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Hometown hoopster budding star for March Madness-bound UNC-W

Known as ‘J-5’ on the court, Jaylen Fornes impressive as Seahawk freshman guard


In a nod to Jaylen’s jersey number, teammates call the freshman guard ‘J-5’

ORLANDO – Early Thursday afternoon, UNC-Wilmington takes on the University of Virginia Cavaliers in a first round game of the NCAA basketball tournament. Expect plenty of cheers throughout Pamlico County as local fans hope Jaylen Fornes can work his magic as a freshman guard for the Seahawks.

Fornes, 19, played varsity basketball for one year at Pamlico County High School, before transferring to Word of God High School in Raleigh. He started for the Hurricanes as a freshman, which was a good indicator of his talent, according to Garry Cooper, a former Seahawk star in the early 1980s.

“You could see the gift he was blessed with, even when he was playing in the seventh and eighth grades,” recalled Cooper, who is now the Director of the Pamlico County Recreation Department. Cooper should know – he is a member of the UNC-W Basketball Hall of Fame, and predicts good things for the young athlete.

“I didn’t get a chance to coach him, but he was well-loved here, and a very good ballplayer,” said Cooper, during a brief telephone interview Wednesday morning. “If he keeps working hard, and sticks with it, Jaylen could possibly make the Hall of Fame himself – that’s how good I think he can be.”

Jaylen retains strong Pamlico County roots. His mother Rebecca Fornes, older brothers Jake and Lucas, and grandparents Dennis and Lola Fornes live in the area. All will undoubtedly be tuned in – either courtside (like Mom) — or glued to the TV set Thursday afternoon.

“Jaylen came home for Thanksgiving,” said Rebecca, “but the team had to practice Christmas Day.”

The move to Raleigh, early in his high school career, was a plus for Jaylen, said his mother, but his biggest exposure to college recruiters came during summer months, while playing AAU basketball. She said 22 colleges expressed an interest in Jaylen, before he decided on UNC-W, adding that the big decision was predicated in part upon the great reputation of UNC-W Head Coach, Kevin Keatts.

“We learned that college scouts don’t care too much about high school performance,” said Rebecca. “In Jaylen’s case, it seemed to be all about what he did during the AAU games. He’s on a full scholarship, and he’s got a 3.2 Grade Point Average, so we are mighty proud of him.”

#5 Jaylen Fornes

2016-17 (FRESHMAN GUARD – UNC-W Seahawks: 6’4” 210 lbs.)

-Played final minute in CAA championship game vs. College of Charleston
-Played 10 minutes and grabbed four rebounds vs. W&M in CAA semifinals
-Scored two points with two rebounds in CAA quarterfinals vs. Delaware
-Played nine minutes vs. Towson and scored eight points
-Scored three points and had career-high four rebounds at Elon
-Started for second straight game vs. JMU and had eight points and two assists
-Made first career start and responded with career-high 17 points vs. Delaware
-Scored eight points at William & Mary
-Contributed seven points vs. Drexel
-Collected five points and three rebounds vs. W&M
-Had season-high seven points vs. Pfeiffer
-Scored four points in six minutes vs. Toledo
-Had season-high five points vs. Middle Tennessee State on Nov. 25, 2016
-Came off the bench to play nine minutes at Eastern Kentucky
-Scored three points and grabbed two rebounds in collegiate debut vs. Claflin

-Athletic scoring guard who should contribute right away for Seahawks
-Four-year scholarship to UNC-W
-Current Grade Point Average of 3.2

-Played as freshman at Pamlico County High School in Bayboro, N.C.
-Transferred to Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C.
-Played for Coach Brian Clifton at Word of God
-Member of varsity team for four seasons
-Also played football at Word of God
-Indications of interest from 22 colleges, before choosing UNC-W

-Full Name: Jaylen Aaron Fornes
-Born in Grantsboro, N.C.
-Son of Corey Green and Rebecca Fornes
-Played for ‘Team Loaded’ of AAU

Decline of golf in America factor in community’s decision

PAGE A-3 Golf course decline

PAGE A-3 Golfers in the U.SFAIRFIELD HARBOUR – Among the first of its kind in eastern North Carolina, this retirement community is expected to convene Wednesday night, Aug. 17, for a vote to decide if it is prudent to acquire two golf courses – one defunct and another ailing – which lie inside the geographic footprint of the sprawling residential site.

Myrtle Beach-based MidSouth Golf owns, and once operated, most of Fairfield Harbor’s ‘amenities’ – a term to describe the pools, tennis courts, common areas, golf courses, and other assorted holdings. The total encompasses some 385 acres and over a mile of bulk-headed waterfront.

As an operator, things did not go well for MidSouth Golf. In July of 2009, the company lost a lawsuit brought by the Fairfield Harbour Property Owners Association, with a jury awarding damages of $1.45 million.

Fast forward a bunch of years. MidSouth Golf is now in bankruptcy, and is shopping all of its big chunk in Fairfield Harbour to those same folks who sued, and won, back in 2009. The price? About $2.75 million.

In a bankruptcy hearing, Jack Shaw, one of the founders of MidSouth Golf, testified that he was putting in “about a half a million dollars” each year just to keep the Harbour Pointe golf course running.

Many in the community, especially a group known as the Fairfield Harbour Property Owners Reform Team, want nothing to do with the possible deal – and they remind others of court decisions in recent years that preclude the Property Owners Association from typical financing options.

“They (the POA) can accept real property only if free of all financial encumbrances,” said one property owner, familiar with the community’s founding documents. Apparently, that would rule out the usual mortgage, deed of trust, etc.

Those in favor are not to be deterred. They point to two separate groups in Fairfield Harbour – each with fundraising efforts underway.

Skeptics fear annual dues will skyrocket. And, some believe next week’s vote is rigged. They say all 2,800 property owners should be polled – a figure that includes many who own property at Fairfield Harbour but who reside elsewhere.

Instead, only property owners who personally show up on Aug. 17 – or who tender a proxy – will determine the outcome.

Minnesott course hosts teen golfers


Ten high schools competed in the 1-A East Golf Regional Tournament Monday at Minnesott Golf & Country Club. In a photo snapped between holes are Matthew McAllister of Pamlico County High School; Noah Greenway of Oxford Prep; and Luke Matthews of Southside High School. Greenway finished his round with an 89, placing sixth among all competitors. McAllister and Matthews finished with a 120 and 94, respectively. Several of the teams did well enough to head for the 1-A State Finals scheduled for Pinehurst.

Pamlico County Athletic Club launches fourth year


GRANTSBORO – Maurice King, executive director of the Pamlico County Athletic Club, and three of the store’s staffers, are seen here in the ‘Trophy Corner’ of the Grantsboro Piggly Wiggly. The spot is a showcase for awards, medals, and other recognition received by local youth basketball teams.

The teams, which play and practice almost year-round, are open to students in Grades 3 through 12. In addition to Piggly Wiggly, the other sponsors for Pamlico County Athletic Club include Beasley’s Bail Bonds, Garland Fulcher Seafood, Big M Equipment, and Bojangles’.

King and his volunteer coaches work with at-risk youngsters, and also serve as mentors and role models.

“I really want to challenge the fathers and older brothers in our community to step up this year,” said King. “We are really in need of donations, and the valuable time and effort of volunteers, to take this effort to the next level.”

Last year, Pamlico County Athletic Club enrolled approximately 90 girls and boys among five different age divisions: Third & Fourth; Fifth & Sixth; Seventh & Eighth; Ninth & Tenth; and, Eleventh & Twelfth.

Sign up this year begins Saturday, Nov. 21, at the gymnasium of Pamlico Middle School in Stonewall from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, call King at (252) 626-3261.

Local man wins shooting medals at World Senior Games

CCC-A-section-NEWS-local-man-photoFLORENCE – Pamlico County resident Nicholas Cipollino recently participated for the third year at the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah. The veteran marksman competed in seven events, which comprise the Shooting Category: Skeet, Sporting Clays, 5 Stand, Trap-Singles, Trap-Doubles, Trap-Wobble, and Trap-Handicap.

Netting at least a Silver or Bronze Metal in each of the seven events, Cipollino said this year’s competition was more challenging than ever before. For example, shotgun competition increased from 94 participants last year to 145 in 2014.

Cipollino grew up in Sheephead Bay in Brooklyn, New York, hunting in the (then) nearby woods of Long Island. The woods have long since disappeared but his passion and skill in shooting has intensified. After returning from combat in the Korean War, Nick started shooting skeet. Working long 12-14 hour days in his business left little time for shooting until he retired at the age of 54.

It was at that point in his life that friends introduced him to sporting clays. In 1991, Cipollino had the honor of being invited to shoot with Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf in the Orvis Celebrity Shoot in Vermont.

The Huntsman World Senior Games is the largest annual multi-sport event in the world for athletes age 50 and over. Since its inception in 1987, the games have hosted nations all across the world with the mission of fostering worldwide peace, health, and friendship.

In the local area, Cipollino hones his shooting skills at the Feather and Fur range, on Hwy 304 near Vandemere. He also frequents ranges at the Cherry Point and Camp Lejeune Marine Corps bases in eastern North Carolina

City of New Bern to Host Celebration Honoring the 4A State Champions – The New Bern High School Bears!

WEB-POST-for-Wednesday-RUN-AS-ISThis Friday, the City of New Bern invites you to a celebratory parade honoring the New Bern High School Bears on their State Championship victory. Everyone is encouraged to line the streets for a processional that begins at Lawson Creek Park and ends at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center with a lunch for students and coaches.

The New Bern High School football players, coaches, cheerleaders, and dance team will be featured in the parade. Lineup is at 12:15 p.m. this Friday, December 19 at Lawson Creek Park. The parade begins immediately after the lineup is organized, and winds down First Street to Broad Street, to Middle Street, to South Front Street, and ends at the convention center where city and county representatives will present honors and proclamations to the team. The team will be escorted by the New Bern Police Department and Fire Rescue Department as well as various other agencies.

“We are so proud of New Bern High School and their success this season,” said City Manager Mark Stephens. “We’ve been following them diligently, getting more and more excited as their undefeated record began to grow. We are honored to recognize them for their outstanding achievement and sportsmanship.”

After the honors and proclamations are read, the students and coaches will be treated to a celebration lunch at the convention center. “We hope everyone will take a break during their Friday and step outside to cheer on the New Bern High School Bears football team, its coaching staff, and various support groups,” said Mr. Stephens. “They are our State Champions and this parade is an opportunity to show our support and congratulations on a remarkable season. Go Bears!”

Undefeated season subject of new movie


NEW BERN – A documentary featuring the 2012 New Bern High School football team and its journey to an undefeated state championship season makes its world premiere Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Bear Town Cinema.

Not only is a documentary of this type unprecedented, it is now being developed even further with the goal of becoming a featured HBO Documentary and/or an ESPN Film. The film’s Executive Producer, Terry Barnes, is a New Bern native who returned to the area for the sole purpose of producing this documentary having no idea at the time that history was unfolding.

The film “Bear Country – Back 2 The Big Game” documents the 2012 New Bern Bears football team in never-before-seen behind the scenes footage of locker room talks, sideline interviews, and highlights from the games throughout the championship season.

The event, which starts at 6 p.m. is free, and open to the public. Tickets may be reserved online by an Internet search of the phrase: Bear Country Film Premiere. For Questions or more information, contact Terry Barnes at 919-426-7330.

Basketball season continues with Pamlico County Athletic Club

Special to the County Compass

STONEWALL – Hoopsters who comprise the local Athletic Club often practice in the gymnasium of Pamlico County Middle School. Wednesday evening three squads posed for photos. At left, youngsters age 6 thru 8 comprise the team sponsored by Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church. The center photo is the ‘14 & Under’ squad who take to the court on behalf of Beasley Bail Bonds. And, at right, Grantsboro Piggly Wiggly sponsors the ‘16 and Under’ team. Not shown are teams sponsored by Garland Fulcher Seafood and Big M Equipment. For more information about the popular Club, call Athletic Director Maurice King at (910) 330-5179.






Club offers basketball for five local squads

By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer

STONEWALL – Ranging in age from 6 to 8, the youngest basketball squad in the Pamlico County Athletic Club, sponsored by Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, hit the court at Pamlico Middle School late Wednesday afternoon for a brisk workout. This past weekend the older squads traveled to Kinston to participate in a ‘Beat the Streets’ tournament. Even though the club has not had many practices due to gym availability, the teams performed well. Participating in the tournament were: Garland Fulcher Seafood 5th and 6th grade boys; Canes 7th and 8th grade boys; and, Piggly Wiggly 9th and 10th grade boys. This Saturday, the PC Express 11th and 12th grade boys travel to Greenville. The next big tournament will be Saturday, April 19, for the Annual Easter Tournament in Kinston. “We would welcome other businesses as sponsors,” said Athletic Director Maurice King, “and anyone who would like to make a donation, or to assist with our travel needs, should call me at (910) 330-5179.”


Record 1400 two-wheelers hit county

By Bill Sage, Mayor | Town of Oriental

Cycle North CarolinaORIENTAL — As Mayor of the Town of Oriental and on behalf of all our citizens, I would like to extend a hearty welcome to everyone coming into our village for the Cycle-NC Coastal Spring Ride weekend! This is the third Spring Ride to be based in Oriental and it begins Thursday, April 3, because of the volunteer efforts of lots of people.

Oriental has long held the title of “The Sailing Capital of North Carolina,” and we are now becoming known for the excellent cycling venues based here and extending throughout Pamlico County. We hope all cyclists and visitors enjoy their visit and the busy weekend of activities planned. Many local businesses will be offering specials and extended hours during your stay and would welcome a visit. The town has set aside some of our park areas for overnight camping and some parking areas for RVs and campers and many of the homeowners have offered their lawns for some additional camping. Thank you to all who are staying in private homes for the weekend, so generously made available by many of our citizens, for making generous contributions to Hope Clinic.

We have ordered up some nice weather for the weekend (kind of like in Camelot) and our friendly citizens are more than happy to show you about and answer any questions. We are proud to share our little corner of paradise with you and hope that you will come back often.

Any who would like are welcome as well to come back (or stay through) the following weekend to experience the largest in-water boat show between Annapolis and Savannah. Again, welcome to Oriental! All of us who are privileged to call Oriental home hope you enjoy sharing our town with us for the weekend.

Blockbuster wine tasting scheduled

By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer

ORIENTAL – When Bill and Camilla Wheeler opened an eclectic shop four years ago, a sailing theme seemed perfect, hence the name Nautical Wheelers.

Then, two-wheelers began to show up! So, what the heck! All the more reason to take advantage of a somewhat funky last name!

This Friday, the Wheelers want every bicyclist in town – whether visitor or resident – to turn out for what may go down as the town’s largest ever wine tasting! The festivities start at 4 p.m.