance hiker, Trevor Thomas, in remarks to Compass reporter Penny Zibula. Guide dogs for Thomas and Zibula are also shown in the photo. By Penny Zibula | Staff Writer Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a two-part report. CROATAN FOREST – Long-distance hiker, Trevor Thomas, and I sat across from each other under the trees at the Oyster Point Campground. With my voice recorder on the picnic table between us, this was a case of the blind interviewing the blind. Local newspapers and TV stations had taken the oppor…

Dog training hits stride at state prison

  The four dogs in program – Titan, Blue, Casey, and Simon – appear in a lineup of sorts, posted on a prison bulletin board. By Judith Lynch | Staff Writer BAYBORO – The ‘New Leash on Life’ program pairs qualified inmates with adoptable shelter dogs, and all parties learn new skills. Inmates learn to work with animals, which prepares them for employment, and the dogs learn basic and advanced skills, which readies them to become well-mannered family pets. Michelle Chin, a Wounded Warrior from Virginia Beach, becomes the adoptive parent of Titan. The Pamlico Correctional Insti…

Swimming hole now off limits

  Special to the County Compass Elected officials in the Town of Vandemere voted unanimously last week to prohibit all swimming in the vicinity of a boat ramp that offers access to Bay River. Mayor Judy Thaanum and town board members all agreed that old pilings and sunken debris from Hurricane Irene threaten the safety of youngsters. Use of the ramp costs boaters $5, who operate on an honor system by depositing cash into a secure lock box at the site.…
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