Category Archives: SAFETY

Bombing Targets can be dangerous places

Restricted areas almost always off-limits to non-military activities By Mike Barton, Director Public Affairs Office MCAS Cherry Point MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT – Bombing Target 9 and Bombing Target 11 – large swaths of water and terrain in or adjacent to Pamlico Sound – will see plenty of activity during February, according to a recent press release from the U.S. Marine Corps. Please note the graphic, which denotes restricted areas around both targets – off limits to all recreational and commercial boaters. Most of Bombing Target 11 is comprised of an area commonly kno…

Emergency shelter opened at 7:30 AM, October 8th

Tim Buck | Pamlico County Manager Due to fast approaching Hurricane Matthew, effective immediately, emergency services has issued a voluntary evacuation for the low lying and flood prone areas of Pamlico County. The emergency shelter opened at 7:30 AM, October 8th, and will remain open until further notice. The shelter is located at Pamlico Community College located at 5049 NC Hwy 306 South in Grantsboro. Please contact Pamlico County Emergency Management, with any questions, at252.745.4131… otherwise, stay tuned to local media stations as well as emergency official’s social me…

CodeRED weather warning from the City of New Bern

This is a CodeRED weather warning from the City of New Bern. We are under a tropical storm warning, which means tropical storm wind conditions from hurricane Matthew are expected within the next 36 hours. Hurricane Matthew will be located off the North Carolina coast by Saturday evening, however the effects of the storm will be felt prior to tomorrow. It is imperative if you haven’t already done so to stock up on food and water supplies and hurricane preparedness kits prior to the storm’s arrival. Residents should expect heavy downpours, strong winds, wind gusts, rain, and tropical storm…

Voluntary evacuation of low lying areas of Pamlico County

Tim Buck | Pamlico County Manager Good afternoon, due to fast approaching Hurricane Matthew, effective immediately emergency services has issued a voluntary evacuation for the low lying and flood prone areas of Pamlico County. The emergency shelter will open tomorrow, October 8, 2016, at 7:30 AM at Pamlico Community College located at 5049 NC Hwy 306 in Grantsboro. Please contact Pamlico County Emergency Management, with any questions, at 252-745-4131… otherwise, stay tuned to local media stations as well as emergency official’s social media pages for updates. If you ar…

Back to the 1960s?

Riots, violent radicals, official corruption, chaos, left wing nonsense In today’s world, we need firepower — not flower power! By Eric Noevere News Analysis CAMPAIGN TRAIL – Just a few weeks have passed since the Orlando ISIS attack, while another ISIS attack has occurred at Turkey’s Ataturk airport; a lone wolf attack in Nice France; and two separate attacks by black militants against Dallas and Baton Rouge police officers. At every turn there have been calls for restrictions on the right to bear arms by law-abiding citizens. Much theater has been done by President Obam…

Predators usually target mandatory ‘gun-free’ zones

Time has come to arm America! ‘Make my day!’ Carry a gun – shoot a terrorist! By Eric Noevere EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA — In light of the two most recent high profile shootings, people are anxious about the possibility of themselves being the victim of an attack. The media has been doing its best to demonize the weapons used. Many members of the public think that military type weapons are available to the public. This is not so. Also many people think there is an epidemic of “Gun Violence,” also not so. The media has been fueling a frenzy of fear in an otherwise calm people. It started wi…

Blame Mother Nature, say officials

Sewer, drainage work underway on low-lying area Last week, six inches of rain in less than three hours swamped what is known as a ‘lift station’ in the Town of Oriental. Chronically poor drainage in the low-lying area on Neuse Road resulted in huge water infiltration – far too much for pumps to overcome, forcing a backup of sewage in a 10-inch line that ultimately breached thru nearby manholes, residential cleanouts, and similar access points. The photo at left shows heavy equipment — in place before the storm — to begin work on Phase 1 of $1.2 million in improvements. “If t…

Community sentiment tilts in favor of paramedic

Editor’s note: Last week, we reported that Eric Kindle, a respected volunteer firefighter and emergency responder, risks losing his credentials – the result of a late night July 4th call that went slightly awry. The circumstances are explained more fully in the deluge of e-mails that we received on this topic: Let me see if I have this figured out correctly.  Eric Kindle works tirelessly for anyone in Pamlico County. When he isn’t giving free ice cream to the kids from Children’s Theater Workshop and other such charitable activities, he jumps into water to save drowning vi…

Duck’s eye view: Impoundments look great!

On the ground: Residents have a different perspective Ducks have been flying over Goose Creek Island even before 1750. Ouch! Many on the Island, think the corner of this new duck impoundment seems a bit too close to an existing home. GOOSE CREEK ISLAND – From the air, this remote northeast corner of Pamlico County looks like an ideal stopping spot for migratory waterfowl cruising the Atlantic Flyway, especially so in recent years with an unprecedented proliferation of man-made duck impoundments. However, down on the ground, these shallow, flooded feeding grounds – designed to attract…

State highway officials respond

Change unlikely to ‘Extreme Makeover’ in Bridgeton Motorists from Blueberry Lane are now prohibited from turning left. The mandatory right turn adds more than a mile, plus at least five minutes, for those who want to head east on Highway 55. By Terry Leigh McCune | Staff Writer BRIDGETON — Last week I e-mailed some questions to the North Carolina Department of Transportation concerning the installation of a new traffic island at the intersection at Blueberry Lane and Hwy. 55 in Bridgeton: Q – How did you determine that a new traffic intersection was needed there? A – The locatio…